5 Reasons Why I’m self publishing The Grove…

People are already asking me why I’m self publishing The Grove. They are digging for dirt. Sorry, but there is no dirt. Nor have I “changed” sides since I have self published comics in the past.

As many of you know, I have two novels, Other Systems and The Light Side of the Moon, published by a small press, 48Fourteen.  I have no industry horror stories. I have nothing negative at all to say about my publishing experience. It was great. I loved working with 48Fourteen.

Look I get it. Some people love being published. Some people love to self publish. I am not going to get into the argument of which is better. I am of the opinion that both published authors and self-published authors can co-exist and compliment each other. Some of the best panels I’ve been on as an author have had both, because we see different parts of the industry.

So on to my reasons:

The Grove BlogReason 1)  The Grove is not for 48Fourteen. (I didn’t even send it to them, because cosmic horror is so far out of their wheelhouse.)

Reason 2) I am controlling the timing. As I’ve said, it will release on e-book and paperback September 13, 2016.

Reason 3) I want to experience each component of the post production book creation process. In traditional publishing, the publisher takes the financial and time risk for the book creation.

Reason 4)  More information coming my way during the marketing campaign. Yes, I am doing a TON more work and taking the risk, but I am curious if I can figure out what works and what doesn’t. Whether my next book is traditionally published or self published, my goal is to gather information so I can use my time and resources more wisely.

Reason 5)  Gnomes.

 

Being touched by the Novel Fairy the Third Time: Introducing The Grove

I’ve talked about the novel fairy before in this blog post. “The novel fairy is kind of like the tooth fairy, but more capacious. She leaves inspiration under the pillow. Sometimes if you were a really good boy or girl, the novel fairy actually leaves a manuscript with a favorable publishing contract attached.”

Well, its happened. The novel fairy visited me again! Just kidding. I want to announce my next novel: The Grove. I am going to self-publish this book. I want to explore every step of the production process.

Since I was at Norwescon last weekend, I created postcards so I figured I better catch up on the online announcements.

The Grove BlogSitka’s Quay appears to be like every other coastal tourist town on Highway 101, but lurking below its southern grove of ancient spruce are three sleeping primordial gods. The Keeper, Dayla Fischer, must remain in control of her magical abilities or fall into sickening madness, but lives a relatively quiet life with her husband, Oliver.

That is, until the delusional, but charming Jonah Leifson comes to town with a plan to awaken the Three. Soon, children begin disappearing. With powerful suggestion spells and mind reading abilities, Jonah wins over other sorcerers, meth users, the police, and eventually even her husband. Though no one believes her and she doubts her own sanity, she must stop Jonah, before he wakes the Three and brings about the end of the world.

Available on Amazon, B&N and other fine bookstores September 13, 2016
E-Book ISBN: 978-0-9801459-2-2
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-9801459-1-5

Over the next six months, I will be releasing information about the characters and magical systems within the book on the blog.

Now I need to get some real tweets so I can have tweets in the book so Jonah has his own twitter account. Anyone who wants to follow him talk horror books, taking beautiful photos of Seattle area and descend into madness, please follow: @Jonah_Leifson

 

My Norwescon Schedule

Science Fiction Fans of the Pacific Northwest, I hope to see you all at Norwescon on March 24th – 27th! What is Norwescon you ask?

Norwescon is the area’s premiere science fiction and fantasy convention. Whilea primarily focused on books, Norwescon is large enough to provide a place of the other interests of fans including anime, comics, costuming, art, gaming. The theme this year is “Remembering the Future”.

You will be able to find me and my novels in Author’s Row. I have swag including some release info about my next book, The Grove.

I also will be participating in panels this year, but don’t worry my author’s row table will always have someone during Dealer’s Room Hours there if you need to pick up a book:)

Thursday

4:00 PM-5:00 PM – Cascade 12
Make a Gaming Night Recipe Book
Elizabeth Guizzetti (M), Lilith Whitewolf, Ogre Whiteside, SunnyJim Morgan, Donna Prior

5:00 PM-6:00 PM – Cascade 9
Rejection Dejection
Elizabeth Guizzetti (M), H.M. Jones, Jude-Marie Green, Annie Bellet, Frances Pauli

Friday

10:00 AM-11:00 AM – Cascade 10
Science & Religion in Space
Jeremy Zimmerman (M), William Hartmann, Arinn Dembo, Elizabeth Guizzetti

Fri 5:00 PM-6:00 PM – Cascade 12
Alien & Fantasy Biology
Elizabeth Guizzetti (M), Dr. Ricky, Rob Carlos

Fri 6:00 PM-7:00 PM – Cascade 9
Writing Is a Long Con
Elizabeth Guizzetti (M), Annie Bellet, Gregory A. Wilson, Jennifer Brozek, Dean Wells

