Mind Sieve 3/7/16

Hello, Monday!

Fan Fun

 

Ghostbusters Official Trailer #1 – I’m scared and excited all at once! lol. The special effects look awesome! And Slimer is BACK!

400 Days Official Trailer 2016 – psychological thriller? Could be fun!

Fantastic Beasts (and where to find them) Trailer (Harry Potter Prequel) – oh, this looks fun!

Star Trek 3 Official Trailer – after the last one, not going to get excited…but of course I’ll be there. I’m a sucker. 😛 (Hope springs eternal?) Plot and good science do count!!!!!!

 

Social Media/Author Platform

Facebook Live Video Gets Top News Feed Exposure: This Week in Social Media by Grace Duffy at the Social Media Examiner.

 

Writing Advice

Emotional Wound Entry: Telling The Truth But Not Being Believed by Angela Ackerman at Writers Helping Writers. Good stuff!

How Much Should Writer’s Pay to be Published by Chuck (NSFW) Wendig. (What a lot of younger authors have not heard of – VANITY publishing. Still out there – still a TRAP!) 😛

Zooming to the finish! Have a great week!

ChibiChains – The resurrection!

Going to toot my daughter’s horn today. Like, why not, right?  😛

Anyway, as some of you might already know, Drew creates chainmail jewelry and uses Chibi Chains for her brand name. She does some truly fabulous work, too!

Well her old website just didn’t seem to be robust enough for what she really needed – so now we’ve moved her to wordpress and found an awesome plugin from WP-EasyCart.

So far she’s only got the Bracelet’s section complete – but it’s worth showing off now!  😎

Chibichains Index Page

This is the top front of the store. Has a decent slider showing a few teaser pics. Pretty!

 

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Here’s the current bottom of the index page. There’s probably a category or more to add to the list. Though currently only Bracelets has been finished. (Between the photo taking, setting up each weave, and descriptions and more – it takes a while to get it all together!)

 

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This is how the category page looks. Showing a 3 column setup for all the items in a category. (Sorted by name – though shoppers and change that for their viewing pleasure. )   😉

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This is the Quickview of one of the bracelets. So you get a little more info.

 

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This is the full detail page. Shows you all the lovely options you can pick from. Color 1 and Color 2, there’s a spot to mention you’d like a 3rd color (Like the bracelet in the pic). The length and Ring Size (for the chainmail rings not your finger. Heh heh) and how many you want. Super nice!

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She wanted the store to be as big and wide as possible, so all the extra stuff is in the footers. You can search by name, weave, etc. Find Drew on social media. Sign up for her newsletter so you can always know what’s new. And a login screen. I believe it is even linked to Facebook so you don’t have to create YET another log in.  😈

Anyway, I wanted to share, I you have time, it’d be awesome if you’d stop on by. The store is functional (even if all that’s out there is bracelets)! Chainmail makes for truly unique gifts!

And Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. *hint hint* :mrgreen:

Mind Sieve 1/25/16

Morning everyone!

 

 

Fan Fun

 

Suicide Squad Official Trailer #1 – should be fun!

The Little Prince Official Movie Trailer – man, talk about a blast from the past!

Sing Street Official US Trailer – teenage angst!

 

Social Media/Author Platform

Blogging, Marketing & Social Media: Three Rules I Break & Why by Angela Ackerman at Writers Helping Writers blog. Too true!

Self-Promotion Is Not Mayonnaise Or Clowns by John Adamus at The Writer Next Door. (NSFW) He’s got some good thoughts in here.

 

Writing Advice

Why the Fighting? What World are We Creating for Future Readers & Writers? by Kristen Lamb. Yes! Tell it! I love to get books in every way possible. Why not? Heck, Star Wars and Star Trek? I take both! Why settle for just one way or one thing? Bwahahahaha!

Have an awesome week! 🙂

In the Service of Samurai Book Video!

Well, after way too many months of avoidance and procrastination, I was finally able to carve out a chunk of time to get all the pieces together and finish the first of my much needed four book videos!

In the Service of Samurai by Gloria Oliver - Young Adult Fantasy novel
Woot!!!! The Book Video for In the Service of Samurai is COMPLETE!

If you care to take a peek, you can find the bugger here.

It’s not going to win any Academy Awards, but hopefully it will get the point across. Heh heh.

Now to get my eyes to quit twitching from strain. Whee!

Heh heh. See ya!

Gloria

The Curse of the Cover

Being a writer tends to involve a lot of time spent waiting. Waiting to get distant enough from a project to edit the manuscript, waiting to hear back on submissions, waiting to get a manuscript back from a beta reader or editor, waiting to actually move up the cue to get the book published. It’s all part of the process, and you grin and bear it as much as possible. But no one ever told me I would have to deal with curses too!

