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January Smorgasblog

Okay. Here’s a random list of catch up things for January. 11 in November, 12 in December… Should be either 1 or 13 in January, no? Well, somewhere in between. Here we go.

0. [inserted last] Today is Lizzie’s 14th birthday! Born 1/11/2002.

1. My friend and writing mentor Holly Lisle’ s Memory of Fire (World Gates Series) is on a special price for Amazon Kindle = $0.99.

My review: Great opening to a cool universe. Pretty classic parallel universe with lots of nice twists. Strong females! Yeah. Be happy that they are all out so you don’t have to wait read them all like I did! I can’t find my paperbacks, so now I can have it on ebook! Holly Lisle writes books you can’t put down. This is no exception. 

Currently #211 paid in the Kindle store! Check out her stuff at her websites: [Her Books & Blog] [Her Writing Classes]

2. First Convention booking WeAreAllSFfor 2016. WE ARE ALL SCIFI. NOV. 4–6, 2016 ♦ OCEAN SHORES.

Join Tor editor Beth Meacham, authors Jennifer Brozek, Nancy Kress, Jody Lynn Nye, Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, Raven Oak, Mike Resnick, David Gerrold, William F. Nolan, James E. Gunn, Angela Korra’ti and many, many more TBA for a fun con at the beach! Kid friendly!

Our other Guests of Honor include Celebrity Guest of Honor Drew Hobson (Grimm, voice actor, State of Decay & more), Games GoH Scott Hungerford, and musical guests Dara Korra’ti (Crime and the Forces of Evil) …and games, costumes, writing workshops, panels, dances…

See you there.

3. We now have the first two members of The Desert Club, a street team of Deserted Lands fans. Want to help? Want a FREE ALL IS SILENCE T-shirt? Click on the link.

4. Oh, and have I asked you to read Toils and Snares? Yes? A hundred times? Are you sure? Are you exaggerating. Only a little? Would you leave an honest review? You haven’t finished it? It’s on your Kindle? I’m needy? Did I tell you why? Did I mention that BookBub promos usually have over 20 reviews and I have 19? You’d tell me if I was that author, right? Oh, I wasn’t but I am now? Yes, in fact, we did play the game of questions in Drama at school. I lost? That was a statement? Oh. You’re right. Sorry.   

5. November’s Elevensies sale sold 111 ebooks, at least that was my count until one final sale came through from November on iBooks. So, 112. Probably biggest month ever for number of sales, but adding in promotional costs made it a less than average month in income. Still a lot more people have read one or more of the Deserted Lands series. I’m planning on doing another sale near my birthday in February and the date of ALL IS SILENCE’s print publication.

6. Some personal goings on you can check up on the non-writing blog. I’m working on lowering stress levels by finishing old projects, getting rid of shtuff, reading more, exercising more and rebooting my relationship with alcohol. Planning on blogging about these processes there, interspersed with non-alcoholic drink recipes and food to go along with them.

7. Working on building a library at Windward High School where I teach. So, moving books from my house thataway as well as donating a bunch of my books to worthy causes like Heinlein for Heroes, Books for troops, alternative high school and juvenile detention center libraries. If you would like to donate to my school library, let me know!

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I don’t mention these often, but here’s a pretty phenomenal review in the Skagit Valley Herald for a twenty month old book. Thanks to Brian Soneda at the Mount Vernon Public Library.

 

SmashwordsPresale

Preorder up on Smashwords.

 

 

Preorder up on Apple iTunesPresale iBooks thanks to Smashwords.

 

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A cool screenshot of ALL IS SILENCE on Worldcat.

 

 

 

 

International AiSinAuckappearance in Aukland, Australia!

 

 

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And another in a WA library. Perth in Western Australia that is!

 

 

Side effect of presales SiDeffectof2presales#417on Amazon…

 

 

Yes, to 50

 

“Not to fifty!” “This is for posterity!

 

Some great numbers AiS0nGoodReads4stars120Reviewsand quantities of reviews/rankings on GoodReads.

 

 

 

WP-A Cool Number-almostAlmost a really cool  number on wattpad is still a really cool number!

Thanks for taking a look if you made it this far! Hope to see all of you sometime in the next year!

3W: Weird Wiki Request, Winning on Wattpad & Writer Worries…

WIKIPEDIA: This is a weird request for me. As I ready myself to release my second novel, I feel like I should have wikipedia entry, so people can find me and I believe it also gives an air of respectability! Since the first novel has one some awards, has decent sales, and the newer works are also getting good press, I think it is time. I know I could write it myself, but that feels even more weird than asking for someone else to do it! If you are a wikipedia editor, know one or would like to become one, I’d like to invite you to practice on me! 😉 Thanks.

WATTPAD: Today, ALL IS SILENCE is #21, STRAIGHT INTO DARKNESS is #17, and TOILS AND SNARES is #72! I miss being #1, but happy with the staying power… Come read it for free if you can’t afford to buy it or you live in the Philippines! 😉 Seriously, 17% of my 108,000+ Wattpad readers are from the Philippines!wp05232015

There have been a few burps and hiccoughs as they adjust their algorithms. At times ALL IS SILENCE has disappeared from the charts while having some of the best numbers ever. I think it’s impacted the number of new reads and followers, but since I’ve gotten 2300+ followers and they are helping me out, I can’t complain much!

I put a request for reviews on Wattpad and within a few days I had five new reviews! This alone is probably worth the price of the time I’ve spent. On the bittersweet side, I am getting so many questions and comments [40-60 a day] that I can’t even begin to think about answering them all. I used to answer each one, but now, if I did, I would get no fiction written and that would kind of make answering the fan questions sort of moot!

