How?

I’ve been getting a lot of questions that sum up simply as “how?” How do you write a whole novel? How do you write a series? How do you self publish? How do I book cover? Sales how!?!

Simple questions often have a complex answer that seems discouraging but shouldn’t. I can, and  have, outlined pretty much all the steps in writing a novel and/or a series and how to format for epublication. I’ve outlined how to do it for as little money as possible (though there’s no real way to do it completely for free, you have to have at least one editor and they will cost you) but still I get asked “how.”

So I’m thinking of setting up an ecourse to help people through the process, step by step though of course that brings up all kinds of new questions. Like what do you want/need to know first? Besides write the damn thing; I’m sure there’s something hopeful independent authors are really struggling with and want to know how to do right off the bat.

Let me know what you think in the comments and I’ll try to come up with something to help. Now back to work on this massive bloody novel.

 

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Big news flash and sounding of sirens.

I have a new Tumblr account.

That’s it.

I honestly have no idea what I’m going to do with it or if it really has anything to do with my writing and should therefore be brought up here. Probably not. Though I did notice a lot of villain love going on on Tumblr, which is why I made the account (all of my characters could be called villains, even the nice ones, no really) but I’m not sure what to do with it beyond that except enjoy basking in the love of really questionable men and women with my people.

If you’ve got a villain related Tumblr feel free to post in the comments! I’m desperately looking for more villainy to follow. Especially female villains. So far my Tumblr is almost entirely Hannibal, not that the well mannered cannibal isn’t an awesome villain – I just live for variety.

A Day in the Life of Crimewriter Tim Ellis

Ever have that feeling that the whole world is conspiring to keep you from writing your novel? Between bouts of sick, migraines, random power outages and downed internet I am – still – plugging away at “Toxic Ash” rather doggedly. Unfortunately that means I’ve been neglecting the blog. Fortunately Crimewriter (not to be confused with Crimefighter) Tim Ellis is here to the rescue!

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Update!

Well I guess everyone is wondering how things are going here at Casa Greene since my bedroom/office wall caved in. Not much has changed. We finally got someone to come and help us clear away the bricks but there’s still dust and dirt everywhere. I needed to restock almost all of my cleaning supplies for the PC and they ran out almost immediately when I started cleaning.

Which means cleaning is temporarily on hold till more supplies come in, which means my main PC is still a nowomansland of dust and dirt and unidentifiable bits that I really, really, hope are dead bugs instead of giant droppings (if you’ve ever been curious about what’s going on inside of your walls, let me just tell you – you do not want to know.) This means I’m not on the computer I do most of my work from but back on the backup netbook which can barely handle keeping a copy of notebook open along with an internet browser – hence the late blog update and my lack of pressence on FB and Twitter again. This notebook is good enough for me to continue to revise “Ash of Ambitions” however so that’s continuing at a somewhat staggered pace (repairs and cleaning take priority, sadly) it’s still moving right along towards publication. When “Ash of Ambitions” publication date will be – I currently have no idea.

We’ve covered the gaping hole with a piece of metal and some old boards we had lying around from a summer project. We did get lucky and the wall doesn’t seem to be open to the roof, so no rain is coming through (yay!) unfortunately it does go all the way down to the ground, so I’ve got cold drafts seeping up into my room and the constant threat of snakes deciding to spend the winter indoors (boo!).

That’s it really. We still desperately need to find some money somewhere to have the wall patched up. Most things inside the room were left miraculously intact though a few precious mementos were completely ruined. Life goes on even with a giant hole in your bedroom wall. Expect more updates when the cleaning process is over and I can get back on my main PC, till then if you’d like to help please consider buying a book (Family Picnic and The Uncertainty of Death are both just $.99) or contributing through Paypal

Thanks so much to everyone who has reached out by buying a book, contributing through paypal or even just reached out to me on Twitter and Facebook. The support has really meant the world to us! Now, back to the never ending war on dust.

Expect More Delays

Last night at about 1 am EST, a large section of my bedroom/office wall fell in. No one was hurt and I’m extremely lucky as I was standing within a few inches of the area when it collapsed.

The good news is, someone will have to be hired to make repairs and clear out the rubble (yay I’m helping the economy!) the bad news is most of my room will likely need to be dismantled (including my computer and desk) which will probably lead to further delays on all publications – and I’m not at all sure how we’re going to pay for repairs.

I hate to say it but if you’re feeling particularly generous and would like to help, I have a donation button or I’d appreciate it greatly if you could see your way to buying an ebook. Family Picnic and The Uncertainty of Death are both just $.99 and every little penny right night would be a BIG help.

Thanks for listening regardless. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to get started carting out big crumbling bricks one at a time in a little red bucket.