Forward Progress, Hurrah!


Finally, after a fairly long dry spell, we can report progress on our current work-in-progress, The Oculars. This week, we met in person for a Litzo business meeting. Topics covered included our ongoing giveaways on Amazon, final edits on The Oculars, agent queries, the way forward for our serial killer manuscript, and changes to the chapter map for the third Gaia book.

Anne’s been back at work on her final edits for The Ocular. She’s finished through chapter 26 and now that she’s broken the weld, she anticipates work will continue this week. Eric will be updating the chapter map for Servants of Gaia, the third book in our New Mother Earth science fiction series. We have multiple story arcs throughout and we realize several are severely underrepresented. Nancy is reading through Enoch and formatting as she goes. She and Eric will also be working on the chapter map for that manuscript as well. The middle bits are still a bit nebulous but the planned ending is kick-ass.

We came to a decision to finally submit a query letter to a literary agent. We’ve been back and forth about this over the years, always opting to keep complete control of our works, but seeing how well good friends of ours are doing with the help of an industry professional has been a bit eye-opening. Time to make a move. We’ve drafted the letter and once we all get our hack at it, we’ll be sending it out into the universe. Wish us luck!

Next weekend, Friday through Sunday, we’ll be running a promotion on the first New Mother Earth book, Exiles of Gaia, on Amazon.

We plan to get a lot done in the next few weeks. Wish us luck!

Kind regards,

Anne, Nancy, and Eric


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The Midsummer Doldrums

36305867_10216666439798429_294670430503960576_o (1)Family Camping in Central Washington

First off, we’re still running our weekly Kindle promotions. This weekend, you can score a free e-copy of our horror short story, The Mortuary Fly. Next weekend, July 20 – July 22, we’ll be giving away copies of The Rose Sprite on Amazon. You can’t beat free! (We’ve included the link below.)

As for us, summer started as always with high hopes and good intentions but by the time we hit July, Litzo work had ground to a halt. The work stoppage was due to a combination of another spectacular health scare for our Mom, Nancy (she’s fine, by the way), followed by a number of consecutive family trips…and excuses, lots of excuses.

Before we hit the doldrums, we’d managed to finish the third round of final edits on The Oculars up through chapter 20. We still have a way to go, but we promise, we’ll get back to it this week. We also reformatted Hunters of Gaia for the print version on Kindle.

We promise we’ll do better on the work front. As always, thanks for sticking with us. Your support means a lot to us.

Kind regards,

Anne, Nancy, and Eric

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Upcoming Kindle Countdown Deal – Creek House

Welcome to June in the great Pacific Northwest. It’s 52 degrees outside and raining this morning, not very summer-like at all. It’s a good enough reason to stay inside and get some work done. In Litzo news, we plan on starting a run of Kindle Countdown Deals on all our books, one right after the other. With six books and three short stories, the deals should last until the beginning of August. Books will be listed for $0.99 and the short stories will be free for three day increments (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) each week. We’re kicking off the deals with Creek House, on sale from June 15th through June 17th, 2018.

Remaining Promotions as follows:

Safe Harbor: June 21st through June 24th.

Cold Prairie: June 29th through July 1st.

Holly Virginia; July 6th through July 8th.

The Mortuary Fly: July 13th through July 15th

The Rose Sprite: July 20th through July 22nd

Exiles of Gaia: July 27th through July 29th

Hunters of Gaia: August 3rd through August 5th

Gaia Uprising: August 10th through August 12th

Nancy is still down at the beach, holed up in the mobile writer’s retreat. She’s finished reformatting the print version of Hunters of Gaia and the new copy looks fabulous. She also wrote last week’s blog post. Eric is working on Enoch. Anne is working on final edits for The Oculars, our paranormal thriller.

We hope you take advantage of the upcoming promotions. Tell your friends!

Kind regards,

Anne, Nancy, and Eric

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It’s All in the Pesky Details

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Ah, formatting…

Self-publishing is not for the faint of heart or those who give up easily. Writing your book is stressful enough, but then you must FORMAT. Yes, the dreaded task rears its ugly head in the end. Ideally, you would be formatting properly as you create your masterpiece but even then, there is always some detail that was overlooked. Plus, formatting is different for ebook and paperback.

Nancy’s nemesis came in the form of editing to rid the manuscript of our beta reader’s wonderful comments and observations. Turns out, after hours of trying every command available on that Microsoft Word ribbon, it was an obscure little command that only needed to be turned off. Then she was able to upload the corrected manuscript easily onto KDP.

