thrihyrne: (fuchsia books)
Since I'm can't easily embed a picture anymore, I'm just going to link to the short post I made on my author's blog about the cover art for "Surprised at Nothing" being included (and my name) for the One Little Pill DVD inserts. Also, if any of you would like to follow my fairly sad and practically unfollowed WordPress blog, please do!

https://ramblingruadh.wordpress.com/2015/08/08/more-promotions/

In other authorly news, I decided to register and attend the Gay Romance Northwest conference which at its core is a one-day event on a Saturday in Seattle. That, plus the $17.50 early bird registration cost and the fact that I can get an Airbnb listing at no cost to me, meant that it was worth whatever the bus fare might be to get up and back. Plus Ginn Hale is going to be there! I loved her novel Wicked Gentlemen. In fact, I will buy a copy ASAP so I have it so I can ask her to buy it. I believe I'd requested an inter-library loan the one time I read it.

And you all? I haven't meant to abandon DW and LJ, but I've been playing a lot of Farmville2 on Facebook and that's become my go-to for easy posting. That said, I don't put super-personal stuff there because I have so many work colleagues who may read my posts. I was doing some Tumblr videos when I first started the Sinclair Method, and I'll re-commit to that as I move into months 4-6 of trying it and seeing what changes I notice.

If you've missed me or I've missed something important, please let me know here, or via whatever social media form you prefer, or email! ♥
thrihyrne: Portland, OR (Default)
So now my novella has been out for a couple of weeks. I know I have a lot of fandom friends who'd showed interest and support, but at this juncture, I know of precisely one person who has read the finished version and let me know that she read it. That's my stepmom. I don't know if people are reading it and just don't want to tell me their thoughts, or they're interested but it's not on their list yet, or if people are supportive but not interested in reading it. According to my ticker on Dreamspinner, I'm up to 17 sales. Whether those are the ones directly via Dreamspinner or a total of all outlets, I'm honestly not sure. I should find out. Still— I guess I'm not used to so little feedback, or not in a long time. It's made me less motivated to finish up the sequel, even though I believe it's much stronger. Anyway, the confusion and feelings of disappointment will pass, I'm sure. It is what it is. I'm grateful that I've gone through this process from beginning to end and I've learned a lot.
thrihyrne: Portland, OR (Default)
Today marks the one week anniversary of my novella e-release, and according to Dreamspinner, I've sold 14 copies. It appears that Rowling and Gabaldon need not worry about me overtaking them quite yet. ;) Since I'm breaking into a new market, ie, not fandom, I'm realizing just how difficult it may be to convince new people to give me a try. That said, if any of you have decided to read "Surprised at Nothing" and wanted to review it somewhere, please let me know where you post the review— especially if it's positive. ♥ I would love to be able to post some review links on my author blog and tweet them and maybe put them on FB and such to generate a bit more buzz. Feel free to contact me off list if you have feedback/reviews, and if anybody does have comments about the novella, I'm all ears! :D
thrihyrne: (Boromir life is good)
I'm still rather in shock about all of this, but I have proof that I've earned my first non-fanfiction/non-fandom royalties. I have no idea how this (somewhat fluffy, especially for me) work will be received, both by people who are intimately familiar with my fanfic, and those who don't know me from Eve's housecat. Hopefully readers will fall for the characters as I did, but I just have no idea. I hope to have the sequel submitted to Dreamspinner within a few weeks, and I'll be very intrigued to see how sales for Surprised at Nothing go, given its genre. Urban fantasy works aren't the highest sales generators at Dreamspinner.

Rather than put in all of the links where you can go get a copy of my e-book, I'm pasting in a link to the post on my authorly blog made specifically for promoting my work at Dreamspinner. Surprised at Nothing is available in e-book form via a variety of websites and locations. Here's the post:

https://ramblingruadh.wordpress.com/2015/04/29/todays-the-big-day-d/

If you do buy it and read it, please let me know your thoughts! I want each successive work that I put out there that's original fiction to be of the caliber of my best fanfic. And if you don't buy it, that's totally okay too. I'm honestly worried that I will disappoint people who know my intense, sometimes bleak, angsty fanfic. But it's my first completed attempt at world building.
thrihyrne: (Boromir life is good)
April 29th! Lookie, lookie: direct link to my book

This is so wild, and so weird in many ways. Most of the folks I've come into contact with via the Dreamspinner Yahoo group are authors full time, so sales are very important. I work full time already, so this for me has been more an experiment to see if I could get something out there that wasn't fanfic. I'm very grateful to be starting down this path, but this first Reggie/Kelp pales to some of my visceral, angsty fanfic that I remain particularly proud of. On the other hand, you've got to start somewhere.

As the only positive side-effect to the highly detrimental insomnia I've been experiencing due to a particularly wretched detox (2 hours total over the last 3 nights. I've had sleep-deprivation hallucinations before and I'm going to be sure to get something over the counter that will assure that I sleep tonight) is that last night I was musing over the Reggie/Kelp sequel and had so many thoughts about it that I got up to write them down. New characters. Scenes. In fact, the entire story arc is now done in my head, which is a bit surprising. That's not usually how I write, and it could be that the characters surprise me along the way, which is always fun. Given where I see it heading, I've already written about a third of it, and now that I'm excited about it again, I hope to begin writing on it regularly. It was difficult to do when I kept getting edits and then a proof and other things from the original to work on, but it's all out there now.

May 2016

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