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Promo Schmomo

I don't know why I think I'm so damn funny.

So, the promotional blitz continues. My last two days have been devoted solely to coming up with ways to promote Asphodel. It's really hard to come up with an idea that (a) hasn't been done to death and (b) isn't annoying. I've given up on (a)...I'm still working on (b).

Have you guys noticed that, while there are countless review sites and opportunities for free publicity for romance authors, there are very few for speculative fiction authors? It almost makes me want to build another site, although the last thing I need is to have to maintain and moderate it ad nauseum. Without helpful places like Love Romances & More or JERR to rely upon (although I could accurately claim that due to the strong romantic element in Asphodel it could qualify as a romance novel) I'm having to come up with my own ideas.

Boy, I hate that. It's hard enough to do when WRITING much less promoting.

Where is the site that I can ju…

Yay! Newsletter is done!

I finished my first issue of my newsletter, Asphodelian Fields. If you want to subscribe (and I would there are definite fringe benefits) send me an email at kaantira@hotmail.com ! Be sure you put Newsletter Subscription in your subject line.

Here I'll give you a hint. If you want to read the prologue and Chapter One of The Reckoning of Asphodel, you can find them at http://www.shootthemuse.bravehost.com/ . However, if you want the special, not found anywhere else except the book sneak peek at Chapter Two, then you have to...
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See how easy that is? Subscribe today! The first issue goes out on 7/27/07.



And more e-piracy notes

So let me ask you: am I unreasonable to think that all copyrighted material should be paid for?

Seriously, what is the difference between downloading a book and a song? Or a movie? Or art? Is the line between public domain and e-piracy blurred beyond recognition?

For example, I've been doing book trailers. Every image that I use is either (a) mine for the purpose of promoting my book, (b) a classical work of art with the original artist dead and thus in the public domain or (c) downloaded from a free image site. Sure, I could make much cooler trailers using screenshots of great fantasy art but I don't. I stick to the images that I can obtain legally. The same thing goes for the music I use. Mozart is dead. His music is public domain. No one owns the copyright to the Requiem Mass.

Now then, here's where it gets sticky. Let's say that someone owns a CD of music. They put the CD into their computer, copy the music, and use that as a basis for a book trailer. Let's say th…

Makin' Me Jealous

I'll admit it: I was in line at Krogers at 12:01 a.m. Saturday morning to pick up my copy of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows."

Don't worry, you KNOW I won't post spoilers.

I'll go even further--I stayed up until 4:30 a.m. in order to finish the book. Aside from the bragging rights within my family for being the first to finish it, I also had the satisfaction of knowing I'd foiled the spoilers posters. HA! Didn't ruin it for me, buttholes! Allow me to state here that I really, REALLY enjoyed the book. I thought Rowling did an outstanding job of tying up all those loose ends and the pacing problems I had with earlier books were non-existent in this one.

Huzzah!

But now, I'm going to descend into a momentary morass of professional jealousy. The only person who will be waiting with breathless anticipation for the release of Asphodel is me. This makes me sad. *sob*

Not really. The original print run of Rowling's first book was 10,000--whi…

Announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--

On August 7, 2007, Aspen Mountain Press will release Celina Summers' debut novel, "The Reckoning of Asphodel."


Wow.

So anyway, as I type this and get ready for whatever media blitz I can generate, I've discover that the youngest cat in the house--Biscuit (I didn't name her)--wants to play fetch with her mouse.

Fetch. Are you kidding me?

It's pretty darn cute, but it's distracting me from my purpose.

Ms. Summers, who also writes under several pseudonyms, describes the novel as "epic fantasy with strong roots in Greco-Roman mythology. I have taken the familiar fantasy archetypes and twisted them, hoping to bring a new type of fantasy to the shelves of readers."

Setting myself up for a fall there. Although, I must admit, smartass Elves is a bit of a twist.

Tamsen de Asphodel is a girl caught between two worlds. Each half of her life contradicts the other. But when the gods have a wager, she must find a way to reconcile not only hers…

Excerpts! Excerpts!

