Monday, March 7, 2016

Trilogy... or Series?

Now that Legend of Fayre Sea is done and doing well with regards to sales, I have speculated on what I should do in the future, aside from the usual book signings and promotions. Many web sites devoted to helping writers all basically say the same thing: Keep writing and start the next book!

A good friend of mine already has twelve books out. Another has eleven. I am amazed! I don't know where you get your ideas, but if you have a few minutes, write me a comment of the ways you get inspired. Comments are always welcome. Some writers told me they get them from movies, TV, and other books they have read. Those are great places to seek out inspiration. Artwork, articles and even trips to new and strange places can help too.

The book signings have been fun and many folks have been supportive. People have been buying all three books at once, which is really amazing for me. These books aren't cheap. Such support and encouragement from the public is really touching. I almost sold out last month at the AZ Renaissance Festival. It was thrilling!

AZ Renaissance Festival 2016

I have two more book events in April (KABAM in Laughlin, NV and Kingman, AZ) before I have to seriously consider what is next for my writing life.

Another novel hasn't come to mind. On the contrary, I'm enjoying this break from writing with great relief and enthusiasm. I feel like a kid out of school for summer vacation. I have time to do so many things now. The long hours I used to spend writing are over, and now I have time for my husband, dog and family. I'm happy and free to do more with my life now that those 6 - 12 hour days writing are over. Or are they?

Hmmm...Friends who are now enjoying my latest book are asking for more.

I shake my head that I am done. No more books. The trilogy is finished. Time to move on.

Some of at least a dozen notebooks I have for Tiaera.

Some smile. I don't think they believe me. And those that do look disappointed.

After much thought and several attempts to do some free-style writing I feel... uninspired lately. It's not writer's block, I don't think. It's different. And maybe some of you may understand what this is. If so, please write and tell me about it. You see, the love of writing is gone.

I have lost my muse.

What was my muse? It was Everquest 2, the game I have been playing for more than eleven years. Whenever I role played in game, my mind woke up with ideas of plots and scenes. I would write down my ideas and thoughts while they were still fresh. It was exciting to write everything down, embellishing simple dialogs and describing scenery until I had a group of stories that looked like a potential novel. But Everquest 2 is a very old game now and role playing is practically non-existent. I haven't done any serious role playing in over a year. All I do is kill virtual monsters and run around from one place to another to complete game quests. My beloved characters have become "tokens" not unlike those of a Monopoly game.

The inspiration derived from Everquest 2 is all but a fading memory and a series of notebooks tucked away in a closet. These notebooks contain logs and snippets of role playing. I suppose I can pull them out and flip through the pages once more, but without the desire... the inspiration... should I?

Some writers only put out one book, then move on. Others do a few more books then move on. While others put out dozens of books and keep writing more.

How does one know when they are done with writing? Should I throw these old notebooks away?

The only answer I have for now is "Never say never." I thought Realmwalkers was going to be my first and last book ever. Then I wrote two more.

So for now, time (and God) will tell what's next, and also when.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Hastings Book Signing

It was a good time at Hastings Books, Music and More in Lake Havasu City.  The book signing was successful and I met a lot of nice people there. I even met a lovely lady with mermaid hair named Ashley. Her bluish locks indicated she might be interested in my mermaid book. Note the similarity with the book cover background color and her hair color. Thank you, Ashley, for stopping by, buying a book, and let me get a photo of you with your lovely hair.

It was the first time I promoted my third book, Legend of Fayre Sea, at a Hastings and I was eager to see how it would do. I wasn't disappointed. I did a special book event promotion: Buy any TWO books and get a free beaded book marker for FREE. These book markers sell for $7+tax when I am selling at craft fairs, but they were free for the book signing that day. A few people wanted to buy my beaded bookmarkers, but it was not allowed at the store. Nonetheless, I am working on adding a page here at my blog in order to sell my book markers along with my books all in one place.

I placed the dozen book markers I brought that day and placed them next to my treasure chest which is now used for holding misc baubles and candy. As you may recall, I used to put the Realmwalkers book in it for display. Now I have a cardboard display holder for all three books. It really helps keep the table organized and doesn't take up a lot of room on it.

Here is the spread for my Hastings Book Signing. It worked very well. I laid copies in front so that people could look over the books without disturbing those in the holder. You may also notice a white folder where I put several of my illustrations so that people could take a look at my art work. It saves a lot of time and wear on my books if the potential buyer wants to flip through the pages looking for the drawings. This may be something you may want to consider for your own illustrated novels. Happy marketing and keep on writing!

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The next book signing is at the Arizona Renaissance Festival, just outside of Phoenix.
I will be a guest author at
Ann Chamberlain's Book Shop
Saturday, Feb. 13th from 10 - 3. 
See photo below.