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Flight of Fantasy Blog Award! YOU’RE tagged!

Woots! I’ve have been nominated for The Flight of Fantasy Award (created by the wonderful Sophie Tallis. Give her a follow!) I was nominated by both Maegan Provan (my book sistah) and Tricia Drammeh (our appointed book-mama). She’s been awesome, and Maegan and I are growing steadily under her tutelage. :)

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Here are the official rules for The Flight of Fantasy Award:

  1. Display the award logo on your blog.
  2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
  3. State 11 things about yourself (it’s a Spinal Tap thing!), including why you love fantasy and your first or favourite fantasy book.
  4. Nominate 7 bloggers for this award and link to them. (If you want to link back to me as well, that would be lovely but isn’t required!)
  5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.

My eleven random facts:

  1. I just had my wisdom teeth out four days ago.
  2. I got in trouble for reading during class in high school. (Better than getting in trouble for sleeping I guess.)
  3. I’ve always loved fantasy. Most of my childhood was spent dreaming, writing, or drawing myself as something other than human. I’m still disappointed I’m a human, lol.
  4. I’ve got a lot of favorite fantasy books. Epic fantasy type stuff, I’ve fond of Jim Butcher’s alera books. Other than that, I’ll read absolutely anything that’s modern fantasy.
  5. I recently got engaged to my boyfriend of ten years. (Wearing the ring since December 8th, 2012!)
  6. I become randomly obsessed with songs. It’ll get stuck in my head at random, and I’ll listen to it on repeat for a couple of days.
  7. I’ve always wanted to fly. You know when they ask you what super power you’d have? Mine would be to fly. How sweet would that be?
  8. I’ve always wanted to learn to play the cello, violin and piano. I played the flute in middle/high school though.
  9. My favorite food ever is orange chicken.
  10. A lot of the characters in my books / planned series are recycled characters from the MMOs I’ve played, or RP’s that I’ve done. (I’m a nerd, shut up.)
  11. I sing things to Maegan over skype between editing/writing.

My seven nominees for The Flight of Fantasy Award:

  1. Maegan Provan
  2. Tricia Drammeh
  3. Shelina Valmond, A Writer Inspired
  4. Cynthia Dumarin
  5. Dawn Chapman
  6. Everyone else! If you’ve read this, write fantasy of any kind, or know a blogger who deserves to be mentioned, PASS THIS ON. Seriously. Jump in, participate! YOU are tagged! :D
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Freaking Out Moment #394938132

I just had one of those panicky, “omg, how am I going to promote this thing once it’s done” moments. Edits are coming along faster than I thought they would, and I think I’m going to be finished in just about two weeks. (Maybe sooner). Which means I STILL need to nail down formatting for the print AND ebook version, WITHOUT having microsoft word. Which is a huge pain in the ass, because I don’t have an extra $140 to buy it, and Open Office only does so much.

So that’s mildly annoying. I hope I’m smart enough to figure it all out. =\

“how i do dis?!”

And then we’re back to the whole “omg how do I promote this crap” after it’s out. I’d like to do a blog tour, but those are often paid for and I don’t have enough money right now to PAY for one, so I guess I’ll have to whore myself out and see what comes of it.

Can you really do anything but seek out reviews/interviews/post to your page/blog/twitter every day? I feel like there’s something big I’m missing. Obviously, like with any writer, you wanna get the absolute maximum exposure you can get, but as I’ve never done this before, I’m 98% clueless about most of this stuff.

I have this sneaking suspicion that I’m going to get a handful of sales when it comes out (you know, pity sales from fam and friends mostly), and then it’ll abruptly halt, lol. I’m thinking I’m going to enroll in KDP select and try to strategically use my free days to boost rank or something. But then, of course, that helps a lot when you have some people spouting “hey, this book is free today!” for you. Hmm.

I thought about a giveaway, but I don’t think anyone wants stuff from my book yet, ha. I can make a poster of the book cover, and sign it, and have some printed copies signed, but I’m not 100% sure anyone would want it from an unknown. Apparently I can also make an iPhone case with my cover on it (which is totally cool), but again, it’d be a waste if 4 people signed up for the giveaway, lol. Maybe after a few more books and a few hundred more FB page likes, or something.

Does anybody have some step by step advice for this? Maybe a site, or a list of stuff I can do?

Ah well. I’ll figure it out. @_@

Bwahahaha, hilarity! The Publishing Process in Gifs

Check this out!

Me for a month and a half.

Siren Snow (Book #1 of the Redhaven Saga) Book Trailer

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I’m sad I don’t actually own these images, but it made an awesome book trailer nonetheless.

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

I’ve just been nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! Tricia Drammeh  has nominated me, so I’m throwing out some nominations of my own!

The Rules of the Award:

  1. Display the award logo on your blog.
  2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
  3. State 7 things about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 bloggers for this award and link to them.
  5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.

So, here are seven things about me:

  1. I’ve always wanted to be a novelist, and only recently found the cajones to jump in and do it.
  2. I’m engaged to my boyfriend of 10 years. (I know, right?)
  3. I used to live in Texas, and I miss my Momma. (And her sweet tea.)
  4. I’m seriously hooked on MMORPGs. I spent 7 years on World of Warcraft, and have recently moved to Guild Wars 2. (I also really love Minecraft. Stupid endermen. >:I)
  5. I love modern fantasy stuff, especially shifters, despite my first book being about Witches.
  6. I’m learning ASL (American Sign Language.) I want to be an Interpreter (if the book thing doesnt work out… maybe even if it does. Sign language is beautiful.)
  7. I’, writing my first book alongside my best buddy Maegan P. (We trade chapters and gush about each other’s characters… great fun!)

