Wrapping up my long weekend

I already posted about all the family things and the Kentucky Derby. I didn’t get a mountain of stuff accomplished, but there is some.

I decided to put Lunar Boogie through Amazon’s machine. I like the way I can save a draft, review things, but not actually publish it. Stories in the hat series always have some last minute formatting issues. This is due to all the little graphics that go along with the stories. I even tried to use emojis at one point, but they didn’t translate.

I sent a message off to my formatter, and we’ll see what she can do about it. A few of the standard graphics moved around, too. That’s normal, and it’s nice to have a week or two to address everything.

I like to keep doing corny things in this series, because it’s part of the charm. Readers expect it, and it’s nice to change it up from time to time. I have plans to photograph a text thread eventually, then include it in a future book. Adding a photo should be just like adding a drawing.

I turned my attention to blog tour posts. Whenever I take a book on tour, I like to make every post unique. That way, I never feel bad about reblogging them all. They are more than a cover and blurb type post, and eventually I might snag a reader along the way. I have six written so far, but need a few more.

This morning, I turned my attention back to Lanternfish. It was moderately successful and involved Diego Palumbo doing some advance scouting and spying for Serang’s army. I created an unplanned situation that I like, but now I have to figure out what to do with it.

Diego tried to sell information to the Crier’s Guild about the new Royal Governor of Prelonia. He didn’t know whether the story was true or not, but hoped their reaction would either confirm or deny the rumor for him. He wound up being offered a position as a town crier in Hollish territory.

Diego accepted just to get the free gold. Of course he was always going to return to Serang. However, he now has the trappings of a town crier. Since Diego and Camila are cons, he could use these to spread false news that could wind up benefiting the Prelonian war effort.

Honestly, this happened on the fly, and I need some time to think about it. It could add a fun aspect to the story. Oh, and I actually used the word “miasma” in a sentence. It’s a good old-fashioned word that seems to fit the era of a Lanternfish tale. I like it.

All told, it only amounted to about half a chapter. No word count to post, because it wasn’t that big. I think it was a good section, and now I have to put the results of his spying into action. That’s a project for a different weekend.

Back to the paycheck job tomorrow.


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26 responses to “Wrapping up my long weekend

  1. I totally agree with you, Craig, about writing a unique post for each stop on a new book tour. I think it’s important because a lot of the same people visit all of the stops and it’s good to give them something different at each one. I look forward to reading “Lunar Boogie!”

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  2. I agree with you and Jan, different posts are good. Looking forward to the release.

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  3. I like the idea of different posts for a tour. Makes it nicer for everyone. Best wishes on the new one.

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  4. It sounds like things are coming together in Lanternfish. I’m hoping for a happy ending for the Palumbos–time to give up the cons and live the good life. And I’m still hoping for an HEA for Serang:)

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  5. I go back to the paycheck job tomorrow too. I didn’t get any WIP writing done yesterday but I managed three blog posts, so I’m happy with that.
    I do like when authors write different blog posts for each tour stop. It’s a lot of work, but well worth the effort IMHO.
    Congrats on your accomplishments!

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  6. Sounds like a productive weekend. Miasma is such an underused word too. I like getting the chance to put it in a sentence.

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  7. D.L. Finn, Author

    I like to see different posts at each spot even if only part if it is different. It’s fun when a new idea takes hold and throws some change in. I look forward to reading both stories:)

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  8. I can barely visit blogs at the moment. I’m getting no work done at all. I’m too busy with wedding prep. But I agree; different posts for all your stops is a must. And I hope you have me on your host list.

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  9. Totally agree, Craig. Since so many of us read the same blogs, it’s nice to have a unique post at each stop. Lot of work, though.

    Re: word count. It’s better to have a few of the right words than many wrong words. 😉

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  10. I always liked that you did unique posts for each blog – it’s a lot of work, but it really gives a broader view of the book.

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  11. I don’t do a lot of blog tours (actually…I’ve never done any) but I’ve done a share of guest posts during sales and whatnot and I always write unique ones for each. Even if they just settle for the basic, I try to do something different. No need for stale, reused material. 😉 Keep it fresh.

    Also, I like that you write corny things in the hat series (which I soo need to fricking move up my TBR list). Cheers!

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  12. It is always inspiring to hear about all your writing and marketing endeavors, Craig. Your creativity, devotion and stamina are inspiring. I, too, like the word “miasma.” Sending cheers your way….

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