Christmas Mega-Giveaway!

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Science Fiction and Fantasy Promotion
3-4 December 2016

This monthly event is on again this weekend. Over 100 authors have made their books FREE.

The best part: this promotion is NOT limited to Amazon only. There are pages for books on Kobo, Nook, Google Play, iBooks and Smashwords.

This month, we have a contest to win $100 towards your Christmas bills. Get extra entries for referring your friends. Details on the page.

Click on the link above, or go to pattyjansen.com/promo!

Instafreebie promotion!

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There’s a great little site called Instafreebie where you can try out new authors for free. It’s similar to finding free ebooks on Amazon, but it’s more helpful to the author, besides offering Nook, Kobo, etc. I’m part of a big science fiction and fantasy promotion where you can pick just one book or all of them! I submitted a new Christmas fantasy romance called That Christmas You Remember. Enjoy!

Mash Story short list!

I dabbled in flash fiction last month and submitted a piece to Mash Stories (mashstories.com). Much to my surprise, I was recently contacted by the editor to let me know my story made it to their short list and is in the competition for their quarterly prize! Fun! Here’s the link and if you feel like voting for it, that’d be awesome too! (Everything has votes now, right?)

Also, as a teaser, it began as a chapter in my modern re-telling of Jane Eyre which should be coming out this fall!

New Release! Spo novella…

“Self,” I said to myself, “maybe you should try writing short form fiction. People say it’s Evaluate2flatSMALLgood practice and boy do you take FOREVER to write novels. (Yes, you can write one in a month, but then what do you do? You pick your toenails and drink hot chocolate and refuse to edit.) So, self, here’s the deal. Write a short story. Pull that tooth.”

So I started a short story. Which turned into a novella (at roughly 20,000 words), and it took me so long. 🙂 I don’t love writing fast for its own sake, but my life is so hectic that if I lose momentum, the chances of finishing are inversely proportional to the likelihood that a toddler pounding on the keyboard and sucking on the mouse will accidentally delete the whole thing (and all its back up copies). The odds of finishing STINK, is what I’m saying. So, I’m trying different methods to learn how to write faster.

My scientific conclusion: novellas are right out. (<-Read that with a British accent.) Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m quite proud of my little story! Writing a whole character arc in that little space forced me to really delve into tone and theme and character flaws and hit the beats. It’s one of the best things I’ve written, frankly, with one of my favorite characters, because of those constraints.

But man, it was hard. I felt like a baby trying to walk in a sleep bag. Does anybody use sleep bags for their toddler? They’re awesome, provide a good bit of room to wiggle but keep the kid from throwing off the blanket in the night. Anyway, sometimes my eight-year-old liberates the baby from her pack-n-play (’cause we’re cheap and never got the fourth one a crib or anything), and she toddles around in her sleep bag. Step, step, thud. Stepstepstep. THUD.

Where was I?

I don’t know. Anyway, new novella, favorite character, yada, yada, yada.

Thanks, have a great night.

Corrie

Nanowrimo 2015

I’m doing it again. Nuff said, right? 🙂

If you’re not familiar with it, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, when people from all over try their darnedest to finish a 50,000 word novel in November. Now that I’m more familiar with indie publishing, I know that a lot of people do this sort of thing every month, and that blows me away.

I’m a slow writer, and a part-time writer, so for me, like many of you, 50,000 in a month is no small feat! This year I’m a little exhausted, so I’m doing a modern retelling of Jane Eyre. I’m getting all the fun of writing but I don’t have to come up with plot or character motivations! (Actually, I am changing some of that, but it’s SO much easier to mess with an existing story than create my own!) 🙂

I venerate Jane Eyre and almost everything the Brontes wrote, so it feels a bit sacrilegious to do my own version. But… well, there’s no but, it just does. However, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies sure helped me squish that voice down to my subconscious!

Wish me luck. I’m off to desecrate a classic.

Corrie