My brain is in edit mode. Worse, it is in edit mode while also trying to figure out the plots to the next couple of books on my schedule. Add to that the fact it is tax season and, well, I’ve spent an hour trying to write today’s post and have come up with nothing. At least nothing appropriate for this blog. So here’s the deal. Post your ideas for what I should write about in the comments below. I’ll come back in a couple of hours, hopefully fully caffeinated by then, and will choose one or two — maybe more — and do a post about them.

In the meantime, here are cover reveals for Dagger of Elanna and Victory from Ashes. Dagger will be released in February 21st. Victory is planned for a May/June release date.





  1. Apropos to your dilemma; a post on multitasking and switching from writing to other types of writing or to editing or layout without getting tunnel vision on any one task. When I was laying out my fifth comic strip collection I couldn’t think in a different milieu for that time and weeks after. Really slowed my productivity.

    1. I tried keeping a large stick beside my writing desk to use to fend off other ideas and projects that tried to interrupt before their turn, but ti has not worked thus far.

  2. Your opinion as to the importance of print versions of your work. For a new indie writer it’s very tempting to just slap the beast up on Amazon and call it done. Getting print copies through Ingram Sparks or Createspace is considerably more work. Is it worth the extra effort?

    1. I’d be very interested in that. I’m going to be doing that fairly soon myself. Hard copies for vanity of course, but for sale? Worth it, or no?

  3. A few thoughts based on my experience editing my brother’s book, The Sculpted Ship:

    The more popular a book gets, the more people do not pay attention when buying the book. Therefore, the disappointed ones want to post nasty reviews that miss the whole point. But also, the more good reviews you get defending the book. Some reviewers are more interested in the ongoing review war/conversation than in reviewing the book.

    A lot of people do not understand what “bad grammar” is. They also do not understand colloquial vs. formal usage. It would be helpful to go back to generally agreed markers of such things, but I do not see it happening soon.

    Non-standard or less popular spellings that appear in every dictionary are not spelling errors. Even if they bug me. Even if I warn the author that some readers will hate them.

    Preferred spellings: we need a study of the demographics.

    Easter eggs that nobody will ever get are not Easter eggs. They are private jokes. But they make the author happy.

    It is really annoying to have people claim a book was badly edited when it is merely edited according to the author’s consistent and deliberate choices. (Not to mention the usage Easter egg that nobody will ever get, unless the editor can get the author to include an extremely clear scene about it, with extremely clear contrasting pairs.) Even if the editor was quite correct in her prognostications to the writer about reader reception of these things, it is annoying to be both correct and blamed by readers.

    OTOH, it is clear that accusations of bad editing are not dealbreakers for most people. Shrug.

    I need to write more fiction, so that I can give editing headaches to my brother.

    1. Preferred spellings? We can’t even agree on preferred WORDS. As evidence, consider the confused look on a Yankee’s face when a Southerner asks “What kind of coke do you want?” For some reason they fail to understand that “coke” in that context is a generic term that runs the gamut from Cheerwine to Dr. Pepper to RC, to a specific kind called “Coca-Cola.” They think the correct term is “soda,” except for those odd places where the only correct term is “pop.” (“Pop,” of course, is simply a descriptive term that tells what kind of bottle or bottle cap you are referring to, not to the former contents of that bottle.)

    2. I did a general, very general, comment on editing. You’ve raised some really good questions I want to take more time explaining. Maybe next week, but I will get to it. Promise.

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