August Update

Posted on August 3rd 2016 ⋄ By Sara Cleveland ⋄ Category: News, Self-Publishing Woes

It’s been radio silence for me for a while, so I want to check in with everyone and give some updates.

First, Courting the Dragon is still – you guessed it – behind schedule. This has not been an easy book for me to complete for a wide variety of reasons. Rest assured, however, that it is coming out and coming out soon. Expect a final release date on CtD in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, I am happy to make a couple of other announcements:

  1. The Foundling has once again been entered in one of those awful popularity contests. If you have any interest in what my more serious fantasy is like, please consider a pre-order of The Foundling. If I don’t win the contest (most likely outcome) I do have plans for releasing The Foundling sometime next year. Here’s the link.
  2. I will be doing a series of readings from Saving the Dragon and Courting the Dragon via YouTube. Release dates on those are forthcoming.

Thank you for your continued support. I hope you all are looking forward to seeing CtD as much as I am.

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A Big Bite from a Bad Apple

Posted on May 6th 2016 ⋄ By Sara Cleveland ⋄ Category: News, Self-Publishing Woes

Today I decided to take a leap and try something new. I bought an iPad. It has a tough little case with a built-in keyboard, and I thought it would be great for writing on the go. Let’s face it, poor old Harbinger with its bad battery isn’t much of an option for a busy author on the go. My poor, even older and heavier iBook is so past its prime. Even after I replaced Mac OS with an extremely lightweight Linux I still type faster than that poor computer can process. Seriously. And don’t even get me started on its internet situation. Remember dial-up?

But, before you get all excited about Sara the perpetual Apple-hater buying an iPad… I’m already thinking about taking the stupid thing back. I am at this moment, as my husband hangs on hold with Apple’s support people, wishing I’d bought an Android instead. It was cheaper, has expandable storage, and I guarantee you the problems we are experiencing wouldn’t happen with Google. Ever. But the shiny allure of an iPad on sale brought me around to the Apple way of thinking. In other words, temporary insanity.

At this moment my iPad is as good as useless, because I can’t sign in with my Apple ID. Oh, I’ve got the right email. The password is right, too. I reset it through the website on my working android phone. The stupid thing won’t let me update my billing addresses. And since it can’t update my billing address it won’t finish signing me in to iTunes. Since it can’t finish signing me in to iTunes, I can’t download apps. Since I can’t download apps, I can’t install Google Drive, Google Docs, etc. Since I can’t do that, I can’t use the stupid thing for what I bought it for.

This isn’t the first time I’ve had a run-in with Apple. When I was trying to get my book out there to all platforms I had a heck of a time getting it up on iTunes. Now, some might say it’s my own fault for working with Apple directly instead of going through Smashwords, but I didn’t like Smashwords terms. Here’s the problem though. In order to sell something on iTunes you must have an Apple device. Let me repeat, to set something up to sell on iTunes you must have an Apple device. The necessary application cannot and will not run on a Windows or Linux device. And once you get it downloaded, well, let’s just say it’s not exactly intuitive and no one on Apple’s support team knows how to use it. I can’t tell you how long I sat on hold at my sister’s house while using her Mac desktop to attempt to upload my book. And when it did upload, half my name got dropped for some reason. Sadly, I didn’t notice that until it was too late and I haven’t been back to my sister’s since to fix it.

Needless to say, that whole experience left a bad taste in my mouth where Apple is concerned. I was hoping this experience would be better. So far, not so much.

So, here I am, using Harbinger to update my blog with an anti-Apple rant. We’ll see if Henry can get the iPad working. If he can, then I’m prepared to give it another shot. If not, well, there’s a Samsung Tab E with my name on it at the Verizon store.

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Oddmall

Posted on May 2nd 2016 ⋄ By Sara Cleveland ⋄ Category: News

Firstly, let me start by saying I really need to add a calendar of events to my website. Yes, that’s right, yours truly is getting her butt in gear and doing public appearances! I will endeavor to do better about, you know, letting people know when said appearances will take place.

Now that that confession is out of the way, let’s talk about Oddmall.