My nominees for the award:

  1. Tricia Drammeh (Thanks for the nom!)
  2. Maegan Provan (<3)
  3. Kate Jack
  4. Cathy Givans
  5. Nathaniel Tower
  6. Steve Vernon
  7. Robin Tidwell
  8. Cynthia Dumarin
  9. Jessica Schaub
  10. Anna Roberts
  11. Tessa
  12. Kyrsa Lee
  13. J. Koe
  14. Jack Harper
  15. Shalina!

Go check these people out! Pronto! (Printo? Haha, book humor.)

I have a cover!

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Marketing is nuts.

Or maybe it’s more like networking. I’ve spent a good hour ‘liking’ facebook pages in exchange for likes on my own page. Which is perfectly fine, of course, and fair. It’s just time consuming.

I’ve heard from a lot of authors that they spend a ton of time marketing and networking, and I believe it now! Phew! I have so much more work to do, but it’s a start. I’m hoping I’ll be set up with an audience come launch time (which is fast approaching as I’m going to go into overdrive and try and finish Redhaven draft #1 this week).

Alot of my networking attention has been on Facebook so far, because twitter kind of perpetuates itself. Just go on a follow spree, @ some people, retweet and play nice, and you’re all good. Facebook ends up with a lot of spam.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my fellow writers. I just dont like them pushing my longtime friends under all thier posts. I know thats what they have to do, but…  still. If you’ve found out I’ve hidden you, don’t be offended! So far it hasn’t been too bad.

ALSO – WTF! I go on my liking spree, c&p’ing the thingy I was supposed to, and then facebook is like “you do dis too much! tori. stahp. tori shahp! I temp ban you!” Wtf, facebook. I’m not a spammer. :I

But I’m gonna eat now and go to bed, and start super-writing tomorrow morning! HEE-YA!

 

If you need some facebook page like love, check these thingies out:

 

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http://www.worldliterarycafe.com/content/facebook-likes

An excerpt from Chapter 21

Because I felt like sharing my poor excuse for dialogue, ha.

 

“I’ve been getting some strange visions lately, mostly about you. I’ve seen that man you’re talking about, the one with the long white hair, and the gold eyes. I see him with you a lot in these visions.” She came around and sat on the edge of the bed with me, while the tingling salve worked it’s way into my skin.


I immediately flushed. “How much have you seen, Rissa?” My eyes went wide with embarrassment. Hers went narrow with suspicion.


“Nothing like that, if that’s what you’re wondering.” Her eyes narrowed just a bit more. “What have you been doing, my little, innocent, pure white dove?” She piled on the adjectives for emphasis, and each made me feel more guilty than the last. And a little dirty.

“Nothing, I swear!” My hands went to my chest again, and I made a face. “He keeps… touching me!” My hands went palm out, and I squeezed invisible melons in the air for emphasis.

Rissa laughed, and patted my leg. “No, no… it’s nothing like that.” Her face went serious then, and she gave me a look that made me sit up a little straighter and pay attention. “I see him with you constantly, like a shadow every where you go. He hides in the dark, and watches you, and when you’re alone, his…” Her eyes went distant as she searched for the words with a motion of her hand. “His fire threatens to consume you. But I don’t think he means to hurt you, he’s just… Stuck to you somehow, weaving himself into your life.”


“So he’s real? I’m not crazy?” I asked, leaning in slightly with anticipation. Rissa apparently knew more about him than I did.


“No, he’s very real.” Her expression changed then, tightness around her eyes drawing my attention.


“What is it, Rissa? What aren’t you telling me about him?” I pressed her for more information, but she pulled away slightly, the warmth of her hand on my leg suddenly absent.


It’s nothing you should be worried about, dove.” She stood from the bed and went to the dresser across from it, pulling out a low drawer to retrieve a neatly folded shirt, and some old jeans.


“Don’t
worry about it? Rissa, he’s a demon! Do you know what the Conclave does to witches who consort with demons?! You of all people should know how they treat nonconformists!” I knew it was a mistake the moment it came out of my mouth, but Rissa paused in her movements at the dresser and turned slowly to look at me. I shrunk a little under her gaze as her jeweled artificial eye glinted and swiveled in it’s socket to stare at me. “…Sorry.” I squeaked out.

Vlog #6

 

Some random stuff this week. Nothing too terribly exciting, besides word count and some book recommendations.

‘The Claiming Words’ by Tricia Drammeh – http://amzn.to/URuCEh
Tricia’s Facebook Page – http://on.fb.me/UDuu6a

‘Marked’ by P.C. Cast + Kristin Cast – http://amzn.to/VN8hnc

Jim Butcher  (Seriously, just read everything) – http://amzn.to/UOGVxp

REDHAVEN::

The first three chapters are up, in all of their rough draft glory. Figment sort of ate my formatting, but you can still read it well enough. It hasn’t been edited, so there’s probably some typos, but put it up mostly so I could share it around.
http://figment.com/books/489229-Redhaven

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A half french Canadian, half lousiana cajun werewolf?

This is totally random, but I love how these things write themselves.

I’m in a point in my book were some new (late) characters are being introduced / set up for a later book, and the werewolf my witch is consulting with just happened to randomly write himself very french and good ol’ boy -ish. How fun would it be to have a cajun werewolf in Canada? Some sort of weird french hybrid culture thing going on there.

In hindsight, I’ll probably read over this later and decide it’s the stupidest thing ever, but for the moment it’s amusing. I need to learn French or something.

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