December 2014

Working on deeper outline for Rocky and Dex

December 4, 2014 // 2 Comments

Rocky’s about to go to art school in Athens, GA and have his first sexual experience, with one of those damn straight boys he just seems to gravitate towards.  Sort of a “Johnny Football” type, you know – cocky and rude and gets away with it because he’s insanely talented (and so dirty sexy!). Meanwhile, back at the ranch, “Apollo’s Curse” wiggled its way up the rankings yesterday to about 4500.  Like any neurotic author, I’m refreshing the page every hour (because that’s the fastest they update rankings anyway), waiting for the gigantic sales boost that will come when Ellen DeGeneres reads it and loves it and asks me on her show, or when Anne Rice tells her million Facebook fans how great I am, or when the New York Times breaks its moratorium on reviewing self-published books so it can give “Apollo” a rave review on the front page of the Sunday Book Review.  You know, the ordinary daily garden variety [MORE]

Come on, Wheel! No Whammies! “Apollo’s Curse” is pickin’ up steam!

December 3, 2014 // 2 Comments

I’m getting more credit now for borrows, presumably downloaded during the freebie.  And the reviews are starting to come in, as well – eight more customer reviews since the freebie ended Sunday.  So I’ve got 27 thoughtful, well-written reviews (from people who actually read the book, no Fiverr spam here!), all of which are 4 or 5 stars. The consistent theme in the reviews is basically, “not what I was expecting,” in a good way.  Which is exactly what a book SHOULD be – the problem I have with most TV series is that you can’t really feel the peril a character gets into, because you know they’ll be back next week, so nothing really bad will happen to them.  “Game of Thrones” is so exciting to those who haven’t read the books because you *don’t* know who’ll die when.  Could be anyone, anytime.  And I know I messed with expectations several times in “Apollo.”  Which is the fun part, right? [MORE]

Problems in the Novel, or, Winter Sucks!

December 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

So I went on holiday from Rocky and Dex for a while.  Yeah, angsty novels are hard.  Fucking feelings!  Who needs ’em!  And, there’s nothing so harsh on the brain as the Iron Curtain of Daylight Savings Time coming down on your head, bringing Dark O’Clock a hour earlier Just…Like…THAT.  Yeah, seasonal affective disorder’s a bitch, but your brain can compensate to a slowly changing environment…unless some artificial construct suddenly makes it that much worse, that much faster.  DST is the stupidest thing in the world, but they’ll never get rid of it, because Congress can’t tie its shoelaces never mind undo the world’s dumbest law. I didn’t want to rush this book, just…make words in order to put out a novel.  I know I rushed “The Worst Best Luck” last year.  It wasn’t a bad book, but it wasn’t a great book either.  I know my brain in winter – it’s not up for a lot [MORE]

$170 (maybe) in November to charity from “A Little Too Broken”

December 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

Yeah.  No exclamation points with this level of uncertainty.  It all depends on the random $$$ that Lord Bezos decides to pay us for our KU borrows in November. See, the real problem is, not just that I made $1.33 per title borrow for October, when I’d have made $2.80 in royalties per title for a sale.  Or that borrow compensation has fallen from $1.80 to $1.50 to $1.33, leaving us all wondering nervously what it’ll be this time. And I wouldn’t really have made $2.80, because KU has already undermined everyone’s sales dramatically, at least in erotica and romance.  Thus we are forced into Lord Bezos’s Dark Satanic Mills.  (Yeah, okay, overly dramatic and inappropriate, but the overall economic analogy holds – little weavers forced out of business, with no choice but to take jobs in the industrial combines that destroyed their jobs in the first place.) No, the worst part is the UNCERTAINTY.  With the gargantuan megaprocessing server farm power of Amazon, there is [MORE]