Monday, March 23, 2015

A to Z Challenge Reveal

For my A to Z theme, I wanted to find something that would benefit others and be at least a little amusing too. I wasn’t even going to do A to Z if I couldn’t come up with something, considering I have tried before and crashed.

Then it occurred to me, I really love is the Internet just because there is so much to explore and learn. It’s possible I may have been addicted the moment the first day I browsed it. So my goal is to find links that benefit writers and readers. I will also toss in a couple of just plain interesting or fun sites. I already have a good collection of websites. Now it’s just a matter of organizing them and adding my comments. There might be an occasional drift from the theme (maybe something about me I never shared.) I will also probably throw in an occasional something about my upcoming release. 

I’m not good at blogging on a regular basis, so it will be a miracle if I make it through. Also, I’m going to be on vacation from April 4th to 12th. Yes, I’m going on spring break, but also taking the laptop with me. I’m going down to Florida.

Come and see the others posting their themes and A to Z goals HERE.

If you’re up for the challenge, click here to JOIN.

If anyone wants to recommend a site to me, feel free to comment below. I’m open to suggestions. 

Monday, March 9, 2015

Would you write for Kindle Worlds?

Up until recently, fan fiction was always sort of frowned upon. Yet, things have changed a lot in the last few years in publishing. These changes now include the opportunity to legally write in the worlds of other authors. All you have to do is pick out one of the approved worlds when you visit the Kindle Worlds site on Amazon.

Kindle Worlds!

When I was in my teens, Fan Fiction was the first form of writing I did. I was a big fan of Star Trek, James Bond and The Man from UNCLE (Yes, even though it was well before my time, I had a thing about those re-runs.) I would even mix characters up. Then I would put myself and my friends in the story. Talk about a great time. My friends always wanted to know what was going to happen to them next. I have memories of lots of laughs that still make me smile.

Would I write for Kindle Worlds?

One day I matured into writing my own characters and worlds. Years later, it’s hard to imagine going back. I used to be such a fan of different movies and TV shows. For some reason, that level of fandom doesn’t happen to me anymore. I don’t idolize like I used to, so the motivation would be low to consider it. However, I don’t look down on anyone who wants to do it. Fan Ficiton writers are doing it for the fun, and I don't deny anyone their entertainment. 

I’m not sure others would feel the same way. One question comes up: If you’re known for publishing fan fiction, do you risk not being taken seriously as an author? Some people will argue that every story has been written already anyway. That’s a good point. Since publishing, I’ve found out that readers really do want more of the same as long as it’s changed only slightly. Many authors have found success writing to good selling formulas. Could it be possible that fan fiction would lead readers to read your original stuff? Yes, but so far I’m just not motivated to do it. How about you? Then there is the other side of coin.

Would you let others write in your world?

At first I was surprised to hear that many authors are open to it. Are they being smart marketing wise? This will certainly give any author more exposure. You never lose that status as the original author who happens to have this fan/writer. As for myself, if I had a bestseller (this means top 100 paid on Amazon) I would consider it if enough people were really interested. However, since that hasn’t happened, I think an author has to reach a certain level of success for it to be possible. Otherwise, readers might confuse the fan fiction and lose track of what was the original. 

The big question: Would you buy fan fiction?

I probably sound like a prude, but I don't think so. 

Let me know your thoughts, and have a great week. 

Monday, February 23, 2015

How Important is Word Count?

When I write, I tend to keep an eye on the word count. If the word count is going up, I’m feeling great about making progress. If it isn’t moving or even going down I’m like “Oh no, no, no!” Yes, it can go down if I edit out unnecessary words or even entire scenes. I’ve also noticed a trend on Amazon where customers give low ratings to books they felt were too short. Today’s e-reader seems to always want more. That’s good in a lot of ways. Yet, it’s also bad because it influences authors to only write big.

However, here are some famous novels that are short.

17,084 - Macbeth - William Shakespeare
25,204 - I Am Legend - Richard Matheson
26,602 - The Old Man and The Sea - Ernest Hemingway
28,944 - A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
29,160 - Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
29,996 - Animal Farm - George Orwell
30,644 – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
35,968 – Old Yeller – Fred Gipson
36,363 – Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis
46,118 – Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
47,094 – The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
47,180 – The Red Badge of Courage – Stephen Crane
48,523 – The Outsiders – S.E. Hinton
56,695 – As I Lay Dying – William Faulkner
59,635 – Black Beauty – Anna Sewell
59,900 – Lord of the Flies – William Golding
63,604 – The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne
66,556 – The Color Purple – Alice Walker
66,950 – Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson
67,203 – The Fault in Our Stars – John Green

When I came across this list, I couldn’t help thinking that quality over quantity is something that should be appreciated. I love and admire these classic stories, but they were written in a pre-ebook era. Yet, this list made me feel like I’m more productive than I realize. What do you think? 

Writing Update:

My blogging goal is to post once a week. I sighed up for the  A to Z blogging challenge this year and joined the Reveal Blogfest and will announce my theme on March 23rd. My theme isn't that big of a deal, but I do feel confident because it's so easy.  

I’m still editing Rebel Shifter and not getting it done as fast as I had hoped. I have a cover and blurb ready, but I have to be closer to publishing before I post it.

Meanwhile, Amazon has managed to delay me from filing my taxes. I can only think they send their 1099’s by the slowest snail mail possible because it arrived almost two weeks late. Then I got an email saying it’s wrong and to disregard it. This email came a week later, and some authors filed already. Thankfully I didn’t. Then they mailed another one out February 13th, and it finally came on the 21st. I can only imagine the millions of 1099’s Amazon has to send out and, no doubt, the potential for errors is great. I’m sure they must’ve considered having these 1099’s available online, but perhaps they don’t feel safe doing that yet. 

And now….back to writing. Have a great week!