Aaaahhhhh…that’s better!

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Thankfully, last week’s problems seem to be sorting themselves out satisfactorily, which is nice, because it frees me up to deal with THIS week’s problems, as they arise. And they are sure to arise. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Swamp Ghosts, it all its forms, seems to be looking correct once again. Finding Hunter has been corrected on Kindle, so that the formatting is prettier, and I have just ordered a new proof of the print version from CreateSpace.ย  So Hunter Painter’s distressing tale seems resolved, at the present time.

I can breathe again. And possibly even sneak in some reading this weekend. (I’m close to the halfway point in Lee Child’s latest Reacher book, Make Me. OH, how I love watching Jack Reacher tug on threads one at a time, as he slowly unravels the latest mystery he’s uncovered.) And I can even catch up on my Bookin’ It reviews, perhaps.

However, I can’t dawdle for long. Rabbit has a story to tell, and when that boy gets to talking, there’s no stopping him. So, I plan to start Harbinger in the next day or two. I’m already putting together my inspiration board, filled with gorgeous images of the North Carolina mountains. *sigh* Makes me want to load up my car and go!

But…here’s the biggest news of all. Starting on Monday, here at The Write Stuff…we’re going to have an EVENT! Nothing earth-shattering or difficult, but it should be fun. Stay tuned for details shortly.

And that’s it for me today. What wonderful things are you guys up to this weekend?

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8 thoughts on “Aaaahhhhh…that’s better!

  1. This weekend, I’m working on my next mystery, Civil Disobedience. My protagonist’s ex-fiance has finally returned and she hopes to be reunited with him soon. But there are a couple of problems: He has retrograde amnesia. so he doesn’t know who she is. And he’s suspected of murder.

    I hope to get this novel out before the end of the year.

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    • Oh, that sounds pretty exciting, Evelyn! So this is part of a series? Tell us which book is first, so we can grab a copy, and get started.

      And MUCH good luck in finishing by year’s end. I’m trying to convince myself not to set a deadline for Harbinger…at least not a specific one. I’m going with “Spring, 2016” so I have some wiggle room, and won’t have to panic. ๐Ÿ™‚ But without any kind of deadline, I don’t stick to my work schedule as well as I should. You?

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  2. Can I just tell you that I LOVE your covers? ๐Ÿ™‚

    It’s good hearing about people working on their novel and publishing them.
    I’m seeking representation, but in the meanwhile, I’ve decided to self-publish a short story. I want to completely rewrite and old short story with the same characters as the novel and… well, I’m aiming to publish it for my birthday, which is in March… but let’s see. This is all completely new to me and I don’t know how long it can take.

    Good writing to you! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Hi, Jazzfeathers! (Love the name!) Yes…in a word. You MAY tell me you love my covers. Over and over, if you wish. ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m so thrilled and proud of them! My good friend, Nicki Forde (of Nicki Forde Design) did them for me. She’s a graphics goddess, and always gets my vision. And then improves on it. And my other more recent friend, Doug Little, did the photography for my latest book, Finding Hunter. Nicki took his photos and created a cover that represents both Hunter Painter and Willow Greene to perfection. I’m so lucky to have these two in my life!

      I think your plan to self-publish a short story is exciting. It will give you some basic experience with the self-publishing process, and leave you with additional options for your book, should you be disappointed in working with “representation.” Always good to have a backup plan, right?

      Once you have your story written and edited, it’s just a matter of formatting the manuscript for Kindle, which is actually quite easy, if you use KINDLE’S own instructions, and ignore all the other publications out there. I’ve yet to read one that had everything right, so I went straight to the source and did what they said, and I can format a novel in an afternoon now. I had a wee bit of trouble with my first upload of Finding Hunter, but that was because of the snippets/poems I used at the start of every chapter. They just weren’t breaking right, and I had to reduce the font size for them, and upload again. Other than that, no problem getting it Kindle-ready. (Of course, you never know what an individual’s settings will be on their own device, so you can never be sure it ALWAYS looks like you’d prefer, but you can make it so it looks good for most readers, anyway.)

      Good luck with all you are doing. It’s a great learning experience, and it empowers YOU, by putting you in charge of your work, start to finish. And as traditional publishing houses do less and less for their authors, I think it’s a good way to go. Particularly for those, like myself, who are reaching (have reached?) an age where they don’t have time to wait years for their stories to get picked up by a publisher. As you explore both worlds, you’ll know what is going to work best for you.

      Thanks for stopping by, and thank you again for the compliment on my covers! Hope to see you here more often.

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      • Thanks so much for the insight, Marcia. Always good to receive advice from someone who’s already been there ๐Ÿ˜‰

        I’m actually planning to publish on many platforms, Kindle not being my favourite one.
        I’ve heard of a service that sells templates for ebooks at reasonable prices. Do you know if that’s any good? Or good exploring?

        Honestly, I think in the future most authors will be hybrid. It makes sense to me. I’d like to be publish traditionally because I think there is a lot of prefessionality in the trad market that I can learn from, but no publisher will ever be interested in all an author’s work, so that author will have the possibility to self-publish whatever he wants to.

        Thanks again for the nice welcome ๐Ÿ™‚

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        • You’re exactly right. No one size fits all authors, all books, or all platforms. You have to be flexible these days, and keep an eye open for your best shots. I only publish on Kindle and CreateSpace, so far, so I’ve only used their templates, and haven’t checked out others. I’ll probably do so at a future date, but right now, I’m so busy writing, I’m barely able to think about marketing, or widening exposure. I need HELP, obviously! ๐Ÿ˜‰ But if I do investigate into such things, I’ll happily share. And we have a few members who may already be up to date on the subject. This is a good place to ask those kinds of questions.

          If you’d like to be able to initiate posts here on topics of interest to you, email me at mmeara@cfl.rr.com and I’ll tell you how I work it. Have a great day!

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