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:

Miss Priss Enjoying the Snow

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.

ACX-For-Beginners-Generic

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 (And A New Release)

So, first, the part that matters. A couple cute pup photos to kick off the week the right way.

This is one of my favorites of the pup from when she was little:

Miss Priss and her water bowl

And this is one from our recent adventure in Angel Fire, NM for Taos Toolbox 2017.  I’m not sure it was the best idea to take the pup along (although I wouldn’t have gone if I couldn’t have brought her along), but it definitely kept me in shape.  Pup insisted on hour-long hikes every day up and down the mountains. On this one she decided she needed to bring along her toy, too.

Miss Priss on a Hike.JPG

Because, you know, we all need our pink stuffed pig to keep us company when walking through the woods.

In other news, I just published CreateSpace for Beginners. I should be writing the next novel (because that’s where the bulk of my income is and if I want to keep doing this it would be wise to focus there), but…

I’m presenting at the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers conference this year.  One of the presentations on common new writer mistakes draws from a book I already wrote.  (The just re-titled Writing for Beginners.)  But the other two, one on using ACX for audiobooks and one on formatting paperbacks using CreateSpace, were new content.  And, me being me, I decided it couldn’t take all that much more effort to turn them into books.

Ha!

The CreateSpace presentation is about an hour, but the book is probably three times as much content.  Probably be the same story with the ACX book which means a couple more weeks before I get started on the next novel.

Ah well.  Still not sure what I want to write next anyway.  I may hate writing series but the thing I will say for it is at least you know what you have to write next…