Anything But Writing

June disappeared while I split wood, mowed lawns, both mine and my cousin’s, weeded vegetable gardens, ran sick relatives to doctor appointments, prepared my invoices and receipts ready for my tax return, knitted vests for a friend, knitted jumpers for myself, and helped write a memorial speech and handout for a funeral. Read more »

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Latest Cover Reveal

I have a cover for my latest short story.

It is a fantasy based on my Tracker series, but with a new character.

I am still checking the ebook formats, but am very happy with the cover.

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More Tatted Decorations

I tatted some more Christmas Tree decorations.

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New Fantasy Box Set

If you like to read about magic, horses and unicorns check out the new box set, Here Be Dragons curated by A. L. Butcher on pre-order for US$3.99.

Here Be Unicorns

Sales Blurb

“From fable to legend, these wondrous beasts enchant us. Healers or harmers, no one truly knows the heart and horn of the unicorn—dare you seek the answers?

A collection of tales featuring unicorns and magical horses.”

It includes Rider, the first in my fantasy Tracker series, along with 9 other wonderful stories.

Here Be Unicorns

Click on either image to read more about this bundle.

Tatting Fun

As I slowly get back into the routine of writing, I have been tatting some fun items to gift to my sister to decorate her Christmas tree, while waiting with relatives at doctor appointments, or visiting relatives in hospital, because it is easier to tat than open a laptop and write. Read more »

Want something to read over the holidays?

From now until 12th January, 2019, two of my eBooks are on sale at Smashwords. If you know someone who is looking for something to read over the holiday period, let them know or gift them one of my eBooks.

Rider, Book One in the Tracker Series, a fantasy novel, normally US$4.99 is on sale for US$0.99 at Smashwords.  Use the code AM92R at checkout to get the sale price.

Never admit to seeing ichur, the silvery residue of magic spells. Not if you want to stay under the radar of the Councillors of Convane.

Swift, a purebred tracker horse who can smell the smallest trace of ichur, can also remove the magic energy from any human or talisman.

Dallas, rider of Swift, knows how to create a spell without leaving residue, even if he is not a trained mage.

Neither Dallas or Swift admit to seeing and using the magic energy. If they did, Dallas would have his ability to see ichur removed, and Swift would be given to an approved mage by order of the council.

A new fantasy series including mages, dragons, tracker horses and more. On sale for US$0.99 until 12th January, 2019.

 

The Case of the Crop Duster Dog, a cosy mystery adventure, normally US$2.99 is on sale for US$0.99 at Smashwords. Use the code QS79W at checkout to get the sale price.

Working dogs are more than pets!

Mercy Connor, ex-Air Force cadet pilot, lives a quiet life on her cattle property west of Cunnamulla in Queensland, Australia, and takes the odd crop dusting job.

Returning from Brisbane, she picks up journalist Kenyon Smith, a stranded motorist on his way to her property. When she drives through the front gate she sees her dog Blue dead beside the track. Next moment her windscreen shatters. With Ken’s help, she deals with the attackers before she learns of her brother’s death. Suspecting the attack on her is related to her brother’s death, Mercy is determined to solve the mystery of who killed her dog and brother.

Buy The Case of the Crop Duster Dog and follow Mercy’s hunt for clues to solve this cosy mystery. On sale for US$0.99 until 12th January, 2019.

If you need help downloading and side loading to eReaders, there are instructions under the heading Reading, Sampling and Buying Books on Smashwords.

Have a relaxing holiday and a Happy New Year.

Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019

Wow! This year flew by while “Life” interfered with my writing time.

I did try to keep up with Indie Publishing news while running from one “Life” crisis to another. Read more »

Time Management Revisited

It is spring here in Australia, and time I got back into my routine of writing in the mornings and yard maintenance in the afternoons.

So, when I read Dean Wesley Smith’s blog about his resetting his writing routine and his offer of a free lecture, I immediately signed in and listened to his 8 short video talks on finding out how to free up some time to write each day.

If you are interested visit Dean’s blog post here and copy his codeword then follow the link to his lecture on teachable.

Enjoy.

Keep writing and having fun.

Technology Hiccups

It is already August and winter is almost over here on the east coast of Australia.

I have not written anything for the past few months, but have been busy, never the less. Tax forms done. Latest story in print as well as ebook formats. Working on a Holly Lisle Short Story course, and plotting short stories.

