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Lack of Fanfare Is Good

One nice thing about being an Indie writer is the lack of fanfare.

Don’t get me wrong I wouldn’t at all mind a little splash and I did very much enjoy all of the congratulations, fb posts, and texts when I published Murder & Mochas. It was fun. And it was good to hangout with my writer friends last night and talk about it and receive some kudos.

That said, it all seems to be over already and I’m good with that.

You see Sunday evening, the steady stream of congratulations had ebbed and then disappeared around dinner time. My apartment was remarkably quiet and I had a “Now What?” type of feeling.

There wasn’t anything else to do for Murder & Mochas, ebook and print versions were in the can. There were a couple of technical issues pending, but they were in someone else’s queue. So I decided the only thing that really made sense was to have a nice dinner, then get up the next morning and pick back up with Beowulf Chronicles 2 ( BC2).

And that’s exactly what I did. So far this week I’ve added about 3300 words and it is entirely realistic that I will finish it by the end of the year. Yes, Kevin, I know the year ends in thirteen days and I think that’s really achievable. In fact, that’s the official goal now.

Lack of Fanfare Is Good

One nice thing about being an Indie writer is the lack of fanfare.

Don’t get me wrong I wouldn’t at all mind a little splash and I did very much enjoy all of the congratulations, fb posts, and texts when I published Murder & Mochas. It was fun. And it was good to hangout with my writer friends last night and talk about it and receive some kudos.

That said, it all seems to be over already and I’m good with that.

You see Sunday evening, the steady stream of congratulations had ebbed and then disappeared around dinner time. My apartment was remarkably quiet and I had a “Now What?” type of feeling.

There wasn’t anything else to do for Murder & Mochas, ebook and print versions were in the can. There were a couple of technical issues pending, but they were in someone else’s queue. So I decided the only thing that really made sense was to have a nice dinner, then get up the next morning and pick back up with Beowulf Chronicles 2 ( BC2).

And that’s exactly what I did. So far this week I’ve added about 3300 words and it is entirely realistic that I will finish it by the end of the year. Yes, Kevin, I know the year ends in thirteen days and I think that’s really achievable. In fact, that’s the official goal now.

I Have Pushed My Baby From the Nest

Time to see how she flies!

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I just finished uploading Murder & Mochasmy debut novel!! It will be on sale tomorrow (well technically later today) on Amazon.

Woot-Woot!

I am happy, excited, tired, scared, but mostly a calm sort of happy. Probably calm just because it is so late.

It’s a little like raising a kid. I did some stuff really well and I made some mistakes. She’s not perfect, but she doesn’t need to be, she’s pretty good as she is and it’s time to see what she can do out there in the big world. I hope she does really well.

I made a strong run at getting the paper and ebook out tonight, but I didn’t quite make it on the paper version. I’ll finish up the formatting on that in the morning. That’s it for me for tonight.

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Book Launch in 2 Days

And I’m Taking Pre-orders of Signed Copies for Christmas.

Pre-orders I’ve had a number of friends and collaborators tell me that they would like to get a signed copy to give as Christmas presents, so I’m working on it. At this point, I’m feeling optimistic that I can pull it off. I’ll now for sure in a few days.

Synopsis  I haven’t changed this in 24 whole hours. So I think I am officially going with what I posted yesterday.

Formatting I’ve started converting my word doc into the proper format for Kindle. I’ll do converting for print once that is done. I keep forgetting to run spell check. Note-to-self: Run spell check before publishing.

Web Presence Survey says, picture #1 on my FB poll was the hands down winner. So my official Author photo (for now) is:

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KDP account is all set up and waiting for the final version of Murder & Mochas. I still have to set up author pages here and there and upgrade the blog, etc., but all of that will come after pushing the book out.

Okay, that’s a quick update. I’m feeling a little under the weather, so I’m going to bed early tonight – I’ve got a big push coming this weekend.

Book Launch in 3 Days

And this synopsis is killing me. 3 DAYS and I don’t have one yet, Really?

I did indeed work on it late last night. When I woke up this morning, I felt like it was very close. Then I got thumbs up from a couple of friends. The problem is that last night I posted it in the forum my friend Liz recommended and I got more feedback.

