Teaser Tuesdays

Well, this is the first Teaser Tuesday-ever-and it’s damn near Wednesday already!  I meant to put this up earlier, but alas, life gets the better of me and now is when I have the time.  Better late then never, right?  😉

So, you may be asking: what the hell is Teaser Tuesday?  Well, as ya’ll know, I’m on Twitter and many of my author friends have started this gem of an idea.  Every Tuesday they put up a blog post with a teaser from their book(s).  I thought I would join in on the fun.  My Contribution is under the Teaser Tuesday tab.  I hope you enjoy!!  Feel free to comment or start a discussion.

The bane of my writing attention

facebook on iphone

Other than all the regular things that cause procrastination such as checking my email, making phone calls, the ‘day job’ and other tedious things, I blame my lack of words written in a day because of the soft whispers of Facebook or Twitter that plague me.  They utter to me: “update my status, check on other’s status’…

twittaholic

Come on, when was the last time you tweeted, you twit!  Get out there, meet some people…”

Huh, can you really “meet” someone over a social networking site?  Well maybe not physically, but I sure have ‘met’ some really wonderful people and fellow authors over the past few months to a year.  So – yes, you can!  But with that said, why is it that these sites have become such an addiction?  Now that I have that wonderful i-phone, now I get giddy when I hear it chime.  “Oooo, someone commented on my comment!!”  or “woo hoo! Someone ‘thumbed up my status!” *shakes head in shame*  Yes… yes, it HAS come to this… so I guess the first step to realizing an addiction is to admit it?  Well, I will admit it and add it to my growing list of things I am addicted to.  You know, maybe I am okay with that.  I’m just not okay with the fact that it takes so much time away from writing.  I really must work on that!

Vampires on the brain…

I have been asked this many times over the years, “why do you like vampires?” or a variant of this question.  Well, my reasons have changed over the years.  When I was a girl it was because they were scary.  Who didn’t like to freak themselves out when they were younger?  As I reached adolescence, I was drawn to the idea of them for a gamut of other reasons, but mostly because of Brad Pitt as Louis in Interview with the Vampire! *evil smirk* But this was

Louis & Claudia (Interview with the Vampire)

when I really, really fell in love with the idea of vampires – real, “fake” vampires… not the ones who claim to be and who live a lifestyle.  I won’t even get into that subject right now. *rolls eyes*  I love my imaginary creatures of the night and I want them to stay that way.  I don’t want my vampires to sparkle, nor do I want them to go through their immortal life with ease.  Our lives are not easy, so theirs should be WAY worse.  Right?  *sigh*  Okay, now I’m venting, I don’t know how that happened.  I will stop now!

So to get back on track, why do I like vampires again?  The world is a scary place.  As a woman I am physically weaker than a man.  Women have so much more responsibilities and we give ourselves away to everyone else in our lives – we forget about ourselves and what we want.  So, vampires appeal to me because I would love to be as strong as they mythically are.  To have no fear to travel anywhere, to walk down any street, to have no fear of a man or any ill-intentions they may harbour…  The idea of being free from idealisms, to be free to do whatever I wanted or desired… I guess these are very personal reasons, but I think they are very relevant and true.  There are many other reasons for loving vampires and I can sum them up with one word – eroticism! *evil grin*  That one is pretty self explanatory!

Well, there you have it.  I have bared it all and probably shared too much! lol   Overall, I love vampires because they’re AWESOME! 😉

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How do you write?

As some of you may know, I don’t have the luxury to be able to write exclusively as my career.  I unfortunately have a ‘day job’ as a hairstylist.  So the other day as I was chatting with one of my clients, she asked me a question that stumped me and I’ve been thinking about it ever since: “How do you write?”  Now you would think the question shouldn’t be that difficult to answer, but really… how would you answer?  Not so easy is it?  So I did my best to answer her, but my response was weak.  Now that I have thought about it, I think I have a better answer.

There’s the usual answer, write what you know.  Well, since I don’t know any vampires personally (or do I? haha) I twist this advice to: Write what you love!  I myself am rather passionate about this genre and any other supernatural/paranormal beings.  So I’m not going to write children’s books about learning to be a big boy or girl and how to use the potty.  No.  That’s not my cup a tea.  Why would anyone want to write about something that they don’t enjoy?!

