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.