Posts Tagged ‘dragon*con’
Oh hey, GUESS WHAT? War of the Seasons: the Human has an AUDIOBOOK version!
And it’s read by the amazing, wonderful, talented, Patricia Albrecht!
So if you like audio books, here you go!
1/2 way through July already *sigh*
I feel so behind on everything!
WRITING: I wrote nothing new in june, but did a lot of work on releasing The Half-blood (along with Kelli, my editor and Betsy, my artist). In case you missed it, you can get a signed copy from my website, from amazon , or a kindle version, and of course a nook version.
Also, The Human made it to bestseller status on Kindle! At the beginning of June, it made it to #3 on YA Fantasy (topped only by The Hunger Games & Catching fire), #8 on Fantasy overall (topped only by Game of Thrones & Sookie Stackhouse), & I cracked the top 100 in kindle books overall.
-Running- June was a rough month for training, though I did run at a least once or twice a week all month. Also, I had my annual physical fitness test & I did pretty good. 289 out of 300 possible points. I was also the first one in the run, which was kind of weird. Felt like winning a race – kind of a neat feeling!
Knight Moves – Another fun book by John G. Hartness! Fast paced, great story, and FINALLY some payoff between two if the lead characters,
I only hate that I have to wait until next year for the next one!
Bitterblue – I really really enjoyed this book. Fire is still my favorite of the series, but this was a fantastic follow up. It works well as a stand alone novel, but also has a lot of payoff for those of us who read the other two books. One word of caution, there are some very adult themes in this book (rape, child abuse, suicide, self-harm, etc), so those could definitely be a trigger for some people.
Black Powder War – third book in the Temeraire series, LOVED IT! I swear this series is soooooo good! I’m trying to make it last long, to savor it. The Napoleonic wars + DRAGONS! SO AWESOME.
Thief of Hope – Fast paced, and hooks you in right from the get go! I loved the world created here and her fantastic characters. I can’t wait to read what happens next!
Health: I’m healthy, the youngling is healthy. Ron is finally out of his cast & running again. But he’s taking it much more gently now.
Local Events: We watched the Brasil/USA expo game, and it was AWESOME! Brasil won of course.
Also, dear readers, if you wouldn’t mind, I’d love to see your reviews on goodreads, amazon, and well, pretty much anywhere you can think to post them! Thanks!
Now, how about a Thrifty fashion post? I know it’s been ages since my last one, and for that I apologize.
You might be asking yourself (because I know I’m certainly asking myself), why the heck is this author/Marine/mother/wife writing a fashion blog? Aren’t there like a bajillion fashion blogs out there? Why do we need another?
We probably don’t, and I don’t think I’m a fashionista at all, but apparently some of my friends and family do, and they asked me to do one, soooo… I figured this would be kind of fun to do. So there.
You can see my first post HERE, where I go into the basics of my style & kind of what my shopping “motto” is (never pay full price for anything), and that patience is a virtue (wait 3 years to find a specific pair of $250 Fluevog shoes for $40? Why yes I did…)
Vintage and Fluevogs!
Special Agenda? Nope.
Vintage yellow wool coat, $30 (eBay)
Vintage cotton shirt dress, $30 (vintage shop in Atlanta)
Vintage gloves, $5 (eBay)
Scarf, $8 (Target)
Penny Blossom, $7.50 (etsy)
Watch, TARDIS earrings, & Bracelet, gifts
Fluevogs operetta variadots, $249 (full price, in store)
Total: $329.50. At full price would have been: approx $566.50.
Notes: Well aside from my obvious NON THRIFTINESS on my shoes (this was one of those times where I was in love and caved and paid full price – very rare!), on the whole this entire outfit was a series of really good vintage finds. Plus I always love yellow, and brown is another color I’m starting to enjoy too. As always, I love my penny blossoms, and the paper bracelet my daughter made me is priceless! As for the TARDIS earrings, well, any chance to sneak geekiness into my outfit is a win for me!
Lastly, need a copy of my books? As it happens you can buy them here.
I’ve decided to chronicle my adventure/journey through self-publishing my first novel – hopefully you’ll find this useful, or at the very least entertaining.
So, with my decision made to self-publish War of the Seasons, Book 1: The Human , I realized I needed to get organized – and this, my friends, is where I really see the benefit of going through a publishing house.
While, with self-publishing, I have all the control I could ever ask for (cover, book size, paper, release date, price, etc), it also means I’m ultimately responsible for these thing/for my final product. (I am not a control freak – I am a control enthusiast).
I suppose I could do all these things on my own, but since I was feeling a bit overwhelmed, this was a project that I felt needed other people. Fortunately, I have many talented friends that were willing to help me get organized & to divide & conquer.
Let’s go over the current cast of characters:
Bryan Young, My partner-in-crime for this project. We met camping out for Star Wars: The Phantom Menace back in 1999 & have been friends ever since. We agree on almost nothing (Politics, Fandom, Movies) except for the fact that Star Wars & The Beatles are awesome & self-publishing is something we should try – so we’re doing it together.
R. Thomas Garner, my lawyer, and more importantly my handsome husband of over 10 years now. He’s pretty much awesome!
Rich Sigfrit, my mighty webmaster & one of my oldest friends. We met back in 2003 through the Star Wars FanForce (hmm… I’m sensing a reoccurring theme here) and we attended our first Sci-Fi/Fantasy convention together. Been friends ever since.
Kelli Neier, my editor/book put together-er/all around go-to gal & my friend now since 2008. She has a way better memory than me and can recall all the details of how met on LJ, plus she’s super nit-picky. This is why she’s my editer. She’s had the misfourtune of having to read every variation of The Human. Hopefully she approves of the current version now.
Betsy Waddell, my cover artist, and dear friend since 2009. We met at Dragon*Con & bonded over a shared love of pretty fabrics & Harry Potter villains.
On Friday, April 8th, Bryan & I decided we wanted to have our books ready in time for Dragon*Con this September to begin selling & promoting them. With both our books in the middle of their final revisions, we figured that a June 30th goal date for publishing, while aggressive, was something we could do. Heh, well, let’s just say that things have become a bit more aggressive, but I’ll post more on that later.
So, once I identified my team, and asked all of them if they’d be interested in working with me (they were, YAY!), I had to figure out what needed to be done & who needed to do it. This is what I came up with (after a LOT of their input):
Kelli- Copy editing, ePub formatting, hard copy book formatting, cover graphic design stuffs (I have no idea what the official term for “putting the title & stuff on the cover” is), flyer graphic design/editing, listing the book on all the appropriate websites.
Rich- Website, audio & visual book trailer, audio book
Betsy- Cover artist
Bryan- Help me navigate through this & promoting each other/manning booths/panels together at Cons.
R. Thomas- Draft contracts between the various parties as needed (because even though we’re friends, you should still have a legal contract whenever there’s money involved).
Me- Finish my final revision!
I’m certain I’ve forgotten so many things that need to be done – but that’s why lists are great, right? They can always be revised!
So, as my refrain from the last few days has been… SO EXCITED!
We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities.
Ralph Waldo Emerson