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Tag: Feather by Feather
Aaaaaaaaah. Do you know what I’ve forgotten in all the November rush and the beginning of December where the majority of my time has been spent flailing around, frantically helping students, doing lots of thinking about DemiPrincess, or tackling job-hunting things? I forgot to actually announce that Feather by Feather and Other Stories is now available in paperback format! *facepalms* THIS IS HOW BRILLIANT I AM THIS MONTH.
But! I’ve actually remembered now, so! TADA! Have an official and proper announcement. ^_^ To start off: new cover!
I really miss Anna’s old design, but it was never created for print purposes. And also I kind of did not have the monies to go and ask her to redo it entirely to make it fit for print covers. (ONE DAY, THOUGH. I think that design could look AMAZING as a wraparound cover. It’d also be fun and quirky, I’d imagine.) But! For now! Stylised cover it is.
I do really like this cover too, mind you! It’s pretty evocative and though you can’t see it here, the back cover is also covered in feathers. Some of them falling. It was a lot of fun to do a cover like that and to make it all look good together. I’m really proud of what I did with it. I like the colours on this. The’re a little too cold and flat on the monitor I’m using now, but the actual print is quite soft and warm to look at.
I hope that you all will like this cover too!
Feather by Feather and Other Stories has been out in print for a while. I really, really wanted to wait until December to release it, but then the US elections happened and I figured that someone out there might, possibly, find a print copy of the book a comforting thing to be able to have, so I published it a fair bit earlier than I was planning to.
On the plus side, it did give me a chance to announce the new cover after Amazon fixed up the part where it hadn’t updated the ebook cover to the new edition cover.
And yes! This is a new edition! It’s more than a new cover and some more typo fixes. I’ve added The Princess who Didn’t Eat Cake (so that, if anyone really wants it in print, they can now have it; it’s really not long enough to warrant a print copy on its own), and I rewrote the introduction and the commentary. (It is now way less negative about stories that I, personally, don’t like as much as the others, so future readers who love them don’t need to be sad to discover that I don’t.)
I haven’t made any changes to the stories themselves. Well, I fixed up some typos that’d sneaked back in, but that’s about it. No significant changes have been made other than what I just mentioned in the previous paragraph.
And, of course, as I mentioned before, now that it’s December the ebook price has returned to $5.99. Well, I say that, but the changes are still in review. So do be warned of that. This is the biggest sad I have in the past weeks being so busy. I would really have liked to, you know, announce that the price would be going up soon, so people who were hoping to snag it cheaply at the last minute could do so. But I don’t want to forget about it again, so I just went and changed it. My apologies for that snafu!
And I think that’s about it from me today. It’s been… a day. Not a bad day, mind! It’s actually been a really good day. But a day. I’ve spent most of it trying to arrange a fair few things reasonably last-minute. YAY travelling during the Christmas holiday period! (Actually, that makes it sound much worse than it actually is.) And then I got to spend it running errands and playing arbiter and watching my extended family’s dinner plans fall through. (Anxiety Brain is having a field day. So far, I’m succeeding brilliantly at ignoring Anxiety Brain.)
So… Yes. Feather by Feather and Other Stories is also available in paperback and the ebook has reverted to its $5.99 price point! I probably mentioned both before, but look! Now I have a proper official announcement for both! WHOO!
Welcome to another Design Adventures, everyone! It’s been a while and I’ve kind of completely flubbed talking about the last draft of Feather by Feather and Other Stories, but, to be fair, I didn’t make too many changes.
The biggest changes are actually in the ebook edition and the print book edition, so… Let’s talk about those! Briefly, probably, but let’s talk about them all the same!
I know I’m still super-terrible at keeping people in the loop regarding where my writing projects are at the moment, so… Let’s actually do an update now that I actually manage to find words to say things. >> I’m not good at this whole self-promotion business. T_T Other people, yes. I enjoy shouting their names off rooftops (on that note, Cheryl Mahoney released a new book, The Lioness and the Spellspinners, and Becca Lusher recently released the next of her Overworld shorts, Facing the Hurricane. Check them out!)
But this post is all about me. So… first of all… I’m running a special seasonal promo for The Passage of Pearl. It’s $0.99 (or 2 dollars off) for the rest of October. If you’re looking for a quick, scary read… Check it out!
