Category Archives: wordering

Memory loss

I left May 19th for a lonnnng summer break at the lake. I thought I’d putz with some writing things and some reading things and just enjoy the down time. I did not remember that the cottage has no internet, and my cell has no signal unless I go into town…actually two of the things I have always loved about the lake have returned to bite my hiney.

Mind, I am not sad to have not been around the interweb, it has been revitalizing to recall what it is that I need to remember about living. I have had copious hours to listen, and to share with my family and extended family as folks come and go for long weekends away. I am truly blessed to have the opportunity to shut down in such a way.

That said, I am sorry for my lack of Wednesday words. I should have pre-scheduled them before I left. It was not on the ‘get out of town’ list. I am borrowing time at the library to the tune of $15/hour to use the web, so I’m not sure I’ll be doing this going forward either. I see that I have missed some great joys and deep sorrows of those I call friends and for that I am sorry too. Please know that karma is alive and well as I fell asleep on the beach and burned my backside. Penance is mine. :\

I’ve not really decided when I’m going home. On quiet mornings with my coffee, or nights buzzing with cicada songs…it’s hard to think that I would willingly leave this place. Time will tell. For now, summer blessings to you and yours as we approach the longest day of the year. I can’t wait.  Aedan.

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Journeys, miles, & other metrics

The journey of a thousand miles, begins with a single step. – Lao Tzu
and the Pythian…but I digress.

The point is, there is a moment of change where a direction is chosen and a path embarked. Eclectic Bard is no different, though that first step and the initial journey are relatively obscure knowledge for most.
Who cares, right? Welllll…I do for one and I think there is a valuable lesson to it for others.

Eclectic Bard Books is the brainstorm of 3 people; one who was trying to be an indie author and having reasonably good success, one who was publishing the traditional route and not having anything that resembled success, at least not with any consistency, and one who…well, was happy to kick the other twos’ arses to do what needed doing and didn’t seem to mind that they had not set a foot down on the path recently. Though the third of us had published decades before, the landscape was now vastly different and the learning curve was large.

How to begin? Where to begin? Do we grow? When do we grow? How do we grow? Who is going to learn what needs learning? Who is going to rep the company? How do we brand? And on and on came the questions. There was more than a lot of hesitation, at least for me. I had a contract, granted one I wasn’t happy with, but I had one. I had a publisher, which took care of the editing, and pricing, and formatting, and covers, and stuff…that was all any author needed, right?

WRONG.

You see, I had a contract and a publisher…but I didn’t always have a voice. I didn’t set the price, which I still believe is too high. I didn’t have autonomy to market the way I wanted…everything had to go through the publisher. I had limitations on how much of the written work could be shared, as well as where, when, and how…
Yes, I had a contract and a publisher – I also had limits. And, I guess here I should say HAVE instead of HAD, because even now…I still have that contract and publisher. I am impatiently waiting for the day that I get my rights back, even though when that happens I will sadly have to give up a cover that I love, that many people worked on to get ‘just so,’ because the cover belongs to the publisher now, not me. Yes, I could have bought back my rights, but that’s a number I could not afford to entertain.

More to the point though, starting the house was a colossal undertaking. We had to learn how to format and the differences between formats. We had to learn how to publish to maximize distribution. We had to learn how to do the financials for a company and balance that against personal interest & what it takes to make authors successful. We had to start developing our resource base for outside personnel to help with pieces until one of us could learn them. And then…we had to learn how to do it all and still make time to write. No a small task by any standard. We split up the work and jumped.

Fast forward to now. We’re several years into the journey, though officially 2.5 years in, and the house roster is a spot more than doubled. It does not change where we began, at least not for me. Recent conversation has prompted me (with a bit of encouragement) to offer some insight into my situation because it is different from anyone else’s at The Bard. I don’t know where this conversation I’m starting will go. I don’t know what avenues will be scoured for morsels of wisdom in the coming weeks. I do know this much is true: there are differences and advantages to ANY scenario where you are afforded the opportunity to publish your work. Which one is right for whom is up to them. For me…I’ll stay right where I am.

More on this next week. Until then – read something good.

 

 

SALE

**amended 5/11/16 10:24 am CST**
Please watch for the price to drop today. Though the pricing was amended for the sale, Amazon has not changed it over yet.

 

Kingdoms Fall

has been out for almost two months now.

Have you read it? Have you shared it? Did you review it?

No? Let me entice you to make NOW the best time to give it a spin…
The print copy has gone on SALE, starting today. Do let me know what you think will you? Since it took two tries to get it right, I really want to know!
The e-book remains at list for only $3.99. Surely the price of a cup of good coffee is worth a great read!!

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Get your print copy HERE.

 

Just for a moment

It is something akin to having bairn I think, the intense feelings. Eclectic Bard Books is in its third year now and as I sit back and look at it, I’m amazed.

Giving over full control to one of the founding partners has resulted in the house growing and flourishing. I am stunned to see 7 authors now on the roster. I am shocked too to hear that there have been other inquiries about joining our merry band of misfits.

Pride runs deep, but also goes before the fall, so for just a moment I want to puff up me chest and beam at what this has become, before I pull it back and say thank you to those who helped us grow, and continue to keep us grounded to the future…whatever it may bring.
-Aedan

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Ain’t misbehavin

Spring arrived, and brought snow. What the bluidy hells is that nonsense about? I am full on ready to soak up my vitamin D like normal folks and after gorgeous 70’s, it rains and snows in the same day for multiple days in a row. Grr.

