As of yesterday, Empress of Storms earned approximately $6,092 in royalties for Q1 of 2016. Not only is this a career high for quarterly royalties, it’s also a career high for any individual title from me, and has paid for Wild Wicked Weekend, my upcoming appearance at RT 2016 (plus my awesome steampunk mermaid costume), and part of our new furnace. As Carl the Groundskeeper from Caddyshack would say, I’ve got that going for me.
Even better, the sales don’t seem to be slacking off any time soon, so hopefully this trend will continue because we still need to fix the foundation and put in new flooring and windows (right now the house is echoing with rapid fire knocks as the roofers tear off our old shingles and put on new ones in advance of the storm we’re supposed to get tomorrow. Thank Cthulhu for homeowner’s insurance, that’s all I have to say). In the meantime, I’m hard at work on Palace of Scoundrels, and since cover artist Jay Aheer has now been signed exclusively to Evernight Publishing I’m going to take a crack at doing the cover myself. I showed the draft cover to L.D. Blakeley a couple of days ago and her response was, “LOVE!” so I think I’m on the right track. Once I’ve got everything ready for edits and loading into various sales outlet I’ll do a cover reveal, promise.
Of course, if you want to see the cover earlier you can always sign up for my mailing list. It’s super low traffic, and subscribers get first crack at covers, sneak peeks, and swag giveaways.
In other news, I’m about a third of the way done with my RT costume, and I picked up eye makeup, press-on nails, and false eyelashes last night to complete the look. I also popped for blue contacts — they’re not super obvious, but look nice enough. It was fascinating to see myself with blue eyes (my real eye color is brown), because the resemblance to my blue-eyed blond brother became much more marked. Now if I can just finish the chemise, bustle skirt, and crown by April 9th, I should be ready to roll.
Posted on March 29, 2016, in Conventions, Empress of Storms, RT2016. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.
Sounds wonderfully busy……and now I want to go buy myself some contacts and see how they change me. My hair is plain brown at the moment, the conservative family love it,but I want my blue or purple or red swathes back !
I’ve been dyeing my hair Vixen Violet for the past few months, which is reddish brown with a purple overlay. Makes my hair look magenta in bright sunlight!
Outstanding! Ah, if only the person who inspired the project in the first place knew of its success. I do believe she’d be choking on that bitter pill 😉
We shall not poke the bear, dearheart. Besides, I really am grateful for that dare — it wound up being financially and professional beneficial for me.
Also? I think she has enough negative Karma in her reserves that there’s no need to dogpile (fun as it might be to give her a wee dose of reality.) Kudos for going balls to the wall on a dare, mon amie!
Very true. And merci, mon amie!