naomi_jay: (dragon girl)
The release of THE NECROMANCER'S APPRENTICE is sneaking up on me fast, so I thought this week's Writerly Wednesday could be best used for some pimpage. So here you go! The opening paragraph in all it's opening glory:



"Evanthe shivered as the icy wind ripped through the graveyard, tossing dead leaves and grave dirt against her, whipping her hair into her eyes. The half moon was hidden by storm clouds, casting the graveyard in near perfect darkness, so Evanthe was forced to grope her way blindly from one crumbling, mossy headstone to the next. Her torch battery had died almost as soon as she flicked it on, leaving her feeling lost and faintly ridiculous."
naomi_jay: (night and chaos)

I keep talking about how I see the indie thing as a long game, and taking risks and all that. The more I read about other indie authors and their journeys, the more convinced of that I become. Nobody is really an over-night success, after all. With that in mind, I've lowered the price of NIGHT AND CHAOS to $1.14, because, at the risk of sounding desperate, I want people to buy it, read it, enjoy it, and tell other people they enjoyed it. Word of mouth, I'm certain, plays as big a part in selling books, be they indie or traditionally published, as anything else.

I plan to have the next two installments in the trilogy out this year, and I figure if people can get the first part at a reasonable price, they might be prepared to buy the next parts for a slightly higher price (I don't plan to ever charge more than $3.99 for anything I sell via the Kindle; I've considered what I'd be prepared to pay for an ebook, be it novella or novel, and $3.99 is my cap).

So, that's it. NIGHT AND CHAOS is now available for impulse buying!

naomi_jay: (Elder god quote)
So I think I've mentioned before that 2011 is going to be my year of living dangerously. I mean, I'm not going to swim with sharks or anything, but I am going to try more things in an effort to make more of a career writing-wise. I set up a "Naomi Clark, author" Facebook page a while back, but it doesn't seem to be doing anything for me so I'm going to quietly drop it. I have a lot more friends on my regular Facebook page, and I haven't gotten over my squeamishness at requesting people go and "like" the author page. I feel like I don't have the right to tell you what you should like and it's too much like spamming for me. And it's not Twitter. I love Twitter. I don't love Facebook.

I have wondered about setting up a Blogger site again, or Wordpress, and mirroring the writerly content here, there. I love Livejournal because I love you guys, I love the Friends page, and I love the comment system a lot more than Blogger's. But I also love that I can flock entries here and rant and rave in an unprofessional manner if I want to. And I'd like to keep that separate from my writerly stuff. On the other hand, I feel ... established on Livejournal, and having exactly the same content somewhere else that nobody might bother visiting seems a waste of time. But I don't know, I could be wrong. Opinions welcome!

I even considered setting up a Myspace page, then immediately dismissed the idea because ... Myspace? Really?

I don't know if there any other social media platforms I'm overlooking? I feel really uncomfortable being all up in people's faces. I've joined Kindleboards, but that place is like ... intimidating, and I can't figure out what I am and aren't allowed to post there. I can't do the whole cold sell thing where I'm just all "HEY BUY MY STUFF!" at people. I like to feel like I'm not just shilling, you know? I feel like everyone here who comments and whose blogs I comment on are my friends, not potential customers. I like interacting with you all, and if you buy my books because you like it too, that's great! But that's not going to make me into a full-time writer, so I need to get over the icky squeamishness. So that's one of the reasons I'm considering the Blogger option - a site completely dedicated to Writer Nome. Although I'd probably still end up talking about giant squid and Matt Berry and stuff, so again, seems like a waste of time.

I don't know! Help me, Livejournal. I think I need a Pot Noodle for this.
naomi_jay: (blood path)
 Guys, Ethereal Tales is out now! You can totally buy a copy and read all the excellent stories in it, such as [livejournal.com profile] chaostheory 's A Slight Change of Plan, or[livejournal.com profile] rjpayne 's Deliver Me. Or indeed, my own Breaking Down.

