Exciting new paranormal romance by Tally Adams.
Exciting new paranormal romance by Tally Adams.
This was my first full week off from work and while I got quite a bit done around the house and in research, not so much in writing. I need to get myself to focus on that. I feel I might have trouble with that until my son goes back to school (even as I write this I get interrupted multiple times and I can’t do that when writing I need to be able to focus for hours). We are going to have a busy summer and he is always going to be with me so not much writing I’m afraid.
So this week on my Facebook group pages we have been sharing our websites, Facebook pages, twitter, and Wattpad names so we can follow each other. This is nice as I’ve found some really interesting things on some of their pages/websites. Sometimes I end up unliking however because it ends up filling my FB feed with people I don’t know talking about their own thing and it may be a genre I’m not interested in. I like the idea of sharing our social media to try to get more ‘likes’ and followers but it’s not just for likes and followers I look for interesting articles to share on my own page, or if someone has a book coming out, I share that on my page too. I often wonder if I am the only one that does this though, to me liking each other isn’t enough, engaging with others on their pages is what helps. Sharing their finds and their book releases really helps them and encourages them to help others.
I have an author friend that is going to Literary Love Savannah this year and has said she is willing to bring promo items that I’ve made along with her to put in the swag bags that all reading attendees get. I’m pretty excited about this and I am planning on being part of Literary Love Savannah 2019. It’s July of next year giving me plenty of time to come up with great promo items and have new releases. As it is I am planning on having an exclusive short story just for those going to this years. Once they get a promo of mine they will see a code on the back to contact me with and I’ll send it out. This will give them a chance to try my writing, which they will fall madly in love with (that’s the idea anyway) and encourage them to look at what else I have to offer. This also will get my butt moving on first, writing that short story, and second getting my other stories done so that I have new items to sell to them after the conference is over. Unfortunately the conference is in July meaning I must get my short story written and edited quickly.
This week I also looked at what it takes for copy writing and ISBN numbers. I found a website that explained it pretty well. I will do more research into it but if you click the links you can see what I’ve found so far. I also had to look up the difference between the 35% royalties and 70% royalties options given by Amazon for self publishers.
I am happy (and a little embarrased because it took so long) to say I am now selling my books through Barns and Noble, iBooks, Kobo, Scribd, EPUB, and Mobi. This is all thanks to Draft2digital. I checked on publishing my books through Amazon but it told me that my books would no longer be published with Createspace (which connects to the Amazon site) and I think I want to stick with that for now while I research the best place to publish paper versions.
Finally this week I didn’t get as many books listened to as I have in previous weeks (I ran out of borrows for Hoopla and I have been doing other things than listening to books while I clean the house) I did finish The Elite the second book in the Selection series. The end of it was better than I expected, as I mentioned last week I had to focus on another book for a bit because it became repetitive, turns out I stopped listening just before it got interesting again. I will be listening to the next one (the last in this series). I also finished Ignite, the second book in the Defy series. It was very good all the way through it. I have started on the third, and last in that series Endure, though I’m only on the third chapter right now. I also picked up and finished The Jewel a new series called Lone City that I have started. I will be reading the second in that series as well. I still haven’t managed to make myself finish 1000 White Women and am unsure if I’ll finish it before it returns. I’m not half way through yet and I still have nine hours to go (having finished almost 6 hours of it) I think it is just too long and is unable to capture my interest enough. I do want to know the ending though, maybe I will cheat and look up some reviews. It is not very often that I find a book I just am not able to finish.
What books are you reading this week? Have any books that you just found yourself unable to finish? See you all next week!
Books I’ve read (listened to) this week:
I am officially out of work and on the path of stay at home mother and writer. I have tried to throw myself into these new roles by deeply cleaning my home on my half days of work the past week and focusing on one of my books Kat and the Cursed. There are snippets of this book on my Snippet Sunday page.
The last couple of weeks I have not been able to do as much as I would like with the writing and learning aspect, I have mostly focused on cleaning as I love to have a nice clean house, and I have been listening to a lot of audio books as I work. As I read in On Writing by Stephen King it is important to read a lot when you are working on writing and I agree.
I am thinking of adding more days that I post to my website, though I don’t want to overwhelm anyone that gets notices each time I post. I’m thinking of doing reviews of the books I’ve read, I’m sure they will not be long reviews but I feel it will help me really digest the book and think about plot lines and what I did or did not like about the book. This, in turn (hopefully), will help me better my own writing if I practice what I do like and try to avoid what I do not.
