Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Face Down -- You've read Sunder, now hear from Elizabeth

My short story detailing the aftermath of Isabella's accident is available on Amazon. Seeing the world through the eyes of Elizabeth, Isabella's personal assistance, you can see a little deeper into the corruption of Isabella's America, and a much deeper look into Alfredo. I wrote this when I was stuck on a scene, but writing it helped me see more clearly who Alfredo really was and how he reacts when his back against the wall. It was nice to give Elizabeth more of a voice as well, as she has to keep so much inside her.



Thursday, May 21, 2015

Sunder is Here!

I have published my book—relatively quietly, but it is available for purchase. I am thrilled at every small victory. The four-star review from a stranger on Goodreads, the five-star review on Amazon. I have a free giveaway for the Kindle version for five days, and already more than 100 people have ordered it. The fact I don't get paid for those copies makes no nevermind; this was never a money-making venture. I am genuinely happy that new people will read it and (hopefully) enjoy it. I'm in the process of selling my house and looking for a new one in Kansas City, so you would think I would be most excited about that. But it's the small victories with Sunder that excite me most. And I am truly thrilled with everything that has happened. I have also entered it into Writer's Digest's self-published contest. It would be lovely if I placed, but still worth it if not. Most of all, it's gratifying to have the support of my friends and fellow writers. I am honored to know such people.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The Hobbyist's Dilemma

As I have previously stated, writing is my hobby, rather than my profession. During the writing process, the lack of pressure and demand lends to the soothing nature of my writing. However, now that the first book, is done, the question sits heavy on what to do now. I am faced with three options that I am weighing with some level of seriousness. 

Option 1—I continue submitting letters to literary agents in the hopes that one will represent me and sell my book to a publisher. Since several of my rejection letters were personally written, I have hope that my work is not entirely without merit, and my hopes remain high I will eventually find an agent.

Option 2—I submit my transcript to DAW, which still has a slush pile of unrepresented manuscripts. This cuts out the middle man of an agent while still maintaining the possibility (however remote) of being represented by a major publisher.

Option 3—Self publishing, specifically through Kindle Direct, which will allow readers to either purchase or rent my e-book. Hard copy books will have to be done separately.


My recent confirmed diagnosis of Adult ADD may be the cause of this, but I am leaning toward the self publishing route. This is for two reasons. Oh fuck it, it's one reason. I am IMPATIENT. Though it is entirely of my own making, I feel like I cannot move onto Intercession until Sunder is available for purchase. It's not so much a matter of multitasking, but of state of mind. If Sunder is still in progress, I find it difficult, if not outright impossible to mentally immerse myself in Intercession. There is also the pressing knowledge that regardless of my publishing path, I will be solely responsible for promoting my work. As a first-time author, I will have to prove myself. Why not keep the paltry profits and channel them back into promotion materials?

So for the moment, I am at an impasse, I'm afraid.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Forgotten Garden Review

The Forgotten GardenThe Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As an admittedly impatient reader, I almost gave up on this book early on. The multiple (and to my mind, excessive) POV characters created a winding and difficult path in the beginning. It was very hard to get to know any of the characters and decide who we should care about. Needless to say, I am so relieved I stuck with it, as The Forgotten Garden is an absolute masterpiece as a mystery, a character study, and an advertisement for the coast of Cornwall. Kate Morton's way of weaving together three stories across three different generations was masterful and kept me guessing all the way to the end. Every time I thought I had it figured out—why Nell was left alone on the boat, why Eliza had taken her, why Georgiana had fled in the first place—I was wrong. Like Liane Moriarty, another Australian author, Kate Morton really puts you into the skin of these characters. Whether you like them or not, you completely understand who they are and why they behave as they do. It was a long read, but had a very satisfying payoff. I will certainly be reading more of this author.

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