#ROW80 update, upcoming release, and some recommended reading

Heroes 'Til Curfew postcard with release information

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So whew, it’s good to have this all settled and to say, “Thanks for asking, it’s coming out around September 2nd!”

Really good.

I’m still wrapped up in this book and not so much active in the next one. I continue to lack true multitask finesse. Once this week is behind me and the book is out, my new ROW80 goal will be to try really hard to leave it be. To not babysit my stats, to not read reviews, etc. To move on to the next thing and let this thing do what it’s going to because once it’s out, it’s no longer in my control anyway.

Been extremely busy this week, so my reading has been limited to my subscriptions. There was some good stuff, though.

Recommended Reading

Big News (Look! My agent!)
Yeah, ’cause it’s all about me, right? LOL. If you’re an indie and you missed this, what have you been doing this week, writing a book? When I read Konrath’s piece on John Locke’s deal with Simon & Schuster in which they’re going to print his books but he’s keeping his erights, I thought Wow, that’s something. And then, Jane, what a BAMF you are. Good job! I don’t know if I’d go so far as to say the end is necessarily nigh. It’s hard not to agree with Jane’s assertion that publishing is full of brilliant people who will find a way to turn things around for themselves. And I figure if she can do HER job every day and still think that, there must be something to it. (via subscription)

Konrath goes #MyWANA?
That’s what I thought when I read this post in which Konrath and Crouch have a back and forth about the future and who has the power in publishing. Where it gets particularly interesting is where they start talking about author to reader direct sales. I sell PDF sewing patterns and have some knowledge of how to set up to sell digital goods directly. I could do it tomorrow, in theory. Notice how I don’t. Because, as a small fish (without a 10K member mailing list), developing web traffic is a marketing issue I don’t want to deal with. And the idea of carrying other authors’ books, having to keep track of THEIR royalties and pay them out…accounting nightmare for me. Not to mention the fact that building a high quality brand means having to tell some people “no” and that’s just awkward. I need to write more books, not manage a store. Never say never, though. And I did like the idea that this post sort of represents a convergence of Konrath and Kristen, two smart people I always want to listen to. (via subscription)

I’m a sexist pig
Okay, not actually a pig, maybe, although I did participate in an objectification of Tom Welling on Twitter the other night. Again. My double standard about men should be men but women can be anything, is something I know about myself and am working on. Andrew highlighted that in his Girly Man post this week. He picks up a discussion about how the issue of fewer young male readers maybe shouldn’t be about the lack of “boy” books, and moves it into his take on life as an open-minded guy who doesn’t need gender bias to make his choices for him. Which is, undoubtedly, part of his charm. (via subscription)

#UnicornLoverz Unite
Beverage warning applies to this brilliant bit of hand-drawn comic goodness from Claire. Claire reveals what it’s like for an author and her unicorn when the author gets in “the zone” and the world is blotted out by her own awesomeness. A must read. (via subscription)

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6 responses to “#ROW80 update, upcoming release, and some recommended reading

  1. Hope that release date stands, Susan. Kait will tell you what I do with confetti when I miss release dates. It ain’t pretty…

  2. I’m a little late on the congratulations train, I’m sure, but congrats on the release date all the same! I’ve been making an attempt to keep up with more blogs and haven’t had the chance to say so yet, or to mention the fact that I think “Heroes ’til Curfew” is a really awesome title.

    Keep up the great work, good luck with trying to avoid the distraction of the new book and leave it be, as you put it. I know that would probably be a goal I myself couldn’t keep very well!

  3. C.M. Cipriani

    Oh awesome on the upcoming release!!

  4. I’m going to take a page from your own (new) goal and apply it to myself. My book was just released on Friday and I’m just going to leave it be. I don’t know if you intended it to be advice, but I’m taking it as such.

    Looking forward to Sept. 2!!

  5. @Anne-Mhairi, We’re still on, though you know it’s not a hard date. It might even be available before then and I’ll keep everyone up to date. 🙂

    @LS, Thank you! I don’t consider myself really great with titles. Usually I come up with something early and expect to change it. Then nothing better occurs to me in all that writing time and I’m so used to it that I just go with it.

    @CM, thanks!

    @Claudia, Congratulations! I didn’t set out to give advice, but if you want to follow it and then later hail me as a sagacious advice-giver, I think I can cope with that. Thank you!

  6. Congratulations on your book being released! I apologize for being late with my well wishes.

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