Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Writing Goals/Resolutions for 2016

It's almost a new year, so it's time to make some resolutions/set a few goals! I should probably be making personal/school related goals as well, but right now, the only goals and resolutions I've managed to set are related to writing and publishing.

My resolutions are the same as last year:

1. Write and/or Edit everyday. Currently at day 344 (today is day 344) of the streak. I'm the sort that, when on a streak, will do anything to keep the streak. Conversely, when I break the streak, I go on a long, long hiatus. So here's to hoping this writing streak stays.

2. Give feedback every day. Currently at day 260. The number for this is smaller (and will always be smaller), because there are days where I can only feedback or write, and I'll choose to write.

Writing Goals for 2016:

1. Publish Beauty's Daughter, which is the sequel to The Nutcracker King (if possible, I want to finish the second draft/main rewrite by this year!)

2. Finish the first draft (at least) of The Goblin Apple, which will be the sequel (of sorts) to Beauty's Daughter and The Nutcracker King aka third book in series.

3. Publish one of the short story collections at 0.99 (cause these are SHORT). I have a collection of satirical stories (on Japanophiles like me) and one of Biblical parable retellings. I have to choose one, get a cover for it, and get it copy edited. Any preferences as to which?

Stretch goals (in case I'm suddenly super productive and get the work done early):

4. Finish Mi & You, this WIP that's been a WIP for the last few years. Maybe I'll post chapter 1 here one day to give myself pressure lol.

5. Decide what I want to do with Free of Heart (this year's NaNo). If I decide to publish, I want to finish the second draft by the end of 2016 as well.

I actually have a lot more WIPs (and plot bunnies nibbling at my brain), but I want to focus on these first! With any luck, announcements about goal 1 will be made before June this year, and goal 3 sometime before or after that.

What are you goals and/or resolutions?

Saturday, 5 December 2015

The Nutcracker King - Published!

I don't really know how to announce this, so I'm just going to come right out and say it - I've self-published my first novella!

The Nutcracker King was one of the stories that I wrote for last year's NaNoWriMo rebel project, and after one year of rewriting, fiddling with the sentences, and general procrastination due to fear of embarking on the next step, I finally worked up the courage to self-publish.

Of course, this wouldn't have been possible without a lot of people. The Google+ community got me back into writing as a habit and gave me many self-publishing role models, and WriteOn gave me more author friends like M.N. Arzu and Lincoln Cole, who not only provided me with encouragement, but took away all my silly excuses not to self-publish. And the Dayre community - I just entered the community, but all of them have been lovely and supportive.

And of course, my friends, like James who did a mock-up cover that got me so excited I immediately opened D2D accounts and started formatting. And Rachel, who did the actual cover. And everyone else, who spent the time listening to me talk about how I want to publish without pouring cold water on my dreams (as well as reading my first drafts).

Without further ado, The Nutcracker King:

What if there was no ‘Happily Ever After’?

It has been eight years since the defeat of the Mouse King. Marie has never told the Nutcracker she loves him, and he has never broken the curse. Instead, Marie dances her nights away at Marzipan castle every night, while the Nutcracker tries to break the curse. Desperate, he uncovers a dark secret about his kingdom, and decides to use the knowledge to reverse the curse. In the end, who will get their happily ever after - Marie or the Nutcracker?

This story is a roughly 30,000 word novella.

As a new author, I'd really love some reviews (and sales. But I'm focusing on reviews first). If anyone would like a review copy, please email me at eustacia.tan[at]gmail.com, letting me know if you would like an ePub or mobi copy, and I'll send one to you straight away. Review copies are available until the 12th of December.

And to end, buy links! My novella is available on:
Amazon (link leads to the .com site)
Page Foundry
Tolino (Can't find the link, sorry)