Kickstarting My Next Book

I am two weeks away from taking a big leap into the unknown and I wanted to fill you all in on it. On April 23, 2018 I will be launching my first Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to help produce my next book, SPRING’S CALLING.

Wondering what Kickstarter is? Here’s the short version: it is a crowdfunding platform for all manner of creative projects. Up until this point, I’ve covered the costs of publishing my books myself and while I’ve definitely made some money from selling my work, I’ve expended a lot of funds to get them out into the world. That’s why I’m taking this step and asking readers like you to support me in producing my next book.

A few years ago Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas launched a campaign to help fund the Veronica Mars movie (I am a proud backer of that campaign). Basically, creators put their projects out there and in exchange for funds pledged by backers, the creator offers various types of rewards. I will be offering both digital and physical rewards for my campaign. You’ll be able to see the campaign when it launches on April 23, 2018 (I will of course be sharing the link on all of my social media and on the blog).

I really hope you’ll join me in bringing this book to fruition and make it the best possible version it can be. See you all in two weeks!

Posted in Kickstarter

A Look Back at 2017

HAPPY NEW YEARS!

In only a few short hours, we will say goodbye to 2017 and ring in the New Year. Before that happens, I wanted to look back at the year I’ve had and share it with you all, because you have been a big part of it!

The year started with the release of my first young adult novel, MUSE SONG, in January 2017. Admittedly, it hasn’t done very well on the sales front but I do have it up on Instafreebie where it’s been downloaded nearly 700 times. Would I have liked those to be verified sales netting me a royalty? Of course, I would. But, as I’ve continued on this publishing journey, I’ve come to realize that this is a long-term investment. And this means that this book has reached nearly 700 readers. Maybe some of them will go on to purchase my other works and that is what tis is really all about.

The biggest personal milestone for me in 2017 was getting married to my long-time partner of nine years, Robert. We celebrated our nuptials on April 7, 2017 surrounded by friends and family at a beautiful hotel in Boston. It was an amazing night and everyone had a blast.


[Our Wedding Day]

After tying the knot, we embarked on a three-country, ten-day honeymoon. We spent time in Paris, Edinburgh and Zermatt. The skiing in Switzerland was downright terrifying (they don’t have any barriers on the sides of their trails … on sheer cliff faces. Not conducive to a safe skiing excursion for the blind girl) but the rest of the trip was a lot of fun> We saw a castle in each country (a requirement of mine) and we got to see lots of other tourist-y stuff (Robert’s request).


[A little romance by the Eiffel Tower]


[Some fun at Edinburgh Castle]


[Staying warm-ish at the Matterhorn]

In turning back to my year in writing and publishing, the back half of the year was pretty amazing. As I mentioned earlier, I’m now utilizing Instafreeibe as a mechanism to get my books out to more readers for FREE. Thanks to that service, my mailing list went from roughly 200 people before September to clocking in at about 800 as of today. The fact that you have read something of mine and enjoyed it enough to sign up is amazing and I am so immensely grateful to each and every one of you. You are the reason I do this. In a similar vein, in looking back the total of books sold (and yes, I include “Pains and Penalties” which is free to begin with in this figure) has exceeded 14,000. It may be down from my figures from 2016 but the fact that 14,000 copies have reached new readers is gratifying. It spurs me to keep going and putting new content out.

As I look toward 2018, I hope to be able to make significant strides in the process of putting out my next novel. Either by late 2018 or early 2019. And I hope to be able to bring you more sneak peeks and some fun contests. Keep an eye out for something for audiobook lovers in the early new year.

Thank you again for being with me this year. I hope you all have a happy and safe New Year and I’ll see you in 2018!

Posted in Misc

Geeks and Things is Now Available in More Places!

Hey folks,

I just wanted to let you know that I’ve expanded distribution for the “Geeks and Things” Cozy Mystery series to some new online retailers and subscription programs.

You can now get the entire series on Inktera and Scribd and through Kobo Plus and Playster. I’ve added links to the Book page here. So if you’ve wanted to get the series but they haven’t been somewhere you shop, hopefully now they will be where you can snatch them up!

Happy reading!

Posted in Geeks and Things, Website

MUSE SONG Release and Sale

Muse Song is now available for purchase. From now until January 13, 2017, it will be on sale for $0.99 at all e-tailers. It will then go up to full price of $3.49 so grab your copy at the discounted price while you can. If you enjoy what you read, please leave a review at whatever retailer you use.

You can find buy links here.

Thanks again for all the support!

Posted in Muse Song, New Releases

Muse Song ARC and Pre-Order

For those of you interested in receiving a free copy of MUSE SONG prior to release, you can sign up to receive an Advance Reader Copy at this link.

By submitting a request to receive a copy, you agree to post a review on either Amazon or Goodreads on the day of release.

If you would prefer to wait and pick up a copy on release day, January 10, 2017, feel free to pre-order it from your favorite e-tailer. The book will be available through Amazon, B&N, Kobo and iTunes.

I am excited to share this novel with the world. It’s been quite the labor of love over the last seven or eight years and I am glad it is finally being released into the world.

