Tag: shining ones

Almost there.

protector_comingEverything is go, go, go in Watcherland today. Well, actually, it’s been all week. I’ve been bogged down in mobi and epub files, updating Amazon and goodreads like a madwoman, tweaking out of date stuff on the blog . . . just about everything that you forget about until it’s time to launch a book.

The good news is that we’re likely to be soft launching next week. The ebooks are pretty much done, paperbacks are still a work in progress, but it’s all coming together.

I have Guido Henkel to thank for all of this, really. Besides being an old mate of the husband’s and a videogame veteran, Guido has been involved in the indie publishing world for quite some time and is a master then it comes to putting things together nicely. In this case, he’s my Oz behind the curtain. He’s pulling and twisting knobs and levers all over the place to get Watcher and Protector formatted across all the major platforms. The days of me doing it myself are long over. Guido is the man. Oh, and he’s also another indie author, too.

Meanwhile, I’m trying to keep up a decent word count on Betrayer while starting to panic about book promotion, guest blogs, reviews, all those incredibly useful things that every author is loathe to do. If all we had to do was write then we’d all be best selling authors, right?

Anyhow, this blog will be transitioning over the next week or so and may have some confusing content as we ramp up to launch. It’s not official until an announcement goes out so disregard all the gribblies between now and then.

And thanks again to everyone who’s been so patient. Hopefully it’ll be worth the wait.

-Shawnee

Critique partners are like dating . . .

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Hello World. Nice to see you again. Yes, it really is me – I am alive and I’m breathing and I’m writing. Well, mostly writing. And editing, of course. The final final version of Watcher will be back up on Amazon.com shortly and it will be free. Yes. I used the “F” word. Make sure you tell all your friends.

Meanwhile, in my quest to be distracted today, I inadvertently stumbled over a FB post from Maggie Steifvater. Maggie is a published YA author and while our styles are pretty different, she’s another VA gal who lives not to far from me and I like her quirky personality. I mean you’ve gotta love someone who keeps fainting goats as pets . . . Anyhow, she’s putting out her annual Critique Partner Love Connection and so I thought, “Why not? I mean I’m cuddly and lovable most days, right?”

What I didn’t really account for was that most people who follow Maggie are also going to be enthusiastic, perky YA people – not something my old-gothic-jaded-self really thought about. I feel about as awkward as that overweight nerd at Comic-Con cosplaying in a home-made Princess Leia slave suit (If you get this then you are one of my people and I love you.) And as the subject line applies, it’s kinda like speed dating, too. Except really really awful in that way where you really like the hot hunky “normal” guy, but you know he’s going to be put off by your purple hair extensions and nose ring. Oh and he’s probably a Christian to boot.

So I’m writing this in case anyone is intrigued and comes to check me out. I don’t bite, I generally shower every couple of days, and I try really really hard to be the best writer I can be. I may not be YA, but I enjoy good fiction regardless of genre.

If you like what you see then contact me via this blog. If not, no hard feelings and good luck finding your CP. Now back to writing.