Life is filled with humor and sadness. Tragedy and absurdity. Drama and dullness. Everything is a part of everything.

So my work reflects that. I think saying that a work should have x tone or be ‘dark,’ is kind of silly, unless you are going for a specifically genre-defined work. And I think it is just too restricting. I can write whatever I want to how I want it to be. So I have humorous sections and really tragic sections. I’m going to use book two, Harmonic Waves, as a primary example of interweaving multiple tones into a coherent work. How to Stop Wildfire really shows this too, but I feel like talking about Harmonic Waves, because I think it shows the maximum applications of my world’s humor and tragedy.

I’ll try to talk about the scenes generally, and not reveal too much spoilers, but there will be

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Okay, so I wrote a thing called ‘The Upgrade.‘ Which people apparently liked. I feel sort of uncomfortable posting it here, because The Spine of the Empire is an Empirian thing, part of the world I have made. THE WORLD. As in the ones that 99% of my work exists in, save it being from reality, and now this little short piece. And ‘The Upgrade’ pisses me off slightly because it isn’t part of the world, and it feels dirty in that way. But whatever. The Spine holds all things mine. I can do what I want, dammit.

But back to The Upgrade.

People have responded to positively to this little short story thing I have a love/hate relationship with. And have, I think, completely missed the point of. A relevant response is here, which I too responded to. I feel like Ray Bradbury with Fahrenheit 451. It

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So, How to Stop Wildfire was reviewed by T.R Briar, an author of a series called Realm Wraith that I liked a lot. The point that really stuck with me was how he said the book was off beat. Which is kind of obvious if you have read it. But it wasn’t really that obvious to me. I mean, I knew it was out there, but sometimes I forget how…bizarre it is to the uninitiated. Off beat. I’m so used to it because I have been dreaming it up and imagining it for a decade, but others are not.

The stories really are a blend of well, everything. Comedy. Tragedy. Science-fiction. Fantasy. Thriller. Mythology. Little bit of everything in it. Magic, tech, gods, history, and so on. All tied together under my massive world-building. It’s probably a lot to take in and acclimate to. Hard to pin down the tone …

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Preface: I don’t use DRM on my books. Do what you want with it. Pirate it for all I care. If people are reading it, I’m happy.


Brendan Mruk and Matt Lee

 

If you use DRM, I hate you.

 

DRM is terrible. It needs to die in a fire and never come back. I bought something. Doesn’t that mean I own it and I can do whatever I want (barring distribution/piracy) with it?

Dammit, I just want to read the books I bought on iBooks on my Kindle Fire. THAT IS ALL I WANT.

But no. NOOO. That is not possible. Because Apple makes iBooks an Apple thing. I can only read it on my Mac products. And THEY own the distribution rights of the iBook format of the book. So fellow authors, you don’t own all the rights to your product because



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Genre Expectations: the expectation that when reading a humor book you are going to laugh.

That when reading a women’s fiction novel women are going to be portrayed strongly. That a mystery book is going to have a mystery.

Genre expectations are basic ideas about a book’s premise that you can ascribe to it based solely on knowledge of genre.

Not all of these ideas are going to be correct, some of them are most certainly going to be wrong. But we still have them, because each genre has its own ‘cliches’ and ‘tropes’ that the novels of the genre typically follow in one way or another. There are trope-killer books, like Game of Thrones. In GRRM’s novels, the ‘hero’ doesn’t get magic-plot armor, and the ‘good’ guys die (a lot.) Or there are books that are basically 100% cliche, of which I cannot name because they are not …

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Lost in Amazon(ia)

How I am getting screwed by an erotica novelist with the same name as me.


Amazon is the largest distributor for ebooks. The numbers vary, but all remain consistent: Amazon is the big no. 1. It is the essential market for selling ebooks and for self-published authors.

Authors like myself.

In late April I self-published on Amazon my YA science-fiction/fantasy novel, How to Stop Wildfire. I also published two short-story-ish things on Amazon and Smashwords.

For How to Stop Wildfire I went KDP Select: went exclusive. Which I am no longer.

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The review the rating is attached to actually speaks nicely about my book so please don’t judge me too harshly. I am trying.

But all of that is really is not important. What does matter is my name.

My name is Sarah Sunday. That is my



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Hi. This is a strange post, but I feel like I need to say something about this before things get any weirder. So right now on Amazon there is another author using my name who is writing erotica novels, and it can be confusing and may potentially seem like I am writing them. I am not.

I AM NOT WRITING EROTICA OR THESE NOVELS.

 

They were even showing up on my Goodreads account, but that issue has been resolved going forward.

I don’t know exactly what I’ll do in regards to this problem, after Amazon gets back to me with seeing if these novels can get off of the general search.

If anything…interesting happens with me or the author using my name, I’ll update here. I’m also writing a Medium Post on the experience, which will be cross-posted.

Thanks.…

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Book cover design is a ridiculously important part of the self-publishing process. The book cover design is important to attracting readers. Readers, although they are named such, don’t read the blurb or first few pages to decide if they want to read your book, they just look at the cover. I am guilty of this, so I am not complaining. It is just how we as Humans operate.

Because of that we have to make something that somehow explains the 80k+ words in your novel in a picture and a few words. Design something that explains it all by various techniques. Color blocking. Masking. Layers. Typography. Layout. Madness! How book cover design people do their work is unknown to me. It is like some form of black magic that I am forced to dabble in.

Like anyone does not.

My first cover used to be pretty bad. Crap, actually. So

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After getting the first draft of the second book (title still undetermined) done I realized something. Water was a theme throughout and when I was trying to figure out the title I was angling for a water-themed title. Similar to how fire is a central component in How to Stop Wildfire and the title is a direct reference to that. So book two is going to be something like At Water’s Edge or The Heart of the Riptide. The basic elements are representatives of the works themselves.

Then another idea that played on my mind came to front: that the main characters and first four books match up. One book to each main character of the Trinity and the One. An origin story of sorts. I debated over which character was How to Stop Wildfire‘s ‘origin.’ I know that general interpretation would have it be King Fla’neiel, but I …

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I hate the titling and naming process.

Okay scratch that: I DO like naming characters. Only certain characters. Most notably the non-Human characters.

Humans. Ugh. Back in the day (years, years, years) ago, I gave all the Humans super-generic names. Like Bob. Mary. Sue. John. Terrible, terrible names (no offense to anyone with said names, but when the two main characters are named Bob and Jill, well it seems like a children’s book.) I have zero creativity with those types of names. None. I basically picked out two random names to rename the characters of Marcus and Jessica from HTSW. They sound ‘nice’ and they stuck. When the names stick they STICK. Thankfully I don’t have many Human characters or else I would definitely be naming them with simple names to save myself from the painstaking process of naming.

The Empirian/Alien characters used to be similar. Like, Fla’neiel was …

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