So, I’ve finally got a Customer Service person at Amazon to look into getting the books taken down, but until that happens, they’re still available to buy.
I’ve heard back from a couple of beta readers regarding Dark Dimensions, so I’ve put what I’ve got so far through into the book. Of course, with it being Christmas/New Year, I’m holding off badgering people.
I have yet to tweak the Consequences series, so they will get an upgrade before they go back out.
And, of course, they’ll all have new coverart before they’re re-released.
I have been toying with a few other bits of writing while waiting for things to happen, but I’m not sure if I’ll publish those bits – even if they do equate to roughly 60k! Have to check with the people who’ve read the first drafts of them.
I also have to confirm the ending of my paranormal novel which has been keeping me going when my fingers got itchy while waiting for things to happen.
I am considering putting Dark Reign out first depending on how long it takes to get the books released from Amazon.
Keep watching this space!
ave been toying with a few other bits of writing
I am taking this opportunity to confirm for some of you or announce to those are not aware of it that Corvus Quill Press has shut its doors.
I have been fighting to get Dark Dimensions, Heart of Deception and Legacy of Risks released since early November to no avail. After Christmas/New Year I will be contacting ArtsLaw in Sydney to see where I go with it.
This is why I haven’t done anything with Dark Dimensions over the last few weeks. I currently do not have a release letter and the publisher is ghosting me. Until I get that release letter, I cannot get the books taken down from Amazon.
I am toying with the idea of publishing Dark Reign because the main point of view is from a character who has never even heard of vampires, is only vaguely aware of dimensional theory and is a parallel version of Troy, so he is thrown into the deep end with vampires and dimensional travel. Also, I am hoping by doing this that it generates interest in the rewritten Dark Dimensions.
I would love to know everyone’s thoughts on that because if it works, I will be back in business.
Thanks for reading this long winded note!
About the Consequences series, that will have to be on hold until I can get the 2 books released. At the moment, that is not looking hopeful.
Hi, all, I’ve been working hard over the last few weeks, I think I’ve written roughly 30,000 words.
I am actually trying a different style of writing, so this particular book may be more for the adults than children.
I am enjoying the difference but surprised that I am loving it.
At the moment, the three books are still up for sale, for those who are still wanting them.
I will keep you informed as I go, but my Author page is up and running!
With Christmas and New Year fast approaching (sorry, if you hadn’t noticed it), I have realised that I need to prepare a separate, previously unpublished work to get published. So, while waiting on feedback for Dark Dimensions, I’ve been working on a serial killer story that I wrote many years ago.
It’s almost a rewrite and I’m still going through it the second time, but I’m hoping by the 3rd time it will be a lot better than it was. Already it’s grown, but it still needs to grow more.
Mind you, I’ve been playing with other versions of it that won’t get into the book, but that’s been entertaining, too.
The main thing is that I hope this book will be ready for beta readers in the next few weeks and that it’ll grow from there.
Stay tuned for more updates!
So, I’ve become a student again. Curtin University has a Creative Writing module that you can study on its own, so that starts tomorrow. I know, I know – what can I learn after 3 books have been published?
Well, you never know. Module 2 is poetry and module 3 is screenwriting. I think I’ll learn a few things.
So, to get things ready for when I do my own publishing, I did a thing last night.
I created my own Amazon author page.
I’m still waiting for it to go live, but hopefully that will be later today. It was rather late for me last night to create it!
Also, I couldn’t figure out how to do an Amazon Australia author page, so I have the Amazon one. I think it will go across to the Australian site when it’s up and running. You’ll find the link below:
As I said, it’s not active yet, but I will let everyone know when it is.
Currently, all three books are still available on Amazon Australia.
One step done, umpteen more to go! Exciting and Scary at once!
Well, it’s half-way through NaNoWriMo and I’m doing well. I’m in front, which I’m pleased about, considering I’ve got quite a bit on.
I have swapped projects because – yes, I’m a rule-breaker! A big rebel! But I’m also putting a character through some trauma that means I have to change other works with this particular character. All for the good, I promise!
A lot of the time I get asked ‘why do you put your characters through so much?’ and I’ve even had said ‘I will take MC away from you! You can’t be trusted with them!’.
