Well, my 10-part series as a guest on CUTV News Radio ended earlier this week, on April 10th. A few days later, I got a call asking if I would again be a guest, this time for an 8-part series. They liked me that much, I suppose. It’ll be fun working with Jim and Doug again. I’ll be doing one of the shows from Balticon, so I suggested that we have the theme for that show be conventions. I have no idea what else we’ll talk about–we did the The Underground and The Moreva of Astoreth during the last set of shows, so I guess we’ll just have to see. It’ll be good for me to have to think on my feet. I used to be excellent at it, and I like to think I’m still pretty good, but it’s really a matter of keeping in practice.
And now, on a different topic, I’m gratified that my readers like The Moreva of Astoreth so much that they’d like to see a sequel, or at the very least, another book set in that universe. But I really do have to finish the sequel to The Underground first. It’s been very patient with me. Between The Moreva of Astoreth and The Underground Second Edition, the sequel has been in the drafting process for about four years. Now it’s the sequel’s turn to be completed. I hope to have it out sometime in 2018–maybe in December.
That’s what’s up with me at the moment. How about you?
Busy, busy, busy. Job. Marketing. Broad Universe. Readying The Underground Second Edition for publication. Writing.
My life has been more than a whirlwind lately–it’s been a damned tornado. Trying to prioritize has been difficult, because everything’s a priority. And I don’t multitask well. In fact, I can’t multitask at all. The only thing that has been on time are the articles for my job. Can’t miss those deadlines–my boss gets upset. And we don’t want to upset the boss…
But…I will say the marketing has been fun. Right now I’m doing a series of radio shows, talking about life, the universe and everything, and of course about my writing and my books. They’re aired live every Monday at 3 PM Eastern until April 10th. This coming Monday, March 6th, is the 5th installment. I’ll most likely be talking about The Underground Second Edition. I do hope something comes out of this–more interviews, speaking gigs, sales and what not. Of course, one never knows who’s listening to a radio broadcast, if anyone. I really don’t know what kind, or how much of an audience CUTV News Radio has. The host and I could be talking only to ourselves. Here’s the link for the March 6th show:
But if nothing else, I’ve got some hot new business cards. They have a flash drive with my interviews on it. Just plug it in to your USB drive, and you’re off! Of course, they were outrageously expensive, so I’m pretty selective about who… Continue reading
It’s going to be a wild ride.
Since my marketing skills are pretty much zero, I’ve broken down and hired people to do it for me. I show up where I’m told, send them what I’m told to send, and they do the rest. It is not cheap. Oh, no, no, no. But I’m tired of spending all this money on marketing, and getting almost zilch in return. I did a radio show. It obviously met with some success, because this marketing firm contacted me, saying they’d heard the show, and thought I’d be a good candidate for them. I’ll admit, my first thought was that it was some sort of scam. Then a little voice inside my head (I got lots of ’em) said “why not give it a go?” So I did. Next week I have a video interview with their host who works with authors. They’re putting together a press kit for me. Another book marketer helped me put together a branding statement. Mind you, this is not just for the Moreva of Astoreth. It’s for all my books. I’m not necessarily looking for a best seller, though that would be nice. I just want to get a return on my investments. Doesn’t have to be dollar for dollar. I’d be happy if I just made back half of what I’ve spent so far. I mean, this is not a hobby. Writing and running Blackrose Press is what I want to do with the rest of my… Continue reading
I have two writing techniques that I routinely use to help me write my story. The first is to interview my characters, whether they play main or supporting roles. It helps me get “inside their heads” so to understand what their reactions might be in a given situation, not to mention fleshing them out for purposes of character development. For example, questions I might ask are to tell me about themselves, pet peeves and their worst nightmare. Some of their answers are quite surprising, even to me!
My second technique is to write background pieces. This is not the same as backstory. Sometimes I discover parts of my world that I know nothing about. I have to get familiar and comfortable with it so I can write a believable chapter. Here’s an example: My vampire has a number of business interests in Seattle. So, it’s only logical that he’ll need workers to help run these concerns. Many of the employees of these various businesses are his human servants. But how does he find them? Well, through an employment agency he runs. It’s a legitmate agency in that it’s not just used for recruiting human servants–it actually finds people jobs, whether it’s in one of my vampire’s businesses or not. And those that go to work for him are not necessarily made into servants. There are certain qualifications that must be met, but even if a recruit meets them, it still doesn’t mean he’ll end up a servant. And to think I just discovered this tonight!
What it means… Continue reading