Updates, Including My Next Release: The Ghosts of Chimera

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have exciting news. I am finally, finally, finally about to publish my psychological fantasy The Ghosts of Chimera.

Busy with making final edits, I have not been on social media much lately, only peeking out of my cave every now and then to see how my friends online are doing. Although I have reduced my blogging to about once every other week, I promise that I am actually still here.

I am now transferring The Ghosts of Chimera to an Amazon file. After multiple revisions, I am finally happy with it, and it will be ready to go before the end of summer. Although I was advised to divide the 600 page novel into three books, I have decided to publish it as a whole, the way I originally meant it to be read.

The novel is about a 13-year-old boy who ventures into an alternate universe in search of the ghost of his younger brother, a place where it is hard to tell the difference from dream and reality. My novel was accepted by a traditional publisher over a year ago, but due to creative differences, I withdrew from the deal and decided to self-publish. My experience made me realize how important it is to me to keep my creative autonomy.

A couple of months ago I published my second novel, entitled Paw, and I am still trying to figure out how to promote a book about a bipedal feline slave. I am not sure there is an existing market for bipedal feline slave stories, but doggone it, a trend has got to start somewhere and it might as well start with me.

Now that I have finally finished editing The Ghosts of Chimera, I am working on my sequel to Paw.

Although I am primarily focusing on writing my new novels during the week, I have decided to start back writing short stories again on the weekends, some of which I will publish on my blog. Months ago, with great reluctance, I gave them up to focus completely on novel writing.

However, giving up writing short stories felt like giving up chocolate, which is why my abstinence was doomed before it even began. While writing novels is satisfying in its own way, it makes me commit to a single idea for many months. Short stories allow me to react creatively to my life in real time.  If I get mad at Donald Trump, or my cat, or a crabby doctor, I can reach for a metaphor and turn my woes into art. It is fun therapy, and lately I have needed all the therapy I can get. I recently finished a short story entitled “Binary Boy,” which is too long to publish on my blog, so I am considering posting it on Amazon as a “single.”

In the mean time, I am trying to figure out how best to promote my newest releases. After quitting Twitter in January, I sometimes miss it. Part of me wants to go back on to the site and promote Paw, which not many people know about yet. Maybe at some point the temptation to return will prevail, although I am not sure how effective Twitter actually is for promoting books. Still, it would be emotionally satisfying to tell more of the world Paw exists.  Publishing a novel no one knows about feels similar to dropping a megaton boulder into the ocean without a splash.

I recently went back and read some old journal entries to see what Old Me had to say about Twitter. My entries confirmed what I already knew, that Twitter and my bipolar disorder did not dance well together. If I returned, I would have to figure out exactly what I was doing wrong last time so I would know not to do it again.

For now I am searching for other promotional avenues, such as getting my books reviewed or entering contests. More importantly, I am writing constantly, and I hope to step up my blogging again soon.

Thanks to all of you who have been following my blog and reading my books. I will update you further when The Ghosts of Chimera is released at long last.


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12 thoughts on “Updates, Including My Next Release: The Ghosts of Chimera

  1. Wow. You’re an writing machine. So good of you. I hope you are proud. 600 f*n pages! Whooohooo!

    Yeah, Twitter. Tough one. What about FB? Everyone says *rolls eyes* that FB is still the best way to promote yourself. And do you like Goodreads? I started a page, but I’ll admit, I’m not very good at visiting it or caring…hahahha. But that seems like a good book community.

    In any case, good luck with the promo. Such a tough thing to fight though. I pretty much hate it, but I suppose that’s better than living in the dark ages (pre-indie publishing).

    😀

    • Thanks for wishing me luck Lani! And for calling me a writing machine. 😀 Ha! And yes, I probably should be doing more on Goodreads. Twitter isn’t the only promotional forum for writers. I would love to just write and not have to promote anything though. I also wish I had a pet unicorn that would fly me to Mars. (Sigh)

      • I hate it. I’ve had to start thinking of ‘promo’ even though my book is still in the editing process. I feel like with Twitter I just do the same things over and over again, hoping for different results. So, I think you’re better off trying something new.

