“Ghosts of Koa” Featured on The Writership Podcast!!

Great news, all! The lovely Alyssa and Leslie at The Writership Podcast have decided to feature and give an editorial review on GHOSTS OF KOA at The Writership Podcast!

If you’re wondering, The Writership Podcast is an online radio show focused on helping indie authors master self-editing writership_podcastskills. Each week they feature a different author, read through the first 5-10 pages of that author’s manuscript, and provide editorial feedback on the work.

They give some AWESOME insights and professional editing advice, so make sure to subscribe to their podcast when you get a chance!

Check out their review of GHOSTS OF KOA!

GOKwritershipIn any case, check out Leslie and Alyssa’s reactions and editorial review of my novel, GHOSTS OF KOA.

GOK got some super positive feedback, but apparently, they needed to “take refreshment” before diving in. 😉

As an important side note: I really encourage you to not only listen to the episode, but to also read the editorial feedback they provide below the episode itself.

They’ve embedded a Word document copy of the Prologue of “Ghosts of Koa” with their questions, comments, and ideas on how to make the manuscript better than it already is. It’s a great lesson in writing, and I highly recommend you tune into their show to make your own self-editing skills better!

Thanks in advance for checking it out! 🙂

Write on, and rock on (and keep it indie),
<3 Colby

Life Reboot, Blog Changes, & NaNoWriMo Update!

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Howdy ya’ll! It’s been a craazy month, to say the least, and I’m barely staying afloat with my newborn button boo, writing deadlines, and NaNoWriMo chomping at my butt. I’ve had to make some major changes to my lifestyle and have had to tweak things as a writer-entrepreneur to stay on schedule with my dreams!

I know lots of you (especially us creative-entrepreneur-supermoms) are looking for ways to keep on track lifebalancewhile also working, being parents, and managing all your other life responsibilities, so I wanted to share what I’m going to try out for now and for 2015 going forward.

Honestly, I see this new life of mine as an exercise in guerrilla warfare. You gotta pimp every free second, minute and hour you have, get in writing where you can, multitask, and just keep doing it (whatever “it” is) until it’s done. It doesn’t have to be perfect or pretty, but playing this game catch-as-catch-can will allow you to survive behind enemy lines.

So with that, here’s my life and my new schedule. I’m not promising that it’ll work, or that my new “life reboot” is a panacea, but I am promising that I’ll do my damndest to keep up, and that I’ll share with you all how it’s all going!

My Writing & Life Reboot

My daughter is beginning to show some methods to her madness now, so I can plan my writing time around her schedule. For you moms out there, keep in mind that you have to stay flexible and take writing time when and where you can. This, however, is how my daily schedule is working out as a full-time author-entrepreneur-mommy.

NEW WRITING SCHEDULE (DAILY)

diary4:00 AM – 5:00 AM: Blogging, website management, freelance writing, social network updates

5:00 AM – 7:30/8:00 AM: WRITING. Just straight up, no holds barred, fiction writing (can you say vomit drafts?)

8:00 AM – 3:00 PM: Taking care of the baby, running errands, reading & doing research during baby feedings, making phone calls, listening to industry podcasts, and other hands-free stuff that will increase my knowledge and push my career forward

3:00 PM – 6:00 PM (roughly): WRITING. Boyfriend takes baby out for a walk (or just takes the baby), so I get some more writing done on a current or different project. Lots of story and character building. Finishing up any writing I hadn’t gotten done earlier.

6:00 PM – 10:30 PM: dinner & family together time; getting baby to calm her diva self down; spending time with the boyfriend; trolling on Facebook; other brainless, I’m-dead-tired-and-just-want-to-chill-right-now stuff

Now, if you notice, I only get about five to six hours of sleep per night. Yes, I know that’s crazy, but it’s working for me right now, lol. Hopefully, as my baby gets a couple of months older, her bedtime will also get a little earlier, and I’ll get more sleep. But until then… 😉

#amwritingSooo… daily writing schedules are awesome, but in addition to a daily grind, I also thrive best with a year-long grind. Because I’m trying to treat my indie author life as a business as well as a pursuit in what I love, I like planning out the production of my work on a yearly and quarterly basis. I also like to put my “products” on schedule.