I’ve also managed to figure out how to get The Princess who Didn’t Have Cake price-matched on Amazon, so now it is permafree everywhere. WHOOHOO! I’m so glad that I managed to figure that out! (It actually turned out to be pretty easy, but wow do they hide that price match contact us option deeply.)
I’ve decided that there’ll be no serial next year. I don’t have anything that’s suitable for it at the moment and we all know that if I try to serialise anything that’s not at least halfway finished before I start that I’ll end up going on hiatus right in the middle and no one wants that. (Or at least I don’t and I’m writing them, so.)
Speaking of next year! I’ve got PIP lined up for publication in early 2017. It needs some more tweaking and finalising and I’m pondering whether to try and experiment with availability and/or preordering options. That’s just a little too far into the future, though. It most likely will, however, be released in ebook and print at the same time. Yay!
And speaking of print books, I’m done fiddling with the print versions of A Promise Broken and Feather by Feather and Other Stories! They’re not published yet, so if you really wanted a print copy of them, don’t go rushing off to stores just yet! I’ll be releasing them in November and December respectively, so each can get a moment to shine.
Feather by Feather and Other Stories will get a second edition with a few added extras. This will also be the time when I reset the price, so if you want the (first edition) ebook cheaply, get it before December! It’ll also come with a new cover, so if you love Anna’s art as much as I do and way it to grace your ereader, again, get it before December.
But there we are. I have almost done what I set out to do this year! And then I accomplished a bit more. November is looming and I’d like to try a proper NaNoWriMo again. For a given value of ‘proper’ since I’m not planning on starting anything new. My plan is to continue working on DemiPrincess and get 50,000 words of that added to it. I’m thinking since it seems to like the trilogy format that it’ll want to be around 240 words, so I’ve got plenty to work on! Once November starts, I’ll be updating the word count on the front page. Probably on a weekly basis, but I’ll do my best to check in every day and share snippets. (Because that worked so well last year.) The rest of October’s writing time will be dedicated to finishing up the last bits of “I changed fundamental parts of the setting, let’s rewrite it all” and the nonfiction projects of my bilingual HEX read and the Sailor Moon (re)watch. I’ll be focusing on HEX, though. I really want to try and finish it completely before January. I also need to write one last Design Adventures post for these final proofs, of course.
Welcome back to another instalment in Design Adventures! This time, we’re taking a quick break from print editions to discuss ebook editions! Specifically, the second edition for Feather by Feather which I worked on in tandem with the second proof.
I don’t really have a particularly long intro to write here, so let’s just get right to it! With the books I’ve been designing and preparing for print this year, I’ve been tackling the ebook version and the print version simultaneously. This is… not actually that uncommon, of course. It makes sense to work on both when you can! Then you can release both at the same time.
But! Feather by Feather and Other Stories already has an ebook edition! So that leaves me with two choices. Well, it leaves me with more, but they all boil down to two things: I edit the ebook I already have or I recreate a new one from scratch. Now, Feather by Feather uses a lot of different formatting for its stories, because I thought that was a good idea at the time, and that means that redoing the ebook from scratch is… not something I’m particularly keen on.
Welcome back to another instalment of Design Adventures! This time, we’re taking a look at the second proof for Feather by Feather and Other Stories. This collection is… probably as close to a ‘my bookish baby’ as I’ll get, so getting to talk about it (again) is extremely exciting to me. I’m only tackling the second print proof now and I won’t be making comparisons to the first because, honestly, my memory is not that good.
This is the book that’s been the longest in coming in terms of a print edition and the one I’m most proud of. I’ve been trying really really hard not to snap pictures of every page and go “Look! Look! Isn’t it amazing?!” at you all.
So, without further ado, let’s go look at stuff where I have either done really well (in my opinion) or failed entirely.
Fair warning: I am a grammar geek. (Also an ESL tutor.) Expect me to geek out over grammar at least once in the course of this post (and future ones).
Welcome back to Design Adventures! This time we’ll be looking at the interior layout for Feather by Feather. This also concludes the prewritten posts section of Design Adventures. I’m really sorry to everyone who enjoyed this as a regular feature, but I’m out of books to discuss and I’ll be moving on to sporadically discussing them as I go along and write and publish more books. (I still need to do posts on the covers, yes, but I will get to those more sporadically since they’re a slightly different kind of post for me to write.)
This time around, we’ve only got a single proof to show pictures from too, so the process is going to be a little different as well. I’m just going to be discussing the shinies and my feelings and reactions. What I think works, what doesn’t, etc.