While KDP offers many instructions for how to format for publishing, you still must correct any odd formats you may have inadvertently made while cheerily writing your masterpiece. This can be frustrating but don’t be afraid to use the Help feature. Nancy wishes she would have done that much sooner.

Feel free to contact us with questions about our process and we’ll try our best to answer them. Best of luck on your writing and your formatting. It’s all worth it in the #end#.

Kind regards,

Anne, Nancy, and Eric

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Second Round of Oculars Edits – Done!

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Great news! We got quite a bit done last week, including finishing the second round of edits on our current paranormal work-in-progress, The Oculars. We also met for the first time in months to take care of some much needed Litzo business. We’ve been conducting most of our meetings via email and phone calls since Christmas but with some easing in our schedules, we hope to get together more often.

Now that Nancy and Eric have completed their edits, The Oculars is now sitting in Anne’s lap. She’ll be working on that, as well as compiling cover images for the finished book. After she’s done with her edits, it’s off to the beta reader for a fresh look before we send it out into the world.

Eric is trying to learn how to use Scrivener. The plan is that he’ll get as proficient as possible and then he’ll teach Anne and Nancy how to use it. We’ve heard good things about the software but also that it is a bear to learn how to use. Only one of us needs to suffer, right? Eric is also starting work on our Enoch Rising WIP, a serial killer thriller set in the Pacific Northwest.

Nancy is finally heading to the beach in the all-new mobile writer’s retreat. She’ll be reformatting the print version of Hunters of Gaia. She is also planning on co-writing with Eric on Enoch Rising.

The other big thing that came out of the meeting is that we all need to work on adding a few more short stories to our portfolio. They are a great marketing tool and we’d love to get a few more out there. It’s also good practice, keeping the old brain-pan sharp.

We hope to be sharing some new material with you all soon. Thanks for sticking with us.

Kind regards,

Anne, Nancy, and Eric

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First Round of Ocular Edits – Done!

The OcularWorking Cover for The Ocular

Finally, finally, we’re getting somewhere! This week, we managed to finish our first round of final edits/rewrites on our current paranormal thriller manuscript, The Ocular. Eric got the first hack and now our mom, Nancy, is almost through with her round of edits as well. She let Eric get about half-way through on his edits and rewrites before she jumped into hers. That sped up the process immensely. She’s also formatting as she goes along. By the time Anne gets her turn, we’ll be just about ready to hit the publish button…after we let our beta reader get a turn at it, we get our cover finished, and we take care of a gazillion more nitnoid details that go into self-publishing.

Meanwhile, now that Eric is gainfully unemployed with edits, he’s diving back into another project that fell by the wayside this past year. He reacquainting himself with Enoch (working title), our serial killer thriller. Nancy will help Anne get The Ocular out the door and then she’ll help Eric with Enoch. Anne’s going to bust her but to get her edits done and then she’s slated to get started on the third New Mother Earth novel, Servants of Gaia.

We’re planning on getting together sometime next week to finalize plans and make sure everyone is on the same page, writing-wise. We’re really grateful to everyone for sticking with us. It’s been a slow year (not George R.R. Martin slow but slow nonetheless).

Kind regards,

Anne, Nancy, and Eric

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The Oculars Back Cover Blurb

The OcularWorking Cover for The Oculars

This week, we finally got back to writing and got a bit done on The Oculars, our current horror work-in-progress. In addition to some editing and rewriting, we put our heads together and came up with a draft of the back cover blurb for the novel and the description we will post on Amazon on the sales page.

“What Ethan Owenby wants is a normal life. Years earlier, a misguided and alcohol-fueled decision to take his Uncle Jonno’s place as the driver in a car crash had terrible repercussions. Unbeknownst to Ethan, an innocent young woman lost her life in that same instant. 

Now, Ethan has served his time and come home to Riverside Oregon, but his newly discovered peace is shattered when he receives a mysterious package containing research and designs for a radical new optical technology. Amongst the nearly incomprehensible information is a rambling and confusing video from his reclusive yet brilliant, Uncle Wilson warning him – tell no one about the Oculars.

Little does Ethan know that there are dark forces that will stop at nothing, even murder, to get their hands on the Oculars. The Oculars allow the wearer to see the denizens and landscapes of the Dark Spectrum, the abode of spirits and ghosts, but not without a price. As old secrets are uncovered and strange enemies roam the small town of Riverside, Ethan must find a way to protect his friends, old and new, from those who will stop at nothing to possess the Oculars.”

Now that bit of housekeeping is complete, we’ll be mocking up a few covers and trying to get through the final edits. 

As always, thank you for sticking with us. We know we haven’t been the speediest writers lately.

Kind regards,

Anne, Nancy, and Eric

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