Prepping for a book signing

Full disclosure. The pic is from a book signing I did at BEA in NYC when I wrote for Ellora’s Cave. The cover models worked for Ellora’s Cave and sadly, don’t magically appear at all book signings. Wouldn’t it be cool if they did! I have a big book signing coming up in April. The…

Sunday Roundup #4

Goal #1 – This week I changed my weekly goal of hitting 10K a week to 6K, just for this week. I wanted to have time to revisit my outline, now that I’m halfway through the book, and tweak it. This turned out to be good in more ways than one. I knew I’d be…

What to do when you’re writing in a genre you can’t SELL!

I hate that headline! I hated writing it and I hate that that’s been my experience. I’ve been writing in a genre that I can’t sell. Mysteries. There’s nothing wrong with the mystery genre. I read lots of mysteries. I probably read more mysteries than anything else. That includes horror. And I know for a…

Authoring in 2018

One of the questions indie authors ask themselves is whether to go wide with their book distribution or to publish exclusively with Amazon so they can take advantage of the perks offered by KDP Select. Some of those perks include: Book availability to Kindle Unlimited subscribers The ability to take part in Kindle Countdown deals…

Sunday Roundup #2

Goal #1 As you can see from the pic, I nailed my word count. In two weeks, I’m through Act I of my WIP. And I’m not just aiming to be productive. A fast word count doesn’t mean anything if the book isn’t good. So far, the book seems really good. Once I finish the…

Sunday Roundup

How did everyone’s week go? Now that I’m typing, I’m thinking that the roundup post might be better on Saturday. But Sunday feels more like the end of the week to me, even though it’s the beginning. Oh well. Think I’m sticking with Sunday. I’ve started the year with two goals. There will be more,…

The Project: Happiness

New year, new theme. Well, sorta. It’s Monday night and I’m sitting in bed, hanging out with the cats, trying to figure out a blog schedule and theme. Us authors have to brand ourselves if we want to be successful, you know. But what’s my brand? I write scary books, but as you can probably…

2016 Lessons Learned

It’s been a minute since my last blog post. I can’t believe I didn’t even blog about my experience at HallowRead in Havre de Grace! That was one spectacular weekend. I did post pictures of the town on my Facebook page. Maybe I’ll do another blog post for the places I visited this year, as…

Outline Killers

Plotter or Pantser? That’s the question asked in writer circles around the world. I am a proud, card carrying, plotter. My plotting method is a bit crazy, but it works for me. First, I plot out the beginning of the book. I go as far as I can easily get. Once I’m happy with what…

Creating Characters

I have a staring problem. Honest. I stare at people longer than I should. Sometimes someone catches me doing it, too. When it’s a man, often he thinks I’m flirting with him. But I’m not. I’m a writer and being curious about people is sort of my job. It’s what makes me able to create…

Re-calibrating

Since I’ve gone indie, one thing that I find myself doing a few times a year is…. reviewing then re-calibrating if necessary. What I mean by that is, I step back and look at all of my stats and decide if I like what I see. If I do like what I see, I continue…

The differences between writing horror vs. erotic romance

People have told me that they’ve read books I’ve written and had nightmares. This fills me with such joy. But I’ve also been told by readers that they’ve read something I wrote as Adrienne Kama and had to go find their husband after they finished the book. This also makes me happy. Some people think…