Erin Ritch

Author, Mom, Founder of No Wyverns Publishing

Menu Close

Author: Erin Ritch (page 1 of 13)

Myth Machine!

If you all haven’t heard of this site yet….well, you’re welcome.

I’ve shared a bit about this in my newsletter, but I’ve been involved in an amazing site called Myth Machine since earlier this year. Readers can go to this site and “read for free” from a selection of books (I have three books up there!) that are posted. You can read these in an e-reader style program that Myth Machine populates, and every other page will have ads (this is how us authors benefit, too!)

Free for you…pays us, too.

I personally love the way this is designed.

But wait…there’s more! They are also building fandoms around our books, in addition to MANY MANY other books, television shows (Charmed!!), movies, etc. These fandoms have a social media feed built into them….so you’re sharing and chatting and connecting with other people who love that fandom as much as you do.

WHEW!

If you are interested, sign up for a free account here.

And then go find me here and let’s be friends!

Don’t forget to join my fandoms for Myth, Memories Wait Alone, and The Quinn Family Adventures. I’ll be sharing more history and other fun stuff surrounding my books in the future. I’ll see ya there!

Port Orford Indie Press Writer’s Conference – 4.21.18

I’m excited to share that I will be presenting at the First Annual Indie Press Writer’s Conference in Port Orford, Oregon on April 21st! I will be focusing my presentation on some of the questions I had when I first began self-publishing. I truly hope the information I share will be valuable and help another author get their work out there!

And it’s at the Oregon coast…can’t get any better than that!

Read more about the conference at WordLink and visit the Port Orford Library’s website here. I am blown away at the wonderful programs offered by this library, I can’t wait to visit next month!

Goodreads!

Happy 2018! Anyone else taking place in the Goodreads Reading Challenge? One of my goals for this year is to up my time dedicated to reading…my evenings should be spent either writing, reading, or yes, occasionally watching reality TV.

So far this year, I am two books into my 25 book goal. I consumed Murder on the Orient Express and cannot wait to get my hands or Kindle e-reader on more Poirot. He is by far one of my favorite fictional characters and Christie’s magnificently constructed story….well, it’s no surprise this story has stuck around as long as it has.

My second book for the year…The Handmaid’s Tale. I wanted to love this book. I wanted to REALLY love this book. I have a Margaret Atwood quote hanging up in my office, for goodness sake. But I felt unable to connect with the main character, Offred, from the start. I’ve spent a good deal of time pondering if this was all part of Atwood’s plan, to keep us disconnected from Offred just as she was disconnecting herself from her terrible predicament. Yet still, it kept me distracted from the story. I loved the ending and how it substantiated the tone of the book. And, of course, Atwood’s use of language and sentence structure is right up my alley.

Good luck to you, fellow reader! Future books on my horizon include The Great Gatsby and a range of Sci-Fi classics. Happy reading!

“Myth” and “The Mayan Ruins” …free (for now!)

I’ve recently joined several promotions through My Book Cave that have been working out fabulously! By signing up for the No Wyverns Publishing newsletter, a copy of Myth or The Mayan Ruins can be downloaded for free. So far it has been a very successful promotion – if you are interested in signing up, see below. (But hurry, the promotions are ending soon!) Read on!

Click here to sign up for a copy of Myth!

Click here to sign up for a copy of The Mayan Ruins!

Short Story Collection Volume I – published!

Yay! After much compiling, formatting, and proofing…my first collection of short stories is finally published!

Ta da!

I am so excited to have these stories out. I am a lover of short fiction, my first story ever published online was a piece of flash fiction. As the description says, they are “tales of fantasy, science fiction, and the obscure.” Some of the work has appeared previously on this blog over the years, while other stories are new and unpublished.

For the cover design, I wanted to incorporate the new-and-improved No Wyverns Publishing logo. The background text is a loop of the titles of the twenty-two stories contained in this book. I plan to publish more anthologies of short fiction in the future that will use this same layout…eventually becoming a box set! (Oh, the plans…the plans…)

 

Here is an excerpt from one of my favorite stories included, “The Last Machinist.”

I have searched countless years, scouring the globe for an object that probably doesn’t even exist.

Jen-Li stared at the wrinkled page of her sister’s last journal entry. It trembled in the whipping wind that invaded the abandoned living quarters, howling as it broke through the cracked windows. The room was so cold. Bitter and lonely, as though resentful for being left in such a state. A thin layer of dust covered the overturned furniture and broken dishes like downy, providing just enough protection against the raging elements outside.  Removing her gloves, Jen-Li traced the sentence with her finger, leaving a muddled smear of letters in its wake. She wiped it again for the last time so that it would belong to her alone. So that this idea that her sister pondered became nothing but a blur, just like the stain of runny ink on her fingertips that would eventually wash away.

