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Authors helping authors and LLS

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!

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

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

Ignite (Defy, Book 2) (Defy Series) by [Larson, Sara B.]    The Elite (The selection Book 2) by [Cass, Kiera]   The Jewel (Jewel Series Book 1) by [Ewing, Amy]

 

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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]

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!

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Weekend Writing Warriors

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8 lines from my second book in my Rolling Hills Ranch series Loving Allison 

“Do you know this girl?” Sam asked quieter like she knew the secret already.

John looked down at her. Sam didn’t really miss much. “You are not allowed to say anything do you understand me?” He asked trying to give her the evil eye. It didn’t last long when she started grinning. “Please Sam? I didn’t say anything to Luke. Let me do this my way.”

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Second book in the Rolling Hills Ranch series. This book follows John and Allison. The two stayed in touch after meeting a year ago. When they are face to face again they know right away their love is true and will be together forever. When Allison’s stubborn and protective nature get her in trouble more than once John wonders how long their forever will be.

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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Networking, Writing

Networking

I have been trying to get my name ‘out there’ so to speak. Hoping people will hear about me and want to get to know me a little better, look at my blog, follow me on twitter, read my book Finding Samantha You know that kind of thing. I believe I have done all I can at the moment anyway. I have the blog/website where there are samples of my books and I put my thoughts out there for the world to see lol. I made myself a twitter account, I already had the the facebook account, I’m on Goodreads and I’m sure there are other things that I have done I can’t think of right now. If you want you can click on all the links and it will lead you to all my different pages. I have tried to link everything together to that when I put up a new post for my webpage it will appear almost everywhere. I enjoy the fact that by clicking publish Facebook, Goodreads and twitter will all display that I have a new post. Only problem is I have no idea if people are actually looking at it or not. People usually don’t leave comment. I would LOVE some comments. Even if its just a ‘hey how’s it going’ or an answer to a question I usually leave at the end of each post.

One good thing I’ve found about my writing and books in general is that I actually can talk to strangers about books. I am not a people person by nature. I don’t like meeting new people and have panic attacks if I’m around too many or if there are people too close to me. When talking about books however I’m just fine. I could chat to someone all day. That usually opens the door for other conversations that I would not have been able to have if I hadn’t been able to discuss books first. I was on my yahoo IM yesterday and decided to go into a chat room that was supposed to be about literacy. We all know how chat rooms go so it took me a little bit to find one that had real people in it. At the time they were not talking about books but I actually got them to start talking. I told them about my book and people started asking me questions. It was the best thing ever. I am extremely new to the whole author thing. I have not had a chance to have people ask me questions about how I write or how often or about my characters and these people did all that. They looked up my book and put a link for it in the chat room I gave them my website address. I had a lot of fun talking to them and it just reminded me how awesome it can be to talk to people I don’t know about my books. I think I’m going to have to find different chat rooms and talk about my book to more people.

I hadn’t thought of chat rooms as a way to network before but clearly it’s a good idea. Even if they don’t buy the book my name is now in their head. Who knows they may get it and read it and like it or they may suggest it to a friend if Romance isn’t there kind of book. However it works out I’m glad that I decided to try it and I suggest it to every one else.

Does anyone have any ideas on how to network? Does anyone know how to get my book to people that can read it and give reviews on it? I really did that. Does anyone else have the same problem I do that they can’t seem to get a conversation going except for one particular thing they could talk to even strangers about all day? What is your thing that gets you going so much?