I've had a great few days writing on Dead Otra Vez. I figure I'm about 1/3 of the way through. That's 16000 words. Last night I got on a run and wrote until the wee hours. Then I couldn't sleep, running scenarios through my head. Gonna be additions within the chapters I've written in order to make the book stand-alone, but that's in the rewrite. This is so fun!.

No discussion about the state of American politics today. It makes me nauseous. 

Back to writing!

The panel discussion on The Joy of Self Publishing was a big hit yesterday. A number of people expressed gratitude about the content and informative nature of data. I told of my own experiences, each a new lesson. The one point I hammered on was as a self publisher, you are responsible for everything. Quality control is something you have to do, always. Scheduling is yours to choose too, as is pricing. Anyway, the talk went well. I enjoyed imparting what I know. There's a lot more to find out. The bottom line is that the writer needs to decide why they are writing. If it's top get rich, keep the day job. If it's for you, a lot of pressure comes off. If it's to entertain, another whole set of parameters come into play. SO there.

I just finished writing up the newsletter for February and March. Wow, a lot happened. Steve should have it out in the next few days, so keep a watch. In the meantime, take a look at the comment on Amazon for Dead & Dead For Real. Wow, this guy is great! I owe him a beer.

April 2 is approaching, and that's the day of the panel discussion at the Oro Valley Library about self publishing. All of my books have gone that route, and to date, I have no complaints about CreareSpace. If you want to find out how to and if you should, come on out. 10:00 until 12:00.

My idea of a children's book is a little lower in priority that some of my other projects, though it's now on the list. I'm going to continue with the Dead & Dead For Real sequel. My break from writing is about over, and it's time to get back to work. 

I had two winners in the tee shirt drawing from the Tucson Festival of Books.Congratulations to M. Madden and N. Proudfoot. I will notify you by e-mail and we'll set up a way for me to get you your shirts. 

Thanks to all of you who stopped by the Habitat for Humanity booth. The festival was a blast for me. 

I've been thinking of doing a children's book. Yes, I know it's a vast departure from my other genre. At the book festival, Habitat for Humanity and Caid coupled up with a robot and hard hat decoration program that drew in lots of kids. So, I thought there should be a kids book on the table. We'll see how the ideas go. I might have to recruit my granddaughter to help. She's 7, and that's my target age. We'll see. My plate's getting full and no writing is happening at the moment. My brain is telling me to take a little time off.

The plot for Dead Again (that's the tentative title of the sequel to Dead & Dead For Real) is rolling around in my head, so I'm not idle. So far, the picture I have of conditions in the US is bleak. We'll see what continues to develop. I'll be putting together a newsletter soon, too.

The Tucson Festival Of Books was a great success for me. I cannot give enough thanks to Caid Industries and Habitat for Humanity in allowing me to set up a table in their booth. Thank you Thank you. Special thanks to Nancy and Bill A.

I sold 20 books, including 2 complete sets of the Evolution River Series. I especially want to hear back from Melody and The Twins as to their thoughts fo the series. I sold out of Wings of the WASP and Dead & Dead For Real on the first day, Not to worry, I had more, though I am now out of Wings. The order has shipped. This is good news, because I am anticipating more sales as my wife texted me while at the festival that the Arizona Daily Star reviewed Wings of the WASP favorably. Below is the review:

Arizona Daily Star

Sunday, March 13, 2016

 

Wings of the W. A. S. P. by R. L. Clayton (Createspace Independent Publishing, $14.99; 7.99 digital

During World War II, WASPS (Women Airforce Service Pilots) flew domestic missions, freeing up male pilots for combat and service duty. It was a valuable wartime contribution, but the female flyers in R. L. Clayton’s eye-opening historical novel were not welcome by the military brass at the Marana Airfield. When an attempt to sabotage a WASP by causing a mid-air incident goes horribly wrong – and a cover-up at the highest levels ensues – Sgt. Joe Clark risks everything to set the historical record straight and put his own demons to rest. Clayton, who lives in Tucson was inspired by his mother’s war-time experiences as a WASP.

Helena Woodhams

 

I did reduce the e-book price, so, get 'em while they are hot!

What a great Tucson Festival of Books! I sold a goodly number of books and met some really nice people. I'm working on a new issue of the newsletter and will have some pictures from the Festival. I also got some great news that WIngs of the W.A.S.P, was reviewed in the Arizona Daily Star. Here's the review.

Arizona Daily Star

Sunday, March 13, 2016

 

Wings of the W. A. S. P. by R. L. Clayton (Createspace Independent Publishing, $14.99; 7.99 digital

During World War II, WASPS (Women Airforce Service Pilots) flew domestic missions, freeing up male pilots for combat and service duty. It was a valuable wartime contribution, but the female flyers in R. L. Clayton’s eye-opening historical novel were not welcome by the military brass at the Marana Airfield. When an attempt to sabotage a WASP by causing a mid-air incident goes horribly wrong – and a cover-up at the highest levels ensues – Sgt. Joe Clark risks everything to set the historical record straight and put his own demons to rest. Clayton, who lives in Tucson was inspired by his mother’s war-time experiences as a WASP.

