DUTIES is going to be four previously published stories: “Processing Duty,” “The Fight In the Grove,” “Frogman Prince,” and (my personal favorite) “Meatbags.” I was originally going to type “published on Patreon,” but since all the magazines out there insist on treating them as bloody reprints they can damn well not be hyphenated-published stories. Fair’s fair.
Guess what I did this evening? That’s right: I signed, and I stuffed, and I taped, and now I have a ton of padded filled manila envelopes ready to go to the post office tomorrow. I’m going to need to get a cart to transport them, but that’s OK.
…it went faster than I expected, actually. Listened to a bunch of AC/DC and Beastie Boys and everything just flowed. Lettering and so forth to follow, then packing ’em up, and yay but I can get this off of my list!
It’s a really interesting question; and, as you might imagine, one that’s of some interest to me. Depending on who you ask, so far FROZEN DREAMS has either broken through the average number of sales for a new book, or is rapidly approaching it, or the entire conversation is ridiculous because the Kickstarter skewed everything. The number ‘250’ gets bandied about a lot, you see; only I’ve seen people confidently say that should be e-book sales, and others say that only print copies count, and still more say that the true number for print copies should be about 100, and then people start suggesting it should be about how much money you’re making per year.
…It took me a couple of hours to add this line; so, clearly, I will not. Sorry, it’s just – there are ISBN numbers involved, OK? It’s starting to feel real. And the independent writer life apparently ain’t exactly for the timid. And, like virtually everybody else in the planet, I don’t like the idea of not being successful.
All of this means it’s really easy for me to slip into sloth, honestly. I’m not saying this for sympathy, just to blow off some steam. I’m sure I’ll be fine. Just as soon as Monday rolls around…
My Patreon is what’s paying for stuff. Stuff like the cover art and the ISBN and the proofreading and the rest of it. Which is already a great advantage; but I’m gonna need all the advantages I can get. So sign up today!
Not a sale, but the story made it past the first round. Which is encouraging! Lord knows you can feel stalled in this business, sometimes. Or more than sometimes… still, mustn’t grumble. I’ll know more at a later time – and, again, this isn’t a sale, just me making advancing along in the process.
Thanks, by the way, for all the encouragement that I’ve gotten in the past and will get in the future. It really does help. Anybody who does art will tell you that, too.
It’s the kind of skulduggery that, a hundred and fifty years ago, would have ended with somebody getting stabbed during a dinner party. I’m not entirely joking. Writers can get really intense over getting screwed over their publication rights:
On Wednesday, December 28, All Romance eBooks–a romance-specific ebook distributor and publisher that also distributes general fiction and nonfiction through its OmniLit imprint–dropped a bombshell. In mass emails to customers and authors, ARe’s owner, Lori James, revealed that her company was closing, and that in lieu of full payment, authors and publishers would be offered a fraction of what they were owed.