Beta Reader, Personal, Snippet Sunday, Website, Writing

This is it!

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!

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Books I’ve read (listened) to this past week:

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One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd (One Thousand White Women Series) by [Fergus, Jim]

Defy (Defy, Book 1) (Defy Series) by [Larson, Sara B.]   Ignite (Defy, Book 2) (Defy Series) by [Larson, Sara B.]

 

The Selection by [Cass, Kiera]    The Elite (The selection Book 2) by [Cass, Kiera]

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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]   

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!

Networking, Paperback Book, Personal, Publishing, Writing

Createspace.com

I have found this website called createspace.com You can publish your book for people to buy a paperback copy of it. They can buy through that site or through Amazon. I’ve decided to try it. I know a lot of people really like the feel of a paperback. Some don’t like reading with a computer. What ever the reason I think it’s time that I get into the paperback book world of publishing. I found when putting how much I want to charge for the book (I put 10$ what do you think, is that a good price) that if you buy through the website Createspace I get quite a bit more for each book sold than if you buy on Amazon. So I’ll be pushing createspace I know other writers who publish through them so I am confident that they are a proper and secure website.

I have just spent all afternoon trying to reformat my book so that it will up load properly. It actually wasn’t that hard. I was able to download a templet of what the book needs to use for font and the margins, I just then copied and pasted my work into it. The hard part I found was creating at cover for it. As you know I already have a beautiful cover for Finding Samantha however I do not have a back for it. So I spent all afternoon on my ‘Paint’ program, (you know the one we used to play with as kids) I’m sure that there is a better program out there for me to use. I’m just not computer savvy nor will I ever be I’m afraid when it comes to creating art. I can’t create it off the computer either so it shouldn’t surprise me. I was able to get it done though and hopefully it will look good.

I think I’m going to buy a copy of the book for myself before offer it to the masses, make sure that it actually looks ok. In all the book is 275 pages (I know it’s like a proper book) I had no idea it would be that long. Though I did add an excerpt at the end for Loving Allison and little blurbs about the short stories I have, and my author bio. So adding all that plus the dedication page and title page and copyright page, it’s really down to like 268 or something lol.

Anyone that is wanting my writing in paperback don’t fear I will inform you of it’s buying option as soon as I’ve got the courage enough to release it to the clamoring hordes of people who want it (my family and friends mostly) Well I hope you all have a wonderful night. I’m going to enjoy watching some TV and relaxing after my long day of starring at this computer screen.

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Networking, Writing

Amazon

So I didn’t get any writing done this morning before work but I did get the house picked up, did laundry, washed dishes took the dog for a walk and signed up for a new thing on Amazon. It’s Amazon Authors and if you’re an eauthor you can sign up add a bio, some pictures, link your webpage and twitter account to it. Hopefully it will work out well. People on Facebook can ‘like’ it and both twitter and Facebook people can share it with their friends. I believe it will keep people updated on new books that you add to your author profile. Just another way to keep all the readers of your books in the loop.

 

Does anyone else know how to get your name out there? Anyone have bloggers that will read your work and write reviews? I’ve had a hard time getting my name out there and getting people to review my work. I only have one full length book out there right now though so maybe once I get more things published it will happen faster. I’m also looking into getting my full length into paperback books. Anyone know a good place to do that so that people can buy the books there or through Amazon? I’d love to get some feedback from people who have already found all this out. If you haven’t found out yet and I do first I will make sure to let you know! Thanks for any and all help and by the way if you wanted to ‘like’ my amazon author page just click here. ‘like’ it and share it with friends!

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Writing

How is everyone?

I hate coming up for titles for my posts. I feel like it’s the same thing all the time, “hi, how’s it going, new story, i’m back” not very creative with the titles lol. I have written more on Loving Allison. I think it’s working on coming a close but something just happened that I wasn’t expecting (I kind of love it when my fingers type faster than my brain thinks it up). When things happen that I don’t expect or have no idea were going to happen I have my best writing. I usually like to just get into the writing and not stop until that period of thought process runs out. I think that’s why I have to write when I’m the only one at home and no one is intrupiting me. It’s very frusting to get into the grove of writing only to be intrupted by something. Today I have to go to work later so I’m wokring on winding myself down. I have to drop my son off at daycare early on the days that I go in early so that I have some time for writing which I feel bad about. I love to spend time with him but I also love to write. So I chose to write in the morning when my husband is at work and I can bring my son to daycare and be with them in the evenings. It’s working out so far. I have two books that I really want to get done and published by July. Think I can do it? If you said yes your more of an optimist than I am.

I worry sometiems that I just keep writing because I don’t want to let go of my people. I do not want to become the person that just drags on a story until its dead and everyone reading it would throw it across the room if it wasn’t on their kindle (cause you would throw a book, not the kindle). Hopefully by keeping that in mind when I go to edit I can make sure it still has good content. I remember someone telling me once that you need to be telling people something new with each line. If you’re not learning something new than you are repeating yourself and that is never good. When I edit my work I try to think of that as I read each line, page and chapter. Well I’m off to try to get a bit more writing done before work but I’ve done almost 5k today so I think that’s a good day, what would you say? What is a good day of writing for you?

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New Story, Writing

Deadlines and names *sigh*

I have found I have two big problems when it comes to writing. If I have a deadline I will get a book done. Cupid’s Test… deadline of Feb. 14th, done! Halloween Madness… deadline Oct. 31st, done! Deadline’s really work for me. Only problem… if I make the deadline I can just move it as I need to. So it would be great if someone else would make a deadline for me. I have to finish my second book in the Rolling Hills Ranch series. It’s 75 percent done, and I’ll need to do edit’s. When should I have this done by? I was thinking June. If I tell enough people that the book will be out sometime in June then I’ll have to do it. So make comments let me know if you are looking forward to it so I know that I’m now committed.

My other problem I have is coming up with names for the people in my stories. For some reason I get suck on a letter like J – Jen, Jenny, John, Jo, Jared and can’t seem to get away from it. So what are your favorite names and can I steal them. One of my books is going to be going into space so what are some weird names you like (if it’s really odd try to let me know how to say it too lol) I’m hoping to get lots of names for this so that I can have a variety of names to use for the future.

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