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By roxannebland, Aug 13 2017 10:36AM

So the new novel, The Underground: Invasion, is being edited. I also wrote a short story as a little bonus to go in at the end of the book. It's about our heroes, 1,000 years into the future. I'm also having a new cover made for The Moreva of Astoreth. When people started saying how much they hated it, I just blew them off. But when I started getting demerits from reviewers and such, well, that's enough to make you sit up an listen. I was turned on to an excellent illustrator, who, so far, has given me some amazing work.

While I wait, it's an excellent time to start the new novel. Problem is, I don't know which one...

By roxannebland, Aug 3 2017 08:41PM

The edits for The Underground: Invasion are nearly complete. The self-edits, that is.

I've made at least five rounds, and I always find something that could have been said better, or something like that. The problem is that I'm a perfectionist. I just can't seem to keep my mitts off the manuscript. I'm not rewriting big chunks, or anything like that--it's the little things. I just keep messing with it.

Hmm...maybe I should go write a short story. Distract myself.


By roxannebland, Jun 17 2017 02:47AM

Today's (June 16) radio show was...revealing. The host called me about a half-hour before the show began and said he wanted to talk about me. What it was like being a child. What it was like going to a fine arts high school. College. Law school.

I felt apprehensive. I'm a very private person, and talking about myself makes me nervous. But it went all right, I suppose. Maybe it was because I was alone in my office, and not in a studio, on TV, or being videotaped. I just hope listeners weren't bored by my rambling. Next week, in keeping with talking about myself, I'd like to discuss marketing. Not marketing per se, but how I did it, the mistakes I've made, what I've learned from it.

The Goodreads Giveaway is over. I thought I'd get about 350 people max. The total was almost 1200. Astounding. So now I'm having the books shipped. That's one thing I do like about CS. They not only do the printing, they ship, too. And they ship worldwide. You see, when I run giveaways, I name countries--you got it--all over the world. So this time, my books are going to the UK, to Italy, to Australia, and to South Africa, to name a few. It's kind of neat to know someone in South Africa is going to have my book. Someone in Australia. Someone in Italy.

As is my practice, I'll run another giveaway for The Underground: Second Edition. I usually do two, though I may do three. I might also run another for The Moreva of Astoreth. But that's not until later in the year, so I don't have to decide now.


By roxannebland, Jun 12 2017 08:11AM

Had to share this.

The Underground: Second Edition, received a 5-star review on Goodreads the other day. The review was thoughtful and insightful, the way all reviews should be. In it, the reviewer said "you'll either love it or you'll hate it" unless you can "meld" with my world and find something "strangely different" about my characters. She also said pretty much the same thing--you'll either love it or you'll hate it--unless you can stomach the profanity, violence, and graphic erotic content. That's why I've attached a warning to all online descriptions, and why the warning appears--in big red letters--on the back of the book.

At any rate, I'm running a Goodreads giveaway. Once that review was posted, the number of entries shot up. I suppose it piqued the entrants' interest. But I'll tell you this--for whoever wins, if they hate the book, they can't say they weren't forewarned.

This will definitely be interesting.

And now for something completely different, a picture of my beloved Great Dane, Early.

By roxannebland, Jun 7 2017 09:45PM

How do you feel about paid reviews? I'm not talking about editorial reviews, which is a different animal entirely. I'm talking about the bloggers, and such. The ones who profess they do reviews for the love of reading, and are willing to invest their time in finding good, new authors.

Philosophically, I'm not opposed to paid reviews. The opposing camp believes that paying these blogger reviewers somehow cheapens the process, and that payment will only encourage good reviews. And that people who pay reviewers are scum. Well, if I'm scum, so be it. I think that as long as both parties understand that the review will be honest (i.e., not necessarily good), I can't see where money makes a difference. Maybe it's really because in the opposer's mind, payment will turn amateur reviewers into professionals. But amateurs compete in sports events featuring prize money. Why shouldn't bloggers be paid for their time and effort?

Don't get me wrong--someone might be able to convince me otherwise. But when I ask, I get these visceral reactions and a lot of vitriol. I want to have a calm, intelligent conversation with one or more people about this issue. And it is an important one. Look at what Amazon has done with the reviewers on Fiverr. Sued their behinds.

Have I ever paid for a review? No. I've checked out some of these sites (they don't post to Amazon, of course) and they are EXPENSIVE. Much too much for the likes of me.

So what brought this up? On my last radio show, which you can access from the "News" tab, the host and I talked about paid reviews. I put my thoughts about it into words, and it became "real." But like I said, I can't talk to anyone about it. So whenever the issue surfaces with my writer friends, who are vehemently opposed to paid reviews, I just keep my mouth shut. Maybe one day I'll be able to have a rational conversation. But it looks like that day isn't coming anytime soon.

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