October 24th, 2014 |
… And as usual I will be taking part as I have every year since 2005 (and I’ve won every year except last year and even then I wrote over 40k words in a month). This year I want to do something different. I want to give you – my readers – the chance to read my NaNoWriMo tale as I write (yes, we’re talking daily or near daily posts). Before we get to that bit let’s talk about the story itself.
I’m going to be writing a Superhero story. It doesn’t have a title yet but here’s the blurb:
Superpowers and superheroes aren’t real. They belong in fiction not reality. Everyone knows that. Sienna Munroe certainly knows it.
Or at least she thinks she does until the day an explosion shakes her home town and a strange mist engulfs it. While trying to get an injured friend help in the aftermath Sienna and her friends are attacked by a man and Sienna throws him backwards and knocks him out with just her mind.
Now she doesn’t know what to think but a paramilitary group is hunting down and murdering other people who manifested powers during the disaster so she needs to do something and quickly.
That sounds great, Becka, you say. (At least I hope you do). Now how can we read it as you write it?
Now that’s thing:
I’m going to be making a separate wordpress blog for it on wordpress.com and the posts will password protected. All Patrons (at all levels) as of 31st October 2014, my beta readers, and Tony who does my ebook layouts will be sent the password automatically but anyone else will need to donate at least $5 before November 30th to have access. Otherwise you’ll have to wait for me to edit it stick it into the schedule for serialization on the main website. The money thus raised will go towards the Dragon Wars Saga book 3 edit.
If we raise $300 (after which I will not need to do a separate crowdfunding campaign for Book 3) I will remove the passwords and make it accessible to everyone. Yes I will count the Patreon money for November towards this total. If you want to donate either become a patron (but only if you intend to give monthly, please) or donate via paypal.
Hopefully you’re all interested but I guess we’ll find out.
(Edit: Adding a progress ticker for the monies… Patreon amounts will be added to the total in early November once they are processed.)
July 27th, 2014 |
So here’s the thing. As you all know I’m on a publicity drive right now (hence the requests for votes on TWF etc at the end of every post at the moment).
I’m considering an author reading on Google Hangouts, Skype or similar (likely Hangouts). After the reading the guests could ask questions and suchlike. All Patrons and recent donators would be invited to join and (presuming we’re using Hangouts) it’ll stream live to Youtube for non-invitees to watch (otherwise it’ll be uploaded later). I’m guessing the whole thing will last about an hour.
So please answer the following in comments if you wish:
1. Would you be interested in this?
2. If you are and you’re not a patron how much would you be willing to drop in the hat to get access to the hangout rather than just watching on Youtube.
3. If you are interested would you like it to be a monthly event?
Yes this is similar to the $25/month perk on my Patreon but I’m thinking that might be better as an all Patrons thing so I’m also looking coming up with a better idea for the $25 dollar/month perk. Something like a side story written just for you at the rate of 500 words/month? Thoughts?
Another related – but slightly more complicated idea – would anyone be interested in hosting me for a virtual author appearance?
This would involve no money but instead you’d invite friends who you think might be interested in my book around to your place and we’d link up via Hangouts or Skype again. The structure would be similar – reading and questions and I’d send you some leaflets with links the website and places the books can be bought. There’s some details of the idea I need to work out yet but would anyone be willing?
I’m also crowdsourcing publicity ideas. Which is a posh way of saying do you have any ideas on how to spread the word?
Thanks again for being readers!
June 22nd, 2014 |
Many of you have been with me since the start and thus know that I’ve been posting The Dragon Wars Saga twice a week without fail since the 4th January 2010. I’ve also posted all of the first novel of my paranormal fantasy series “The Haventon Chronicles” and I’m currently posting a Science Fantasy Space Opera Serial “The Whisper of Damkina”.
The only money I’ve got out of this so far is from the crowdfunding campaigns to fund book versions of the first two arcs of the Dragon Wars Saga, a few book sales and a couple of donations. This didn’t bother me since I had a decently paid day job.
Unfortunately from 30th June 2014 the day job is going away.
The company I work for is restructuring and closing the site I work at. I have a decent severance package so I’m not panicking (much) but this is obviously far from an ideal situation since I’m competing with around 500 other people who’ve also been made redundant for what jobs there are out there.
If there was ever a time to start making a living from my writing this is it. At the very least it needs to start paying for itself.
So I figured it couldn’t hurt to ask my readers.
You read my stuff so you presumably enjoy it, so if you have some spare pennies each month (I know not everyone does) consider pledging some of them to me each month to help me pay my web hosting and living expenses. If you don’t have any money scroll down for other ways you can help.
