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Titles and troubles

Not to mention, a winner! I've performed the drawing for the reader-inspired bonus story for the holiday collection, and the winning tale is that of Crystal Lee, who's having trouble finding presents for her friends! Congrats to you, Madam Submitter -- I shall contact you shortly to work out more details and get the story underway!

Now, as promised, the listing of ALL remaining titles for the chapters in the main Dangerverse. I was a bit surprised by how quickly this came together, but I've had a lot of time to think about it. So, without further ado, here are the titles for Chapters 44-70 of Surpassing Danger. Comments, thoughts, and questions welcome!

Chapter 44: Innovations and Renovations
Chapter 45: Weep No More, My Lady
Chapter 46: The Sword’s Decision
Chapter 47: Through Summer Months
Chapter 48: Fight Brave and Bold
Chapter 49: His Wife’s Husband
Chapter 50: Partners and Leaders
Chapter 51: Life and Death
Chapter 52: Locked and Barred
Chapter 53: Flight of the Nymphs
Chapter 54: There All Along
Chapter 55: Choice and Compulsion
Chapter 56: For I Have Sinned
Chapter 57: The Younger Heir of Slytherin
Chapter 58: Left, Given, Stolen, Born
Chapter 59: The Bargain
Chapter 60: Worthy
Chapter 61: The Place of Honor
Chapter 62: Raising the Flag
Chapter 63: The Last Enemy
Chapter 64: If You Ever Loved Us
Chapter 65: Cornerstone
Chapter 66: The Lion’s Queen
Chapter 67: Hail and Farewell
Chapter 68: Let’s Go Home
Chapter 69: August 8, 1998, Hogwarts
Chapter 70/Epilogue: That They Lived

Now, unfortunately, we have to get to the second half of the title of this blog post, which is not nearly so nice. As I have said many times, I am firmly committed to finishing the Dangerverse. As I have also said many times, I am not ashamed of my fan fiction and publish my originals independently so that I don't have to take it down.

However. I do not want to have to keep my day job indefinitely, and the simple fact is that I'm not getting a lot of sales of my originals. I price my novels and collections as low as I realistically can, because I know that many of my readers are young and/or broke, without much disposable income. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be helping.

So, I'm going to give this one more year, the year I will take (at the outside) to finish the Dangerverse as well. I will keep writing and publishing originals as they are ready, and I will do my best to market them. Your help, O readers, is much appreciated, whether by buying books or by making sure to spread the word that they're out there.

If, when the DV has been completed, I am getting hints in the direction of sustainable sales, a growing fan base who are able and willing to buy my work, I will continue as I am. But if things stay as they are right now -- constantly declining sales numbers and little to no visible response from readers -- I may have to take other steps.

I mention "visible response" because it does matter, people. Your taking a few moments to review a book or story you enjoyed -- on the site where you read or bought it -- can help to sway someone who isn't sure if they want to take a chance on this strange new author. Facebook is great for my ego, but not so much for sales.

Many of you have told me you get nervous about reviewing, because you're afraid people will judge you. You feel that your words are stupid or not good enough, that they'll come out wrong. Please believe me -- unless you plan to review with "DIS BUK IZ STOOPID", your words are not coming out wrong, and they are truly needed! 

A quick reminder that a good review has three parts. 1: "I liked this book/story because..." As many reasons as you wish -- specific is best! 2: "It might have been better if..." Again, as many as you like, but politely, please! 3: "I recommend this book/story to..." Comparisons help. "Fairy tale fans" or "lovers of history", perhaps.

Now, a few paragraphs back, I mentioned taking "other steps". Will this involve signing on with a publishing house who would require me to take down my fan fiction? I certainly hope not, but if keeping the fanfic means losing my chance at making a living from my writing... well, it would break my heart, but I might have no choice. 

So, there you have it. Nothing is set in stone -- for all I know, I could get a call for Jeopardy! tomorrow, go to California next week, and break the all-time winning streak record for a woman (which I believe stands at nine games). But I'm certainly not counting on that. How about it, readers? Can I count on you? Will you help me?

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Rebecca on Sunday, November 03, 2013 6:16 PM
I really hope that you don't have to take down Dangerverse, but if its what you need to do, then do it. Though I would suggest warning all of your readers before hand so that they can copy and save their favorite parts. As for comments, I try to review, and I've even posted on Homecoming in iBooks. I'll try to get more people to buy your books because you really are an awesome writer Anne
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Anne on Sunday, November 03, 2013 11:18 PM
I would certainly tell people beforehand, and the reviews are appreciated.

Kendiara on Sunday, November 03, 2013 8:01 PM
Realistically when (not if, when) you get signed for your original novels the first thing a publishing house does is require you to take down your fan-fiction (see Cassandra Clare). They have huge amounts of money to spend on promoting you and getting your work out to people who never go to Smashwords or Etsy or most of the other places where self-published authors go. That's not saying that there can't be success with single publishing, but it's not going to get the numbers you need to get your books on the NYT bestseller list.
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Anne on Sunday, November 03, 2013 11:17 PM
...okay, first you say it's when, not if, which would argue you think I'm a quality writer, but then you compare me to Cassandra Clare? I'm confused. Also, are you just using the NYT bestseller list as shorthand for success? Because I want enough money coming in to pay my bills, and maybe do a little extra good in the world. That's really about it...

lillyginnyrose on Monday, November 04, 2013 11:14 AM
Hey, I hope, really really, hope that you'll never have to take down your fanfiction, it's just too good. Why wouldn't you be allowed to have written fanfiction out there if you're a published writer through other ways? That's just a loss of good work, that wouldn't be profitable for any company since it belongs to rowling. I certainly want to read your originals too and trust me I would buy them in the bookshops, but there's less I can do with online books. But december is coming so maybe I can get homecoming, I read something of that on fictionpress and now I want to read more so I will ask my parents. About reviews.. I haven't said anything about the last chapter of SD yet, I'm sorry. FFN is just being weird and will not let me read it. I read it on fanfictionauthors but will read again at FFN and leave you a review soon. I just want to say now already that one you said they were married I nearly cried, and I want to believe less and less they're really dead, because they deserve to live soo much. I'll write a longer review on FFN where I have a real profile and can refer to and look up specific parts. thanks for writing, both this blog and fanfiction and everything else, lilyginnyrose
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Anne on Thursday, November 07, 2013 12:30 PM
Sadly, publishing companies are afraid to publish original works by an author with existing fan fiction, for fear that the original author of the fanfic'd world will suddenly decide to sue them.

Elizabeth Conall on Thursday, November 07, 2013 4:13 PM
Naomi Novik has fanfiction under a different name. Seanan McGuire has fanfiction under her own name. These are both New York Times bestsellers. (Though I feel it necessary to point out that McGuire also has a day job. Dunno about Novik.)
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