Ghastly Fears

So I’ve been sending off review requests to bloggers for Shadow Cat. Of course I can’t stop myself from reading the other reviews. Then I got to thinking. Some of these authors get not so great ratings. And if they’re like me, they probably think their work is da bomb. What if people hate my story? What if it lands on the piles of DNF? or worse! It gets the F or 1 star ratings. Yikes!

The fears are enough to make many authors hide their works in shame. I could do that. But then I think, what if it is good? If I hide Shadow Cat in a closet never to be seen by others, then I’ll never know, now will I? Well, I want to find out if my writing rocks or that other thing. 🙂 And even if Shadow Cat crashes and burns, there’s always that next book.

What keeps you going despite the fears?

For those wanting to give Shadow Cat a test drive, check out my free reads page. Sample it on Amazon or Smashwords.

Special Post: Shadow Cat Release + Day 1 Winners

So today was a big day for me and Shadow Cat. We decided to take the plunge and publish. Yah! Confetti! Not really, cause I hate the mess. 🙂 If you’re not familiar with Shadow Cat, the first three chapters are available in my Free Read section. Next week, I’ll put out chapter 4 to round it off. If you’re looking for a contemporary fantasy heavy on the romance/erotica side, give Shadow Cat a try. 20% is available for free on Smashwords.

Right now it’s only available on Smashwords for a wee $0.99. Today, I’m going to work on formatting Shadow Cat for Amazon and Pubit.

In further news: Blogoversary 1 ended today. So without further ado, let’s get on with the show!

If you don’t remember what was up for grabs, behold:

  • One winner will receive a copy of H.U.B. Volume 1 and Volume 2 by Ben Jones plus their choice of a book up to $10 from the Book Depository. *This prize is international to anywhere the Book Depository ships.
  • Four winners will receive a copy of H.U.B. Volume 1 and Volume 2. *International.

Winner of a copy of H.U.B. (V1 & V2) plus a book choice is Marian! [CONFIRMED]

The winners of H.U.B. (V1 & V2) are J L Jackson[CONFIRMED], Rebecca, Cherry Mischieveous [CONFIRMED], and Cassandra Cc [CONFIRMED].

Yay!!! You can throw confetti at their house since I don’t have to clean it up! 🙂

The winners have all been eMailed and have until Wednesday, January 12 to respond.

As a consolation prize to all those checking back, I’m offering a free copy of my short story, Control Freak: Brandon’s Story. It’s erotica for some of my folks with tender eyes. For your free copy, head over to Smashwords and use the coupon code HZ25V. The coupon is good until February 8, 2011, so enjoy. 🙂

Day 2 giveaway ends today, which includes a copy of Bloodlust by Zoe Winters. For a full list of the giveaways happening, check here. If you haven’t entered, now your chance.

Special Post: Indie Publishing

I’m skipping my Friday writing post. Why? Cause I’ve got something far more amusing to share.

So it’s late night. 2:30 am here. I should be in bed. When I wake up in the morning, things might not be as funny. But for now, I’ve laughed so hard, there are tears in my eyes. And I’ve yet to finish. Finish what you ask? Watching episodes of Zoe Who! That’s what.

Why do I find this so amusing? One moment. Let me pull out my spreadsheet of queries, rejections, and rejections, and rejections, and…

Moving on. 🙂 Zoe Who dispels many of the scare tactics which discourage authors from self-publishing. Now I’m not saying self-publishing is for everyone. And I’m also not saying every book that doesn’t land an agent/editor is worthy of self-publishing. So what am I saying? 🙂

I’m saying self-publishing isn’t a dirty word. I’m not even sure why people are so down on self-publishing anyway. I’m trying to figure out whom self-publishing threatens for those in the traditional trade to bash it so hard.

If you’ve followed my reviews, you know I haven’t enjoyed every book I’ve read. In fact, the list of books I have not finished is growing quite high. I don’t even bother reviewing those. For the record, my did not finish pile is all books published by traditional means. As they (whoever “they” are) say, taste is subjective. Shouldn’t that subjectivity travel into the indie realm also?

Anyway, there are some great books out there which are self-published…well at least one which I’ve read. Comfort Food by Kitty Thomas (review here), which is the only Indie book I’ve taken the time to read. And if there is one, I’m sure there are more. Readers just have to keep an eye out for recommendations. Cause really, there’s no slush pile to wade through. Self-published books typically get advertisement through word of mouth. Otherwise, they go unnoticed. Out of sight, out of mind. At least they’ve been out of my mind until I received the Comfort Food Recommendation.

So, now for a bit of Zoe Winter free advertising, cause I liked Zoe Who so much! Here’s the thing. I’ve not read any of Zoe Winter’s books, so I can’t in good faith recommend her. However, you don’t need my recommendation to take a chance on Ms. Winters. Head to her blog for a free download of Kept, the first book of her series Blood Lust. It’s a short read, only 75ish pages. See if you like this Indie author’s novella and go from there.

The Great Thing about Learning

So, I just finished another pass at editing/revising Shadow Cat. Sometimes I feel like it’s a never ending chore, but at the same time, it’s also insightful.

If you’ve followed this blog for the short duration of it’s existence, you know I’ve been shopping for representation for Shadow Cat since the beginning of the year. And you know it’s been met with quite a few rejections.

That’s okay…kinda. 🙁 I’m dealing with that…kinda. 🙁 Once and awhile a rejection will fuel an editing/revising session. That happened a couple of month ago. I received a rejection which gave me a little feedback. I love feedback. How I wish every rejection had a little snippet of it.

A lot of published writers (after years of experience in the industry)  mention rereading their first complete manuscript and realizing it’s a big pile of crap. Now I haven’t gotten to that point with Shadow Cat. However, after obtaining a little (I mean minute) bit of experience under my belt, I see some of the problems with this manuscript. Like areas where I could be more engaging.

I don’t always know how to fix them, but at least I am able to identify many of them. A first step!

Anyway, I’m letting Shadow Cat stew for a bit while I work on another project of mine. 🙂 Gosh I love new projects. They’re so full of wonderful.

Here’s to no getting hung up on old projects!

What’s your revision process?