Argh Authors

I know we have a lot of published writers who comment here, and I’ve been meaning to set up an organized way to post about their books for awhile, and I just got nudged (politely) to do that, so here’s what I think.

I think if you’re a steady commenter here–Deb, Gin, Charlene, Jo, Laura, Roben, Kate, Jane, my mind is tapioca but I know there are a lot more–then we want to know about your books (fiction or non-fiction).  Which means they should get a post with your book cover, your blurb, a link to where to buy, and so on, and then, of course, all of the comment section to talk about it in detail.  Shorter blurbs are better because people wander off if they’re too long, but you can add anything you want in the comments, and people can ask questions about the book, about writing the book, about publishing the book (no, don’t ask how much they got for it), about your next book, whatever.   I know a lot of you have published books this year, so let’s say if you published something in 2018, it is officially a new book, and I’ll put up a post on it on a Monday, Tuesday, or Friday, where you’ll have the comments all to yourself and your book (instead of on Good Book Thursday which will have comments that go all over the place).

So here’s what I need (stuff with asterisk is required, the other two would just be nice):

*Your Argh username.
*Your Name as it appears on the book, on Amazon, etc.
*The title of the book.
Your blurb (can be longer than a Bookbub blurb, but keep it as short as possible; it’s a teaser, not a description).
*Your book cover unless it’s already on Amazon and I can just steal it from there.
*The link to buy it.
The link to your website where there’s more info.

NOTE: Do NOT spread this around to author lists.  If somebody hasn’t been posting regularly enough in the comments that people here will recognize their username, it’s not a community thing.   This is for family.   

And I apologize for taking so long to do this.  I’ve been out of publishing for so long, I forget other people are dealing with it.


49 thoughts on “Argh Authors

  1. This isn’t about a book I read but I have a question about Nita and Morte. I understand that they are fraternal twins but how is Nita the daughter of Satan and Morte isn’t his son? Just asking.

    1. It’s in Act 2: Superfecundation. If a woman has sex with two different men and ovulates two eggs, she can have twins with different fathers.

        1. I read about a woman who had twins with a black father and a white father. How do you explain that! The human body is extraordinary.

          1. A few years back I believe there was a lady and her husband who had IVF and ended with twins by different fathers. She kept both babies, but forced the clinic to publicise their error as people made assumptions about her the second they saw her babies.

  2. This is a lovely idea – I’d like to know when people publish, and about their book. And if/when I publish anything myself, I’ll let you know.

    1. PS. Thank you for seeing me as an author: it’s a pretty tenuous claim at the moment (one book self-published four years ago).

      PPS. Argh required me to log in to post this PS, which is strange – ?

  3. Thank you for starting this! I know there are lots of authors posting here, but I don’t know their real names or anything about the books/stories they’re publishing.

  4. This is a little off-topic, but since it’s really a question for all the writers in the group, I hope no one will mind if I put it here. How did you all find your writing groups/critique partners? No one in my group is writing anymore and I am feeling a little discouraged with always being the cheerleader and never getting any feedback.

    And more on-topic, I am looking forward to hearing about all the great Argh books! Thanks for this, Jenny! My TBR stack really needs a few more linear feet.

    1. When I needed beta readers for my two non-fiction projects, I just asked a few friends who were interested in the subject. But that was pretty hit-and-miss. Don’t know what I’ll do if I ever get going with fiction, since I can’t think of any friends who like my kind of stories.

      I think it’s tricky to find readers who give useful feedback, rather than unconsciously trying to shut you down. But I don’t want any feedback until I’ve got my book as finished as I can on my own. Usually I realize I can’t judge it any more, and need readers’ eyes to see it fresh. I’d be worried that feedback earlier in the process would hamstring my creative process – I need to incubate on my own.


      1. It’s doing it to me too. Also on an ipad, iOS 11.4. Every time I want to leave a comment.

    2. I’ve been in a few critique groups, but nothing ever clicked for me. The first one was from a writing class I took — some of us continued to meet for a while after the class ended. Another one was through RWA. I think I was in another one, but it’s been so long I can’t remember. Oh, and the cherry writers, which as I recall split off from a more general reader community. I’ve also been involved in critiques, mostly of queries, over at AbsoluteWrite’s forums as a way of getting a handle on writing my own query (critiques can often be of more use to the person giving them than the person receiving them, helping them to really understand what works and what doesn’t).

      It’s REALLY hard to get a group with the same general level of both skill and commitment. And without that, sustainability is a challenge. If you’re not getting anything but frustration out of the group, it’s time to move on. Working alone can be better than working in a group that drains you.

      On a more positive note, depending on your genre, the relevant national organization (or local chapter) like RWA, SinC or the SFF one (name eludes me) may be able to help you find a writing group/partner.

