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So. Self Publishing...

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...or "that thing I was never sure I wanted to do."

I have a novella. It won a competition online in February, and it got a lot of great feedback. The novella is stuck online contractually until 2013, which somewhat omitted submitting to publishers. But I still own the ebook rights, and I figure the novella has a lot of audience yet to reach.

Plus there's the fact that I have two novels coming out next year and could use some market presence.

After umming and ahhing for months, I've enlisted the help of a lovely editor and awesome cover artist, and between us, BEAUTIFUL MESS should be ready to go out for review in a few weeks. I'm planning to distribute free on Smashwords, and for as little as Amazon will allow until they can price-match Smashwords (I've already made contest money from it, and while I've added an extra scene to make the ebook worth getting for those who've read it, I feel funny charging for something that's technically free online).

I've just got to learn how to...format it. Oh dear. Any suggestions much appreciated...


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Some of you are probably sick of hearing about this, but I am too excited not to post this everywhere. This is my cover for CHAIRMAN OF THE WHORED, which is the first in the WHORED series of novels (see tab above) and an erotic novel with a sensual BDSM flavour. It's not due out until next Feb, but we're working on the edits as I type.

The tagline is rather edgy, but since there's a scene with a knife (more sensual than of the blood-letting variety, but still), I wanted people to be aware upfront rather than get a shock if it's not their kind of thing. It also sums up Mr. Chairman--or Joseph--rather nicely. 

I now have an ISBN, which means I will spend the rest of the day arsing around on GoodReads, putting myself on. 

Because I have a book, and it has a cover and everything! Woohoo!

I promise to stop being smug now. Ahem.

The Phantom Menace: How To Keep Your Villain Visible

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I read, write and get intern-y on the asses of many paranormal, fantasy and sci-fi novels. One of the most important aspects of these genres? The baddies These grey guys and gals, for the good of your novel, need to be "present" from the very beginning. 

There are books where we get the villain's point of view--usually in the third person--and while much of this will still apply, I'm about to talk more about books written from the protagonist's POV. 

In a good piece of fiction, the villain is present in every scene. They might not be kicking the protagonist's ass; they might not even be peering around around the window ledge when the protag isn't looking (though done right, that's ooh-mama creepy). Done with skill, the villain's shadow hangs over the life of the main character, and the world has been twisted in the wake of their wrongdoings. Do this right and the reader will wait until the last pages to meet that villain (see JK Rowling and he who shall not be named for a masterclass in this method, including 1.0: if your baddie isn't showing up until the last chapter, he'd best have some entertaining minions to keep us going until his big entrance).

The pacing of your villain's appearances is important. If they're not turning up for the first half of the novel, as readers, we really need to feel the affect they've had on their victims. We need a build-up of tension, and a villain who fulfills our expectations when they finally appear (with a bang, preferably--whether it's sinister enough to make us shiver, or scary enough to make our fingers tremble as we turn the pages).

In dystopian fiction, for example, the villain is often embodied in authoritarian practises. Society is influenced and organised as a direct result. This is a great way to think of your fantasy and sci-fi worlds--how has your society responded to your villain? Do they have special rules and rituals to protect them? How do the anxieties and traumas caused affect people on a personal level? If the villain is yet to emerge, this effect will swell during your story; if they're more established, it will be present from the start.

When your villain shows up, make sure it's for a reason. Your villain is not passive; they can't just appear to expose a bit of their evil plan and then mosey off before someone catches/shoots/vapourizes them. Think of how the people of your new world feel about this person. When Dastardly Davina shows up, you must use that scene to make the readers feel the same way.

You might be writing only from the protagonist's point of view, but you're congruently telling the villain's story. They're just as complex, and in their head, their motives are just as valid. Don't stoop to two-dimensional baddies--your book will suffer. And I will think that you suck.

Amusing Google Hits. What Are Yours?

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Hello Campaigners (and all other readers. I like you just as much--promise). I have been stuck in the editing cave all week and my brain aches, hence no contest entry and general slowness. Bah.

But one of the best things about having a blog is the sniggering that ensues when you view your Google hits, and realise people find you by Googling the weirdest things. So in the spirit of blogger-ly bonding, here are some of my most amusing examples. Please share yours in the comments! (And if I haven't made my way to your blog yet, I'm on it this week).

People find me by Googling...

Books + supportive husbands
Gnomes of self pity
How to keep your rich alpha male happy (baha).
Blowjob Nicole
Given a quiet moment to get his bearings, Alex realised  (Alex is my husband. Not this Alex, I think--he sounds too organised).
Lucy v oh my Lucy V (sadly, this is not about me. There's a porn star called Lucy V. She's evidently ripping me off).
Lucy V sex torrent (see above).

(On a similar note, Open Office now suggests "girl parts" every time I try to write "girl." Ahem).