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Publication and Sale: The Dog of Pel

By Mary Holland / July 5, 2015

The Dog of Pel is now available in ebook on Smashwords and Amazon. The paperback should be available on Amazon later this week. As a celebration (because I’m always so damn relieved to get this far!) the ebooks of both Matcher Rules and The Bone Road are on sale at both vendors for $0.99 during July and August. Or longer if I feel happy. Update on 2015-07-11 21:12 by Mary Holland The paperback is now … Read more

The Dog of Pel — Coming July 2015

By Mary Holland / June 28, 2015

    All Jamie Pel wants is a quiet life in his demesne and someone to share it with. As the secondary heir—the spare—of the Magne of Pel, his uncle, he’s avoided the pomp and ritual other Magnes and their primary heirs seem to relish. But with talk of a nascent slave trade circulating in Gallia, the Magne of Pel recruits Jamie to join an observation mission to the Scour, the blasted, burned-out territory where … Read more

ISBNs: It’s Your Job

By Mary Holland / June 16, 2015

Today I waited at the auto repair shop while my car was being smogged. I’m in California; we do this a lot. Two of the Parts technicians were helping a man who wanted a leashed gas cap for his wife’s car. There was some confusion about which one would fit, several databases were consulted, and finally one of the technicians called the dealer and received the final word. Yes, this particular leashed gas cap with … Read more

Revisions and Editors

By Mary Holland / April 4, 2015

After three months of revisions, I sent the finished manuscript to a professional editor. My final version of The Dog of Pel is almost exactly 100,000 words, by Microsoft’s Word Count. 340 pages. For anyone interested in process: I printed out the entire manuscript, went over it line by line, and wrote in corrections and notes to myself. Sometimes they were very detailed corrections to the text and other times said informative things such as … Read more

The Dog of Pel is Done

By Mary Holland / December 15, 2014

The first pass, anyway. Two and a half years of work mercifully not down the drain. It made a nice birthday gift from me to me. Depending on how you count, it’s either 94,000 words if you go by Microsoft Word or 80,000 words using the classic editorial 250 words per page. I prefer the actual Word count. I expect the final version will be over 100,000. There are some sections I need to expand … Read more

Fun in Our Work

By Mary Holland / October 6, 2014

Yes, it’s been a while since I updated this blog, but give me a choice between blogging and making progress on The Dog of Pel and you guessed it. I’ve combed through the existing manuscript, removed, changed, modified, and added all sorts of text, and sent the revised opus off to my beta readers. I’m working on the final chapters and thinking about the END, which is marvelous. Choices have been made. By me. I’ve … Read more

Progress on The Dog of Pel

By Mary Holland / August 14, 2014

I’m writing steadily on The Dog of Pel. Current word count, as of today, is 75,000. I’ve accepted this one isn’t going to move quickly but it IS moving. My best guess for the final total—and this is a total guess—is between 100,000 and 110,000. I’ve outlined to the end of the story at least three times and no sooner do I get my head into the writing than the story takes off in another … Read more

Why I Self-Publish

By Mary Holland / July 6, 2014

Because I’m old. Okay, I’m not exactly being followed around by some jerk in a long black robe waving a scythe, or not more than any of us are. But I’m not young. I read a woman’s obituary in a local paper a few years ago. I can’t remember many details but one thing stuck with me: she’d written 13 books, all of them unpublished. I don’t want to be that woman. Everything came together … Read more

Getting Stuck/Getting Unstuck

By Mary Holland / June 14, 2014

About two months ago I got stuck. The Dog of Pel was over half done but I could not see my way forward. Or rather I had so many possibilities and permutations I was writing scenes, changing my mind, rewriting scenes, and ripping them out. I have three fallback techniques, which aren’t really techniques but tricks to fool myself and force my brain to solve the problem. I tried two and invented a third, which … Read more

Mary Stewart, In Fond Memory

By Mary Holland / May 16, 2014

Mary Stewart, the extremely successful writer of romantic suspense, has died at the age of 98.  I scrolled back through the hundreds and hundreds of reviews of her books on Goodreads and Amazon. This is impressive since all of these books were written decades before the Internet and when computers were housed in specially built warehouses. Most of the reviews were three stars and above but I noticed a few comments about how unoriginal the … Read more