The publishing world is changing by the second. No one can predict what will happen next. What worked for publishers yesterday, won’t necessarily work tomorrow. There are no rules, no sure things. As Sean Platt said in one SP podcast, it’s a bit like trying to walk over a bridge as you build it.
I agree, except my bridge has a giant troll underneath it. As I place two bricks on the bridge, he scratches one away. His name is Uncertainty. You know him. He lurks in the shadows of our lives scraping away at our confidence with his razor sharp claws. He whispers, “You can’t do that…” I tried to draw him in action, but I couldn’t capture his evilness.
Mostly, he gets in the way. I told him to get lost and in the daylight he mostly does.
Beware of trolls, my friends.
Now, Elizabeth Gilbert would say my fear is boring, because we all have those fears. But I say–it’s real.
I’m Making my own Audio Clip
Using free software called Audacity, I’m creating an audio file of a chapter of Covert Danger.
I’ve read stories out loud for years, but never into a microphone. Boy, do I need to practice. The sound of my breathing adds a nasty hiss to my words, kind of like the creepy-guy who stalks women for fun. Not the effect I’m looking for.
It’s a fun project. I’ll be putting the clip in my November newsletter as a special treat for my followers. (See below if you want to become one.)
Book I – is off to my Copy Editor in Australia
Covert Danger‘s now in the hands of Philip, my copy editor. I’m looking forward to his edits. I chose him, because I really liked his sample edit, he responds to my emails and he’s affordable. I’ll let you know how it goes.
Joanne Levy’s Marketing Spreadsheet
I downloaded an awesome excel spreadsheet for marketing (I heard about at the Nationals). It cost $15.00. You can find it by going here.
I decided to do a “reno” of my website. With my new cover and my branding message I created a clearer picture of my writing. I think. Check it out: http://www.jo-anncarson.com.
People aren’t leaving many likes or comments, but I have to tell you, they are visiting me. My last post had 199 hits on the first day and generated great discussion on the Sisters in Crime, Guppy writer’s loop. I think they wanted to keep their discussion in-house, so to speak. They debated the merits of series vs stand alones, and whether rules that apply to other genres effect mystery.
How About You?
Are you on a first name basis with any trolls? Do you have any indie tales to tell this week? Love to hear from you.
Newsletter Contest Reminder
If you’re interested in receiving my newsletter click here to sign up. At the end of October one subscriber’s name will be drawn for a ten dollar Amazon gift card. My November edition will name the winner and have a blurb and an audio clip from Covert Danger, the first book in my Mata Hari series launching April 1st.