Goodbye, Kindle Scout

As some of you may or may not know, Amazon has decided to end the Kindle Scout program. I will admit, I'm a little saddened by this, because I'd hoped to submit the first Crimson Hollow book to Scout, but I also realistically knew that by the time the first book was ready, it was unlikely Scout would still be around; I just didn't expect it to end this soon.

Kindle Press is still around, though, and many Scout-chosen books are still with the imprint, mine included (though I still owe a little less than half my advance, so I don't really have a choice). I hope that maybe with a shift in priorities, Kindle Press will start doing more to promote the titles it has, including No Safe Place, but it's still too soon to say.

I am, of course, still plugging away on Crimson Hollow. Books One and Two are in various stages of progress, and though I'm not writing nearly as much as I would like, progress is still progress.

My trip to Virginia is coming up in just under two w…

On Writing

If you were to Google, say, "writing tips" or "writing advice," you would be met with a long list of results. Some of it may be structured as guidelines, and some of it may actually be listed as rules. Some of it is good advice, but a lot of it is subjective stuff that won't work for everyone.

Stephen King, from whom I borrowed the title for this post, has a lot of great writing advice, some of which I've taken to heart, and some of which I've ignored completely. Finish your manuscript and then shove it in a drawer (either literally or figuratively speaking)? Yes, absolutely. Writing every day? Ehhhh, not so much.

The thing about writing is that you have to do what works best for you, and what works best for you may not be what the "professionals" say is right, and that's okay. I'm gonna talk about what works for me, and if it doesn't work for you, hey, that's fine. You do you.

So, on the whole "writing every day" thi…

Representation Matters

Diversity is not just a buzz word. In a world that is a melting pot of races, genders, sexualities, and religions, it should be the norm that all of these different kinds of people are represented in major media. But... they're not. Movies, television, and books are still predominantly made up of and catered to white, straight men, and if anyone tries to step away from that and have non-white, non-straight, non-male characters, suddenly there's a cry of "everything is so political these days!"

Y'all. People are not political statements. Everybody deserves to see themselves represented in the media they consume.

I'm a white, bisexual woman, and quite frankly, I'm tired of seeing white people, mostly white men, in all of the media I consume. I loved the Ghostbusters remake that came out in 2016, and I'm still angry and bitter, to this day, about what was done to this movie, and how its franchise chances were ruined because of a bunch of whiny white guys…

Limping into the New Year

Well, this year didn't start off with quite the bang I'd anticipated. The new job I started ended up taking a huge toll on my health, both mental and physical, so I ended up quitting ("limping" in the title of the post isn't just a metaphor...). I've been evaluating what kind of job would make me happy, and have set my sights on working from home. This is likely the dream for everyone, but I think in terms of my mental health especially, this is what will work best for me. I still have a part-time job, but I'm looking to add freelance proofreading and editing on the side.

To that end, I've finally set up a seller account on Fiverr, and have posted a gig for proofreading and editing. The packages I'm offering go up to 20,000 words, but I am taking custom orders, so if you have something you want me to proofread and/or edit that's over 20,000 words, feel free to contact me and we'll work something out.

If you would like to support me financi…

Looking Ahead

I've been meaning to make this post for days now, but I've been so busy lately that I keep forgetting to do it until it's too late. But here I am now!

This hasn't been the best year for me in many ways. I did publish Finding Home Again in July, and I had a few good promos early in the year for No Safe Place and The Only One (which got a bit of an overhaul this year, with a new cover back in February, and then a small revamp of formatting and some general cleaning up in November), but for the most part, my books haven't been doing too great.

I think a large part of this has been because I haven't been able to afford any paid promo, and there's only so much I can do for free (which isn't really anything), but I'm hoping this will change in 2018, as I'll be starting another job in January. So hopefully more income means being able to better promote my books and actually get them out there for people to see. I also would like to revamp the cover for…

One year

Today marks a year since No Safe Place was published, and it's been an interesting year. I've learned a lot since then, and published the follow-up to that book as well, and here's hoping the next year will see more productivity from me (along the lines of finishing the first Crimson Hollow book, and maybe even the second).

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Long time no see

Apologies for my silence of late, but there hasn't been too much to talk about. I'm still plugging away at the Crimson Hollow series (or, well, trying to), which has now expanded into four novels and two short stories/novellas. I am nothing if not ambitious. I'm planning a visit to Virginia in April around my birthday to do some hands-on research, which I'm really looking forward to.

Also, for the fans of No Safe Place and Finding Home Again, particularly Hannah and Eli's relationship, I'm planning to publish a very special short story in the coming weeks, so keep an eye out for news about that, and maybe an excerpt or two ;)

Be sure to check out my Patreon as well, if you'd like to support me during this "in-between" time while I work on Crimson Hollow.

Lastly, if there's anything you all want to see me talk about here, just leave a comment. I don't post very much mostly because I don't know what to talk about, but if anybody's cu…