Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Life lessons from 100 year olds


Life lessons from people 100 years old and older.  So inspiring. We spend years, decades, worrying over stupid little things. Where does it get us?

Go. Watch it.  It will make your day.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Second Beginning print status

We’re having technical difficulties on getting Book II in the Cold Springs series out in print. We’re working with the printing company and so far they have not found the problem. Believe me, it is more than frustrating and I apologize for the long wait. 

In the meantime, the book can be downloaded via e-book with no problems at Amazon, of course. The link is here. 

We’re giving it one more shot with this printing company and if it’s still a problem, we’re moving it to another company.  Stay tuned for details and again…I’m really sorry for this inconvenience. 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Write Naked by Jennifer Probst

I just bought this book in paperback from Amazon.  I can't wait to read it. I love Jennifer Probst's books! 

I bought it in paperback instead of ebook because I want it for my keeper shelf.  I'm sure it will be one I'll return to over and over. 

I have a keeper shelf of reference books, and quite a few shelves house just writer related books.

Sooooooo excited.  That is all.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Booksigning tomorrow

I'm getting ready for a booksigning tomorrow.  It's from 12 to 2 pm tomorrow at the Liverpool Library, Tulip St, Liverpool, NY.

This is mess in my office.  The black and green rolling cart holds books.  It was super heavy so I put overflow books in the cardboard box.  The brown and red rolling cart hold my table cloth, extra pens, signs, bookmarks, biz cards, etc.

If you're in the area tomorrow please stop by! 

Friday, March 31, 2017

Around the web

Merry Farmer has an amazing post about success and how it defines an author.  It got me thinking, although I think about this a lot anyway as it is, but I wonder what an author's criteria is for defining success.  And does it change or evolve?  I believe it does.
When self publishing didn't exist (or pre 2010 when it was considered mostly taboo) I defined success as being traditionally published.  But prior to that I defined it as obtaining an agent.
After being small press published for awhile, I defined success as that publisher allowing me to continue writing the series I was currently involved in.  And to do that I needed to keep my sales numbers up or my series would get dropped. 
Now I mostly exclusively self publish and I define success in a different way:  by readers.  How many readers can I reach? Connect with? Connecting equals a following and that to me, in my own personal writing journey, is my definition of success.  The money comes from that.  See, I can't do anything to control the money coming in.  All I can do is maintain loyalty to my readers and hope they do the same to me.  And to do that, I work on my craft and put out the best book(s) possible for readers.  What's all I can control.

In reader/book news, I'm attending the Liverpool, NY Book Festival on Tulip St in Liverpool, NY this Sunday from noon to 2 pm.  Stop by if you're in the area!  There will be loads of great authors and readers attending!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Judging a book by its cover

Readers judge books by their covers.  We all want to think we don't, but look at this example above.  In 2003 I first was published by a small press.  Blackbird was the book, and the original cover is on the left.

On the right is today's self published cover.

Which do you think sells better?

Exactly.  Not to argue that bare man chest wouldn't draw attention, but it's not just that. It's the colors, the banner at the bottom, even the blurb on the back of the book.

Self publishing forces you to examine human nature, to experiment on what is more appealing to the eye.  (Um...yeah, man candy with tattoos definitely.)

Oh, and in case you wondered about hero Adahya's tattoos, those are original tribal Iroquois tattoo designs.  They often tattooed themselves in Colonial times.  Hard to believe, right?

So tell me what you think of the new cover. 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Try something new

So I went to my first massage recently.  It was a Reiki massage.  I thought that it would help with the back pain I’d been suffering from. I had back surgery in 2015 and have had constant pain ever since blowing out my disc prior to the surgery.

I wanted to believe in the power of healing energy, and I had no idea what to expect.  I think I went into the appointment with the wrong attitude.  I was skeptical plus I couldn’t shake the feeling that I was being selfish.  I was paying a lot of money to try this out.  I felt guilty.  Hugely guilty.  The money I was spending on this could have gone to paying a bill.  I had no right to spend this solely on myself.

So I went in feeling guilty about spending the time and the money on myself.  And I felt nervous.  I didn’t want someone touching me.  I’d have to meet a stranger.  I was nervous about what she would think of me.  I don’t know why, but that’s me.  I’m always terrified meeting new people.

They first greeted me upon arriving and gave me a glass of water.  They didn’t explain why the water, so I thought that was a bit weird. Turns out, which she explained to me at the end of my massage, was that they believe water helps conduct energy, thereby promoting the positive energy to come to you.

I don’t know…I wanted to believe. I really did. Granted the table was soft and heated like a large heating pad, and she had dipped her hands in lavender oil which smelled wonderful and was relaxing. But as far as the power of healing from a non-hands on approach.  I…I just don’t know.

But I tried it.  Would I go back? Doubtful.  But at least I opened my mind up to give it a go.  And that’s what life is all about, experiencing new things, right?