So I tweaked it some more. Then I got a fun new lead in, which I liked so I added it, but felt like I had to change the rest. Then I got feedback that the change was weaker. So I tacked the new lead in onto the old version. But I kept getting feedback on the forum that the middle part was too clunky. So I whacked the middle and then decided to whack the fun new lead in as well. Now I’m mostly tired, confused, and a little stressed about needing to have this final in less than two days.

As I’m writing this post, Liz e-mails me with a “hey what happened to the lead in?” and now I’m thinking, “yeah, I did like that too.” It was fun and hell one of the reason I started, and often stuck with, this project was for fun. So back it goes, at least for now.

Any way, here’s what I’m sitting on tonight, not quite convinced it’s done:

Kurt West always has a hard time getting green alien blood out of his clothes. At least the diplomat’s blood was blue.

Kurt is a bounty hunter living in a small southern town, but when an alien diplomat is murdered on the street, Kurt is contracted to use his knowledge of the alien underground to track down the murderer. Even though his bail bondsman boss is breathing down his neck to bring in a bail jumper before he loses the business, Kurt must find the killer or risk losing the protection that keeps a dangerous flood of aliens at bay.

A Southern noir sci-fi detective story, Murder & Mochas bounces a sarcastic and gritty detective off aliens and life in a small southern town to produce a fun, page-turning mystery.

Time for bed.

Book Launch in 4 Days

And I thought I had a synopsis.

Synopsis  I did go for the late night last night. I knocked about on Amazon for a bit and was shocked to discover that most of the book descriptions are between 150 and 200 words. Somehow I though they were longer. At first that felt easier to write, less work, but that was all in my imagination. I did eventually get something out, around midnight, and I sent it to some friends. This morning I woke up feeling like I would have my synopsis with just a few tweaks. Then, my good friend <can you feel the love> Liz gives me a detailed, very detailed, analysis. Let’s just work the phrase square one in, right here. Guess I’m working on my book description tonight, so much for the fantasy of going to bed early.

Formatting I read a little about this today, enough to know that it will be tedious and I’ll be working on it later in the week.

Web Presence I started to set up my KDP account and even uploaded the cover for my novel — that was pretty cool. Also, if a facebook poll to pick my bio picture is progress, I made real progress!

Book Launch in 5 Days

And the edits are done.

I’m somewhat surprised that I got through them. Like I said, a lot of them were word tweaks. But I think the big thing is that I’m being decisive. I found some notes and an e-mail conversation with a reader that had a half-dozen suggestions. Three of them I just no to. The other three were all in the category of clarifying background/worldbuilding. In both cases, I just went right to the first spot in the book that I could do it and concisely cleared things up. No hand-wringing here, I’ve got a deadline to hit and I mean to hit it.

Interestingly, driving to work I thought of a new clue for my main character to find. It was a good one, right on the money in terms of improving the plot. The clue was simple and fit some of the backstory that’s always been in my head. But as I thought it through it would have a ripple effect that would hit a significant number of chapters and I would need to do a close reading of those sections to make sure I wasn’t missing any nuances. So, I said “great idea, but it’s not going in this book.”

Synopsis is the next big piece. I guess I start to tackle that one tomorrow. That’ll be tough since I have to be at work a little on the early side. I may have to do a late night tomorrow. Heck, now that I think about it, I might as well stay up a bit later tonight, although I did stay up pretty late last night. So it looks officially like late night #2.

Formatting is after that. Realistically, I probably won’t get to that until the weekend. But I’m fine with that. I’ve previewed the guidelines and I think it will be easy to figure out <knock on wood>. I think the bigger challenge will simply be spending some tedious time on it.

Web Presence is next next. Although I am working on the blog transfer. The bad news is that what I thought would be a “simple” domain transfer is not quite so simple nor lacking in glitches. I can only say that it is still “in progress” and I feel no assurance that it will be successful, just yet. But I’m mostly looking forward to getting all web presence bits done.

All right, I’m off to start figuring out a synopsis.

BTW, if you’ve read any really good ones, especially SciFi Detective or Mystery, let me know (preferably before Saturday evening).