beth_bernobich: red mushroom (Fractal Star)
This last year set a record for changes, most of them good ones, several daunting, and all of them necessary.

For the first half of 2015, I switched to part-time status at the dayjob so I could finish my Not!Sherlock novel. We had to juggle the budget a bit, but the result was definitely worth it. Those two extra days each week gave me the space and quiet to finish this novel, with characters I love to pieces, and with time left over for my family.

The first half of the year, I also ran a successful Kickstarter campaign for Nocturnall, the coda story to my River of Souls books. My goal was to raise enough money to create a professional publication, including custom artwork, a professionally designed cover and interior, and a special print edition for my supporters. I am deeply satisfied with the results, especially that readers can now see Ilse and Raul as they were meant to be.

There were some major changes, as well. I quit my job at the contract firm and started a new one at the University of Connecticut. I'm still a web developer, but now I have minions. (Plus real benefits!) I also parted ways with my agent. She's done many wonderful things for me over the years, but as time passed, we no longer meshed in several key ways.

All those changes—the new job with new responsibilities, the various self-publishing experiments—took up much of my writing time, but I still managed to accomplish a few things:

  • My Not!Sherlock novel complete and ready for the world (plus notes for two sequels)

  • My coda story, Nocturnall, released into the world as an e-book in December

  • My LGBTQA geek girl story, The Ghost Dragon's Daughter, expanded by several thousand words and released as an e-book in October with its own custom cover

  • Seven chapters of The Edge of the Empire ripped to pieces and put back together with one new character and a strong voice for my main character
So what about 2016?

I've learned not to overplan, but I have two goals I want to accomplish. The first is to finish revising The Edge of the Empire. I'm on target to accomplish that by late March/early April. The second is to write a first draft of my Not-Mansfield-Park novel, the one with magic and polyamory. After that? It all depends on the wild and wooly world of publishing.

Story Day!

Dec. 1st, 2015 09:00 am
beth_bernobich: red mushroom (nocturnall)
I am very pleased to report that Nocturnall, the coda to my River of Souls trilogy, is now officially released. It's available on Amazon, Smashwords, and will be on Barnes & Noble as soon as the hamsters powering their computers wake up Barnes & Noble.

Speaking of venues other than Amazon, I've also released The Ghost Dragon's Daughter on Smashwords and B&N.

I'm delighted with how both stories turned out, and I'm doubly pleased to share them with the rest of the world.
beth_bernobich: red mushroom (book fin)
...but the end of several projects.

The Ghost Dragon's Daughter was released last week. E-book only for now, and for now, only on Amazon because I've submitted the story to Amazon's Kindles Singles program as an experiment. If that doesn't work out, I'll publish to all the rest of the usual places. I might even release a print edition, but that comes much, much later.

Speaking of print, I mailed out the print copies of Nocturnall to my Kickstarter supporters today (Monday). The ebook itself went out to them last weekend. I still have three critiques to deliver, but the really hard part is done and over.

I also completed the Writing the Other class this weekend. Amazing lectures, useful and thought-provoking homework, lots of links and reading material. I highly recommend it. (Even if the timed in-class writing exercises made me cry.)

So now what?

First of all, there's the follow-up workshop for Writing the Other. We get several weeks to apply what we've learned to a story or several novel chapters, then our teachers and classmates critique what we've done. The results of that will likely occupy me the rest of the year, if not longer.

After that, who knows?
beth_bernobich: red mushroom (squee!)
Guys! Guys! Guess what today is!!

(Okay, the title of this post probably gave things away. *g)

In case you haven't read my posts and tweets from the past couples weeks, today is Book Day for the paperback edition of Allegiance, the third novel in my River of Souls series. The series itself isn't over, but this is the last book for Ilse and Raul in this lifetime.

To celebrate this milestone, I wrote a coda story, then ran a Kickstarter to commission artwork for the cover and interior. It was a lot of work, but I am sooooo very happy with the results. The e-book went out to my supporters over the weekend, and the print copies just arrived here. Once I check them over, I shall sign and mail those out.

But this wasn't enough, I decided. I wanted to do something for the day itself. So....

