Hey, everybody! It’s Friday. You know what that means; that’s right, it’s time to slack off. I mean, time for the weekly Emissaries update. I have to admit, it’s probably going to be a little difficult to focus on this one. I’m going into a four-day weekend that just so happens to coincide with my birthday. I have no idea how I’m going to focus, but it’s worth a shot. What’s the worst that could happen, after all?
Oh, and by the way, Kim Koning nominated me for the Kreativ Blog award. Thanks, Kim! This is my second shot at the award (or was that the versatile blogger? Can’t say for sure), so I’ll have to find some more interesting information to dig up. I’ll do that on Monday and nominate some more great folks worth checking out.
Now, let’s take a look at what my comrades-in-pens have been up to over the last week.
J W Manus . More importantly, she also asked the question of whether indie/self-pub writers are being browbeaten into silence (I think the answer is yes – and it relates to some of the things I’ve either said here or plan to discuss in the near future). She also gave some great advice on identifying your real competitors and how to target readers of those competitors. I’ve been putting that advice into motion recently. We’re also coordinating a pair of posts for early next week that should be interesting and an opportunity to look at the more technical side of e-publishing, something that I haven’t really covered here for some reason, despite my technical background in formatting and standards. Should be fun. You can also find her at @callieshand on Twitter.
Aniko Carmean has been a little too busy, doing way too much and ending up in the hospital. She has some great advice and learned some important lessons. I think we can all agree it’s just good that she’s okay and ready to get back into her groove, if at a slightly reduced pace. You can find her book Stolen Climates at Amazon and read my review here. You can also find her at @anikocarmean on Twitter.
Paul Dail talked about 2012 fever, the end of the world, and the recent solar eclipse (with some GREAT photos – worth the ride). Check it out, I loved this post. His set of short stories (Free Five) is now available on Amazon along with his political horror story The Golden Parachute and his novel The Imaginings. You can find him on Twitter at @pauldail.
Speaking of Kim Koning, she has kept the torch going on her fantastic self-publishing series “The Many Ways to Skin a Cat” with author Denise Grover Swank. Like I said last week, this is a series worth following, and a lot of fun. She also gave us her entry for the Lucky Seven and nominated some great folks for the Kreativ Blogger award (ahem). You can find Kim’s work in Tales for Canterbury, which is next in my list of Emissary writings. Follow her at @authorkimkoning on Twitter and get in on her weekly #storycraft chats. Well worth the time.