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It's Weaver Release Day!!

The day has finally come. Weaver is officially unleashed upon the world.

"As a Weaver, Myra Castor has always depended on her ability to read the lines of the universe, and create new possibilities in the fabric of reality to keep her footing in a world that most people have no control over. But when she hears that her mentor, Susan, has died of a heart attack, Myra's world begins to fall apart.

Before Myra can process the news, Jack, another of Susan's students - and Myra's former lover - appears on her doorstep. He tells her Susan's death wasn't a heart attack, and when he shows Myra an anomaly - a hole in the universe - that leads to a dead world full of ghosts, Myra begins to question her perception of reality. She knows that without intervention, the lines holding the universe together will unbind, and slip away into oblivion, and their world will cease to exist.

Together, Myra and Jack work their way through the anomalies riddling their part of the universe, searching for a portal that will bring them closer to the source of the chaos. But an ambush ending in tragedy sends Myra across the universe in a desperate bid to save her world."
 This is how excited I am*
Weaver is available in both ebook ($4.99) and paperback ($11.99) from Amazon and Barnes & Noble and ebook only at Smashwords.

I had many great people help me out with the release, and as promised, I'm going to give away some prizes. I did a completely unscientific and old school drawing by writing names on slips of paper and pulling them out of a baggie, and here are the winners:

A paperback copy goes to Beth Camp.
Colleen Ebook copies go to Colleen Chen and Patrick Stahl.

Congratulations to the winners! I'll be getting with you all later today or tomorrow about getting your prizes.

Thanks to all who volunteered to help me. Please stop by at each of their blogs to say "Hi."

Beth Camp
Patrick Stahl
Colleen Chen
Jeanette Smejkal
Brandon Ax
Candilynn Fite (hers won't be up until the beginning of March, but I'm sure she'd appreciate you stopping by.)

*Find this and other art gifs here.

Indie Life I didn't do my Indie Life post on Wednesday like I was supposed to a) because I forgot, and b) once I remembered it, I just really didn't feel like it. But I came across these two posts from IO9, and thought they would make a good post under the Indie Life banner:

This chart ought to make the publishing industry very nervous

Most Amazon bestselling authors aren't making minimum wage

The short version of these two articles is that as a whole indie authors have a much higher volume of sales, but aren't making much money doing it.

In the first article, much is made of the flawed methodology of the completely unscientific study, and it only takes into account ebook sales through Amazon. But it does provide some anecdotal evidence for the populist rise of indie authors against the elite establishment of the big publishers. The driving force behind all those indie sales, doesn't seem to have much to do with quality of writing, but has a lot to do with price. After all, most indie authors are selling their work for much less than traditionally published authors (who have no choice in the matter as their prices are set by the publishers), and price must be playing a large part in buyers' decisions.

In the second article looks at how much money top indie and traditional authors are making. According to the chart, the vast majority of writers, indie or traditional, are making less than minimum wage from their writing. But according to this chart, the median income of independent authors is still higher than those from traditional publishers. This is most likely due to the royalty rates. I know that with Amazon's KDP, authors can receive up to 70% of the purchase price, but with traditional authors at can widely vary, but get no where near 70% or even the 35% offered by KDP for books priced lower than $2.99. I think independent authors, particularly the ones who exclusively publish ebooks, have a faster turn around time, and are able to produce more books, than traditional authors, which allows them to have more things on offer at any given time. But what it really comes down to is that very few - maybe 1% to 5% - of authors are making a living wage, and only 1% of those writers are getting rich doing it.

The point is, writing a novel, even a best seller isn't, the lottery ticket many people think it is. In fact, I have greater faith in Powerball than I do in being able to quit my day job to write full time. This holds true for any author, whether they're on their own, with a small publisher, or one of the Big Five.

But we don't do it for the money, do we? I can't think of any writer who I enjoy* reading who comes across as putting the money at #1 on their list of priorities. Even wildly popular authors still care more about telling a good story more than making huge sums of money. And that's all I can ask of myself as I move forward.

*Note, I said any writer I "enjoy" reading. There are more than a few big name writers (not naming names, but they know who they are) who have obviously moved into the realm of DGAF and crank out crap after crap because their name drives the sales more than the quality of writing.


This month's insecurity is very basic one. In less than two weeks I'll be releasing my first novel (February 17th!**), and I'm more than a little nervous about it. All my insecurities have been detailed in previous IWSG posts, and I just don't have the time or energy to dwell on them right now. I've made the commitment, set the date, and gotten the files loaded to the appropriate systems. That's it. I'm done. No turning back, so I just need to get over it.

So, today I'm setting aside my insecurities, and thinking positive thoughts. I'm trying to be like that guy Stuart Smalley. You know, this guy:
(FYI, and way off topic, but I just found out his name is Smalley, and for the past twenty-something years I thought it was Smiley.)

How's it going with all of you? Are you giving up or giving into insecurity today?

**PS, If anyone is interested in helping out with my release, please leave a comment. I'll be sending info this weekend to those who have offered to feature my novel, Weaver, on their blogs on February  17th. Anyone who signs up will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win a copy of Weaver. One print copy and two ebook copies will be on offer.**

Inspiration Monday

This month I have  a couple of things to be inspired by and excited about.

First, I'm getting ready to finally release Weaver on February 17th. I'm trying not to get too freaked out about it. Thanks to everyone who has already offered to help with the release. I'll get some information out to you next week for the release. If anyone else would like to help with the release, you can leave a comment, and I'll add you to the list.

Second, I'm finally almost done with the first draft of my next novel. It was a pain to get out, but now that I'm nearly there, I'm happy with it. It still needs a lot of work, but I have a good feeling about it.

I haven't been around to visit much these past few weeks. I hope to rectify that in the next few weeks.

How about all of you? Anyone else inspired/excited about anything this month?