This year’s massive changes proved it hard to stay as on schedule as I would have liked, but having finally found a balance that works for, I wanted to share my new production schedule! Check it out:

NEW PRODUCTION SCHEDULE (YEARLY):

NOVELS, NOVELLAS, & SERIALS
1. Researching – 3 weeks
2. Story and character building – 3 weeks
2. First draft – 4 weeks
3. Second draft – 4 weeks
4. Third draft (after pro editing)- 4 weeks
5. Final draft – 4 weeks

WRITING SCHEDULE: 3,000 words a day
MONTH TOTAL: 90,000 words a month
REWARD: 12-18 novels a year!
TAKE AWAY: Start novel/novella/serial projects 6 months ahead of their “due by” date to have them in on time.

TV PILOTS & SPECS
1. Story building – 3 weeks
2. First draft – 4 weeks
3. Second draft – 8 weeks
4. Final draft – 4 weeks

WRITING SCHEDULE: 2 pages a day
MONTH TOTAL: 60 pages a month
REWARD: 9-12 pilots or specs per year! (I’m thinking about having a 2:1 ratio in my portfolio, i.e. 8 pilots and 4 specs)
TAKE AWAY: Start pilot and spec project 3 months ahead of their “due by” date to have them in on time!

FEATURES
1. Research, story, and character building – 4 weeks
2. First draft – 8 weeks
3. Second draft – 8 weeks
4. Third draft – 4 weeks
5. Final draft – 2 weeks

WRITING SCHEDULE: 1 page a day
MONTH TOTAL: 30 pages a month
REWARD: 2 solid features per year!
TAKE AWAY: Start feature projects 6 months ahead of their “due by” date to have them in on time.

Ambitious, right? I’ll let you know how it goes, but in the meanwhile, here’s another update / “reboot”…

Slight Changes in the Blog

The core purpose, nature, and features of my blog will not change, but the frequency with which I post will change, unfortunately. I make time for an hour of blogging each morning (7 days a week), and I post as soon as the writing or podcast is polished.

Unfortunately, the new change means that most likely I’ll only be posting here 2 times a week, 3 if I’m really on a roll. But that’s okay, because I’ll have more fiction coming out for you guys, so I hope it’s a fair trade!

NOTE: I DO still take author features and blog tours, so please don’t be shy in submitting them! I’ll let you know if I can fit you in the schedule for the month! 🙂 Also, as I mentioned, podcasts, the Rebel Ragdoll Review, YouTube reviews, the blog articles, and more core features of Colby’s Cove will endure. So no worries!

NaNoWriMo Update

nanowrimo2014So I’ve got over 77,000 words for The Final Page and over 83,000 words for Ronin/Hegemon, and I’m trying to see if I can up my count on both. I’ve written about 6000 new words total (yes, I know, it’s pathetic), with a recent boost in my daily production due to my new writing schedule.

So, we’ll see how the new schedule comes to bear on my daily word count. Keep track of the box at the right for a word-by-word update! 🙂

So, how’s your NaNoWriMo going? Have you also had to make major adjustments and life changes that have affected your career? How have you overcome these challenges to keep writing? Post your experiences below! And, of course, in the meantime…

Keep it indie,
<3 Colby

NaNoWriMo Kick Off! Plans & Day 1-2 Progress

So after becoming a mama and going through the typical first month hell with my newborn, things are finally starting to level out. I think of the first few months as the original “take-off”, and now I feel as though I might finally be reaching a cruising altitude (I’m hoping, lol).

Having said that, I am ecstatic to be back on the blog and comin’ atcha with this year’s NaNoWriMo challenge!

