Month: September 2018

Goal Review September 2018

Posted September 30, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Goals / 0 Comments

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Last Month's Goal

I Want to Read:

  • A Slip of the Keyboard by Terry Pratchett

I Want to Write:

  • 5,000 words of fiction

Setting my goals ridiculously low turned out to be a good thing in the end because I actually managed to complete them! Barely, but I did! Well, no. That’s not fair. I barely managed to finish my reading goal because I’ve been in a reading slump and most of what I’ve read this month I had to force myself to read. I sat down yesterday to make my way through the final part of A Slip of the Keyboard and it was a struggle. But I managed!

Writing was far more effective and productive as I ramped up the revisions for Thrushbeard, now in possession of an actual title, an actual cover, an actual release date and pretty much anything else you could think of that a book release could need. Probably. So that goal I kind of blew out of the water. Unless you think rewriting from scratch doesn’t count in which case I still made it because of all the new stuff I added but it isn’t nearly as impressive.

Thanks, month of terribleness. I appreciate the fact that you were terrible and disappointing. But I shall continue to put on a brave face and keep going because, really, what else can I do.

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Upcoming Release: The Ice Princess’s Fair Illusion

Posted September 28, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments

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The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion (Fairytale Verses #2) by Lynn E. O'Connacht

The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion (Fairytale Verses #2) by Lynn E. O'Connacht

The Ice Princess’s Fair Illusion

Coming November 6th, 2018

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All Marian wants is for society to accept that she’s just not interested in… whatever society thinks she ought to be interested in. A princess with a reputation for insults and snide remarks, she’s afraid to show anyone who she would be if people would let her. In a fit of temper at her refusal to marry, her father creates her worst nightmare: she is to be wed to the first beggar who arrives at the gates.

Edel was visiting purely for diplomatic reasons, to see if Marian or her sisters might be a suitable companion for her daughter. She sees something in Marian that is achingly familiar and when Edel hears the king’s proclamation, only one thing is on her mind: to protect Marian from the fate that had befallen Edel herself.

Their lives threaded together by magic, Edel and Marian will have to find their way in the world in this  queerplatonic, sapphic verse novel retelling of King Thrushbeard.

CW: acephobia/acemisia, arophobia/aromisia, sexual assault, brief allusion to self-harm, PTSD, spousal death, parental death, unsupportive parents

Tags: queerplatonic sapphic fairytale retelling, story in free verse, sex-repulsed MC, asexual MC, aromantic MC, young widow remarries, strained mother/daughter relationships, Marian’s father is a jerk, Duke Whatsit is also a jerk and deserves his stint in prison, f/f aromance, banter so much banter all the banter forever, the banter book, seriously this story is All About Cute Post-HEA Banter, cute girls being very cute, marian wants a little lamb, disaster ace, distinguished aro, labelstravaganza, gleefully and unapologetically ace and aro, sapphic AF, queer AF, basically everyone is queer, not recommended if you think ace/aro is not queer, kissing someone against their explicit wishes is assault, King Thrushbeard but sapphic and better, how did Snow White get into this story?, fridged dad, Part 2 is Not Fluffy, Marian gets teased about being sex-repulsed but in a friendly way which she is okay with, also Edel backs off and apologises when she does accidentally go too far, banterbanterbanter, keeping these two on plot is like trying to herd cats, experimental narrative structure, I will take this harmful insult for myself and HIT people with it, (Marian honey that does not mean it didn’t hurt you), if it’s aphobic it gets called out, I was very angry when I wrote most of this, fairy godmother fail, Edel is definitely the sensible one of the two (most of the time)

Oh, yes. It is time, everyone. The Thrushbeard retelling I’ve been sporadically talking about is finally ready to be released and revealed. WHOOT! I’m both super-excited and utterly terrified of publishing this story. It is gleefully and unapologetically ace and aro in a way that none of my books has been to date. And, well, basically, if it’s a negative stereotype you can take a sledgehammer to, I aimed to take a sledgehammer to it.

As I think most people who know me know by now, I’ve read a fair bit of ace fiction and… Well, I won’t beat around the bush. In my experience, those books tend to fail to tackle stereotypes in a way that I’m comfortable with. From dehumanising aroace people in the title to brushing off the trauma of sexual assault to simply… ignoring that certain stereotypes even exist. (Even though they were googleable in 2012 and 2016+ releases certainly have no excuse not to at least be aware of them, but that is a rant for another time.)

When I set out to write this retelling, I knew that I wanted it to be sapphic and I knew that I wanted Marian to be a homoromantic sex-repulsed asexual. So that’s what I did and once I started tackling ace concepts and ideas head-on I found I couldn’t stop. In part this is due to spending large chunks of Pride Month blocking and reporting vocal anti-ace people again.

The Ice Princess’s Fair Illusion is one of the angriest books I’ve ever written. Its use of an ace stereotype in the title is 100% intentional and gets explored in the text explicitly. It’s a raw book in places, aimed at capturing and sharing some of the ways in which aces and aros are hurt by a society that won’t make any room for them, even when it claims it’s doing exactly that.

