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Reality is stranger than fiction. I thought I was making this stuff up when I made one of the ethnic groups in my novel manuscript blue. Apparently my wild speculation about genetics wasn't so far off. #writerslife   #cantmakethisstuffup  
The blue people of Kentucky are not a myth, but are members of a family carrying a rare gene which turns their skin blue in color.
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I was down with a headache today, so... here's Jack, instead. #puppyjack  
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This morning I was told that the TV option my agents at Cooke and APA have been working on is finally official. As of last night, The Greywalker novels have been optioned for development of a Greywalker TV series. That doesn’t mean there’s a show coming for sure, but it is the first step. The folks at the agencies and at production company have been really wonderful throughout the process and I hope there will be more good news on this soon. (And thanks to Qwill for the heads up.)

This was the official announcement from Publishers Weekly under TV option sales:

Kat Richardson’s GREYWALKER series, about a private investigator who, beaten and left for dead, recovers to find she can step into the Grey, a place between this world and the next, and is attracting otherworldly business, to Back Alley Films and Muse Entertainment Enterprises, by Debbie Deuble Hill of APA Agency on behalf of Sally Harding of The Cooke Agency.

So. Now I’m going to to outside and scream with joy. I hope the neighbors don’t freak out too much….

SQUEEEEE!

#greywalker   #TV  
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So hilarious. 

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Hehe... Oh the things that pop to mind....
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I never saw her before. I have no idea how her wallet came to be in my pocket.

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I was down with a headache today, so... here's Jack, instead. #puppyjack  
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Nothin' pretty about this place... nuh-uh. #PNW   #WashingtonFerry   #photo  
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I decry this headline (not the author, who's clearly thinking about this a lot), because it focusses on a really narrow definition of success for self-published writers (or /any/ writer) and that pisses me off. "'Making money' here means selling more than one million e-book copies in the last five years." Wow... a million copies in one format over five years? That's a /hell/ of an accomplishment for /any/ author, regardless of format or publishing mode. But the idea that we all should be selling like Hugh Howey or Amanda Hocking--regardless of format or platform--is a problem. It tempts so many worthy writers to see moderate success as dismal failure.

I wish there was more discussion of the "mid list" in digital--that segment of writers who are paying their bills with steady, moderate sales, but not going out and selling blockbuster numbers. That's where most steady, commercial writers have traditionally stood, regardless of format or platform, but that slow-and-steady segment is shrinking (as is also noted later in the post) in the print world, and I'm not sure how it's doing in digital (why won't people talk about this?)

There are some other interesting numbers here, like, in spite of higher pricing, "legacy" publishers held 2/3 of the digital market and 36% of book buyers are print-only buyers. These things are related and they're important. The blogger recognizes that digital only-authors are missing potential sales in the print-book market segment. She then goes on to talk about ways some authors have reached out to that segment. And she talks about the problem of "book discovery" in a highly saturated and volatile market. That last is one of the things I've been bothered by for years. How do writers reach potential readers in an information system that is now so huge and so saturated?

The discovery problem is part of the reason the Big Publishers continue to dominate the market even with a model that's deeply flawed--they are "trusted sources" and have more control over current modes of book discovery and market penetration than independents, small presses, and self-published writers do. The combination of print sales, discovery, and market penetration are the real keys to making or breaking in the book industry. Over all, it's an interesting post with some interesting links, and I'm amused by the ironic black-humor of the ending. (At least I hope it's irony....)
The publishing industry is in a state of flux, and the cause is...just 40 self-published authors
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I find my ebooks through a variety of sources: 

Amazon - I check daily deals and Amazon First; I subscribe to Kindle Unlimited; I check their recommended to you.   I get the daily emails from BookBub and Early Bird Books, and look at anything that sounds at least vaguely interesting. 

I'm on StoryBundle's email list, and I've bought more bundles than not - I'd say I usually end up reading only one or two books from any given bundle, but those have had me buying more from the others.

I read blogs of both authors and readers, and those often send me off looking at books.   I've found an amazing assortment that way too, both by the blog-author, and by the people they talk about.

I'm on Goodreads, but tbh that's more where I check reviews to see if I'm going to hate the cheap self-published book I'm considering.  

This has given me a backlog of more books than I'll ever have time to finish, and they are definitely a mix of both traditional and self-published (or in some cases, authors who started out as one and ended up the other).

I know many many authors hate the stranglehold that Amazon has, but as a reader they are still where I get 90% of what I read.  That's the real difficulty - I don't know of any good way to break that mold.

All that said, I should probably start posting more book reviews, or at least mention some of my favorite finds occasionally, because word of mouth is still the best way.

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Unfortunately we only see old buildings after the colors are gone. Greek, Roman and Egyptian buildings were very colorful when they were built. Makes the modern view of pristine white marble strange since the white was a canvas for brilliantly colored paint.

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While I don't care about the patrons, I do think the "article" is cool: World's Oldest Surviving Music Hall!
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I don't participate in this--because I barely manage my business correspondence--but I have always thought it a fine idea. If you participate in the Month of Letters Challenge, or would like to, take a look at this. #worthyprojects   #patreon  
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Author of the Greywalker novels
Skills
Writing, editing, proofing, lying creatively through my teeth, being professionally charming, making strange things out of paper, cooking, singing....
Employment
  • Self
    Writer, present
Story
Tagline
Bestselling author of the Greywalker novels.
Introduction
I write the Greywalker paranormal detective novels. I grew up as a theater brat and bookworm. Long ago I worked at the Southern California Renaissance Pleasure Fair as an actor and dancer. For pay, I used to work as an editor and I've worked on course development for the Gemological Institute of America, technical documents and sales materials, and magazines for both trade and consumer groups.  I've lived on sail and motor boats and I'm married.  Until a few years ago we had a cat and a pile of ferrets who have since passed on. Currently we are under the furry thumbs of two yeti-hunting hounds: Belladogga Sniffington (pibble) and Jack Pupikins (Lab/bête noir), but I'm still an advocate of California Ferret Legalization.
Bragging rights
Nine Urban Fantasy novels published by ROC as of August 2014 with more stuff in another series on the way!
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Gender
Female
Other names
Kathleen Richardson