The first draft of Anais of the Protector’s Path is finished. Finally. I am putting my drafting pen down and picking up my editing pen. Writing this book took much longer than I anticipated. Mostly because I had a perfect beautiful baby in December. Yes it is all his fault. He is very time consuming.
That being said, I promised myself no blog posts or anything of that nature until the draft was done. Now it is finished and you get to hear from me at least until I settle into writing book 5. Beetiful Graphic Design provided another absolutely astounding cover. I highly suggest anyone looking for a book cover to go over and visit Beetiful’s website. Also, after I go through and edit, I will try to enlist the help of my sister-in-law Sam to proofread and then I will try to get some time on Amber Bungo’s calendar (from editingbyamber.com) to go through a second edit. I think having both passes helped a lot with the first three books. I made the mistake of initially publishing with no external editing and there were countless typos. I am fairly sure that my less favorable reviews were from people who had the misfortune of downloading an unedited version. My apologies to them. It is surprisingly hard to edit your own work.
Conversation Topic 1 ) I am trying to decide if I should enlist the new book in Kindle Select / Kindle Unlimited for the first three months. I did this with the last book (although that was before Kindle Unlimited). My concern is that there are apparently a large amount of scammers putting up tiny booklets and then setting up borrow circles in order to make money from the program, as you get paid per borrow. This sort of questionable behavior makes me feel uneasy. If self publishing goes away, due to people scamming the system, I lose my opportunity to distribute my story. Obviously I would be over the moon if I was picked up by a traditional publisher, but I’m not an idiot. It’s not going to happen. Therefore, I don’t know what to do. I’m now wondering if I should pull the first three books out of Oyster and Scribd, as they could fall prey to the same scammers who are gaming Amazon. Does anyone out there who reads my books want me to stay in these subscription programs?
Conversation Topic 2) I am working on fleshing out my Goodreads page. I only have one friend on Goodreads. If you liked my books please feel free to send me a friend request. I would love to see what other books you are reading.
Conversation Topic 3) I read the Guardian article that Kathleen Hale wrote about her experience going crazy after receiving negative reviews. I probably don’t have time to do anything like that so feel free to write honest reviews if you don’t like my work. I’ll survive. I like the ones with constructive criticism. If you point out something I can fix, I will endeavor to fix it. One issue that comes up a lot about my books is a critique on the length. I agree that they are too short. However, I can’t make them longer. My problem is that if I try for anything too long, I get stuck. I spent five years on book one. It was a very long disaster. In 2012, I decided to break the story into manageable chunks. It was that or have it remain buried half in my head and half in my computer and never see the light of day.