Interweaving Multiple Tones

🗓 14 Mar 2016

Life is filled with humor and sadness. Tragedy and absurdity. Drama and dullness. Everything is a part of everything. So my work reflects that. I think saying that a work should have x tone or be 'dark,' is kind of silly, unless you are going for a specifically genre-defined work. And I think it is just too restricting. I can write whatever I want to how I want it to be. So I have humorous sections and really tragic sections....

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Authorial Intent and 'The Upgrade'

🗓 26 Oct 2015

Okay, so I wrote a thing called 'The Upgrade.' Which people apparently liked. I feel sort of uncomfortable posting it here, because The Spine of the Empire is an Empirian thing, part of the world I have made. THE WORLD. As in the ones that 99% of my work exists in, save it being from reality, and now this little short piece. And 'The Upgrade' pisses me off slightly because it isn't part of the world, and it feels dirty...

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Being off beat (and loving it.)

🗓 01 Oct 2015

So, How to Stop Wildfire was reviewed by T.R Briar, an author of a series called Realm Wraith that I liked a lot. The point that really stuck with me was how he said the book was off beat. Which is kind of obvious if you have read it. But it wasn't really that obvious to me. I mean, I knew it was out there, but sometimes I forget how...bizarre it is to the uninitiated. Off beat. I'm so used...

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If you use DRM, I hate you.

🗓 11 Sep 2015

Also published on Medium Preface: I don't use DRM on my books. Do what you want with it. Pirate it for all I care. If people are reading it, I'm happy. Brendan Mruk and Matt Lee If you use DRM, I hate you. DRM is terrible. It needs to die in a fire and never come back. I bought something. Doesn’t that mean I own it and I can do whatever I want (barring distribution/piracy) with it? Dammit, I just...

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Genre Expectations

🗓 06 Aug 2015

The expectation that when reading a humor book you are going to laugh. That when reading a women's fiction novel women are going to be portrayed strongly. That a mystery book is going to have a mystery. Genre expectations are basic ideas about a book's premise that you can ascribe to it based solely on knowledge of genre. Not all of these ideas are going to be correct, some of them are most certainly going to be wrong. But we...

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Lost in Amazon(ia)

🗓 25 Jul 2015

How I am getting screwed by an erotica novelist with the same name as me. I posted this on Medium first. Please recommend it there. Amazon is the largest distributor for ebooks. The numbers vary, but all remain consistent: Amazon is the big no. 1. It is the essential market for selling ebooks and for self-published authors. Authors like myself. In late April I self-published on Amazon my YA science-fiction/fantasy novel, How to Stop Wildfire. I also published two short-story-ish...

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Just to be clear...

🗓 24 Jul 2015

Hi. This is a strange post, but I feel like I need to say something about this before things get any weirder. So right now on Amazon there is another author using my name who is writing erotica novels, and it can be confusing and may potentially seem like I am writing them. I am not. I AM NOT WRITING EROTICA OR THESE NOVELS. They were even showing up on my Goodreads account, but that issue has been resolved going...

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Book Cover Design: The Struggle is Real

🗓 21 Jul 2015

Book cover design is a ridiculously important part of the self-publishing process. The book cover design is important to attracting readers. Readers, although they are named such, don't read the blurb or first few pages to decide if they want to read your book, they just look at the cover. I am guilty of this, so I am not complaining. It is just how we as Humans operate. Like anyone does not. Photo from Build a Dean Because of that...

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Elemental Themes

🗓 13 Jun 2015

After getting the first draft of the second book (title still undetermined) done I realized something. Water was a theme throughout and when I was trying to figure out the title I was angling for a water-themed title. Similar to how fire is a central component in How to Stop Wildfire and the title is a direct reference to that. So book two is going to be something like At Water's Edge or The Heart of the Riptide. The basic...

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Titles and Names

🗓 22 May 2015

I hate the titling and naming process. Okay scratch that: I DO like naming characters. Only certain characters. Most notably the non-Human characters. Humans. Ugh. Back in the day (years, years, years) ago, I gave all the Humans super-generic names. Like Bob. Mary. Sue. John. Terrible, terrible names (no offense to anyone with said names, but when the two main characters are named Bob and Jill, well it seems like a children's book.) I have zero creativity with those types...

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The Woes of Createspace and Formatting

🗓 30 Apr 2015

I said I was getting back to editing/writing the second book. That lasted a grand total of two days. I was wooed by the prospect of creating PRINT versions of How to Stop Wildfire through Createspace. Having a physical copy...just sounds too good. So being the type of person I am I delved into the world. The interface is simple enough. What to do with it is much trickier. Unlike the realm of ebooks, where conversion is easy and you...

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Getting Back to Writing

🗓 26 Apr 2015

I have been so caught up in the self-publishing process that I have been lax on continuing to write the series. I essentially took a 1-2 month break and wow does it feel both weird and good to get back to writing. Been so long since actually writing these characters, but it doesn't feel unfamiliar. I guess it is like riding a bicycle: never really forget how to, it just is a little bit rusty at first. The only problem...

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On Book Pricing

🗓 19 Apr 2015

Pricing. How much does a book cost? Or, how much is How to Stop Wildfire worth? This is a question I spent about 15 minutes on some serious time thinking about. The answer I came up with is $2.99...but with an asterisk and clauses and so on. First off: Why $2.99? Sarah, I thought you were a believer in openness and that you weren't really doing this for the money. I thought you wanted people to read it. Not throw...

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The Great Genre Confusion

🗓 13 Apr 2015

So in the process of getting ready to publish How To Stop Wildfire (I'm projecting late April...post the 20th) I have been setting up the Amazon details for it. Things like title, series, edition number, and etc. The one piece of detail that has been hanging me up for a few days has been category, or genre. Being the ignorant book reader that I am, I just assumed I would slap it into Science-Fiction and be done with it. I...

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