Miss Priss Monday, A New Release, and a New Cover

There’s snow on the ground this morning. The first of the season. Which is sad because it was so absolutely gorgeous yesterday. Pup and I spent a good part of the day sitting outside enjoying the day while I read and she rubbed her nose in the grass.

Once the snow falls she still wants to be outside and I want to be comfy and cozy inside. This is not from today, but here she is enjoying the snow:

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She’d sit there like that all day if I’d stay outside with her…

Unfortunately for her, I won’t. Love her, but love warm toes more.

I’m also happy to announce that the last non-fiction title I was working on is now live in ebook: ACX for Beginners. This is for anyone thinking about putting their book into audio through ACX. It does also cover more general topics like pros/cons of going into audio, what you can make from it, what to look for in a narrator, and how to review audio files once submitted.

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Of the presentations I gave at RMFW this year, the one on ACX was the one that had the most people coming up to me later to say they really enjoyed it and found value in it. I’d meant to have this book completed by the conference but got distracted writing those Excel guides. (And good thing I did…I’m loving that StoryBundle experience.)

And, finally. Last week I joked that maybe I needed to change up the cover on You Have a Date since it didn’t have a half-naked woman on it, so I did. Here are the old and new covers:


I do think the new cover is more effective if a little harder to read. We’ll see. Since most of Douchebag’s sales are in audio, I won’t really know if this works until the audio cover is up. That could take a couple weeks. (I did also turn on an old AMS ad on the book, so I might see some ebook or print sales off of that, but not sure the ad is still moving. And the next time I tried for an AMS ad on this book they rejected it because of the book’s title so that’s the only ad I can run on it.)

One of the nice things about doing your own covers is that you can do something like this in less than a day and for just the cost of the image. (I already had it, but I downloaded a new copy just to be kosher. It cost me 50 cents because of that AppSumo deal I mentioned recently.)

So that’s me. Still need to do the paperback version of the ACX book and then it’s time for fiction. FINALLY! I didn’t expect to take such a long break from novels, but I think it was worth it.

Miss Priss Monday with Bonus Shadow Photos

First, just in time for August to start, I got my new customized Demotivators calendar. Because being reminded about the parts of the corporate world I didn’t like is my way of trying to stay motivated with this whole writing thing. Month 1 reminds me how uncomfortable it was to be a square peg in a world of round holes.

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Here’s to a productive month!

And now for some cute photos of the pup and her “uncle” Shadow.

Yesterday we had a surprise visit up the mountain to babysit the crazy puppy (he’s only eight-months-old) because there was an accident on the highway that basically shut it down for hours. My parents were stuck for over three hours on what should’ve been a thirty minute drive. So pup and I drove past them on the good side of the highway to go hang with Shadow until they could get home.

Here he was in February, the first time he and Miss Priss met. A cute little ball of fur.

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And here he is now, looming over her while she tries to hide in the kiddie pool. He is going to be HUGE. Eight months and they already weigh the same and he’s taller than her. Yikes. (And can I just mention how hard it is to take pictures of black dogs. Especially two of them.)

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