For those of you who don’t know, Oddmall is kind of like a cross between and arts & crafts show and a comic con. At least, you’ll definitely see some cosplayers wandering around. I wish I’d gotten a picture of the giant purple minion. Other notable costumes included a spectacular Darth Vader (he really had the force choke motion down pat) and a really, really tall Mario. I also saw someone dressed as Kiki from the movie Kiki’s Delivery Service. I also totally geeked out because someone had a replica of a sword from Sword Art Online. What has my husband done to me? I recognize stuff from anime! Shudder.

Aaaand moving on. I went this past weekend with other Indi authors from my NaNoWriMo group, the AkroNaNos. With me were Rose Withering, Dena Hall, and Dan Arman. Books on sale included Rose’s Thornburg’s DaughterDan’s River of Dreams, and Dena’s three books, Greek Ends, Celtic Beginnings, and The 13th Apostle. I, of course, had copies of Saving the Dragon available for purchase.

Dena Hall, Sara Cleveland, and Rose Withering at Oddmall

Dena Hall, Sara Cleveland, and Rose Withering at Oddmall

As you can see in the picture above, Rose (who is also the AkroNaNo’s esteemed Municipal Liaison) dressed up as a character from her book. Dena dressed up the day before, but I didn’t go, so no pictures. Sadface. I’m told it was a rockin’ outfit. I’ll have to think of something for the next event…

All in all, we had a great time, and even sold some books! We got to hang out with some other Ohio authors, eat great chocolate, and pay way too much for concession stand food.

Next Oddmall is July 8th – 9th in Hudson, Ohio. Expect to see some announcements from me closer to the date. And this time I’ll get more pictures!

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Mostly on Schedule

Posted on February 27th 2016 ⋄ By Sara Cleveland ⋄ Category: News, Writing

So, my blogging has been abhorrently lacking lately. Don’t worry though, I haven’t been slacking too-too much. Courting is still slated for release this summer, even if it kills me.

The problem I found though, as I was preparing for my NaNo group’s editing event today, is that my manuscript is… how shall I say it? Woefully disorganized. It currently lives in at least three different files, in various states of completion. The scenes are all jumbled round to the point where putting them in order is vaguely akin to doing a jigsaw puzzle. We’re supposed to bring our first 10,000 words to the event. I’m bringing my best guess at what my first 10,000 words are supposed to be.

This is okay though. Sure, the revision process that I’m currently starting (yeah, yeah, I know it’s the end of February, I should be finishing the first pass, not starting it) is going to be hell on Earth. That’s okay. Everything will be alright. In fact, the book will probably end up that much better for it, because I’m having to seriously re-evaluate and consider every chunk of text that I wrote (mainly because I have no freaking clue where each one is supposed to go). This forces me to re-examine my plot-line, my pacing, and how each of these scenes advances my goals. Should be fun, right?

And so, dear readers, I promise that Courting will be done by its summer release (actual date still pending). Hopefully by the end of next month I’ll be able to say definitively when that date will be. In the meantime, here’s a draft of the cover!

The Cover for Courting the Dragon

 

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Like the new look?

Posted on August 8th 2015 ⋄ By Sara Cleveland ⋄ Category: News, Website Updates

As you’ve probably already noticed I’ve been a busy bee the last couple of days revamping the look of the home site and this blog. Content hasn’t changed much (yet), but the look sure has. I decided that what I had going just wasn’t working and, frankly, didn’t really fit with the image I want to cultivate. It just didn’t scream fantasy author, and it didn’t really show off what I can do as a web developer, either. So, double fail. Things are still a work in progress, of course, but I wanted to get the new background and color scheme up ASAP.

Things you can look forward to in the near future:

  • A fully re-done Contact tab
  • New social media links
  • More information about the next book in the Penelope’s Dragon series
  • More frequent blog posts
  • Additional updates to the general look-and-feel of the site

So, with that said, feel free to look around. If you run into any bugs in the site or places where I just dun goofed, please feel free to drop me a line on the Contact form and let me know.

Thanks for reading!

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