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Penstra Profile

The writing software Penstra has a short profile of me up today: here’s the link:

Penstra

Penstra is a web-based writing software.  I haven’t studied it in detail yet, but it seems to have a lot of features.  I do know the basic level is free. So check it out.

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Research

Research for a new Atlantis Fallen book. I went a little click-happy at Amazon.

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500 Words

Following the publication of my novel, Daughter of Atlas, I’ve started working on a new project.  It is a solarpunk novella for a shared world anthology, with a couple friends.  I have been working on it pretty consistently, and I feel pretty good about it.

I write 500 words a day.

I’ve always struggled with writing consistently.  Indeed, I stopped writing at all for almost ten years.  I was feeling too burned out and beaten down.  So I know I won’t ever be able to make a paying career out of this, but that’s okay. I’ve started again, that’s the thing.

But even in my not-writingest periods, I’ve always known that you need to write every day to make a go of it.  And not just dicking around in your journal, either.  You need to write something that you hope or intend for people to read, every day, to produce work and to improve.

It is only now that I have come to do that. Write every day.  I want to now, like I didn’t want to before.  (The book The War of Art by Stephen Pressfield helped me understand my not-wanting, and confront it. I recommend it.) And the amount that I’m writing is 500 words.

So far, it’s working for me, because it’s such a small amount.  One page.  It is extremely hard to talk myself out of writing it.  It would be embarrassing. 500 words. Come on, man.  Embarrassing to not write it.  One page. Hard to rationalize blowing off a single page.  That’s the key, so far. That’s what’s working for me.

To be honest, I don’t write every day.  I write in the evenings, because I’m just not a morning person.  And I close at work one day a week, so I don’t get home until late. I usually don’t write then.  And my writer’s workshop is on Thursdays, and then I don’t get home until almost ten.  No writing then.

But I write most nights.  And every night that I do, I have 500 words more than I did the night before.  It’s good enough. Far better than all the many nights when I had no words. 300 nights of 500 words makes a novel. How do you eat an elephant?  One 500-word bite at a time.

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Book Update, July 2

I got back the final draft of my paper book cover from Selfpubbookcovers.com, and uploaded it to CreateSpace.  So I am waiting now of the proof copy of the book to arrive from CreateSpace, which should take about a week.  Once I approve the proof, the book will be for sale.

I’m probably going to lose my mind when that proof comes in.  My book!  Made real! Something I’ve been waiting my whole life to see.

I should have done this ages ago. It was surprisingly easy, and I feel really good about it. As my friend Rob Cerio said, the only difference these days between a published author and an unpublished author is clicking that Amazon button.  So click it!  You’ll be glad you did.

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Daughter of Atlas Update

 

An update on the status of my brand new, shiny book!

I got my first Amazon, review, check it out! Thank you, James Butler!

I’m working on producing a paper version of the book at CreateSpace.  I bought an ISBN and everything!  The PDF manuscript was designed by my dear friend and editor, Charlie Brown, and my book cover creator, selfpubbookcovers.com, is creating a full, wraparound cover for the paper version. It should take about a week, and then about a week to get the proof from CreateSpace.

In the meantime, my dad mentioned my book to one of his pals, and she recommended it to her book club!  Isn’t that amazing?  You never know by who or how your book may reach someone.  I’m grateful for the positive response I’ve received. Makes me want to keep writing.

 

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My First Lesson

 

So here is my first lesson as an indie author:

Check your title on Amazon first to make sure it is unique enough!  There are at least five other things on Amazon with some variant of the title “Daughter (or Daughters) of Atlas.”  Who knew?

Check it out, here are the search results:

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_pg_1?rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Adaughter+of+atlas&keywords=daughter+of+atlas&ie=UTF8&qid=1497884544

At least mine is first, for now. That’s something.

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Big News! (Finally)

 

So I have some news. Big news! I finally stopped screwing around and published my Atlantis novel, now called “Daughter of Atlas,” as an Amazon e-book!

Check it out!

 

DoA Cover

So what I need you to do now, if you ever read or critiqued it, is to jump onto Amazon and leave a little review. Reviews are the driver of success on Amazon. It’s doesn’t have to be long or detailed, it just has to be an actual written review. It would help me out and be a real vote of confidence in me. Thanks so much.

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