So that is the what to write about, now there’s the how do I write it.  Now, this is the harder question to answer.  Of course, you are going to use your imagination.  It may sound redundant but really, even if you are  to write a biography, you need to use your memory of events and wrap it in a story.  You need to remember to have something in your story that compels the reader to keep reading.  Make sure to have detail, but not too much or it can become boringsville.  You need to have conflicts, small victories and drama… Oh my!  But seriously, writing is hard.  It takes dedication, a strong love and drive to create a story that you only hope that someone else will enjoy as much as you have while writing it.  Over the years I have met quite a few people and there are a handful of you out there that have started a book, novella or short story even, but have let it fall wayside.  At first I thought  maybe it was them wanting to have a connection with me; to have the same love of writing to share and converse about.  But over the years, I have come to the conclusion that not everyone can write a complete tale.  It’s harder then they expected and not everyone has the true desire to do so.

Hmm, you know, I still don’t think I have a good answer….

On a similar, yet side note.  I loved what Eric Kripke wrote (Via Chuck the prophet on Supernatural) in “Swan Song“.  I found it very real and relevant and thought I’d share.

Any chapped ass monkey with a keyboard can poop out a beginning, but endings… endings are impossible.  You try to tie up every loose end but you never can.  The fans are always gonna bitch.  There’s always gonna be holes.  And since it’s the ending it’s all suposed to add up to something, I’ll telling you, it’s a raging pain in the ass!”

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Indie Authorship

Well guys, I found this blog article via Twitter the other day and I thought it was well written and parallels how I feel about self-publishing.  If you have ever been curious about the indie authorship  world, here’s a wee bit of insight into it.

*This article was reprinted with permission of the author.

Why Indie Authorship is Viable

May 6, 2010

Okay so on “pimp my novel”: Prithee Convince Me: Self-Publishing the blog poster wants self-publishing authors to “convince him” that self-publishing is a viable alternative to trad publishing. According to his blog bio, he works in the sales department of a publishing house.

What’s most interesting is in the comments section, almost all of the people commenting are trad publishing hopefuls. NOT indie authors. I tried to make a post but I got one of those ridiculous blogger errors (I HATE blogger. I don’t know why anyone uses the foul thing.) And it wouldn’t let me post. So I am reproducing my comment here. Hopefully within the next day or so the problem will be solved.

Most of the respondents to this have been trad published authors or trad pubbed author hopefuls. So, here is the perspective of an actual indie author.

Unless a publisher was willing to make me ludicrously rich (which I don’t expect to happen btw), they are completely irrelevant to me.

I love being an indie author. I’ve sold over 5,000 Kindle copies of my novella so far. (Over 23,000 total downloads including the free PDF’s out there) I’ve started to build a platform/fan base. Except instead of doing that to “impress someone” I’m doing it for my business to help it grow. I’m doing it for ME.

Self-publishing is a business.

I don’t like working for other people in any capacity. I don’t like being told what to do. When I pick a title for a work I don’t want someone’s marketing department coming by and trying to name it something else cause they think their title is “more marketable.”

Whether it is or isn’t, it’s my book and I’m not selling the rights to it.

I don’t want to have to wait 18 months from the point the book is FINISHED for it to be available for sale. It causes me to miss out on riding trend waves which I could otherwise benefit financially from.

I don’t want my e-rights mismanaged. And the Big 6, especially the “Agency Five” are proving over and over that they are just not willing to deal with ebooks in any sane way (overpricing, windowing, some books not even available in E with no plans to MAKE them available in E.)

Further, as an indie, I get full creative control. Full profit. (As of this moment I have made $1,775.35 on one kindle ebook. This may not be a lot of money, but it is my debut release and is more than I would have made as a newbie author for an advance for a novella with a major pub. And yes, almost all of that is straight profit.)

I get to pick my cover design. No one can “drop me” because I publish me. My audience can build organically over time as it should with no pressure or need to artificially inflate those numbers in order to hold onto a contract whose terms would be questionably beneficial to me anyway.