You can do this via my Patreon Page in US dollars.
I also have donation buttons for Euros and Pounds for people who prefer to give a fixed amount in one of those currencies – just tick the box to make it monthly. (Fair caveat while I’ll happily give paypal subscribers access to the Patreon perks at the correct level based on current exchange rates (so check out the Patreon Page anyway) I can’t really count it towards unlocking the site stretch goals as keeping track would be confusing). If you want a button in another currency just ask. (Also sorry about the layout issues – the code is being a pain. Select the button below the italic text).
If you don’t have any money to spare and you want to help then spread the word about my stuff. Word of mouth is the best marketing.
- Tell your friends how much you love my stuff
- Tell your enemies how much you hate my stuff and would never give me money X-D
- Write reviews of my books
- Signal boost on social media
And now for your edification a video of me looking fat and saying much what I’ve said in this post. Thank you for your time.
June 2nd, 2014 |
Just a few bits of news.
I finally got book 2 up at all the usual venues. Check out the Books page for links.
I’m starting an author newsletter. It won’t be an everyday thing, I’m thinking probably once a month – maybe less – and will contain links to upcoming book releases, excerpts of works in progress that aren’t being posted on the website, and general news about my writing. There’s a signup form in the sidebar so please consider subscribing.
I’m thinking of starting a Patreon page. Would people donate if I did? I’m being made redundant from my day job at the end of this month so now would be a good time for me to start making money at this if I can.
Thanks again for reading my stuff!
July 10th, 2013 |
March 8th, 2013 |
There’s currently just over a week to go in my IndieGoGo campaign to raise the prepublication costs for the Storm Child campaign and I’m really happy because I’ve already beaten the total raised for the first book. So thank you! X-D
As it stands I’m currently only $145 from hitting the $500 target and this is a big deal. If I don’t hit target I pay 9% of the total in charges to IndieGoGo. If I hit target that is reduced to 4%. Five percent is a massive difference and would really help. So I’m asking you if you read and enjoy my stories please consider contributing if you can or sharing the campaign with your friends and family.
There’s some really nice perks including not only the books but also the chance to get a Christmas Card from me and the chance to have a personal Skype or Google+ conversation/reading of your favourite scene.
If you need more encouragement to contribute check out this awesome blog post Tony (one of my long time readers) wrote about me and about why people should back me.
ps If you want to comment telling me if you’re going to contribute or not I’d be happy to hear from you. I always like to hear from you guys.
February 12th, 2013 |
The IndieGoGo Campaign to fund pre-publishing for the Storm Child is live! The target is $500 again and if you can contribute there’s some pretty nice perks.
Please check it out and contribute if you can! Signal boosts also much appreciated!
February 2nd, 2013 |
As promised here is the date announcement for the IndieGoGo campaign for the preproduction costs for The Storm Child Arc.
The campaign will commence Tuesday 12th 2013 in the evening UK time and will run for 32 days.
The target will be $500 again. If you’re planning to contribute could you try and do it early on if possible (I know it might not be). The reason I ask this is that one of the metrics that sets ifully funded campaigns apart from less successful ones is funding a third of target in the first quarter of the campaign. In this case this means I have a target of $167 in the first eight days.
Perks available this time include – alongside the books – the chance to name a character in the third or fourth arcs, getting on my Christmas card list, a 1500 word story about your favourite character,and a skype call or G+ hangout with me where I will read you your favourite scene.
So please if you you have some spare moolah consider contributing to creating book 2 and if you don’t please consider signal boosting the campaign when it launches.
December 18th, 2012 |
So I was in the middle of posting Monday’s Dragon Wars Installment when the server my site is hosted on went kaput. A Small Orange got on it immediately but whatever had gone wrong was pretty serious. It’s just come up after 24 hours but the last four weeks of posts are gone. I still have them all so I’ll be getting the missing Dragon Wars posts up today and the missing Haventon Chronicles posts tomorrow or Friday (Thursday is my work team’s Christmas Dinner).
November 19th, 2012 |
As I’m sure you noticed there wasn’t an Haventon update last week. There won’t be one this week or next week either. If you hadn’t guessed it’s fallen victim to NaNoWriMo. Kind of annoying when it’s only a chapter or so from the end. Just the climax and a bit of a epilogue and book one will be done.
Haventon book one will return on Tuesday 4th December and probably conclude sometime in the new year. At this point I’m not sure if I’ll launch straight into book two (Lord of the Wolves) or take a preplanned hiatus to build up some buffer.
Dragon Wars will continue to update Monday and Friday.
Sorry about that.