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I would love your opinion!

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My favorite books have always had their own shrine. As a matter of fact, my favorite trilogy (and the preceding book) I happen to own all four books in hard cover, soft cover and Kindle versions (I couldn’t find the preceding book on Kindle. So obsessive little me found the author’s website and her email and asked her nicely why she did not have her book on Kindle?ย  Her response had been because the first book was out of print and she’d have to do it herself.) A year later, I checked, and it’s on there ๐Ÿ™‚ I bought it right away!!!!!!!!!

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Anyway where was I??? Oh yes, MY writing! The picture I posted at the top got me off topic.

Ok so here’s my question: What would you, my awesome fellow bloggers and readership, think if I posted free short stories on Amazon to download? I have short stories related to my series, and some that aren’t related to my series. Asking for opinions in my blog usually gets me an opinion (two if I’m lucky), so I really invite EVERYONE to offer their thoughts!

My thought is this may help as a marketing strategy. I think people are more inclined to buy something that somebody has written if they’ve read stuff from them first, and all I’ve given you all is partial stories and snippets. Where’s the fun in that? I want to offer full stories for free (free is always easier!). Short stories are easy to read, they’re quick, they’re fun, and I don’t mind giving them out ๐Ÿ™‚

So here’s the opinion I am looking to soak up from your awesome minds: Do you think you would be more inclined to purchase something from an author whose work you’ve already read?

Thanks!

Stacey

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โ€œI became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanityโ€

-Edgar Allan Poe

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Secret Agent Man….

Where, oh where are you, elusive literary agent man? (Or woman?) I have been searching for so very long… off and on… and now I need you, I want you, I’m calling your name (and for now, it is simply Secret Agent Man) so where, where are you, Secret Agent Man?

As you could guess, I am now actively in the process of searching for an agent. I decided to go the agent route, because (although they get a cut of my money those greedy people wanting paid for their work…) they know what they’re doing and hopefully won’t get me screwed over by a publisher like I have seen for others time and time again (Ok, Secret Agent Man, if you can do this, I don’t mind you getting a cut of whatever little I may or may not make.)

However, as time consuming and horrifyingly nerve wracking as it can (and will) be (trust me I’ve tried this before it’s no picnic) I am bound and determined to find one.ย  A good one. A decent one that will do his (or her) job and won’t screw me over. It happens very often. I don’t want it happening to me, I’ve been working on my series for twelve years now, and other than a 6 month respite and the occassional week or two off, I’ve written every single day of my life for 12 years (well more like 14), mainly on that series, and I’m in the process of redoing every single book (face it, not many want to read adult fantasy novels written by an inexperienced 14 year old. My new books definitely have a better flavor to them.) I have dedicated my life to my work and now I want the world to experience it. In order to do this I must find Secret Agent Man. If I try and deal with publishers myself I’ll end up in a pickle or some other bad place not deli food related (unless I get myself in a tomato, then that’s just messy.)

So wish me luck, and wish Secret Agent Man luck too, because chances are, he’ll either love or hate to deal with me ๐Ÿ˜‰ But that’s a moot point until it happens, and even then all that matters is finding someone to have as much faith in my writing as I do. I guess that’s a good thing.

Stacey

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Words Never Die

Recently, I had to kill off a character of mine, and I’m not happy about it. Not because I didn’t love him, though I didn’t know him very well, but because I hate killing off my characters.

Somewhere inside I know that every character I create is a piece of myself, as is true for most writers, so when I end up having to kill one of them I can’t help but think… what part of me just died?

If it helps, he died with honor protecting the love of his life (what better way to die?) And it was a quick death. But I feel for his widow now, too, because she doesn’t deserve the pain and she’s expecting a child. And I’ve known her since she was born! She was born in my first book in fact, and now I have to kill her husband? I feel just awful.

However, without his honorable passing, any number of destructive things could happen to either of them and his death was the only way to save her and their unborn son. I hate when that happens.

It brings perspective to a lot of things, including a real-life passing recently of a beloved family dog- that pain from this kind of loss can never really go away. But neither can the love you felt for the one who has passed. There are more people grieving the death of our beloved dog than I even knew had known the dog. And everyone remembers him fondly!

So if you find yourself in the predicament “how do I kill off my character without being too devastated???” Think about the characters that loved the character whose fate lies in your hands. His/her family, friends, even pets. Think about the impact the character had on those in their life and even their surroundings. Decide what kind of a difference that person made and how they made your story and other characters better. Only then can you truly be at peace with the character’s passing. I mean, I hate to say this, but I find it much easier killing a bad guy than one of my good guys.

Either way, I know I have made peace with his passing- and I know his widow has too. After all, she did name their newborn son after him ๐Ÿ™‚

-Stacey

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http://www.youtube.com/user/StaceyKatheryn

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