Testing the waters by jumping in on the deep end.

I’m a member of two awesome writing groups – Writers Voice, associated with the Wisconsin Writers Association, and the Wisconsin Romance Writers of America (Wausau Chapter). I can’t express enough how much these two groups have helped me and my writing.

Recently we’ve had a lot of discussion in both groups about self-publishing. Now, I’ve always planned to try and go the traditional route with my writing – get an agent and let them handle sales and whatnot so I can just ‘write.’ But I have been wondering lately if maybe I’m not missing the boat on this new dynamic in publishing. So, after an interesting discussion at my Wednesday evening Writers Voice meeting (Thanks Sherrill) I decided to look into Kindle Direct Publishing.

After playing around with it for less than a day I was suddenly at the point of…Wow, I could do this!! So I did it.

I am happy to announce that Swiftly Beats the Heart (formerly titled Cheetah and Zoom) will soon be available for purchase on Amazon.com. It’s still ‘under review’ and though they say this should only take 12 hours it has taken much longer than that. I will post a link here as soon as it goes up. I plan on doing the kdp select thing and put it up for free for 5 days, just as soon as I figure out how to do that.

Yeah, the cover is not the greatest, I made it in MS Draw, but I think it works well enough for a first attempt. I feel the story is solid and a lot of fun, so I hope you’ll pick it up and let me know what you think.

I still do plan on looking for a new agent, and pursuing the traditional route to publishing, but even us old guys need to keep our eyes on the future and for me, yesterday was a step in that direction.

Until next time,

Steve

New year, new novel(s)

Happy New year!

I ended 2011 and the first draft of Amulet of the Fallen God on the same day. I’m very happy with the story. It ended up at 95,823 words, a bit short of my goal of 100,000 words, but the story is complete and solid. I just sent it out to my beta readers, and their comments and input often lead to me adding more words so I might still make that. In any case I am happy with the result.

My resolutions for 2012 include writing 2 new novels and getting at least one more thing published (even if I have to self-publish it). I am in the process of tweaking Cheetah and Zoom and will probably play around with self-publishing this novella.

I already have the plot and main characters for my next novel. I’ve entitled it Hearts in Orbit. It will be a futuristic, space romance. I plan on diving into this within the next few weeks to see where the characters take me. I think the second novel of 2012 will be one I started last year entitled Destiny: Cloud Fist, a Dystopian Science Fiction story which also takes place on a space ship and distant planet. So it looks like I will be spending next year in outer space. People who know me will be asking: “…and this is different how?”

Anyway, I have a bright new year ahead, and much to accomplish. When it’s ready I’ll be using Amulet of the Fallen God to search for a new agent, hoping to find one that deals with Fantasy, Science Fiction and Romance. I will also look at shipping Son of Thunder around for a second time, hoping to get some interest in it.

Busy, but busy the way I like it.

I hope you all have a safe and fun year, and will stay with me as I venture out to a galaxy (or 2) far, far away.

Steve

Payday

Last Friday, while I was out of town, the postman brought me a huge Christmas present.Holding the check in my hands it still feels a bit unreal. My first paycheck as a professional writer. Okay, its only $25.00, but it sure feels great to have made some real, actual money with my little ‘hobby’.

As my body of work continues to grow, and I look into new avenues for publication, I’m looking forward to a few more paychecks in the coming year. Amulet of the Fallen God is really close to being finished. I just have a few more chapters to edit then it’s off to my beta readers. This will give me two completed novels, and three novellas. I am seriously considering self publishing Cheetah and Zoom, to test the waters of self publishing. An artist friend of mine is working on some artwork, and my wife has offered to look into how to package the product, so we will see.

I have lots of work to do, and a bright new year to do it in. My new years writing resolution is to finish two more novels. One will be a romance, the other probably Science Fiction. I’d also like to finish the third novella in the Demon Gate saga. I’m going to keep throwing stuff at the publication wall to see if anything sticks.

Happy Holidays to everyone,

Steve

The season of writing

Wow, it’s been a while since I updated this blog. Really sorry about that. The good news is that I’ve done quite a bit of writing in that time. I recently completed and submitted a superhero romance entitled Cheetah and Zoom: A very fast romance. I also packaged up and sent out my novel, Son of Thunder, to the RWA Golden Heart contest.

I have recently joined the RWA, the WisRWA , the WRA and a wonderful writers group out of Eagle River, WI. So I’ve started my networking as well.

Two weeks ago I got my contract from Circlet Press, signed it and sent it off, so I’m looking forward to my first payment as a professional author. (I get giddy just thinking about it)

Recently I’ve gone back to writing my fantasy novel, Amulet of the Fallen God. I’m making great progress hitting the 55,000 word mark in the projected 90,000-110,000 word manuscript. I feel my characters are strong and my storyline compelling…but that’s just me. I’m looking forward to getting it somewhat finished and sending it out to my beta readers for their input.

Snow is falling today here in Tomahawk which means I am entering the Season of Writing. Winter means less distractions and more face time with my computer. My plan is to finish my fantasy novel and to write a completely new romance before the spring thaw. That is unless I get a sale or some other project takes me by surprise.

Okay, enough for now. Back to writing.

Steve