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    Spar
    by Nikko Lee

    A closeted black belt comes to terms with his bisexuality when he takes an openly gay student as his new sparring partner.

  • Wolf Creek: Gay Werewolf Romance
    Wolf Creek: Gay Werewolf Romance
    by Nikko Lee, Digital Fiction

    Life as a gay omega werewolf is no fairytale.

  • Bon Appetit: Stories & Recipes for Human Consumption
    Bon Appetit: Stories & Recipes for Human Consumption
    by Donald Jacob Uitvlugt, Rev. Thomas Thorn, Nikko Lee, Dax Bordas, Sebastian Bendix, Rick Powell, Misty Tyers, J. N. Cameron
    Contains Bouillon de Bebe 
  • NECRONOMICUM #2 (NECRONOMICUM: The Magazine of Weird Erotica)
    NECRONOMICUM #2 (NECRONOMICUM: The Magazine of Weird Erotica)
    by Gary Budgen, Julian Darius, Richard Greico Jr, Nikko Lee, K. A. Opperman, Alice Renard, Rose Banks, Paul St. John Mackintosh, Michael Seese

    Contains Instabiable by Nikko Lee

  • Zombiefied Reloaded: The Search for More Brains
    Zombiefied Reloaded: The Search for More Brains
    by Carol Hightshoe, Cynthia Ward, Terry M. West, Christie Meierz, Dana Bell, Mary E. Lowd, Patrick J. Hurley, Francis W. Alexander, Liam Hogan

    Brainatarian by Nikko Lee

  • Coming Back
    Coming Back
    by James Arthur Anderson, Brian Barnett, Dave Fragments, Shawna Galvin, Vince Darcangelo, Ken Goldman, Michael Lindquist

    Contains A Mother Knows by Nikko Lee (paperback available at Lulu.com)

  • Wolf Warriors: The National Wolfwatcher Coalition Anthology
    Wolf Warriors: The National Wolfwatcher Coalition Anthology
    by Jonathan W. Thurston

    Contains Great Mother Wolf by Michelle Knowlton

  • People Eating People: A Cannibal Anthology
    People Eating People: A Cannibal Anthology
    by Frank Larnerd, Tony Peak, Geoff Gander, Shenoa Caroll-Bradd, Robert Hart, Nikko Lee, Kyle Yadlosky, Edward Martin III

    Contains Bouillon de Bebe by Nikko Lee

  • Valves & Vixens: Steampunk Erotica
    Valves & Vixens: Steampunk Erotica
    by Nicole Gestalt, Crysta Coburn, J.T Seate, Nikko Lee, V.C., Zak Jane Keir, Blair, Regina Kammer, Jim Lee

    Contains Boson's Mate by Nikko Lee

  • The Big Book of Bizarro
    The Big Book of Bizarro
    by Rich Bottles Jr.

    Contains Honey-Do by Nikko Lee

  • Between Love and Lust
    Between Love and Lust
    by Nikko Lee

    E-book

    Print-on-demand paperback

  • Templar and Other Stories of Suspense and Terror (Vampires 2, Volume 4)
    Templar and Other Stories of Suspense and Terror (Vampires 2, Volume 4)
    by J. Troy Seate, Patricia McCarthy, Nikke Lee, Andrea Saavedra, James Hartley, Edward McKeown, Mike Graves, J.E. Gurley, Zakk Erikson, David Bernstein C.C. Blake

    Contains Pure Delight by Nikko Lee

Entries in Writing Worry (5)

Tuesday
Aug162016

Writing Worry #38: When to submit

This summer has been busy between expecting our second, chasing around a toddler and trying to get together with friends and family before the arrival of #2. It has left little time or energy for writing. As my self-imposed deadline for submission of November is right around the corner, I am faced with the choice of submitting as is or accepting that it will be another year to two before the manuscript is ready.

I wrote the outline for Safe Word nearly 5 years ago, the first draft 3 years ago. I've never worked on a project this long and stuck with it. Either a new idea comes along or I just get frustrated with the state of the manuscript and trunked it.

The current manuscript is okay. I could probably submit it as is, but there are some known problems:

  1. Some fact checking confirmed that scenes with the pathologist character are not true to life. In fact, I need to give her a different job so she can have access to the information she needs to have access to and re-write just about every scene that happens in the morgue because it isn't the way things are done in the Minneapolis medical examiner's office.
  2. I have yet to fact check with the Minneapolis police department to make sure my police proceedure is somewhat rounded in reality versus TV logic.
  3. One of my biggest flaws as an author is having too many unnecessary words. It slows the pace and risks losing the reader.
  4. Second biggest flaw is the absence of scene setting. I'm a minimalist when it comes to setting the scene, but my new writing group has helped me realize that I only needs to add in a few details as a part of the blocking to ground the reader.
  5. The constant need for line edits.

My impulse is to submit this manuscript and let the chips fall where they may. However, the more I think about it the more I realize there are some very concrete things I can do to make a great manuscript out of a good one and maybe even be able to draw the attention of an agent or print-based publication.

