The Man Came Around

I’ve been a little internet absent for the past few weeks. My family was thrown by the sudden passing of my dad from a particularly aggressive cancer and I’ve been taking the time to come to terms with that.

But life goes on, and faster than you’d like it to. My work on the book is finished, my cover artist has a beautiful cover ready for me and the formatter is working on my layout as I type. I have a giveaway running on Goodreads, with over 300 entries after day two and I’m now on almost 200 to-read shelves.

It’s hard to move on, and to work on something you’re so proud of when one of the people you were most looking forward to sharing it with is gone.

But on we go.

ISBN Shopping (and other practical accomplishments)

This week signals the end of my calm, lazy month. At the end of the week I’m going to speak to a high school, next week I’m heading over to Melbourne to see about some paid work, and after that my notes for The Edge of the Woods are due back from the editor.

Scary. Awesome?

Both.

So today, even though I stayed in my pyjamas and hung out with my nephews, I managed to get some practical things done in preparation for the book.

To begin with, I set up a mailing list with MailChimp (which I’m honestly still figuring out how to use, but I have one, and that’s the important thing). It seems to be the most recommended of the mailing list sites, and the logo is a monkey in a hat. I don’t know about you guys, but animals wearing hats is a pretty good way to get my business.

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I’d vote for him.

After that, I bit the bullet and forked over some cash in exchange for ten ISBN numbers. This is an optional expense for self publishers, as Amazon and Createspace will supply a free one for you, but I wanted to cover my bases and make sure the copyright for my work stayed 100% with me. I got mine from Thorpe-Bowker, the Australian ISBN supplier. It costs $84.00 for a set of 10, though they charge a one-time $55.00 fee if it’s your first purchase. For non-Australians, you can get yours here.

And then, because I was on a roll and/or wanted to use an ISBN straight away now that I’d spent all the money on them, I set up a Goodreads page. Since the book is still a few months away from being published, I’ll use the page to (hopefully) drum up some more interest and organise a giveaway.

So there you have it. Productivity! And some things crossed off the to-do list.

As for writing, I’ve been tinkering with a few things to see what I’d like to focus on once The Edge of the Woods is done. I have 20,000 words of a Young Adult zombie novel done, and have started playing with a fantasy and a few fairytale shorts. My gut is telling me to go with the fairytales, as so far they’ve been the most fun to work on. But we’ll see! I know have to just pick something, but flitting between ideas has been kind of a pleasant change of pace.

Anyway, if you don’t hear from me in a while (though I’ll be back next week for Book Club), it’s because I’m working, working, working.

Happy writing!

UPDATE: About twenty minutes after publishing this post, my edit notes came back a week early and really positive. So I guess my calm, lazy month ends right now!

Updates: Short Stories and Interviews

In an a bit of an awesome twist, two exciting things happened today.

Firstly, my short story Sext Best Thing (posted here a month or so ago) was published in online magazine Birdee under new title, Side Boob: Sending

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And an article about me and the book came out in my hometown’s news blog. So it’s been a pretty cool day!

…which obviously means I’ve gotten exactly zero work done.

Updates

Congratulations to everyone who won or even attempted NaNoWriMo this year! You’re all superstars. 

I’m back to focusing all my energy on self-editing my own novel, and the break has given me a bunch of new ideas for solutions and improvements. And this time I actually managed to write most of them down before they disappeared again. 

Soon(ish) I’ll be able to start shopping for editors (I believe in tidying your house before the cleaner comes. Metaphorically, anyway. I can’t afford a cleaner. Or a house) which I’m a little nervous and exited about. I have a couple of names to check out, but if you have any recommendations – particularly for anyone specialising in Young Adult – please let me know! 

And after that… well, I guess I shouldn’t get ahead of myself.