Teatime of the Living Dead is on sale for $.99 on Kindle from now until the 24th. This is one of my favorite things I’ve ever written. It combines three of my favorite things to write about– theatre, magic, and survival–with a good dollop of humor. It’s more madcap race to survival than zombie book, though there is a dash of gore. Grab a copy while it’s cheap!
My paranormal mystery with a touch or romance, Wyrd House, is on sale for $.99 on Kindle until the end of the month. A feel-good story about how a group of mystical misfits band together to stop a killer. And it has a ferret. What more can you ask for? If you want to get it cheap, grab it before the end of the month.
Bonus silly ranting time!
OMG, but some folks don’t understand what Omniscient Point of View is. If there was one thing I could teach folks new to writing, it would be the difference between head-hopping and Omniscient.
Omniscient isn’t a trendy POV right now, and with reason. It’s difficult to pull off. In my opinion, it’s the single most difficult POV to write. It’s also the one that will piss your readers off the most if you get it wrong. Sure, all kinds of folks raise their hands to rail against First Person, but do Omniscient badly, and you’ll get reviews about it.
I recently read an excerpt from what started out to be a very well-written and engaging book. Then the head-hopping began. No title or author name because I’m not here to shame anyone. Now, some readers will certainly shoulder on and enjoy a book despite being thrown out of a story from time to time as they try to figure out who is doing what. Not me. I can’t get into a story if I keep getting jarred right out of it. The excerpt I read was from someone’s first book. Understandable. my first novel length story had head hopping right, left, and center. But there’s a big difference between my story and our mystery author’s.
I didn’t publish mine.
In fact, I wrote three novel length stories, several novellas, and a small herd of shorts before I wrote something I meant to publish. That didn’t make my writing perfect. All writers grow and change with every book completed. But it did make my first book I wrote to publish very readable. I had time to develop my own voice and style, and time to get my POV act together.
Publishing is so easy these days that it’s tempting to finish a first book and just push that button. And you can. You totally can do that. If the story is engaging enough, you’ll find readers who will love it. Personally, I suggest writing a few books, learning a bit, and then re-visiting that first book to do a re-write with what you’ve learned. You’ll end up with a better book, and by stacking a few unpublished projects, you can get reader attention by doing rapid release when you are ready. Being able to hit that publish button once every month or two really helps get eyes on your books when you are starting out.
For more on the different POVs, complete with examples full of cats and cute pictures, see my blog post here.