This and That – And An Offer

A few random updates, and a proposition at the end.

I spent some time today working on the cover for The Spoil of Zanuth Karun.  After all the angst and frustration of doing the same thing for TLDTC, I was a little afraid to get started on it.

However, I soon realized that since it’s turning out to be pretty much the same length, and therefore the same basic cover dimensions, it was merely an issue of copying the new images directly over the old ones, changing the colors, and calling it a day.  It looks good and I’m happy with it.  Hopefully when I get around to printing the darn thing, it’ll behave itself.

Speaking of which, I am making good progress, now that I’ve broken out of my slump.  The action is picking up, things are coming together without any major mistakes (I think), and the second session of Camp NaNoWriMo begins in less than a week, which will help give me a nice big boost, even if I fall off in the middle like last time.

I’m definitely hoping to have the first draft done by the fall, and the release some time in early winter.  Don’t hold me to it, but I’m trying.

I think I’m also going to be trying not to get too distracted by the Olympics, which starts tomorrow.  I’m a big fan of the games, one of the few sporting events I ever watch, and I’m also a fan of London, so I’m rooting for them to pull off a good show.

I haven’t really turned on my TV since the Super Bowl, though, so I should probably check that my remotes still work and my LCD hasn’t given up out of loneliness and despair.  What can I say?  The internet has killed cable.

Other writing-related news includes reaching 200 downloads on Smashwords and getting my first book blogger to accept TLDTC for a review (posted in about a month, depending on her schedule).

Everything seems to be going well, which naturally makes me a little nervous, but I’m hoping to keep learning how to increase my exposure, get people interested, and most importantly, get readers involved enough to leave ratings and reviews on my various sites.

I know I keep saying it, but if you enjoy what I do and want to see me succeed in doing it, please, please take just a few moments and review my book on Amazon or Smashwords (Smashwords would be particularly helpful, as I have no ratings there yet).  As an incentive, let’s do a little backscratching.

If I get five new reviews by Monday, I’ll post a video of me thanking each of the participants, and will include the name of your book, website, blog, or other personal message (if you email/tweet me with what you want me to say).

I might not have a huge platform, but I’m not worth nothing.  Let’s help each other out.

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2 thoughts on “This and That – And An Offer

  1. The search for reviews is a constant strain, I know how it feels. I’d review you, but not by Monday, I have a pile of books I have to review that’s almost knee high (I’m quite short but it’s still a lot of books) and then there are the e-books… Maybe next month? I’ll put a reminder in my diary.

    • That would be awesome, thank you! I’d be happy to gift you an ebook copy from Smashwords if you like. The Monday thing was mostly to catch the eye of a few people I know have read it but haven’t contributed yet. I’m trying not to alienate my friends and readers by being that rabid, nagging wannabe, but you’re right: it’s a bit of a struggle.

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