Monday, May 11, 2015

Heartstrikers #2 is FINISHED! (Plus where to find me at RT 2015 and other announcements)

First things first, ONE GOOD DRAGON DESERVES ANOTHER, the sequel to NICE DRAGONS FINISH LAST, is finally done and with the editor!

I still have to actually get the edited manuscript back, make my changes, send it back for copy edits, and then send it to beta readers before the book is ready to come out, but the hard part is over! My aim is to have the book out before the end of summer. I'll post a real date as soon as I know.

I really can not tell you all how excited I am to finally be done with this book. After a YEAR of failing forward, I finally have a novel I am proud of and I know you guys are gonna love. Also, Marci is MVP of the year in this. GO MARCI!

Yes, those cats are plot. Are you excited? CAUSE I'M EXCITED!

In other news, I'm going to be at Romantic Times 2015!

I'm pretty sure I've mentioned this before, but with RT just around the corner (as in Wednesday), I thought I'd be good to remind everyone that I'm going to be a guest! Here are the two panels I'm doing:

SCI-FI: COOTIES IN SPACE — How to Keep the Romance Without Losing the Rocketships!
Does sexual tension negate the science? Or can passion and physics coexist? How can authors create intimate relationships in the midst of high-tech, otherworldly science fiction settings — and keep readers of both genres turning pages? Beam up to this panel and find out!

Event Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Captain: Linnea Sinclair
Panelist(s): Rachel Aaron (aka Rachel Bach), Donna Frelick, Monette Michaels (aka Rae Morgan), Sabine Priestley, M. D. Waters
Location: Atrium Level (2nd Floor)
Room: Bryan-Beeman B

PARANORMAL: Happily Forever After — Writing Beyond the Kiss
We all know the story: the hero and heroine fall in love and overcome impossible odds. Finally their love triumphs, they kiss — and then what? With supernatural creatures having such long lifespans, and in some cases being immortal, how do you keep relationships and adventures fresh after that big kiss?

Event Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Captain: Ilona Andrews (aka Ilona and Gordon Andrews)
Panelist(s): Rachel Aaron (aka Rachel Bach), Kresley Cole, Jennifer Estep, Diana Pharaoh Francis, Chloe Neill, Kerrelyn Sparks
Location: Atrium Level (2nd Floor)
Room: Gaston

Why yes, that is me doing a panel with FREAKING IILONA ANDREWS AND KRESLEY COLE! It will be a struggle to talk through the epic fangirl meltdown I'll be having, but I'm going to try.

In addition to these two big official events, I'm also going to be at the book sale and doing one of the meet and greet sessions (UPDATE: I'll be at Fan-Tastic Day on Saturday from 6:15pm to 6:50pm).

I'll also be just, you know, going to the con! So if you're there as well, and you'd like to hang out and have fun/talk shop/whatever, just tweet me and we'll find each other! I'm going to be at the con from Weds to Sunday, so I'll probably be lost and alone. Come be my friend!

And finally, our online tool for making monthly KDP reports actually readable, KDP Plus, has been upgraded and now has its own website!

This was originally a tool my programmer husband made for himself so he could translate my KDP spreadsheets into a format we could actually read/use. It worked so well that we decided to put it online so others could use it, too!

We're still adding features, but right now KDP Plus lets you upload the monthly report spreadsheets you get from Amazon and then see all those numbers translated into readable, interactive graphs that show you things like total lifetime sales by title and how much total money you've made. You know, all that VITAL INFORMATION Amazon should just give you.

So if you're an author who publishes through Amazon, give it a try and let us know what you think! It's free and you don't even have to make an account, so why not?

And that's it for updates! I'm finally free of writing crisis mode, so expect a lot of blog posts in the future. See you all at RT!


Drew said...

Hhmmmm. Beta Readers you say?

{Waving like a maniac}
Pick me, pick me; please, Oh please, please, please pick me.


that kid said...

Can I beta read?
I'll finish it fast and I just can't wait until late summer or fall to read it...I'm that kid who made the dragon statue of Julius :) I'm so excited to see that it's sort of done and will be out soon!!

I'm good at beta reading, my dad is an author too (although he's not published yet XD)

Dawn Watson said...

I can't believe you're going to be at the RT convention. If I'da known, I would've tried harder to be there...

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