SdK Board Meeting Minutes – Aug 2014

Published August 11, 2014 by jnaomiay

SdK Board Meeting Minutes

Aug 2014

Attendees:  Jim, Steve, Rent, Arsan

Location:  SdK Tower Executive Conference Room

Jim:  Okay, guys, let’s get started.

Steve:  Where in the hell is everybody?

Arsan:  Hell.

Rent: Seriously?

Arsan: (shrugging)  Maybe.  Probably.

Jim:  Guys!  (Jim pounds the gavel.)  I have only a few items on our list.  Let’s see how quickly we can finish this up.  There’s a preseason game on in twenty minutes and it’s still Happy Hour over at the Corral.  Drinks and Wings half price, you know.

Rent:  I’m in.  I love their Rope ‘em & Ride ‘em Cowboy Spaghetti.

Steve:  You would.  Where’s Naomi?

Jim:  (clears his throat)  Actually, guys, she’s not coming today.

Shock and awe around the table.

Steve:  She’s got something more important to do than meet with us?

Jim:  Well…

Steve:  (Steve waves at the near empty room, and the enormous conference table.)  So we’re supposed to have a board meeting, the three of us and Junior?

Arsan: Hey!

Jim:  Steve, calm down.  Naomi left instructions, and she specifically said Arsan needs to be included in everything we do.

Arsan:  Uh huh.  Uh huh.  (Arsan high fives himself)

Rent:  He’s actually a lot older and wiser than he looks.

Arsan:  Hey!

Steve:  Who is your agent, kid?  Are you using the same dude the Big Man’s got?

Arsan smiles smugly.

Steve:  Sheesh.  I bet your contract’s worth a lot more than mine.

Jim:  Steve, give it a rest.  I’ve seen everyone’s contracts and they’re all fair.

Steve:  Yeah?  How much does the Big Guy get?

Jim:  Well…He is THE BIG GUY and his contract is commiserate with that.  Anyway, let’s get back to the business at hand.

Rent:  Yeah.  We should just be glad we’ve got the contracts we do.  Especially after what happened to the entire Korelesk family.  (Rent shakes his head and blows out air from between his teeth.)  Nasty.

Silence around the table for a moment.

Jim:  So, (Jim clears his throat again), Naomi wants us to announce that Fairy Tales was just released, and is available only on Amazon.com and it is eligible for Kindle Unlimited.

Arsan: (Standing up and dancing) Oh yeah!  My book.  My book.  Oh yeah!  It’s all about me.

Steve:  Shut up!

Rent:  Actually, it’s about more than just you.

Arsan:  Mostly me though.  You guys aren’t even in it.

Steve:  Shut up!

Arsan:  He’s just mad because his wives keep leaving him.  Right, pops?

Steve:  Who was your mother again?

Arsan’s face turns bright pink.

Rent:  Be careful, Steve.  You know he’s One of Them.

Steve:  Yeah, but he can’t do the finger thing.

Jim:  (pounding the gavel)  Guys!  Arsan, sit down and behave yourself.  Now, Naomi also wants me to announce that the audiobook for My Enemy’s Son will be released in early September.  Rebecca A. Reynolds is narrating it again and she’s done an awesome job on all the voices.

Steve:  So who cares?  None of us are in it.

Jim:  I am.

Rent:  Actually, you’re only referred to as playing in a pee-wee football game and joining your grandparents for dinner.

Steve (laughing):  You tell him, bro.

Jim:  Are you done, Steve?  I’ve got more announcements to make.

Steve:  I don’t know, Jim.  Am I done?  Are we all done?  Is Naomi trying to tell us something by not being here?  How many meetings has it been since the Big Guy was here?  Maybe, it’s over.  We’re all washed up and in denial about it.  What do you think, sport?

Arsan (shrugs):  I’m good either way.

Jim:  Well, I was going to save this for the last item, but since you brought it up, I’ll announce it now.  Naomi says there’s going to be a new book, possibly a new series.

Steve:  And, none of us are in it.

Jim:  If your agent hasn’t been contacted about a new contract, then no, you won’t be in it.

