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Re: August goals

Dharma Kelleher
 

Keep plugging away! Best wishes for your wife’s surgery. 

Peace out,
Dharma Kelleher

Gritty Crime Fiction with a Feminist Kick


On Aug 29, 2019, at 1:17 PM, Stefani Deoul <stefanideoul@...> wrote:

Start with the title, "A Simple Murder" and then try not to muck it up!!!! :)
40K is pretty darn good!

Re: August goals

Stefani Deoul
 

Start with the title, "A Simple Murder" and then try not to muck it up!!!! :)
40K is pretty darn good!

August goals

Catherine Maiorisi
 

I hit the 40,000 word goal for August yesterday and will probably have a couple thousand more by the the 31st but it’s been slow going. I’m aiming  for a first draft of about 90K by mid October when my wife is having knee replacement surgery, so not quite halfway there.

One of these days I’ll dream up a simple murder with obvious suspects to investigate, clues to follow and an easy solution but that’s not this book.

Catherine



The Blood Runs Cold 
A Matter of Blood - Lambda Literary Award Finalist
Readers rave: Complex characters, well-written, intelligent, page turner, clever plotting, multi-layered, intense, instantly hooks you, couldn’t put down

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Writer's Retreat Contest for Women 40+ #Opportunity

Bess Carnan
 

Hey all!

This was just posted in the Guppies group. It's a pay-to-apply application, but they do sliding scale fees if you need. Anyway, it seemed cool so I thought I'd share.
https://daisypettleswritingcontest.com/

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Bess
writer of unconventional mysteries
www.BessCarnanBooks.com

Re: August Goals Check-In #Goals

Dharma Kelleher
 

I hear you. My next is coming out in December, but I was originally planning on releasing it in September. 

Peace out,
Dharma Kelleher

Gritty Crime Fiction with a Feminist Kick


On Aug 28, 2019, at 5:25 AM, Greg Herren via Groups.Io <gregh121@...> wrote:

I am on track to finish this first draft by the first, as planned. Granted, I originally wanted it to be finished in June....then July....then settled for August.

xogreg

Re: August Goals Check-In #Goals

Greg Herren
 

I am on track to finish this first draft by the first, as planned. Granted, I originally wanted it to be finished in June....then July....then settled for August.

xogreg

Re: August Goals Check-In #Goals

Stefani Deoul
 

Congrats, Dharma!
And I look forward to reading your interview with Greg.
Please to share my new Sid Rubin Silicon Alley Adventure is now at the publisher's (whew). I'm brainstorming who/how to get reviews :) Anyone reading this who has a genius thought, please share!
Thanks,
And good luck all with all our goals!
Best,
Stef!

Stefani Deoul | stefanideoul.com,

Re: August Goals Check-In #Goals

Dharma Kelleher
 

My WIP is at the editor. I’m brainstorming my next novel. 

And I did a recent promo, setting one of my novels to free on Amazon and gave away 7,000 copies. Now the people who got that book are starting to subscribe to my newsletter. 

Speaking of which, I interviewed Greg Herren for the next edition of my newsletter, which comes out this Friday. 

Peace out,
Dharma Kelleher

Gritty Crime Fiction with a Feminist Kick


On Aug 27, 2019, at 2:49 PM, Bess Carnan <BCarnan@...> wrote:

It's the last week of the month--can you believe it?
How did everyone do on their August goals?

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Bess
writer of unconventional mysteries
www.BessCarnanBooks.com

August Goals Check-In #Goals

Bess Carnan
 

It's the last week of the month--can you believe it?
How did everyone do on their August goals?

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Bess
writer of unconventional mysteries
www.BessCarnanBooks.com

Re: Happy Friday! What did you achieve? #NPV

Dharma Kelleher
 

It’s amazing what all you have to do when you finally get the rights back. Lots of work, but well worth it! 

Peace out,
Dharma Kelleher
Gritty Crime Fiction with a Feminist Kick

https://dharmakelleher.com


On Aug 23, 2019, at 9:18 AM, Neil Plakcy <plax1612@...> wrote:

Bess, I feel your pain! I have been doing all the small tasks relating to republishing the last of the Mahu series books after getting the rights back from MLR. Organizing beta readers, formatting, cover design and a dozen tiny other tasks have taken up most of time, so I haven't had much time for actual creative writing.

The good news is that I am almost finished with all that tedious stuff, so next week should be more creative.

I began teaching again this week, and most of the rest of my time has been taken up with syllabuses, creating new quizzes and other content for four courses. (Fortunately my fifth doesn't begin until October!)

Neil Plakcy

Re: Happy Friday! What did you achieve? #NPV

Neil Plakcy
 

Bess, I feel your pain! I have been doing all the small tasks relating to republishing the last of the Mahu series books after getting the rights back from MLR. Organizing beta readers, formatting, cover design and a dozen tiny other tasks have taken up most of time, so I haven't had much time for actual creative writing.

The good news is that I am almost finished with all that tedious stuff, so next week should be more creative.

