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Friday, July 3, 2015

Supporting Authors

There are about twelve hundred blog posts in the netverse telling you how to support authors. Everything from buying books to leaving reviews to suggestions of what pens to buy authors for their birthdays. Those are all really sweet, and totally appropriate for reader-level support.

This post is about supporting authors who you know personally, because there's a lot more to supporting an author than buying books.

First and foremost, when someone you love announces they want to be a career writer (writing with the intent to publish rather than writing just for friends) you need to realize they aren't asking for your approval, they are warning you that they have are starting a new job. It might be a second job that they do after their paycheck-earning job, it might be their sole job that they do between classes, parenting, or while sipping virgin daiquiris at the beach. Whatever the case, they have a job and if you support them it means respecting the demands of the job.

A vast majority of authors work from home which proves very confusing for some people. When an author sits down to write, plot, market, ect they are AT WORK. I know, they are physically sitting at home, possibly in pajamas, but they are working. Interrupting them while they are working is no different than calling a person at their office job and interrupting their day. Support the author by letting them work.

Second, when the author is someone you know personally you support them in their highs and lows. That means you don't ask when they'll get a real job, suggest they take up another "hobby" (because the author working for publication is no longer a hobbyist, they are a career writer), or asking them to skip their work time to do something with you. Support the author by respecting their work, encouraging them in the face of rejection, and celebrating the milestones with them.

Third, get to know the industry. If your spouse/bestie/sibling/parent/neighbor worked in pharmaceuticals you'd probably discuss it with them at your monthly lunch date. If the person you carpool with is an airplane pilot you'd be comfortable talking about airports, weather systems, and those funny hats. Support your author by learning the terms of publishing and how they affect your author's life. This isn't some secret, kinky cult where outsiders aren't allowed to know what a publishing contract is. Go ahead and Google it, there's plenty of information there that will allow you to have an intelligent conversation.

Fourth, if your author signs a contract don't treat it like an agreement to meet at the park for a picnic. This is a legally binding contract, often with money on the line, and it's not something the author can blow off lightly. Telling them that deadlines can be skipped isn't supportive.

- Letting a writing author write.
- Encourage the author on the bad days and celebrate the good days.
- Learn about writing and publishing.
- Respect the time commitment. 

Buying the books, talking about them with friends and on social media, and leaving reviews are great ways to support an author after the book is done. You should do those too.

- Liana

P.S. AUTHORS - feel free to print this and tape to the office door/read to the kids/mail to your roommate/give to your significant other. There's no need to be subtle. Guard your writing time ferociously.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Impulse Buy Book of the Week: SUPERVILLAINS ANONYMOUS by Lexie Dunne

The stakes are huge and the hero is short when Hostage Girl returns snarkier than ever in Lexie Dunne's urban superhero fantasy Supervillains Anonymous...

New superhero Gail Godwin, the one and only Hostage Girl, is in big trouble: her nemesis Chelsea is loose, her trainer Angélica is dead, and everybody thinks Gail did it. To make matters worse, Davenport Industries has thrown her into a prison that just happens to be full of the very same supervillains who used to kidnap her on an almost daily basis.

Outside, things aren't going all that great either. There's a conspiracy that runs all the way to the bedrock of the superhero community, and it's affecting everybody Gail loves. With her friends in the crosshairs, it's up to her to escape and get to the bottom of things. Subterfuge, crime-fighting, and running away from everybody you know should be a cinch, right?

Wrong. Gail faces off against hero and villain alike just to stay alive. And you know what they say about supervillains: if you can't beat them…join them.


Lexie Dunne is a woman of many masks, all of them stored neatly in a box under her bed. By day a mild-mannered technical writer and by night an adventuress and novelist, she keeps life interesting by ignoring it and writing instead. She hails from St. Louis, home of the world’s largest croquet game piece, and SUPERVILLAINS ANONYMOUS is the follow-up to her professional debut into the world of caped crusaders, a journey that started when her father took her and her brother to see The Rocketeer.

Getting her to return a phone call is impossible. You’d have better luck sticking a Dr Pepper under a propped up box and waiting nearby, string in hand.


Friday, June 26, 2015

Even Villains Play The Hero Cover art Reveal

Yay! Cover art! This is the cover for the print edition that will have Even Villains Fall In Love, Even Villains Go To The Movies, and Even Villains Have Interns. It's the only place EVEN VILLAINS FALL IN LOVE will be in print. The other two will be available as stand alone print editions in case you have a burning need to fill your shelf with every possible edition of my books.

This will be as thick as a normal paperback and roughly 400 pages long (formatting changes page count a little).

There are three more books planned for the series (featuring Maria, Blessing, and Gideon). All of those will have an ebook and a thin print edition. After Gideon's book is finished there will be another Heroes & Villains Collection with those books.

EVEN VILLAINS PLAY THE HERO will come out later this year. Print books take longer because there's a lag between printing and when it gets to me or Amy Laurens (my partner in crime) for proofing. Once the book is proofed and we know the margins aren't wonky it takes a few more weeks to filter out to all the markets.

We all have our favorite superhero stories – now it's the villains' turn to talk.

Zephyr Girl broke into Dr. Charm's lab looking for the affair of the century; she found happily ever after instead. But now, seven years later, Tabitha walks away with no warning, and Evan faces the ultimate decision: world domination, or the woman he loves? With their four loveable daughters, Evan sets out to rescue his wife—and his marriage—proving that Even Villains Fall In Love.

Hunted by The Company as a rogue hero, Angela, eldest of the quads, heads to California—because Even Villains Go To The Movies. When a gang of super-powered jewel thieves hit town, Angela must choose between lying low or helping a superhero who's too hot for his own good—in more ways than one.

In Even Villains Have Interns, Angela's sister Delilah hears rumors of big-game hunters in town and a mysterious drug that everyone—including The Company—is after. Teaming up with the spooky Spirit of Chicago, she aims to take down the dealers, the mobsters, the kingpin, and The Company. The only thing that might be difficult is doing it all without falling in love...

I'll post more news as we get closer to a release date, but I'm super happy to see EVEN VILLAINS FALL IN LOVE in print! It's been a long time coming. :)