The Prologue and Chapter One of The Reckoning of Asphodel are now LIVE on my website! Follow the links or go to www.shootthemuse.bravehost.com if you want to check them out!

Make me stop!

Wow. I can see the light reflecting from the floor tiles three back from the end of the tunnel!

If you're not a writer, let me explain. The work is NEVER done. Even after something has been published, I can go back and skim through it and wince. "Gee, maybe I should have reworked that sentence; it's a little awkward." And before I know it, presto! I'm rewriting something that ostensibly is done.

I am soooooooooooooo close to being done with Asphodel. Sooooooooooooooo close to being able to close the book on it (ha ha! made a funny!) and move on to another project. I'm writing the last 15k of the last book. I'm doing the final proofs on book one as it gets ready for publication. I have PRESS KITS for god's sake! BUT I STILL TWEAK THE DARN THING DAILY.

*sigh* Rewriting for me isn't a sit down and bang it out kind of venture. Rewriting for me occurs as follows: I sit down to read my manuscript. If I'm into the story, then obviously th…

Spoilers and Buttholes

You know, I'm surprised it took this long for someone to leak Harry Potter.

Here we are, some scant three days away from the resolution of a series that single-handedly is responsible for dragging kids away from the Wii and Playstation and back into books, and some yehaw moron decides to swipe a copy of Deathly Hallows, scan it, and post it online.

Aside from the fact that it's PIRACY which is ILLEGAL, it's absolutely a cold-blooded thing to do. I mean, yeah, I've had my moments of assholishness. the one that immediately pops to mind happened about ten years ago when I was doing summer stock. Another actor was reading "Of Mice and Men". I walked up and asked, "Is this the first time you've read that book?"

"Yeah, it is."

"How cool. By the way, Lenny dies."

He was on page seven. Granted, I didn't like him that much. But, by that point the book had been out for decades. It's not like I broke into Steinbeck's house…

Stream of Conciousness

Well, life is never dull, is it? After going to fight with a fly-by-night car dealer who defrauded my daughter (I told the kid not to buy the car...) my fangs are totally itching. I just want to beat somebody.

Good thing I'm tending bar tonight.

We just got wifi here at the Fariview so now I can entertain myself during slow periods. My trusty laptop comes to work with me every day anyway, and I have lately discovered the joys of showing people my video trailers while I'm at work. Hopefully , some of them will BUY MY BOOK...you know, just to be different.

Promo would be very easy if all I had to do was spam the world with the words BUY MY BOOK. Shame it doesn't work that way. I'm getting my press kits (gasp! press kits? Are you KIDDING me?) ready for Asphodel. Apparently, I need a picture. *grin* Guess you guys finally get to find out what I look like. Oh dear.

Four more days until Harry Potter! yay!

So I'm sitting in the bar (I work in an hour) and all of t…

And life interferes again

You know if I could have a one month period where nothing went wrong, I'd be a much happier person.

And I'd drink less.

After yet another week spent in hospitals and dealing with family crap I am back online again. Hopefully, it will remain calm for a while, since Asphodel is about to be released and I'm waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay behind on writing once more. Stay tuned--I'll be announcing some BIG news later this week.

Mega-Rant-Warning! Danger ahead!

I hate the weekends.

Friday through Sunday my days are not my own. Having reached the decision to cram a week's worth of work into 2 1/2 days so I can do unimportant things like...oh, I don't know--pay my bills...it is absolutely driving me nuts to be trapped in the same space with a whole slew of drunks when I could be working.

Arrrrrrrrrrrrrgh.

Let me just tell you all first thing that no matter how funny you THINK you are when you're drunk, the only sober person in the room is invariably NOT amused.

Ever.

Particularly if aforesaid sober person is trying to work through a plot snag on her notepad secreted in the back corner of the bar while you whine and bitch on your barstool. Oh? And tapping that empty beer bottle on the bar to get the sober person's attention does NOT equate "Excuse me, Celina, I'm sorry to bother you but can I have another beer?"

No. It's Morse Code for "I am an asshole." After about three taps it becomes permanent Mor…