Saturday

12:00 PM-1:00 PM – Baker
Writers Workshop: Betsy Aoki
Christopher Bodan (M), Elizabeth Guizzetti, Jeremy Zimmerman, Carol Berg

4:00 PM-5:00 PM – Cascade 12
Tips for Young Writers
Marta Murvosh (M), Elizabeth Guizzetti, Renee Stern, Paul Constant

5:00 PM-6:00 PM – Cascade 5&6
Nuts & Bolts of Comics Writing
J. Rachel Edidin (M), Megan Kelso, G. Willow Wilson, Elizabeth Guizzetti

7:00 PM-8:00 PM – Rainier
Writers Workshop: Jaime Mayer
Catherine Cooke Montrose (M), Tim McDaniel, Elizabeth Guizzetti, Pat MacEwen

9:30 PM-10:00 PM – Cascade 1
Reading: I will be reading from The Light Side of the Moon and have swag and Easter Candy.

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Sunday
10:00 AM-11:00 AM – Cascade 10
Vampire Dystopias & Other Saturated Markets
Tori Centanni (M), Elizabeth Guizzetti, Rhiannon Held, Kristi Charish

2:00 PM-3:00 PM – Cascade 3&4
Technology & Comics
Elizabeth Guizzetti (M), Matt Youngmark, G. Willow Wilson

How I “center” myself, get rid of writer’s block and the winter blues and show some pretty pictures.

People who have followed my work over the years know I am a slow writer. I can only do one major project a year and I flip between writing science fiction novels and comics so for some fans they have to wait even longer for my next book in the Other Systems Universe, or my next horror comic or whatever it is they like.

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The Maiden of Deception Pass overlooking Rosario Bay. The statue represents a Samish myth of a girl who married a man of the sea so her people would be fed. It’s supposed to be romantic, but it gives me the creeps.

But whatever my project, this time of year I always seem to get overwhelmed. The non-creative work butts up against the creative side as I’m trying to gather up stuff for the winter/spring conventions, and do taxes and figure out sales from last year. This feeling of being overwhelmed starts as a tiny scratch so subtle that I don’t even realize how low I’m feeling until I feel like crying in the bathtub and eating way too much chocolate cake because I’m staring at a manuscript that makes no sense, but a few fans have already asked me when its coming. (BTW, no one has pressed in any negative way, these feelings are on me.)

So it happened that on a stretch of two days of unseasonable mostly-cloudless skies and 60 degree weather, my husband mentioned he needed to work until 8:30 one night, I decided to take a day and unwind.

So after I dropped him off at work in the morning, I packed up the dogs and headed up to Whidby Island for a long day of hiking.

I drove. The dogs shared the back seat.With good timing, its a little less than a two hour drive from Seattle. (North via I-5 then west on WA-20.)

We visited several different beaches throughout the day and hiked approximately seven miles. With the warm weather and slow pace, Rosie didn’t need to be carried once. Our first beach, we were completely alone to wander through the driftwood and pebbles. We climbed to the top of the headland overlooking Rosario Bay to enjoy a snack of cheese. We raced along a sandy spit where we saw four sealions swimming in the surf and up another headland where three does grazed on some grass. On the way home, we stopped for gas and corndogs. They split the inside of one, I ate the other. The dogs thought it was the best dinner ever!

For someone who spent the day eating cheese and corndogs, afterwards I felt more balanced, more centered, more able to focus on both the non-creative and creative parts of my job. I also wondered why I let it go so long before I went out on a solo adventure. The last time I did the North to West Beach trail at Deception Pass, my companion complained that “beach hiking means we don’t have a goal.” I realized I hadn’t gone hiking alone for nearly a year.

I needed two hours to talk out my manuscript and marketing problem to myself during the drive, then I needed time to hike at my pace which means watch gulls follow a crab boat, bird watching and letting Rosie dig in the sand and letting Tycho roll in some very smelly kelp which ended up having a dead bird in it. Kind of gross, but that’s what after-adventure baths are for.

Anyway I feel better and more like myself again. If anyone is curious, I am sixty pages into the third book in the Other Systems Series. Below are some pictures: I hope you enjoy them. Also if you want to comment, how you get rid of writer’s/creative blocks? Or how do you make sure your needs are met?

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Rosie and Tycho exploring aphrodisiac (to dogs) smells.

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Deception Pass was so named because Capt. Vancouver thought he’d find a protected bay on the eastern side of the pass. He did not. Also tidewater rushing through the channel makes navigation difficult even today.

 

Review of These Convergent Stars by Janine Southard

18712119.jpgI bought a copy of These Convergent Stars from the author, Janine A. Southard at a local science fiction convention and I’m very glad I did. Janine Southard created a fast-paced romantic-comedy about Maya, a first contact specialist and the problems she incurs as she observes a new species and their culture.