Posted in Muse Song, New Releases

Kindle Scout Results and Looking to the Future

Well, Kindle Scout is over and while I ended up with about 2 1/2 days on the Hot & Trending list at the end of the campaign and had 445 page views, I did not get selected for publication. But, that’s okay. Kindle Press is extremely selective in what they publish, as any publisher should be, and I was ready to put this work out into the world on my own anyway. I would definitely consider doing another Kindle Scout campaign if I have a work that fits within their criteria again. After all, I’m hoping to have the sequel ready to go by end of 2017 or beginning of 2018.

But focusing back on “Muse Song”, I will be publishing it in both print and ebook in early January. I’ll be releasing it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes and Kobo. Once links are available I will be sharing them on the series page. I intend to release the book free for the first 3-5 days to garner some interest before raising it back up to full price.

For anyone interested in getting a copy ahead of release, I will be sharing a link to request an Advance Reader Copy next week. My mailing list will be receiving this information before anyone else so if you want first crack at it and you are’t already on the list, I’d suggest signing up now.

I would just like to thank everyone again for supporting me in the crazy adventure. It means the world to me.

Posted in Muse Song, Writing

Kindle Scout – Week 1

9 days down, 21 to go. I launched my Kindle Scout campaign for Muse Song on October 12, 2016. For those not in the know, Kindle Scout is a reader-powered platform run by Amazon which gives authors the opportunity to have their books published through Amazon’s Kindle Press. Readers can signed up for free (you just need a valid Amazon account) and nominate books that interest them based on cover art, description and opening chapters. If a book is picked for publication, anyone who nominated the book gets a free copy shortly before publication. This works out well for both readers (who doesn’t love free books?) and authors (they get a lot of free buzz ahead of launch day). And if the book isn’t chosen, readers are still notified by Amazon when the book becomes available for purchase.

My first week’s stats are not overly impressive. I’ve had 142 page views in the first 9 days of my campaign. Most of the traffic has been through Kindle Scout’s pages (rather than external sources). I’ll be honest, I haven’t done much this first week in terms of promotion. I shared the launch on my Facebook page and tweeted a bit, but I know I need to step up my game. And that is where you come in. I need your help to move this campaign forward. Please feel free to share the link (below) to the campaign with your friends and anyone who might be interested in getting in on the ground floor. Please keep in mind that in order for your nomination to count, it needs to be in your list of nominations at the end of the campaign (November 11).

So to cast your vote, please click the picture below!

Nominate

Posted in Writing

COVER REVEAL: MUSE SONG

As I’ve mentioned before, I am in the process of putting out my first young adult novel which is the first in a trilogy. As of now, I am currently in the process of setting up a campaign on Kindle Scout (I will be posting a longer, more in-depth post about that process once the campaign is live) but I wanted to share the cover art for the book before it goes live.

I am very proud of the cover art (done by the fantastic artists over at Deranged Doctor Design). It was an extremely easy process and I am so thrilled with what they managed to come up with. I will definitely be using their services again for the rest of this series and other future works.

Posted in Cover Reveal, New Releases

I’m Interviewed by C.L. Wells

I apologize for being away for so long. I’ve spent the summer battling a second draft of my latest project (more on that in another post).

But I wanted to share with you an interview I did with reader and author C.L. Wells. He was kind enough to review “Pains and Penalties” and then asked if he could do a brief interview with me for his blog. You can find the interview here.

Also be on the lookout next month for his latest releases. I’ll be sharing them with you!

Posted in Author Interview

TV Upfronts Week 2016

So I figured I would take a little time to chat about something near and dear to my heart,but not writing related: TV Upfronts Week.

For the uninitiated, upfronts week happens in the middle of May every year and is when the broadcast networks (ABC< CBS< Fox, NBC and The CW) announce their upcoming schedule for the next year. Cable networks have their own set of upfronts too, but since the broadcast networks are still the bigger game in town, they get the focus. Along with seeing where you favorite shows end up in the line-up, you also get sizzle reels for the newly ordered shows. This allows viewers to get a glimpse of what's up and coming and decide what might interest them. (For those who are curious, Jen and I over at More TV Please will be doing a post at the end of the week rounding up what's new and what looks interesting to us). Typically, the networks make their final decision on existing shows the week before. Networks have different trends. For instance, the CW renewed their entire line up (at the time) a few months ago and when CBS does their renewals, it usually comes in a big chunk covering most of their schedule. NBC, Fox and ABC hand out their renewals in fits and spurts. But what's most interesting this year is the sheer number of show being cancelled. As one article put it, Thursday has been deemed "Bloody Thursday" because 12 shows were cancelled in one day. All told, 17 shows have met their end in the last two days. Of those, 11 were freshman shows. I can't remember a year when so many new shows got the ax. This year, people are also talking about some of the shocking non-freshman cuts such as Nashville and Castle. Personally, I believe Castle outlasted it's time by a least a season. I can't say one way or the other on Nashville as I've never watched it. But I do think this goes to show just how much network leadership affects what we get on our TVs. ABC recently had a shake up at the top and I suspect all of the ABC cancellations was in part to allow the new president to start fresh with their own crop of shows. Once next week wraps up and we have our post up, I'll share a link to our recap and review of what's new on More TV, Please.

Posted in TV