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My 2014 NaNoWriMo Challenge

Soo, I’ve got three major (and impossible) writing tasks ahead of me for this month:

1. Get through the rest of “The Final Page: The Second Book of Ezekiel”. I have over 76,000 words at the moment, and I realize that that’s already a full length novel, but believe it or not, I have more to write in! I’d had nearly 150,000 words at one point, but ended up tossing half of it out for a much needed revamp. Phew! In any case, this month is the push to fill in the gaps!

2. Write another 60,000 words for “Ronin / Hegemon: The Third Book of Ezekiel”. Okay, so for this one, I already have over 83,000 words. Still, I need the story to make sense, lol! So I’ll be working on this book too, and I admit: this book is so much less pressure than The Final Page. Not sure why… maybe because nanowrimo2014I’m not ready to publish it quite yet? In any case, I like working on this one because it reminds me how to actually enjoy the writing process. Ah, the preservation of a writer’s innocence… we underestimate how important that really is!

3. Stay on top of my blogging! This month not only am I challenging myself to set a strong habit of writing fiction 2000 words per day, but I’m also trying to keep up on my blogging. In addition to THIS blog, I also have two other websites (with blogs) to build / run (yeah, it’s a lot, so I’m taking my time with it), and I’m trying to make a daily habit of posting SOMEWHERE four times a week, even if it’s a teeny post saying “hi” or whatever. Yeah, I know… but support this foolish endeavor anyway! 😉

4. Make a writing habit of writing AT LEAST one freelance article a week. As I’ve mentioned a million times, my freelance work has picked up significantly, and there are so many cool articles that I’d love to write and share on my blog! So we’ll see how this works out, lol.

So, considering my goals, by next Sunday I should have a righteous update, right? I should have written at least 14,000 more words, have posted at least 4 blog posts, and have written (and submitted) a freelance article… right? Lol, oh Lord… Pray for me! And also, feel free to track my daily progress by checking out my NaNoWriMo widget in the bar on the right!

So how about you, dear readers and writers? What are your goals for NaNoWriMo? Also, are you trying to use NaNoWriMo to set a daily, consistent habit for your writing? Shout out your plans and dreams here! Happy writing, good luck, and as always…

Keep it indie!
<3 Colby

Ask the Author GoodReads Event + New Hot Giveaway!

ask-the-authorHey creatives! Today is the kick-off of our FIRST “Ask-the-Author” Event at The Fantasy Portal GoodReads Book Club!

And the first author up to bat? ME!

Join our book club and participate to ask me anything and EVERYTHING you want to know about my writing process, creative inspirations, current projects, future plans, or even some personal stuff, to your leisure!

I’ll be fielding questions all the week long, from Monday, Sept 15 until Sunday, Sept 21!

ALSO, as a warm welcome to both our Book Club and to the Ask-the-Author Event, I’m launching a very special, limited time giveaway!

Check it out below!


September’s Limited Time Giveaway!

Participate in The Fantasy Portal Book Club’s Back-to-School Bash, and Enter to win some AWESOME prizes!

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Giveaway ONLY lasts from Monday, September 15 to Monday, September 22 (until 11:59 PM), so ENTER NOW!

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PAPERBACK GIVEAWAY of The Fantasy Portal!

fantasyportal3DfinalcoverAnother awesome giveaway, guys! And this one’s a real treat. 🙂

Recently, three authors and I have released a four book fantasy bundle called “The Fantasy Portal”, and now, we’re offering you a FREE copy of the Fantasy Portal Bundle in PAPERBACK!

Hold over 1,000 pages of urban, epic, and paranormal fantasy in your hands today!

That’s four weighty, kick-ass tomes for you to add to your physical book shelves.

The giveaway is running from August 15 – November 12, 2014.

There are only FIVE paperback bundles available, so enter as soon as you can!

