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Getting the ducks in a row. November 21, 2013

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in 2013 plans, Ta-da, to-dos.
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It’s been over a YEAR since I last did a State of the Writer. (One year and one week. Which means it’s been one year and one week since my husband’s car accident. Wow. Time flies.)

So, without further ado, let’s see what I did this past year. This is the old list.

To Write:

      • Sapphires and Gold
      • From Dusk ’til Dawn
      • The Willow Sword
      • Sea Prince (To be written with Danielle Jones)
      • Tales from the Arena
      • Wanderer’s Moon (next book in the Midnight Moon series. Not to be done until we sell Nomad’s Moon)

To Outline

      • The Navigator (Steam and Screw, Book 1)
      • The Captain (Steam and Screw, Book 2)
      • Coral Throne (sequel to Sea Prince)
      • Hidden Things (Mystere Book 1)
      • The Lady and the Sword (Mystere Book 2)
      • Ashes and Light (Mystere Book 3)
      • Tablets of Stone (Mystere Book 4)
      • Rainbow Wars (the teach-in idea. Definitely a  YA. And it needs a better title)
      • Holy Orders ( Sequel to Heart’s Master)
      • Temple of the Mysteries (maybe a shared world thing)

To Sell

      • Nomad’s Moon
      • Exile’s Moon
      • Heart’s Master
      • Kidnapped by Pirates
      • Holy Palmer’s Kiss

Not bad. On the to Write list, I wrote three and sold two of those (I’m counting the self-pub as a sale. I’m making money on it.) On the sale list, I only sold one. And on the outline list…. ummm… yeah. That hasn’t changed at all. Except that I added one. (That one being The School. And that one I finished the outline of last night.)

So, plans for the rest of the year? I’ve just started back into The Sea Prince.  I’ve talked to Danielle, and we’ve decided that it’s not going to be mainstream. I’m going with what I know — erotic romance. So I’m putting the sex scenes I cut out back in. Might have been nice if I’d kept those drafts, I suppose. But I lost a revision somewhere, including a really good scene that I’m annoyed that I can’t find. I can recreate that scene, too. I’m hoping to have this done by the end of the year, but that is me being, I think, insane. Maybe the end of 1st quarter 2014.

From there, we’ll see what happens. So here’s my updated to-dos.

To Write:

      • The Willow Sword
      • Sea Prince (To be written with Danielle Jones)
      • The School
      • Berlin (A Sable Locks short story)

To Outline

      • The White Raven (Yes, a sequel to Princes of Air)
      • The Navigator (Steam and Screw, Book 1)
      • The Captain (Steam and Screw, Book 2)
      • Coral Throne (sequel to Sea Prince)
      • Hidden Things (Mystere Book 1)
      • The Lady and the Sword (Mystere Book 2)
      • Ashes and Light (Mystere Book 3)
      • Tablets of Stone (Mystere Book 4)
      • Rainbow Wars (the teach-in idea. Definitely a  YA. And it needs a better title)
      • Holy Orders ( Sequel to Heart’s Master)
      • Temple of the Mysteries (maybe a shared world thing)

To Sell

      • Nomad’s Moon
      • Exile’s Moon
      • Heart’s Master
      • Holy Palmer’s Kiss
      • Sapphires and Gold
      • The Ice Raven
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Opening Gambit featured in the USA Today Happy Ever After blog!!! November 15, 2013

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in promotions, Self-publishing, SQUEEE, Tales from the Arena, wow.
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Today’s new release column of the USA Happy Ever After blog features Tales from the Arena: Opening Gambit!

It’s not only the first release mentioned… it’s the FEATURED COVER!!!

 

The self-publishing round up. November 11, 2013

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in Self-publishing, Ta-da, Tales from the Arena, yippee.
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All right. I had a busy weekend.

Tales from the Arena: Opening Gambit is now live as a ebook AND as a print book!

