Friday, February 25, 2011

Maybe not so pretentious this time?

OK, changed the header again.  I think this is better. :)

Meanwhile, in spite of my lofty goal this year to focus solely on craft and not publishing, I find I just can't do it.  I LIKE the publishing aspect too much.  In fact, I love everything about it - the first story idea, the last page, the edits, the cover art, that first sale... it's such a rush.  And I love it not just for me, but for other people, as well.  I'm always so excited when I hear the good news that someone received a new contract, or decided to go indie.  It's fun!

So, please excuse the mess as this blog continues to undergo updates as I work out its design and purpose.  I was working on setting up a new website, but I've seen several sample lately of blogs used as the author's sole website, and they've done a great job with them (I hope they don't mind if I steal some of their ideas!) 

For example, Tina Folsom did a very good job, I think (although I believe she also has a regular website as well.)  I really like the widget at the top and want to get one, but since I only have two books of my own right now, I'm going to try to add some friends' books to it (providing the friends don't mind - if you'd like to be included, let me know and I'll do it if Amazon lets me.)


  1. Kate, did you make the header smaller? I think it looks great, but I thought it looked great last week, too.

    I have story ideas for 3 books. Yesterday I was sure which one I wanted to write. But today another idea is growing stronger. I even thought up the LAST LINES of the book! Ack.

  2. Actually, Edie, I made the header bigger and changed the name from "Creativity Squared" to "Sterling Squared." lol

    I know what you mean about tyring to figure out which idea to go with - but if you already have the last lines of one, I'd say go with that one! You've got most of the battle won already. :)

    Good luck!

  3. Here's a thought...go ahead and enjoy all the things you love about publishing. Have a ball doing what you love.

    Then, maybe pick one project that you can use to focus only on craft.

    Best of both worlds, eh?

    And I like the header.

  4. Thanks, Travis.

    You know, that's a really good idea. It seems so simple when you put it like that. LOL

    I guess part of my problem is that I tend to have an "all or nothing" way of thinking.

  5. It's a very clean look. I certainly don't mind if you add a book from me. :)

  6. I've missed your recent changes, but I have to say I like what I'm seeing today. It's very clean and attractive/approachable--if that makes sense.

    I found publishing to be more fun than I expected. The cover was the best aspect--but then again, the artist was my husband and I trust his eye completely. Even with the dreaded coding, though, I had a huge sense of accomplishment when I looked at the PRC and ePUB files and knew I had made them look like that.

    It's hard shifting back to writing, now, though. I keep thinking I need to do more things to the extant novel.

  7. Thanks, Charles. Just let me know which one(s) you'd most like to promote. If I can get it to work, I'll be happy to put them up.

    Avery: Resonance has a great cover - the architect did an awesome job. :)
    I know what you mean about the coding - I just got the Kindle version of Unmasked on Amazon myself and it was a lot of work to get it to come out just right. I've almost got the Nook version for BN ready to go.
    Though, I must say, the coding for Amazon was easier than figuring out their website! I just had to fix it again a minute ago because I messed up the "contributors" part, and now it's "in review" again, and will be for the next 24 hours - with the wrong names on it! Grr... my own stupidity, really.


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