Meanwhile, I've just written up the dedication and acknowledgements for SILVER KISS and emailed them off to James at QueeredFiction. This would totally call for jelly beans under other circumstances, but I've already eaten them. Maybe next time Pip and I hit the old-fashioned sweet shop, I should buy more than one tube. Then I wouldn't be in this predicament. 
naomi_jay: (black cat)
In other news, the Sneak Peek for issue six of Ethereal Tales is up now! Go take a look to see what the haps are. As well as my story, Breaking Down, there's also fiction by my housemate and platonic lifeparter, [livejournal.com profile] chaostheory , my fellow Girton writer [livejournal.com profile] rjpayne , and my fellow Damnation Books author, [livejournal.com profile] yolandasfetsos . What more could you ask for? 
naomi_jay: (riter)

In a piece of news that has totally driven away the terrible black mood I was in an hour ago, I have had a short story accepted for the next edition of Ethereal Tales! Yay! That makes three straight issues in a row for me, which is awesome.

What's even more awesome is that my fellow Girtonites, [livejournal.com profile] chaostheory  and [livejournal.com profile] rjpayne  have also had stories accepted! That's a Girton hat-trick, as well as a very first publication for my beloved[livejournal.com profile] chaostheory . If you like stories about accidentally causing the Apocalypse after getting into a drinking contest with the Four Horsemen, you'll love her story, so you should totally check out Ethereal Tales when it's released on January 29th.


naomi_jay: (butterfly)

Because I am off work all week, mwhahaha, and because I got my AFTERLIFE badges this morning, I bring you a daily dose of said AFTERLIFE. Enjoy!

 

Snikt! )

And if you'd like an AFTERLIFE badge, and maybe some other junk too, let me know! I'm happy to send them out to people coz I've got absolutely loads :)
 

naomi_jay: (mike)
I totally forgot to mention it, what with all the "excitement," but issue five of Ethereal Tales, featuring my short story Happy Anniversary, is now out. So if necromancers and gravedigging are your bag, you should check it out.

It also has stories by my fellow Damnation Books author, Lily, and Josie Gowler, who is a member of my fabulous writers' group.
 
naomi_jay: (riter)
Fancy a preview of October's Ethereal Tales? Of course you do! Because I'm in it! And you guys love me, right? And you want to read my short story, Happy Anniversary, right? Because it's about necromancers and grave-digging, and we all love that stuff, right?

Right.
naomi_jay: (Shadow woman)

The Small World Guide to Shoregrave

 With its clean, sandy beaches and trendy nightclubs, it’s no wonder Shoregrave has become such a popular tourist destination. Once upon a time, travellers might have visited to explore the city’s deadly history, but today’s modern holiday-goer will appreciate the unique boutiques and relaxed street cafes. Just one word of warning – avoid visiting in the winter when the rain is heavier and the temperature plummets.

So on October 1st I'm beginning my countdown to AFTERLIFE's release. I know! Two months! It's going to fly by for me, but in the mean time, I want to do everything I can to make you go out and grab a copy on December 1st. And if that means shoving AFTERLIFE and the world of Yasmin Stoker down your throat every day for two months... Well, so be it.

And I'm starting here with a bit of a blurb to let you know what the book is actually freaking about:

Life in the afterlife is about to get dangerous.

Yasmin Stoker is a ghost tour guide who spends her days showing tourists around Shoregrave’s haunted hotspots. She also happens to be a wraith who spends her nights hunting Revenants, newly-risen flesh-eating vampires. On one of her regular hunts, she witnesses a mysterious ghostly girl pulling the body of a teenage boy underground. Who – and what – is this girl, and why is she attacking men around the city? Yasmin investigates, but it quickly becomes clear that somebody wants to keep her from finding the killer and they’ll do anything – including ambushing her with ghouls and cacodaemons – to stop her.

With only a persistent private eye and a taciturn vampire (one of the Immaculate, no less) to help her, Yasmin must deal with fanatical necromancers, crazed ghosts, and a sexy history teacher in her quest to solve the mystery. And along the way she uncovers some heartbreaking truths about her own existence.

And if that didn't whet your appetite, from October I'll be giving you a virtual guided tour of Yasmin's home city, Shoregrave. The jazz bars, the graveyards, the cocktails, the monsters, all still to come! And if you're lucky, there'll be a giveaway or two along the way. Spread the word!
 

naomi_jay: (ice cream happens)
The good people at Damnation Books have decided to push forward the release of AFTERLIFE to December 1st 2009.

That's December 1st 2009, people. That's when my debut novel will be published. December 1st 2009. Me. My novel. AFTERLIFE. Published. As in, you can buy it and stuff.

Holy crap.

