ArmadilloCon Schedule

I’ll be in Austin next weekend for ArmadilloCon (generally one of my favorite cons!), and I hope to see people I know there.  Here’s where I’ll be:

Learning to Write 
Sat 11:00 AM-Noon Ballroom E
Bracken, Cheney, McKay, Osborne, Richerson*, Schwarz
Panelists recommend books, classes, workshops, websites and other resources for people learning to write.


Career Management for Writers
Sat 1:00 PM-2:00 PM Southpark A
Cheney, Chu, Eudaly, Landon*, McKay, Wells
How do you manage your career as a writer? How do you know when it is time to switch agents, publishers, etc.?


Autographing
Sat 2:00 PM-3:00 PM Dealers’ Room
Antonelli, Catmull, Cheney, Clarke, Fung, McKinney,


FSF Alternatives to “Happily-Ever-After”
Sun 1:00 PM-2:00 PM Southpark A
Cheney, Cole*, Fletcher, Rountree, White,
How are Fantasy and Science Fiction writers finding new ways to tell stories, with endings that are not the traditional “happily ever after?”


Self Publishing State of the Art
Sun 2:00 PM-3:00 PM Southpark A
Cheney, Clevenger*, de Orive, Foster, Swendson, Williams
How has self publishing changed in the last 5 years? What works, currently, and what does not? How can writers and artists use self publishing most effectively?


So I’ll be on an handful of cool panels, and signing books on Saturday.  Please drop by and say hi or introduce yourself!


WooHoo!
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Moving on up to the east side…

Not literally. What I’m actually doing is moving part of my blog over to a new location.

Most of the older blog content will remain here, and this blog will primarily be for personal posts. My posts about my writing will appear on my other website: http://www.jkathleencheney2.com

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It’s another WordPress blog, and I’d love it if you would follow it!!!

If you do go visit my new site, please sign up for my MAILING LIST. That will help you keep track of my new works (I’ve got a novella coming out next month!) and let you know about special prices and promotions. (Plus I may be able to offer a free book to my subscribers in a month or two–I have to get it formatted, still.)

And if you’d like to support me in my writing endeavors, I have a PATREON. You can support my writing for as little as $1 per month.

Thanks again for reading this blog!

 

 

 

 

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Whatever Else, a Short Story

My short story “Whatever Else” has gone live at Amazon, where it’s only .99 for Kindle readers.*  (To add it on GoodReads, click here.)

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Maia is a young woman with only a small gift: the ability to watch others from afar. To cement a treaty between two clans, she married Arras, a young man she’s known most of her life. But when her brother comes to visit, he reveals a shameful secret that leaves Maia questioning everything she believes about her husband. Now she must use her small gift to determine the truth of her brother’s claim…and decide whether to stay at her husband’s side or flee him.

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This story has never before been released. It’s not part of either my Golden City setting, or the setting for Dreaming Death.

This story is part of a third world in which I have published a few stories already, although to the more casual reader, they probably seem completely unrelated. (The Nature of Demons, The Arranged Marriage, and The Stains of the Past.)

(It might help to know that the four stories are separated over the course of about 500 years, and that in  the countries of Jenear and Galas, most people with an unusual gift can trace their ancestry back to either Arras or Menhas—for whom the Menhirre people are named, Menhirre literally meaning “Menhas’ children”.)

This story has traveled a long road to publication, has waited on different editors’ desks, often more than 100 days—and once over 420 days!—but has never quite found a home. All the same, I’ve always believed that it was worth keeping.  So I’m happy to say it’s finally out.

Thanks to my editor/formatter, Rick Fisher at EQP Books, who not only made the text look good, but spiffed up the cover as well. And a special thanks to Sam Hidaka, who never quit believing in this little story…I appreciate all your input along the way on this one.

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*Also, if you’re a reviewer of short fiction, I’d be happy to email you a copy (of either kindle or nook format), just let me know in comments!

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New Words from the Golden City

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I’m close to setting up a pre-order page for After the War, the final (chronologically) novella in the Golden City series.  I’m still waiting on the cover, but as soon as that’s finalized, I’ll work on turning that live. (The cover artist–Rachel A, Marks–is also a writer, and she’s in the midst of edits for her next book.)