Southard created an interesting setup and well developed characters especially the protagonist, a genetically-modified shapeshifting cat person, created to sniff out biologically compatible species. In the book, she discovers another group of cat people.

Southard has a fun way to turn a phrase especially in dialogue. One of the first idioms is “Green grass and cool water” when referring to a planet.

I recommend it if you are looking for a fun and fast read that mixes cat people in space, mistaken identity, a first contact situation and romance.

My RadCon Schedule

RadCon “The big Con with the Small Con feel” is a Science-Fiction Convention held annually in Pasco, Washington. They cater to all genres within the SciFi community and have a variety of panels, gaming, films, artist alley and more.

Note: This year I will just be attending on Saturday.

 

Sat Feb 13 10:00:am Sat Feb 13 11:00:am Evaluating Writing Critiques
2203 So you’ve had a manuscript critiqued and you’re trying to decipher the feedback. Some people say one thing. Some people have quote rules. How do you tell the good advice from the bad? This panel will discuss how to keep the advice that benefits your writing while ignoring the bad.
Bruce Taylor Elizabeth Guizzetti Mark Ferrari S. A. Bolich Shannon Page Tom Gondolfi

 

Sat Feb 13 3:00:pm Sat Feb 13 4:00:pm Webcomic Construction
2201 Webcomics can look easy to do, but jumping in blind can sometimes result in cramped pages, aborted plots, difficult file sizes, and a lot of frustration. This is for the people who want a webcomic, but are stuck on where to begin. Meg James will discuss tips for planning, scripting, and other technical aspects of creating your webcomic.
Elizabeth Guizzetti Kenneth Siefring L James Meg James

 

Sat Feb 13 6:00:pm Sat Feb 13 6:30:pm Elizabeth Guizzetti
Reading (2211) Elizabeth Guizzetti reads from The Light Side of the Moon
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Writer’s Fashion: Do clothes make the author?

What do writer’s wear each day?

Casual, Business, or all out fancy pants?

I have heard of authors who found that getting dressed helps them get more work accomplished. Charles Dickens fastidiousness was especially well documented.  In this blog post by Noelle Sterne, she refers to the importance of “being dressed for action.” She points out getting dressed is a helpful ritual for the creative process. She found being sloppy put writing on the bottom of her list.

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Pre-walk Tycho. Note his expectant gaze for adventure. Rosie is running around so I can’t get a photo with both of them in it.

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Rosie and Tycho postwalk.

Being sloppy don’t effect me in such a way. Mostly because I have another ritual. I make breakfast, drive my husband to work, take my dogs to the park for an hour. Then it is time to kick off my shoes, because I don’t wear shoes at home and make a cup of coffee. Most of the time, I wear exactly what I wore to the park: my old ripped jeans or yoga pants and t-shirts. Exchange the jeans for shorts if its warm. Add a sweater if it’s cold. I tend to wear my hair in a pony tail or a loose bun.

Then the pups take a lie down and I get to work immediately for five or six uninterrupted hours.

Now for weekends, I have a convention or other author appearance, I have a few nice shirts, non-ripped jeans, and one casual dress and a few jackets of charisma. Hey, I live is Seattle and Seattle is causal.

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One of my jackets of charisma.

Here are a few authors who were kind enough to speak about what they wear when they write.

Dan Thompson said:  “If I’m writing at home I have to be barefoot when I write. Socks annoy me and make me frustrated. Barefoot allows me to curl up on my chair and write without feeling restricted.” 

Another lover of freedom in movement is Christina Thompson: At home I wear sweats and a t-shirt. I usually don’t wear a bra…too confining. My other quirk is I brush my teeth before I start. It helps me focus more on the writing and less on wanting snacks.

(I totally understand the snack issue, that’s why I always make breakfast before I get to work!:) )

RL King has nearly the opposite feeling. “I have to wear my shoes. If I don’t wear them, I tend to relax, and I consider writing a job. It is a fun job, but it is still a job.”

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AnnaLee’s Sweater

AnnaLee Zenkner has a ritual outfit.  “I wear this sweater that I found at a value village when I was a teenager and I still wear it. It’s an old man sweater that obviously got shrunk in the wash… But it shrunk into my perfect intellectual girl sweater and I will never give it up. Why? I call it my “professor sweater” I wear it to think, ease drop, observe, sip scotch or coffee and create obnoxious opinionated characters.”

Adam Watson of Darkslinger Comics: “Whatever I am wearing or not wearing that day. I have never needed any special clothing requirements.”

And apparently nothing stops David Boop: “I have worn everything from a three piece suit to my birthday suit, because I write whenever I have the energy, the opportunity and the equipment available to do so. I have written at a desk, in bed, on the toilet, in a car, on the light rail, in noisy or quiet situations. When you need to write, nothing should come between you and your craft.”

What do you wear when you are writing? Do you have any rituals that help your creative process?

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