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Smoking

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From the sharp and spiky can come true beauty.

It’s been a rough start to the year, and I had been hoping that 2020 would be a better year than 2019. I am asthmatic, and I found it difficult to cope with the smoke from the bushfires. However, I wrote a story for an anthology that is raising funds for the Fire Services, and it was accepted. So, I have a paranormal romantic story in ‘Burning Love and Bleeding Hearts’. This is my second acceptance for a story with a romantic theme … and I really thought I couldn’t write romance. To be truthful, it never gets too hot or heavy in my flings in the genre. I’m just glad I was able to turn days of smoke into something to fight fires.

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Organising a Book Launch

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Most of the authors with Councillor David Morrison of Ipswich (our local member). Missing is Jo Sparrow (who was working) and Susan Ruth (ill health).

Last week, my writing group held a book launch for our anthology. When I was a baby writer, I didn’t really think much about book launches. If I did think about them at all, I thought they were arranged by the publisher as a favour to their writer; sort of a pat on the head and a ‘well done’ occasion. How wrong could one woman be?

The book launch is a celebration, in the sense the book debuts in the real world. You get to show off the culmination of everyone’s efforts. However, it is also the main thrust of the marketing campaign.

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Our launch wasn’t as polished as the infographic above. We did post pictures of the cover online and had a cover reveal event. The writing group did have a big say in the final version of the cover, and we did a themed party for the launch (I made comet-decorated muffins).

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This the first launch where I was part of the planning committee and not just an attendee. It went very well, from my point of view. Every new experience adds to my learning curve. I am toying with the idea of self publishing a book next year, mainly to add to my experience in the publishing field. You learn best by doing, making mistakes, and having surprising successes.

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Random Images from Brisbane GenreCon 2017

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It might not be blood, but at least it is sparkling. Amanda Pillar as a non-sparkling vampire.

Alex Adsett

Alex as Godzilla – Tokyo would be happy to be attacked by this ‘monster’.

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My beloved Megasaurus as Umbridge from Harry Potter.

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Aiki Flintheart as a Mod. Gorgeous, as always.

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A rare sighting of Sean Williams with hair.

 

 

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Steampunk Sunday has hit a milestone.

2000 Likers

I run a site on Facebook called Steampunk Sunday, Queensland Australia. Today, it reached 2000 likers. It was my birthday on Monday, so I am calling this my present from the Steampunk community. I love you all!

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Celebrating 30 years of (official) Steampunk

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K. W. Jeter coined the term ‘Steampunk’ in a letter to science fiction magazine Locus, with the letter printed in the magazine’s April 1987 issue. It was meant to be a playful, tongue-in-cheek term for the genre. It stuck!

Steampunk was around long before 1987, but its birthday is this month. Let’s celebrate!

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Why I like Australian Authors

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You might think the easy answer is because I am Australian. But that is only a very small part of the complete answer. I don’t think there is another writing community in the entire world that is as supportive – for both successful writers, emerging writers, baby writers and wannabees  – as the Australian writing community. It isn’t a network of competing, parochial individuals, it is a proper community that opens its arms to anyone with a love of books and authors.

I personally know of many successful Australian authors who bend over backwards to be helpful and encouraging to the newbies. Of course, many writers hold courses or offer services for which you pay cash; writers need to eat and pay rent. And yet, I can’t think of the number of times some lovely person has given me advice or support just because they are kind and thoughtful: Jennifer Fallon, Angela Slatter, Michael Pryor, Ged Maybury, Richard Harland, Gillian Polack, Pamela Freeman, Jason Nahrung, Kylie Chan, Marianne de Pierres, Michael Gerard Bauer, Trent Jamieson, Scott Westerfeld, and the list could go on and on. There are just too many people to mention … isn’t that a lovely thought.

Australian authors write some of the most beautiful books, the best books, the books that linger in your heart and mind years after you have read them. The books you reread to visit with old friends. The books you read to make your heart beat faster and bring a chill to your spine. Books with memorable characters that make you laugh and cry. These authors, in any other country, would be too famous to mingle with us lesser mortals. (Have I mentioned I nearly had kittens the first time I met Jack Dann?) In Australia, they sit down and chat over a coffee.

Remember to appreciate Australian writers and authors. Respect them for the treasures they truly are. Buy their books, for yourself or as presents. Recommend their books to friends. Because that is exactly what they are doing!

 

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Any Suggestions or Requests?

Is there anything you would particularly like to know about when it comes to Steampunk or Writing? Please feel free to ask.

As well, I have a Facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/lynne.lumsden.green

A twitter Account: https://twitter.com/gammagirl62

And a Pinterest Account: https://au.pinterest.com/gammagirl1906/?etslf=8031&eq=Lynne%20

 

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Cogpunk Steamscribe in civilian clothing.

Cogpunk Steamscribe in civilian clothing.

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Best Photobomb EVER

Best photobomb ever Supanova Gold Coast 2012

Best photobomb ever, Supanova Gold Coast 2012

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The Australian GenreCon 2015

All hail to the organisers, guests, participants, and the volunteers who made GenreCon such a brilliant learning experience for me and all the other attendees. This was my first GenreCon, but it certainly won’t be my last. Rooms full of genre writers? This is most certainly my tribe.

As a few highlights as to what gems were shared:

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlC_gMnduoU
  • We make ‘monsters’ by denying them a reflection (another way of explaining ‘The Other’.
  • Point of Sale reviews are vital for both ebooks and traditional books.
  • Editors read manuscripts outside of work hours and are unpaid for this reading!
  • Online interactions should be 80% Personality and 20% Promotion.
  • A lot of lawyers become genre writers – but not necessarily in the crime fiction genre.
  • Always be your best self online and know when to step away from the keyboard.
  • Finish the damn book (apparently I am not the only one who gets separation anxiety).
  • No one has ever hurt their ‘brand’ by keeping quiet.
  • With banter, what isn’t said can be just as important as what is said.
  • Invitation is better than obligation when part of a community.
  • Find the online media you are most comfortable with – don’t aim to follow everything.
  • Be passionate (Am I passionate enough?)
  • 60% of sales on Amazon are romance books of some sort or another.
  • As a writer, you have to have many income streams to make a proper living.
  • In the USA, writers are expected to produce Two books a year, in Australia it just one.(Smaller Market)
  • If you are going the Indie publishing route, have three books ready for three close launches to build up your readership.
  • A good book always beats good marketing in the long run.
  • Google uses 57 indicators to know what you are going on your computer.http://www.rene-pickhardt.de/google-uses-57-signals-to-filter/
  • If all your characters are speaking in the same voice, they are speaking like you.
  • Even though statistically most publishers have a 50/50 gender breakup in their stable of science fiction authors – on bookshop shelves there is usually less than 40% women represented. True story.

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