Wednesday, October 29, 2014

time for NaNo once more

Hi,

I'm just clearing my office to make room for my NaNoWriMo project. This year, I'm going for a 25-30K novella (#4 in my Treasures Retold series) including translation. I know that's rebelling, but I#ve rebelled nearly every time I participated.

Are you going to be there? If so, buddy me if you like.
See you there,
Cat

Friday, October 10, 2014

Cover Design by Yourself

For Indie authors, one of the biggest obstacles to attract reader attention is the cover. Hiring a good cover designer is expensive (although I absolutely recommend it), but getting someone unexperienced will cost sales. Despite the saying, people do judge a book by the cover.

Since I'm not exactly rich, I have been doing the covers for my books myself and learned by looking at other people's covers. I was never satisfied with the results. Therefore, I spend some of my hard earned money on a cover design course by WMG publishing (owner is Indie author guru Dean Wesley Smith), and it was brilliant.

I learned so much in such a short time (the courses are mostly 6 weeks long). We covered everything from the basics to branding, and although I'm not someone who can afford InDesign, using my ancient but faithful Photoshop 7 and the free GIMP program worked well for me.

I highly recommend this workshop if you plan on doing your own covers. It is money well spent.

Friday, October 3, 2014

I'm starting a series of fairy tale retellings

Hi,

when I learned to read, I inhaled fairy tales. The first book I ever wrote (now sleeping peacefully in a drawer) was a fairy tale kind of story. Many of my early attempts, handed in to editors with a hopeful heart, reminded of fairy tales. And then... nothing for many, many years. I wrote Fantasy, SciFi, Urban Fantasy, Historical novels and even Non-Fiction, but never a fairy tale any more. I guess it was because of all the rejections I got and that basically said, fairy tales don't sell.

These days, I believe differently. So when my Muse (my creative side) offered me a series of fairy tale retellings at novella length (100 pages max.), I was delighted. In three months, I wrote three stories, revised them and translated two of them. There are more to come since I already got ideas for at least two more stories set in the same world. I'm having a blast.

But for now, I have the pleasure to announce the release of the first volume in my "Treasures Retold" series: The Dwarf and the Twins, a retelling of "Snow White and Rose Red" by the Brothers Grimm.

The original story of "Snow White and Rose Red" by the Brothers Grimm tells us of two innocent maidens who help a talking bear through the winter. They also help a vicious dwarf despite his bouts of anger. In this tale, the dwarf is a little different, as is the bear... 

Martin lives a solitary life in the kingdom's big forest. One day, he encounters a pregnant woman who is fleeing from the king's soldiers. Little does he know that helping her will change his life forever, for the twins she bears will not stand idly by when his life is threatened.

The books in this series will all contain the retelling, a bonus story and the original tale (for some fairy tales will be quite unknown).

I hope you will have as much fun reading the tale as I had writing it. Please help me spread the word.
Thanks in advance,
Cat