July 27, 2015

Because I'm Not Busy Enough

Coming in September More info here 
I decided to completely update my website, including making phone and tablet versions on top of all the looming writing deadlines I currently have.

Yeah, I know, I'm outta my goddamn mind.

Check it out here: CandiceGilmer.com 

HOWEVER, I wanted to talk about it, because I did it differently than I have in the past.

I used this new-ish program called Adobe Muse. (It's been around about 3 years I think)

The program is new to me--I've always done my web work in Adobe Dreamweaver, because I can code when I need to code, but I can also drag and drop when I need to do that as well.

However, my coding skills are circa 2007, so anything new and fancy like those CSS sheets and reactive web sites are outside of my wheelhouse.

Stumbling around on the Adobe website (because I lease Dreamweaver, and I have been fantasizing about getting the entire Creative Cloud suite, and I just randomly check for new deals) I found Adobe Muse.

And let me say, they aren't kidding when they say you don't have to know ANY coding to use it.

I watched a lot of You Tube videos (Terry White is my favorite) on Muse, learning how to work with the program--it was great, because I not only learned how to do the basics, but I was able to learn how to do some fun, more creative tweaks to my site, like a lightbox that pops up on the home page, with my Newsletter signup form on the desktop version, (and I may add it to the mobile versions, not sure yet), and more reactive menus on the other versions.

I managed to build an entirely new site in about 15 days--and that was only working on it in the evenings, while watching Netflix.


July 16, 2015

Need a Clone... Or a Spreadsheet

Seriously.

So I can keep track of everything I need to do.

I realized while talking to my little boy this morning (he's not that little, evidently he can use Google pretty darn well, unless there's major spelling involved, then he comes and asks me how to spell things like "where") that I have a lot of stuff to do beyond writing.

I really have gotten several project off the table this month, and I have more to do, I know that, but I'm at this finite point between "I have my shit together and I know what I'm doing" and "Oh hell, what am I doing?"

Seriously thinking about making a spreadsheet with a list of stuff to check off for every project to make sure I get everything done and sent in ON TIME.

Like right now, I have the following:

1. Paranormal short off at edits for an Anthology
2. Paranormal short being written to be sent to editor at the end of the month
3. Contemporary being plotted
4. Paranormal at editor, waiting for return to do final clean up on the book
5. Same Paranormal -- set up Google Doc for Review sign ups for ARC reviews

Not to mention, waiting for cover art from 2 different vendors for 3 different projects, and wanting to contact a vendor for yet another project.

Yeah. I'm pretty sure I need a checklist/spreadsheet something for each project.

I'm sure there are time management software somewhere that would help me. Not sure what to use though.

A clone would be so helpful too.

But that would be unleashing two of me on the world. I already have my daughter. Isn't that enough?

July 14, 2015

Summer Burns Now Available!



Summer Burns releases today! 

A new, contemporary romance trilogy about three sisters and their adventures in life and stumbling into love. 


A Barrum, KS Book

The last thing military widow Summer Bettes wants in her life is a new man. Correction, a new military man, though they're all over Barrum, Kansas.

She’s convinced herself she works hard enough between taking care of her daughter, trying to maintain control of her asthma, and styling hair in the salon her mother owns, she doesn't need a man in the mix as well.

Then, Matthew Hennessey walks into her life--or rather, back into her life, she starts to question everything.

Her husband's rival on the wrestling mat in high school, Hennessey knows who Summer is. Always has. And she always held a special place in his heart. So after serving with her husband overseas, it was only right that he pay his respects to the widow when he came back state-side. He only wants to do right by her.

Unfortunately his desires are eclipsing his logic, and doing right by Summer is harder than he thought.


Amazon: http://amzn.to/1G08Cci
Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/1dIa7nV
Itunes: http://apple.co/1TqqZ3s
Kobo: http://bit.ly/1CxVf7l

July 12, 2015

Release Day Coming. Prepare the family.

Release days are always full of terror and excitement for me.

It’s a double-edged sword, really.

I want a lot of sales, (who doesn’t) and good reviews (of course) and a great opening Amazon ranking, (which they say means you’ll get shown to more people, and in turn, get more sales, etc. Of course, I don’t know that everything they say is accurate, but it seems to be somewhat on track).

However, this is my first official, “all by myself” release. It’s not my first dip into self-publishing, I did that with His Velvet Touch. But that one was sort of a “test run,” if you will--it had already been released in the Taming the Alpha box set, had all the “stuff” done to it for sales (editing and all that), it just got packaged and released.

Summer Burns, however, is different for me. I came up with the story all by myself, I wrote it, had it edited, beta read, sent it to reviewers, formatted, all the thing you do to produce a book by yourself.

Though really you can’t call self-publishing “by yourself” simply because there’s so much that you hire out for, like editing and cover art. Nonetheless, it still feels like you’re by yourself, because really, most of my work is done via email. Meeting many of these people in real life is a rare treat.

It is far more different than working with a publisher. Like I will have access to pretty much the current sales figures. I’ll watch the numbers go up and down, and I’ll laugh and cry and scream and moan and swear off never publishing ever again, and then I’ll be writing like a crazy person, unable to find any other way to get the high of doing it all over again.

It will be a rocky next few days, and I have warned my family, because I’m usually a mess on release days.


And most likely, I’ll be in my corner, meditating on the fact that I really can write books, and nope, they don’t suck. Most of the time, anyway. 

Get your copy of Summer Burns for Nook, Kindle, Ipad and Kobo reading devices. 

July 7, 2015

Guys and Godmothers now in Print!


For those of us who love to hold print in our hands, UNDER HIS NOSE and BEFORE HIS EYES are now in one print volume, called GUYS AND GODMOTHERS. 
Available:
Even Fairy Godmothers can make the wrong call, and have to ask for backup.
Under His Nose
Fairy Godmother Christy is due for retirement, but agrees to take one last case, even if she must use as little magic as possible.
Roark’s perfect match is his best friend Stephanie. Bringing these two together would have been simple if Cupid hadn’t shot an arrow into Roark, forcing the mortal to fall in love.
Now Christy must use every skill at her command to thwart Cupid’s meddling and get Roark and Stephanie together without changing their free will, or she’ll never get her own Happily Ever After. 
Before His Eyes
When Fairy Godmother Lilly gets her latest assignment, the rules lend her pause. She must bring two people together—using as little magic as possible.
Bruce Matthews has finally found someone who really gets him. There’s just one thing—he’s never actually seen her.
Much as Greta Vandecall yearns to meet her online prince charming, secrets force her to hide.
A steampunk convention seems to be the perfect way for the lovers to meet face-to-mask. But if Lilly fails, she’ll lose her fairy godmother status. For good.
Product Warnings
Magic, fairy godmothers, stupid decisions, a rambunctious god, and stubborn people who need a kick in the butt to see what’s obviously meant to be.