That's really not that far away! I wish wasn't at work surrounded by distinguised Japanese astrophysicists so I could jump around and scream like a crazy person. My debut novel will be published before the end of the year. I cannot say it enough! Expect shameless promotion and hopefully some giveaways to follow as I work through edits and gear up for release and generally wander through El Jay Land singing "AFTERLIFE will be publised on 1st December 2009, lalala!"

Speaking of which - anyone got thoughts on promotion? What you like, what you don't like, what might be fun? I've done giveaways in the past, and would like to do more if people are interested and it ties into AFTERLIFE's release.

That's AFTERLIFE, by the way. The debut novel by Naomi Clark, the woman who bought you ... um ... Apocalypse Squid. 1st December 2009. Totally buyable.
naomi_jay: (scarlett)
If you fancy a sneak preview of my short story, Burned, which will be out next week in Ethereal Tales, just click right here. Yeah, that's it. Right here.

I'm so excited - this is the first short story I've written that will be in an actual print magazine, as opposed to an ezine. I mean, I'm excited every time I get something published, but it's always nice when you can show your family without having to talk them through connecting to the internet first.
naomi_jay: (scarlett)
So, first of all I'm excited to announce that my short story Burned will be appearing in this month's Ethereal Tales. Yay! I love short story writing, so I'm always pleased when I actually get something published, and I'm especially pleased in this case because it's a Scarlett story. Scarlett and her gang of werewolves, necromancers, lost gods, and pyschics being my first writing love and all that.

Anyway, I've seen this on a few people's blogs, but[livejournal.com profile] kazdreamer  is encouraging everyone to do it, so here we are.

'I wish you were coming with me tonight.' - SILVER KISS (which is rolling along nicely, thanks!)

A fire storm was brewing. - Wonderland (which has stalled because I'm too lazy to work on the much-needed worldbuildling).

She ran through the forest, the metallic tang of blood in her nostrils - Wild (which one day I will finish rewriting because I love it, damn you).

The vampire slunk through the dead leaves and damp earth, a parody of the woman it had been in life - Death for the Born (don't really have any witty comments for this one).
naomi_jay: (lok2)
So the AVA technician at work has offered to build me a website (yay! Next step - business cards!) and I thought I'd trawl t'internet for short stories I'd had published over the past few years so I actually had something to put on the website. I couldn't find all of them, as a couple of the ezines don't have archives. But I found all these:

Unusual Appetites
Born and Dead in Brooklyn
The Lady in the Fog
Painless
Mercury Bones
Scream if You Know What I Did Last Friday 13th
Mirror, Mirror
1770

And since I'm here pimping myself, this is probably as good a time as any to remind you all that Queer Wolf is released in paperback on June 7th - just a few short days away!
naomi_jay: (glittery)

My strange sense of not-pessimism yesterday was clearly rooted in something cosmic. This morning I had a request from an agent I emailed last night (not sure if he wants a partial or the whole she-bang, waiting to hear back) AND an email from the editor of Midnight Times ezine accepting a short story I sent him almost a year ago. Now, I love Midnight Times. They've published two of my shorts in the past, and interviewed me a couple of years back. I'd completely forgotten I'd sent them this story and had assumed they weren't interested. I'm so pleased they took this story. It's one I wrote at uni at the height (or maybe depth?) of my depression, and it means a lot to me. I'd given up on finding a home for it. So. Kick-ass!

Also kick-ass is that I aced the HTML course I was sent on yesterday afternoon. Okay, it was HTML for beginners, but still. I raced ahead, finished the test before the instructor had even explained half of it, and got sent home early as a reward. Meaning I was able to enjoy leisurely afternoon full of Mars ice cream bars and hot water. Huzzahs all round!

ETA: It's a request for a full! Extra huzzahs! *throws confetti, eats cake* 
naomi_jay: (cobra commander)

Okay, enough moping, you guys. I've got a short story out today at Dark Fire Fiction - the feature story, no less. I heartily recommend you go check it out.

I'm putting Dark Eden on hold indefinitely to work on redrafting Wild. Deep down, I really believe I can make Lizzie's story a killer one and so everything else is taking a backseat while I look at the plot and get it up to scratch. I suspect one day I'll go back to Dark Eden, but as part of my new resolution to simplify my life, I'm focusing on one thing at a time for now.

Anyway, why are you still here? Dark Fire Fiction!

Painless

Oct. 1st, 2007 09:42 am
naomi_jay: (white woman)
 Dudes! I have a short story out as of today! Head on over to Midnight Times ezine to read Painless, a tale of theft and hard liquor.

Go now!

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