This Week’s Theme: Creativity!

This week, I’m feeling very creative. The edits of my next novella are going smoothly, and I’m already working on brainstorming/outlining my next story that I intend to write for this year’s GothNoWriMo. There’s a lot going on and the work never stops! I wouldn’t have it any other way.

As I recently Tweeted, I bought a Kindle 3 today. I’m hoping this will be a worthwhile investment as I’ve been more interested in reading material produced by indie authors these days. That was something I wasn’t able to find much on the NOOK. So, I will check out the Kindle and see what all the hype is about, and hopefully get it filled up with some fresh, new indie-authored books.

…But of course, it wasn’t just the indie books that were calling out to me. My geek side was calling out, as well. I’ve read that it’s possible to develop apps for the Kindle 3 — something that I was unable to do with my Classic NOOK — which is a shame, because I was hoping that B&N would keep offering support for this great, Android-based device. But alas, the NOOKcolor has been in the spotlight, and it’s really not piqued my interest, at all. I like the e-ink technology and would prefer reading my books this way than on an LCD screen like the NOOKcolor (or any other tablet device, for that matter). In my opinion, e-ink is better on the eyes.

So, with my new acquisition of the Kindle, I’ve noticed a lot of people on the Kindleboards have made cute little slip-cases for them (because buying them retail is ridiculously expensive). So, as this week is creative week, I’ve been sparked by the creativity bug to try the same. I will produce pictures of my results at a later time.

I end today’s blog with one final note and word of advice: If you, as an author, receive a negative (but constructive) review on your book, take it to heart — embrace it — learn from it. People will see things that you, as the author will most likely not see no matter how many times you edit, re-edit and re-re-edit. Moreover, you can’t expect to please everyone. Not only do you make a complete fool of yourself by throwing a temper tantrum over one little bad review, you also tarnish and hurt the indie-publishing industry and all those other hard-working, legitimate and mature indie-authors who struggle and scrape tooth and nail for a moment of spotlight for their works to be reviewed (whether positive or negative).

Authors: What NOT to do if you receive a negative review

Spring 2011 Kickoff

I noticed for the past 3 years, most of my major projects have been released during the spring season (usually between March – April). I certainly didn’t plan for that to happen, but it is an interesting observation.

My newest project that will be released this spring is my first printed novella entitled: The Necromancer’s Apprentice. I’ve been working on it for five months, now, and it appears I will see the book finally launched sometime in April. I can’t begin to tell you how much motivation and inspiration this entire process has been for me.

I recently got interviewed for another author’s blog. You can check it out here!

I visit many authors’ blogs on a daily basis and read about their experiences of living their dream. I can honestly say that the blogs alone have contributed to about 50% of my motivation to keep writing. The other 50% has been my awesome critique/writing group. Its absolutely amazing to read about ordinary people who like to write suddenly rise to fame as a NYT best-selling author. I don’t know if I’ll ever get that far; I would just be happy being able to share my stories with others for now.

There’s still so much I’ve yet to learn about the industry, but I’m taking notes as I go along, ensuring each experience will be better than the last. Hopefully, one day, I will have enough advice to give others like other authors have done. It is the very least I can do to give back to the community.

I also must give many kudos to J.A. Konrath for promoting Kindleboards. Like his blog, that place is amazing! Not only is it super-active, there is a wealth of information to be had for anyone who is looking to publish. It’s been less than a week since I’ve been a member and I’ve already learned so much about ebooks and how to publish them effectively. I’m even considering investing in a Kindle just so I can develop games and apps on it. I was looking for something like that for the Classic NOOK (which is what I currently own), but it seems B&N only offers developer support for the NOOKcolor only. I hope this will change sometime in the future.

The amount of networking opportunities on Kindleboards is great, as well. If you’re an author looking for friends, this is definitely the place to hang out. I think I’ve been finding myself at times procrastinating on those boards. You can literally spend all day there. How do some of those authors manage to get any books written when they’re on there 24/7?! I’m jealous.

Welcome to my website!

…And the site is official! Thanks for stopping by! It’s been a busy year so far, getting things in order; and there is still much left to do. Currently, the site is still under construction for the launch of The Necromancer’s Apprentice coming this spring. More info and details will be posted as they develop, so please bookmark!