Monday, December 21, 2009

Winter Solstice ~ the New Light is Arriving

Pic from The Romance Studio

Oh, my darling and dazzling Big Kittens, the new crescent moon is gorgeous and gleamed high in the sky as the sun disappeared below the horizon, leaving a lovely red-orange banner. A proper celestial greeting for Winter Solstice 2009.
There is a new light arriving in our world, upon our precious world. Open yourself to this goldeness, to this new crystalline energy, to the possibilities it brings. This is a time of emergence toward becoming your own governance. This is a time to grow up, to grow into a magnificence never before imagined for humanity.
It is not a time for others to govern you and your activities. World governance should be Self Governance. You have grown beyond the need for such leadership. We are all leaders, according to our talents and abilities. This is world which now calls for all of us to be leaders where we excel, and to join with those who excel where we do not. It is about cooperation, not domination.

So, yowls, the Kougaress has a nasty headache, close to a migraine. She hasn’t had one of those for a long time. Some nasty airborne allergens have triggered it, plus there’s probably a weather front moving in... meow-ow!
No Flash-ing this Sunday for this Big Cat author... there was something new, a blog tour of Flashers. Moi wasn’t up to joining in the fun.

Given the Kougar was rollin’, rollin’ along on BRANDED BY THE TEXANS, she’s hoping this headache will lift enough to continue. Yep, Kylie is going for a real fast ride in Dillon’s Tesla sports auto.
Note ~ yay purrs, a heating pad and a nap seem to have helped the Kougaress. Hopefully, Branded will continue.

Authoress news and mews ~

The Kougar is giving Jane at Dear Author roaring kudos for her article ~ Publishing Business Models ~ “I want to start this article by laying out some basic principles. These I believe are facts.” ~ ~

Furthermore, there are all manner of great and informative comments, including moi’s mew-sings ~

Fascinating, everyone. I won’t pretend to possess the knowledge and insight a lot of you have regarding the publishing industry.
What I do have is the ability to see emerging trends, or simply what makes sense given what is currently happening.
One trend I see, is that there are more readers shopping according to specific subgenres rather than by well-known author or a particular publishing house.
Of course, if you do prefer the types of stories a particular ‘publishing house/their editors’ offers, then, yes, you’ll stick with them.
As a reader I’ve never experienced liking any ‘one’ publisher or line that well.
I have experienced not being able to find what I wanted to read, specific subgenres, and, thus, that being a motivation to write my own, as happens for many authors.
While there are the authors that have a large following, the so-called stars of the industry, I think this will become less and less… gradually, of course. One reason they became ’stars’ is not only because of their superb writing abilty and hitting that zone of resonating with a large group of readers ~ but also, because of marketing and because the market has been limited to what publishers ‘believed’ would sell, which is different than what would ‘actually’ sell, if available.
To be brutally honest, as a reader, I’m not impressed with what traditional publishing houses are offering, overall. So, why would I only look to them to fulfill my reading needs and wants?
As readers, we’re all different, meaning there are readers who will take a chance on that .99 Kindle self-pubbed book, even if the author isn’t that well known. While that may not be a fast route to authorly success, it could prove a means to becoming established and developing a readership base.
From my perspective, granted quite limited in some respects, the small print/epubs are presenting the most sensible model currently. Yes, they differ, and what models will emerge as superior I’m not certain. I will say, I think POD will become more and more viable. That’s only logical. Why have a warehouse full of print books when POD can offer a more cost effective alternative in so many ways?
In the end, all that fancy dancy marketing by the Big Boy Publishers is going to mean less and less as readers discover books, like chocolate, come in the flavors or the types of reads they truly want, as opposed to what someone is trying to sell them. Or, it’s like trying to sell someone a hershey bar when what they really want is truffles.
ALSO! Peace-loving Big Kittens, swing on over to Serena Shay’s bloggie ~
Moi’s mew-sings ~
Serena, I love it!
Of course, Sedona and Volcano will be orgasming for peace on December 21, 2012, as a matter of angelic principle.


Now ~ FIRST! just for the big cool cats ~

Happy Courtship on another Earth

X-Serial Flash in Two Hundred ~ Sylva and Zeke’s story continues...

