My First #Pit2Pub

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"An unexpected event will soon bring you fortune." Twitter is alive with a lot of publishing opportunities. Different hashtagged events allow access to agents and editors. Some examples include #PitchWars, #SFFPit, and #PitMad. Last week, I decided to participate in #Pit2Pub. This is a chance to get a 140-character pitch in front of editors at various publishers. If it's hard to whittle a novel into a synopsis, it's insane to do so into a tweet. But I tried. I wanted to provide a sense of … [Read more...]

Short Story Stats

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"Don't let statistics do a number on you." Interested in finding out how much of writing involves waiting? Look no further. I've been trying to shop around a 2100-word short story for a while. No bites so far. Here's my record of numbers: First date submitted: October 2016 Number of submissions: 5 Number of responses: 4 Quickest response time: 7 days Longest response time: 8 months Extra notes: Two personalized rejections, one form rejection. One of the customized rejections went … [Read more...]

Gone Publisher

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"Failure is the chance to do better next time." It's like Gone Girl but without the twist. So my publisher (Booktrope) is closing its doors at the end of May, after having launched almost 1000 books into the world. It was definitely a shocking and heart-wrenching announcement. Where does that leave Dragonfly Dreams? Great question. There's an option of republishing or just leaving it on the curbside. I'll have to sort out all the legal terminology and tangles before making a final … [Read more...]

Official Release Date

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"Loving is sharing rainbows of happiness." I'm very happy to announce that my upcoming YA novel, DRAGONFLY DREAMS, will be officially released on November 24, 2015. It's been an exciting journey with my publisher, Booktrope. All along the way, I've had direct access to the major players on my team (whom I selected through a vast network of freelancers): book manager, editor, proofreader, and cover artist. The excellent Booktrope staff has also been really supportive and helpful. Extra … [Read more...]

Molting like a Cicada (or Self-Publishing)

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"Courage is the hallmark of a warrior." I remember visiting Taiwan and hearing a repetitive whirring from the tree above me. It was the song of a cicada. Cicadas are known as "tree crickets" and live on branches. While their cousin crickets on the ground produce music by rubbing their wings, cicadas actually have built-in noisemakers (tymbals) that can be manipulated by using their muscles. In Chinese culture, cicadas are a symbol of immortality (because of their long lifespan) and rebirth … [Read more...]

Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award

Msai Mahn A-Gwai: no need to ask about it, a known secretPak Gwai was a leader who ruled Gwongdung province in the last years of the Ching dynasty. There was one official above him, the governor of both Gwongdung and Gwongsai province. Whenever inferiors wanted instruction, they went above A-Gwai's head and asked the governor of the two provinces for help.Known secrets.Everyone has heard of Amazon.com, and most people (especially writers) know about the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA). … [Read more...]

The Publishing Puzzle

Yattauh Mouhseui: cannot understand; puzzled, lost (lit. head in the fog) A poet named Hoh Daahm Yuh wrote this couplet:"Which is the highest of the cloudy mountains that surround me?I lost my way in the heavy fog."From then on, yattauh mouhseui became a common expression.Taipei 101 in the mist.I feel like I'm yattauh mouhseui whenever I examine the publishing puzzle.  Three options exist: traditional publishing, small press, and self-publishing.  (Look here for a great explanation from an … [Read more...]

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