Wednesday, May 16, 2012

What's Gwaning?


My blog has gone all silent, and I apologise for that. You may wonder what is taking up all of my time.

First, I am doing maintenance on my house, or rather I've hired people to do maintenance on my house. This is eating into my time. Running up and down buying things. Making sure they don't paint the cat blue (they seem to be very keen on painting everything they can blue. I'm keeping the cat nearby just in case). So that's time eater number one.

Second, after living nearly alone for the last year or so, everyone is suddenly home on university holiday. Though I have my nice little office ( the most wonderful gift for a writer) I still must socialise with my family.

Third, I've been having teeth things going on. A tooth pulled out and then a temporary tooth put in and then that one taken out and everything made very sore and then another temporary put in and now waiting for the final thingy to get sorted. The process has made me cranky and lazy.

And lastly, I'm busy learning how to self publish at Amazon's Kindle Direct Programme. I am publishing the last three novellas in my Kate Gomolemo Mystery Series: Murder for Profit, Anything for Money and Claws of a Killer. Two of them have been published in paper but I wisely kept the ebook rights. (I didn't do that for the first one in the series though- The Fatal Payout). I hired someone from Gaborone to do the book covers, Alastair Haggar (editor@kgogomodumo.com) . I wanted them simple with a common theme. I've posted only one of them above. Let me know what you think.

My plan is to publish them all at once, hopefully in the next couple weeks.

9 comments:

Helen Ginger said...

Congratulations Lauri! (Not on the chaos, but on the books.) I'm working on getting one or two books up on Amazon as well. I'll let you know if I ever get them up. And will be expecting an email from you when yours are up!

Joyful said...

Sometimes life keeps us busy ;-)

I like the book cover. It makes everything look so mysterious.

Lauri said...

Thanks Helen. I bought the free ebook about how to publish at KDP and I'm finding it very helpful. I've decided once my books are up I'm going to use a half day every week for marketing. Now I must learn how to market. :(

Joyful, I'm glad the cover looks intriguing. The books is about ritual murder. Life does indeed keep us busy.

Sue Guiney said...

I love the book cover. May be your best yet! You amaze me, how you just keep plugging away. You're so productive, even with those giant teenagers around, not to mention the hubby :-)

Lauri said...

Really Sue? I'm quite pleased you said that. I'd gone a bit ify on the covers and a bit panicky. It's different when it's out of your hands, the publisher doing everything. In this case it is just me- good or bad.

Selma said...

You continue to inspire me, Lauri. I am often awestruck by your level of energy and commitment. I think the cover is wonderful and am very excited that you are self-publishing. Let me know if there is anything at all I can do to help!

Lauri said...

Selma you're a real pal! Thanks! Yes I was thinking I should organise some sort of online event and during that time put the price of the books at zero to get some hype going. I'll certianly get back to you. :))

Myne Whitman said...

I love the cover, it depicts the genre quite well. All the best Lauri.

Val said...

my first impression of that cover was that i instantly wanted to pick up the book and read it. it looks fresh, modern and intruiging! best of luck with all your ventures.