But it’s also a book that is about love and hope and happily ever afters. Because of course I would give Marian and Edel a HEA ending. It just… deals with some bad stuff along the way. It’s a deeply personal book in a lot of ways and I hope you’ll enjoy it!

As mentioned, it’ll be available on November 6th, 2018, but if you’d like to sign up for eARCs before that time, you can do so here.

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This Week on Patreon (Week 39)

Posted September 28, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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My Patreon tends to be a fairly quiet place, but I wanted to share the posts that go up every week. In this case, I’m counting weeks from Saturday to Friday so anyone who wants to explore things during the weekend can do so.

While most of my posts are locked to patrons, a lot of them will release to the public and get cross-posted to this website after a month as well. Those’ll be indicated with a little asterisk (*) behind them. It may not always be exactly a month because, for the sake of my poor brain, I’m counting a month as “that same number in the next month, except the 31st gets moved to the 30th”. Sometimes posts may also be posted simultaneously for everyone to read and sometimes posts may go up earlier because reasons that will be explained in that post.

I strive to find a balance between offering up a good amount of content to everyone for free, which Patrons get to experience a month before everyone else, and interesting extra content exclusive to Patrons. I hope you’ll find something interesting among the posts this week! Enjoy!

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This Week on Patreon (Week 38)

Posted September 21, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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My Patreon tends to be a fairly quiet place, but I wanted to share the posts that go up every week. In this case, I’m counting weeks from Saturday to Friday so anyone who wants to explore things during the weekend can do so.

While most of my posts are locked to patrons, a lot of them will release to the public and get cross-posted to this website after a month as well. Those’ll be indicated with a little asterisk (*) behind them. It may not always be exactly a month because, for the sake of my poor brain, I’m counting a month as “that same number in the next month, except the 31st gets moved to the 30th”. Sometimes posts may also be posted simultaneously for everyone to read and sometimes posts may go up earlier because reasons that will be explained in that post.

I strive to find a balance between offering up a good amount of content to everyone for free, which Patrons get to experience a month before everyone else, and interesting extra content exclusive to Patrons. I hope you’ll find something interesting among the posts this week! Enjoy!

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This Week On Patreon (Week 37)

Posted September 14, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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My Patreon tends to be a fairly quiet place, but I wanted to share the posts that go up every week. In this case, I’m counting weeks from Saturday to Friday so anyone who wants to explore things during the weekend can do so.

While most of my posts are locked to patrons, a lot of them will release to the public and get cross-posted to this website after a month as well. Those’ll be indicated with a little asterisk (*) behind them. It may not always be exactly a month because, for the sake of my poor brain, I’m counting a month as “that same number in the next month, except the 31st gets moved to the 30th”. Sometimes posts may also be posted simultaneously for everyone to read and sometimes posts may go up earlier because reasons that will be explained in that post.

I strive to find a balance between offering up a good amount of content to everyone for free, which Patrons get to experience a month before everyone else, and interesting extra content exclusive to Patrons. I hope you’ll find something interesting among the posts this week! Enjoy!

All-Patron Posts

5+ Patron Posts

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This Week on Patreon (Week 36)

Posted September 7, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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My Patreon tends to be a fairly quiet place, but I wanted to share the posts that go up every week. In this case, I’m counting weeks from Saturday to Friday so anyone who wants to explore things during the weekend can do so.

While most of my posts are locked to patrons, a lot of them will release to the public and get cross-posted to this website after a month as well. Those’ll be indicated with a little asterisk (*) behind them. It may not always be exactly a month because, for the sake of my poor brain, I’m counting a month as “that same number in the next month, except the 31st gets moved to the 30th”. Sometimes posts may also be posted simultaneously for everyone to read and sometimes posts may go up earlier because reasons that will be explained in that post.

I strive to find a balance between offering up a good amount of content to everyone for free, which Patrons get to experience a month before everyone else, and interesting extra content exclusive to Patrons. I hope you’ll find something interesting among the posts this week! Enjoy!

All-Patron Posts

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September 2018 Goals

Posted September 2, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Goals / 0 Comments

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This Month's Goals
I Want to Read:

  • A Slip of the Keyboard by Terry Pratchett

I Want to Write:

  • 5,000 words of fiction

Er, yes. My August is off to such a spectacular ending that this is all I’m setting out to do. This is all I’m aiming to accomplish because, clearly, what I need is ridiculously low (by my standards!) goals, so I can smash them and rebuild my momentum somewhat. This may or may not work.

Mostly, though, September is going to involve editing a verse novel and a short story and anything else I can fit into my schedule. And possibly a bunch of family commitments and a lot of studying because I really ought to be more disciplined about it. And then later this year I aim to actually publish that verse novel. WHOO!

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News: Paperback Announcement

Posted September 1, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in My Work, News / 0 Comments

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Hi, everyone!

The worst news first: Sometime in the near future, the paperbacks of my books that are currently available will be gone indefinitely. So if you wanted your own paperback copy of anything I have in print, get it soon. I’m sorry I can’t give you precise dates of when what is happening. I can say that, whatever happens, I’m pulling the paperbacks on October 1st, 2018.