I think we do it because our own lives are so boring and mundane. It’s drummed into us that chaos and trauma can make someone grow. In reality, though, sometimes it can tear them apart. I think that’s why some writers do this to their characters. Because they know real life is a lot more dangerous.
I’ve noticed that the audience gravitates to Michael Downey Jnr’s Tony Stark and I’d like to believe it’s because he played him as a damaged and tragic hero. Same with Spiderman. Always in a Spiderman movie, there is one tragic death that makes him the deeper character he becomes.
We know in reality it does not always happen that way. Often, the survivor is left with PTSD or other conditions related to trauma. I think in books we tend to forget that that happens to people. That even characters are people and all of the trauma in their lives goes into making them the people in the books. Sometimes we get it right and sometimes we get it wrong. Where do we draw the line, though, is a question we all ask ourselves. How far do I push my MC? How far do I push his family, friends? Because the secondary characters around the MC are also traumatised by what we do to our MCs. They, like our real family, our real friends, have to live with what the MC is experiencing.
And they all have to get past it and somehow live out their lives.
Character building – it’s a work in progress …
It’s November! Again! And National Novel Writing Month is in full swing.
I wonder if they’ll ever change it to International Novel Writing Month? I suppose IaNoWriMo doesn’t really work – maybe they could try interNational Novel Writing Month? It’d still be NaNoWriMo if you use all the capital letters!
So, I’ve written quite a lot in the project I had planned and I’ll wait for some feedback on that (not telling). In the meantime, I’m writing in the paranormal universe I created with Nina and Sam last year. Remember the haunted dolls head lamp? Yep, those two are back. And they’re fighting to get rid of a daemon this time. Wish the girls luck for me!
On a completely different note, the rewrite of Dark Dimensions has been completed and whilst I have some feedback, I’m still waiting for more. Then I’ll send them the tweaking of Dark Reign as that’s completed and really examine the start of The Dark Road. I think that’s okay, though. I’ve looked over it during the past week and I think the narrative hook is there, etc.
Still waiting on the three published books to be released from their contract so that I can republish them.
And it appears as though I’m going to go down the road of self-publishing. Which is a bit scary for me! But I have a great team behind me in iFlow Creative and my beta readers and other editor as well as my proof-reader, cover art stylist and my techie – because we all need a techie to rejig websites! 😀
Okay, time to get back to Nina and Sam!
It has finally come to pass. My publisher, Corvus Quill, has had to close its doors. I am currently in the process of getting all of my books released and taken down from the sites.
Currently, Dark Dimensions is only available through Amazon Australia while the Consequences books are available through Amazon Australia, Books A Million and Dymocks.
Once I have them all back, I will be making arrangements to self-publish. The reason for that is because the two series are completely different genres and in Australia, publishers don’t want a mix of genres. So, I have new skills to learn.
Totally different topic
On a totally different topic, today is the start of National Novel Writing Month!
From here on, I will be diligently working on my writing as well as my paying work. I will fit them all in somehow, I assure you!
For those who are embarking on the NaNoWriMo journey, I applaud you and support you and wish you all the best.
Now, excuse me, please, while I put pen to paper!
Characters develop over time, much like a child will develop over her growing period. They go through growing pains much the same as humans do.
Writers who are planners will plan their characters before the start writing.
Writers who are pantsers will allow their characters to grow as they put pen to paper (so to speak).
That’s not to say that planners already have their characters developed before they write. I think all writers will admit that characters grow through their journey of the written word.
And why do we do this to our characters? Because we are all on a journey. A journey to find out who we are and why we are here. Characters in stories are no less inspired and the task of a writer is to document that character’s or those characters’ journey to be a more enlightened or balanced person.
We do this through hurdles and pitfalls that we put our characters through.
And for those of us whose characters talk to us, we will often go to bed thinking ‘what will happen to such and such next?’ And if you’re anything like me, you get a response like ‘shut up, you’ve just shot me!’ To which, your immediate reaction is to sit up in bed, shocking the cat sprawled out beside you, saying ‘what? What? What?’
But there has to be a balance between good and bad. l only found out last weekend that it is easy to break a character. It’s how you put the character back together that defines that moment for the character.