Stormseer Cover Reveal

Cover of Stormseer by Stephanie A. Cain, art by Nicole Cardiff

Here it is! Isn’t it gorgeous? The Stormseer art is by the amazing Nicole Cardiff, who has been a dream to work with. I’m happy to say I’ll have a Q&A blog post with Nicole coming up soon. I love this art! I think it fits the story perfectly–I hope after you read it, you agree! What do you think? … Continue reading

POLL: Help Me Decide What to Write Next!

Revisions of Stormseer are chugging right along! I’ve heard back from one of my critique partners and am about to sit down and chat with another. I have a cover artist commissioned and have seen early line art of the cover. (SQUEE!) I’ll be announcing a release date on my email newsletter soon. In the meantime, I’ve been working on a short story set in Amethir, which I hope to submit … Continue reading

Book Review: Business for Authors by Joanna Penn

BFA

Back in March I finally finished Business for Authors: How to be an Author Entrepreneur by Joanna Penn, and here it is May and I’m finally finishing my review of the book! I had owned this book for months, and I think I was subconsciously intimidated by it. Why else would I have read all kinds of other books but resisted picking up the book about business? Turns out, I didn’t have as much … Continue reading

Quick update on life

Spring has finally arrived in Indiana. Arrived, and whooshed straight into 80-degree days, because that’s how we do spring in Indiana. Next week we’ll probably drop back into the 40s. I participated in Camp NaNoWriMo this past April, and thanks to that and the Monthly Twitter Writing Challenge, I wrote 47,355 words in April. I’m thiiiiiiis close to being finished with the first draft of Stormseer. I’m actually considering this Draft One-Point-Five, … Continue reading

Lafayette Event: TCPL Authors’ Fair

Stephanie A. Cain at TCPL Author Fair in Lafayette, Indiana

A week from today I’ll be participating in the Tippecanoe County Public Library Authors’ Fair! If you live near Lafayette, Indiana, stop by at the downtown branch between 10 am and 4 pm on April 11. I’ll have copies of Stormshadow and Sow the Wind available for purchase and I’m looking forward to chatting! What: TCPL Authors’ Fair When: Saturday, April 11, 10 am – 4 pm Where: Tippecanoe County Public Library, Downtown … Continue reading

2014 Reading List

Every year I keep a list of books that I read over the course of the year. In 2014 I was using GoodReads to do that, so didn’t record the books I reread. I reread books a lot, so I’m going to keep a separate list for 2015 that includes rereads. Anyway. I didn’t quite manage to read as many books as I had hoped to in 2014, but I … Continue reading

Self-Pub 101: Live Events for Indie Authors

A redheaded woman in a green and silver costume poses at GenCon

I know, I know, most writers are introverts, so you just looked at the title of this blog post and shuddered. But don’t worry, live events don’t have to be torture! In fact, live events have been, in my experience, very good days in terms of sales, and very good days in general. This may not hold true for everyone, but you won’t know unless you try! One caveat here–if you write fiction, … Continue reading

Sunday Snippet: Stormseer

A stone city arch at night - inspiration for Stormseer by Stephanie A. Cain

I’m still hard at work on Stormseer, and it’s closer than ever to being publication-ready. I’m aiming for a late March release date. In the meantime, I thought I’d offer a snippet of the novel-in-progress and a glimpse at some of the sources of my inspiration. I use Pinterest to gather images that inspire me, and usually when I start working on a project, I put together a collage wallpaper … Continue reading

What I’ve Learned About Writing From My Cats

Eustace helps write

Here’s the blog post you knew was coming. The crazy cat lady is going to try to say writing is like being a crazy cat lady. But hear me out! Every project is different. Strider takes kitty Prozac because he pees in inappropriate places. It’s something that started after I brought in my third cat, Eustace, and Strider doesn’t have any health problems, so I know it’s behavioral. He’s marking his territory. Strider … Continue reading

Book Review: Self-Publishers Ultimate Resource Guide

Red and white book cover of The Self Publisher's Ultimate Resource Guide

I had the opportunity this week to review the Self-Publishers Ultimate Resource Guide (Amazon affiliate link) by Joel Friedlander and Betty Kelly Sargent. First off, I’ll say that I was given a free digital copy in exchange for a fair and honest review. But I’ll follow that up by saying that I think $7.99 is a good price for this resource, especially since the authors intend to keep updating this guide on … Continue reading