Rent pulls out his cellphone and texts his agent.

Steve:  Shit.  Is it another one about those girls?  Black Gold or whatever in the hell she called them?

Jim (looking through his notes):  No, this is something entirely new.  The working title is something like The Angel Complex.

Arsan (bolting from his seat):  Score!

Rent (shaking his head):  I guess I’m out.

Jim:  It’s early yet.  She doesn’t know who could show up later.

Steve: But, the Big Guy’s in it, of course, and wherever he goes, Captain DragonLady follows.

Rent:  Are you asking or telling?

Jim:  Well…

Steve:  I suppose there’s hope that we can be born again.  Right, bro?

Jim:  Anyway, ETA on that is sometime in September 2014.  Now, regarding the Two Moons series…

Steve:  Wait.  Are we just done then?  Is Naomi just going to leave us plummeting into a frozen lake?  That’s it?

Jim (checking his notes):  Hard to say.  She hasn’t indicated one way or another.  What she does want me to announce though is that all of the novelettes, the audiobooks, the comic book, Black Gold, and the Two Moons extended series books 11 – 15 are available to borrow through Kindle Unlimited which will save our readers a whole lot of money.

Rent:  Saving money is good.

Arsan:  My book!  Oh yeah!  My book!

Jim:  And, books 1 – 10 are available on other lending programs such as Scribd and Oyster so you can save a lot of money by borrowing from them too.  Also, some library systems are now able to carry books 1 – 10 if they are part of the Overdrive network.  Specifically, Naomi wants to thank the King County Library System and the Washington Anytime Library System for stocking ebooks from The Two Moons of Rehnor series.  If our readers are interested in getting the series in their libraries, they should contact their local librarian or go online to make a book request.

Rent:  Libraries are useful.

Arsan:  My book!  Oh yeah!  My book!

Steve:  Are we done?

Jim (checking his watch):  Yep.  Just in time for the kick-off.  First round of beer is on me.

Rent:  Rope ‘em & Ride ‘em Spaghetti, here we come!fairytales.jpg

Adapt or die?

Published July 29, 2014 by jnaomiay

This morning, I loaded 13 titles into Kindle Unlimited, titles that were spread out across the world in various channels.  My main collection, the first 10 novels of the Two Moons of Rehnor series, is still out there everywhere as after two years of working it, I’m just now starting to get into libraries and seeing some action on iTunes and B&N among others.  

Kindle Unlimited, however, is a game changer for both authors and readers.  If you are spending more than $10 a month on ebooks, then you must, without question, go into Kindle Unlimited.  For authors who are selling titles at $2.99 or less, Kindle Unlimited makes sense for you too as your royalties, especially on the 99 cent titles will dramatically increase (or so we hope).  For the higher priced titles, it could be deadly, cutting royalties in half or even worse.  Will the volume make up for that?  Hard to say.  We’ll see.

What it does tell us though, is that our ebooks should be lower priced, and to that end, shorter.  If, on average, I write 10,000 words a week, I could have a novelette, a serial episode, or some other short out there earning full royalties on a weekly basis, rather than toil away on a novel for several months or more that will ultimately earn the same.  It also tells us that quality may drop dramatically.  In the process of writing a novel, I reread it, edit, revise it, rewrite it, tear it up and start it over a minimum of a dozen times.  A short won’t get that attention from me as the story simply won’t require it.  Tying in what happened on page 1 to how we end up on page 250 is less important when the whole thing is only 30 pages anyway.  

So, ultimately, whether KU is a good thing or a bad thing, it’s simply too soon to tell, and I’m not smart enough to predict it anyway.  I’ll straddle the fence by loading all my novelettes and the “extended series novels” 11 – 15 into the program for the next quarter and see how they do.

Your thoughts?

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Did you know….

Published July 16, 2014 by jnaomiay

You can now borrow some ebook editions of The Two Moons of Rehnor series from the library? Right now, to my limited knowledge, only the King County Library System (KCLS.org) and the Washington Anytime Library System are carrying them. But, if your library system uses Overdrive, you can request they purchase the series through their normal request channels. What a great way to stay caught up on this looooong series without costing you a penny!