Keep it indie,
<3 Colby

GRAND OPENING! Colby’s Bookstore is Now Open for Business!

It is with the utmost delight that I’m announcing the OFFICIAL GRAND OPENING of Colby’s Bookstore!

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Having my own online store really feels like the ultimate definition of being an independent author and publisher, so I’m thrilled to finally be able to sell my work directly to all fantasy and sci-fi lovers, and especially to my fans! 🙂

More About the Store

colbyrriceAVATARbannerYou’ll find that both the browsing of the store and the checkout process is super easy, and I’ve also included “Bookstore Product Categories” in the sidebar for those of you who are looking for a particular book format (audiobook, ebook, or print), a specific genre (from sci-fi to fantasy to all their subgenres), or a specific title or series!

The Store will contain all my novel series, including some great non-fiction titles for writers and readers that you don’t want to miss! Pre-orders, coupons, sales, and specials will also be coming soon!

Check out Colby’s Bookstore here!

Shopping, Payment, and Your Account

amazonpay paypalcreditcardTo manage and personalize your shopping experience, you can toggle between your Shopping Cart and Your Account.

Your Cart will keep track of all the items you want, and you’ll also be able to see what you’re buying in the sidebar (but only after you place an item into your Cart)!

Your Account is where you can create a sign-in name & password, view your recent orders, and manage your shopping profile. At your Account page you can also re-download any electronic files you’ve already purchased and change your information at any time!

**Your information is super secure as I only accept PayPal and Amazon Checkout at this time.**

Troubleshooting

The store is glitch-free and super easy to use. BUT if you’re having any trouble with the store at all, need a re-send of a product, need a refund or an exchange, have any questions, or you just want to say hi, shoot me an email at colbyrrice@rebelragdoll.com.

I will get back to you immediately, I promise!

Thanks so much for checking out the store, and happy shopping!

Keep it indie,
<3 Colby

Four Kick-ass Authors, Four Worlds of Wonder. Enter The Fantasy Portal!

fantasyportal3DfinalcoverNearly 1,000 pages of fast-paced urban, epic, paranormal, and romantic fantasy!

Get four epic stories by four amazing fantasy authors, all in one bundle, for over 85% off! Limited time offer!

If you’re looking for wild rides with vampire clans, otherworldly heroes, alchemists, and ghosts hunters, then step into the Fantasy Portal and be transported into four worlds of wonder! Don’t miss out on this thrilling, four-book collection of urban & epic fantasy, paranormal romance, and paranormal mystery from four emerging fantasy & paranormal fiction authors:

Brandon Hill – From Slate to Crimson (Paranormal Romance)
Colby R Rice – Ghosts of Koa, Volume I of II (Urban Fantasy)
DaVaun Sanders – The Seedbearing Prince: Part I (Epic Fantasy)
Rasheedah Prioleau – American Specter: The Seven Sisters (Paranormal Mystery)

AVAILABLE NOW AT THE FOLLOWING RETAILERS:

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WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE SOON AT:


What You’ll Get!


From Slate to Crimson, by Brandon Hill (Paranormal Romance)

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Talante, for 10,000 years has governed his clan like a father in the endless war with their hated enemy over the fate of humankind. One winter’s night, he chances to meet Amelia Grayson, a human whose blood arouses his desire, and whose presence arouses his compassion in a way no mortal ever has before.

Distracted and terrified by all but alien emotions and instincts by this burgeoning bond in a prelude to what may be his clan’s most desperate hour, Talante is caught between duty and desire, until he is forced by choice and circumstance to decide whether to hold to the one he has grown to love more than his immortal life, or in spite of the cost, let go for the sake of his people and Amelia’s safety, in spite of twofold danger: one from a ravenous enemy that has hunted her kind for millennia … and the other from the seductive bond that would make her forever his, body and soul.


