Archive for June, 2012

Good morning!

It’s a typical June morning in Seattle Suburbia.  Gray skies, and the constant thought of raindrops falling on your head when you go attempt to give the lawn a haircut.

But…I’ve got other things to do today!  In just over 3 hours (12:30 pdt/3:30 pm edt) I get to visit with Ann and Pam at Authors on the Air!


Feel free to join the fun!  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/authors-on-the-air/2012/06/29/authors-to-keep-on-your-radar-screen



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It’s been a great week so far (yeah for Monday!).  Much better than last week, when I was starting to wonder which God/dess I’d managed to get peeved at me.

At least there wasn’t much protest when the dishwasher died about helping me do the dishes until the new one arrived, though I think our daughters were happier to see it than I was.

Solstice has its own blog, and they’re going to be doing promotions for free books, etc!  Check it out at http://www.solsticepublishing.blogspot.com This week, they’ve started a contest with drink recipes from the authors!  You can vote for your favorite (mine’s up already – Smurf Blood!), and you may just walk away with a free book!  They’ve got a lot of plans for the blog, so keep an eye on it. 

This friday (6/29), I’ll be on Authors on the Air!  The podcast begins at 12:30 pdt/3:30 pm edt.  Pam and Ann are wonderful folks, so tune in and listen if you’ve got the time!  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/authors-on-the-air/2012/06/29/authors-to-keep-on-your-radar-screen

Summer has begun in our house.  Both my girls are now out of school, and the mad rush of activities has begun.  So, naturally, I woke up this morning wanting to write.  Have a few more small things I have to take care of, and then seeing how far I can get before I have to pick the oldest up from volleyball camp.  My family’s awesome about giving me time to write, and the space when I’m in the zone. 

I got one of the greatest compliments from a friend that I greatly admire the other day.  She said that she’d seen such a change in me since I started to write four years ago.  I’ve gone from someone who was extremely unsure of what they were doing to absolutely brimming with confidence.  As she put it, I’ve finally found my Calling and embraced it this time.

My advice to the rest of you:  Don’t wait to embrace it.  Find the courage to ignore both the internal and external voices that make you doubt your passion, and follow that Call!

Hope to hear from some of you during the show on Friday!

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So, I had my first podcast interview earlier this week.  It was an absolute blast.  We did have a few technical difficulties towards the end of the podcast, but hats of to JengaJam’s crew for keeping things going while I was trying to come back.

Note to self:  If using your netbook for a podcast over Skype, make sure the auto updates feature is turned OFF, or all updates are dealt with PRIOR to logging into Skype.

If you missed the interview, you can listen to it here:  http://www.jengajam.net  I also have another one coming up on June 29th.  I’ll be posting that information later.

So, I’m taking a trip later this super busy summer back to where I grew up.  Please note I didn’t say my hometown.  Home for me is wherever my husband and our daughters are, at least until they’ve grown up.  It’s not where I grew up, and it hasn’t been for over 20 years.  I know several people who love the whole small town, isolated farming community.  I’m just not one of them.  There is something about that town, that area, that sends my senses into a full on fight or flight mode.  I think it’s wonderful for all those who still live in the area.  They love it, and it suits them very well.  I may visit on the rare occasion, but I’m always happy to have it in my rear view mirror.

But I digress.  Anyway, my mom got me in touch with a local book store.  The thought was to set up a signing of ‘Daughter of Hauk’ while I was in town.  The manager and I emailed each other a few times, and I finally got the ok for the session.  We’d settled on a date and time and all that.  She’d even sent me a media file so I could write up press releases for the area and possibly get more coming in.

Then, she dropped the bomb.  It seems the owner checked and Solstice wasn’t a publisher their distributor dealt with.  As such, they needed a 40% discount on my book before I could have them in the store.

Um, no.  I’m not signing books that I’m not getting royalties on.  You’re not making a profit at my expense. 

Yes, I’m irritated.  Personally, I think the manager should’ve put everything on hold until she checked with the owner.  It’s just not right to set things up and then tell the author, “Oh, by the way, we need you to agree to sell your books to us at such a deep discount that you won’t make any money just so we can.”

Fantasium Comics, in Federal Way, where I’m doing my signing on August 25th, understands we both should be making money.  I absolutely adore Paula. 

And the other store?  Well, they can do business any way they choose to.  But that doesn’t mean I plan on participating in it. 

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Good morning everyone!

Don’t go into shock.  Two posts in a week.  Must be a new record for me!

This one’ll be brief, though, as I’m determined to ignore the gorgeous day and get serious about writing today. 

On this coming Tuesday (6/19), I’m doing a podcast interview!  Feel free to log in via the information below and listen in!

Tuesday at 10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific

Call in using Skype (JENGASHIP) or on the phone at 215-586-4822

Follow us on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Jengaship

Visit the website at: http://www.jengajam.net

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Late-Nite-JengaJam/268208118823

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Hey everyone!

I know, it’s been a while.  I’m still trying to get into the routine of posting more than once a month.  The goal is once a week.  But, life being what it is, sometimes things don’t go as planned.

Next Tuesday (June 19th) is my first ever podcast interview.  And they want me there for the full hour of the broadcast.  Like most of the events that’ve happened since I started this journey, I’m scared out of my mind. 

What if no one watches?  What if a thousand do?  Will this help my book sales?  What if people who have read or are considering reading “Daughter of Hauk” have this idea in their head of what I’m like and I don’t meet that expectation?  Will they still buy my book?

Fear is a part of life.  In all honesty, I think it’s a vital part of being human and living a full life.  We have to not only experience it in various forms but conquer it.  If I was truly afraid of this type of scrutiny, I shouldn’t have tried to get published in the first place.  I ASKED for this.  There’s thousands of people out there who would trade places with me in a heartbeat.

It’s been a steep learning curve since March 14th when the ebook released.  And I’ve learned a lot.  Tuesday marks the first time I’ll be facing more than 20 people directly and presenting myself as a public person.  I’m sure I’ll make a mistake or two from nerves.  But sometimes that endears us to potential fans, proves that we’re just as human as they are.

For those interested in tuning in, I’ll have some additional information on Thursday night that I’ll try to remember and post on Friday morning. 

If you’re Wiccan, please talk to your Goddess about keeping me sane.  If you’re not, well, any well wishes to the diety of your choice would be welcome.

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