Quandary? It’s nothing too problematic, more a question of ethics really. A question of whether I have any, and if so, how much do they cost? You see, every now and again I get offers from advertising companies who’d like to pay me for advertising their product on my blog. I’m sure you’ve all received the same thing if you are a fellow blogger. Sounds great? But so far, the randomness of their product has meant I said no thanks… I didn’t want to back anything on my author/bookish blog which wouldn’t add value to it, in some way. Authors can come along and leave all their links – within reason – for free. I want to support them. Call it Karma 🙂 I used to have the Rooster Review badge up in my other blog and got a little from that, but felt it was a dodgy service, once I thought about it: Paying for reviews – what are your thoughts on this? Anyway, I decided not to put it up on this blog when I moved from Blogger to WP private hosting.
But especially recently, I have costs coming out of my ears for the publication of Finding Esta, running this blog, and well, everything else, with no real income. The book cover designer, the editor, the formatter, etc, all costs cash and well, I’ve thought about how it might be a great help.
What are your thoughts on this kind of thing?
Now for a little story:
Anyone ever play bingo? 🙂 I used to play it with my Nan, Granddad, Aunties and Uncles at the Rushall Labour Club on weekends as a child – a real family outing, it was – usually while my brother and I were weekend house guests at our grandparents. The prizes were naff but at that age, we didn’t care much. Brian drank Coke and I drank Babycham or Vimto and we both munched on Walkers crisps or pork pies.
We’d both wait up at until our dad returned home from work – he was a doorman at a number of pubs/clubs/bars for years always had a drama to share about the evenings exploits.
When I grew older, I’d meet up and play it with my dad on occasional week days. It removed the onus on us to converse, which meant I had less chance to nag him to sort his life out. The bingo halls were smokey, smelt of the shell-fish which was for sale at least once every weekend night, and the punters were also quite unsavoury, if you scratched beneath the surface.
I only ever won at bingo once, and all I got for it was a plastic table-cloth. I imagine that’s why the bingo pros head down to their nearest Cheekybingo.com, where the prizes are vastly better than that, where there is no smoking allowed and only the fun is up for sale.
Writing: I received the first part of my editors notes last night and I’m yet to see all of them, but what I have seen is FANTASTIC! I mean, she changed a few chapters around and solved a serious issue which had totally eluded me for 12 months. Brilliant. She’s going to send me her changes as she goes and hopes t complete 20th November – again EXCELLENT because it gives me a month to going through it once more, get it formatted and publish it, all before December 21st (winter). Finding Esta with be ready and up for sale before Christmas and within the promotional Autumn deadline. Hurrah!
I’m still wondering whether to try an indie publisher or go totally alone. Anyone know of the best indie publishers of New Adult/Urban Fantasy?
Reading: I HAVE MY NEW KINDLE FIRE HD and it ROCKS! I’m reading Redemption for review and its going well, although I’m finding so little time to actually read. November is a busy month! I’ve also been sporadically reading Scrivener for Dummies (great resource) as and when, various writing books, and lots of articles for research.
NaNoWriMo: I’m (re)writing Finding Luna, The Supes Series Book 2 (which I wrote for my first NaNo last year). The story itself is going really well and is a vast improvement on last years effort (which I’ve not even used yet – yes, all of the 25k are new words, not re-written words. I am hoping to link the new to the old at some point but it doesn’t seem to be the right time just yet.
Word count: approx 26k – I’d like to have down more by this stage, but I have to be realistic. We have house guests and we’re out most evening, so I’m tired all day rendering my head of limited use. Still, I’m not behind yet so I’m not worrying (too much). Scrivener helps and hinders, but I know overall that although is slows me down a little, what I’ll end up with will be vastly better than I’d produce without it. And the more I use it, the more natural it feels to write with it.
Blogging: Trying to fit visits in as and when. Trying to keep on top of all the posts and those of others. I’m failing abysmally however… I’ll do better in December – promise. 🙂
Social Networking: Still sharing and commenting, in bouts. Had a huge issue with Triberr, but I sorted that out. Still, a handful of posts were not shared at all and that’s not great.
Bobby: Is a joy and a blessing, but hugely distracting. But I wouldn’t change it. We already love him so much.
House Guests: Busy!! Out most days and every night. Carolyn (sis-in-law) will be having a Twilight day tomorrow before going to watch the final instalment – Breaking Dawn part 2. 🙂 We also went to several restaurants (including the Buddha Bar – see pics) and we’ll be on a taught for our friends birthday Saturday. Hurrah… but when the hell I’m supposed to read/write blog posts/write for NaNo, I’m not sure. 🙂
Health: Eating all the wrong foods, drinking too much vino, sleeping to few hours, no exercise – It’s all going horribly wrong, but I’ll get back on it December.
fiftyfifty.me: I may quit updating the movies – it’s becoming a drag; I watch so many. The challenge only required 50 in the year and I’ve watched 3 x’s that if not more. The reading is coming along though, and I really need to update the list and Pinterest, and post some reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.
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