Time to update

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Life has been hitting hard for me lately. I had to move out of my home, my life is in chaos. It will stabilize but it will take time. So I am looking at my options. I have been considering making my blog a paid one, so I could add a shop to sell some of the cute Jewelry and other crafts I make. I also am thinking about the other benefits…And I realize that I am looking at this with two blogs possible and debating. I can only do one paid right now. I have more readers here then on the Fae Corps Blog, even though I maintain both. I may see about combining them. Making it work that way…But I want to get your opinions. Should I combine the two blogs? Expand and make it bigger and better, hopefully. or should I choose one to go paid with?

I will not be able until the first to do it, so chime in with your opinion. I am also about to ask my partner and our marketing girl. So it is not just a random ask. I am looking at options.

Thursday Talk

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This is not my usual Thursday Tea Party. I don’t have a bunch of personal updates, and Fae corps updates are on their blog (including a call for Submissions.) I have a pre-order up. But all of that is not enough for a blog post. Half the time I feel at a loss to come up with a full post…So I asked a friend for ideas. She said tips, and recipes…Yikes. That would work…I guess… So I have been struggling with what tips..or recipes…or wtfever….

Then I realized that I have been doing research for Fae Corps that I could let you in on. We have for the last few books been using the Beta Print program with Draft2Digital. We use them for ebook distribution. I have looked into other ebook distributors. Each has their own issues. Smashwords expanded distribution requires far too strict a format, Amazon is too narrow a distribution. I have looked into quite a few. We have noticed quite a few issues this time with the print books. Quality is always a concern with a small press. The distributor’s customer service is working to correct the problems, but we feel like we may want to change who we do our print books through in the future.

So I went into research mode. Draft2digital print….no color. paperback only. cheap author/proof copies. no upfront costs Amazon print…..no color. paperback only. cheap author copies. proof copies funkily marked. no upfront costs. Ingram Spark……upfront costs. color/B&W. Hard cover/Paperback. (tbh I didn’t look any farther than the upfront costs…… And the one I think that we are going to go with……… Lulu….No upfront costs. color or b&W. The author copies are still cheaper than retail.

I feel like asking has helped. I asked in various writing groups. A surprising number suggested Ingram Spark. They do allow the small bookstores to return. It is an amazing idea, but the upfront costs are something that shies me away. If it costs me money to publish, well it seems like a bit of a scam to me.

Coffee House Anthology

PRE-ORDER NOW!!

Coffee House Writers is releasing two anthologies this winter! With nearly three dozen writers and over one hundred pieces total, there is something for everyone in these collections.

Paperbacks of both will be available internationally on the two release days as well!

Volume 1: Poetry & Nonfiction releases December 8. Pre-order here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08N2Y4ZHD 
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55877282-coffee-house-writers-2020-anthology 

Volume 2: Fiction releases December 15. Pre-order here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08N3C92P7 
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55877286-coffee-house-writers-2020-anthology

Shhhhh! 😘 my poetry is in volume 1!

Tuesday Tunes

A day for me to discuss music

Blue October – Hope you are Happy

Lyrics There will be days when you’re falling down
There will be days when you’re inside out
There will be days when you fall apart
Someone else will break you heart
They’re never gonna hold you back
I’m always gonna have your back
So try to remember that I hope you’re happy
I hope you’re good
I hope you get what you wish for
And you’re well understood And now I’m standing here and looking at you
I wonder what the hell you’re gonna do
With those Dr. Pepper eyes and you bubble gum hair
Yeah, I’m standing right here
I remember how I held you so right
I remember that Saturday night, do you? There will be days when you’re falling down
There will be days when you’re inside out
There will be days when you fall apart
Someone else will break you heart
They’re never gonna hold you back
I’m always gonna have your back
So try to remember that I hope you’re happy
I hope you’re good
I hope you get what you wish for
And you’re well understood
And whatever your progress
I know you’ll be fine
Because I hope you’re happy
Even if you’re not mine I remember when the world was ours to take
I remember you next to me
I remember you with every breath I take
You’ll always have a piece of me
I remember, yeah
Try to remember that I remember every word that we spoke
You right here next to me
I remember how we tried and we tried
I remember everything
Try to remember that
That I hope you’re happy
That I hope you’re happy I hope you’re happy
I hope you’re good
I hope you get what you wish for
And you’re well understood
And whatever your progress
I know you’ll be fine
Because I hope you’re happy
Even if you’re not mine
Try to remember that
I hope you’re happy