Ghosts of Koa, Volume I of II, by Colby R Rice (Urban Fantasy)

The Taken, Ghosts of Koa: The First Book of Ezekiel, VOLUME I of IIFor over one hundred years the Civic Order and the Alchemic Order have held a shaky truce, peppered by violence and mistrust. But when Koa, a Civilian-born insurgency, bombs an Alchemist summit, the truce is shattered. Now, Koa is rising. War is coming. And all sixteen-year-old Zeika Anon can do is keep moving as she watches the lords of alchemy slowly overtake her home.

But when clashes between Koa and the Alchemic Order put a final, deadly squeeze on the remaining Civilian territories, Zeika finds herself in the crosshairs of fate. She must walk the line between survival and rebellion against the Alchemists. On one side of the line awaits death. On the other, the betrayal of her civilization, her loyalties, and herself.
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The first volume in THE BOOKS OF EZEKIEL decalogy, GHOSTS OF KOA is a fast-paced, post-apocalyptic survival tale, set in the streets of a dying city that has been crushed by alchemic law. Layered with the elements of gritty crime drama, dark urban fantasy, hard sci-fi, and horror, GHOSTS OF KOA is a wild ride to the end of a young girl’s sanity as she struggles with an impossible choice: to keep one step ahead of a war… or to be consumed by it.

CONTENT WARNING – Contains coarse language, intense violence, adult / suggestive themes, and aberrant behavior. Reader discretion is advised.


The Seedbearing Prince: Part I, by DaVaun Sanders (Epic Fantasy)

davaunbookpic2Dayn Ro’Halan is a farmer’s son sworn to a life of plowing on his homeworld, Shard.

After finding a lost artifact called a Seed, he’s thrust into an ancient conflict between voidwalkers of the hated world Thar’Kur, and Defenders from a floating fortress called the Ring.

Dayn must become a Seedbearer and learn to use the Seed’s power to shape worlds before the entire World Belt is lost.

 


American Specter: The Seven Sisters, by Rasheedah Prioleau (Paranormal Mystery)

americanspecterrasheedahprioleauAudra Wheeler has been haunted for the last thirteen years by a paranormal attack that left her adopted sister, Kendra, in a coma. Mentored by FBI Assistant Director Jonathan Cordero to investigate specter crimes, Audra believes she’s on the trail of a serial killing specter with a mode of operation much like her sister’s attacker. The trail leads her to a small town in Georgia called Specter. Specter has become a haven to ghosts who have crossed back over and exist among the living. For better or worse she also finds herself working with the town’s Sheriff, Ethan Cole, her ex-partner and old flame.

With a chip on her shoulder and a strong dislike of specters, Agent Wheeler has a hard time adjusting to the ever-present state of specters until the latest victim, Gwyneth Miller, comes back as one. When specter Gwyneth Miller is adamant that it was not a specter that killed her, Audra Wheeler finds herself opening up the twenty-five year old cold case of the town’s most notorious unsolved homicide, the murder of Abigail Stevens, who just happens to be Gwyneth Miller’s biological mother.

Delving More Deeply into Ghosts of Koa with Michael T Bradley!

DBDsquareSo, unfortunately, Digital Book Day has passed, my dear readers, but it was an awesome run! We gave out tons of free books and hopefully made you all super amped for our next promotion, which will open around the holidays! If you want to stay updated on when the next Digital Book Day will be, SUBSCRIBE to the DBD Newsletter!

No worries, we won’t be spamming you. We just want you to have all the free stuff you want when you want. 😉

But where there is a post-DBD void, there is still hope! We’ve got more free stuff to give you and some cool stuff goin’ on, mainly the fact that I was:

Interviewed by Michael T. Bradley, Narrator of the Ghosts of Koa Audiobook!

GhostsofKoaAUDIOCOVERFINALSo, omg, I get to spend nearly an hour with my actor, Michael T. Bradley, who is equal parts hilarious, witty, and talented. And yes, I know. His voice is husky and HOTT (purr)! Even my boyfriend is jealous of Michael, as well he should be. But before you throw your panties & thongs onto Mr. Bradley’s proverbial stage, ladies, please know that he isn’t here just as ear candy!

