Some Random Things
Busy at work (my main blogging time, when waiting for printouts and email responses and whatnot), so still not keeping up here as much as I want. So, I will throw out some things that have been on my mind the last few days.
I got a rejection letter from Permuted Press for The Curse of Troius. They’d requested the manuscript in September of 2010, and they said that it made it to the “final round”, whatever that means. I like the way it sounds, anyway, that it was good enough to get that far at least. It means that I am just shy of being marked for respectability! That’s good enough for me. I mostly appreciate getting the email since it provides me with closure over the whole thing. I don’t have to worry about trying with Legacy Publishing anymore.
The same day I got that email, I sold my first eBook through Smashwords. It helped the slight bitter feeling of failure that lurked after the rejection, which I’m over now.
I’ve been attempting to increase my Online Presence (say it again in your head, with more gravitas: My Online Presence) lately, finding other self-published authors and encouraging them and increasing my Twitter stuff and Facebook and all that jazz. I’m actually picking up a few new followers by dribs and drabs, which is cool.
I’ve also been trying to get my friends and people who have read my book to post reviews on Amazon and things like that, to help increase the exposure and show that people have actually read the damn thing, but so far, no luck. I have to admit that I find that the slightest bit irritating – I’m kind’ve asking for a favor, one that shouldn’t put people out too much, and I’m willing to give them an eBook of my next book for free if they do it, and still no one is willing to take the 5 minutes it would take to do it. I shouldn’t be – it isn’t their problem – but still it nags at me. One review I did get – a meaningless damning-with-faint-praise bit of nothing – still sticks in my craw a bit as annoying and doing more harm than good, so be careful what you ask for, heh. But I’m a mean and bitter and small person that way. Which are probably all very good reasons why no one is willing to review it.
So, hey! I’d like you to review my book, too, especially if you’ve actually read it. Let me know you did, and you’ll get a free advance eBook version of The Storm of Northreach when it’s done. Hell, if you haven’t read it, I’ll give you a coupon code for Curse so you can download it now and read it if you’d just review the damn thing. I’m not asking for 5 stars or anything, just your honest opinion. Sucking up not necessary (but appreciated).
Three chapters left in Storm. I’ve got a rough outline for them, so it’s just a matter of getting the words down when I get time. I have a real love-hate relationship with the book. At times I feel like it’s tough to write – it’s much bigger in scope, a lot more characters and locations – and I feel like I’m straining my meager talent by trying it. Then I’ll read something – setting my mind for a particular character’s point of view – and sometimes I think, Holy crap I wrote that? Like it’s good, and I’m shocked by it every time.
Other times I read and just want to find Select All, then hit Delete. Eh, it comes and goes. I imagine every writer feels exactly the same way.
I’m also kicking through an idea for a modern-day zombie story, a first-person narrative from someone waiting for their turn to die. Rather than the soldier-style survivor protagonist, it’s an Everyguy, a twenty-something waiter who’d drifted through life and found himself in the middle of an Apocalypse. I envision it as more about the man and Man and how we treat each other and philosophy and the other things I envision someone doing who’s living through the end of the world and takes the time to sit down and write about it.
On top of that, my Browncoat friend has led me to a website of zombie fiction (Tales of World War Z) where some of his stories have gotten posted. Check them out. I’m going to see if I can write a couple of short stories and submit them myself. I have an idea called “Blamers” that I think I’ll try first, an idea that came to me when thinking about my modern story. It’ll be a good test run.
Thanks for reading. It really means a lot.