I finally set up a second laptop using Ubuntu and all free software, and connected to the internet, so I do not have to use my Windows laptop to connect to the internet. Read more »

Smashwords 2018 Summer/Winter Sale

Smashwords 2018 Summer/Winter Sale starts 1 July and Tift Publishing has included most of their listed books in the sale.

Save 50% when you buy one of Diane J Cornwell’s eBooks on Smashwords using the coupon code SSW50.

Broken Series: Broken Faith, Broken Land and Broken Agreement

Tracker Series: Rider, Guard, Judge, Mage and Trackers

Sensing Danger Series: Sensing Danger, Capture and Freedom

The Case of the Crop Duster Dog

Galaxy Freight Omnibus Edition

Machani Diplomat

Jazz’s Asteroid

Divided Loyalties

And now is the time to get your copy of Creating Print On Demand Interiors & Covers Using Scribus 1.4.1 by D J Mills.

ALLi Conference and New Release

I attended the ALLi Conference which ran for 24 hours on April 14.

Most of the presentations were for beginners, but a few kept me up to date with the publishing industry.

You still have time to watch a few of the videos if you are interested. The schedule is here.  Each presentation is under the Presentations tab. Read more »

March activities in Indie Publishing

March flew past, and it is now April. I have been busy finishing and editing a novella which I think is an Adventure story. I will try some beta readers and see if they think the genre is “adventure” or not. 🙂 And work on the cover.

And start my next series. Which will be fun, I hope. 🙂

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2018 Publishing Processes

Indie publishing seems to have settled into the new normal in 2017.

There are two ways, all in on Amazon, or wide. Over 70% of all ebook, print and audio sales are on Amazon. This leaves 30% sales elsewhere.

There are two main strategies with publishing, either “churn and scream” or “drip”. Read more »

From 2009 to now, and Onwards.

I started this blog in April, 2009.

Why? One of my writing teachers told me to create a writing blog because I needed it. I think it was to build interest in my stories, but I don’t talk about the actual writing of my stories. I mean, who wants to hear that I write one sentence, then the next. And the next. That is boring.

I talk about my writing journey, the things I learn, the software that helps me, or other tools that I use to monitor all aspects of indie publishing. Read more »

Indie Author Fringe October 2017 Conference

I spend too much time at the Indie Author Fringe October 2017 conference. In fact, the most part of 24 hours, watching videos, reading articles, following links to other articles on everything relating to indie publishing and taking notes, 26 pages of notes.

I am in information overload.

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Business or Hobby?

For those visitors that are new to my blog, I indie published my first 6100 word short story “Fire Starter” on 12/06/2010 to Smashwords for $0.00. The short story was about one of the main characters in my first three-book Space Opera Broken series.

After readers downloaded the FREE short story over 2000 times, I changed the price to $0.99. And watched as more readers discovered it online and purchased it.

I saw the potential of making a living from writing, both fiction and non fiction and leapt into writing and publishing the Indie way. And continued to learn every aspect of this business along the way. Read more »

Trackers Now Published

The concluding story in my Tracker Series is now published.

I had planned for this story to be published in May or June, but better late than never.

More information and links to sites is available on the Tracker Series Tift Publishing page.

Prologues, Good or Bad?

Why use a prologue?

I believe that if a prologue is an information dump (InfoDump) it is wrong. The reader will not read it. They want a story not an InfoDump.

But if the prologue is a scene or two, like every other scene in the story, then it is correct. It gets the reader to keep reading, which is what the author wants.

So, a prologue is a scene, complete with character with conflict in a rich setting with a twist to end the scene, and it happens years or centuries earlier then when the story begins. Read more »

Ebook Bundles Podcast

Last post, I discussed one of my stories selected for an eBook bundle on Bundlerabbit.

Today, Joanna Penn had a podcast talk with Chuck Heintzelman, the creator of BundleRabbit. I think it is a good detailed discussion on bundling. Check it out here.

 

Also note, near the end of the talk, Chuck said if you sign up to BundleRabbit you can still get a free copy of The Author Guide to Ebook Bundling by Chuck Heintzelman. But he does not know for how long the ebook will be free on signup.

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Ebook Bundles

Have you thought about participating in eBook Bundles?

BundleRabbit.com sells eBook bundles at all eBook distributors as well as on their own web site.

I have heard good things about BundleRabbit, so uploaded Rider, the first in my Tracker Series, to see how the process worked. And have been selected for an upcoming bundle.

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