My planned date for After the War to go on sale is August 1, although that might change if there are complications.

In addition, my patrons have received the first chapter in a new work that tells of the meetings of Miguel Gaspar, Gabriel Anjos, Nadezhda Vladimirova, and the Lady.  I’ve jokingly called them my Torchwood in the past because they seem to work behind the scenes, focusing on the creepy and weird stuff. (if you don’t understand the reference, that’s OK.)

The work is very tentatively titled The Undiscovered Truth, although that may change.  (The first chapter is available here on my website, but it’s password protected so that only my patrons see it.)

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Comicpalooza

I will be at Comicpalooza next weekend (June 17-19) in Houston, and I wanted to put my schedule up here…

(Very excited! This is my first Comic Con).

 

FRIDAY 4:00 – 5:00pm  Why We Love Urban Fantasy

Amy Sisson (M); Leslie S. Klinger, J. Kathleen Cheney, Mercedes Lackey, Larry Dixon

 

 

SATURDAY

11:00 – 12:00pm  Marketing for Writers: How to Sell What You Write

Ashley Nemer (M) Cassandra Rose Clarke J. Kathleen Cheney D. L. Young Alan J. Porter

 

1:30 – 2:00 pm SIGNING 

(I don’t know if anyone will actually buy any of my books, but I hope to sign at least ONE!)

 

4:00 – 6:00pm Workshop: Revising Your Drafts

Jayme Lynn Blaschke (M), Katherine Catmull, Heather Poinsett Dunbar, Christopher Dunbar, J. Kathleen Cheney  (Obviously, the B-D crew)

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Since I’ve never been before, I’m sure I’ll be a bit overwhelmed. The excellent Michelle Muenzler will be there, and since I’ll probably inflict at least one Finnish lesson on her during they drive, I invite you all to come tell either of us, Tervehdys! Or Terve. Or Hei…

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Reminders…

I will be presenting a session on Historical Research this weekend at the DFW Writer’s Conference (as well as participating on a couple of other panels.)

I have a Goodreads Giveaway ending tomorrow for 2 paperback copies of The Seer’s Choice, and I’ll have a giveaway starting tomorrow for 2 paperback copies of Iron Shoes.

And I also have a Giveaway running over on Amazon for Kindle copies of Iron Shoes. So if you’re a Kindle person, you can try there.

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For Patreon supporters, I’m almost to the end of the rough draft of After the War, so you’ll probably see the penultimate chapter on the 1st, and then the final on 6/1.  (And my cover artist is working toward a cover on 6/15.)

Finally, I’m still working on The Horn in my spare time. I’ll post a little more from this weekend’s work in a while (I’ve got roofing issues that have kept me busy, so there’s not much.)

For anyone who’s following The Horn, it’s a novella series that I’m working on, set in the Dreaming Death world, but taking place in the months before the events of that story. It entails a mystery that’s unfolding in front of the Horn Family and the House of Horn–which aren’t actually separate–involving a stranger they find on their land who claims to be hunting for the abandoned Fortress (Salonen.)

If all goes as planned, I may end up with 2 or 3 novellas, tentatively titled The Horn: Oathbreaker; The Horn: Original, and The Horn: Something Else that Starts with O. 

If you’re reading The Horn as I add bits, then you’re actually seeing what I call a Zero Draft, because I usually show that draft to 0 people. This is truly an experiment for me.

I can already foresee problems, since I have a character named Nora and one named Nohr.  So there are likely to be name changes ahead.  And there definitely needs to be more description. And I need to get someone to check some technical aspects (I can research glaciers, but I’ve never been on one.)

So that’s what’s going on in my sphere….I hope you’re having fun visiting.

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Upcoming Signing (Houston!)

We’re a little over 2 weeks away, so I’d better start telling people: I’ll be joining Martha Wells on April 9th, 4:30PM, at Murder by the Book in Houston to sign copies of our newest books!