For example, I have three I am currently listening to. One is the second book in the Selection series The Elite. This book I was enjoying very much, loved the first book, however halfway through the second I’m feeling it’s getting repetitive and a bit annoying so I felt I needed a break from it. I started the second book in the Defy series, Ignite, while I was breaking from the other book. This book is just as well written as the first and I’m sure I will finish it quickly. The other book is 1000 White Women. While I find it interesting in the way that it is told and altered history of it I am finding it hard to finish it. I will finish both books. As it is pointed out in On Writing reading good books is great but bad books (or ones you find a bit less interesting) will probably teach you more.
I have found one website that I would like to look more into. It is called MasterClass. It seems to have classes done in a variety of areas by famous people in that area. Obviously I would like to take classes in writing, learning their tricks and getting incite to how they develop their ideas into novels (though they do have other classes that may interest me). The price is a little expensive for me though, $90 for one class of 24 lessons, or $180 for a year subscription and all access to every class they offer. If I’m going to do it I would think the better deal would be 180 for all access. Also if I do it I would probably wait until my son goes back to school to make sure I am able to make the most of my purchase. If anyone reading this has tried it out let me know what you thought of it!
Focusing on one book is hard for me honestly. I have so many that I want to write, they all try to push forward. One of my goals is making myself focus on one until it is completely done. Kat and the Cursed is at my least favorite part of writing. The editing and getting feedback. I love getting feedback, good and bad, however I always need to push myself to listen to suggestions without giving over to them. Sometimes I am the type to go through the critics given by the beta readers piece by piece fixing or changing everything they mentioned. I know, however, this can greatly change a story and may end up not being the story I want to tell. It may change my character too much until he or she is not who I wanted them to be. I will slowly be teaching myself how to handle the comments and making sure I keep in mind my original idea for the story in general and my original characters.
That’s it for this week. Next week will be my first chance of staying at home full time and getting more done. Hopefully I’ll have more information on Kat and the Cursed progress and more interesting tidbits of things I have found in my own search on writing and publishing and all it entails. Have a great week!
Books I’ve read (listened) to this past week:
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Well it didn’t take me long to miss a few weeks of posting on my website. Life has been interesting around here and though I probably should have carved out some time to do my website I was too tired.
I am very close to not working any more. I have a week and a half left. My son was sick this weekend, and is still sick, so I have been home but cleaning and taking care of him.
I have found the joys of audiobooks. A friend introduced me to how nice they can be to listen to while cleaning around the house and driving in the car. I will probably listen to them more often. I have done a lot of driving lately so I have finished four books already. She gives wonderful suggestions for books and I have loved them all. I’m not sure why I hadn’t thought of audiobooks previously for car trips and such but it will make my long car drives coming up in the summer much more enjoyable. I cannot read in the car anymore I get carsick.
I have been looking into writing groups in my area, which do not exist. The closest ones are 2 and a half hours away. I’m hoping when we move with my husbands’ job (which isn’t for at least another 2 years) I’ll be able to find writing groups near me. I’ll just enjoy the online writing groups I have found for now.
I have gotten feedback on my story that I sent out to beta readers and need to get started on editing and reworking it. I find editing and reworking the hardest part. I enjoy creating the story and getting to the ending but find it daunting and dragging to have to fix all the little parts. Oh well if I want to be an author I must get it done!
I was sent a book to read by another author in the group, a I’ll read yours if you read mine and have not done my part. She has done the first chapter of mine. I need to get my butt in gear and get started on that. Sometimes I have trouble reading and critiquing others work but I think doing so will help me with my own work.
I have started reading Stephen Kings book, On Writing. I absolutely love it and recommend it in general to everyone but specifically to writers. It has a lot of information and is written in such a way it is easy to understand and take any nuggets of information that he has learned and use if for yourself. Reading this has made me want to start read more of his writing. I haven’t read much honesty though his movie adaptations I do enjoy, which should have encouraged me to read his work in the first place (the book is always better than the movie).
In my writing I haven’t done much recently which is sad, though I do continue the story in my head as I’m trying to fall asleep at night. It isn’t on paper though so I sometimes worry if I create a brilliant scene in my head right before bed that it might not make it into the storyline the next day.
That’s mostly what I’ve done these past few weeks. It’s not much when you think about how much time has passed but its something. I included this weeks in this post, though I usually don’t post until Saturday, just because I was not sure I’d get the chance this weekend. I hope everyone has a great rest of the week and I’ll see you back here next week.
Books I’ve read (listened too) this past few weeks.
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On my quest to post each week I’ve been keeping track of what I’ve done that week toward writing and learning more about the industry. Between working and feeling sick I haven’t done as much as I would like but here is what I’ve got.
I managed to re-do my website, I think it looks a bit better now, if you are familiar with the old one let me know what you think. I have had my first guest blog with Samuel Mascarenhas and am set up for the second one coming up next week.
I started doing Snippet Sunday again which is nice. My first week was last week and I will be adding another Snippet this week. It is a group of people on Facebook and a website called Weekend Writing Warriors, that like to share little bits of a story to get people intrigued about their writing. Check out the group and if your an author join in, if you are a reader take a look at what they have to offer. You may find a new favorite author.
