UPDATED 9/1/14: Today starts my new goal of updating here every Sunday. It feels like not a lot happens in a week to talk about now that I have a full-time job, but I will have to make something happen, and that's the new goal.
August 2014 made history for me. It became the first month that Amazon recorded NO sales for either of my novels. This is a very harsh reality that a lot of us authors face, but in my case, even more sad because I created Passion of the Sons just this past spring to boost sales. Did I waste my time? I'm not getting much feedback on it, and certainly word of mouth is not helping here. I have sold some print out of my stock since putting it out, and that's a good thing. But I sincerely never expected Amazon sales to ever come to a screeching halt.
Because I have a full-time job, I spend at least one night a week at a hotel so I can catch up on projects. I'm still working on my powerpoint for a Henry presentation in October, and just recently got a copper artifact out to a competition, "Archaeology for the People." I will be very interested to see the winners of this. See my new blog for my thoughts on this process.
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Dancing with Cannibals - on the market again! Great opportunity for publishers, has been very well edited, and comes with a completed cover you can purchase at a reasonable price! Adam Reinhard is a top notch book cover artist. Ask for his contact info.
ADVENTURES IN DEATH & ROMANCE: Vrykolakas Tales: Now in submissions, both in first person and in third person.
SAVING BOONE: Legend of a Half-Breed, now in submissions.
DINNER AT MARSHALL FIELDS, a fiction memoir, final edit completed, in submission process.
Trade Networks & Cultural Connections - in research
Copper Artifact Resource Manual - museums being contacted and data being entered. Over 39,000 artifacts in CAMD so far, with book hopefully published once the database reaches 50,000.
Grimms Macabre - a collection of short fantasy tales with potential grim outcomes, in edit - formerly "Modern Grimms Fairy Tales".
If It Rains In Paris, a semi-autobiographical movie script, available to read at Talentville
Awakened, a script based on Vrykolakas Journal, available to read at Talentville
7/11/14: Found that it was hard to find the Civil War & Bloody Peace Introduction. Please note that when you point at the "Civil & Indian Wars" link, to the left on the menu, it should bring up some sub-categories, one of which is introduction. The Preface relates the material in the book to current issues. But the Introduction tells you what's in the book. I think maybe part of the problem I had trying to find it yesterday is that it doesn't seem to come up as well when look at it on a tablet.
Busy Summer! How about you? Besides chicken sitting and family visit from Seattle, there's the job hunting and getting new floors and painting and holiday - we hosted a party at our house for the first time probably ever for 4th of July but no fireworks. And copper work and project editing continues. Always find some time to relax though and for me that would be yoga, biking and movies. Also in the midst of forming a new writers group for writers with a professional bent - N.E.W. Writers. The Guild I formed is still active but more for people who self-publish, which was why I turned it over to someone else to run.
OH - and see bolded information below for a writing opportunity for you.
Discovered my Forum Page under "2 Sides to Every Story" had been hacked by someone of a foreign language nature, so I had to delete the whole page. I might be moving this particular page completely to Word Press. Stay tuned for more information. I know I've not been updating it as regularly as I should.
7/1/14: Today I just have time for a quick plea to COPPER ARTIFACT COLLECTORS. PLEASE ALWAYS keep proper provenience with your artifacts. If you don't realize that what you have in your hand is a piece of prehistory that could tell us a lot about what their lives were like, realize it NOW. This isn't just some game or money-maker. To a lot of people, it's discovering the ancient past, which is undiscoverable except for what you have in your hands.
I am compiling, for the sake of this ancient past, a master database of all copper artifacts found in the Americas and it is so frustrating to see all the materials that people just shrug and say, "I don't know where it came from." That is just irresponsible. And museums get most of their material from collectors, so I'm running into the problem in museums where they are not provenanced.
So please help the trend toward responsible collecting. Always keep good notes. And share your data for this project. Thank you.
6/14/14: For my fellow frustrated writers, you might appreciate a little "Pen in Cheek." See my latest blog.
6/11/14: Conclusions - I hope - on my adventures in Cave Creek, Arizona - "Of Chickens & Copper". There's a new photo page, too, with related photos, but I'll update that when I get home.
5/4/14: Getting close to turning 61! No, I don't mind. Sure, it's no fun feeling the aches and pains of age, and who wouldn't want to look young forever. But everyone gets old. As a historian I find nothing more true than that.
A few additions this time. I added another interesting historical tidbit to "2 Sides to Every Story." This one is called "Indians and Whiskey," and I think it will both surprise you and make sense to you. I also made some changes to the Vrykolakas under "Unpublished Snippets." Along with working on copper data which is amazingly painstaking, I am doing another edit on the first person version, by turning it into third person. I wanted to see if I liked that better, and it might work better to have it that way for the second novel I'm planning, "Blood Line." That was supposed to be called "Blood Love," but there are already novels with that name. But then I take that third person version and turn that into first person again. What I'm noticing here is that in first person I had a tendency to overwrite his thoughts, and this exercise allows me to control that tendency so that the flow of action is not too disturbed. Plus this way he's not giving everything away ahead of time. I'd love to hear which version you'd prefer.
2/6/14: Two new writing blogs, when "not" to take NO for an answer, and how to tell when a contract is for a vanity press (and should be avoided).
If It Rains In Paris made the first cut into their top 10%, and this is the first time so the edits and changes must have made a difference.
I also have a new page here called "Unpublished Snippets." I've put the first part of projects here that I'm working on, and submitting, but that haven't found homes yet. You'll see the Cannibal book, my memoir on being a grandma long-distance, and the new young adult version of Boone Tyler here, so far. As always, I'd love feedback.
I've decided, in this third trimester of life, on the following goals: Age 60-70 - work; Age 70-80 - travel; Age 80-90 - write my memoirs and other fun stuff! Getting old? Who has time?
2/3/14: Well, the contract for Civil War & Bloody Peace turned out to be one that I could not sign. So the hunt continues. I put an announcement on how to get a free copy of my third Bonanza novel, "Passion of the Sons," on my news page, so take a look there. I've been marketing a new article on responding to rejections, and if I get another rejection on it (ha!) I'll post it here!
January 1, 2014: For my first blog posting of the new year, I decided to write up details on my low fat diet that enabled me to leave 25 pounds back in 2013. Hope it helps others as it did me.
Also I added a new discussion in 2 Sides to Every Story - a discussion of the Christmas myth.
Do I have any wishes for the new year? Probably all the usual ones, health and happiness for my family and friends, and a new writing contract for one of my novels. A job would be nice, and I won't complain if the golf course sells. We now have Obamacare coverage and seem to be none the worse off, although time will tell how well it covers. I know there are no exclusions, and that is for the first time in 15 years. But for me, I'd like to live life without insurance at all, because really, shouldn't we all just live until we die?
Happy 2014 everyone!