How has it been TWO YEARS??

So, it’s been almost 2 years since my last post. Two years since I realized that the only thing I truly enjoyed about being a writer was the story telling. I’ve spent the last two years raising my kids, being a Girl Scout leader, and digital scrapbooking. I’ve averaged a novel a year just in scrapbook pages.  But that’s all reality. I’ve missed delving into my imagination & putting what I see in my mind into words for others to share. Carving out the time and energy needed to write another novel has proven exceedingly difficult. And impossible to justify, considering I didn’t make any $ on the first one.

Recently, friends & family convinced me to put together a book of my kids’ quotes, just for fun. It’s almost ready for publishing! I’m putting it out under G.R.D. Wheeler (my actual name), because I found that going by Kate made self-promotion REALLY difficult. But putting it together really made me miss the creative process involved in a book, even a book as simplistic and pre-done as this one. I have another project in mind, but I’m not sure that this site will be able to accommodate it. Stay tuned!

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Tonight!

Tonight is the Reading is Sexy Kindle Party at The Soundry!  Join me at: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/kindle-party live online to hear me read the first chapter of Feeding the Moon – the sequel to Blood for the Living! The party starts at 7:00pm, with introductions beginning about 7:30pm. There will be a panel discussion about indie publishing afterward.

I haven’t decided yet if I’m staying for the panel discussion. It’s pretty late & I need to be up early to get my eldest off to school.

Tonight is also your last chance to download the first chapter of Feeding the Moon! I’ll be taking it down tomorrow, and it won’t be available again until the entire book is published. Considering I have to sell at least 1000 copies of  Blood for the Living before my publisher will look at a sequel, it may be quite some time before Feeding the Moon is out!

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First Chapter is Done!

Well, I finished the first chapter of the sequel to “Blood for the Living” – then I gave it a title.

Feeding the Moon, Chapter 1 is now up for download on Kindle!

The downside: I didn’t realize that the minimum I could set the price was 99 cents. The first chapter is only 3 pages. It’s just supposed to be a teaser, a quick beginning to a new, fast-paced book. 3 pages doesn’t seem worth 99 cents to me. Not sure what I’m going to do about that. I don’t have time this weekend to pound out a Ch. 2.

The upside: The first chapter went really well! I can’t wait to write the rest of the book! I have so many ideas for it.

<– Put together the temporary cover using the original background art by Theresa Zbiciak & a moon photo & lights by Katherine Gray. The photo of the couple is a heavily cut-out photo that I’d also used for the original temporary cover of “Blood for the Living.”

I plan on reading the 1st chapter at the Soundry’s Reading is Sexy Kindle party on Sept. 8th. The idea is that people can read along on their Kindles. But 99 cents still seems steep.

In other news, I finally received the header for my display case. Unfortunately, they didn’t quite change it the way they said they would. They did add the line that it’s available for ebook, but instead of replacing the text, they put it in small print next to it. *sigh* At least they added the QR as promised!

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Upcoming Adventures

I haven’t posted in a while, been super busy! Had inlaws visit, visited inlaws, had relatives visit, visited inlaws again, etc. August is a travel month for me.

My next book signing is August 27th at the Porter Library! I’ll be there, along with a bunch of other local VA authors, from 2-3:30. If you’re local, please come out & support the library!

On Sept 8th, I’ll be joining other authors at the Soundry for a Kindle party! If all goes according to my current plan, I’ll have the first chapter of my sequel done, edited, and up for sale on Amazon Kindle by the end of next week. Then you can download the chapter for the low price of fifty cents and read along with me at the Kindle party. At least, that’s the plan. Will I have time to get this all done? ?

In other news, I’m now actively looking for a marketing partner. My publisher takes a very hands-off stance until at least 500 books sell, and won’t publish a second book until at least 1000 sell. If I’m going to make these milestones in any reasonable amount of time, it’s going to be because I’ve gotten an enormous amount of help. If you know anyone with mad marketing skills & a strong desire to work for a share of future profits, please send them my way!

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Big News!

Lots of news!

First, my fan page now has over 350 fans, in just 3 months! Thank you to everyone who’s posted & told their friends!

Second, I won an award!  “Your book has been chosen one of the NABE Pinnacle Book Achievement 
Award Winners for Summer 2011.”

I now have the option of ordering shiny gold foil award stickers to place on my books, at 100 for $20. Still debating that one, but I may just have to order a roll. I don’t need the parchment award certificate (for $20) though. Reminds me of the time I won a Who’s Who award in poetry. They kept trying to get me to buy stuff for YEARS after that. But I’m still rather proud of that poem, and I’m still quite proud of my book.

Third, my publisher has sold the distribution rights for 500 titles, including “Blood for the Living”!

“Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency is proud to announce the sale of over five hundred of our  authors’ ebooks to the major library and mobile phone suppliers in Taiwan including two public companies .  

 Strategic’s CEO, Robert Fletcher said, “we do not know of a single other publisher that has landed a deal like this for their authors.  The name of the game is global expansion.  Asia in particular is hungry for books in English.  Next, we fully expect to sell our authors’ books into China in the same style of contract”.

…Right now, the contract is just for ebooks. However, we are negotiating with a POD (print on demand) vendor in Taiwan to make them available online and in stores.

Here are a list of the companies that will be distributing the work:

Far EastOne Telecommunications Company Limited (Mobile Telecom)

Green Book Company Limited (Ebook Platform Device)

Hyweb Technology Company Limited (Library Ebook Provider – Public Company)

Koobe Technology Company Limited (Ebook Platform Device)

Nuazure Innovative Technology Company Limited (iPhone, iPad Apps)

Taiwan Mobile Company Limited (Mobile Telecom)

UDN Company Limited (Digital content services – public company)

They have no idea as yet as to how big a deal this will really turn out to be. They also don’t have any way of predicting how well a book will do over there. It’s going to be several months at least before the deal is completed, and probably close to a year before real figures are in. But hey, now I can say “Blood for the Living” is available in Taiwan!

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First Chapter Spoiler

I’ve set a goal for myself.

I have a reading/Kindle party coming up on Sept. 8th at the Soundry. I’ve decided that instead of picking a different passage to read than I did on Jellyvision, I’m going to read the first chapter of the sequel. This means I have to have it done, edited, and be reasonably sure that it’s really the way I want it by September. With almost 2 months to do it, I’m not too worried it will get done.

I need to do a lot more self-promotion. This really doesn’t come naturally to me. I feel downright silly calling places on my own behalf. But I need to start booking conventions soon.

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Sequel Started!

A couple days ago I began working on the sequel to Blood for the Living. I managed to get the first page of the first chapter done in the little time I had. But it was enough to get me excited about it! I’ve decided to pick up right where I left off the first book, starting the very next day.

Meanwhile, my laptop battery is refusing to take a charge, so I won’t be able to take it to McD’s to write. *sigh* Really need to find some time at home to sit down and write the chapters I’ve already run through my mind.

In other news, Dennis Sharpe & I are having technical difficulties with our competition. My publisher doesn’t put out sales data quickly enough, and they’re always more than a month behind. I won’t know my sales figures for up to the end of June until August 11.

I am in desperate need of an intern! There’s so much I want to get done for book promotion during the day & i just can’t get to it.

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