I've spent the last few weeks on a different story, The Ghost Dragon's Daughter, which is set in the same world as Fox & Phoenix, but with an entirely different set of characters. This is my geek girl story, about Jun, Mei, and Lili, and their senior year project, which they call the monstrosity machine. To quote from Delia Sherman's shiny blurb:

"There's magic and mathematics, spirit animals and science, and an intelligent young girl who is finding her path to university and love both longer and rockier than she’d expected."

So one novel, two stories. Both Allegiance and The Ghost Dragon's Daughter are available for purchase even as you read this. Nocturnall comes out in December, but you can pre-order it now.







beth_bernobich: red mushroom (moon whale)
...but that doesn't mean I'm not busy.

The print edition for Nocturnall is now well and truly done. Mostly. 99%. I made one last proofreading pass through the text. The artist just sent me the final version of the interior illustration. We just need to enter those final edits and add the illustration into its waiting slot. Next weekend, I can start work on the e-book version.

I've also printed out The Ghost Dragon's Daughter for proofreading this week. With classes back in session, the Student Union is perpetually crowded, so I need to find another refuge where I can read and mark up pages.

And next weekend, the next session of Writing the Other begins. Six classes, with homework and critiques and exercises. I am so excited!
beth_bernobich: alice (alice)
...so I can send two copies to work, assign chores and errands to a third, and have at least one copy to handle the administrative overhead and general flailing that comes along with publishing. The real me would get to have fun. (That includes the writing itself, of course.)

I don't have a cloning device, alas, but I do the best I can. So, things accomplished since I last posted. The latest editing pass for The Ghost Dragon's Daughter. The acknowledgments, cover design, and interior design for Nocturnall. I'm also talking to an artist for cover art for The Ghost Dragon's Daughter.

And at long last, I have resumed edits for The Edge of the Empire. One chapter reworked, and a few pages of the next. Twenty more to go.
beth_bernobich: alice (alice)
The final version of Nocturnall's cover art arrived this weekend, and it is omg scrumptious perfect. As soon as I have the completed cover design, I will share.

Meanwhile, I have finished entering the proofreading changes for my geek girl story. On the one hand, the story is now too long for most markets. On the other hand, I have the option of publishing the story myself, which means I can release it a couple weeks before Nocturnall.
beth_bernobich: red mushroom (nocturnall)
Nocturnall just went through copyedits. (Yay!) Yet another step on the road to publication. Over the next month, the final artwork will arrive, and my designer can get started with the interior and cover designs. I've also contacted a number of people about possible blurbs, and a number of reviewers about possible reviews.

In other news, one of my interns quit, which saved me the task of firing him. That meant I had to take over finishing his work, which was in even worse shape than I feared, so this past week has been one of late nights and much grumbling over the ex-intern. I foresee another week before I can put the new version into testing, then I can get back to the other project I was working on.
beth_bernobich: red mushroom (girl and balloon)
Geek girl story edited (again).

Copyedits for Nocturnall received.

Cats wrestled into their carriers and taken to the vet.

And a hike to the top of Case Mountain to watch twilight fall over the city.
beth_bernobich: red mushroom (cat on a wire)
Nocturnall Kickstarter: Things are going very well with this project. The cover artist and I worked through a couple rounds with rough sketches until we had the right look for both the story and the series. She then sent me a detailed drawing that had me dizzy with delight. We've now moved on to the color sketches. I've picked a color scheme from the three she sent me. The next step is the final version.

Current Novel: Out on submission. *fingers crossed*

Geek Girl Story: I've read and marked up the document for the next round of edits. The story grew quite a bit in the last round, and I suspect it will grow a bit more.

Edge of the Empire: Once I finish the GG story, I want to dive back into revisions for this novel. With the change in my dayjob, I no longer have any writing time in the morning, but I do have more time after work, so I want to experiment with short sessions in the evening.
beth_bernobich: red mushroom (book fin)
...and off to my agent.

Just in time for me to dive back into Nocturnall. The artist and I are now exchanging emails about the concept sketches she sent me. (I LOVE them.)

I am also poking at my geek girl story. Plans are to make another editing pass before I send it out again. This will scratch my writing itch while still being low-key. Just what I need after the intensity of Not!Sherlock.

