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Let’s Stop Pretending #MeToo Applies Only to Women

Let’s Stop Pretending #MeToo Applies Only to Women

There comes a point in time when enough is enough, and I have just reached that point on the issue of sexual harassment.

The tipping point was a blog post by an author I respect who chose to single white men out as the ones who’ve had their heads buried in the sand all these years.

No, sorry. That’s just more propagandic malarky which, deliberately or otherwise, obfuscates the crux of the problem.

Sure, white men have been just as guilty as anyone else (note the broad inclusiveness there) of not knowing what to do when they encounter harassment directed at others. They’ve been just as guilty as anyone of turning a blind eye, or quietly whispering warnings where no one can hear, or worse, of assuming “everybody knows.”

Guess who else is guilty of ignoring, perpetuating, and silently condoning sexual harassment?

WOMEN.

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Where Are Your Readers?

Where Are Your Readers?

Today I read a short article on Gizmodo titled “Study Backs Up Creeping Feeling That Facebook Is Just For Old People Now,” and it reminded me of a truth many authors fail to realize. Our job as authors is to find readers for our stories. This is not a Field of Dreams business; when we build it, readers don’t automatically come to us. We have to go find them, and the easiest way to do that is to go where the readers are.

This is a point Chris Fox made in his book Six Figure Author: Using Data to Sell Books. Instead of expecting readers to magically find him and connect with his books, Fox went out and found his niche readers on specific platforms, then he took the time to get to know them.

His method flies in the face of “common knowledge,” which insists that authors should build their presence on every social media platform, a textbook Field of Dreams attitude: If you build it, they will come.

No, sorry. That’s not the way it works.

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Book and Author News

Book and Author News

 

Not too much news on the book front this month, but there are some interesting tidbits nonetheless. 

First up, I conducted an interview with self-published Science Fiction author Richard Parry over at Alternate Realms Magazine last month. Richard and I have been talking author stuff for a couple of months now. He was kind enough to add me to his ARC team list, and trust me, I was so glad he did. I loved the first book in his new series, Tyche's Journey (review), and am looking forward to reading the other two books.

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Looking Back, Looking Forward

Looking Back, Looking Forward

For most folks, December is a month for reflection on the old year and planning for the new, and I am no exception. 2017 started out a little slowly for me, writing wise, and ended on something of a bang. I’d like to keep that momentum going in 2018; more, I’d like to build on it and really produce some spectacular reads for y’all in 2018.

To that end, a few days ago I began planning (as much as I plan) a systems-based approach to writing in the new year, a process I’ve been trying to get back to since realizing my switch to a schedule-based approach in 2015 wasn’t working.

And since I’m still adjusting to the switch back, I’m cutting myself some slack by setting most of my 2018 writing goals for just the first three months. I’ll re-evaluate at that point, see what is and isn’t working, and readjust if necessary.

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Book and Author News

Book and Author News

Lots of news this month.

First up, for those of you who weren't aware, I just released two shorter stories under my own name, C.D. Watson: A Mutual Feeling, a SciFi Romance, and Intersections, a Fantasy Romance. Both of these were intended for my collection of Weird Romances (Romancing the Weird), but were so long, I decided to publish them on their own. 

Any subscriber of either of my Lucy Varna newsletters had a chance to pick up a free short story for pre-ordering A Mutual Feeling or Intersections. "Time after Time," offered to subscribers of my SciFi Romance newsletter, is a Steampunk flavored, historical time travel Romance. "Brian," offered to my Fantasy/Paranormal Romance newsletter subscribers, is about a young woman who encounters a series of bizarre coincidences in the men she meets. If you pre-ordered A Mutual Feeling and/or Intersections and haven't yet claimed your free short story, shoot me an email at lucy@lucyvarna.com with your pre-order receipt attached and I'll email your story to you. 

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Dreaming of a Dark Christmas

Dreaming of a Dark Christmas

I’ve finally finished all four stories in my “secret” project, a collection of dark Christmas stories which will be published under each of my writing names, Lucy Varna, V.R. Cumming, Celia Roman, and C.D. Watson, one story per name.

I conceived of this idea after stumbling across information on chapbooks, and had thought to produce four super short stories and have them published either individually or collectively as a chapbook. Now traditionally, chapbooks are rather small in size and length, so I planned to tell four complete dark holiday stories in under 1500 words each.

Ha, yes. It’s ok to laugh. Those of you who know me know very well that I write until the story is done, and sometimes that’s a lot longer word-count wise than I expected. Case in point: While developing A Mutual Feeling, I thought it would be no more than 7500 words long. The finished story weighs in at a respectable 19,117 words, a far cry from my original estimate.

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Book and Author News

Book and Author News

Not too much to report this month, but some interesting stuff nonetheless.

The Contests, Giveaways, and Sales page has a new format. I'm going to try to keep this updated a little better, but here's where you'll find information on upcoming and ongoing events, other than new releases, which have been added to the right-hand side of the page. 

Cemetery Hill, the third Sunshine Walkingstick novel, was released on 13 October. I'm happy to have this one out at long last. I love Sunny and her world, but it's difficult to write in. No idea if or when any other full-length novels will be released in this series, but keep reading for news on a possible anthology containing a short story.

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Looking for America

Looking for America

I'm on my way home from a spontaneous road trip, embarked upon last week due to an itchy restlessness I couldn't shake. I haven't been on one of these in a while. The last one took me to the very same place I ended up in this time, along a very similar route, almost exactly one year ago.

I tell people I'm a free spirit, but maybe traveling this journey twice in two years is the beginning of a routine, or maybe it's a sign; maybe there's a reason I'm drawn to this particular area. Both could be equally true.

Sometimes I like to drive and be surprised by the journey. This time, I set out for a particular destination. I've been to parts of the Outer Banks in northeastern North Carolina before (the beginning of Say Yes was set near Kitty Hawk), but I'd never been to Wilmington or the beaches in southeastern NC. 

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The Pontiac Man

The Pontiac Man

I come from a family of many stories. When we can’t find one appropriate for a situation, we make one up on the spot. I tease my dad that he kissed the Blarney Stone one time too many, as good a reason as any as to why he’s such a great storyteller, but the truth is, some people have the gift of story and he’s one of them.

One of his stories revolves around Pontiacs. Dad has been a fan of the brand for a long time now, particularly of the Grand Am and Grand Prix models. When the company decided to no longer produce them, it about broke his heart.

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Book and Author News

Book and Author News

Lots of news this month, particularly concerning the Sunshine Walkingstick Series published under Celia Roman, one of my pen names.

First up, the free stuff. I have three GoodReads giveaways going on right now, each ending on 30 August 2017. Three paperback copies of each title are up for grabs to US residents, so hop on over and enter: Greenwood Cove (Sunshine Walkingstick, Book 1) by Celia Roman; Alien Mine (The Pruxnae Series, Book 3) by Lucy Varna; and The Vampire's Favorite (The Vampyr Series, Book 2) by V.R. Cumming. Good luck!

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