WRITER WORRIES: This week I put STRAIGHT INTO DARKNESS up on Amazon as a presale. [Please don’t buy it yet! If you want to know why, read this post: PLEASE DON”T BUY MY NOVEL.] That means I have 76 days to finish it. It is by far more challenging than the first novel was: hree major plot-lines/point of view characters and no road trips! I’ve got the Second Novel Omnipresent Blues as Mindy McGinnis calls them.

In addition to writing the novel, I need to continue to maintain my web presence: this blog, my personal blog, twitter, facebook, Google+ and more. I’m hoping to have a bit more time next year to focus on the writing, but we’ll see if my day job agrees to help!

Thanks for reading, please check out the newest page on the website. R U There?, a page to send Lizzie messages and get responses… Thanks Amanda J. Hagarty, excellent editor, writer and media maven!

Have you read a book not written by a bestseller…

…that you really enjoyed? Would you be so kind as to do me a favor and rate and/or rank it honestly somewhere? Especially if they are small-press or Indie published. We can handle the harsh reviews. We love constructive reviews. And everyone likes the reviews that say the story is amazing or perfect! 😉  [Personally, I like the ones that give me some idea of what didn’t work.]

As a writer, asking for reviews feels weird. It’s like asking for a tip if you are wait-staff and you didn’t just serve a party of 18.  How do we get around it? Building up a quantity of reviews opens doors. Some quality promotions, like BookBub, require that enough people have rated the books submitted to give some verification of quality past the writer’s best friends. Some writers have even got desperate enough to pay for reviews.

I haven’t succumbed to that. What I have decided to offer is a chance at winning a random drawing of a signed physical copy of my debut novel, ALL IS SILENCE, for people who leave a review of either ALL IS SILENCE or TOILS AND SNARES on AMAZON. When the novel reaches 50 reviews [It’s at 41 47 reviews now!] on ALL IS SILENCE, I will pick a random number and send that reviewer a free signed Hardcover copy of ALL IS SILENCE.  For TOILS AND SNARES, my goals are lower and so is the prize. When it gains 25 reviews [Only 6 reviews currently.] I will use the same procedure to give away a signed paperback copy of ALL IS SILENCE.

Hopefully, it’s someone halfway around the world who couldn’t afford a signed copy! I won’t give it to a family member or close friend, but will draw another number if that happens.  So far this method seems to be working well for ALL IS SILENCE, but not so much for TOILS AND SNARES. To further sweeten the pot, I will give readers who promise to give an honest review, a free ebook of TOILS AND SNARES.

If you want a copy of TOILS AND SNARES. please send me an e-mail requesting a copy in one of the following formats: nook/kobo[epub], kindle[mobi], or pdf. Thanks for reading all of these words and so many more!

Two great new reviews… and a sneak peak of the next Deserted Lands novel…

Two great new reviews [Hint: If you want to help out Rob’s discoverability and have read any of his books, the links are here, all in one place, to rate and review.] and a sneak peak of the next Deserted Lands novel…

Virginia Herrick for Chanticleer Reviews:

All Is Silence is [a] suspenseful, sensitive debut novel… juxtaposes the tragic (a young girl singing at a loved one’s deathbed) with the darkly comic (plenty of unused dishes–throw the dirty ones in the backyard!)… grabs our heartstrings… keeps us snorting with laughter at the probability this is what teens would do thrust into [an] Apocalyptic world. Devastated & lonely, with a growing ragtag band of misfits in tow [Lizzie goes] cross-country to find a stranger from [her] past who might be the key to her future.

Bottom line: Slater draws us into a familiar-yet-drastically-changed world and makes us care about his cranky, vulnerable, sometime-exasperating, always-engaging characters. His terrifyingly real dystopia reminds us that, really, the only choice for Lizzie, Zach, Nev, and all the rest of us, is to keep loving one another and find some way forward, even when our future is turned upside-down. Read the full review here.

From RACHEL ANN HANLEY: WRITER AND READER

Post-apocalyptic worlds ravaged by disease have become commonplace in fiction these days, but vivid characters and a dose of realism can still make a dystopian novel unique. A kind of plague has cleansed the world of humans… I liked Lizzie, a believable narrator and a believable teenager with her own recognizable voice. I adored her when she starts rescuing pets abandoned in locked houses after their owners died. What a fantastic way to contrast this story against All the Other Post-Apocalyptic Novels. So many similar storylines hinge on an every-man-for-himself attitude. Lizzie (and her friends) not only consider but actively look out for others and clearly value life of all forms.

This is a fairly gritty book, with lots of violence and swearing. For the most part, I mean that as observation more than either praise or criticism. However, I did occasionally find some violence more momentum-serving than something that feels organic.

There’s also a lot of romantic tension, sometimes a bit too much for my taste… most of the characters are teenagers and many teenagers are very crush-fixated. (And, yes, that’s a polite euphemism for sex-fixated.) Read the full review here.

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If you’ve already read All Is Silence and want more… There is another Deserted Lands story in Outward Bound, one that I am sending out to magazines/ezines and a novella–Toils and Snares–coming in the fall. All three stand alone. But if you want more Lizzie… follow this link and you can read the current draft of the first 500 words of Straight Into Darkness, which starts a month after All Is Silence ends.

Also, sign up for the newsletter and you can become a beta reader for these stories before they come out. It also will get you links to other short stories. The newsletter comes out once or twice a month.