My IndieGoGo campaign is now LIVE!! Head on over here to check it out! I’m so excited! If you’re able to donate on the first day, that will help it get more visibility on the website, so spread the word, and get yourself some free goodies! And thank you so much for supporting me in this!
Hey everyone! Just a quick update to let you know that my IndieGoGo campaign to raise money for Deceived production costs will go live Thursday morning! If you want a preview, you can check it out here.
I’ll send another email Thursday morning when the campaign goes live. Thank you in advance for checking it out!
I’ve been meeting my 2000 word a day goal, and am currently sitting at close to 30,000 words, which is not quite halfway complete. It feels amazing to be back at work on this book, especially considering I wasn’t planning to publish anything this year.
Which brings me to my next topic. I wasn’t planning to publish anything this year, and I haven’t been working my writing business for a while, so I don’t have any money set aside for production costs. Sure, I could put it all on my credit card, but I thought I’d run and IndieGoGo campaign to help me here, and to give you some awesome rewards! It’s not live yet, but will be later this week. I’ll post the link then. But here’s a sample of some of the things you can get as a backer (in addition to books, of course):
30 minute Skype session with me where you can ask me anything!
The chance to name a character
Make a cameo (using your name and physical description) as a coven member
A steep discount on private coaching with me to write your own book
An exclusive short story featuring Elena and Vittorio availably ONLY to IndieGoGo backers
So keep an eye out later this week for the link to the campaign. I’m really excited to do this and have the chance to share some extra special stuff with you all!
Don’t forget Burning Darkness will be released this Thursday, June 5. If you’re in St. Louis, I’d love to see you at the reading/Q&A/signing at Subterranean Books. Here’s the Facebook event with all the details.
I also have some super exciting news! Divided is going to be an audio book! I don’t have a release date yet, but I got the first 15 minutes from the voice actress yesterday and OH MY GOD! It is going to be so amazing beyond my wildest dreams! I can not wait to hear the rest of it!
I’m working through ACX (Audible Creation Exchange) for the audio book. So far the process has been super easy. Create an account (it’s a subsidiary of Amazon, so you can just use your existing Amazon account.) Input some information, and you’re read to go! You can put the book up for audition and wait for producers to come to you, or you can listen to samples from tons of producers and make an offer to the one you like best. It’s pretty intuitive, and at this point in the process, I’d recommend it for sure!
Hope to see you Thursday!
Hey guys! If you haven’t liked my Facebook page (and if you haven’t, why not?? Go here and give me some love! I’m doing a giveaway when it reaches 500 likes!) you probably don’t know that I’m going to be on the radio tomorrow night! (Friday, May 30.) Like, the real live ACTUAL radio! Brothers on Whatever, who invited me on their show last September when I released Ravaged, are having me back. But this time, they’re on WGNU 920 AM. I’ll be on around 7:00PM, so tune in and listen. You can also call in and ask me questions. Their caller line is 314-880-0808.
If you don’t have an actual radio, you can stream the show live on www.insidestl.com. So check it out! I’d love to have some of my readers call in!
In other news, my first book, Divided, is on sale for 99 cents right now on Amazon. The sale runs through June 10. So if you haven’t read Divided yet, this is the best time to snag it! And if you don’t mind, tell your friends as well. I really appreciate you spreading the love!
A few hours early, it can be yours! If you just can’t wait, here’s the link. It’s currently $2.99, but it will be free Tuesday and Wednesday (March 12-13.) This is one of the best feelings ever. I’ve been working on this off and on for 4 years, and it’s finally out there, ready for all the world to read!
I will admit I’m a bit nervous. Will people love it? Hate it? Give me awful reviews?
Speaking of reviews, leaving a review on Amazon is one of the best things you can do to help me out, so please, after you read Divided, leave a review if you liked it. That is helpful beyond belief.
So now I’ll spend the rest of the night probably not sleeping, even though realistically it will be a few days before people read and review the book. I know some authors who avoid reviews like the plague, but I’m just too curious for my own good, especially this early in the game.
I can’t wait to hear what you all think of it.
Just a quick note to let you all know I’m going to be working on getting this blog set up as a self-hosted WordPress blog, rather than using the free WordPress.com stuff. So if sometime in the next week or so the site looks wonky, or like everything is missing, or…something is wrong, that’s all it is. Please be patient and come back in a few days. Or you can try jenniferksights.wordpress.com. (Right now that redirects back here to jennifersights.com)
Better yet, you can subscribe to my blog and be notified of any new posts, and when I have everything up and running, you’ll be the first to know!
In the meantime, I’ll keep posting as usual. Sorry for any confusion this might cause, but please stay with me!
