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The Novel is launched. I’m exhausted.

headshot newLaunching this novel has been stressful to this introvert. I’m opening myself up to criticism, to inspection, to judgment of my work. But if I am going to publish… the ‘public’ must be invited in. I’m shy; I have been all my life. Add to that, I’ve been dealing with a whole raft of technical marketing things with which I have no prior experience. Add to that, overtime at the ‘money’ job. Oh, and stress about an upcoming trip (book-related! Woohoo! More on that later.) Yeah, I’m exhausted.

But I am very satisfied that it is done! The paperback and the digital versions are both live and selling. To say I’m done is a relative term, of course! Sort of like Part One of Parts One through Three Hundred and Sixty Five. Marketing is the next job.

I am warming up to the idea of marketing, though. Or should I say, the ideas. There are multiple ways of marketing a book. And thankfully there are many willing to help with suggestions, with ‘help-for-hire’, and even ‘do it all for you’ help. At this point, I’m hiring some help, but still doing much of it myself. Maybe next book, the income from this one will pay for hiring the bulk of the marketing done by someone who does it for a living. I see now what a great idea that is!

Enough for now. Time for a walk along the Lake Michigan shore. And a treat, either at Starbucks or here at the apartment. By the way, if you follow me on Instagram, @gordondelandauthor, you get a glimpse of my life, where I walk and drink coffee at least!

Next time I will have some details about The Trip Back East that’s coming up in three weeks.

Keep writing,

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To Market, to Market…

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”
Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities.

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The last two weeks have been rough, but productive. I’m riding that steep learningcurve of how to market a book in this “worst of times” world, when I would rather sink into the “best of times” in a self-created world and record what I observe there.

Marketing is not really all that difficult, I am finding out. It’s merely different from the worlds I normally inhabit in my creative mind. Marketing is not creative in the same way fiction writing is, first and foremost because it needs to NOT be fiction. 🙂   The good news, however, is this: Marketing is Creative! Your marketing needs to tell an interesting story to the people you are trying to reach.

Very much like the novel, however, my marketing efforts have to be plotted if I want them to reach the conclusion I want them to reach. And as a writer, I’m more of a ‘pantser’ – until that doesn’t work anymore. An-n-n-d here I am! Ready to stop pantsing, ready to plan.


You begin to see where the opening quote fits?

So, back to the drawing board. Or actually to the story board. And we’ll get this story of marketing back on track.

In the mean time, at the beginning of this marketing story, I’m looking for Advance Readers who can read and then write a short review of “Down Cellar”. If you would like to participate, send me an email at gordondeland1@gmail.com (to keep them separate from the too-many I already get otherwise!). I will respond in a day or less! Thanks in advance.

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…and we’re back!

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This novel has been my focus. I have completed three more revisions (yes, really!)  as well as formatting for both digital and paperback editions.

During one of the revisions, I was looking for  quote marks that look like this   “ , versus straight quote marks, as well as quote marks going the wrong way. On another one, it was spacing and indents. Some of you know that this is the stuff of authoring. Some of you have had to DO this. And some of you have read the novels and short stories where they DIDN’T do this kind of revise/edit and you almost threw the book across the room in frustration.

I’m hoping I got all those little buggers, but I won’t bet too much money on it. Along those lines, I ordered five more proof copies, to pass out to some hand-picked readers for their reading and hunting pleasure.  Who knew that THIS is what writing novels was about? I do see why there is such a job as “Editor” and why they should be well-paid.

The book is done, digitally, and will be available on Smashwords and its channels August 15th. The same for Amazon, where it is now available for pre-order.  The paperback is in the process of proofing—paper proof copies are in the mail to me as I type. I’m excited but honestly mentally exhausted. I look ahead at the marketing phase and I see a wall of gray fog, but I know it’s only fog: I can learn and penetrate that barrier.

In the meantime, I have more news and I will be posting more often. FAR more often!

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…and then I fell down a rabbit hole.

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…and then I fell down a rabbit hole.

There is a Reason

The story “After Midnight” is indeed almost ready. Better than before! More ready than before! The rabbit hole I fell into, predictably, was my urge to revise. And revise have I! Couple that activity with a work schedule that allowed me a total of four days off during the two months of February and March (so far. Actually today makes five!)

So, I have been busy with something other than Instagram, but mostly I’ve been too stressed to feel like addressing the challenge of revisions. The stress temporarily put me in hibernate/avoidance mode. I don’t want new stuff (including revisions to a story!). At the same time, the stress of what’s been going on gives me a strong desire for change. Good Conflict for a novel, but the story line is weak.

The work schedule stress is not over, but there is light dawning… the crazy schedule is supposed to end at the beginning of April.

