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In The Blood is Finally Here!

I am so excited that In The Blood, the first book in The Blood Royal Saga is finally out there for people to read and enjoy.

img_0117For those who are interested in purchasing a copy of In The Blood:

Trade Paperback ISBN: 978-1-947181-00-7

  • Amazon (Link goes to the US Amazon link, but if you search using the ISBN number, you will find the copy, no matter what country you’re in)
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Or you can request an order from your favorite local bookstore

Ebook ISBN: 978-1-947181-01-4
Available from your favorite online outlet

Autographed Paperbacks can be ordered directly from Eagle Heights Press.

I’ve been sending out a lot of signed copies, and it’s amazing and humbling to me how many countries it’s reached. I’m considering getting a big world map and pinning all the locations I’ve mailed to. Yes, I’m sending them out myself, so if you order one of these, I’ll be the one mailing it out to you.

It’s been a very long road to this day, but one week into the sales, and I’m pretty pleased with the comments I’ve gotten back. I’m hoping people find the book exciting and interesting and that they want to keep coming back for more.

I’ve tried very hard not to swamp people with too much advertisement. Some of it is necessary, but it’s hard to find a balance between simply sharing your excitement and feeling like you’re spamming people. I hope I am doing the former rather than the latter. No one likes constant advertising, and I don’t want to do that to my friends.

I know I can’t just sit around and wait for people to buy, however. It’s not just going to become a success without effort.

Help Spread The Word

Some people have asked what they can do to help me get the word out. There are a few things, if you’re so inclined:

  • Post about it on social media to help me find new readers
  • Write reviews on Amazon and Goodreads
  • Tell people you think would enjoy it
  • Request the book at your local bookstore

Those things will help more than anything else, and would be greatly appreciated.

Release Party

On July 15, I’m hosting an afternoon release party open house celebration at my house for anyone who is local. I’ve ordered a cake from The Upper Crust bakery in Columbia (LET THEM EAT CAKE) which I cannot wait to see (It’s supposed to look like my book cover). We will also have champagne, though there will also be punch and coffee for those who prefer it. So far, we’ve got about sixty five people or so who have confirmed that they’re attending, though there may be more.

At the party we will have special guest Marie Antoinette in attendance, and you can have your photo taken with her to celebrate.

With as many people as we are anticipating, we’ve spent a lot of time getting the house ready for the event and have purchased a canopy tent thing where I’ll set up outdoors to sign copies for those who want them. I’ll use the canopy for festivals and outdoor events later on, and may even take Marie on the road with me.

Camp NaNoWriMo and Sequels

Thououtforbloodcovergh this first week of July has been hectic, I still set myself the goal of doing Camp NaNoWriMo and using the time to complete revisions on Book 2, Out For Blood, before sending the book to an editor. I’m planning to finish my work on the book this month so I can publish the book by December, and even get a head start on finishing Book 3, Trial By Blood which I plan to publish in 2018. I don’t want to make readers wait too long for the sequels.

I’ve also made a mockup of the cover of Out For Blood, and I’m very excited to see it come to its fruition. I’m feeling more confident with InDesign, and I truly enjoy that aspect of the job as well. Though being responsible for every aspect of the project is extremely hard work and sometimes I feel like Dick Van Dyke’s One Man Band in Mary Poppins, it’s so rewarding to have every part of the project be something I had a hand in. Every choice has been mine, from font to layout to cover art. Having creative freedom also means creative responsibility, but it’s an aspect of the job that is extremely satisfying to me.

Public Radio show and Podcast

After meeting with the station manager of the local public radio station, KPIP, I’ll be hosting my own show regularly, and that will then be posted online as a podcast. The schedule has to be set, and I am still working on a title for it, but I’m really excited that this is a thing that’s going to happen.

One segment of the show will be me reaching a chapter of In The Blood a week. I intend to compile those once I’m through and put out an audiobook.

I’ve bought a microphone and headset to do the recordings, and the equipment will work on both my desktop computer and on my iPad. That means I can take it with me to events or on research trips and do recordings on the road as well. As soon as I have more information, I’ll be posting about that so people know where to listen in.

As part of the show, I’d like to host regular interviews with other writers as well, and if you’re interested in participating in that, please let me know. I’m happy to do that, and I’d love to hear from you.

In gearing up for that, as well as to prepare for other things I intend to write, I’m doing some research. Here are just a few of the things on my reading list. If you’ve got recommendations, drop me a line, and I’ll add them to my stack.

 

So, anyway, that’s what’s happening with me this month. It’s likely to keep me very busy. It’s a good busy, though, and I’m loving the work.

I’m looking forward to having a little time to go on a holiday this fall, though it’s likely to be a working vacation. So much I want to do and only so much time!

 

 

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Livescribe 3 Smartpen

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Over the weekend, I ordered a Livescribe 3 Smartpen. I had seen the advertisement from the company:

Then I read some reviews, most of which seemed positive for what I want to do with it. I also saw that the pen is compatible with Evernote, which I already use and am familiar with. At $149, it was worth it to me to try it out.

The setup was easy. It only took a few minutes to set up the pen to work with my iPad. I downloaded the Livescribe+ application, turned on the pen, paired it with my iPad, and it was ready to go as soon as it updated the firmware. Less than five minutes from the time I opened the box until I was writing with it.

The pen didn’t do as well with my script, but the pen had no trouble with my print (see sample below).

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I’m okay with that! I’m well aware that my handwriting is spidery and sometimes hard to read. But my print is pretty neat, and the pen had no problem reading it.

From there, it was easy to send the writing to my Evernote account, either as a .png image or as a .PDF document. I created a new notebook in Evernote to save my Livescribe work in.

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The thing I love about Evernote is that I can access my information on my phone, my iPad, and my desktop seamlessly across all three devices. The text of any PDFs I create in Evernote can then be copied and pasted directly into my word processor and edited there.

So what does this mean for me?

I prefer to hand write my rough drafts. However, I generally type them because it’s less time consuming to do so rather than to write out my ideas on paper, then stop and type the same thing.

With Livescribe, I can write in the medium that suits me better.

Rough drafts can be handwritten in any location, transformed with a quick touch of my finger by my phone or iPad into typed text via Livescribe/Evernote, and then when I’m back at my desk, I can open the file, add the text to my writing, and edit it. BOOM.

Using Livescribe is going to be an enormous time saver. But it also means that I have much more mobility as well. All I need is my phone, the notebook, and my Livescribe pen in order to have a mobile office. I don’t need to take a laptop with me on long trips, and I’m not tied to having internet service in order to use the product.

My writing can be sent via Bluetooth to my phone or iPad, then synch to Evernote once I have wireless access.

This is HUGE!

I’m attending two writer’s retreats in the coming months, and I’m also planning a vacation overseas during the Christmas holidays. I can participate fully without having to lug around a heavy laptop case or worry about internet access while I’m traveling.

I can do more of what I love in the way I prefer to do it with less hassle and in a shorter amount of time.

Best $149 I’ve spent in a very long time.