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Michael T Bradley, ladies! Keep calm… and throw panties.

Michael is a PHENOMENAL actor, who has narrated multiple audiobooks and has even been a voice actor for Namco (huge video game company for those of you not in the know). He is very hirable and a joy to work with, and even when you yourself suck at returning his emails (ahem, like yours truly), he’s still all over your project, giving updates, feedback, asking questions, and delivering the goods. I’ve learned a LOT from him about audiobook production and about my role as an author in the process, and I loved working with him!

Check out Michael’s ACX page and HIRE him: Michael Bradley’s ACX Page.

Important note: he’s fantastic with fiction narration, but as I seriously doubt he’s available for phone sex hire, please keep your requests clean, ladies. 😉 Or not. He might like it, can’t speak for him.

Okay, let the panty-throwing continue! ::SQUEAL!::

Check Out the Interview!

Michael asks some hard frickin’ questions, but somehow I survive. We talk about lots of stuff, including but not limited to what GOK’s about, where The Books of Ezekiel series is going, where the inspiration for the ultimate baddie, Sal Morgan, came from, and a discussion on Yonic imagery… which is a classy way of saying “things that remind us of penis and vaginas”.

Actually, Michael’s the classy one. I would have just as easily called it “cock and coochie chicanery”, but fortunately Michael is more of an intellectual than I. Either way, have fun learning more about the engine under the hood of Ghosts of Koa, and don’t forget to pick up the audiobook  through our free giveaway (below)!

Or of course, you could also be a doll and buy it at AMAZON, AUDIBLE, or ITUNES!

 

Ghosts of Koa Audiobook Giveaway!

The audiobook giveaway has been extended to MIDNIGHT on Monday, July 21st, so don’t miss your chance to win a FREE copy!

Just participate below, and also don’t forget to check out the audiobook excerpt (teehee!) from Ghosts of Koa: The First Book of Ezekiel!

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More FREE ebooks! Digital Book Day has been EXTENDED for another 24 hours!

DIGITAL BOOK DAY has been EXTENDED for another 24 hours!!

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Apparently, this promotion is so hott and so internet-destroying that we had to extend it just so that you all had more time to get all the books you wanted!

So yeah, again, we 407 bestselling indie authors in the genres of Sci-fi & Fantasy, Thriller, Mystery, Romance, YA, General / Historical Fiction, and Non-Fiction all got together and asked:

“HM! How do we make our readers even MORE mega happy?”.

And we answered, “FREE STUFF for yet ANOTHER DAY!”

So, yes. 407 FREE books all for your summer reading pleasure, my friends. Check us out by clicking the banner above or clicking HERE, and enjoy!

Time’s limited, though, so get your free ebooks before midnight tonight (07/15)!

P.S. This promotion is so hott and getting so popular that the Digital Book Day website occasionally conks out. Please be patient and keep visiting for your free books!

Happy reading, and of course, keep it indie!
<3 Colby

Free Ebooks for TODAY ONLY!

If you missed the announcement in the side bar…

TODAY is DIGITAL BOOK DAY! CHYEAH!!

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For the next 24 hours ONLY!

Basically, 407 bestselling indie authors in the genres of Sci-fi & Fantasy, Thriller, Mystery, Romance, YA, General / Historical Fiction, and Non-Fiction all got together and asked:

“HM! How do we make our readers mega happy?”.

And we answered, “FREE STUFF!”

So, yes. 407 FREE books all for your summer reading pleasure, my friends. Check us out by clicking the banner above or clicking HERE, and enjoy!

P.S. This promotion is so hott and getting so popular that the Digital Book Day website occasionally conks out. Please be patient and keep visiting for your free books!

Happy reading, and of course, keep it indie!
<3 Colby