Mostly, I’m doing my level best to stay away from social media. There’s all these excited folks as Con season has started and they are amped up to write. I really don’t right now. I need to decompress and maybe remember what drove me to the process to begin with. It’s an odd emotion. I could easily get caught up in the frenzy, and without a plan, I don’t want to risk it.

Weird? Yes…but so is rain and snow after 70.

When the cat’s away…

They’ve all ditched me. Sav, Mandee, Madison & Joli are headed for Atlanta, and Ellie has something in Iowa. Abyrne is off, so that leaves me to man the house for a few days.

Hmmmmmm, wonder what kind of what we can get into?  Off ta find some trouble. 🙂 Have a great Wednesday!!  Aedan

Misfit me

I have always been the square peg when the world about me was teeming with round holes. I’ve never minded. Recent years, it has actually served me well and allowed me to step back and see through untainted vision what was happening around me, and I’m grateful for that.

What I’m going to talk about is not likely to garner me any friends in the literary world, but I think, in the interest of being able to look meself in the mirror, I need to say this to more than my immediate circle. We are in ‘the purge.’ I firmly believe this, and further believe that we are the ones who created the scenario which it is coming about.

There is a great amount of uproar about piracy sites, and the ‘mooch’ readers who want everything for free…but folks, we have created the situation where that is an expectation. It is not that we shouldn’t be compensated for our labor, quite the contrary, it is that in our zeal to reach the top spot on Amazon’s elusive algorithm, we have given away so much for free…free downloads of our work, free hard copies for release parties, free swag items that seem to get bigger and bigger, and free, free, free…if you can have milk everyday without a nickel, why would you seek to have one in your pocket tomorrow? The expectation is that we will eventually give it away because that is what we have done; so they just wait. They are out nothing, but we lose again and again. The piracy sites are the offspring of the impatient who just don’t want to wait for it…that and the infidels who need a medium to corrupt from for those who are otherwise cautious to scams.

Yes, I too have given away free things for promotions and takeover events, but have tried to limit them. In part because I can ill afford to give away so much. I am not wealthy; I am a writer with a dream to tell a story that lasts beyond my time here. Does that mean I value readers any less than the author who can afford to part with so many gifts, or copies? Not at all. It means that I have different financial priorities and keeping a roof over my family’s head is one of them.

I’ve been out in the publishing/writing world for three years now. I’m no more a household name than my cat is, but I can say this much; I have not had a single month since I started where I did not get paid. I can look at myself in the mirror and know that I’ve done the best I am able. And, I can look into the faces of my children and know that their dreams have not been short-changed as I pursued mine. That’s all I need.

Sure, I’d love more readers. I’d love more reviews. The challenge is that I’m not going to lose myself or my financial foothold to make it happen by giving away more than I make. I will pursue the piracy sites via DMCA notice, and will keep on doing what I can on the rest.

The purge I refer to is that I think we are in a time where, because so much available so cheap in many cases, we are seeing a time where we will find who can and cannot survive in this business. Who has the internal fortitude, and external support to survive this time of sales slumps and expectation of more for less or none at all. The only advice I have is if you love writing, hold on. The world as we know it has always been cyclic, this too shall pass. I have to believe that, or I’d be pulling the stakes and moving on.

Like I said in the beginning, this is not likely to earn me any friends as I point out what to me is obvious…we created this monster. But, I ask you each to take a moment and look objectively at the beast, he’s bigger than he used to be. Why? Because we fed him.

Aedan

More than words

It’s been a week now since Kingdoms Fall released. For some of the family members who still don’t quite grasp the magnitude of the event, it is a bound tablet of words. It is, and it is so much more.

Writing is the pinnacle of crazy, the self-doubt, the hoping that your words convey the imagery you want to show, and the worry that it will miss the mark. It is a collection of words on bound pages, but at the same time it is the culmination of fear, doubt, worry, angst, incredible summits, and the brushing of dreams with your fingertips…if only for a moment.

Sav has passively suggested that I need to get back in the saddle immediately. I appreciate it, but have declined. I am exhausted by the last year of writing and re-writing Kingdoms. Perhaps when the fog clears I will be able to see what is to come, but for right now, I’m enjoying the reprieve and holding my breath to hear what the readers think.

I know it was a long wait. I want to know that it was worth it. I want to know too if it was not. To those who have hung with it and waited for Kingdoms to come and have already ordered, THANK YOU. To those who are just embracing the stories, thank you as well. I hope to hear from each of you what worked, what didn’t, what made you react, and what left you wanting more…it is all on the pages now, and in your hands.    ~Aedan

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It’s Here!!!!

FINALLY – Kingdoms Fall is here!

So answer me this….

PAPERBACK?              or              EBOOK?

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Covers, re-covers, and releases…oh my!

Kingdoms Fall is coming!

The official cover reveal was yesterday.
See below for the release information.

Warrior’s Watchtower…

is re-released with the new cover and size, also yesterday.

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For those who have been waiting, Kingdoms Fall will be available to add to your shelf come the Ides…March 15th. Please shout when you have it in your mitts, when you’ve read it, and when you read it again. LOL!
There is a lot in book III. I wrote it, (with help) and I’ve had to read it a time or three to know we got it done. 😉

Thanks for the follow. ~Aedan