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Note:  The good folks at the King County Library System also have The Boy who Lit up the Sky available in paperback!

June Book Release Update Take 2

Published June 9, 2014 by jnaomiay

Last week, I posted my June Book Release Update Rant.  If you’re interested in it, you can find it below or on my website and blog.  Now, I’m calmer and balanced and so I will enlighten you into the progress of all my works without flying off the emotional handle.  Must be hormonal.

 

Book 15 – Yes, there will be a book 15, and as mentioned earlier, a goodly portion of it will delve in to Arsan’s history.  I didn’t tell you much about him before, so now I’m taking a step back and exploring him a little further.  So far, he’s gone from kind of a “neb” (Yiddish word, no literal translation) to a likeable, if still nebbish guy.  That’s not all going on in there, of course.  It’s time to take another look at Ber, now that he must go forth without Kie, and I’ve given him a love interest who …wait for it…has two heads.  I’m about 50% done with this one, hoping for an early August release.

Unnamed New Project – Yes.  That says it all, doesn’t it?  It, whatever it is, is about 25% done.  I’ll have a clearer idea when I get a little further.  Also hoping for an August release.

Time Tripping Adventures #2 – After an amazing, blow out, successful promo this last weekend on Black Gold, Time Tripping Adventures #1, I guess I’ll have to pencil in a sequel to Bitsy and Mona’s adventures.  The project manager software is scheduling that for September/October release time frame.  I’m still planning to send the girls and their Prius back to find the lost boys in the Tower circa 1484, but that may change.

Other projects on the dashboard right now are limited to doing a lot of weeding, growing a lot of tomatoes, harvesting a lot of gooseberries and currants, jamming same, and releasing My Enemy’s Son in Audiobook.  The very talented R.A. Reynolds is doing a bang up job voicing this one after giving an amazing performance on The Boy who Lit up the Sky.  You can find that audio as well as all of my other audio collection on Audible, Amazon, iTunes and wherever else audiobooks are sold.  Audible is constantly running promos too, so you can usually find a way to get one or more for free.  I highly recommend, if you haven’t listened to it already, go download The Boy and enjoy RA’s incredible rendition.

So, that’s the very calm and unemotional update from my writing desk.  If you have any questions or concerns, I’m happy to speak with you about them.  You can find me between the hours of 8 – 5 out in the boat checking the crab pots, so if you can’t swim that far, just leave me a message.  Happy Summer.

 

