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The Indie Guide to Indie Publishing

The Indie Guide to Indie Publishing

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The Indie Guide to Indie Publishing is back on Kickstarter. You can get some great rewards, whether you’re a writer or not. Olympia Heights fans- there are signed paperbacks and an exclusive poster. Take a look and see if you can help us in any way. Shares help, too!

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Sequel News

Sequel News

Olympia Heights

KronosCoverWebThis is an update for my readers to let you know when to expect upcoming work. The cover of Olympia Heights: The Cult of Kronos was released on Wednesday, September 4 and received positive feedback. Before the release of the book I will be sending out an official synopsis (the back of book text),  and I will release an excerpt shortly before the book launches.

Just to give you a rough idea of the timeline,  my long-term substitute teaching gig ends October 18. I plan to buckle down on revising my draft at that point, then it goes to Kyle, my cliche-finder and plot-hole hound, and after I make his changes, it goes off to three rounds of spelling and grammar edits. I expect the book to be ready for end of winter 2014.

What About That Comic Thing?

546910_614725965215112_632464731_nPreviously I teased a possible OH comic. Here is the latest development on that. If it happens, and it is still an IF at this point, the comic would be an AU relaunch of the series with slower introduction of characters, more monsters, and a few changes to the character back-stories and traits. This project is still in preliminary planning stages, and it would rely (most likely) on a Kickstarter or Indie Go-Go to pay my artist. If you would like to read an Olympia Heights comic, your words of encouragement would make this project more likely to happen. Tweet at me, comment here, or like relevant updates on my Facebook page to show your support.

Royer Goldhawk

Rescue OR, Royer Goldhawk’s Remarkable Journal was part 1 of 2 in the Royer Goldhawk series. If you haven’t read it, check it out. It’s an alternate-history Steampunk adventure with a bit of magic and a bit of retro sci-fi and the reviews are really positive. If you have read it, please take a moment to rate it on Amazon to help word-of-mouth grow the sales.

The sequel, tentatively titled Escape OR, Major Bedloe’s Cold Iron War Machine will be release late spring 2014. I’m still working on the draft, but I hope to finish it up and send it to an editor for first feedback by Christmas.

The Indie Guide to Indie Publishing

kickstarterimageThis book has been pushed back due to lack of funding, but we’re going to try again in November alongside NaNoWriMo. If you are interested in supporting the project, sign-up for one of these lists. Backers of the last drive will automatically be notified via Kickstarter backer update when the new attempt launches.

Bloggers and journalists who would like to feature the project in an October/November news story can sign-up here to get notified prior to the launch.

Authors who are interested in donating digital books (perhaps a first book in an ongoing series?) as backer rewards can sign-up here.

As always, you can follow me on Twitter @Nimbuschick and check my blog for updates.

Kickstart This: The Indie Guide to Indie Publishing

Kickstart This: The Indie Guide to Indie Publishing

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Starting today, The Indie Guide to Indie Publishing is seeking backers on KickstarterThe Indie Guide to Indie Publishing is a tool, a step-by-step guide to publishing your independent book. Each article is written by an experienced authority from the independent world, and the book includes an index and glossary to help aspiring authors and publishers along the way.

This book will have:

  • Nine (9) writers with experience publishing and promoting independent work.
  • An alphabetical glossary of terms you need to know for publishing success.
  • An index for quick reference and trouble-shooting.
  • A list of useful resources and references for further research.

A couple of the writers are people I have interviewed on this blog before (See Blake Northcott Arena Mode and JL Bryan Latest Work) and a couple more I met at Phoenix Festival (Teal Haviland and Bobby Nash.) All of the writers involved in this book have experience, credentials, and bragging rights that make them indie publishing experts.

If you’re interested in obtaining a copy of this book or simply giving us a dollar to help our dreams come true, head on over to the Kickstarter page. We have rewards at various levels, including copies of the book, t-shirts, Google Hangouts, cover designs, and more. For $60, we’ll all tweet your link to over 30,000 combined followers! Take a look and PLEASE spread the word to every writer you know.

 

5 Fun Ways to Research Contemporary Writing

5 Fun Ways to Research Contemporary Writing

Writing research is a key element of preparation for any new project. You can start writing off the top of your head, but the juices will flow a lot better if you get all of the basics in a file before you start. Quick stops to open a word document to recall where your hero went to college are a lot less problematic than having to stop to research colleges in the middle of a conversation that was previously flowing smoothly, or having to correct inconsistencies in your manuscript after.

Research can be fun. Marketers make it fun on purpose. They design ads to get you excited to buy a car or tour a foreclosed house. The secret is that when you’re shopping for your characters, the sky is the limit and you can transfer the temptation to click buy to your fictional character. Here are five things that I love to research.

Clothes-

Personality-Free Pants

What you wear says a lot about your personality. Clothing is expressive. If it isn’t expressive, that also says something about you. Does your girl wear baggy sweats because she thinks she’s ugly? Does your guy dress like he’s been alive (or dead) for a hundred and fifty years. What the hell do you actually call that long wool coat with the big lapels?

Clothing sites are great resources for naming clothing and for putting together a concrete mental picture of a style. Sometimes I google particular designers when I know that the CEO would have the cool, clean style of Hugo Boss or that the victorian vampire would buy a coat from London Fog. My favorite site to look at, when I don’t have a distinct Google Search term in my head, is Overstock.com.

Why this particular site? Overstock.com has a wide variety of clothes and household items. Best of all, it has the clothing displayed on neutral mannequins and headless models (cropped… if they were really headless, I would be worried). Without a smiling model chosen to give me a specific self-image, I’m free to imagine the outfit on my character.

 

Face-

You could cast celebrities, but I find that it’s even more fun to sift through archives of amateur model talent to find faces for my characters. Modelmayhem.com has a great archive of searchable faces. Clicking Browse pulls up an advanced search where you can narrow results by age, gender, hair, eyes, height, measurements, etc. Just beware that people who leave out information on their profiles will not come up in specific searches. If you’re looking for a fat woman, you’re more likely going to find her by searching her other traits than to find the perfect face who will disclose her weight on the internet.

 

Music-

A lot of writers create playlists for their characters. I cheat and use Pandora. I can think of two or three songs or artists that fit their taste, plug them in, and let Pandora create a station for me. I could spend three hours making the perfect playlist from my iTunes collection. But face it, unless my characters are musically similar to me, the lists won’t be very good. Pandora saves time and finds new music outside of your experience.

 

Real Estate-

Places can be tricky. You may imagine that sleek contemporary high-rise, but if your reader as ever been to Cheyenne, they’re going to know you didn’t research it properly. Find inspiration for describing settings. You can use sites like Realtor.com to browse listings. See photos of what kinds of architecture is available in a given setting. Get a solid floor plan in your head so that by the time your murderer is chasing your heroine through her house, you don’t accidentally connect the kitchen to the living-room where previously there was a hall between.

This goes for landmarks, too. Make sure that you research restaurants, amusement parks, and tourist traps before writing them. Even if you want to use a generic restaurant or hint of a similarity to a real spot, a little research will help your creation seem genuine. It will stop you from raising a red flag to someone who has actually been there.

 

Cars-

I am not a car person. You ask me what kind of  car cut me off and I will tell you “the blue one!” But I do have taste in cars– preferences– and I like to look at them on the internet. Sites like autotrader are handy for when you have no idea what you’re looking for. You can get more specific if you have an idea. Searching for British Cars will find some cool old cars and searching for green cars will find the cutest car ever.

 

When in doubt: Google. Have fun shopping for your characters. It may seem like a frivolous exercise, but it will make your writing much more vivid and concrete.