The Busan Writing Club book is now on Kindle!

I’ve just confirmed – the group publication by the Busan Writing Group is now live and avaialable for sale through Kindle.

More information over at the Busan Writing Group:

Our First Publication!

I’m really glad to have been a part of it, and to have figured out all the formatting needed to get it looking great on Smashwords, Kindle, and in print!

Our first book is out!

TCC Edwards:

An Amazon Kindle release will be added soon!

Originally posted on The Busan Writing Group:

It’s been a long time in coming, but the Busan Writing Group is ready to announce our new book, Nothing Too Familiar. This is a collection of works reflecting writerly experiences in South Korea. These works were selected and compiled from our group of writers over the past several months.

This book includes the work of Michael Geer, Chris Edwards, and Stephan Viau.

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This is the first of what we hope will be an annual publication – that means that YOU can have your story in the next one. Come out and join us, work with us, and we’ll all be a part of this writing and publishing adventure together.

You can find Nothing Too Familiar at fine digital retailers such as:

Smashwords

Printed copies of Nothing Too Familiar will be coming to Busan soon!

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Reblog from selfpubauthors.com – Tips for Avoiding Burnout

A good look at ways to avoid burnout and what to do when it strikes:


Tips for Avoiding Burnout

I’m sure you’ve heard it said over and over again how important it is to get the next book out.  One of the most effective marketing techniques out there is to publish the next book.  Ideally, this will be a compelling story, but in order to create a compelling story, you need to be energized.  If you’re facing burnout, your work (and other areas of your life) will suffer.

A couple of quick indicators that you might be facing burnout are trouble sleeping, lack of energy/excitement, trouble focusing, headaches, increased illness (ex. you get a head cold easier),  irritability, and anxiety.  Having any of these once in a while isn’t cause for alarm.  But when you notice this is an ongoing thing, you’re probably facing burnout.

What are some causes of burnout?  Doing too much, lack of sales, lack of social support, doing work you’re not passionate about, and negative feedback.

The good news is you can take measures to avoid burnout (or, if you’re currently in the middle of it, pull yourself out).  This is something you have control over.

Here are some tips to avoid burnout.

Read more here.

My first #IWSG of 2015 – A writing club that self-publishes together!

Busan Writing Group Things are certainly heating up for the Busan writing group. We are planning out an anthology of works to publish very soon! We envision this as an annual publication by our group – we will collect stories that we have reviewed and edited together for a self-published anthology.

I’m posting this to the Insecure Writer’s Support Group this month because I think this is an option for self-publishing that is not discussed often enough in writing circles. Once you have a writing circle that you work with regualrly, one possible direction foir your group is to publish together. Editing, formatting, production, promoting, etc. – all those things could be done as a group, with members sharing the tasks.

So from the IWSG community, I’d like to know: have you done a group publication before? How did it go?

More updates on my own group’s publication are coming as soon as I can say more. I’ll only say this – I’m quite happy with the submissions we have lined up, including my own work. I feel my piece is the best and most polished work of fiction I’ve done yet.

Links:

Insecure Writer's Support Group Insecure Writer’s Support Group

Busan Writing Group Busan Writing Group

                     

Feb 4th: Wednesday Night Writing Group!

TCC Edwards:

I’m really looking forward to this! It’s long past time I got another publication out there.

Originally posted on The Busan Writing Group:

It’s the first Wednesday of February!  We’ll be meeting at MoMo’s cafe in Oncheonjeong at 7pm.

It’s become crunch time for our upcoming publication!  We will be discussing formatting and content:

Hopefully we will be able to address the following topics:

1. Sequence and formatting of our book.

2. A suitable title

3. Author bios, and bio blurbs for Busan Writing Group in general

4. Cover art and other aesthetics.

RSVP on Facebook HERE 

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2014 in review for Write, or Else!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,200 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 37 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

“People don’t really act like that…”

Should I be disturbed by this criticism?

It’s the most common thing people say when I submit first drafts. It plagues my rewrites through the process. Only after much editing can I seem to fully address the problem of:

Unrealistic characters.

Characters who are too forgiving. Who react in childish ways. Who talk in cliches. Who, basically, act too differently from living people.

Should I be concerned? How concerned?

It’s an odd criticism to deal with. Bad narrative I could understand. Poorly thought-out stories I could deal with more easily. But unreal characters? It’s damn hard for me to grasp how and why my characters come out so odd at first.

This criticism hits hard because it seems to say something about me. Do I not know people? Have I not been close to enough people? Am I basing my characters solely off TV, movies, and books?

Whatever the reason, it’s a clear reminder of why I need a Writing Club that meets in person. Not only so that the other members can let me know how badly I misunderstand my own characters, but so that I actually do meet real breathing people, aside from my wife and kids, on a regular basis.

It also reminds me that I do need to work against the stereotype of the shut-in writer who barely talks to people. I need to interact with people regularly and listen to others interact regularly so that I can give better voices to my characters.

I wonder if many writers struggle with this kind of thing. Do many writers have characters who seem totally unreal in the early drafts? I wouldn’t be too surprised if there answer were yes – it is hard to know real people, harder to create people who act like real people.

It’s a wake-up call, I suppose. Get outside, writers! Step away from the keyboard every now and then and meet people. Talk and listen – a lot!