June Book Release Update

Published June 3, 2014 by jnaomiay

Well, here we are in June, normally my favorite month of the year. School will be out shortly, summer vacation commences, my birthday, such as it is, happens on the first day of summer, and my anniversary with Mr. Ay, on the 30th, will mark 29 years of both shared joy and misery.
Writing has been a bit of chore lately. In addition to the constant ache of carpal tunnel in my right hand, the opinions of some have gotten me down. I know, I know. What difference does it make what some readers think? I started this series only for my own entertainment, and I shall continue it solely for that purpose too. Still, like the carpal tunnel, it is hard to ignore. Like a shot in the wrist, telling me to stop writing is a stab in the heart.
I wonder why that is the case. Why would someone complain that the series should end? Are they compelled to purchase these books with their last dime? If so, I invite them simply to ignore them. Stop! You can do it. Yes, you can. Don’t push that button. You’ll be perfectly fine even if you never find out what happens next. They’re all fictional people anyway.
I know the series is long. Is there anything specifically wrong with that? Not that I am in any way, shape or form comparing myself to authors like Lee Child or Michael Connelly, but, don’t they have long series too? I haven’t read all of their books. I read as much as I want, but I certainly don’t implore them to stop writing when I set them down for something else. Good heavens, there are 175 books in the Nancy Drew series. I managed to stop around book 30 when I was 12 years old, and I haven’t regretted that decision one bit.
For the record, and for what it’s worth, I want to give you a little background into the series and especially the books that came after the first five. Maybe, it’ll help you to understand why they’re different. Certainly, my style has changed over the years, but my motivation for writing them has changed too.
Books 1 – 5 were written all together over the course of the last twenty-five years. Actually, about sixty percent of those stories were. The rest I added in 2012, prior to publishing. The general story was there with quite a few holes. I wrote them, like I said, for my own entertainment. If I fancied something, Senya got it or did it. If something upset me, he suffered because of it. It was fun to create a world where I could play G-d. It relieved stress and helped me deal with the banalities of real life. At the end of Book 5, I figured I was done. I started a few other projects, including the now unpublished Journey to Rehnor series. I couldn’t really get into that though. I didn’t care for the characters as much as I did for everyone in the Two Moons. So, despite the “almost ending”, I started Golden’s Quest.
Book 6 – Golden’s Quest, I wrote for my boys. Shika, in this book, is sort of an amalgamation of my two sons. Some of his adventures are their adventures. Of course, most is fantasy, but some of the little things actually happened to them.
Book 7 – Metamorphosis, I wrote for our friend who was diagnosed with breast cancer at the time, and another who had melanoma. I had two other friends who were also ill with various things. They’re all fine now, but it was a scary time. I was facing mid-life, menopause, and mortality all at the same time, and so Katie was forced to deal with all of that too.
Book 8 – The Choice was written right after my mother suddenly died of a heart attack. She was fine one day and gone the next. I lost my best friend. It was very cathartic to write and to think about how maybe, she had a sit-down with an angel, heard her options, and made a choice, for better or worse. It was much better than imagining her dying on the sofa and wondering what in the hell happened, as I did.
Book 9 – Treasure Hunt, I wrote for the girls in my author support group, who helped rescue me after my mother’s death. It was sort of a spoof of the western romances that they all write. Cowboys…not much interest for me, sorry, but it was fun letting Senya play another part.
Book 10- Space Chase was going to be the end, again. Maybe or maybe not. It was time to say goodbye to Jerry and a few others in any case.
Book 11 – Imperial Masquerade came out of nowhere. I guess 10 wasn’t the end after all. There was more to say, more to do, more fun to have skewering people and politicians.
Book 12 – Rivalry was written for the son of a family friend who suffered a terrible accident. All profits from Rivalry are donated to the foundation which helps to pay for the real-life doctors and nurses which provide his care.
Book 13 – Thirteen was written during the winter, when I was feeling dark and depressed. I almost killed everyone in it, but didn’t.
Book 14 – Betrayal, while still in the mood to spend my time cutting off the heads of flowers and executing crows, my kids set out to rescue me in a manner of speaking. I like Betrayal. I like what happens in this book, and since this is all about me, I guess that’s all that really matters.
Book 15 – It’s a little less than half way there, but going slowly. In this one, we are reintroduced to Arsan and learn more about him and where he came from. I skimmed over him before, but now he’s become an interesting and quite likable guy. It could be a new beginning, or not.

Is that the end? Who knows? If not, and you are sick of the series, I invite you not to buy another one. It’s your choice. It’s a free country, or at least, it was. Amazon doesn’t control the world, although they certainly are trying. There’s a lot of other books in that bookstore and a lot of wonderful authors skilled at combining words.
In reality, books are like chocolate. You can never have enough. Back when I could still eat a lot of chocolate, I liked the white kind, while Mr. Ay, the darkest dark. Today, I prefer dark too. The princess loves milk chocolate, but hates the kind with nuts. The two princes will eat anything as long as it tastes like bacon or beer. You get my point though, right?
At any rate, thank you to all who have purchased and read my stories, whether it be one or twenty of them. We’ve come a long way from Meri’s opening thoughts to wherever we are now. If it is the end, I’m sorry to say, I’m going to leave you hanging. There will be no closure, no final word, no red or purple weddings, and furthermore, angels never die.

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New fun quiz!

Published May 13, 2014 by jnaomiay

Want to win a copy of The Boy who Lit up the Sky audiobook?  Just answer the questions on my new quiz and get 50% correct.  Come on!  Anyone can do that.

 

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