I guess I have my answer. Patience and perseverance.

Monday
Feb222016

Writing Worry #34: Finding good beta readers

After losing count of the number of revisions on a manuscript, it's easy to become edit-blind. At some point, every author has to turn their beloved fledgling story over to someone else to read. Before venturing into the deep end of queries and submissions, beta readers are an author's best friends.

These rare and elusive readers are willing to accept a completed manuscript that may still be an diamond in the rough and give feed back about what they liked or didn't and what they found interesting or confusion.

I admit it. I seek out beta readers. I solicit my friends and family. I read at writing groups. I make general pleas on my Facebook account. I even offer to exchange manuscripts with kindred authors I meet on the off chance that they are as desperate as I am for beta readers.

When all the revisions and edits are done, I'm always struck with the fear that no one will want to read what I've spent months, years usually, working on. As an author, it's hard to tell if I've been able to transfer the story and characters that have fermented in my brain onto the page.

Beta readers come in all varieties and serve multiple purposes.

-The 'I liked/loved it' beta is a great confidence booster.

-The Line Editor beta can catch many of the typos and mistakes the author no longer sees.

-The Big Picture beta often makes suggestions about characters or the plot that can make the difference between an okay storyand a truly satisfying one.

-The 'I stopped reading' beta can be the most valuable because they can give an author insight as to where the reader's attention is being lost.

Over the last month, I've received numerous comments from beta readers of Spar (M/M erotic romance set in a karate dojo). The corrections and suggestions helped me polish the manuscript enough for submission. Big thankyous to everyone who read. Look for exciting news about Spar in the near future.

If you have a chance, beta read for a new author. Be kind, but be honest. It can make the difference between staying in the purgatory of submission and getting accepted for publication.

Friday
Feb052016

Writing Worry #33: Speaking to an empty room

Since publishing Wolf Creek, I've been doing my utmost to get the word out about the book. That has meant soliciting reviews, guest blog posts, a Twitter takeover, library author talks, and anything else I can think of. It's hard to know if any of these efforts are reaching readers.

In January, I gave an author talk at the Blue Hill library. Or rather I was scheduled to do so, but no one showed up to listen. It's January. It's dark and cold in the evenings. I can fully understand people not wanting to leave their warm and cozy homes.

This was my third library talk for Wolf Creek - fourth as an author. It's a little disappointing but beyond my control. All I can do as an author is be willing to get out there and find my audience.

I take this as another author accomplishment that everyone has to go through. Now to figure out where to speak next.

Friday
Oct162015

Writing Worry #32: Finding my audience

Last night I had the opportunity to speak at the Ellsworth Public Library with Melissa Walshe. I was so glad to see some familiar faces in the crowd. There's nothing quite like having the support of your friends. With a radio interview on WERU with Linda Washburn planned for October 25 and another library talk Dec. 3 in Blue Hill, I'm looking for ways of getting Wolf Creek to the audience I wrote it for.

Who is that audience? Certainly, I think that people of all ages, genders and orientation will enjoy Wolf Creek. When I wrote Wolf Creek, I was writing to people who feel like they need to hide who they are just to find a place where they belong. It's a feeling I've struggled with like so many people. Specifically, I wanted to reach out to gay teens who may be feeling oppressed just like Josh.

Now that Wolf Creek is published, I'm left wondering how do I reach out to that audience. The reality is that I'm a nearly forty year old straight woman. I have no way of knowing if I've hit the mark with my target audience until I can put my book in front of them.

I'm going to try to find opportunities to promote Wolf Creek within Maine's LGBT community, the local high schools and colleges. This is an extra challenge compared to my previous publications that were largely aimed at my demographic. If anyone has any suggestions, I'm all ears.

Saturday
Sep122015

Writing Worry #31: Getting the book to readers

Wolf Creek is now published. Hurray! Now the real work of sellling Wolf Creek to readers begins.

With so many books being published every day. It's a real challenge to get one book to stand out and to convince readers to part with their well-earned cash for a new author.

In the weeks leading up to Wolf Creek's publication, I've been working hard to come up with a variety of ways to get Wolf Creek in front of potential readers. Prizm Books has a complete marketing package that includes garnering reviews, a press release, promotion on their social media sites, blogging opportunities, a Twitter take over and a bunch of other suggestions.

On top of that I've been using Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr to promote Wolf Creek's release. I've recruited my beta readers to be advanced readers and post reviews on Goodreads.

I even whipped out iMovie and put together a basic video trailer.

Library talks have been scheduled with my local libraries. Emails have gone out to my favorite podcasts to try to get a mention.

Having published a novel before, I know how important this next step is. If I can't garner enough attention to get Wolf Creek noticed, it will fade into obscurity and the sequels will never get written. Even while Safe Word waits for a re-write and ideas for Wolf Creek's sequel float to the surface, I've got to keep one eye out for ways to promote Wolf Creek.

A book only comes alive when it's read.