my 2 cents I think that everyone has this. that love that even if you can’t have them… you still wish them happy. I have several. so I decided that for today… I hope that you are happy.

Publication, and the snarls within

I have been proudly Indie Publishing for a decade now. I am always looking for better platforms. Better tools, not just for me, but for the other authors I work with. I like Draft2digital for their eBook option. We are looking at other Print options for the future. The pandemic has caused a few errors in the print that has us concerned. Also other places offer hardback, which we have been unable to do before. I have been reaching out, submitting my work to other presses to get more eyes on my writing.

I have no intention of naming names, but I have come to the conclusion that not all of the small presses are created equal. I honestly believe that you need both smarts or heart to do anthologies. Some of the presses possess this. They understand dealing with writer’s is choosing to deal with chaos. I find that this will be the last time I involve myself with at least one of them. For I feel less than appreciated. I will be in the anthology, but I will not be listed as one of the authors with amazon…there was only enough room to list the editors….

To me that feels like I am being told that I have less to be proud about with the anthology than the editors do….so I think I may decide to not talk about it….

Coffee House Writers

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my poem: https://coffeehousewriters.com/forgotten/

Cyndi’s Story : https://coffeehousewriters.com/unconventional-love-story-iv/

Tish’s : https://coffeehousewriters.com/patchwork-heart/

Whispers of the Future

The kid is asleep, So I thought I would take the time to do an update here. 2020, for all that it has sucked, has taught me a lot. I updated most of the covers on my poetry volumes this year, but I really have not looked at the interior of any of them since I published them…until recently.

Now don’t get me wrong…I did not publish anything badly, I just can clean it up and make it look a little nicer. So I have decided that is what 2021 will be. I have a full schedule with Fae Corps…We have multiple authors who have entrusted their books in our care. And there will be 3 anthologies for fae corps. I have one I am hoping to release (Wisdom: Grandmother’s Words). So instead of trying to release any new poetry volumes in 2021, I think that I am going to update and re-release my older volumes.

Changes in staff at Fae Corps is making this year coming exciting…and scary. Fae Corps is growing. We have up till now just had Cyndi and I doing whatever needed to be done. That left both of us stuck with marketing, something that neither of us are normally that good at. Now we have KT. Due to a difference in opinion we lost our consulting editor. We decided on official roles. Cyndi is our Developmental editor, I am the Copy editor. I do the Cover designs, KT does the marketing, and the scheduling. We also take projects for authors who do not choose to publish with us. Cyndi took an editing job that ended up choosing to publish with us after.

So with Fae Corps being so busy, I feel like I should plan my own writing projects to be lighter.. Not nonexistent, just lighter. Song of Shadow releases December 1st, 2020. I also am in the Coffee House Writer’s Anthology Volume 1 which is available for preorder. Serena is working hard to get stories ready for Fae Corps 2021 anthologies, and has one coming out in Circle City’s An Absurd Apocalypse. (It’s only a flash fiction, but I read it and it is cute and funny). 2020 was a busy year writing and publishing wise. I submitted to a project for Indie Blu(e) publishing which I hope to hear whether it is accepted after the first of the year. (Another small press with big talent that I want to support) So even though I am planning to do clean up on older volumes in the upcoming year…as you can see it will be a busy year.

Of Course I will still be working with Coffee House Writers, and I am still working on the two new volumes…I am just not rushing to put them out over the next year. Maybe I can do a re-release a month and see what else I can squeeze in from there.