Early Access from $1/month

I love to write fiction. Lovvvvvvve it. But a sad fact of life is that making an income from writing books can be… iffy at best. Sales rise and fall, retail outlets collapse, all sorts.

Regardless, I want to devote more time to writing the stuff that I love, especially the DEAD(ish) and DEAD(ish) Allsorts books. So I signed up with Patreon. It’s a subscription service that allows people to support their favourite artists with a monthly dollar amount, and in return, get special rewards.

This is my Patreon page:

patreon.com/naomikramer

I’ll be serialising books as I write them, then adding the ebook files (EPUB and MOBI, plus PDF if anyone desires) once they’re complete. Two or three months later, I’ll publish the books on Amazon et al. In other words, you’ll get weekly book instalments plus early access to the completed ebooks. All from just $1/month.

I figure this is my best bet for creating a win-win situation. I get a regular income – you get regular DEAD(ish) and DEAD(ish) Allsorts content before everyone else!

The Art of Asking Questions

‘Questioning’ is an admirable trait, right? It brings to mind someone who isn’t happy with their current view of the world; someone who is always wanting to know more. So why is that honest questions are sometimes answered with outright hostility?

A sense that you’re not 100% sincere

Some people – intentionally or not – use questions as weapons to push someone into acknowledging the questioner’s own reality. Rather than being a sign of the questioner’s desire to be open-minded, they can be a signal that the questioner is feeling overly challenged and would like you to return to the party line, please, now.

Crafting answers can be hard work

Teaching is a difficult job. Figuring out exactly how to phrase something to make sure someone (potentially with a completely different learning style to your own) is hard work. It’s even more difficult when you’re trying to teach about something that is intensely personal and/or opens you to public criticism, abuse, and/or violence – like race, gender, disability, or sexual orientation. The key take-away point here, though, is this: the mere act of asking a question requests that the answerer use their energy to respond to the questioner.

You’re not a child anymore

Kids need to ask questions. All but the grumpiest adults understand that. We understand that a 5-year-old child has very few resources on hand apart from the people surrounding them. So adults will often stop and answer a child’s questions to the best of their ability. Adults, on the other hand, often have many, many resources at our disposal. We have the internet, libraries, knowledgeable friends, expert consultants, university and TAFE courses, Siri and OK Google on our smartphones… and a host more. I tend to respond differently to children and adults simply because I assume that the adult a) has resources other than me and b) is choosing not to use them. Sometimes that assumption is wildly wrong. Most of the time it’s correct, and the person has chosen the lazy option.

You’ve just displayed a prejudice of some sort

Most prejudices are inbuilt, and a lot of us don’t realise we even have them. Ask a roomful of average people if they’re racist, and 99% will generally say “NO!”. But the vast majority of that 99% will actually say and do racist things without realising it. Likewise, other prejudices you have against people – prejudices you probably don’t realise you have – often come out when you ask them questions about their life.

How to ask questions

So let’s just say that I have a question that you want to ask someone. What should I do? Here’s a quick, general list of things I should ask myself first:

  • Why am I asking this question?
  • How might the person feel about hearing this question?
  • Is this question respectful?
  • Is this question important for my or their safety?
  • Do I need to know the answer?
  • Can I learn the answer to this question in any other way?
  • Has this person invited my questioning?
  • Is my timing appropriate?
  • Does my phrasing expose my opinion that they are wrong/different/not as good as me?

Having a good hard look at our motivations and unspoken assumptions before asking questions of those around us doesn’t just decrease the number of hostile responses – it also helps to improve the lives of those around us… just a little bit.

Like to know more?

Here’s a great articles that might help you get a wider perspective: Carly Findlay talks about the questions people ask her.

 

How to Publish an Ebook

  1. Write a book.
  2. Edit it thoroughly.
  3. Edit it thoroughly again, bemoaning your lack of thoroughness in step 2.
  4. Give it to someone else to edit.
  5. Swallow your pride and actually make the changes suggested, if they’re good ones.
  6. Carefully hand-code the book in HTML.
  7. Convert to ebook format.
  8. Upload.
  9. Wait, and bleed.

DEAD(ish) Book 6 and my nerves are a bit frayed

I’m happy, I’m nervous, I’m thrilled and scared stiff.

(rebounding) DEAD will be released on the 17th August – just two weeks away. I’m happy and thrilled because I love writing and putting it out into the public eye. I’m nervous and scared because OMG what if y’all don’t like it?

As you can probably imagine, my writing style has changed a bit over the years. But when I started writing (rebounding) DEAD, I swear it wasn’t just a tendency to get more verbose that was going on. Nope, the characters took up residence in my head and decided to tell me a story way more involved than usual. So instead of the short and sweet novelette that you usually get with a DEAD(ish) book, this one’s more of a… novella. Actually, you know, I think it might be the longest book I’ve ever written. Let’s face it, I’m not generally the wordy type. But this book has a number of characters who all wanted to get their points of view across:

  • Linda, of course. A bit more mouthy, and maybe a bit kinder.
  • Prudence, who is doing her best to follow the rules and is a bit disconcerted at the lack of said rules.
  • Trent, long-suffering and devoted to helping out with whatever wild scheme Linda might bring him.
  • Reverend Jones, the holiest man in existence, except for most.
  • Grim, a female demon with a soft spot for Linda.
  • Barb, a hostile damned soul who can’t bring herself to believe in Heaven.

I think most writers suffer from ambivalent feelings whenever we release a book. They’re little bits of us, exposed to the world, which can make it bloody nerve-wracking! But I wouldn’t be releasing (rebounding) DEAD if, logically speaking, I wasn’t fairly sure that this is another awesomely fun book that you’ll enjoy reading. I just… need to take a few moments occasionally to wibble uncertainly. 😀

Welcome!

Hey there, and welcome to DEAD(ish) Online! It’s pretty new, but let me tell you what I have planned:

  • Exclusive content that you won’t be able to get elsewhere.
  • DEAD(ish)-inspired games.
  • A section where you can upload your own DEAD(ish) fan fiction – or read other people’s.
  • Q&As.
  • Behind-the-scenes sneak peeks at the mind that created DEAD(ish).

I’m hoping that this site comes to be an awesome resource for you, as well as a great place to meet like-minded people. I’ll certainly be doing my best to make it so!

Love,

Naomi