Prepping a Pre-Order Despite Finn’s Flamenco

Here’s the deal…I did have a terrific post planned all about Finn McSpool’s recent adventures in my kitchen (the room will never be the same, I swear). Unfortunately, the vagaries of shipping means the final tool needed for the project he began weeks ago STILL hasn’t arrived.

However, Finn wasn’t going to miss out on his spot of weekly fame. Seeing me at the computer yesterday and feeling like he’d been missing out on some mischief lately, he ran over to lend a paw with what I was doing…and insisted I take photos to show off how “helpful” he was being.

I can see my productivity declining already.

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What Are You Doing to Me, Smashwords?!!!

I know Release Day for The Maze: Book Three of the Osteria Chronicles is less than a week away (squeeee!!!) and I should be using this blog space to cajole/guilt you into pre-ordering the book, but something is frustrating me and, rather than bang my head on the wall, I thought I’d share my irritation with my lovely readers and see your reactions.

My gripe is twofold: Smashwords and NaNoWriMo.

For those of you who don’t know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It occurs each November and within the 30 days you’re meant to write a 50,000-word “novel.” I’ve griped about this terminology in previous posts, but my basic issue with NaNoWriMo is that it’s misleading. Unless you are incredibly talented, you are NOT writing a novel; you are writing a draft. And if you’re writing fast enough to crank out 50,000 words, that draft is probably in need of some serious work (again, unless you are quite talented).

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Okay Pirates, You Win

This week I learned my recent release, The Trials of Hercules, has been pirated. Initially I thought only a couple illegal download sites had it and that the wound could be staunched, but I’ve since learned that old Herc is bleeding out through his femoral artery because the book is on at least 20 pirating websites.

It’s No Big Deal, Right?

pirateFor those of you who don’t think pirating is a big deal, let’s put it in perspective. I’ve worked for over a year on writing, editing, formatting, and promoting this book. An average year’s wages in the U.S. are somewhere around $40,000. Now, $40,000 can buy you a pretty decent car, so let’s say you take a year of your work and buy a car then, the very day you get your car home, it gets stolen.

How pissed off are you? Add to that anger the attitude (and dawning realization) that you can do nothing to stop the thieves and everyone is telling you, “This is what happens, just accept it.” Yeah, you’re up to some middle-aged white guy anger now, aren’t you?

Better Use of My Time? Banging My Head Against a Brick Wall.

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How Long Does It Take to Write A Book?


Many writers jumping into the literary world, ask themselves this. Perhaps they even search online for the answer. Writers’ magazines, when spotlighting new authors list how long it took them to complete their book. The answers, wherever you find them, range from seven weeks to seven years. Not helpful. It’s like saying your next payday is going to be somewhere between $2 and $20,000.

The common answer is “as long as it takes.” But that doesn’t fully satisfy the questioning writer.

The truth is that infinity isn’t long enough to finish your book if you don’t sit down and write. Set a goal, set a timer, set anything to ensure you write. Do this regularly – whether it’s once a day or once a week – and eventually the pages will fill. And just remember, we don’t believe in writer’s block here so get your butt in the chair and write! Continue reading