When 2014 was new, we had a “Fugitive Fiction Revolution” during which we made changes of attitude and updated some policies. I’m feeling the need for another yearly reassessment of where this publishing venture is going and how to adjust course as an author to make my journey toward freedom a shorter one. So those thoughts are swirling around right now, and while I may not enumerate them for all to read here, I’ll be working on that behind the scenes. One change is quite obvious right now, though, if you’ve been reading this blog at all lately: I changed the look of this blog. Again.
I did really, really like that “magazine” layout. I liked the look, I loved that there were images everywhere that made it easy to browse recent posts and pick out something that interested you. That was great.
The big drawback—and the main reason for the change back to the old style—was that I couldn’t insert a column of images or links along the side. As an author, I feel like having all my attractive book covers displayed for your perusal is important. The “magazine” style had a hidden column that only appeared if you activated it, and then it only showed a small black box that would link to somewhere if you clicked it.
Not as useful. I really wish I could combine the two styles, but I didn’t see that as an option. I might be able to do that with another site provider, but that would mean uprooting and moving all my stuff, as well as having all my links and printed materials out there not going where they’re supposed to anymore, which would suck. I’m already facing that with a box full of bookmarks that bear the old website that Google allowed to vanish out from under me because they wouldn’t respond to my calls for help, so…
Another factor of my 2015 Revolution is a reduction in cyber-time spent doing… well, pretty much everything. I only recently got onto Twitter and I've been trying to “build my platform” and network and meet other fine writers that way, but again… That’s time NOT WRITING. So those of you on Twitter, please don’t feel offended if I don’t follow-back or seem to pay a lot of attention there, because, well, I’m doing more productive things with my limited free time. (Note that if you send me a direct message, though, I will respond in relatively short order.)
I also spent some time, and will spend more, updating the Fugitive Fiction website. Click here to check it out, especially if you’re interested in ordering paperback books, and especially if you’re a bookstore or interested in ordering multiple Fugitive Fiction paperbacks. You’ll find good rates there.
(Please note, though, that it isn’t worth the resources required to make that “bookstore” there fully functional at this time, so if you want to order any, do use the Contact Form and we’ll get back to you and make it happen.)
Okay, I guess that’s all I have to say on this topic for now.
OH WAIT! It’s worth noting (or tooting, as in my own horn) that ever since Hungry Gods released there has only been one day thus far that I haven’t sold books, which is very exciting!
And speaking of that kind of encouragement, I need to get back to work on “Invasion”. It’ll be the longest story in Dreams of Flying, which will be a collection of four or five in the Identity Crisis series, shedding a little light on some of the backgrounds hinted at in Hungry Gods. Planning to publish around June of this year, if all goes according to plan.
Okay, that’s it. Thanks for reading!