Category Archives: Writing

Exploring Gumroad: Your 101 Guide to the Platform’s Extensive Options

Claudie Arseneault/ August 5, 2017/ Publication, Writing/ 1 comments

Early in July, in the wake of yet another debate surrounding Amazon’s overwhelming presence in the book industry (and its importance to self-publishers), I discovered Gumroad (you can all thank Bogi Takács for that). What followed was several days of investigating how it worked and what it could do (and how to handle taxes with it), and I’ve compiled a

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Summer Sale!

Claudie Arseneault/ May 21, 2017/ Books, City of Spires, Publication, Viral Airwaves, Wings of Renewal/ 0 comments

Hey all! It’s May 22nd, 2017, and everything I have written is on sale! All of it, no exception, until the end of the month! Viral Airwaves – $1.99 (Kindle) / $0.99 (all others) Asexual MC, enemies-to-lovers plotline between a gay captain and a bisexual rebel leader, established couples being <3 at each other, government conspiracies! Henry Schmitt loves his noodles and would

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Gritty Stories, Humanizing Villains, and Narrative Consequences

Claudie Arseneault/ May 18, 2017/ Characters, City of Spires, Worldbuilding, Writing/ 0 comments

For as long as I remember, I have loved villains. It’s not really a surprise. Main characters usually are pretty bland and have telegraphed romances, while villains have rich motives, a lot of drive, and are so often coded as queer (and heck, often more precisely as aromantic and asexual). I lived for Redemption Arcs and absolutely loved novels who

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A Tiny Indie Editor’s Guide To Writing Call for Submissions

Claudie Arseneault/ March 20, 2017/ Books, Projects, Publication, Wings of Renewal, Writing/ 0 comments

I strongly believe that being indie is no excuse for not running an overall smooth show. Sure, you’ll run into hurdles. Everyone has unexpected issues. But if you mean to publish other writers, it is your responsability to gather as much information as you can before launching into your project. Know the business, even if you never ran it yourself.

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Interview with Tiffany Rose, (Co)Author of HELLO WORLD

Claudie Arseneault/ February 16, 2017/ Books, Community, Publication, Writing/ 0 comments

February seems a good month to host asexual authors, so why not one more? Tiffany Rose’s first novel releases one day before City of Strife, and we figured we’d exchange some cool questions! First, though, here’s a quick peek at Tiffany’s book in case you haven’t run into it yet! Scott’s skills as a surveillance expert come in pretty handy when

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The Dive – An Exclusive Jaeger/Diel Isandor Short Story

Claudie Arseneault/ February 8, 2017/ Books, City of Spires, Publication, Writing/ 0 comments

It feels like these days, my blog is full of cool announcements. That’s good, it’s how I like it! So what is today’s? Simple: I have written a bonus short story to go along with City of Strife, featuring the two very gay elves at the heart of House Dathirii. More specifically, how they (Diel and Jaeger) met and fell in

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Cover Reveal – Cheerleaders from Planet X by Lyssa Chiavari

Claudie Arseneault/ February 7, 2017/ Books, Writing/ 0 comments

Yes, you read that title well: Cheerleaders from Planet X. Welcome to the cover reveal of Lyssa’s next book, a thick concentrate of the funniest, hammiest alien invasion tropes, with bonus cheerleaders and lesbians! Tada! Honestly, I am so here for an unashamed dive into good old story tropes, refreshed by 100% more queer characters and a good deal of

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A Grey-Scale Cover

Claudie Arseneault/ February 5, 2017/ Books, City of Spires, Projects, Publication/ 0 comments

This is going to be quick. Unforeseen circumstances have added some solid delays to my cover reveal. As in, closer to publication than I am comfortable with waiting. It sucks, but that is life, there’s no real way around it. So while I will not have a cover finished in all of its glory for a while, I do have a

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Announcing… The Kraken Collective!

Claudie Arseneault/ February 1, 2017/ Books, City of Spires, Community, Projects, Publication/ 0 comments

Are you ready for exciting news? I hope you’re ready for them.  I have been sitting on this one for such a long time, and it might be my biggest project of the coming year(s). Hopefully it will be. It’s The Kraken Collective! The Kraken Collective is an alliance of indie authors who have pooled resources to publish high-quality fiction while

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Cover Reveal: The Dwelling of Ekhidna, by Lauren Jankowski

Claudie Arseneault/ January 28, 2017/ Books, Community, Publication, Writing/ 0 comments

I don’t talk about Lauren nearly as much as I should. In all the baby steps I took reaching out to the ace community and getting involved with representation, Lauren Jankowski and the Asexual Artist blogs was one of the most fundamental and important one. Heck, that very first interview (she has over 500 ace artists interviewed now!) was a coming

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