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Underwater Ballroom Society pre-orders (updated!)

A busy weekend wearing my other-job hat, but back in the saddle (okay, the Writing Chair) today -getting ready to post the new story for Patreon/Gumroad patrons, plus also some excerpted bits from the WiP, and working on a new project I’ll be announcing…soonish.  *g*   I’m dancing as fast as I can, I swear.

And speaking of dancing….

I’m delighted to update the list of places you can pre-order our new anthology, THE UNDERWATER BALLROOM SOCIETY (including my story “The River Always Wins”), which is getting some seriously blush-making reviews over on Goodreads already!

cover image for The Underwater Ballroom Society



Alert for all Patreons

Guess who forgot to hit the “charge all patrons” button on Patreon last month? That would be me, yeah.

If you enjoyed what I delivered, and want to honor your pledge despite my convention-driven distraction, here are links to do so:

buy me a coffee

paypal me


Thanks, from me, my budget, and the felines’ medical bills.  <3



Castiel is Shocked

Dog knows, I’m not the world’s greatest with self-marketing.  Like any self-disrespecting creative, it makes me deeply uneasy to toot my own horn, preferring other people to do it for me, while I stay in my workspace and create.

But being uneasy with the act does not mean I am not savvy about the means. 

Last night, this hit my work email:

“My name is [redacted], and I’m a Customer Manager here at [redacted]. Our goal is to empower small to medium event organizers by helping them implement specific online promotions to increase their attendees. I personally do the strategic planning with our clients, which is something I love.
I found your event [redacted with [redacted] online. It’s clear that you’ve put a lot of passion into making it a wonderful experience for all.
In honor of this, I’d like to offer you our Premium Services. These are constructed in a way to help you build online visibility, stimulate interest, and get more attendees to show to your event excited. If you’re curious to learn more, check out the link below:”
And just…oy.  Yeah, you used all the good tagwords: “implement” and “strategic planning,” “empower” and “build.”  But that’s all you used.

Look, if you’re going to try and advertise legit services, you need to be persuasive, and part of being persuasive is making your target feel like you’ve actually done some work to learn about THEM, their projects, and how you can actually help them. Sending vaguely-worded form letters may seem cost-effective, but it’s not going to be revenue-producing. Because why the hell should I outsource promotion to a company that can’t even successfully promote itself/talk specifics?

And if you’re a scammer, you’re a disgrace to the breed. Because I had no interest whatsoever in clicking the link provided.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go build some online visibility and stimulate interest in my projects, by doing the one thing you failed to do: be interesting to your potential audience.