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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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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Networking, New Story, Writing

Reviews and Free Book

Well my free, Handsome Stranger, is about to go back on sale. I’ve had at least 500 downloads on it while it was free, that’s just three days. I’m so excited that I have been able to reach so many people by offering my book for free. This has really opened my eyes to how many people I could reach if I keep at it. When I finally get my next Rolling Hills book done I may do a promotional with the first book. Don’t know when or if I’ll be able to but I’m thinking about it. I know it will be a much better launch than the one I threw together for Cupid’s Test.

Speaking of my newest story Cupid’s Test, I have got three ratings on Goodreads. Two 3 stars and one 5 stars. With a quote of “Easy to read and very fun yet romantic.” ~ Michelle Lafreniere I’m so excited that people like it. It was meant to be a fun short story. It’s a sweet romance, all the ‘business’ is behind the scene, which means no going into detail with this one.

My other books have some detail but I try to make it just a scene or two. You can skip it if you don’t like that kind of thing and don’t miss anything from the storyline. I know some people like that and some don’t.

I love getting reviews and ratings, good or bad. I would love it if they were also on Amazon so that other people could see what they thought of the book. I wish Goodreads and Amazon could be linked but I’ll take it either way. I know it can be annoying to have to go to a lot of different places just to review or rate a book you’ve read. I can’t say that I do it a lot. I can tell you how much we (as in authors) love hearing what readers think and really appreciate it when readers write reviews or rate the books so that other potential readers can see it.

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