Ugh, it’s nearly 10 p.m. and I’m finally getting around to a blog post. It’s been a good day though. I managed another 3200+ words on Andy’s story. The characters have finally decided to let me into their heads and the story is turning out even better than I’d hoped. Lots and lots of conflict, internal and external. It’s going to be a much darker story than Sam’s story, and two of the secondary characters have decided to go in a direction I’m not sure a lot of people will like, but I like the possibilities. It’ll remain to be seen if they’ll get their own story or if I have to weave their story throughout Chad’s and Cooper’s stories.

I’ve been juggling writing with keeping up with Twitter. It’s sort of like a giant chat room – rather like the old IRC system, except you can determine who you wish to listen in on and who you don’t. I’ve followed a few people’s links and come up with some really good ideas and infos that I can use in my writing. And it’s a really good way to stay in touch with people I like and people I’d like to know better.

I suddenly realized that Personal Protection releases in exactly two months and I haven’t even begun to think about promotion for it yet. Well, no, that’s not true. I’ve arranged for some ads over on The Romance Studio, a spot for its video trailer (which I still have to make), and some ads in newsletters, but not much else. I’ve not arranged any blog spots the way I did with Private Property – so far all I’ve got arranged is an interview over at Renee Bagby’s The Multiverse’s Archival Chambers. I know I should be doing more, but I’m plum out of ideas. Any suggestions are welcome.

Which reminds me, I should be sending out a newsletter. I have an epilogue to Private Property I think I’m going to have put up on my website that only newsletter members will be able to read for say a month or so. I have to update my website with the date Personal Protection will be released, and I need to put up the cover, though I don’t officially have the art work yet, nor a blurb, nor a tag line. It’s in the works, but it’s still with the powers that be. So much to do and so little time!

And while I’m on the subject of newsletters, I have 44 people to add to my list, thanks to a contest over at The Romance Studio. But on one of the loops I subscribe to there was a big brouhaha about how some people don’t realize that by entering the contest they’re giving permission to be added to the authors’ newsletter. Then they get all shirty when they receive what they deem to be a spam and bad mouth the author. It got so bad the moderator had to intervene and tell them to play nice. Now I’m not sure what to do. Can’t please everyone I know, but sheesh, if there’s a contest, read what you’re signing up for, people! Don’t complain because you were too lazy to read the fine print.

Randomness … and a mini-rant
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7 thoughts on “Randomness … and a mini-rant

  • March 12, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    Good going on the writing, Leah. I know how it feels when progress is good. I’ve just finished my draft and I’m letting it sit while I work on finishing a story I started last year.

    Re: the Romance Studio – in your list of names you’ve received you should have two types. Some are listed as not wanting to join your newsletter. The other ones are fine to add because with TRS they have to actively tick a box to say it’s okay for the author to add their name.

  • March 13, 2009 at 4:34 am

    Shelley – re the mailing list – the poster on the loop I belonged to didn’t care that by entering the contest she’d given permission to be put on the list, she still felt she was being spammed, and yes, she did use the author’s name. As is normal for that type of post, a ton of people jumped on the bandwagon and agreed it was tacky, blah blah blah. It got quite vituperative. But I’ve wondered if anyone else has experienced that and that’s what I might be facing.

    (And yes, the 44 from TRS were ones who said they were willing to be contacted – there were over 100 who didn’t.)

  • March 13, 2009 at 4:56 am

    People will bitch about anything – sheesh!!

    Yay on all those words!!

  • March 13, 2009 at 6:14 am

    Congrats on all those words.

    Can I have some? I feel kind of dried up and useless a bit. LOL.

  • March 13, 2009 at 6:22 am

    vituperative? Wow, I actually had to look that up. Man your vocabulary is impressive.

    With the real job we’re dealing with those types of people right now. It’s insane. It’s like they have absolutely nothing better to do with their time then to go online and spend that kind of time and energy to rant and complain over very trivial stuff. You don’t want to be emailed a newsletter? Then delete it. It’s far better than the viagra and rabbit spams I get. Which by the way, I never recieved until I signed up on myspace. Coincidence? I don’t think so.

    I think you should copy the same promo as last time and add a few more to that. You want to hit the same audience again. IMO.

  • March 13, 2009 at 6:27 am

    Dani, LOL about having to look it up. It’s one of those $5 dollar words isn’t it? After you commented, I looked it up and had to laugh at’s definition:

    marked by harshly abusive criticism; “his scathing remarks about silly lady novelists”; “her vituperative railing” [syn: scathing]

    (a. Uttering or writing censure; containing, or characterized by, abuse; scolding; abusive.)

    Amy: Honey, how many books have you released in the past year, how many are you contracted for? Come on, your word count far exceeds mine. And you’ve got a nudger coming in June to boot. You’re entitled to have your ‘dry’ times.

  • March 16, 2009 at 8:08 am

    Duh,nothing’s free.

    Congrats on the super flow of words. Sorry I haven’t been around much, been in Wild Blue Purgatory. People take high speed internet for granted, let me tell you.

    I save your posts on marketing for tips later. Thanks for sharing your process.

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