Indie/self publishing, first of a series?

roane72:

jomk:

roane72:

I’ve gotten a few questions about what I’m doing and where I’m posting, and in answering one of them tonight I accidentally blogged.

To start with, here’s a basic summary of where/how I post my stuff. If this is useful or interesting to anybody else thinking of going this route, let me know!

On formatting, and good places to post:

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Wonderful information, fantastically clear and useful. There is so much data for how to self pub it’s terribly intimidating. Whether you’re meaning to self publish your first work or your fiftieth.

I hope everyone who reads it gives it a signal boost and also makes sure they buy and/or review* one of your books.

*I don’t think most people realize how important reviews are. They can literally change someone’s career.

Thank you!! You’re right about reviews. When something gets a decent review, either in the place where someone bought the book, or somewhere like goodreads, or even just a blog post—hey I read a thing and I really liked it—I see a sales uptick. And at this point in my career, even selling just one extra book makes a difference to me.

Bolded for truth. In fanfic, reviews and kudos are wonderful cookies. They can bump a fic up to the top of a sort-by-kudos list or give the author the pleasure of engaging readers.

But right now, The Longest Night has only 22 reviews at amazon.com, which—I believe—affects where it falls in amazon’s recommendation algorithms, 31 reviews at goodreads, and only 3 at Barnes and Noble. I love getting private notes from readers who enjoyed it, but stars and reviews at online retailers and review sites are what’ll help pay the mortgage.

Indie/self publishing, first of a series?

roane72:

I’ve gotten a few questions about what I’m doing and where I’m posting, and in answering one of them tonight I accidentally blogged.

To start with, here’s a basic summary of where/how I post my stuff. If this is useful or interesting to anybody else thinking of going this route, let me know!

On formatting, and good places to post:

Read More

"Occasionally, there arises a writing situation where you see an alternative to what you are doing, a mad, wild gamble of a way for handling something, which may leave you looking stupid, ridiculous or brilliant -you just don’t know which. You can play it safe there, too, and proceed along the route you’d mapped out for yourself. Or you can trust your personal demon who delivered that crazy idea in the first place. Trust your demon."

— Roger Zelazny (via observando)

(via leavesdancing)

iamademonsodelivermefromthis:

bisexualpiratequeen:

I’m trying hard to live by Cat Principles.

1- I am glorious above all things
2- Eat when hungry, sleep when sleepy, play when bored
3- Affection is given and received on my terms and only mine
4- Show displeasure clearly.
5- NO
6- Demand the things you want. If they aren’t given, demand them again, but louder this time.
7- If you are touched when you don’t want to be, say so. If they continue to touch you, make them bleed.

Omg

8- Stick your butt in people’s faces.
9- Knock stuff off counters if it offends you. Or if it makes a nifty sound.
10- Occasionally, be nice to the dog. It confuses everyone.

(via leavesdancing)

deeperdream:

mapleglowsticks:

thehat2:

meladoodle:

what do you mean a thesaurus isnt a dinosaur

image

this is adorable as fuck and you can’t tell me otherwise

Thesaurus Rex!

I want one.

(Source: meladoodle, via dduane)

jomk:

Research ?

Can anyone tell me if teachers in US middle schools teach more than one subject? The book takes place in a Boston suburb if that matters.

Thank you!

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I was in middle school in the very early 80s. Our school system was divided into K-4 in one school (elementary), 5-8 in another (middle), and 9-12 in a third (high).

My middle school was shaped like a two-story U. One wing of the U was for grades 5-6; the other for 7-8. Some facilities were shared (gym, auditorium, cafeteria). The rest of the school was mostly separate, though it wasn’t a rule. On occasion, you could find yourself on the other side.

In each grade, I had an assigned homeroom teacher. In 5th and 6th grade, those teachers also covered certain subjects — English and Social Studies (which was sort of like history and only memorable because we had a substitute who taught us about hippies) are the two I remember. We had special teachers for Math and Science. I was also in the Gifted Program (I don’t know what they call it now), so I was there for half a day two or three times a week. In 7th and 8th grade, classes were more specialized, and we’d hop from one classroom to another.

In all cases, because we were a small school (under 200 students per graduating class), our teachers did double-duty as homeroom and specialty classes.

This made my life a special sort of hell, because my mother was a substitute teacher in our district, and she had the district superintendent’s ear, so she was given “special permission” to substitute for my teachers. That meant she taught my 7th grade sex ed class, which is an excellent way to make a 7th grader want to jump out a window.

As far as I’m aware, this system continued through the late 80s, at the very least. I don’t know if it still applies. Things were changing when I left. I was in the last advanced class to take Algebra, Geometry, Trig, and Pre-Calc. The non-advanced students and all subsequent years took “new math”, whatever the hell that is.

thenimbus:

swolizard:

lylaha:

Lil Egyptian Gods by Silverfox5213

IM SOBBING ABT THESE

these are adorable

This artist makes really adorable stuff

(via dduane)

roane72:

lisanicholasbooks:

Cover Reveal!
This is it, the cover for The Farther I Fall, my debut novel with Berkley Intermix.
It’s been hard sitting on this all week, but I can finally share!
More info on the book is here.

And here it is!!

That’s gorgeous! Congratulations!!

roane72:

lisanicholasbooks:

Cover Reveal!

This is it, the cover for The Farther I Fall, my debut novel with Berkley Intermix.

It’s been hard sitting on this all week, but I can finally share!

More info on the book is here.

And here it is!!

That’s gorgeous! Congratulations!!

That whole cooking thing...

  • Kara (me): Wait. What's the difference between risotto and overcooked mushy rice?
  • Kara (the other one): Uhm. Intent?

Words of wisdom from a romance novelist

  • Friend (named Kara): I had a weird conversation with my mother yesterday. I'm going to visit my folks in November. I think she may be planning to set me up with someone. Or I might be imagining things.
  • Me (also named Kara): ohgods. Bring fire.