I can write and publish at my own speed.

My backlist doesn’t go “out of print.” Every single book I publish will be available both in print and in Ebook indefinitely. Until I get tired of selling it. Most midlist authors have many books “out of print” not making them money. How does one gain traction that way? Sure, they can put those out of print books (assuming the seven or more years has passed allowing them to get the rights back) on the Kindle, but that’s self-publishing. And if they will benefit from self-publishing THAT then why don’t they cut out the middle man (the publisher) from the equation altogether?

Authors are branded. Not publishers. Publishers will suffer if not die because of that stupid marketing choice way back in the day.

I have an excellent cover artist for the series I’m releasing (Starting with the book Blood Lust. For anyone who has seen my name, I don’t want them thinking my awesome cover artist designed the cover for Kept since the Kept cover isn’t as good. I did that cover. Though I’ve still sold over 5,000 Kindle copies with it.) I have a fabulous editor. Both my cover artist and editor *I* chose and were right for the project.

I have readers who love what I’m doing.

I love what I’m doing.

Before I decided to self-publish I could barely make myself write. I was miserable. I was depressed. I was anxious all the time. I HATED it. I will never go back to that type of literary slavery again.

The real question should be… Why exactly… in the world of the Internet, where mainstream publishers don’t truly market most of their list, with digital books growing exponentially and the publishing industry seriously in trouble… why is trad publishing viable for anyone who isn’t already a brand name?

And to the person who mentioned the types of people who self-publish, anyone can learn about the publishing business. It’s not mystical. You don’t have to be “inducted” into it. The knowledge is there. People are just lazy and unintelligent as a group.

But that has nothing to do with “me” or “you.” Each person chooses how much they will research and learn before making a business decision. The problem is, most writers have no business head on them no matter what route they take. And those authors won’t survive in the new publishing climate.

To the person who mentioned needing to be able to get into brick and mortar bookstores… brick and mortar bookstores will die. That is not where the money will be in the future. It’s a bad bet to aim all your energy in that direction. Brick and mortar bookstores are also entirely irrelevant since more than half of all book buyers buy at least SOME of their books on the Internet and ebooks require no physical stores.

A smart indie is going to aim all their marketing focus to online consumers. It’s a VERY large niche that is consistently growing. No need to chase after the wrong end of the 80/20 rule.

Book giveaway contest!!!

Win Me!!

Hey everyone, well the Facebook fan page: Addicted to “Beyond the Threshold of Death” is having a book giveaway contest.  Check out the details here:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Addicted-to-Beyond-the-threshold-of-death/341987666661?v=app_2373072738#!/topic.php?uid=341987666661&topic=16658

Gettin’ some… {more books that is;) }

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve updated everyone.  I am pleased to say that Resurrected has sold out and the only copies available are at the West Edmonton Mall’s Chapters and the Chapters on Whyte ave. in Edmonton as well as the Coles in Spruce Grove (although, I think they only have 1 copy left)!!  Currently I am in the process of getting Resurrected ready for the 2nd print run!!!!  I am super excited and glad that people are scooping it up. 🙂  I will hopefully have more books by  the end of May.  Either way, I will keep ya’ll up to date!

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore…

Hello fellow dwellers of all things dark, eerie and supernatural… I am pleased to say that I have finally added to the “Supernatural goodness” page.  Do you dare click on the link?  Can you handle what may lay ahead?  When you spill the salt, do you through it over your shoulder? {you should} Does the hair on the back of your neck raise when a black cat crosses your path? {beware}  Is that dark shadow you see just that, a shadow? {no…}

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On a roll…

Well, I guess I must be in the mood to work on here… I am pleased to say that I have now added some good ol’ fashioned info onto the “Vampire Lore” page.  Check it out!!

slowly adding stuff

Hey guys, well I have now added some awesome links in the “Cool Links” page.  Check it out! 🙂  I will try and keep it up and add to the other pages asap.  I will also set a day to actually take the time, hopefully, and let ya’ll know how “Awakened” is coming along.

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