The bookstore (link above) has a lovely page that gives all the information about the signing, and I hope that some of you can swing by! I’d love to meet more readers there. ;o)

The bookstore has also provided links to purchase the books in advance, and I’m sure they’ll have copies there. Martha’s newest book, The Edge of Worlds, will be coming out the Tuesday before the signing, so you really need to get that one! (And I guess I’ll have to have her sign my kindle…)

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Anyhow, I’m really looking forward to meeting new people and, hopefully, seeing some old friends!

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The Big Idea +

Today I’m a guest over at John Scalzi’s blog, where I talk about the Big Idea of extreme sensitivity.  

FWIW, at the signing last night I answered some questions about this, including quite a bit about how difficult it would have been for her to eat at first (which is why she went from a plump child to a rather slim young woman–she basically couldn’t tolerate food for some time.) One of the guests at the reading last night asked is she was a vegetarian, to which I answered yes, although she does tolerate fish in the second novel.

in addition, I’m interviewed over at Beth Cato’s blog, so you can drop by there and pick up a few other little tidbits.

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I also had a signing last night at the Barnes and Noble, Lincoln Park, Dallas.

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The signing went well, although it’s difficult to get people to come down to a store on a school night. Next time I shall opt for a non-school night if possible.

Thanks to everyone who showed up, and to the staff there that arranged everything for me.  (And to Rhonda Eudaly, who actually thought to take a couple of pictures, because I FORGOT!)

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And if you’re looking for a signed copies of my books, they have some there at the Lincoln Park location!

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Supernatural Underground

A quick post to let you know I was interviewed this weekend over at the Supernatural Underground by my friend, Rachel A. Marks.  In it we talk a bit about my upcoming book, Dreaming Death and a bit about writing in general.

My book comes out next Tuesday. Yes, that’s voting day in Iowa, but if you don’t live in Iowa, you could be reading my book instead of watching returns. And if you’re a fast reader, Rachel also has a new book coming out next Tuesday, Darkness Fair…which I intend to review in a week or so.

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The Grand Patreon Experiment

Patreon.jpgIn the arena of things I’m trying to do to get my readership/constituency up and to put out more stories/ebooks, I’ve established a Patreon.

Now, if you don’t know what a Patreon is, imagine your favorite writer as Public Radio. Instead of trying to get $300,000, they’re trying to reach $300. A little different, but in the same vein. We ask for money from contributor to help defray our costs. Patreon’s a little like Public Radio’s ‘sustaining membership’, except that you can start at $1 or less per month.

Why would I consider this? Because I’m in the middle of trying to revamp my current ebooks and put out a handful more.

It costs money. While I could spend a couple of months and learn to format ebooks myself, I won’t get any writing done. I could shell out for a copy of Photoshop and take a couple of classes on design, or I could hire someone to make covers for me (which are surprisingly full of requirements and rules and stuff on how to get everything to fit on the bookseller and that.)  I don’t think I actually have any design skills, so classes would only take me so far.

And therefore, I’m hiring people to do it. And that costs a lot of money. I’m still firmly in the red on The Seer’s Choice, even though it’s been out there for almost 4 months now.

So I’ve decided to try using Patreon to help defray those costs.

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To figure out the best way to pitch this, I turned to the Public Radio playbook. (There are a few online, btw.)

Here’s my favorite: (shortened a bit because of TL:DR issues)

BREAK #6: The Meaning of “Member Supported” Radio Patron Supported Writing

The theme for our spring membership drive is , “PSW, your renewable resource.”

Like all renewable resources, PSW is there for you every day, 365 days out of year, powering you through your day with great music, local and international news  writing. But like all renewable resources, it takes wise use and careful stewardship of that resource to keep it flowing.

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Okay, I honestly shortened that a lot. But you’ve heard the pitches, and there’s nothing particularly new I can say.  I’m not great at sales. I couldn’t sell you a used car if I tried.

But I can write fiction. I won’t send you a coffee cup or a sweatshirt of a copy of Downton Abbey Season 28 (subtitled: Everyone Gets Old), but I can provide content that will go to the Patreon supporters first.

So if you’re interested in supporting writers (I’m -not- the only one with a Patreon these days!), then go over to their site and look around.

Here’s my link, J. Kathleen Cheney is creating Fiction. (It’s also at the top of the sidebar.)

Thanks!

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