I meant to do this Monday or Tuesday. But man, those days got away from me. This whole week has just disappeared, seriously.
And…it ended up being a good thing, because look what came yesterday!
My US author copies of CHASING MAGIC!!
So, what better thing to do than give one away, especially since we’re still several weeks away from release? Which means you could have a copy before then??
I’m not really giving a lot of thought to rules for this one, guys. I’m going to count just about anything/everything. Tweet about FINDING MAGIC. Blog about it. Mention it on Facebook or Goodreads; add it to your shelf or whatever. Review it. Talk about it. Buy it (of course). I’m not bothered. I’ll count just about anything. If you Tweet, use #findingmagic as a tag. If you do other stuff, email the link to Downsidearmy AT gmail DOT com.
Contest ends MONDAY at midnight (which will then be Tuesday). I’ll announce the winner Tuesday. And if you win, you’ll want to send me your mailing address quickly, because remember I am in the UK and while I’m willing to pay for faster shipping, no offense, but I’m not paying £50 to FedEx overnight or whatever. So if you want it before release we need to move quickly!!
Let’s get the word out on FINDING MAGIC!!
Remember my “Customer Service” post? A lovely reader/reviewer named Naomi Blackburn, who does a series of posts called “Authors Gone Wild” at Terri Giuliano Long’s blog, has also discussed the situation. Naomi has a Marketing/business background, which makes her take especially interesting. I definitely recommend the post, and not just because she says such kind things about me in it.
Elsewhere, the discussion has come up again about editorial services and should authors pay editors (to “polish” their work) before they submit to publishers and all of that. And again, self-editing is a skill you need to have. Really. You should be able to do it. I would never recommend that someone pay an editor before submitting to a publisher.
But. If you’re being rejected repeatedly and don’t know why, it *might* not be a bad idea. It’s not necessary but it *might* be worthwhile. And if you’re self-publishing? It could very well be very worthwhile; in fact it’s an awfully good idea.
The problem is in finding an editor, because you want someone who really knows what they’re doing. You want someone with experience who actually knows what they’re talking about. Which is why I can feel pretty confident in saying that if you decide you’d like to hire an independent editor–and remember, anyone who tells you that you MUST do so before submitting to an agent or publisher doesn’t know the first thing about what they’re talking about–I know of one who will be worth your money, and that person is Debra Doyle, Ph.D. Debra is multi-published in NY (along with her husband James D. Macdonald). She’s been teaching writing at Viable Paradise for twenty-something years. She’s worth your time and money.
Let’s see, what else? I have/had a few other things to discuss, but I think those are going to be longer posts.
So how about some reviews?! So all of you thinking of entering the FINDING MAGIC contest will know what you’re getting?
CHASING MAGIC’s first reviews are IN:
I love each book in this series more than the last one. Stacia Kane has outdone herself as usual with Chasing Magic… If you haven’t started this series yet, get on it! If you like dark, edgy, urban fantasy with a side of tortured romance this is the series for you. Stacia Kane has an incredible ability to convey fantasy in such a way that I have a vivid mental image of everything in Downside including the characters in a way that many authors strive to accomplish I’m sure.
5/5 from Addicted2Heroines (warning: BIG SPOILERS IN REVIEW):
Chasing Magic, the fifth installment of Stacia Kane’s innovative and dark Downside Ghosts series is, in my opinion, the best book of the series to date…. This is one of, if not the best, urban fantasy series out there right now. It would be a shame for you to miss this epic story.
There was so much in this book … so much love, so much self-realization, so much OMG, so much character development from characters I would have considered fully developed … I really can’t find fault with this book. At all.
And if you have read any of my reviews, there is always something that bothers me about a book. Not always something that makes me rate it lower, but something.
Nothing is perfect.
Except this. Chasing Magic easily gets 5 stars from me.
Aaaaand, to see what you’re buying:
Kane manages to help fans of the Downside series understand Chess a bit more by giving us this vulnerable view into her youth.
So…get on out there and enter! (Um, no pun intended.)