Whatever. Anyway, Yesterday was an amazing day. Today, I am just now getting the word out and telling people and…
It’s like this. And it’s all about creating characters.
Yesterday was the release day for KICKING IT, the anthology Kalayna Price and I edited. It did well (very well) on release day, in no small part to the efforts of my PR team and my street team and the efforts of Chloe Neill who has PR nailed.
Yesterday was also the release day of the new revamped (haha) website www.faithhunter.net . It is stylish and slick and I love it!
Yesterday was the day I turned in a proposal and character for a new series.
And Yesterday was also the day I turned in my notice that, after the first of the year, I will no longer be a full time lab rat. I [...]
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Years ago, a pal of mine’s sixth paperback (excellent book) was published, and a buyer at Borders/Waldenbooks read it. He fell in love with the book. He liked it so much that he ordered a ton of books and pushed that writer’s books in Borders-affiliated stores. It was the push that writer’s career needed to get off the ground and fly. Not many writers get that push. Most of us work our buns off and just hope for a chance like that — that push from behind that catapults us to the next level. When it happens it’s luck, blessing, whatever you want to call it.
There are things we can do to help that possibility along, of course. It’s called promotions. I’ve been doing a ton of PR for all the products I have coming out these next few weeks. (If you missed the releases, you can see them [...]
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I’m baaaaach, with more then and now musing. I renamed this post a few times — “Quantity of Books” won out over “Productivity”, “Books in a Year” and other variations. You’ll see what I mean as I ramble on…
THEN: Fifteen years ago, I received The Call — my agent had sold my first novel to Roc. “They asked if you had a sequel,” he said. “I told them you had planned two.” (A lie — I’d written a stand-alone, and I hadn’t dared to think about more in the series.) “They want to know when you can turn in the first.”
I thought for a bit, and I said, “It took me three years to write The Glasswrights’ Apprentice, but I learned a lot doing it. I should be able to produce a sequel in about two years.”
My agent laughed, and he said, “The correct answer is one [...]
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Over a year ago, John Hartness expressed dismay that I wasn’t self-publishing the short stories I had the rights back on and politely insisted that I do so ASAP. I believe his exact words were something along the lines of how those stories were making nothing just sitting on my hard drive but could be making me money if I put them out there for sale. Unfortunately, it took me more than a year to do so, but finally last month I self-published, The Dead and Empty World, a collection of short stories (I’ve begun publishing the individual stories as well).
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | kobo
I have to tell you, it’s addicting! I hired someone (Jeremy West at Red Creative Design) to do the cover and design the inside. He was going to also do the file conversions, but I started reading up on it and [...]
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James R. Tuck
Character and Plot. The two things you need to make a book. (Please don’t cite me examples of books that have one but not the other. Those are outliers and not the main thrust of books.) Generally speaking those are the requirements.
Now for most folks, myself included, character is actually pretty easy. They come swaggering up in our heads all badass and near fully fleshed out. The plots? They’re a different story. Plots are tricky little devils and hard to get hold of sometimes.
But that’s because we overthink them.
We do. As writers our brains are moving 90 to nothing and cruising top speed down multiple tracks. We mix our plot up with the following things: Character, Backstory, World-building, Themes, and Motives.
But we don’t need that for the actual plot.
The plot is the skeleton you hang all that meat [...]
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PR in today’s market is both easy and difficult, and yes, I am fully aware of the contradiction in terms. It’s easy, because we have access to all sorts of social media. It’s hard because there is so much social media out there that it’s difficult to stand out amidst the crowd of authors who are releasing books.
I have four (count em. Oy) four releases between Dec. 3 2013 and Jan 7. 2014. KICKING IT
(antho, co-edited with Kalayna Price) will be out first, on Dec 3. On Dec 10, the Audible release of CAT O’NINE TALES, with exclusive content will be out, and on that same day, ROC’s THE JANE YELLOWROCK COMPANION will be out, also with new content. That’s a lot of releases. You gotta see the covers, ‘cause I’m just so excited about them all!
Then, to [...]
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Interesting… When I started this series last week, talking about how things have changed in “breaking in” for our field, more than half the comments went to how bookstores have changed. So, here I am, following the Great Big Clue about what this week’s topic should be… So, let’s look at how things differ from 1998, when I started circulating my novel manuscripts hoping for professional publication, and today.
THEN: There was numerous chains of bookstores, most of which had “regular store” size space in shopping malls (rather than superstores.) I had a B.Dalton in the mall across the street from my house; within 10 miles, I could find numerous other B. Dalton, Waldenbooks, Brentano’s, Barnes & Noble, and Borders stores. In addition, there were several dozen independent bookstores in a 10-mile radius. Some, like the 5-store local chain Olsson’s, focused on literature; others focused on special topics like politics [...]
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