My first book, In the Service of Samurai, actually went pretty smoothly from acceptance, editing, and print. No real problems. But, Vassal of El, on the other hand, was plagued after it went to print with odd category placements! On Fictionwise it got dumped into Dark Fantasy, something which it is definitely not. But on Amazon, by some fluke of nature, it got slated as a Scientific Experiment Text! Who knows what it got dumped under elsewhere. And let me tell you, after you get stuck in the wrong category, it is hard, very hard to get you put into the right spot! (The publisher and myself going at it, it still took more than a year to fix Amazon! Eek!)

I sold two other manuscripts, one to another publisher, and a new one to my main publisher. The new publisher got me edited right away, and it was awesome. But they got cursed with some truly terrible personal catastrophes (on multiple members of the staff!), which trickled down, so that book was delayed along with many others for over a year. I have my fingers crossed that Cross-eyed Dragon Troubles will see print sometime around Christmas, but who knows! (I don’t think of this one as cursed per say, but then, I’ll have to wait and see till it is released!)

I had much higher hopes for Willing Sacrifice. But little did I know! Back in 2006 the specs for the cover were sent off to an artist, and there was a proof by January 2007. I liked the proof a lot, and so did the publisher, and after compiling some minor changes to bring out a couple of aspects, the publisher contacted the artist and waited for the changes. And waited, and waited, and waited. Despite repeated attempts to get a hold of the artist, there was no response. Suddenly the release date is looming and the book has no cover! (Hadn’t had an edit yet either, so all I could think was doom and gloom!) Publisher found another artist. The edit got done. I did the final manuscript pass through. We did miss the original publishing date, but the artist did get a first cover pass out. The cover was totally different from the first one, but was pretty good. Did need some changes, (I’m sorry, Dal doesn’t have a goatee!) and the comet needed to be placed on the front rather than the spine (some weird placement issue thing), but once fixed I was sure it would kick!

I wait and wait and finally bug the publisher. Well, the proof got looked at by the partner, who is also the cover layout person, and she didn’t like it. Decided she would take the project on herself. But she is swamped. So now I wait, and wait, and wait. Maybe 2007 just isn’t my year to publish books…

Want to take bets on whether a fourth artist will have to take a crack at it?

The Curse of the Cover is here! 😛

Psst!

Psst! You there. Yeah you! The one reading this blog. Answer me this…how do you do it? How do you find the time to go trolling around and read this stuff? Tell me, please! I really need to know! I can barely scrape the time to do an entry, and yet you somehow found time to be reading it!

Now, don’t get me wrong. I REALLY appreciate you being here. Honest! I just don’t have the faintest idea how you’re able to do it. Share your SECRET! Pretty please?

I bet by now you’re wondering why, if I have so little time, do I even do a blog? Necessity, kind reader, purely for necessity! As an author, I am more obligated than ever to market myself as well as my works. With business being what it is anymore, all marketing efforts are on the shoulders of the authors instead of on the publisher. Only the big names get a marketing budget and possibly professionals to do it for them. Little fishes like me are on our own!

With the World Wide Web, marketing possibilities have widened. But you can stretch yourself really thin that way, because there are just too many to pursue! A website is a must, gotta have it, no choice. A little changing content like news and whatnot is good too, so people have a reason to keep coming back. (Sample chapters are a must as well, so people can get a feel for your writing. If you can pitch in a free short story or too, even better!) Blogs allow for continuous new content, if you can get into the discipline of doing it at least a few times a month or more. I won’t even get into the tons of groups in places like Yahoo, Yahoo 360, Ning, Beepo, Frapper, My Space, Live Journal, etc that are out there on the net where you can post info, links, blogs, forums, and who knows what not. Then you have your marketing groups, specific genre marketing groups, publisher marketing groups, newsletters, online interviews, guest blogging, the list is endless!

So maybe now you can see why I am asking how you find the time to read this! I need your Secret! I know I don’t have any time to go read posts what with trying to do all this stuff, go to work, keep the family and pets happy, carve a little time for myself (Writers need relaxation too!), and heck, make time to WRITE! lol.

So if you would, take pity on me and tell me how to do it! Even better, if you have a formula by which I can either redo time, replicate myself, or get the powers of Superman, do share! I’ll appreciate you forever!:P

Being an author is not the cakewalk people think it is! Eek!

P.S. If you still have time, come on over to the site. I have tons of sample chapters and some free reads too! 😛