May updates & Book hints

As you noticed, there have been some changes. Namely:

-the website is back up again (yay)

-I’ve redone the services page, though I am still tweaking it because I think you guys deserve something more

-I’m progressively adding all the other things that were there before, including a revamped, awesome bio

-on another note, I have a pile of blog posts to republish, with some new ones too, and this is happening in the next few days.

So. We are back on track, it seems. For those of you who are new to the website and blog, I apologize for the minimalistic feel (i.e. where is all the stuff?).

Tip: when you have to stop, take time to explore your surroundings

I could have just redone the whole thing like it was before. Instead, I’ve decided to take a few days more to rethink my website and what I wanted to do with it. See, there are many things that I want to accomplish with The Busy Muse, but the main goal is to help self-published authors in particular (and writers in general – you are ALL welcome, always!). I want to provide useful content to you guys, from writing to editing, from dealing with social media to using it for research, and so much more. Some things were ok, but not exactly what I wanted. Therefore, I took the chance of having to do it all again to, well, do it all again, but better (I hope).

Think of it as a 2.0 version of The Busy Muse (we can build it better, faster, stronger) – also, I am always open to suggestions and constructive criticism. If you guys would like to see some particular feature or a particular topic dealt in my blog, tell me! You can contact me at info@thebusymuse.com and I will respond ASAP 🙂

Looking at the future: what’s coming – New book release!

I am also excited to finally reveal that in June I will start pre-orders of my book on Fantasy Settings, which I have been working on for the past couple of months (although we all know that it has been rattling in my brain for longer than that). I cannot wait to show it to you guys! It is, if I may say so, the book I wished I read ages ago. I have been reading and writing fantasy fiction for something like two decades, and this book makes my writing senses tingle. I loved coming up with ideas and tips, and brainstorming the content has been so much fun (and inspiration for my own writing!).

I hope you guys will take a look at it when it comes out – you can sign up for my newsletter so you don’t miss any announcement!

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Also, especially for those who will be kind enough to preorder the book through Amazon, I will set it at a special price just for preorder: I appreciate your effort and interest, and I wanted to show that somehow. Plus there will be additional content available for you guys, and for those who are signed up for the newsletter.

If you are familiar with the self-publishing world, you know by now that Amazon reviews, and reviews in general, are really important for us self-pubbed authors (especially those publishing their first book), so if any of you guys is interested in receiving a copy for review, please contact me – the Fantasy Setting book will be digital only, so it doesn’t matter where you live in the world! You can email me at info@thebusymuse.com with Review copy in the title 🙂

Fiction Writing

My WIP is waiting for the first round of edits. I wrote the first draft during Camp Nanowrimo, so there is a lot missing and a lot of stuff that needs to be trimmed, but I am overall happy with the story itself. Or the somewhat caper-looking thing underneath all the false starts and the random cool things I decided to throw in because, well, they were cool.

The release of the finished book is scheduled in Autumn/Winter of this year 🙂 Of course, you will hear about it before that, and get some sneak peeks behind the scenes in the upcoming months. Yay!

That’s it for today. How’s your writing going? What have you been struggling with in the past couple of weeks? Let me know in the comments, or send me an email at info@thebusymuse.com !

To all of you, a huge, warm thank you, whether you are interested in the book or not – thank you for reading my blog, for happening on my website, for browsing my services. But most importantly:

thank you for writing. No matter the genre, the style, the topic.

Thank you for writing.

Obstacles may happen on our paths. Let’s use them to take a quick check up on our progress, and move on forward.

Have a lovely May.

We have hit a snag

Sometimes it happens.

You boot up your draft (the one you’ve been working on for days, months, years) and it doesn’t work. It’s not there, it’s corrupted, the cat ate it.

Sort of what has happened here at The Busy Muse (and actually, at two other websites I run). I am working to reboot all the posts and everything else I had on the website, but it’s going to take a couple of days. I do apologize for this – please come back soon and all should be well again.

In the meantime, I remain open for business: I was to redo my Services pages to add current rates and new options to help you guys, but now I have to redo… everything (ah-ah).

Just as a quick intro, I will be doing proofreading and translating of your fiction (or social media posts), as well as providing social media assistance and general VA duties.

Stay tuned for all the details and in the meantime, I hope you have a lovely May!