Who is the woman hero?

Laura Lis Scott:

Kate blogs here about her main character, Yamabuki, how she’s different from other woman warriors, and how 12th-century Japan isn’t quite like what you’ve seen in most samurai movies.

Originally posted on KateLore:

Cold Blood cover comp draft 20141122The Yamabuki series is inspired by a 12th-century woman chronicled in historic writings of the times. It is said Yamabuki was beautiful and that she accompanied Yoshinaka, The Rising Sun General, and Tomoe Gozen, a more famous woman warrior on their adventures and into battle. Some accounts even say she was a general who led troops into ferocious battles.

In writing I hoped as much as possible to avoid setting the action in Tokugawa era, which is familiar to many fans of historic Japan. The 12th-century Japan was very different from the 17th century. This required leaving behind fond images of geisha, two-sword samurai with shaven pate and wearing hair in a topknot, ritualized harakiri, Japanese baths, tatami mats, tea ceremonies, and a host of other things–which Ivan Morris warns us about in his “World of the Shining Prince.”

But mostly, I wanted to write about the humanity of my…

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Cold Blood, by Katherine M. Lawrence, is now available on Kindle

Our new title, Cold Blood, by Katherine M. Lawrence, is out on Kindle (and Kindle Unlimited)!

“Ever kill a man?” The fencing master’s eyes searched hers. “I can see you haven’t. That takes cold blood.”

Cold Blood book cover

Sixteen-year-old Taka Yamabuki, royal by birth, but samurai by training, embarks upon her first mission: to deliver important dispatches to the capital. Untested and traveling alone for the first time in her life, Yamabuki encounters a vivid tapestry of natural beauty, unusual characters, unexpected friendships, and indiscriminate brutality and violence.
But an unknown assassin dogs her trail. And before she knows it, her life hangs in the balance.
A lyrical tale of adventure, young love, and self-discovery, Cold Blood brings alive the experience of a young woman warrior in 12th-century Japan.

On Kindle now. Coming very soon in hardback and paperback.

Cold Saké has a new cover

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The new Cold Saké cover.

The novelette by Katherine M. Lawrence is available on Kindle now, and will be releasing it in paperback and on other ebook platforms in the coming weeks! Watch this space, or for the first word, sign up for our newsletter.

(Watch this space. A new Yamabuki novella is coming out later today!)

Download Samurai novelette Cold Saké — FREE* now on Kindle Unlimited

Update: The novelette is no longer on KU. It’s still available on Kindle, though. As soon as Cold Blood (Kate’s next book) is out, we will be rolling out Cold Sake in paperback, Nook, iBooks, and Kobo. —LS

Have you joined the free trial of Kindle Unlimited? If so, now’s your chance to download and read Katherine M. Lawrence’s novelette for free*!

* Well, it’s “free” during the free trial, and included in the $9.99 Kindle Unlimited subscription meal if you decide to try the book later.

Cold Saké  introduces Yamabuki, a young woman samurai who actually lived in 12th-century Japan. In this tale, she encounters supernatural mysteries in a remote country inn.

Cold Saké novelette, Kindle edition

Cold Saké, by Katherine M. Lawrence

And Cold Saké is but the beginning. Yamabuki is the lead character in Katherine’s upcoming multi-novel saga about this young woman warrior as she faces challenges in the runup to the great Gempei War. Katherine is about to hand over to our editor her manuscript for the first full-length novel featuring Yamabuki. (An extended excerpt from an early draft of the novel is included in the Cold Sake ebook.) Katherine’s novel, as well as a short story and a shorter novel, are coming this fall in ebook and paperback formats. (Sign up for our newsletter to get early word on release dates.)

Meanwhile, you can get Cold Saké now!

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Our new domain: TootSweet.Ink

We have a few domains currently, and odds are, if you tried one of the others, you were redirected here to our new domain:

TootSweet.Ink

WordPress.com (our current host) supposedly redirects all URLs, including the RSS feeds, so feed readers like Feedly may continue to work fine. Our new feed URL is http://tootsweet.ink/feed if you would like to update our entry in your reader of choice.

What is vanity press? (The Case Against Author Solutions, Part 1: The Numbers)

Laura Lis Scott:

Independent publishing and self-publishing should not be confused with vanity publishing, which is a completely different animal, epitomized by Author Solutions.

Originally posted on David Gaughran:

authorsolutionsPRHThe more you study an operation like Author Solutions, the more it resembles a two-bit internet scam, except on a colossal scale.

Internet scammers work on percentages. They know that only a tiny fraction of people will get hoodwinked so they flood the world’s inboxes with spammy junk.

While reputable self-publishing services can rely on author referrals and word-of-mouth, Author Solutions is forced to take a different approach. According to figures released by Author Solutions itself when it was looking for a buyer in 2012, it spent a whopping $11.9m on customer acquisition in 2011 alone.

This money is spent on:

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Times for submissions

Call me old school. I started writing on typewriters. And that meant Courier was the font. (Actually I liked Elite a bit more, but I digress.) You typed your pages in Courier, and you typed them double spaced.

If you search online for manuscript formatting today, you find recommendations — and they are quite particular — for the same thing: Courier double-spaced. Compile your novel in Scrivener for manuscript and you get Courier.

Today at the Pikes Peak Writers Conference, though, four working editors in traditional publishing said they don’t want — to the point of hating — Courier.

Use Times 12 pt double spaced, and have 1″ margins all around, and indent your paragraphs 1/2″ — and indent in styles, not using tabs. (Page layout down the line is done using styles, not your hacky carriage returns, spaces and tabs.

And do NOT use Courier. (It was mentioned in the same breath as Comic Sans. Enough said?)

So there it is, another data point.

(For the record, we’re fine with Courier, but agree about using styles. Learn the styles usage in your wordprocessor. Find them under Help. Be kind to those downstream.)