I’m guest posting today over at Guys Like Romance, Too! My post is all about first times. Check it out!
I just got a lovely package of Rainy Days paperbacks in the mail, and so to celebrate I’m giving one away! Enter before February 6th to have a chance to win!
I want to wish everyone a safe, warm and happy holiday. I’ll be back after Xmas before taking a few more days off for the New Year.
Under my Xmas tree was Aliens, Smith and Jones by Blaine D. Arden and Destined by Catriana Sommers, as well as the yuri graphic novel Girlfriends by Morinaga Milk. Looking forward to reading and reviewing those in the near future!
I’ve started work on my latest novel/novella. I’m still hammering out the names of the protagonists since they’re being a little cagey about them, but I have a first scene written that I think is awesome (if very violent) and a second scene that needs a little polish but is getting there.
I’m very excited about this project. I keep scribbling little ideas down on scraps of paper to use later. I think this one could even become a series. I’ll share a little excerpt once I have something I can show.
In other project news, I still have my Heart Of The Sun novella to clean up and submit to the Goodreads M/M Sci-Fi Group challenge, and Written In The Snow is still demanding my attention. Not to mention promotional work for Rainy Days! My schedule is packed, so apologies if I don’t hang out on Goodreads and Twitter as much.
I do want to extend my congratulations to all the winners of the Rainbow Awards as well as the honorable mentions. You’ve given me a lot of books to consider reading!
This month sees vacation time for myself and a couple of weeks off. Which is bad when you consider how much work I have yet to do, but good for the Muse, which is very tired after sifting through a ton of soul-draining editing work.
Hearts On Fire missed a September release date. I ordered a proof and was not happy upon reading it, so it’s gone back for a thorough, line-by line edit. I’m hoping to release it this month but not until it can be the best it can be.
NaNoWriMo: I may be a semi-professional author now, but that doesn’t make me any less excited about the challenge and community. NaNo may just be the kick I need to get to work on a new novel.
New Novel: I have a new novel idea forming in my head. I’ve written two pages of notes on it so far. It might be my NaNo. I haven’t decided yet. It might even be a series of novellas. More on this when I actually have something to show.
When I first entered the world of self-publishing in June of 2012, I thought I knew a great deal about the subject. I’d been lurking around for years with a “should-I-or-shouldn’t-I?” attitude, browsing through the CreateSpace and Lulu forums, reading about author scams to avoid and wondering if I was ready to dip my toes in the water of the biggest challenge of my life. I wrote a novel in my favorite genre (m/m romance) and decided to get off the fence and take the plunge.
I wasn’t ready at all, but without taking the leap, I never would have been. I’ve learned a lot of things by making mistakes, so I’m going to share with you my five biggest errors, so you can be aware of the dangers before you take a dive into the shallow end of self-publishing.