I began teaching again this week, and most of the rest of my time has been taken up with syllabuses, creating new quizzes and other content for four courses. (Fortunately my fifth doesn't begin until October!)

Neil Plakcy

Re: Happy Friday! What did you achieve? #NPV

Dharma Kelleher
 

The third book in my bounty hunter series is at the copy editor. Meanwhile, I am brainstorming ideas for my next lesbian outlaw biker novel. 

Also, I did a book promotion this week with a well-known indie author. I temporarily set the first book in my outlaw biker series to free on Amazon, and “sold” (free) more than 6,000 copies. While this isn’t money in the bank, I’m starting to see an uptick in newsletter subscribers. 

My one concern about this is that in March 2020, I will be trying to get the rights back to the second book in the series (I recently got the rights back to the first) from PRH. But the caveat is that I will have to have sold less than 300 copies of that title within the 3 previous months of the request. I hope that I don’t become a victim of my own success. 

Peace out,
Dharma Kelleher
Gritty Crime Fiction with a Feminist Kick

https://dharmakelleher.com


On Aug 23, 2019, at 8:22 AM, Bess Carnan <BCarnan@...> wrote:

How did everyone do this week?

I, unfortunately, didn't write a lick, but next week I should get back on track!

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Bess
writer of unconventional mysteries
www.BessCarnanBooks.com

Happy Friday! What did you achieve? #NPV

Bess Carnan
 

How did everyone do this week?

I, unfortunately, didn't write a lick, but next week I should get back on track!

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Bess
writer of unconventional mysteries
www.BessCarnanBooks.com

Re: Kirkus Review for Michael Nava

Kristen Lepionka
 

Michael, I sincerely hope you will remain in this group.

Neil, I looked back at the original thread. It looks like your initial comment may have been private and responded to via email, but the second one was posted publicly by you.

Everyone: I created this group as a safe space for queer writers to share successes, disappointments, opinions, thoughts, fears, and so on. Everyone makes mistakes, but it is expected in this group to be considerate to each other and apologize if you have not been, even if you didn't intend to be hurtful to someone.

I have no plans to moderate replies in the group, but I do think that we should all avoid discussing another writer's financials, in public or in private.

Thanks,
Kristen

Re: Kirkus Review for Michael Nava

Neil Plakcy
 

I would like to point out that my message was sent privately to another writer. SHE chose to share it with this group, not me.

I have always been a huge fan of your work and am looking forward to your new book. I need to make it clear that I am NOT the one you have a grievance with. I am entitled to share my opinions privately, and SHE is the one who violated my privacy and offended you.

Neil Plakcy
mystery, romance and more at

On Aug 17, 2019, at 11:29 AM, Michael Nava <michaelangelnava@...> wrote:

It's unfortunate that you elected not to disclose the fact that many years ago I decline to blurb your first book. Apparently, you have a long memory for slights. In any event, since you've made it clear this group is not a safe space for LGBTQ writers to share their struggles and successes, I'm withdrawing from it. 

Re: Kirkus Review for Michael Nava

Michael Nava <michaelangelnava@...>
 

It's unfortunate that you elected not to disclose the fact that many years ago I decline to blurb your first book. Apparently, you have a long memory for slights. In any event, since you've made it clear this group is not a safe space for LGBTQ writers to share their struggles and successes, I'm withdrawing from it. 

Re: Happy Friday! What did you all get done this week? #NPV

Stefani Deoul
 

To all of you - major props!
Now have a guilt free glorious weekend!

Re: Happy Friday! What did you all get done this week? #NPV

Bess Carnan
 

And thanks, Catherine!

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Bess
writer of unconventional mysteries
www.BessCarnanBooks.com

Re: Happy Friday! What did you all get done this week? #NPV

Bess Carnan
 

Nice, Dharma! You've got a lot going on.

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Bess
writer of unconventional mysteries
www.BessCarnanBooks.com

Re: Happy Friday! What did you all get done this week? #NPV

Catherine Maiorisi
 

Good job. 


On Aug 9, 2019, at 10:55 AM, Bess Carnan <BCarnan@...> wrote:

Hey all!

Once again it's NPV day. The end of a long week of writing, editing, promoting and all the other things being a writer entails. 

What parts of the writing life did you crush this week?

I'm pretty stoked about this week. Last week I started an Accountibilibuddies group with two friends. My goal is to get 5k words written every week by 5:30pm on Friday (our check-in time). This is our first full week and, y'all, I BLASTED through my goal! I even wrote 2k words yesterday, which I've only ever managed once before. Partly I credit the pressure of having a group holding me accountable and partly I'm genuinely excited about a writing project for the first time in a while.

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Bess
writer of unconventional mysteries
www.BessCarnanBooks.com

The Blood Runs Cold 
A Matter of Blood - Lambda Literary Award Finalist
Readers rave: Complex characters, well-written, intelligent, page turner, clever plotting, multi-layered, intense, instantly hooks you, couldn’t put down

 http://www.catherinemaiorisi.com