Uncomfortable publishing truths…

One of my favourite authors is Gail Carriger – I adore  her work and have bought everything that she’s published. I’ve converted my family to being her fans as well. She was my introduction into Steampunk books and I’ve bought several books that she’s reccomended because I trust her judgement (I do check the blurb etc as well) and as yet haven’t been let down, either in her books or in her reccomendations.

One of the things that she and I both have in common (apart from being authors that is) is that E-Book is far easier to get published than Print. It takes a lot longer to format a print book than it does an E-Book. Traditionally, the print, e-book and audiobook often get released at the same time, but as an Indie or Hybrid author, it’s almost impossible to get all three synchronised; we just don’t have the clout.

Gail explains this much better than I could, so I’ll wait for you to read that –http://gailcarriger.com/2017/09/08/wheres-the-print-edition-the-mess-behind-self-pub-some-sad-hybrid-truths/

So the next time you think about complaining that an Indie or Hybrid author hasn’t got a print or audio version of their book for you to buy, please remember that we have a lot more hoops to jump through than a traditionally published author…

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September Summary: Publishing, Prose and Poetry

This was the month that The Tower and The Eye: A Beginning finally made it back onto the market!
It took me quite a while to get the story to how I wanted it and it wouldn’t have made it had it not been for the wonderful people in my Beta Reading Group, my two patrons and an Editor friend…
I’ve made a start on the re-write of Book Two – A Party at Castle Grof – and have also written a short story that will be put into the Quargard Chronicles. I’m in the middle of a second story for QC as well. Hopefully that one will be finished by the end of the week…

But because I love all my fans, I’m going to post the first short story in my Fan Group on Facebook for you to read! If you’re a Patron then you already have access to the new story on my patreon page and in the group. If you haven’t joined the Fan Group already, then just request an invite.

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I’ve also been working on a couple of Land Far Away projects, one for the Sketchbook Project and one of my WIP’s, currently titled “Fingle and Springle” (That’ll change when I get to the other end of it!) so I’ve been working on my poetry writing… it was this that inspired me to take part in a Poetry competition.

I wasn’t expecting to win anything – Poetry isn’t really my thing. I tend to stick to rhyming couplets and I don’t pay much attention to the meter or any of the technical aspects that true Poets agonise over.
The challenge was this:

This week you are asked to produce a Cinquain.

The cinquain, also known as a quintain or quintet, is a poem or stanza composed of five lines. 
Examples of cinquains can be found in many European languages, and the origin of the form dates back to medieval French poetry. The most common cinquains in English follow a rhyme scheme of ababb, abaab or abccb.

See link here: www.poets.org/poetsorg/text/cinquain-poetic-form

and the Subject was Regret… so I had a go.  This was the result.

Summer

As Summer comes to a graceful end,
Children prepare for the return to school,
Parents breathe out relief as they send;
Their offspring back to education’s rule,
Hoping that they don’t look the fool.

Teachers sigh for the freedom of Summer,
With no alarm clock ringing out the hour,
Laden down with lesson planned mummer,
Hoping that their students haven’t got dumber,
And that their efforts will show fruit and flower.

I don’t think I did to badly on the form, but I didn’t get the feel of Regret I was looking for! As I predicted I didn’t get even a single vote, but that doesn’t matter much to me. It was the challenge to my writing abilities that I did it for and it was definitely a challenge!

Next Month is the run up to NaNoWriMo. I’m still not certain exactly what I’ll be working on for it, so watch this space!

A New Place…

I’m forever thinking and writing the thoughts down. Most of these words never see the light of day. Sometimes they’re thrown into the melee that is Facebook. They’re often random and odd thoughts.

In fact these things are the reason I have the category “Random Thoughts and Ramblings” on the blog because when I let the thoughts free on here, I never know what subject they’re going to be.

Now I have a new place for my Randomness… Medium.

I often read various articles on there and wonder at the eloquence of the writers. It can be an intimidating place sometimes – so many stunning writers who seem to toss out brilliant articles that get snapped up by various media to use as content.

I’ve spent hours reading and wondering if I could join in… then I realised, of course I could. The people I read on there are just writers like me and they have the same doubts and problems with their work that I do.

So I did.

This is my profile – https://medium.com/@mandyward_96302 – if you fancy keeping an eye on what I’m writing over there.