Again, this post contains pictures!
I have several bits of writing-related news for you all today and hopefully both will be quite exciting.
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I have a Patreon page now. I don’t plan on mentioning that too often, but I’ll be putting a link in the sidebar somewhere and I’ll add links at the bottom of webserial posts. You can check out the Patreon page for the full details, but it’s essentially a kind of (monthly) tipjar for people who like my blogging or the fiction I share. Hopefully, Patreon will allow me to share more fiction online for free like I’m doing with Sea Foam and Silence and did with A Promise Broken.
Please do let me know if there’s information you’d like to see on Patreon! I’m a little leery of making goal milestones, but if people really want me to I’ll poke those and add them.
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As an experiment, I’ve decided to lower the price of Feather by Feather and Other Stories to $2.99 (or its equivalent in other currency) until July st, 2015.
I aim to be a bit more experimental with pricing and promotional pricing in future, but this is still pretty nerve-wracking experimentation for me. I don’t want the people who bought it at the full price to feel cheated and like they were treated unfairly and I’m not entirely sure how to square everything with one another.
Oh, to be the kind of person that wouldn’t care. But then I probably wouldn’t like myself very much. (Well. I probably would because I’d be that kind of person, but the person I am now wouldn’t like that me. I’m making a mess of this whole announcement thing, aren’t I?)
In any case: Throughout May and June, Feather by Feather and Other Stories will be available for $2.99 from all retailers. After that, we’ll see how it goes. That depends on the outcome of the experiment. (Yes, of course I’ll share some of the details with you all. ^_^)
It’s pretty scary, but hopefully the experiment’ll go better than making the book a Kindle-exclusive did.
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The serialisation of Sea Foam and Silence starts next week! Friday, May 1st will see the first poem in the verse novel go live and the serial will update every Monday and Friday until its conclusion sometime in 2016.
I am so excited, everyone! The Little Mermaid has always been a fairytale close to my heart, whether the original version or Disney’s adaptation, and I love retellings. I’m so happy and excited to get to do one of my own! And in a way that feels fresh and new (to me) too!
I hope readers will like it just as much as I do. Or more. More is also good. I’m really looking forward to trying to get readers involved with the storyline as well. I haven’t quite worked out how to go about this yet, but it’ll be loads of fun to find out! The story’s more episodic nature should lend itself well to experimenting with this.
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And… that’s it for me for now. I’m slowly poking at some other things that I’m (in no way) ready to comment on just yet. Writing is going relatively slowly, with most of my focus on building a bit of buffer for Sea Foam and Silence at the moment, and I’ve apparently spent most of April focusing on non-fiction posts. I have made progress on my fiction! Just… it pales in comparison to the non-fiction.
It’s been a while since I touched my revision chronicling projects. Part of that is, simply, that I’ve been buried in other projects. The last time I touched Made to Be Broken was in 2013 and that draft never got finished. The last finished draft, then, is the one collected in Feather by Feather and Other Stories. You can read that version here (for free) if you’d like. The latest draft can be read here. It went up yesterday.
And then 2014 came about and I decided to semi-officially signup for NaNoWriMo. Unofficially since I had a novella draft that I really had to finish that was already partway done. Having finished that, I decided to focus on something else and try to take advantage of the NaNoWriMo sphere to see if I could if not finish at least speed along another project (or two). There was, however, a problem. I finished the novella much sooner than the previous ten months led me to believe I would and I hadn’t decided what to write yet.
So! While I asked friends and internet acquaintances to cast their vote on what they thought sounded the most interesting, I decided that, in the interrim, I’d return to Made to Be Broken at long last and see what happened this time. It’s been a while and, as you can see if you compare the latest draft to the previous one, been changed quite substantially.
I don’t know how old I was when I learned that my dad has dyslexia. It’s one of those things I’ve always kind of known. I’ve also always kind of known that he never got the support he needed to excel at school. For me it’s maths. Like my dad’s situation with dyslexia, when I was in primary and secondary school dyscalculia wasn’t a thing people paid attention to. My mum remains firmly convinced that I woke up one day, said “I don’t like maths” and decided to suck at it for the rest of my life. Because that’s a thing people with invisible disabilities do, you know, they decide that they have a problem. Please note the heavy use of sarcasm in that sentence because we do not, in fact, decide to have a problem and then it magically appears and if only we just decide not to have a problem then it will go away like it’s never been.