Week In Review: August 7th, 2022

In Case You Missed it, here’s the round-up of all of my latest content, plus updates from old guests!

Read on if you want to know more. If not? See you next week with more writing tips and writerly musings.

Coming up this week:

On Youtube:

On Twitch:

  • Or join the Lazy Sunday Afternoon “Productivity Stream” here on twitch!

Content Around The Web:

On Youtube/Twitch:

  • Getting Started with Audiobook Narration (An Imaginarium 2022 panel)How do you get started as an audiobook narrator? Where do you find jobs? How do you pick a narrator for your book? And. Should you ever narrate your own works?
  • The Queery Helpline – Fundraiser for Reproductive Rights!Patrick Hopkins and I performed our magic on queries, synopsis, and/or 1st pages. Including a page-to-page comparison to a comp novel, showing ways to use your comparison novel to inspire your edits.

    If you want in for the next one, make any donation to a Reproductive Rights organization, share your receipt, or donate through us, and we’ll rework your pages live. Or, just donate. DM either of us if you want in! It looks like we’ll be doing these every other Monday for a while.

    Because it’s always easier to edit someone else’s query!

On the Podcast “Writing Tips and Writerly Musings”:

  • Booktube: The World of Online Book DiscussionsThe booktuber world is right next door to the authortuber world — full of people talking about their to-read lists, the books they’re actually reading, and their own community. As opposed to us authortubers, talking about writing tips, writing progress, and apparently streaming virtual write-ins. Both are full of people passionate about books who want to talk about it on youtube.

On The Blog (In Case You Missed It):

  • Getting Started with Audiobook Narration (An Imaginarium 2022 panel)How do you get started as an audiobook narrator? Where do you find jobs? How do you pick a narrator for your book? And. Should you ever narrate your own works?
  • Author Spotlight Guest: Sathya AchiaThis yogini is a medical editor (by day) who escapes into writing YA, MG, and PB stories by night, featuring her East meets West roots, South Asian folklore, and nature. She’s sharing writing tips and writerly musings with us.

Upcoming Events:

Sept 1-5th, you can find me at ChiCon 8 (the 80th WorldCon) in Chicago, IL.

Useful Links:

While I’m not getting a lot of money for my writing or writing tips, I keep flirting with the idea. So, I had to share this link from Bertilla Niveda: Get Paid to Write: 26+ Ways to Make Money Writing Online [2022].

For full transparency, I signed up today for the Amazon affiliate program, so that books bought when linked from my site give me an up-to 5% commission. While I’ve been linking books for YEARS, I’d thought I needed to guarantee Amazon that I’d sell at least 10 books a month before they’d let me in. Apparently, that’s not the case. While I’m not expecting to get rich, it would be nice if it helped offset the money I’m spending to keep my blog ad-free.

Also, if you’re looking for places to submit short stories, Seize the Press is looking for dark stories under 2k.

What I’ve Been Reading:

While I’m still working on edits on my space fantasy, I also read a cute little romance centered around an animal shelter by Christy Jeffries. (affiliate link)

It Started With A Puppy (Furever Yours #12)

Elise Mackenzie is committed to making the Furever Paws fundraiser a huge success. She’s even roped in her landlord and new boss, Harris Vega, for help. But spending so much time with Harris, especially around an adorable puppy named Pancake, is giving the usually shy Elise ideas she shouldn’t be having.

Could a man like Harris really think twice about a woman more comfortable with flour on her face than lipstick?  

New Works By Previous Guests:

From Alma Alexander (affiliate link)

Forever Is Shorter Than It Used To Be

Before the age of the Internet, one of these people might never have known the other existed.

In the early days of the World Wide Web, tenuous cyber-connections might never have solidified into more than shared electrons. They were separated by oceans lapping shores of different continents, and by an almost unbridgeable gap of years.

Impossible, improbable, unlikely… and yet something drew two people together anyway. Call it love. Call it fate. They found one another against all the odds, they reached out, they touched, they held on. It was strong. It was going to last forever.

But forever is shorter than it used to be.


Picture(s) of the Week:

While I talk a lot about writing in general, I don’t always share my own efforts. I finished revisions on Draft 2 of “A Dream of Stellerships” a couple weeks ago, and am now doing an editing pass, to smooth out the updates. As of August 7th, I’d edited 208 pages, (which equals over 50,000 words), in a week. This is my 5th fully drafted manuscript, although not all have been polished.

Screen capture of the word and page count for "A Dream of Stellarships"

208 out of 347 pages edits.
50915 of 84780 words.

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