This is a culmination of my too many interests. It's is an in-between place. It's more focused than my Myspace blog, but less so than my author blog. Here you can find artwork, photography, writing, poetry, book covers, manga and pointless videos. All of these things mesh together to become a reflection of their creator in an in-between place colored like shadows and flavored like frappuccinos and chocolate. It's one heck of a world.

Monday, July 23, 2012

I'm Not Dead....

It's been awhile since I posted in here. With the last book release a lot of things got brushed aside. The book release went pretty well. I've sold at least 120 copies in the first five weeks (waiting for the B&N numbers from Smashwords to get a final total) which for many authors is like handing them an M&M for dinner, but to me it;s one of those cheesecake platters. I think things are moving along. I always said there's no point in getting too excitable until you have at least three books in a series out because most series don't take off until the third or fourth book hits. I think it takes that many for a lot of readers to get really attached to the characters and/or plot.

Have a short story collection coming out as soon as my beta gets done with it ;) And I am 30+,000 words into Patrick. This was supposed to be a 40,000 word novella (as I am maybe half done, I am sure you can see the problem) I imagine some word trimming will happen, but it may end p closer to 60,000 than the 40,000 I'd planned. Oh well.

The Terrible Turtle Conspiracy web comic id back to being posted every week. I have decided to quit posting the pages here, however. if you want to read it then subscribe to it at You can have an rss or email subscription.

And of course I've been doing... book covers! however between writing and some family stuff I have cut back and am no longer taking new clients unless they are referrals. I am also not creating original artwork covers because they take too long to do.

But, here are some of the book covers I've done recently, just because I feel like showcasing them :)

Dog tagged
photo by photo from Wrangel & dreamstime - camo by me

the riddle of the secret chamber
photo from Jose Antonio Sánchez Reyes | Dreamstime

The sword and the pen
photos from photo by Les3photo8 & reddogs | Dreamstime

photo from author

photo from Serrnovik | Dreamstime

Mac Tire
Photos from Vectorportal (wolf head), Leopard1982, Scosens, dreamstime and Joleene Naylor (moon)

Fear Not the Flame That Burns for Love
photos from Darja Vorontsova, Nejron & dreamstime. Extra fire photos by me

And that's probably enough. how many book covers does one person wanna look at in the space of one blog?


Elysa said...

I love the covers you've done for me. Now I have to get busy and read your books. :-)

Donna Yates said...

Wow, girl, again your talents amaze me.
I think selling that many books is pretty darn good, by the way.

The covers are awesome.

E.J. Wesley said...

Oh man, with our move I'd almost completely fallen off the blogging horse! LOL (I've posted some interviews and stuff people asked me to post, but that's about it...) Just now starting to get back into a semi-routine.

I think that's a fantastic first 5 weeks btw! My standard is this: Did this one outdo the last one during the release window (which I'd say is the first 1-3 months), if it does, then I'm happy.

I'm just now starting to see regular payments from Amazon coming in. Not much--like $14 every few weeks--but enough to know that my sales are starting to come regularly instead of spurts, which is a great sign for me.

The stories I've got out are never going to make me rich. They're novellas, which some people just won't read. Plus, they're pretty niche (New Adult paranormal/horror). It's really about building a fanbase for when I do release a novel.

I agree completely with your thoughts about a third book/story, and I've definitely noticed an uptick for me since the third was released. Part of it, I suspect, is readers wanting to know you're committed to fleshing out the series and keeping it going. I'm sure a lot of readers have been burned by authors dropping off the face of the earth in the self-publishng era.

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