The Fiend Queen Giveaway! Updated.

Guess what, gang?

OMG!

OMG!

And I’m giving one away! You’ll get it a month before anyone else. There are three ways to win.

1. Leave a comment here
2. Share the post about the giveaway on Facebook
3. Retweet it on Twitter

If you’re in the continental US, you’ll get your choice of a paperback or e-copy. If you’re outside the US, you’ll get an e-copy! Postage, ya know?

Good luck everyone.

Update! You can enter up to three times by making one comment, one FB share, and one Twitter retweet! I’ll draw a winner next week.

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And we have a winner!

The winner of the signed copy of A Kingdom Lost and the bag o’ swag is:

Kimmie G!

Congratulations, and a big thank you to everyone who entered and who took the time to write to me.

Also, I added a Worlds button to the top of the page. I’ll be squirreling away little tidbits and extras about my fantasy lands in there. I started with Katya’s family tree, as per the request of @krazydreamr. If you’ve got a hankering to know something in particular, let me know, and I’ll see what I can do. I won’t spoil any plot, though. 😉

Thanks for all your support. You’re good people.

Rainbow Award Winner!

The Pyramid Waltz won the Rainbow Award for Best Lesbian Fantasy!

Squeeee!

Squeeee!

Or if you prefer, I won the Rainbow Award for Best Lesbian Fantasy with The Pyramid Waltz!

However you slice it, I will soon have a nifty certificate in my hot little hands.

I know I promised you another video, and I would love to deliver, but I have crunch-time edits for A Kingdom Lost, and I have to turn them around by January. I will try to sneak in some filming where I can, and I hope to have the video to you soon.

Until then, squee with me!

The online writing community

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google + (Sometimes Myspace). And those are just the tip of the social media iceberg. More and more, it seems writers are hearing about these must-haves for getting their names out there before publishing, hell, before they even start writing. Build a friend-base, that which goes before fan-base. Then you’ll have more people to guilt into buying your book when it eventually comes out. ^_^

Add to that one’s own blog and then the myriad of groups there are to join, online writing groups and hashtag groups and nano groups. Huge writing communities where you meet a few people you get close to and a ton more that are just casual acquaintances. I wonder what the actually sales numbers linked to this sort of thing are? Sales of those with a large media circle compared to those with a small one?

Of course, I’m not doing it for sales. (Surely everyone says this? ^_^) I love the writers I’ve found, the groups I’ve joined, the friends I’ve made.

Broaduniverse and The Outer Alliance have pointed me toward Crossed Genres, where I made my first sale.

Critters gave me friends I’ll keep for a lifetime (Hello, Pattie and Daniel!).

And as for the blogs I follow, well, I’ve gotten valuable support and advice (and some awesome good reads, Maria and Kaz!) not to mention invited to another blog and a given a really cute coin purse (looking at you, Marilou). As for the rest of you, (Faith, the Carols, Cat, Jackie B. Victoria, not to mention the Backspace folks and my writing group) and all the rest who’ve stopped by to comment, I love you, too, even if you never buy a book.

How did you jump on the social media train? Were you encouraged as a writer, or did you just want to meet other people like yourself? What’s your media outlet of choice? (If you’re on twitter, find me at @zendragandt and I’ll follow you back. ^_^)

Can’t please everyone

Okay, so remember that contest I entered? It had two categories: short story and novel. I took third in short story, and the first 15 pages of our novels were judged by two different people. They used this scoring sheet system where they could leave comments, and they were kind enough to mail those scoring sheets to me yesterday.

One judge loved my two novel entries. And one…absolutely hated them. He didn’t even like my writing, called it “flat and one dimensional.” He called my concepts “trite and hokey.” Said my worlds felt “made-up, unrealistic and convoluted.” I remember the organizer for the contest telling his fellow writers one time to make their first scenes action-packed without much exposition, so as to hook the reader. This judge wrote, “too much action, too fast-paced” and “needs more exposition.” He suggested I read sci-fi authors from the sixties and try to copy their styles.

Contrast this with the second judge who said, “very imaginative world” and “great high-action opening” and “nice balance of action and description.” There were lots of nice things in these sheets. I guess it just goes to show that you can’t please everyone all the time, and you can’t please some of them at ANY time! I guess I should just be grateful that someone else was judging the short stories.

It’s hard to not let something like this shake my confidence. I’m doing my best, though. Keep goin, keep movin on. Open up my newest project and add some one-dimensional flatness to it. ^_^

What’s shaken your tree before? Anything made you want to throw your hands up and quit? Who talks you down from the ledge? Give a shout out!