Thursday, March 15, 2012

I shouted and the only reply was my echo.

And Batman said "BAM!"
I always wanted to do a comic! This might be a close as I get the job! :)
I'm starting to get a very Robot Chicken idea here that won't end well for getting any of my other projects done -_-

With that I welcome you to my 10th blog post here on illiteratemind! It just feels like 2 years ago I started this little thing...because it was! I've moved away from the idea of it, but not heart of what it was, about being an author!

I was starting to get worried that I was running out of things to talk about in my blog. Of course I don’t know what I was worried about, I’m a wind bag with something to say on everything!
Lets get the suck out the way first!
Electric Disease 0 sales, 0 Amazon Prime shares for March.
Ok onto the fun stuff!
Books need outtakes:
I was looking over my millionth typo and I got the idea that I’m going to make a book of the best typos. I may even include notes that I get returned from my editors.
People love the outtake from movies. I could see the same being fun for a book!

I'm starting to think I'm over working my Editor

More promotions!:
I've completed a few awesome things for Electric Disease, I'm done with my work for my Norwescon ad, it's going to show up in their book! To go along with it, I've created 500 post cards that I'm going to hand out to...anyone that wants one! I'm going to look into having a few set out at coffee places that I go to, and maybe a few bars! Anthem Coffee in Puyallup took a few to give away! So come in and buy their coffee!
I say, it feels strange to be doing work for Electric Disease when I'm editing Corporate Policy and I'm working on From Beer to Apocalypse. I haven't even looked at Electric Disease since last October but I'll still be pushing it well into the end of this year. It's like 20% of your time is making the book and the other 80% pushing the book like a drug dealer.
To go along with our publishing effort on FBtA I'm going to be making business cards that we will be able to use to promote our web book and websites. I need to make, or have made, a good AOA Publishing logo. Something all shiny! Anyone out there looking to do a little work? (I don't pay well) :)
I've just finished my guest blog entry for Amber on Lunar I'll add a link to it on my website for this soon. I'll be working on one for Eric's next.

How good of a reader am I?:
I talk with friends and they always tell me about authors I should read. "Have you heard of X because I really like their work!" and no I've never read anything by X, I haven't even heard of X and it makes me feel like I'm not in touch with my trade as I should be! In fact the more I look at it, the more I realize that I don't read that many authors at all! GOD LORD I'M HORABLE AT THIS LITERATURE THING!
Then again maybe not? I've always believe that even if all you do is sit around and read comics, you ARE indeed reading and you are letting your mind paint a lovely story. I read on the order of 300+ manga a year. Around that, I read everything that Kelley Armstrong even thinks about writing before she writes it. (Please no one tell her I found a way to hack into her mind.)
In the end I come the conclusion that I'm really just a little to focused in what I read and that I need to branch out. I'm going to work on this, next time a list of authors I've read that I didn't know about before.

Corporate Policy Updates:
I'm done with Chapter 4 and working on 5 of 8. It was 7 chapters but I hit something that I didn't like and I needed to do some expansion, chapter 5 are always messy for me. I think that I'm going to hit my goal of being in beta by April 1st if I can work a few extra hours on my added chapter to smooth it out. If you haven't looked at May Barry's blog, you should really see the one he just put up about re-writing. I have to totally agree with him! "Rewriting. It’s like writing, only with less visible progress." He makes me laugh and I can relate to his comments more now that I've been doing this for a while. Also he accepted me as a friend on Facebook, that's kind of neat. Most authors including myself just have a public page that people can like. This feels a lot more personal.
Oh right, we were talking about Corporate Policy; with Electric Disease I had a very closed stage for Clara and Dan to play in. That made it easier to write, they were trapped in a building and so the setting was confined to that space. With this one, I'm finding that Dan and Clara have much more space to work with and it almost feels too open, I feel like I should slap them in a cage in order to keep walls around what they could possibly do.
I've started setting timelines of when the art for the cover will be done and I'm thinking that I'm going to do a print on demand for both book one and two in paperback. Once CP is out for beta I'm going to finish up the conversion for the cover on ED and then I think that it will be ready for the print shop.
I'm also really itching to start work on Oil and Water, there is some foot work to do in the prep, people to call, permission to get. It's going to be a nice project. I think I want to get most of the manuscript done by Nov 1st. Because if I can, then I can start work on book three of the Dinatech series.

Other things that are neat:
A'mee found this article, I thought it was great reading for those looking to write anything someone else might look at:
A lot going on right now in my book world! I hope everything is good with you!

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