For Ebooks:

For Print:

Tales from the Arena: Playing for Keeps is also live as an ebook. The print version will be along tomorrow, I think.

For Ebooks:

For Print:

Now… I market the heck out of them. So… if you’ve enjoyed any of my other books, share this around? And if anyone is interested in reviewing, please talk to me!

Playing for Keeps is now live! November 10, 2013

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in Self-publishing, Ta-da, Tales from the Arena, yippee.
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I finally finished redoing all the formatting that I somehow managed to strip out when I was getting the file ready. So here is book two of Tales from the Arena, now live on Smashwords and All Romance books. Amazon will be along presently.

 

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Oops. November 10, 2013

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in Self-publishing, Tales from the Arena, tyops.
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Discovered that converting the files to Smashwords format stripped some of the formatting, and I didn’t notice. Just uploaded the corrected file for Opening Gambit, and am reading through Playing for Keeps to fix things there. If you bought a copy of Opening Gambit (I know someone did!), please go and get the updated copy?

Opening Gambit is now available for sale! November 9, 2013

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in Self-publishing, Ta-da, Tales from the Arena, yippee.
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Smashwords JUST went live, and should be propagating down to other venues soon.  Amazon will be up later. And I’ll see about an actual paper version, too. Since, you know, I can.

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The Ishkarin were created to be the perfect soldiers. The perfect predators. The perfect sadists. But what happens to the perfect soldiers when the war they were created to fight is over? In the Arena, the Ishkarin find an outlet for their natural instincts. Populated by the Collared, the sexual submissives who live to kneel before the predators, the Arena guarantees that the Ishkarin will not prey on the people they have sworn to protect.

On the eve of his appointment as second-in-command to the Ishkarin forces, Gavir is gifted with a night with Iras, the so-called Queen of the Arena. One wild night of passion and pain later, Gavir is enthralled by the woman who wears the red Collar. But when his fascination reveals a secret long buried, how far will Gavir go to protect the woman who has captured his heart?

 

Tales from the Arena: Opening Gambit November 8, 2013

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in blurb, Self-publishing, Tales from the Arena, upcoming books, upcoming work.
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Okay. Here’s a blurb. What do you think?

The Ishkarin were created to fight for Tyese. They are the perfect predators, the perfect soldiers, the perfect sadists. But what happens when the war is over? In the Arena, the Ishkarin find an outlet to their natural instincts. Populated by the Collared, the sexual submissives who live to kneel before the predators, the Arena guarantees that the Ishkarin will not turn on the people they are sworn to protect.

On the eve of his appointment as second-in-command to the Ishkarin forces, Gavir is gifted with a night with Iras, the so-called Queen of the Arena. One wild night of passion and pain later, Gavir is enthralled by the woman who wears the red Collar. But when his fascination reveals a secret long buried, how far will Gavir go to protect the woman who has captured his heart?

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Cover art!!! November 8, 2013

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in cover art, Self-publishing, Tales from the Arena, upcoming books, upcoming work.
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Tonight I received the cover art for the two books that I’ll be self-publishing. The artist is Carey Abbott, and BOY, am I happy I tripped over her site!

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Gorgeous covers! Now, I just need to write the blurbs.

So… here’s something new. November 6, 2013

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in 2013 plans, Eek!, new books, Self-publishing, Tales from the Arena, upcoming books, upcoming work.
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New and interesting and something I never thought I would say.

I’m going to be self-publishing Tales from the Arena.

If I got the formatting done properly, I’ll get them uploaded tomorrow. If I haven’t done the formatting properly, then we’re looking at Monday or so. The Smashwords guide to formatting an ebook is very good… if you’re using Word.

I’m not using Word. I think that may very well be something I splurge on next year, though. Between not being able to do rtf format in Libreoffice without losing all formatting when I hit ‘save’, and now not being sure if I’ve done this right… yeah, might be worth it.

So… tune in here for more information, which I’ll be posting as I figure out what I’m doing  it becomes available!