I’ve started reading more blogs and if I find them helpful or interesting I’ve been sharing them on my Facebook page. A lot of authors have liked my page lately so I thought it would be nice to share what I find as I find it.
Speaking of Facebook, I have managed to post something everyday. Sometimes its those helpful websites sometimes it funny memes about writing or other helpful memes I’ve found in my writing group. If you want to ‘like’ the page to join in the fun feel free. I love comments and sharing of what I’ve found. There is link to the right or you can click here: Megan Grooms, Author
That’s it for this week. There are a lot of links this week to different pages, check them out. I hope everyone is feeling healthy, hopefully I will get over this bug quickly. Have a great week and I’ll be back next week with more finds, thanks for joining me on my journey.
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Here’s what I’ve managed to do this week toward my goal of becoming a full time writer.
This week I found some beta readers. These are people that are willing to read my story and let me know what they think and if, in their opinion, I need to change anything about the story. I am so appreciative of these people as it sometimes is hard to see what your book needs because you are the one writing it. The book I sent to them is a very rough draft and I know from experience it can be difficult to read others works when it is so rough. One beta reader has already sent back chapter one giving me suggestions. I had already planned to rewrite the whole story and her insights will make it that much better as I rewrite it.
I looked into writing contests this week as well. I found many that cost money to join and read a few blog posts that discuss writing contests. I will need to focus on writing contests after I am able to focus full time on writing. Most of the ones I found have deadlines coming up quickly and I don’t believe I could wright a whole new story, even if it is short, in the time allowed. I am going to be doing contests though. I think it is a great way to get experience and have more people read your work.
I am currently working on following blogs that allow take overs or interviews so that when I am ready to publish I have a list of current sites that might be willing to help get the word out there. I have done this before with my old works and I really believe they help. All those blogs have their own readers that are looking for new books, if you make it interesting you could find new readers that never would have heard of you if you didn’t branch out and try.
Finally I went back to Goodreads and am going to start trying to do things on their more, for myself and for my writing. There are so many people in the Goodreads community and all of them love reading just as I do. Being part of the FB groups has shown me how wonderful it is to connect to people that love the same things I do. I am going to continue that with Goodreads and joining groups there. This also my help my writing, depending on what groups I join, and it might invite people to look me up and read my books or websites. If you want to connect to me on Goodreads or follow my Facebook page there is a connection on the right side of the screen.
My first week of getting back into writing has gone surprisingly well. I’ve taken time to find like-minded people in a couple of different FB groups and commented on the posts there. I am honestly surprised how nice it is to have people to discuss books with. People that know the struggle of trying to keep a realistic timeline in a made-up land. Being able to discuss all the aspects of writing, editing, and publishing with others that are going through the same thing I am is pretty astounding. It’s like having a support group that you can get advice or complain to and they completely understand.
I have lightly researched editors (seems pretty expensive since all my books are quite wordy), book covers (found a few websites that you can get stock photos to make your own), and websites that link writers and companies together (so that writers can gain experience and earn a little money). Of course, all of these will need to be looked into rather deeply but they are all new to me so I’m excited to learn.
I have pulled out all my old hand-written works (some so old the notebooks are falling apart) and leafed through some that brought back ideas I had forgotten (and reminded me how far I have come in my writing). I think it is important to keep all my old notebooks, even if they never become something because it can give me inspiration for current books and reminds me how long I have been doing this. It also reminds me that while I didn’t realize it, I was learning how to be a better writer. If I have become better without trying, just imagine how much better I could do when I am trying.
The only annoying thing this week was my new computer deciding to shut down on me. I had to contact Dell support and they factory reset the thing. All of my books are on dropbox so I didn’t lose any work but I did lose all of those new websites I had found over the week. I think I’m going to have to keep a list in my dropbox as I find websites and just update as I research. The other problem with the factory reset was downloading Microsoft word again. My advice, make sure you have your product key and don’t lose it. Mine is now a picture on my phone.
As I research more about writing and the business itself I will post my findings, who knows, maybe you could use the information I find too. Right now, I get to write while I’m at work and my kiddos are sleeping (I teach 2-year-old children in a childcare facility at the moment). The only problem with this is having to come home and type out all the thoughts again. I try to look at it as written is the first draft and the second is typing it (because I always change things) but part of me just wants to continue the story while I’m on a roll. I don’t want to have to rehash everything already. Oh well, once I stop working all my work will be on the computer again.
If you are a writer do you prefer hand written or typed, have you found any editors you like, how do you do your book covers, and are you a part of any groups on FB or anywhere else that you would like to share? Let me know in the comments I’m always looking for new information!