Part 358 ~

Sylva felt Zeke still. “Your heritage. Your psychic abilities,” he quietly offered. “There could be answers here.” Sylva scrutinized what appeared to be a horse, but had the paws and tail of lion, with a body that looked more streamlined. “Could, be,” she agreed. “Or there’s information here, that we need. How good are you at memorizing all this?” Sylva stepped back for an overall view and to embed it in her memory banks as much as possible. “I don’t have to recall it all, darlin’. Some of this, most of it is already on various artifacts in our museums.”

Zeke met his Sylva’s gaze, wondrous and beautifully brilliant with what she’d been studying. “Made in jewels?” she asked. Zeke shook his head, no, a weird sensation in this realm. “Those designs have been used on indigenous art. Some of the colors are true.” Turning back to the glorious, light-winking picture, she moved before a bird that looked like an enormous eagle and dragon combined. “Maybe, there’s a reason for the colors. Maybe, there’s a reason it’s a Winter Solstice story. Is this type of eagle on your Earth?” Zeke moved beside her. “Only if it hasn’t been discovered yet.”
Part 1 - 15 ~ see blog ~ January 15th Cometh, then Part 15... and before...
Part 16 ~ 356 ~ see the Kougar’s prior bloggies... or the Passionate Ink forum, the FREE READS page ~ ~ OR! Now available on The Romance Studio Forum, January through October 2009 flashes ~ ~ Click on the FORUMS
Friday ~ Lindsay blogs ~ The Romance of an ancient Roman 'Christmas'. ~ “It may not have been Christmas exactly, but the ancient Roman Saturnalia”
Wednesday ~ the Kougar blogs ~ Romance, the Night Before Christmas ~ “For some holiday fun, here’s my version the popular Christmas poem ~ “Twas the night before Christmas”
Friday ~ the Kougar blogs ~ Romancing Those Holiday Hotties & Wolf Shifters Celebrate, Too
Wednesday ~ My Characters run the show ~ “I know that for most authors who I have talked with it seems characters take on a life of their own.”
Friday ~ Bekki blogs ~ Are You Wallowing in Promo Hell? ~ “It’s never ending, isn’t it? Like you don’t have enough to do, right?”

Sunday ~ Lindsay blogs ~ Confessions of a promo-tart ~ “I admit I am a promo-tart. Give me a Yahoo! group and permission to promote there and I will be shaking my various stories 'out there' in the ether.”
Friday ~ Celia blogs ~ Christmas Down Mexico Way ~ “One year ago, we traveled on a tour bus all the way south to Oaxaca, Mexico in the mountains south of Mexico City.” NOTE: Absolutely fabulous pics!!!
Wednesday ~ Jane R blogs ~ I’ve been running a Christmas Wishes contest at my blog, and it’s been fascinating. ~ Christmas Wishes
Tuesday ~ Linda Blanche blogs ~ Snow
Monday ~ Jan Bowles blogs ~ How I fell in love with poetry ~ “Sometimes opinions change.”

Friday ~ Serena blogs ~ A Christmas Silly ~ “December eighteenth, she was running out of time, The Day would be upon us, before she finished this rhyme”
Tuesday ~ the Kougar blogs ~ Tiger Man Beneath Your Tree
Monday ~ Francesca blogs ~ Yaktrax are a good thing...if I had any. ~ “My version of the twelve days of Christmas (if I had a version) would be: on the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...”

For the next part of the Never-Ending Story ~ the Kougar blogs ~A Sun’s Worth of Light ~ “Kallyn stared at the beast of a man who now strong-armed her back as if she’d become his mail order bride... or so she’d read in all those western romance novels she was particularly fond of.”~ RomanticSynonymous ~
Volcano’s Angelic Forecast for this week ~ Siren-BookStrand blog ~

No! Internet Two... Resistance is victory...

Have a Splendid Holiday Season...
May your most romantic dreams come true...

Good wishes and winter solstice smooches from the Kougar...


Serena Shay said...

Excellent article at Dear Author! Thanks for the link. :) The future of publishing is going to be a wild and exciting place to be sure. :)

LOL thanks! I know I'll be celebrating world peace today!! Rick, LeAnn and Trent are just about to celebrate it again, as well. Those naughty jags! ;)

Savanna Kougar said...

Hey, Serena, finally back on the Internet... a nasty virus hit and its been hellish to get things going again...