    3. I asked my sister to beta-read, for two reasons …
      1. she’s not ordinarily a romance reader so she wasn’t likely to miss egregious shit just because OOoh Romance!
      2. she’s very intelligent and also cares about me and also doesn’t pull her punches.

      She tells me if something is missing or seems wrong, but otherwise doesn’t try to fit what I write into a box shaped by her own expectations or preferences. And she’s not a fiction writer herself, so she comes at it from “what do I like” not from “what would I write.”

    4. Finding the write beta/critique partners is SO HARD! I’ve been writing for more than five years and gone through numerous CP’s, none of which I ever felt really “got” me. That didn’t mean their comments weren’t useful – I just felt that sometimes they couldn’t see who I was as a writer. The one I feel closest to is an editor I use, but she does that for a living so I can impose on her. 🙂 What do you write, Michelle?

    5. For me, what makes a good critique partner or beta reader is someone who is willing to be brutally honest–not just because they’re trying to be helpful but because it’s in their nature. Two of the best ones I’ve had are really detail-oriented people and not fiction writers. One came from advertising and another from outside the writing world completely. And in both those cases, I didn’t know either beforehand. One I just knew of in my community and asked her if she’d be interested and voilà. Overall, I find it helpful to get a cross-section of folks, some who are avid readers and understand my genre and some who bring some objectivity from outside that world so that the feedback is balanced. Over time, if you’re lucky you get a small posse of folks who stick with you:)

    6. My group met at a regional writing conference, and I was invited in later by one of the members (after I taught two of her kids in AP English and Creative Writing). Theybe all over the map in terms of genre, style, and publication history, but we’re all dedicated enough to writing to attend this conference and responded to the founder’s invitation–sent to everyone from the conference who lived in the same general location (the conference published contract informally with permission).

      There’s also a local NaNoWriMo group on Facebook and I know people pair up there.

      The people in my writing group give a variety of different kinds of feedback, which I find helpful (although that’s because I’m comfortable ignoring some of it). We meet monthly, and a week before the meeting everyone sends up to ten pages, and then we get together and spend fifteen minutes discussing each person’s work. It’s slow, but the feedback is varied and detailed. Like katyL says, it’s nice to get a cross section–if they reach consensus, that’s a pretty good indication that you can listen to them.

    7. I formed my first critique group from a Novel Writing 101 class I took at my local community college in 2002. I asked the students who seemed most committed if they’d like to join a critique group. We still meet today–I’m planning to hand off Book 2 of my Touched by a Demon series to them this month. We lost a couple of people along the way, but of the 4 remaining, three of us are still writing and the other is a great critiquer. One self-published a non-fiction book on balancing real life and artistic life called The Abundant Bohemian that’s done really well.

      They’re not romance readers, though, so after Jenny’s class at McDaniel, those of us who made it through the whole program formed a loose critique group. It’s not formal, but each of us know that any of the others is willing to read for us. We write all kinds of sub-genres, but since we all share the same set of rules and vocabulary around romance, it’s pretty much the dream critique group.

      One other thought: many RWA chapters, including the online ones, have groups or processes for exchanging critiques.

      Good luck!

    8. Thanks all for your helpful suggestions. I was actually lucky enough to take Jenny’s second McD class, and I do still talk regularly with some of the women from the class. But they’ve been busy and not really writing much, so there’s not really much to discuss if we do manage to all meet.

      As for me, I am not quite ready for critiques, as I am still working on (finishing up) the first draft of my historical (1910 San Francisco) romance with some paranormal elements. But I’m missing having someone to chat with about my story and characters. I like having other perspectives as I am writing, at least occasionally.

      Thanks again for all your suggestions. And if anyone is interested in trading stories (now or a little down the line!), let’s talk.

  5. Thanks so very much for thinking of us Jenny. You’re so kind and generous. I’m slowing down to the point of considering retirement. I haven’t had a book out in 2018 and just got edits yesterday for a story I wrote years ago. It will probably publish next spring.

  6. I haven’t had a book out in 2018, but I’d really appreciate any feedback possible on my 2016 title Dream Guy, which is a YA fantasy about a boy who discovers he can make his own dreams come true. I’m trying to persuade the publisher to take the sequel, but they are pussyfooting. It’s also a bit limbo because the publishers (Totally Entwined/ Pride/Finch) has been taken over by a bigger company but is carrying on with its primary function of publishing erotic fiction and its YA list is just ticking over.

    The sequel is written, needs editing, but I’m reluctant to do the tough stuff until they actually sign on the dotted line. That said, I think as a trilogy, it could work really well, but it may be that I just have to sit it out until 2021 when the rights revert to me and then I can self-publish all three books in the planned trilogy. Heavily influenced by Mediterranean mythology – Greek Gods and also Sumerian stuff.