You’d think that since this is my fifth year participating in NaNoWriMo I wouldn’t have much to learn about it. Well, you’d be wrong. Even now, only on day 5, I’ve learned quite a bit I didn’t know last year. Granted, most of it isn’t directly related to NaNoWriMo, but the knowledge came about because of it. So here goes.
- Wood wick candles are amazing. It sounds like a miniature fire crackling away on your desk.
- Having a friend to give you daily word goal challenges is also amazing. A fellow writer friend who isn’t participating in NaNo this year due to other projects hits me up on twitter every day and says, “14,000 words today, right?” I probably would have stopped at 13,558 when I had my daily goal of 1667, but because of that little challenge I kept going and ended with 14,005. If you can find someone to do this for you, DO IT. It has already proven invaluable.
- Standing desks are (can you guess?) amazing. I have a makeshift one right now fashioned from a wall-mounted media shelf on which to set my laptop, and a cardboard box on which to set my keyboard and mouse. It’s not glamorous, but it works. I’m hoping to get a Ninja Standing Desk for xmas. I sit all day at work, then I come home and sit some more all night. Tonight was the first time in ages I’ve used my standing desk setup. It’s so much easier to take a 60 second break to move your body around when you’re already standing than when you’re seated. I found myself doing jumping jacks, leg raises, and stretches. I felt better while writing than sitting in a chair where my back tends to get sore, even if I do sit with good posture. Also, standing burns more calories. I’m one of those people who is always cold. I’ve found at work that if I’m standing around talking to people, I get quite warm. The same held true tonight. It was a very nice change to be comfortable, and even have to turn the heat DOWN, than to always be cold because I’m too cheap to crank the heat high enough to make it comfortable throughout the house.
That’s my standing desk. Yes, it’s almost always that empty. You can see my Wick candle to the side along with a travel mug of hot Irish Breakfast tea and glass of water. I also have generic Airborne and Zinc tablets. It seems everyone around me at work and even write ins is sick, and I don’t want to catch it, so I stocked up on that stuff today. Oh, and there’s my Griffin speaker on the media shelf below my laptop. It has an iPod dock, but I just use the headphone jack cable to hook it to my phone of laptop. The sound is really great considering it’s all one piece – it even has decent bass.
So to recap: wood wick candles, a friend to challenge your word count, standing desk. And I suppose supplements to ward off the ick can be added to the list.
I hope NaNoWriMo is going well for you if you’re participating. Even if you’re not, these tips can be helpful for all manner of artistic situations.
Today started a donation drive for NaNoWriMo (for those of you new around here, that’s National Novel Writing Month.) Camp NaNoWriMo will debut this summer. Even as an ML (Municipal Liaison), I don’t know much about it, only that it will allow for noveling in months other than November. I don’t know if that means just summer months, since it’s “Camp,” or if it will be year round. Either way, I’m very excited to learn more, and can’t wait to get my donor goodies – a NaNoWriMo bumper sticker for my car!!
The donation drive has set off some early planning between the other Jen and me. We’re already asking for donations – either money to help us reserve a location for the kickoff party, since our region has grown so huge, or items for a raffle. We’re thinking about opening a CafePress of Zazzle store to sell St. Louis NaNo themed items (all proceeds will go towards planning St. Louis area events, with any extra going directly to NaNo.) We’ve already gotten some feedback from participants. It’s getting me super excited about November!
I even have an idea of what I might write for NaNo this year. I have 2 ideas, actually. One is Deceived, the third book in my urban fantasy series. The other is something totally different, totally out of my comfort zone. It’s a sci-fi story. I read a little bit of sci fi, but have never even thought about writing it. But a friend of mine had a fascinating idea and I asked her if I could steal it for a novel. She agreed, so I just might give it a shot.
Oh! I just had another idea related to that sci-fi novel. Rather, of how to tie it into an idea that’s been floating around in my head for many years now. I love exciting moments of inspiration like that! And you were here to see this one in action!
But back to NaNoWriMo. If you can, please donate. It will help them to fortify their servers so there are fewer crashes, less downtime. Last year, the site was down almost the entire first week of November because of heavy traffic. It was quite frustrating for all involved. They’ll also use the money to start building Camp NaNoWriMo for kids (for the Young Writer’s Program.) See the website for all the exciting details. NaNoWriMo has been such an integral part of my life the past 3 years, I donated…maybe a little more than I should have, as now I’ll be living off pasta for the next week rather than going grocery shopping for fruits and veggies and Boca burgers, but it’s worth it to me.
And darn it, I wanted that bumper sticker!