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Katharina

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going Indie

It’s been a while since I posted but I hope you are still looking in once in a while.

A couple of friends and I have decided to open an independent publishing company, the Independent Bookworm. The first two stories by my colleague William L. Hahn are already out. He writes heroic fantasy. Debbie Mumford will publish next, she concentrates on romance and fantasy (usually with a historical angle). I’ll go life with a full 90K novel at the beginning of next month, depending on when my book trailer is done (yes, someone is making a truly great booktrailer for me, and she’s so good… I’ll promote her in a different blogpost. Promised).

If you are interested in reading stories from Will, Debbie or me, join our mailing list. You’ll get the free eBook of “The Witches of Greenwitch” including all pictures and the reason why I wrote the story in the first place, plus a short story each from Will and Debbie.

I’m looking forward to hear from you,
Katharina

e-book challenge: scheduling time

I am back into the rhythm of writing and if all goes well, my “Non-Linear Fairy Tale Murder Mystery” will be done some time in August. If you want a chance on winning a place as a beta reader, go to my regular blog for the naming contest.

After reading everything about e-publishing I could get my hands on, I decided to give it a try. As a first step, I took stock. There is no use going digital if I don’t have novels to publish. Of course, I’ve got plenty in German but that doesn’t help me much since Germany is not (yet) big on e-book sales. But I found that I’ve got two YA historical novels and one MG historical Fantasy that might be a good fit.

So, my next step is to review all three stories for issues of language, spelling and grammar. I’ll do my best there but you have to be prepared for minor hickups. After all, English isn’t my first language, and people do notice once in a while. I hope you can live with that.

I will keep you posted on my progress,
Katharina

If you’re interested in something private…

… go to my other blog where I have posted some photos from my trip to Bavaria. I’ll get back to you soon about my publishing plans for this year.

Katharina

E-book Challenge

I decided long ago that I wanted to publish this story as an e-book for those who are interested or don’t like to read online. Recently, I found some great resources on how to format the files properly to get a high quality output (and with Eszti’s pictures I do want high quality). I’m a bit disappointed to learn that pictures are not (yet) presented well on current e-book readers, but on my Sony they look good enough.

In the next few days, I’ll be putting together the necessary files. While I’m at it, I’m adding some additional information (not available on the website) to the e-book. Is there anything in particular that you, as my faithful readers, would be interested in?

I’ll publish the story on Smashwords, Amazon and Barnes and Noble for $0,99 as soon as I can. I will add the links here. I hope you don’t mind the token price, but preparing the files takes a lot of time out of my writing time – and I do need to eat once in a while.

Thanks for understanding,
Katharina

guest blogger

Hi,

I might have my first ever guest-blogger, but I’m not yet sure if I will post her on this blog or on my “other blog“. I’m super excited.

Also, I’m finally nearing the end of my next “33 Mistakes Writers Make About”. The subject this time (after “Mother Nature“) is “Germany and the Germans”. I don’t think I can cover all in just 33 chapters (some much longer than the suggested half page). So I included a bonus chapter and a rather long introduction. Anything in particular you’d be interested in? I might add another bonus or two if you tell me what you want.

Have a great day,
Cat

Spring surprise from my tired Muse

Hi,

I went to the small town of Wolfenbüttel last weekend to attend a seminar on Creative Writing. It was very instructive and intense. Combined with the flue that plagues me since January, I felt very light headed upon return.

And then, spring struck … and with it an idea (not a new one but this time very detailed).

I thought, what if I use the flexibility of the Internet-language HTML to create a true non-linear story. My Muse already fed me quite a lot of interesting scenarios. I would like to write a Fairy-Tale Murder Mystery. Would you be interested? I don’t know yet how I’m going to publish it. The only thing that’s for sure is that traditional publishing doesn’t really work. I remember those Choose-Your-Own-Adventure books, but even if I liked the story, the flipping of pages and 2nd person POV ruined the fun. So I will use hyperlinks (which means it’s going to be some sort of e-book) and 1st person POV (since I don’t know if the reader is male or female). I have already filled 5 pages in my notebook.

Since I’m still in the planning stages, I accept suggestions. Anything you’re particularly interested in? Something that you think might fit into a crazy project like that? Any favorite fairly tales? Feel free to leave me a comment with your suggestions and/or ideas. I might not manage to get it all into the one story but I’ll definitely consider.

Hooray for my spring time Muse.
Enjoy the day,
Cat