Beta Reader, Facebook, Networking, Paperback Book, Personal, Publishing, Website, Writing

Week 4, 5, and 6

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.

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Books I’ve read (listened too) this past few weeks.

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My Lady Jane by [Hand, Cynthia, Ashton, Brodi, Meadows, Jodi]   

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Facebook, Networking, Personal, Publishing, Snippet Sunday, Website, Weekend Writing Warrior, Writing

Week three

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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Beta Reader, Facebook, Networking, Personal, Website, Writing

Week two

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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.

 

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Facebook, Networking, Personal, Publishing, Website, Writing

Week One

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!

Publishing, Website, Writing

Amazing News!

Some amazing news. My husband and I have decided that we are ready for me to stay at home with our son and focus on writing. My last day of work is going to be May 25. I will be taking care of my son during the summer and then when he goes back to school my focus gets to be on housework and writing. I am so excited for this next step in my life.

 

To show is support with my long-time dream of being able to be a full-time author my husband has made our spare room into my office. I have a new desk, marker board, cork board and a brand-new laptop (mine was getting old and has giant cracks on the screen).

 

It is my hope that with this I will be able to start writing on my website more. The idea is going to be that I can share my journey on this path of becoming a full-time author.  Though I will be busy with my son during the summer I am hoping to post once a week (realistically probably once a month until my son goes back to school). This will also give me accountability. What exactly have I done with my time at home? What have I learned, good and bad, also how much have I written that week/month? It would be amazing if others could learn from my journey and I would love to get input from others that have done, or are trying to do, the same thing as me. Get our names out there and try to navigate the crazy world of writing, editing, and publishing.

Networking, Publishing, Website, Writing

Been a while

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I know you’ve all been worried cause it’s been so long… 😉 No my head hasn’t exploded because I was trying to figure out a scene for my next book and couldn’t (though it could have the ending of my latest was brutal). I’m not sitting in a corner rocking back and forth mumbling nonsense cause I’ve lost my mind (though I have been known to mumble to myself) I am also not in a coma after staying up too late trying to finish my latest book (I have an ending I just think it’s crap lol)

I have been working very hard on my new website Author-Reader Mixer (see above). It’s where I will have spotlight books, interviews and *hopefully* helpful information for authors (YAY!) I haven’t really written at all for a while. I knocked out the ending to my New Adult but I don’t think I like it and I’m not sure what to do to change it so I’ve kind of been at a stand still.

Author-Reader Mixer is really kicking off on Monday. It’d be great to have everyone pop over and take a look that day, it’s my first Book Spotlight and the next day is the author interview with the writer of the book so you get to learn more about the book and the author herself. I  have got something scheduled for the next four weeks after that I’ll need more material. I’ve been asking some editors, cover artists and publishes if they would like to guest post on my page about their work and maybe give some helpful tips. Hopefully they will respond.

I have a lot of author followers and would like to post things not only for readers looking for new books but also to help authors. It is hard to find a place that can connect you and I’m hoping that I’ll be able to make my site do that. If work in the publishing/book writing/editing/cover artist field (or any other that I’m not thinking of that goes with writing) PLEASE contact me if your willing to guest blog.

I am taking all kinds right now. I’m in the works to have my sisters work with me on reviewing books as well. As soon as I know if they can I will put a page on just for information about reviewing. We like different kinds so we most likely will be able to do a large array of books. We all have full time jobs and run around after kiddo’s so I figured if we all do it together we should be able to do a steady stream of reviews rather than me by myself which would be quite a while between reviews because of my own writing and work and kiddo.

Well if you are an author and would like to have a place for some free advertising or if you work in the field and would like the same or if you’d just like to guest post about something important to you (book related please) contact me! I’ll get you scheduled. I try to make it fun and painless to be on my site. There is a page that lets you know what kind of service you get when working with me. So head on over and check it out! For Authors

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Facebook, Networking, Website

Author Day! Add your FB & Web pages

I have decided to do an author day for all my friends that are authors. So on here write in the comments your author website and we can all take turns following each other’s pages. I have found a lot of great pages through this from other sites and want my readers to get the same benefits.

On my facebook page I have status about Author day and you can put the link to your fan page on Facebook for people to like your page. Share the FB status with your readers to get the most likes for everyone! You can also put your favorite author pages /book pages to share what you love with others so they can love it as well!

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