WIPjoy #27 & Cover Reveal

27. Side character – Your secret vice?

Rosalind: Makeup. I mean, I’m naturally beautiful, but not this beautiful.
Gwendolyn: That’s not really a secret…
Rosalind: Hers is Liam. Not that I blame her.
Gwendolyn:

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The cover for Fairy Tales and Folklore Reimagined has been revealed! My story “A Good Washing and One Nice Dress” is included. Look for preorders to be up on 10/31 and the book to be released 11/10. (Between the Lines Publishing)

What to Look For in a Small Publisher

Please come visit me over at Dale Cameron Lowry’s site where I’m discussing, well, just what the title of this post says. I’ve learned a lot about contracts and red flags, and while many small publishers are good (or at the very least mean well), you really need to know what you’re getting into. The first step, of course, is to clarify what YOU want for your book. Then find the publisher who can work with you to get there!

LOVE Dale’s infographic, btw. Very handy! And I’ve never had anyone make a graphic for me before, so I’m super flattered. Hope you’ll swing by the post for a look!

Beta Readers Wanted

I’m super excited to announce that I’ve finished the draft of Hamlette! Very soon now I will be looking for people to read it and provide feedback as I spruce it up.

What does being a beta reader entail? I will send two to three chapters at a time (or the entire manuscript if you prefer). You’ll have a week to read what I’ve sent, and then we’ll do a little interview in which you tell me what you think. What you like, don’t like, etc. What works for you, what you don’t understand. The interviews will likely be via online chat or Google hangout or something like that. Yes, you get to really and truly interact with me! If that scares you, I can also just send a questionnaire. But I find it more helpful to have a kind of conversation with my beta readers.

Anyway, feel free to contact me if this interests you, or else be on the lookout for a sign-up sheet to be posted soon.

Death of a Newsletter

I’ve made attempts to build my newsletter, and I still send one out every month, but I think I’ll be ending that soon. Despite many authors insisting that newsletters are the best way to find readers and sell books, I’ve never seen much ROI. I did what many do and offered giveaways and free, exclusive content but . . . As soon as people signed up and got whatever was being given, they unsubscribed. Maybe I don’t have a knack for it. Maybe I’m doing it all wrong. I don’t know. But with so many outlets to choose from and only so much actual time, I have to be picky about my tactics. I enjoy posting stuff for my Facebook followers, and I even enjoy Tweeting now and then, or posting the occasional Instagram photo. I like blogging here, and reviewing on spooklights and Goodreads. That is, I think, more than enough. When you consider my editing jobs and, you know, actual writing, I stay plenty busy! And based on interest, or lack thereof, readers have shown me my newsletter is the least of my efforts. They’d rather I do other things in other places, and I’m happy to drop the excess weight.

If you’ve been following The Adventures of Sel & Am, well, I hope to find another venue for posting it. Right now it’s not a particularly active project, more of a side hobby that I’m tinkering with. I have so many other things that need to get finished, and I want to be able to do right by Sel & Am, both of whom I adore. Seladion in particular would surely be angry if I were to let him languish, or worse, be sloppy with him. Their adventures span centuries, too, so there’s lots to tell. I promise I’ll do so when I find the right home for them.

ETA: I did put the first part up on Wattpad.

July Sale

My publisher has put my novel The Fall and Rise of Peter Stoller on sale for the month of July. Only on Smashwords, however. Click here to go have a look.

1960’s London: British Intelligence agent Peter Stoller is next in line to run the Agency—until he falls in love with cab driver, Charles, and his life goes off the road. When Charles is accused of treason, Peter is guilty by association. Peter manages to extract them both, but the seeds of doubt have been planted, putting Peter’s mind and heart at war. Is ignorance truly bliss or merely deadly?