New Website

Sign up for my newsletter and get a free book!

***

I have a major announcement to make!

Starting today, the official home page for author Satis now resides at www.authorsatis.com. Everything relating to my writing and published/upcoming works is hosted there, as well as bios and other helpful information. Going forward, this will be come the main page for everything related to Satis.

What does this mean for WordPress and my blog? The good news is—nothing. I will continue to post blog entries on here as I always have, and I have no intention of moving away from that: I have too many of you good followers to abandon! All it means is that, if you want to send someone to the official website of Satis, you can now send them to www.authorsatis.com.

So I encourage you to check out www.authorsatis.com, and please—let me know what you think! I’d love feedback and comments on the design, layout and content. You can also find links to buy my book from there directly, and sign up for my newsletter (hey—not many of you have so far!).

I look forward to your thoughts!

Screen Shot 2015-01-07 at 6.46.37 PM

Thought of the Week: Deadlines

Click here to subscribe to the newsletter!

I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.

—Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt

There’s an interesting, and sometimes forgotten, aspect to self-publishing, and it’s this: nobody but you puts a deadline on your work. I started writing The Redemption of Erâth in November of 2011 as part of NaNoWriMo. I started the first novel, Consolation, in January of 2012. Yet despite finishing the first draft within four months, the book didn’t see publication for over two years.

Why such a delay? And more importantly, was it necessary? The answer is complicated, but largely has to do with my own laziness and lack of impetus. Yes, the first draft was finished in April of 2012. But I didn’t look at it again for almost six months. Then I slowly—slowly—began the editing process, without really knowing anything about what I was doing. By the summer of 2013 I had decided to publish through iUniverse (ultimately, I believe, a mistake), but then spent even more time revisiting the work based on their feedback. I had the story professionally edited later that year. Then I sat on it again for a further six months, before finally pulling the trigger on getting the damn thing into circulation. Publication date? July, 2014.

I have, for the first time ever, imposed a deadline on myself.

Some of the delay was needed to rework the story, and yes, it was necessary. The story is better for it. But a huge part of it was essentially me just letting things slide, not replying to emails, and twiddling my thumbs. Had I had a publication deadline, the book would likely have been released almost a year earlier.

The same thing has started to happen with the second book, Exile. I started writing the draft of that in April of 2013; here it is September two years later, and the book is—again—not published. But this time, there’s a difference. I know when I’m releasing it.

This is important: I have, for the first time ever, imposed a deadline on myself. Prior to last month, I would have said, “it’ll be done when it’s done.” But this isn’t a helpful frame of mind to be in. After all, although it’s quite a relief to not have someone constantly asking if it’s done yet, it ends up being just as stressful wondering if your book will ever see the light of day.

Of course, having a deadline means I can’t sit back and relax. Oh, no. If I truly want to have Exile released in time for Christmas, I’m going to have to put in a ton of hard work over the next few months. In addition, I’ve tasked myself with releasing the History of Erâth in October, and writing a second companion book, Legends and Myths of Erâth, in November. That means that, truthfully, I’ll only have the month of October to revisit Exile and make sure it’s as good as it possibly can be.

The good news is that, for the moment, my mental illnesses seem to have receded slightly; I have the motivation, and the energy, to work at it. I can’t say if that will last, and these deadlines may indeed whoosh past. For now, though, I’d better get back to editing the History of Erâth; it’s due out in a month.

Featured image from http://riverboardingworldchampionship.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/.

Screen Shot 2015-01-07 at 6.46.37 PM

Writing Prompt: Best Writing Advice

Sign up for my newsletter and get a free copy of The Redemption of Erâth: Consolation! Click here to subscribe.

***

A Facebook writers’ group I’m a part of put up a challenge recently: if you’re a writer, post a short piece about the best writing advice you’ve ever received. If you’re a reader, what do you look for the most in fantasy books?

I’m not much of one for listening to advice, but I’d like to have a go at answering both bits, if I may. As a writer, it’s pretty easy to feel bombarded by advice on how to write better, how to publish better, how to market better, etc. Quick tips and tricks abound on the internet, most buried deep in a post that is five times longer than it needs to be. Most of this advice is harmless, some of it is useful, and all of it guarantees instant success, which is to say it guarantees nothing at all.

You can make bad writing better, but you can’t fix nothing at all.

Receiving advice implies a level of support from others: someone who’s in the know, or whose opinion carries weight, and wants to share it with you. The funny thing is, I haven’t been much supported in my writing endeavors since my childhood, when my mother used to rave over my Star Trek fan fiction (it really was awful). Today I’d like to see myself as a ‘professional’ author, but my sales are in the double digits and my royalties not even enough to warrant being taxed. Because it’s not bringing money into the house, my immediate family doesn’t tend to see the value in what I do—other things have to take priority.

Continue reading →