I’m not ready for today to be the last day of 2014; honestly, I don’t know how the year disappeared so fast. But, since tomorrow will begin a new year, I figured a little introspection was in order. I don’t normally like to make a big hubbub about New Year’s resolutions, mainly because I don’t… Continue reading Goal Setting (Or, Stuff Jessica Fails Miserably At)
WIPpet Wednesday: Internet’s Back
So I'll start this post with a confession: I've had internet for a couple weeks now, but things kept popping up. This week, however, I reserved tonight for author-y tasks. Made some updates to the website, worked on some formatting (eeeee!), wrote a little bit on untitled book 2, decided to jump back in for… Continue reading WIPpet Wednesday: Internet’s Back
On Writers and Reviews
As the release date for Stones creeps ever closer, I find myself growing ever more anxious. The cover is out in the world, with my name on it and guys…I’m kind of freaking out. I think I’ve officially entered the “What in the name of fluffy unicorns have I done?” phase of publishing. Has anyone… Continue reading On Writers and Reviews
Stones and Finger Bones: The Cover
Huzzah! I've been sitting on this baby since May...so I'm not going to beleaguer this post with a bunch of extra words. I just want to say that Ravven is a fantastically talented artist, and an absolute pleasure to work with! I first discovered her a couple years ago, and my immediate reaction was "Wow, if… Continue reading Stones and Finger Bones: The Cover
Newsflash: I've grossly underestimated the time it would take me to get Stones and Finger Bones ready to send out into the world. Anyone surprised? No? I'm definitely not. Ugh. The good news is that I have a delicious brunch scheduled for Sunday to meet with my final reader to gather up her thoughts and… Continue reading Setbacks
WIPpet Wednesday: Back Again
Greetings minions! So if you were following me back when I was still I before E, you may remember that I participated in a weekly party/gathering/hop of lovely Wippeteers posting snippets of their works-in-progress that somehow relate to the day's date. I've been trying to jump back in for a while now, but life has… Continue reading WIPpet Wednesday: Back Again
Greetings, my lovely peeps! Thing have been a little hectic here lately, and I don't have the energy for a useful informative post, so you'll have to settle for a "life update" post instead. Business Item Number 1: I started a new job about 3 weeks ago, which accounts for all the busyness I've been… Continue reading Updates Galore!
The Macanaw Peaches
Two posts in a row? What's going on here? *checks self for fever* Anyway, so I'm having some issues with writer's block. I might have had a small epiphany about adding a new first chapter/prologue that shows a very important scene that's mentioned towards the end of the book. It has the potential to be… Continue reading The Macanaw Peaches
What I’ve Learned About Revision (Part 1)
Since Stones is back in the hands of my editor for the third (and maybe final?) time, I figured I would let y'all know what I've learned (if anything) so far, as a first-time indie author. I've titled this "part 1" just in case I think of any more gems of wisdom later on. :)… Continue reading What I’ve Learned About Revision (Part 1)
Judging a Book by Its Name: 10 Common Trends in Fantasy Titles
Some interesting observations about trends in fantasy titles…
Chart showing most frequent fantasy book titles and fonts in 2009, Orbit Books, http://www.orbitbooks.net/2010/08/19/the-chart-of-fantasy-art-part-4-title-trends/
People often talk about how difficult cover designs are to get right, and the role they play in selling books. Titles – the things plastered all over those covers – are a less frequent topic of discussion.
Given how responsive we are to images and colours, covers probably are more important. Still, if you’re online, or talking to other book lovers, sometimes the title is the only thing you see or hear.
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