Long time no post
Hey everyone, I realized it’s been a month since I posted anything. Real life took over for a bit – a family member had a health issue (somewhat ironically, severe left-side head trauma, among other major problems) and we’ve been dealing with the aftermath. I’m still writing the third Hidden Wolves book, currently about 3/4 done. And editing my Young Adult freebie collection.
My editor also had real-life issues with a death in her family, and Life Lessons #4 got buried for a while, but is now heading for Line editing. When I get any suggestion of a release date I will be letting you know – I’m looking forward to having some general time frame, hopefully well before Gay Rom Lit in October. The cover request also is in the works, and I’m looking forward to seeing what picture of Mac the artist can come up with – the guy has a ton of pictures on the stock sites, but… let’s just say he’s much more of a clown than the real Mac (literary Mac?) and leave it at that.
I have a couple of questions for you:
For those who got “And to All a Good Night” from Amazon – I just got a “quality notice” from Kindle Direct that someone reported typos in the story. The example they gave me was “Oliver was a close as he had’ should be “Oliver was as close as he had” (loc: 352) . I have to admit, that’s not egregious enough for me to go upload a whole new edition as they suggest. So I’m wondering… I know I had no beta or editor on this story, so I’m sure there are other typos. Were they bad enough that they were irritating to you when you read it? (I did fix one name error already with a new edition, but other than that?) Is it worth the effort to take the time to proof and reload it?
The second question is about Gay Rom Lit, the M/M writer-reader retreat in October; I actually signed up to go as an author this year. I’ll be on a question-and-answer panel, (oh my.) And I’ll have a space at the book signing. Which means I have two things to think about ahead of time. One is about bringing books for signing. Last year, many authors brought and sold copies of their books at the signing. But judging which books and how many is mildly boggling my mind. If you go to book signings, do you look for books to buy there? If you were going to buy one of mine in paper, which one would it be? If Learning Curve – LL#4 is out in paper, I’ll bring some of those, but should I bring any of the older stuff? Your input is very welcome.
And then there’s swag – the little stuff you pick up at conventions and mostly toss afterward or drop into a drawer. Or eat – edible swag is good. But I’d love to know – what did you ever pick up at a convention and really like/keep/appreciate? My favorite, I think, was a stress-relief squishy-rubber Holstein cow, although I doubt that comes in the appropriate shape for M/M (or that I’d have the nerve to hand them out if it did.) An MD friend I know did get a squishy prostate at a medical convention once… Anyway – swag. Any ideas?
Thanks for sticking with me – I’ll try not to go a month without saying hello next time.