April Fool’s Day

Posted On April 1, 2022

Photo by Michele Venne

It’s the first of April! That means the first quarter of 2022 is officially done. We’ve had 3 months to observe how much of 2021 would influence the new year, to try out new intentions, to continue to make a new “normal,” to make new habits or let go of old ones, and to decide if what we were doing and how we were being is what we wanted to do and be. Whew! That’s a lot. How has the last 3 months gone for you?

Some interesting stuff happened this week. Because Of Gifts and the Goddess is on sale all month (as is Of Dolphins and Desires) to show off the new cover(s), I booked some promotions. One of the retail platforms decided after 10 years that perhaps I was misrepresenting my book. A handful of emails later with customer service, and a miracle happened: they’re letting me keep my book 🙂 Yay! Both of these titles are $1.99 on every retailer and my website: www.michelevenne.com

I’m taking the dive into audiobooks! I’ve wanted to do this for a while, but I’ve held back because of advice from gurus in the industry. Then I thought, if not now, when? Audiobooks have been snagging a larger piece of the publishing market for the last few years. Streaming services and subscription platforms make it easy for listeners to download books and enjoy. I had a narrator picked out, signed a contract, then was notified that the narrator had an emergency and couldn’t perform for 6 months. Thus, she couldn’t do The Tanner Trilogy. The company will send me more narrators to choose from. I’m excited about this format and interested to get feedback from listeners.

Last week I reported that with nearly all my admin tasks completed, the plate was cleared for writing more fiction. I wrote 5 days this week. WooHoo! I’m just over 10K words on The Bookie, Waldman Investigations 2. When I baked bread and made Mexican rice today (procrastinating sitting down and writing), I decided that I needed to give myself a little direction with the story. I jotted some ideas about who goes where and what threads from book 1 I need to tie up and how the case will be solved in book 2. I’ve always been a strict linear discovery writer. Maybe it’s because I’m drafting on the computer now instead of in my spiral. Or maybe other things are keeping the muse locked out of the dance hall. Whatever it is, for many reasons, I need to keep writing. I’ll see how much I stick to these notes.

Happy spring, fool or not!

Written by Michele Venne

Writer of immersive and intriguing stories.

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