777 Writer’s Game

Thank you, Chance Maree, for including me in this game of tag. The prompt is to “post 7 lines from a page number ending in 7 from one of my works-in-progress, as well as tag 7 other authors to participate in the game.” Not a problem.

My novel-in-progress is THE SERAPHIM CONSPIRACY.

“Well, that’s hardly sporting,” said a new voice, rich with rolling Rs and cultured Latin vowels.

Shannon and Victor both watched in stunned amazement as Raúl Salazar snapped his fingers and dismissed the battling animal spirits. The broken wolf disappeared with a whimper. The pair of bears vanished with an anticlimactic roar. Shannon had promised them prey to feast upon and they had been denied. That would cost her later, but she would have to make it up to them.

“Victor, Victor. You were sloppy at the airport. You must have left blood or something behind for this crusader to collect. You told me that there were no survivors when you left. Now I have to clean up your mess. Again.”

“But, Raúl,” Victor whined.

Raúl waved a hand dismissively, and Victor never got to finish his excuses before he vanished. Her spirit wrenched painfully as Raúl severed her connection to Victor. Shannon had never experienced such a painful transition back into her own mind. She would never have believed that Raúl could follow her connection to Victor’s mind in the other direction.

“Now, my little occult vigilante. What are we going to do with you?”

Shannon had never felt more alone than she did now sharing her mind with the being who had once been Raúl Salazar.

In turn, I tag:

  1. @PhilAthans
  2. @howardtayler
  3. @fredhicks
  4. @JonAcuff
  5. @DarrenLaCroix
  6. @JASutherlandBks
  7. @Scarberryfields

Apologies to anybody who’s already been tagged. =P Not really.

Shannon O'Malley

Keep your melodrama inside the game (or novel)

It’s a melodramatic read (PROFANITY WARNING), but this is an interesting write up of how a successful (read: hard work) grassroots (read: indie) marketing campaign might work. (I picked this up off of Scalzi’s twitter feed of all places.)

TheMirrorEmpire-144dpi-forreveal-675x1024 About this time last year, GOD’S WAR, which had been out in the UK for a solid seven months, had sold just 300 copies, and every single major publishing house had passed on THE MIRROR EMPIRE…

2014: Some (Honest) Publishing Numbers, and (Almost) Throwing in the Towel

My takeaway? Dial down all the internal drama and self-sabotage, believe in the dream, but don’t quit your day job, yet.

Secondarily, stop thinking small. If you think your “world” is the UK (or the USA), then you’ll miss out on all the prospective sales globally. You can’t pick your fans, and you can’t always predict where they’ll come from! The world is flat again, so take advantage of the lack of horizons as much as you can.

Or maybe that’s just me giving myself advice. Heh.

A small Memorial Day thank you.

Not Free - Thank You - Memorial Day

For the debt we can never repay to those who have paid it for us… Thank you.

In honor of those who sacrificed all their tomorrows so that we can live ours in freedom, we have extended our giveaway of the ebook version of No Tomorrow for today, Memorial Day 2014.

 

Special gratitude to the photographers who shared their excellent work with us under Creative Commons. Thank you.

American Flag Night © 2007 PallyBoy33
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pallyboy/

Arlington National Cemetery © 2008 David Cameron
https://www.flickr.com/photos/number10gov/