“What does it say?” Terra asked from the doorway. Her small frame was swallowed by her heavy coat, transforming her into a bulky, short stump of a ten-year-old. Her blue eyes shone fiercely from the depths of her fur-lined hood. She could read her mother’s body language too well.

Whisking the withered journal in her arms, Jen-Li closed it with a loud clap. A cloud of dust sauntered up to her face, burning her freckled nose as she hacked on the taste. The sound seemed to startle the frozen room as another wave of dust trickled from the ceiling and into her damp auburn hair.

“I wanted you to stay in the mech,” she said, peering out the frosted window glass as she replaced her gloves. Her mech was still there, motionless and protected beneath the ancient fir tree on the edge of the abandoned drive. She looked up at the splitting beams of her sister’s last known dwelling place. “This place is falling apart.”

“Did Aunt Nina find it?” Terra pressed. Her voice sounded on the precipice of panic.

“I don’t know,” Jen-Li replied sharply before she caught herself, realizing that her own voice sounded strained. That was not her job, not her duty as Terra’s mother, to sound afraid. That was not who she was. That was not the tone of this journey that had taken them from the warmth of home to this wasteland. Jen-Li recovered and joined her daughter in the entryway.  “But we will find out.”

 

Intrigued? I hope so! The e-book is priced at only .99 and the print version at $4.99 – both available at Amazon!

“The Unfinished” at The Manifest-Station

Today, I was honored to have my essay “The Unfinished” featured on Jen Pastiloff’s wonderful website, The Manifest-Station. This was a very personal piece for me, detailing my journey from a miscarriage I suffered several years ago and how it played a part in my return to writing.

I wrote this essay for several reasons.

One – Writing is cathartic for me. It’s how I process life and death, literally. I knew writing about my loss was the key for me to find that elusive closure, but I wasn’t ready to tackle it until the recent birth of my daughter.

Two – I aspire to be a truthful and brave writer. And sometimes (well, many times) that’s going to be mean placing myself out of my comfort zone. Look, there’s some pretty darn personal stuff in this essay. But be brave and truthful, right?

Three – Maybe my story will help someone else. Shortly after my miscarriage, I joined an online grief support group. I was floored. My weird little horrible miscarriage had happened to other people too! I wasn’t a freak. I wasn’t an anomaly. And to know someone else out there had survived and healed, well, that made all the difference.

Indie Author Day 2017

Happy Indie Author Day!

All images via @bookfairies_oregon

 

This year, I was lucky enough to get involved with the wonderful organization Book Fairies for Indie Author Day. If you’re unfamiliar with these little sprinklers of literary magic, there are Book Fairies around the world who hide books for others to enjoy and share again. They were such a pleasure and so gracious from Day One and what a wonderful way to support indie authors!

Copies of MythMemories Wait Alone, and Quinn Family Adventures were hidden at the International Rose Test Garden in Portland, Oregon. I want to try to find them myself, I LOVE TREASURE HUNTS! So good luck, book hunters, and let me know if you find a copy!

Happy July!

July means…it’s almost time for the NW Book Festival! I loved this event last year, it’s in a GREAT location in downtown Portland. Check out the website for a map and more information!

 

Out with the old/In with the new

Hello, I’m here!

It’s been a whirlwind of a year so far, that’s for sure. I had my second daughter in March (hello, Esper!) and only just recently reclaimed my late-night writing/editing/business time after the kids go to sleep. (That’s right, my baby is sleeping through the night. Huzzah!) So things are in motion…it may be slow motion, but it’s onward and upward from here.

There are several projects in the works that will be released this summer. AND, have you noticed the amazing logo at the top of this post? No Wyverns Publishing has a brand new logo and website design and I LOVE it. Now I can finally go swag-purchasing-crazy. (No Wyverns shirts, anyone?)

In other news….the e-book for Myth will be on sale for .99 from June 23-30….so grab it while you can! I’m super excited about this sale, this is my first paid promotion that I have invested in. Several e-book deal sites will be including Myth in their daily deals email blast, which enables me to reach many, many more potential readers. Fingers crossed, I’ll post results after the promotion ends, which hopefully will be filled with many smiley faces and exclamation points.

Lastly, I’ve only planned one event (so far!) for 2017, and that’s the NW Book Festival in Portland, OR on July 29th. I attended this event last year and had great success, not only selling books but meeting other authors, as well. I’ll be at booth 45, over in the shady area by the Starbucks (hmmm, how convenient!) It’ll be hot. Guaranteed.

That’s all for now, check back for more frequent posts – I promise!