I’m sitting here racking my brain for something to write that will entertain and enlighten (what? Well, it might!) you all. So far I’m coming up empty. I thought about editing, but that’s been done a lot. I’d been asked by a friend how I would recommend starting in this Independent Author thing, and I sent her here. We’ve covered Cover Art, and marketing, and branding…
Someone asked recently if buying books for research was tax deductible. As always, disclaimer: I am not an expert. However, the answer is yes, but check with your local rules and regs. And this is something you should be prepared for, folks, you are now a business, if you are independently publishing, and you need to be keeping records accordingly. No, I don’t want to hear “but my book isn’t selling…”because while it isn’t NOW, the next one might take off like a rocket. Get in the habits at the beginning.
Speaking of Rocket, I don’t think I mentioned how watching Guardians of the Galaxy gave me an epiphany? I’ll go back a little, and say that I rarely watch movies. I even more rarely watch them in the theatre. The last one before GoG was taking my kids to see The Avengers. However, my First Reader and I went to see this one on the big screen, because I wanted to. Who can resist a talking raccoon with a really big gun? The movie was frothy and predictable, and very fun. As we left the darkness and walked into the bright summer light, we were talking about it. I’d been working on the very beginning of a science fiction novel, and struggling with it. He’d told me that he didn’t like the main character (I don’t think he said, Die, die! about her), but it was clear I needed to find a way to make the story as I’d started it more appealing. Which is why GoG gave me an epiphany. I needed the leavening of humor in order to help the bleakness of the opening along. I’d done it with Pixie Noir, deliberately, and it worked well.
Here, I was writing a character hitting bottom, and she was coming across whiny, which is just a really bad idea. Readers don’t like whiny. You know that person in your life who complains all the time? The one you edge away from at parties, or dread when they come stand in your cubicle and talk to you? Yeah… by adding a bit of humor this character could avoid the fate of becoming that dreadful bore. I think I’ve written about adding humor before here, but like I said, I was stuck on what to write.
I’ve been busy enough with school I’m not doing the reading I usually do to keep up with industry news. And while I have no qualms about blogging about school on my personal blog, I don’t think giving you all my pull quotes and thoughts on Roach’s Four Models of the Criminal Process is really going to be all that interesting. Although this article might get a story idea started – it fits right in with the one I’m writing.
I’m reading David Pascoe’s Baptism by Fire, Cyn Bagley’s Norn’s Judgement, and T. Kingfisher’s Toad Words this week, if all goes to plan. Last week I read Kevin Anderson’s Death Warmed over and Lois McMaster Bujold’s Winterfair Gifts (yes, it did take me ten years to get around to it, and yes, I cried).
By the way, I finally broke the writing drought, and I’m going to be starting into the second chapter on the SF novel. I don’t know if I’ll be able to keep writing during school, but so far it’s working if I just do a little at a time when I can manage.
So… what questions, comments, or sheer hare-brained ideas have you all?