    The amazon link is

    It’s the first book I’ve published under my real name, but I used my initials – but you know me as Brussel Sprout. My blog is full of discovery draft for current WIP, which is dystopian fantasy. Today I hit 40,000 words, so am quite excited. And I think that I do know where the book is going, but it will mean ditching acres of what I’ve written. But that’s ok, it’s the first time I’ve ever tried full on pants-plotting and it is just incredibly fun.

  7. I don’t have anything new out until November (except a short story in PUSHING UP DAISIES, an anthology currently on sale for just 99 cents until Sunday if anyone’s interested in a bunch of short-ish, romantic-ish cozy mysteries).

    I’ll share the deets on the November book closer to release date.

    Much appreciation to Jenny for sharing and community to asking for the info.

    And now the system IS asking me to sign in, whereas it didn’t ask for my earlier comment.

  8. Cool beans all around. One of the things I admire about Louise Penny is that she didn’t pull the ladder up after herself. She established the Unhanged Arthur Award for unpublished Canadian mystery writers.

    Now here’s Jenny, giving a hand up to her family, as well as teaching at McDaniel College. Good on ya.

    1. Jenny, could I have your e-mail? I have DEATH FLIGHT, a snarky thriller coming out September 6th.
      I was a bit hesitant to ask, because I tend to lurk more than post. To be honest, those hearts stress me out (what if no one likes me? So thanks for the hearts above).
      But I’m trying to get the word out more about my books, and I can’t help thinking that there may be some like-minded souls here. Thanks so much.

      1. E-mail sent. And we all know you so you’re one of us. (The hearts are not supposed to have a chilling effect. We all like you. Jeez.)

  9. Thanks very much for this invitation and opportunity, Jenny. What’s the best way to send you the details? I may just be blind (bad night’s sleep again) but don’t see an email link. Muchas gracias amiga!

  10. I’ve been around the blog for years, but only started commenting in recent weeks. When I have something new to share I’ll definitely remember this opportunity!

    1. Brenda, you got that e-mail with my address because you posted this comment. I sent my e-mail to anybody who said, “I’ll have a book in the future.”

  11. Jenny, my new book is releasing from Tule Publishing on October 29–may I sent you the info closer to the time. We don’t even have a pre-order link up yet since I’m still in copy edits, but the book is on their website’s Coming Soon page, so it is . . . well, coming soon. Thank you for this!

  12. I posted something but it’s not showing up. But when I tried to post again, it said I’d already done it. So really I’m just putting up this comment to see if THIS shows up.

      1. Yes, on the links, I put the info from your comment into a post to go up on Monday and then trashed the comment.
        You should be getting an e-mail shortly.

  13. I have no idea what’s going on with the commenting. I did check the spam folder to make sure nobody ended up there, and sorted through everything else, so that should be straightened out. I also sent my e-mail to anybody who asked for it, so everybody should have the info they need. Please just copy the e-mail; people who type it out tend to either misspell “Crusie” or get kneecapped by spellcheck.

    We will be futzing with the blog in the next couple of weeks, possibly moving the server again, so there may be more WTF? commenting things coming; no idea what’s causing the stuff now. Pre-futzing tension?

    I survived my MRI (the MRI was a piece of cake, driving through New Jersey traffic in rush hour thunderstorms and walking up a steep hill to the hospital–I’m a heart patient, for cripe’s sake–was not) and am now home curled up with dogs while an SBP (Storm of Biblical Proportion) rages outside.

    1. Thank you for posting. I was wondering about the MRI but didn’t want to bother you. Hope it was good news.

  14. I think it is very sweet to publicise books from the community. Though you may get the odd complete stranger posting just to advertise their book.

    This happened on a reading forum I used to frequent. The forum were very fair to him and a couple of people bought the book, just to see how it compared to his own glowing review. We were however not happy to be sold to and left him some cutting comments, but he was just a fly by night and never came back that we noticed.

    As we explained to a newcomer, we were all about posting about new books you loved or if you were lucky lots of enthusiastic detail about a book you managed to get published, but that he turned up as a fan and pretended his own book was wonderful was a massive breech of etiquette.

    Also if I ever manage to publish a book, I will tell the community, but I still owe my sister 50,000 word draft from a bet I lost several years ago, so I don’t expect it will be anytime soon 🙂

    1. Nope. You have to have been a regular commenter here for me to put up a post. It’s a family thing.

  15. Anytime I have posted hear about writing, I have always said I am a reader not a writer. However, I did have a book published last month. My first! (And possibly only one ever.) I was a coeditor. It is a collection of short stories about women who have worked in library IT. It’s nonfiction and likely only to be bought by libraries, families, and friends. I’d be happy to share the details but I’m also fine if it doesn’t get shared on Argh.


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