Oh, and I am now back to full-time work as well. More details about that later.
beth_bernobich: red mushroom (cat on a wire)
Nocturnall Kickstarter: E-book gift codes all sent. Thank-you tweets all sent. Spreadsheet updated. I've been researching printers for the limited print run, and so far the front runners are Lightning Source and Createspace. LS has a reputation for somewhat higher quality, but Createspace is somewhat less expensive and appreciably easier to work with, according to all my sources.

Edge of the Empire: On the back burner for now. See next item.

Not!Sherlock: I need to make another editing pass to address two minor issues and one medium-sized issue that my agent pointed out. I had hoped to finish this pass by today, but a few other obligations popped up last week. Once the edits are in place, I want to read through the whole thing one more time to make sure they work with the rest of the story.

And at home, my flowerbeds need some attention—we're still rehabilitating them from their years of neglect before we bought the house—but like the pirate novel, they are on the backburner until Not!Sherlock goes out on submission. Once that happens, I shall descend upon the local garden center with visions of annuals and perennials dancing in my head.
beth_bernobich: petal twigs (petal twigs)
It's been a busy, productive week.

I've started to send out rewards for my Nocturnall Kickstarter—gift codes for the trilogy e-books, the signed hardcovers, and lots and lots of thank-you tweets. I've also set up a giant spreadsheet to keep track of expenses and rewards and such.

I also had a long talk with my agent, who had just finished reading Not!Sherlock that morning. She is even more excited about the book than I am, if that's possible. She did have a couple suggestions, which I agreed with, mostly minor things, so while she researches submission strategy, I will make these tweaks to the manuscript. Our goal is to get the book out on submission by early June.

There are also a few interesting developments in the works, outside the world of writing, which I'll share once they get further along.
beth_bernobich: red mushroom (collage)
Not!Sherlock: Agent is reading the manuscript and we shall talk next week about submission strategies. We both continue to be super-excited by this book.

Nocturnall: I've made two polishing passes through the story, and have handed it off to my copyeditor. And today (after a few glitches) the money from Kickstarter arrived in my bank account. This means I can set the artwork in motion.

Edge of the Empire: I tried to dive into edits this weekend, but there were too many other things that needed attention. I also need to give myself plenty of time to tackle this rewrite. Oddly enough, when I eliminate the urgency, I get more done.
beth_bernobich: red mushroom (mad scribe)
...I have edited through chapter 11 of Current Novel, using both my own notes and the feedback from my kind and generous readers. Sleep and other issues have cooperated to give me lovely long writing sessions and the energy to take advantage of them. At this rate, I can get the ms. to my agent by mid-May.

Good thing, because by then I should get the funds from my Kickstarter, which means I can give the go-ahead to my cover artist. First steps will be me sending her character descriptions, then her sending me sample sketches. (*excited!!!!*)

Oh, and that also means I can start editing my pirate novel.

It's done!

Apr. 20th, 2015 08:30 am
beth_bernobich: Beak Bird (Beak Bird)
My Nocturnall Kickstarter ended at 11:58 Saturday night. I already posted when it reached funding, but now that it's over, I thought I would share some statistics.

Read more... )

And now I get to plan my next steps. Copyedits. Cover art and illustrations. More updates as they happen.
beth_bernobich: red mushroom (ballet dancers)
The current amount is $2019. Which means I can pay for cover art. Cover art that shows Ilse and Raul as they are meant to be. Also, I can pay for copyedits. And the limited print edition. And all the rest.

I still have one more day to go. If we do manage to reach the stretch goal, that means three interior illustrations. If I don't reach that goal, I will still recalculate what else I can provide my supporters.

Because this is all about you. And how awesome you are.

90%...

Apr. 16th, 2015 09:57 am
beth_bernobich: red mushroom (squee!)
...and less than $200 to goal. I'm already talking to my designer about cover design and typefaces and such.

85%...

Apr. 15th, 2015 08:30 am
beth_bernobich: red mushroom (cat on a wire)
...or just under $300 to goal. You guys are AWESOME!

If things get wild, we might even reach the stretch goal for interior illustrations.

72%...

Apr. 14th, 2015 10:49 am
beth_bernobich: red mushroom (spouting whale)
....is the latest for my Nocturnall Kickstarter. Just over $500 to go for the project to be funded. The goal is now in sight. THANK YOU, everyone!

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