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Ottawa
Photographer, writer, grandfather, graffiti mural promoter, social activist
Interests: current affairs, writing, grandkids, quality assurance, photography, graffiti, social activism, urban art, graffiti murals
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We've had some strange weather lately. +26C on Monday, then below zero Tuesday, We even got some flurries. Just want this winter to be over so that I can wander my hood without getting all bundled up. I've been busy... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Ravens' View
Woke up early today so decided to do a little story. This is from an old prompt from the Flash Fiction Friday site - now shut down unfortunately. My story is 495 words. F3 - Cycle 2 - First Sentence.... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Ravens' View
You'd think we were done with winter. Showers again today, snowbanks shrinking as I watch, 23C tomorrow. Oh, wait - drops to near freezing again Tuesday, chance of flurries. Less than 1 cm, but that's not the point. It has... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Ravens' View
Being part of a micro-press means lower costs and flexibility, similar to such as you get with self-publishing. However, it also adds some quality control, branding and editing help. Plus, we're linked up with a distributor. The marketing part is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at Ravens' View
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I've been on a break from editing for the past week, and intend to carry on for a bit longer. Novel #2 was easier to write than #1, and so I thought it would be easier to edit. Nope. If... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at Ravens' View
Beth -was just easier to add marketing into the whole publishing thing. I used a local micro-publisher, and they uploaded to Amazon CreateSpace. I did the Kindle format as well Smashwords and XinXii. Publisher is sort of a co-op - no fees, no charges. Other authors did free copy edit and proofread, and in turn I am doing ebook formatting for some. We have about 8 authors now, all first time. We also have a link to a distributor that sends a catalogue to libraries and bookstores. I ordered a box of 40 of my book and sent them to be part of his stock. Has sold a few I think - four to my local library at least. So - marketing. Did a book launch at a local pub, with some musical friends providing ambience. Invited friends via Facebook. Carry some copies around with me too, and announced my book when at some of my groups - like my orchestra. However, have pretty well saturated friends and family market at about 100 copies. Encouraged all buyers to leave online reviews. A few did. Publisher and other authors left reviews on book review sites - as opposed to just customer reviews. Created Facebook page and did a number of status update - paid to have these promoted for various ages and/or locations. I'm not sure of benefits, as did gain some likes, but not a noticeable leap in sales. Created separate online page with author/book info - mike-young.ca Did free ebook promotions via Smashwords and then XinXii. Some free downloads so some more readers - maybe will mean more sales. Publicity as opposed to profits. My ebooks are also DRM free. Applied for US ITIN number so Amazon won't withhold 30% tax - long process, still under way. Joined a local writers group to promote and learn - trading books and reviews with others. Things still to do: Get into local independent book stores - bring copies to leave, offer to do a reading Get into more libraries - send out promo sheet with link for ordering, stressing local, Canadian, small town, First Nations, etc. Join other authors at readings - writing festivals, art in the park events, local farmers market Get sequel out - at that point will cut price of first book.
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Another ROW done, with some goals met, some deferred. Was not a great one, but not too bad. Some think mine are too ambitious, but I like to give myself possibilities and see how I fill them in. My writerly... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at Ravens' View
Not that I don't have a lot to say, just not a lot of time. Forgot about this post, so doing it before dinner. The past week had been some editing, some reading, some distraction by Tomnod and the search... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at Ravens' View
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New editing spot helps me - as long as I remember to head there. I put up a sign, just in case I forgot where it was. Good to see the 'edited' pile getting bigger. Lots of notes for next... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2014 at Ravens' View
I love writing. I hate editing. Yet, when I get right into fine-tuning my prose, shuffling around sections, spicing up dialogue and descriptions, adding foreshadowing and metaphors, fine-tuning a turn of a phrase - it can be as creative and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2014 at Ravens' View
Oops - forgot to do Sunday's check in yesterday - too busy marketing. Apparently it's Read an E-book Week (March 2-8) and as part of it Smashwords is encouraging its authors to discount their books. So I made Kirk's Landing... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2014 at Ravens' View
It seems ironic to take time out from editing to write about no editing, but here we are. I'd hoped to have my editing of Novel #2 done by month end, so that I could send it to Beta readers.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2014 at Ravens' View
Haven't signed in for a couple of week, mainly because I seem to have been doing much less editing and much more stuff. Here's my status: Publishing Editing second novel, KL-2, still. Looking at plot lines and character arcs and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2014 at Ravens' View
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Now that the worry of finding an agent is gone, I've been getting more into the editing of novel #2, the sequel to Kirk's Landing. I've been using the Story Chart method I mentioned in a previous post, figuring out... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2014 at Ravens' View
I've been editing - a bit - but also reading about editing and trying to decide how to best tackle this second novel. Then I found a new tool - Story Charts. I like the way they present the plot... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2014 at Ravens' View
I've been putting off tackling a structural edit of my novel, probably because I know it will be a lot of work. I will need to re-examine themes, character's goals and obstacles, major plot points, etc. A lot of heavy... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2014 at Ravens' View
Here's a good recipe to make while you're spending the afternoon writing. I got it from this web site, but simplified it so that I could print out on one page. Step 1 -What you'll need: a rack of ribs... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2014 at Ravens' View
This week’s prompt from Terrible Minds was to choose a title at random, from two lists of words. 1000 word limit. The lists were: 1 Snowbound Murders 2 Devil’s Kid’s Club 3 Accursed Angel 4 Whispering Vault 5 Amethyst Bookshop... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2014 at Ravens' View
Actually, it's not that bad. I've finished the first read through of my novel, mainly to get familiar with it once more (wrote it in 2011), to marvel at the occasional gem, to frown at the occasional clunker. Now I'm... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2014 at Ravens' View
The media love this image, swooping down from the north like an icy tornado, sucking up not people and cows, but warmth. Meteorologists say it's just a loop in the Jet Stream - unusual but not that rare - that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2014 at Ravens' View
Another year, and another set of ROW80’s. Once again time to reflect on lifetime goals, goals for the year, and short-term SMART objectives for the next 80 days. My writerly goal is the same as last year – to become... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2014 at Ravens' View
I wanted to try some more Flash Fiction in the new year. I used to use prompts from the Flash Fiction Friday (F3) site, and enjoyed the variety. I hadn't started until challenge 74, so there are still earlier ones... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2014 at Ravens' View
Chuck Wendig posted a chili recipe on his excellent site a few weeks ago. The meat used was a pot roast, such as chuck, along with the regular chili fixin's. He'd left most quantities as 'to taste', and added a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2013 at Ravens' View
The end of another ROW80. I tried to follow on with the same goals and objectives, and managed OK. I was looking for focus and flexibility, trying to balance publishing with other writerly things. My Goals were still long term... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2013 at Ravens' View
Christmas Eve, and I'm home alone. And it's a good thing, because alone is different than lonely. I had all my Christmas/Holiday shopping done so headed up to Wellington Street. It was a cold, but a sunny day - no... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2013 at Ravens' View