Helena Woodham

Archived posts

I have books! Dead & Dead For Real is out and I've received my copies. It's available on Amazon, and soon will be as an e-book. I've started on the sequel as my next book, and it's fun.
I had a good book signing at the Southern Arizona Authors Expo last Saturday. Met nice people and sold books.
My new website should be coming online soon. I'll announce when and the address as soon as we're up.
Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 7:10 AM PST
Got my first shipment of Dead & Dead For Real. There was some cover damage to each book, so I called CreateSpace. They responded by sending me replacements, due here by Thursday. Great response.Thank you CreateSpace. I will have books for Tucson Festival of Books!
Sunday, February 21st, 2016 12:39 PM PST
They Southern Arizona Author Expo proved to be good for me. Sold a bunch of books and met some nice people. I didn't have Dead &Dead For Real, but I will have the books for the Tucson Festival of Books. That's March 12 and 13 at the University of Arizona mall. I'll be in the Habit for Humanity booth. C'mon out!
Friday, February 19th, 2016 9:04 AM PST
I had an interesting trip to Columbus, NM and toured the museums there. It is the 100th anniversary of the invasion and attack on US forces by Pancho Villa. I learned a lot.
Steve and I had a great conversation about changes for the website and a new website, so stay tuned for new things. I think you will like what takes place. Let me know. Don't be afraid to email me comments. Yes, I have a thick skin and can take criticism. THat's a necessity as an author.
I'm foundering about right now on what to write next. At some point, I'm just going to have to start. Prominent right now is a sequel to Dead & Dead For Real.
Wednesday, February 17th, 2016 7:32 AM PST
Steven and I are moving forward on a new website. Since my writing has changed from the sci-fi genre to historical fiction and to terror-thriller, we decided to get a new website. I'll let you know the name, and we'll have links from evolutionriver to the new site and back. I really liked what Steve did for this new site. Can't wait for your feedback.
Tuesday, February 16th, 2016 3:51 PM PST
I ordered my first copies of Dead & Dead For Real from Create Space. The book is available on Amazon. I don't think I'll have D&DFR books for the February 20th, 2016 9:000- 1:00 PM   -   Southern Arizona Author Expo at 38759 S. Mountain View Road   SaddleBrooke, AZ USA, BUT I will have the other 4 books. There will be 60 authors there, so there's something for everyone. Come on out!
Saturday, February 13th, 2016 9:02 AM PST

IT'S OUT!

Dead & Dead For Real went to CreateSpace last week. It's now available on Amazon in print version. I'm holding out for a few days on the e-book version, but it will be out within a few days. It does take 2 to 3 weeks after submission for it to hit the e-shelves, but IT"S COMING. This means I'll have the book on my table at the Tucson Festival of Books, March 12 & 13. I'm hoping to have it at the Southern Arizona Author Expo Feb 20, but probably won't have the copies in my hands by then. I'm excited to have this project done.
Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 8:15 AM PST
I had a great experience yesterday. I went to the Tucson Gem & Mineral & Fossil show. While on the shuttle I met two ladies who bought my books. Instead of going to these book signings, I think I need to ride the shuttles around a sell. Okay, maybe not really, but this is the second time I sold books at the TGMF show. Note to authors, Take your books wherever you go. 
Friday, February 5th, 2016 7:02 AM PST
Well, I didn't make the end of January to get Dead & Dead for Real out. I'm so close it's making me antsy to go ahead. It's coming, REALLY Meantime, I do have some outlines I'm playing with for the next book effort.
 
DON'T FORGET:
February 20th, 2016 - 1:00 PM   -   Southern Arizona Author Expo
38759 S. Mountain View Road   SaddleBrooke, AZ USA
 
Tuesday, March 8th, 2016 6:43 PM PST
Getting things set for Tucson Festival of Books. Posters, cards, bookmarks, AND tee shirts (Evolution River tees and new Dead & Dead For Real).
 
New website, www.rlclaytonbooks.com is up. It's still under construction, but you can get the idea. Suggestions from you would be welcome.
Sunday, March 6th, 2016 8:05 PM PST
Things are moving with Dead & Dead For Real. I have print books, and they are available on Amazon. The manuscript was submitted for e-book publication, and will be available in 1 to 3 weeks, depending on which site you shop at. 
I've started the sequel to it and it's invading my dreams already.
Tucson Festival of Books is Mar 12 abd 13 at the University of Arizona mall. I will be in booth #409, which is the Habitat for Humanity booth. A part of each book sale goes to them as a donation. Come on out, let's talk and support a good cause.
Friday, March 4th, 2016 9:08 AM PST
I'm working with Steve to get my new website up. I'll announce it as soon as it works! Meantime, there is still a subscription tab on this website to get my newsletter. There's also a link to my email, rlclayton10@gmail.com. Thanks to Ron for letting me know  he's having trouble. Try the email. 
Getting ready for the Tucson Festival of Books. It's March 12 & 13 at the University of Arizona mall. C'mon out. I always enjoy talking to readers. I need that feedback to be a better writer.

 

Friday, March 11th, 2016 8:56 AM PST
Tomorrow it starts! Tucson Festival of Books, now the 4th largest book event in the United States. I'll be in booth #409, so come see me. I'll the new Dead & Dead For Real tee shirts there. They are eye catching.
Steve & I are still working on the new website, www.rlclaytonbooks.com, so be patient. We both want it to be right.
On April 2, at the Oro Valley Library from 10:00 am to noon we'll be holding a panel discussion of Self publishing. I've self published 5 books, now. So come with your questions, comments. I'm also working on another book signing after April 15. The details will be posted here.
SEE YOU TOMORROW OR SUNDAY!
Tuesday, March 8th, 2016 6:43 PM PST
Getting things set for Tucson Festival of Books. Posters, cards, bookmarks, AND tee shirts (Evolution River tees and new Dead & Dead For Real).
 

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