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Writing from the Dark Side

Heh! I started out calling this blog post "Blogging from the Darkside" and then went to "Writing from the Darkside" and then went on to finally arrive at "Pubbing from the Darkside".  This little tidbit of information should be able to give you a little hint over what has been happening at the Oliver Homestead since I last posted.

Big News! I am part of a great collaboration with a collection of Writers who decided that if a romance book should be done, it should be done by us! Hence, the beginning of what is now know as Welcome to Serenity Harbor, Maine.

This is huge! This is ginormous! All of the books are set around the fictional coastal Maine town of Serenity Harbor. We didn't limit genre, only that their characters fall in love in Maine.

For me, this was a return to something that I love... well, yes... it was a return to writing. I've blogged a little bit about some of my struggles with illness that left with being unable to write for a whi…

An Over Extending Arc

Last night was one of those nights where the story kept me awake. I should say "stories", since the thing that has been bothering me the most is how to best utilize Obsidian now that I have the rights back to it. This seems like an easy enough thing. After all, the story is already edited and had an audience. I can either choose to find another publisher for it, or I can I can choose to put it out there myself. The problem with a new publisher is that most don't want a previously published work. It's really too bad since it's a good book. The second problem is that I have another book that I wrote as a semi-sequel to the book. I pitched it to the original publisher, but it was too off for them to want to publish it for a line that is primarily a library line. That was okay with me. I loved the characters. But what really threw me off was when I realized that out of the two fulls that I wrote after Obsidian was published, the one that I thought was the sequel was…

How Much is Too Much and How Much is Not Enough?

If you've been in indie-publishing for any length of time and done any kind of research then you know that the market is as fluid and volatile as the river behind my house. One minute things are calm and smooth, flowing along in a steady, peaceful manner and the next a flood of information comes along that makes the current kick up and the urgency levels to rise.

What am I talking about? Pricing.

I was one of those that jumped on the KDP Select Program bandwagon, signing up for a limited three month term with my novella, STEALING DARKNESS. I set the price at a .99, believing that since it was a novella the limited price would make it attractive to buyers. I was also interested in the free days promotion that is part of the Select program, but what I have discovered is that I may not have made the best choice. You see, I undervalued my work. In order to put myself in a competitive place for selling my novella I put my price lower than would be a benefit to me... the person who labo…