Thursday, March 29, 2012

Next to Last edit on FIRST CONTACT

104kw...not untypical for a SF...but long for an e-book. A lot of characters. I hope they each have a significant enough story to knock the socks off my readers.

-R. Mac Wheeler
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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

What a Relief -- I've Shortened my Reading List

Over the last several years I had followed a lot of fellow bloggers. It was getting to the point even scanning the titles in Reader was onerous, much less reading any blogs. 

So I made the decision…created a list of my followers, went to my list of followed blogs and unsubscribed to all but about four bloggers that hadn't followed me back.

Why did I wait so long?
What a relief.
(If you notice you've lost a follower, and you've changed the name of your blog, give me a note back. I WANT to network with those who wish to reciprocate.)
-R. Mac Wheeler
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My Guest, Author Lisa Shafer

Lisa Shafer is a Utah based YA author who has never actually met any vampires.  Yet.

She blogs over here. You can find her paperback here. E book over here. And she hangs out over on Goodreads.
I encourage you to go buy ten of her books and gift them to your favorite people, and follow her blog.
Here's a quick glimpse of the author:
Question: List ten words that represent your writing style?
A: 1st person POV, authentic, teen-centered, fast-paced, realistic descriptions.
Question: List ten words that represent your style of/favorite characters.
A: very real teens, imperfect, insecure, intelligent, articulate, a touch of the paranormal. (Oops.  That was 12 words.  Can you live with that?) Note: I'm basing my word selections on more than just the one published book.  I have the sequel in the final editing stages, an unrelated book in the near-final stages, and a couple of first drafts in progress.  
Question: Five words that motivate you to write?
A: playfulness, entertainment, ideas, challenge, stress-release.  (That's all I can do without using complete sentences, such as, "The stories are already in my head anyway, so I might as well write them down.)
Question: Five words that describe your environment that enables your creativity.
A: 1) laptop, 2) notebook and pencil, 3) stacks of books as resources, 4) photos or Dad's paintings or other visual sparks, 5) iTunes for resource info. and/or imagery, not for background noise.
Question: Ten words to describe your most focused writing zone:
A: (I'm interpreting this as a physical zone, but I'm not sure if that's what you meant): messy piles, fortress, quiet, cool (temperature), chair, desk, laptop --- uh, that's it.

Question: Basic premise for the book you’d really like to write soon:
A: I'm about half-way through the first draft of a book about a girl who accidentally turns herself invisible with an herbal potion while trying to do research on acne remedies for a biology project.  The protagonist is named Nerissa, and she's very over-the-top in personality, a real diva, so she's very fun to write.

-R. Mac Wheeler
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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Free -- No Need to Edit -- Its an Indie

Today I rant.
I'm big on Indies (self published authors). I am one.
That said ... I'm feeling strangled by two issues of Indie publishing. The marketing and quality of the product.
I'm often encouraged to give away my work for the exposure. On the surface I recognize the tactic gets downloads. If the downloads get your work pumped up to the 'top sellers' list, it is excellent exposure.
But I'm troubled by the abundance of authors using the tactic. There are so many free books, why should anyone buy a book anymore? I'm cheap, so I've downloaded a lot of Indie fiction. I've found three authors I adore, via their free work. They had great characters and fun story lines. (But I can't remember when I paid for a novel, because I've got four hundred on my Kindle to read [free downloads].)
Out of the last twenty novels I've started the last two months, I've only found eh ... three ... worth finishing. Stories mediocre, the editing and structure so abominable ... among that pool, I'm scared as hell my work will be categorized as just more Indie crap. Let's be honest. First, second, third … novels aren't Hemingway stuff (without a heck of a lot of editing). It takes many years to learn the craft of writing. 
Writing is work. Editing is drudgery. 
'Professionals' who know how to write are improved by the 'professional' editor. Yet so many writers are bundling their crap and it looks like a ten-year-old scanned it for grammar.  
Selling is work. Marketing your work is hard work and expensive. Editing is expensive. Giving it away for free is simple and easy. I've never seen true reward taking the easy path.
I scream, BEG my Indie peers to reconsider. You are diluting the market, and those who don't know the difference between direction and narrative are painting all Indie authors as hacks.
Learn the craft.
I don't mind being out marketed. But the volume of free novels is cheapening all of our work.
-R. Mac Wheeler
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Friday, March 23, 2012

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Pix -- Pups go to College

On the USF campus this morning; 71 degrees; blue sky
 (If you're reviewing in a reader...go directly to blog and click any picture to go into Blogger's galley presentation for higher res photos)

R. Mac Wheeler
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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Pix -- Spring is going Boing Boing Boing

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