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Lent has begun. It is Ash Wednesday. No meat today. I have challenged the girls at school to tell the truth during Lent. There is a lot of avoidance at our school, girls making up excuses about why they haven't done work, why they missed your class, why they are late... I have said it's time to stop that, and time to tell the truth! I said, wow, how good can you be if you tell the truth for the six weeks of Lent! (our school challenge this year is 'how good can we be')
It was funny, yesterday one of the admin people came down to my classroom and said, 'when do we have to start telling the truth?' and I said 'tomorrow' and she said 'good, so can we tell this other school a little white lie for today?' !!

And I had to let Safe (the first book I wrote for practice) go. Like a teenager that was ready to go flatting, Safe needed to stop being available for tweaking - I honestly couldn't let it alone, and it was stopping me work on my next story, hovering around Safe all the time like a protective, bossy parent. And knowing it's not a 'commercial' novel, something that would be published in paperback, because I really wrote it to see if I could, and to just write write WRITE, I decided to publish it online myself. It was a great exercise, formatting and sending it off. And right now it's free until the 12th if you want to read it! It's been long enough that I don't mind how people feel about it now. I'm happy with it all!

If you want to see, it's here https://www.smashwords.com/ and you just type in Safe. I guess. I'm logged in so it's hard to tell how to get there. Anyway. Yeah. It's there. Done and dusted.



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Mar. 9th, 2011 10:32 am (UTC)
Yay for publishing !
Hope the truthful Lent goes well,such a good idea.
Mar. 10th, 2011 10:45 am (UTC)
Thanks! It's amazing how hard it is to stick to the truth when you're interacting with over 100 different people throughout the day LOL!
Mar. 9th, 2011 08:32 pm (UTC)
That news about Safe is the best news I've heard from anyone for ages!!! It is totally grown up and able to cope on its own out in the big bad world, after such a loving upbringing. I shall very carefully not tell any of my friends about it till it costs something!!! (But I shall be sneaky and download it myself and re-read it with its new grown-up clothes on my Kindle.) Let me know as soon as it's for sale. I honestly believe some of the e-book publishers would have jumped at it but self-publishing is a sensible alternative to waiting for their verdicts! And it could get just as much return both in sales and in reviews.

*hugs you lots*
Mar. 10th, 2011 10:48 am (UTC)
Oh I am so pleased you are pleased :-))
Thanks for your positive response and glee! Oh I want a Kindle *is jealous* actually I'd settle for a laptop. Since I broke my laptop ages ago I have had to use my work one. I always feel slightly guilty using it for things like LJ and writing!

And yeah, it feels good to have let Safe grow up and leave home. Now I can concentrate on the younger ones *g*
Mar. 9th, 2011 09:35 pm (UTC)

Happy Lent...

Just to let you know that I have downloaded a copy onto my Kindle. I look forward to reading it properly.
My Kindle was a Christmas present from the boys, and is well appreciated. At the moment I'm reading Dorian Gray for our work book club. Wow, is that book a rich field for slash!
Mar. 10th, 2011 10:51 am (UTC)
Happy Lent (!) to you too, Ian - I hope it goes smoothly for you guys over there.

I am kind of nervous to have you read Safe. Although it's definitely better than when Viv read it a long while ago. Been a lot of editing under the bridge since then!

Dorian Gray, just delightful. Bring on the slash then *g*!
Mar. 9th, 2011 09:53 pm (UTC)
Me again. I've downloaded it and told Fledge who is in the process of doing likewise. After Saturday I shall tell all and sundry about it!!! You might well do better there than with an e-book publisher because you'll keep more of anything it gets and it won't be drowned in all the other 'this month's releases'. Good luck to you and your baby!!!
Mar. 10th, 2011 10:54 am (UTC)
-You might well do better there than with an e-book publisher because you'll keep more of anything it gets and it won't be drowned in all the other 'this month's releases'
They sure publish a lot of 'books' daily though! It's amazing. In all languages as well!
I had been thinking about publishing with a NZ place called Bookhabit but when I finally got there it had been bought out by Smashwords so I shrugged and said, what the hell, life is short!
Mar. 10th, 2011 06:37 pm (UTC)
I think Smashwords is better as it will reach more of your potential English speaking audience. Although Safe is primarily a NZ story part of its appeal is to other English language users because there aren't that many NZ-themed books out there!
Mar. 11th, 2011 11:47 am (UTC)
Love your icon! Looks like our Hunter!

I can't believe how many downloads of Safe there have been since it became free LOL! I think twenty-three whole books now! And nearly forty sample downloads. It's amazing! *sigh* what people will read for free. I guess that's the whole concept of the library, huh! And you know what? I rather like it! *g*
Mar. 11th, 2011 12:51 pm (UTC)
Yes - for an unknown author it's a good way of getting known! And some people would never have paid for the book anyway. It also means it's free for people who genuinely can't afford to buy books.

I reminded Fledge and Marg to check your post because I know they're on your f'list. After Saturday (well, probably later next week because travel will intervene) I shall tell my f'list about it. Keep telling us about how many are bought/downloaded!!!

I seem to have a number of cat/book icons.
Mar. 12th, 2011 01:12 am (UTC)
It's amazing, there are now 32 books bought (for free!) and 48 downloads of the start. I quite like the fun of this! And 2 links to other members' libraries!! I wonder who that is! I wish I had my second book finished LOL!

Mind you, sometimes people do multiple downloads in various formats to see what suits them best. But whatever, the buzz is quite cool. Maybe I should just leave the book as free. To be honest, I never really expected to sell it anyway *g*
Mar. 12th, 2011 09:55 am (UTC)
I don't think you should leave it for free. My reasoning this: it devalues the book and also devalues the sense of excitement the short-time-only free downloads gave. Many people don't value something that has no monetary value (however small), when the 'norm' for that commodity is some kind of payment. The price you (or Smashwords?) have set is very low and shouldn't worry too many potential readers. Your 'free' readers can happily recommend the book to their friends. Think of them as your advertising!! If you want to give your readers freebies you should have a website (and advertise it with your books) and occasionally give away short stories or special codes to get the novel (or future ones) free from Smashwords. That's what 'proper' authors do and you are now a 'proper' author and should conform that way of doing things or risk being thought of no account.

I know you never expected to sell it. But you were, happily, wrong!! It will be interesting to see what happens once the price kicks in and I think you should wait and see! And remember that even books published by publishers rather than self-published can have very short print runs/download seasons.

You need to finish your second book and let it join Safe...

I don't think too many people download in more than one format any more - e-readers like Kindle have settled into the market and most people know what to get. So most of your purchasers will be one-time downloads. And make no mistake, these are purchasers - they are full of glee that they got a free copy but they had to go through the process of getting it; they didn't just pick it up in a hospital waiting room!

I hope I'm making sense!!
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