As an aside, I came across a podcast about this that was very encouraging, and more than a little kick in the ankle: https://www.artofmanliness.com/2018/02/22/secrets-of-greater-endurance/ .

Yes, But WHEN?

So, when WILL the serialization begin? Still no definite date. I am seriously thinking of beginning to post what I have. That would light a fire under my remaining revisions. I am better than half way through this revision and I am NOT planning another.

One other thing I’ve been avoiding is a more integrated way for you all to sign up for email updates. That will probably take a tech support call, but that’s no more hassle than a chapter revision.

I think.

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Coming Soon… “After Midnight”


After Midnight: Book One

Yes, it’s almost here! Very soon, “After Midnight” will be ready for a first look.

The original idea stared as an award-winning 12 word story, which grew to a short story, which suggested what now looks to be at least three novellas and a whole ‘universe’ that holds the potential for a long series.

At the momoment, I have a rough draft of the first novella. As I work through the first revision, I will post that revised story here, in hopes that you, my readers, will love it, spread the word and maybe comment on it for improvements. I think this universe and these characters have a great potential for entertainment (and maybe even some life lessons if I don’t get too preachy!)

NOTE: I am working on a way to get notification of new installments out by email as well. Any help on THAT would be appreciated too!

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Late… As Usual. But, this time, It’s Different!

Catch Up
I have neglected this blog for a period of several months. Purposely. Too many spinning plates in the off-screen world to keep this going as well. That period is past, I think. Schedule has settled down, income has risen to a liveable level and plans are in place to keep it this way for the next year at least.

W. I. P.
Work in Progress is the Fairy Tale Twisting of “After Midnight.” The retelling of three princesses that are about to be executed so that the Evil Fairy who has them can take over their Kingdoms. Nothing ‘original’… except that the Princesses are Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella! And there is no guarantee of a Disney Happy Ending.

It has been a much more difficult write than I first imagined. (Duh.) But even the first draft is looking good to me. It has to be told in at least three parts to get all three princesses kidnapped and taken to Maleficent’s Citadel, in preparation for the Grand Execution. I have Sleeping Beauty (Aurora) at the castle. That was the easy one, for some reason.

Getting Cinderella (Elena) there has been FAR more difficult, but I’ve been writing it with more action and dialogue and less ‘telling the story’. This part is just about finished, maybe one more chapter to finish out the details. Timewise, the story is right up to the night before the Executions. I think that means I’m almost finished. I think…?

I asked on Instagram (@gordondelandauthor) if serializing this story on the blog here might work. I got a few answers back, all positive, so shortly you will begin to see regular, frequent posts of the story.

WARNING: it is not all ‘disney for kids’. A lot of it is. But there are twists that are not kid-friendly. I’ve left out smutty sex and most of the swearing, but that’s because the Heros are Royalty and have manners. The villains don’t but I’m kinda over villains that are sexy. In fact, I’m over the whole ‘sex sells’ thing. If the story is no good, I’m not going to add chains and torture chambers to pimp it out. I want to be known for good stories well written. I can write and sell porn separately. Probably under a different name. If ever.

What Happened to Bobby Loves Helen?
In one word, nothing. They are living quietly in Kenwood, Helen is enjoying her jewelry shop and having dinner at home with Bobby, when he is in town. He’s spending too much time on the road in Indiana, and she’s lonesome and worried he gonna get shot.

The nice thing is, I realize that this point in the story is where I can accomplish two things. First, I can finish this story, and probably revise it into a series of journal entries. The idea of going back to add a sufficient amount of dialogue to make it a ‘real novel’ scares me. Depresses me, actually. One of my readers said “This sounds like ‘Dragnet’! You use the same sentence structure very f*cking time!” I laughed. I agreed. I like it.

The second nice thing is that it is THIS point where I can write the rest of the story to ALSO be the historical flashback in the novel it was SUPPOSED to be in. All that I have so far, is really back story for the novel, “Upstairs”, a sequel to “Down Cellar”, my completed-but-unpubished novel of murder, secret tunnels and a plumber. Well I might not use that line in a query. But it’s allthat and more. 🙂

But Wait! There’s More!
Oh, and I have VOWED to finish “Change at Belmont”, this year, before June. I started it back in the late 80’s or early 1990’s and it’s still “almost done”. I had to write a car chase scene and I finally got it done! More on this one later.

That’s all for now. I will post on both Facebook and Instagram before I begin the serialization of “After Midnight: Confessions of a Killer FGM.” I might have to adjust the title a little. Her confessions are NOT the whole story! But… You’ll see! That is, if you follow along. 🙂

Keep Writing. Keep Reading. Keep going forward!

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