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

How I’ve Started Writing Every Day

A 2015 calendar with happy-face stickers on the first 23 days of the year

Everyone has seen the advice that writers should write every day. I’ve never believed that taking a day off here and there is as much of a sin as a lot writers seem to think. But then again, I’ve also never been as productive (or as published) as those writers who say you need to write every day. This year I have finally buckled down to the resolution of writing at … Continue reading

Stormshadow Amazon Countdown Sale

As a mid-winter gift to my readers, I’ve set up an Amazon Countdown deal that started this morning! Right now the price of the Stormshadow ebook is $0.99, and that price will last until tomorrow at 7 pm EST. The price will go to $1.99 at that time, and it’ll stay $1.99 until December 21 at midnight PST. This is a great time to buy Stormshadow on Amazon! As a side note, I told … Continue reading

What to Get a Self-Published Author for Christmas

A pile of brightly-wrapped Christmas presents

Are you shopping for a self-published author? Are you tired of giving them notebooks and pens for Christmas? (Hint: You shouldn’t be.) Do you want something more meaningful or significant than yet another book on how to market your novel? Then you’re at the right blog! I have a list of fantastic suggestions for you! Buy their book. This is the best present you can give a self-published author. If you’ve … Continue reading