Clouds

Have you ever felt like there’s a cloud over your head? And it’s raining?

Yeah–that’s me, right now. But it isn’t just a cloud. It’s a damned thunderstorm. And it’s been thundering for a long time. *sigh* I could go into the gory details but I won’t, except to say it mostly has to do with the tax man. If I did go into detail, this post would be waaay too long. But I’m feeling beleaguered. Yes. That’s a good word.

The Moreva of Astoreth is back from the betas. Both have given me great advice but one beta’s is spectacular. She’s a developmental editor in real life. She didn’t give me the whole shebang (I would’ve had to pay for that). Her remarks though–I’ve a lot of work to do on it. I mean, not a total rewrite, or anything like that. Move stuff around, explain stuff early in the book. One thing she pointed out was as a reader, she would like to see an example of a ritual other than Ohra (which is an orgy). Explain Tehi’s religion more. Stuff I never even thought about. So the revised version is going to come out much later than I wanted, which means the sequel, When Gods Die, is going to come out later, too.

The Final Victim is with my editor. I’m pretty optimistic it won’t come back dipped in too much blood. Then I can get it formatted and all that stuff–that reminds me, I need to get it copyrighted–and send it out to the folks who’ve subscribed to my newsletter. Free book. Readers like freebies. Speaking of readers, I found a wonderful service. Put your book on their list. If a reader chooses your book, they get it free. The catch is that you have to sign up for the author’s newsletter. Of course, they can always unsubscribe–I’ve had two do that–but if they stay, it most likely means they like your work and when you put new stuff out, they’re more likely to buy it. I put The Underground and Invasion up there, and in less than a month, almost 120 people have signed up. I don’t think that’s too shabby. The last book I’m going to put up is The Moreva of Astoreth. That’s all the books I’ve previously published. If they want When Gods Die and whatever else comes after that, they’ll have to buy it.

In the very near future, I’ll be taking on part-time work doing basic copy editing and proofreading. I’m taking a short course on it. I already know how to do it, but I want to see what’s new. After all, the last time I did that sort of thing, it was on paper. With the advent of word processing, I don’t think I’ll need carets or cap lines anymore. Haven’t started the course yet–only bought it two days ago. Anyway, I have six months to complete it. Of course, I’ll complete it long before then. I gotta get that extra cash coming in posthaste. That thunderstorm, you know? It’ll definitely cut deep into my writing time. How deep, I don’t know yet. But it’s definitely going to push my books back. How far back, I have yet to see.

Yeah, that thunderstorm. It’ll end, I know. But it’s gonna be a long six years.

Ciao.

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