Okay, so now that the band-aid rip of scaremongering is done, let me explain why. If you follow indie authors or keep up with what’s happening in self-publishing, you have have seen the writing on the wall sometime last year when Amazon decided to beta adding the option to create paperbacks of your works to KDP (Print). Late last month, Amazon finally started to take the steps it needs to fold CreateSpace into KDP Print within a few weeks. (This is the only time frame we have “a few weeks”.)

Amazon/CreateSpace has already been selectively sending authors emails about this (you can read a transcript of it here). From what I can tell, they’re staggering the process of shifting CS titles to KDP and… in doing so decided to inform authors in the same staggered way. (As opposed to mass-informing authors by explaining what they’re doing and they’ll receive a new email when they’re up in this process because what even is effective communication.)

Anyway! When I decided to publish print books, I very strongly favoured IngramSpark, but went with CreateSpace because they took care of getting the ISBNs for me and that was the deciding factor for me (because Reasons; mostly my brain is a jerk and “it was more affordable”). While Amazon KDP will still offer that, there are… some things about the new deal that are just a hard no from me. David Gaughran highlights some of the key things authors need to know regarding CreateSpace.

You’ll notice that some of it is or sounds pretty good. Being able to price things in individual territories for one. The fact that, if you make changes, your old print book will stay live until you finalise the new manuscript for another. If I understood correctly, this also allows Amazon to let you offer print books for preorder, but don’t hold me to that.

Some of it isn’t, though, such as the shift in payment cycle and the increase in printing costs in certain regions for certain books. Other differences include the fact that if you order a proof on CreateSpace, you get a copy that has a note saying so added on the final page. KDP Print puts a large “not for resale” banner right across your cover. It wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest if the placement was standardised and didn’t care whether it’s covering up text. Amazon hasn’t really offered a lot allowing some authors (like me) to believe that its expanded distribution is actually as good as CreateSpace’s was. Despite its promises that non-US residents can now order books more cheaply, it appears that prices for proofs and author copies have actually gone up because you now have to pay full-price for them (plus shipping).

And… Just… *sigh* Okay, so remember when I said above that one of the main reasons I opted for CS over IngramSpark was that it was affordable? Did you notice that Among the Glimmering Flowers doesn’t have a print edition yet? That’s because I can’t afford the costs to check it for proofing at the moment. And as much as I love having print copies of my work available, they don’t actually sell well. The vast majority of my sales numbers are ebooks, and if the print books don’t earn out at least what I need to pour into them to break even I can’t afford to switch to a new publisher until the numbers balance out in a way to suggest that it’s a viable option.

It sucks and I hate it, but at this moment in time I cannot afford to switch. Not to IngramSpark (which is what I’m likely to do when it’s a viable option again in future) and not to KDP Print (where I’d still need to order new proofs to check that they print things fine and deal with several issues I’m not willing to accept as part of the new deal).

So. I don’t know when my place in the CS-to-KDP queue is and I don’t know when or whether we’ll have a better idea of what timeframe we’re working with here. Maybe they’ll all be on KDP by then. Maybe I’ll still be in the CS queue waiting for my chance to move them. I don’t know. These few weeks we can expect more details to emerge and more discussions about what this change means for authors.

That all said, I will note this:

do want to bring the print editions back. I like them. I’ll continue looking at options to make them available again in future (but bigger and better). There are tentative plans that may see some return sooner than I’m fearing. But I cannot predict when that will be and I don’t want to promise anyone anything. I’m really, really sorry to everyone who loves paperbacks. I love them too and I’m not happy. But, right now, I don’t know what else to do. If I trusted Amazon enough not to mess this process and what it means for authors up in any way, I could just leave them on KDP Print for now and see what happens with them. I feel very strongly that I can’t.

And… I don’t know. Maybe that’s just my brain being its usual jerk self and this may look and sound like a snap decision I’ll regret to everyone else. (Who knows, maybe it is. I’m a mess and have been the past few days.) But it isn’t. This merger has been looming since 2016 and these details about the differences between KDP Print and CreateSpace have been around since at least the end of 2017. I’ve had months to mull this over and look at my options. And right now with the knowledge I have this is the only one that I think in any way works for me, and I hope what I’ve said so far will help people understand that.

I am devastated by this decision. This isn’t how I wanted September to start. This isn’t, ever, the kind of decision that I’d want to take. I mean, move to a distributor with better options, sure. That part’s fine and I still want to do that in future when I can. But not taking the books down indefinitely until that time arrives. That’s not a choice I ever wanted to make. T_T

I should also note: ebooks will be unaffected by this and I actually have some really exciting news to share with you regarding these either this month or next month! There is some good news that I want to share this month too! Just… Not in this post. Right now, to be honest, I just want to curl up and cry (or at least sleep until the day is over) and soon I’ll be putting on a bright face for Saturday’s reaction read, but. Yeah. We go on as best we can. I can beat this. I will beat this. Eventually.

But, yeah. That’s my September news for now. Circumstances mean the paperbacks will disappear for an indefinite period of time after September and I’m really, really, really sorry to fellow print book lovers who wanted copies after that date. I promise they’ll be back eventually, but that’s currently all I can promise.

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August 2018 Round-up

Posted September 1, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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