Frustrations

I posted a while back that I added my book to the site Goodreads.com.  Again if you haven’t checked it out already get to it.  Anyways, they have the option to become a Goodreads author, and that allows for me to interact with people who have or want to read my book and future books.  Well it’s been a few months now and I can’t seem to get it to work.  In fact, I haven’t heard anything from the Goodreads people since I first asked about it.  I might have to ask a friend of mine, also an author, how long it took for her.

Oh and speaking of here below is the link to her page.  She has answered so many of my questions about self publishing that I feel that it’s only fair that I give her a shout out.  She has a new book coming out  April 2015(I believe) so be sure to check it out.

http://msmithbooks.com/

 

Another frustration is that I may have to find a new editor.  I’m pretty good about finding mistakes but it always pays to have someone else go over it, especially when they know what they’re doing.  I feel that a lot of self published authors are either ignoring this aspect of writing or they aren’t using the right editor.  Now I’m no English major and most of the time, if the book is good, I don’t notice grammatical errors.  But sometimes…shakes head…I also know that there are some people who get turned off from books because of these errors.  I really want to try and avoid that at all costs.  But the current editor I’m using hasn’t sent me anything back and I’m just about half way through the book.  So for any of my other author friends out there, if you know a good editor let me know.

 

update on editor:

I feel really bad now because my editor got back to me the other day.  Apparently her husband has been in and out of the hospital for a while.  If I bothered to actually pay any attention to what people post on Facebook (I usually just scroll) then I would have been aware.  I hope he gets better soon.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!!

Greetings!  I hope you all have a wonderful St. Paddy’s day.  I don’t plan on drinking this year but for those of you who are old enough to, please be responsible.  I plan on making corn beef and cabbage and just relax at home and maybe get some writing done.  I’ve been really busy helping a friend of mine get his story off the ground.  He has a wonderful idea but if truth be told he’s a little scatter brained.  He helped me so much to get The Lost Guardian off the ground so it’s only fair that I help him with his story.

But back to St. Paddy’s….ancestors actually came over from Ireland (well some of them I’m pretty much a mutt).  I’ve seen a lot of articles lately trying to “spread the truth” about this holiday.  Whenever I read them I laugh.  For those who don’t know St. Patrick’s day is actually an American-Irish holiday.  When the Irish immigrated to the states they were treated a lot like black people in the 60s.  St. Patrick’s Day was the time for them to come together as a community and basically say “We’re Irish so deal with it.”

Just a little of history for ya.  I won’t go into everything just wanted to wish you a happy St. Paddy’s day!  Till next time.

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In the Family

As you all know, I just completed the cover to The Lost Guardian.  I shared it here and on Facebook.  I got a lot of complements on it, which I am grateful for, but what one of my brothers said was note worthy.  For those who do not know I have six brothers and a sister (I know!).  My second youngest brother Michael sent me a private message instead of commenting.  This is what he sent.

Hey there! I just wanted to say that I think it is awesome that you are writing and it looks great! I have always wanted to write as well. Went to school for a while to study English ed and am going back this fall. I hope everything is going great with ya! Love, Michael.

I thanked him and asked what’s stopping him from trying and that if he really wants to write then he should.  I understand what might be stopping him though.  I’ve always written but never when anywhere with it because I understood that it was practically impossible to get published because of all the politics.  I still feel that way.  There’s also that fear that you’re not good but I think that ever author feels that way.  I told him that there are plenty of avenues to take that are less stressful than waiting for the rejection letters.  I also told him that if he had any question then I would help him or direct him to someone who knows better.

Who knew that writing was a family trait?

TA DA!!!!

I’ve finally gotten my cover done!  Yeah me!  I’m so excited because this is just one less thing that I have to worry about.  I won’t get my bar code till it’s time to publish but this is basically what the cover will look like.  I’m so excited that I can barely type and my face hurts because I cannot stop smiling.  I can’t wait to hear what you guys think about it.

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If you want to know that the back cover says just go to the My Babies, My Books tab on the left.  That’s where I posted the back cover info.

Exciting News!!!!

Firstly, I’ve finally broken through my writer’s block!  Yeah!  I’m so happy!!!!

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But I’m also happy to inform that you can now find my book on Goodreads.com.  Now for those who are unfamiliar with this site, it’s basically facebook for book lovers.  The Lost Guardian will not be available till some time around October, but they recommend that you should get your book out there as soon as possible.  So for those who are on Goodreads don’t forget to add my book to your To-read shelf and for those of you who aren’t on this site, I highly recommend it.  Just follow the link below:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20947813-the-lost-guardian

 

I’m waiting to hear back from the Goodreads staff about becoming one of their authors and I still have to fill out a few things.  But it’s still very exciting!  Till next time!

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Holy Crap!

I have never gotten this far with a story of my own, ever.  I finally gotten through my writer’s block and am pretty close to finishing the eighth chapter of my story.  I’m so excited and terrified at the same time.  Pretty soon I will have to worry about trying to get my book out there to the masses.  I’ve written plenty of fan fiction but this is something that has completely come from me.  The characters, the plot, the story all come from me.  I now understand why some people write for years without showing anyone their writings.  It’s terrifying.

I’ve been working on this story for almost two years now.  I’ve come farther than I ever have before and I actually have to worry about sales and getting my name out there.  It’s almost enough to make me want to stop, almost.  I know that not many authors are willing to admit this but I believe that I should.  I never spared any thought to what the authors of my favorite novels went through and now that I’m in their shoes, I respect them more.

It takes a lot to put a novel out there.  I’m not talking about worrying about how many book you sell; I’m talking about the effort that goes into creating a novel.  The hours of work.  The uncertainty.  The pain and the joy.  These books are definitely our children.  We put so much of ourselves into them that authors become overly protective of our stories.  Don’t get me wrong, I want to share my stories with the world…but I’m not sure I can take it.  The only thing I can do is hope that there are a few people out there who will love reading my story as much a I loved writing it.  I know authors are supposed to be these confident creatures that do not care what the world thinks about them, but I don’t think this is true.

Maybe I’m just freaking out.  I mean who wouldn’t.  The only thing that I know is that I’m so excited that I can barely contain myself!

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