        Plus, Cliff and I will promo you on Twitter. Plus, your other friends I’m sure, too!

        • Thanks Lani! You and Cliff are awesome for continuing to promote me on Twitter. I miss promoting you both back! Good luck with your editing and promoting your next book. What is it about? Is it going to be a memoir too? Looking forward to reading it. If I find a good alternative way to promote my books, I’ll let you know. 🙂

          • I stumbled upon this site the other day. Have you heard of it?

            http://www.tor.com/

            Yeah, it’s another memoir. But about growing up Asian American. I want it to be funny and endearing, so we’ll see if I succeed 😛 It’s pretty much the book I’ve always wanted to write and I think after spending time abroad it’s helped give me different and hopefully, bigger perspectives.

            Keep fighting! 😀

    • Thanks for the encouragement Lani! And for calling me a writing machine! Ha! And yes, I probably should go to Goodreads more. Twitter is not the only promotional forum, or even the best. I wish I could just write and not have to worry about promotion though. I also wish I had a pet unicorn named Snowball that would fly me to Mars. (Sigh).

  2. Promoting is tough, no doubt, but I’m glad to hear you’re being so productive! I still need to get to Paw, but it’s definitely on my Kindle. Happy 4th to you, Lisa!

  3. Congrats on all of your writing accomplishments! As a lover of long stories I’d just like to say, good for you for not giving in and splitting your novel into a trilogy! It sounds fascinating as-is 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks for congratulating me Anne! I’m happy to be assured that some people enjoy long books. They are practically taboo in traditional publishing for a debuting author, but some books need to be long! I’m glad you liked my description. Thanks for reading! 🙂

  4. I’m so proud of you, Lisa!

    You know how some of your amazing sentences permeate my brain like nothing else does?

    Today’s “Line Special” in your post is:

    “My entries confirmed what I already knew, that Twitter and my bipolar disorder did not dance well together.”

    I’m going through that too. I enjoy Twitter in some ways very much, but then I see something soul-sucking and it puts me in a foul mood.

    The latest Twitter drama happened a couple days ago. I hope you don’t mind my continuing the tradition of gong off-topic here!

    Ok, the Twitter drama: some %$&%^**^who I don’t know tagged my Twitter handle and wrote a statement that I found insulting and potentially slanderous. His sick tweet implied that I had cheated on my husband due to bipolar disorder.

    Well, I got mad.
    I reported the jerk to Twitter, and I blocked him.
    Twitter wrote back that he didn’t violate anything.

    My first thought: WTF, Twitter!!!!!????

    Then I sat down & wrote Twitter expressing how I was *disappointed* with their reply.
    I explained that this person’s tweet was slanderous.
    I told them his tweet had triggered my bipolar symptoms, namely insomnia from being upset over this sick guy’s remark, and that insomnia has sent me to the hospital before and could do so again from this kind of incident.

    I ended my email by stating that if Twitter didn’t take immediate action to delete the tweet and shut the guy down, I’d be consulting with my lawyer.
    (They didn’t need to know my legal counsel was Lucy….)

    The next morning I woke up to the following email from Twitter:

    “We have reviewed the account you reported and have locked it because we
    found it to be in violation of the Twitter Rules: If the account owner
    complies with our requested actions and stated policies, the account will
    be unlocked.”

    That was good enough for me, for now….. 🙂

    Love you and once again, I am SUPER-proud of you, my brilliant scribe!
    XOXOXOXOX
    Dy

  5. Wow, I’m SO sorry you had a bad experience with Twitter!!! I’m so glad they Twitter finally shut the guy’s account but I can’t believe they stood by his tweet at first! Really?! Yay for Lucy for finally getting some results! I will keep her in mind in case I ever have any legal woes. 😉

    I can’t imagine why someone would tweet something like that. There are some really awful people on Twitter. I do sometimes miss the good ones though.:-)

    I’m glad you liked my sentence and thanks so much for all your encouragement about my writing! And no worries about going “off-topic.” I’m always glad to hear from you.

    Counting down the days until I can read “Birth of a New Brain”!!!

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