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Finding new tools: the good and the bad

Sometimes it’s challenging to be an indie author.  You have to handle all aspects of the book industry (marketing, covers, etc) and create a compelling story at the same time.  It can be daunting but to paraphrase Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, always have your tools.  A writer, no matter if they’re a NY times best seller or just starting out, has to have the right tool for them at their disposal.

When I started this journey, I didn’t have anything really at my disposal.  But now I’ve got some sites that really love and some that while I don’t particularly care for but can’t escape using.  I should note that none of these sites have paid me to say anything about their products or services.  This opinions are strictly my own and for fun informational purposes.

  1. Istock.  This site is great if you have to make your own covers like I do.  You can buy some credits for $20 but you can get three maybe four covers out of that.
  2. Notebook.ai  This is a new discovery for me and I’m in love.  It helps you organize and link up every character, world, culture or what not you have. You don’t even have to link anything until you have a place to put it.  So if you’re like me and flashes of cool ideas come all the time, this site helps to store and organize until you are ready to use them.
  3. Storiad.  Another new site.  This site offers a lot that I don’t really have the time to go into but the main keeper points for me are the marketing plan that they help you make, the pricing calculator, press release kits, and industry networking.  All of these things I needed help with so it’s great that it’s all in one spot.
  4. Twitter/Facebook/Instagram.  I have a love hate relationship with social media.  I’m the type of person who can easily become obsessed with something that continues to stimulate me.  That’s the main reason why I’m not on Tumblr.  No one would ever see me again if I got on that site.  But social media presence is crucial to building an author’s platform or at least getting your name out there.  I try to allot a certain amount of time on each site at any given time to make sure that I stay on track.

These are all that I’m going into today.  If you want, check these sites out or research them to see if they’re the best fit for you as a writer and serve your needs.  If you have something that you think I might like, let me know.  I’m always on the lookout for new resources and tools.

 

Until next time peoples!

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Surprise Book

A few weeks ago (I’ve been terrible about posting regularly) I received a book in the mail that I didn’t order.  At first I was confused and a little worried.  Had someone ordered something using my card and forgot to change the mailing address?  Was this a gift from one of my relatives who are notorious for randomly sending me things?  Was I buying books in my sleep?  Of course my husband, who called to tell me about the book, was no help at all.

Well as it turned out it was none of the above.  Every now and again I sign up for a Goodreads give away.  This book was one such book.  The give away hadn’t ended and I didn’t receive an email notifying me that I won.

 

It’s an uncorrected proof and it’s free.  Plus I will never turn down a book.

Three cheers for surprise books!

 

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My Center

If you haven’t seen Rise of the Guardians, you should.  Not only is it a cute animated movie about childhood, it has some pretty good messages.  One of the themes revolves around Jack Frost as he tries to figure out what his center is, the reason why the moon choose him to become a Guardian.  Most people spend their entire lives looking for the one thing that makes them who they are.  There are a lot of things that make up a person but their center is what pulls all others towards it.

For me, I believe it’s writing.  When I’m in front of my computer or scrawling ideas down in my ratty notebook, I feel the surest in my skin.  Writing is creating.  Writing is teaching.  Writing is giving comfort to those who need it.  I can’t imagine not doing it and I can’t live without it.

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Bookaholic

Hello, my name is Kristen and I am addicted to books and I don’t want any help.  Honestly, I don’t know where I would be without books.  They have been the one constant in my life for as long as I can remember.  I don’t even remember learning how to read.  One of my first memories is me picking up a book and reading it.  I can’t tell you what it was about, but I remember reading it.  I have swam with dolphins and walked the ancient streets of Egypt.  I have learned magic and fought against monsters.  I earned a knighthood and found love.  I learned new words and learned to see the world with new eyes.  I love books more than I can possibly say, that’s probably why I became an author.  I want to be part of that wonderful world.  So here’s to you all my fellow bibliophiles!  My our to read piles never be complete!

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New Challenge

When I was in my teen’s my favorite show was Gilmore Girls.  I have many a fond memory of my mother and I curled up on the couch watching the show.  I often dreamed of being like Rory.  She was smart, funny, and very much her own person.  While surfing around the internet one day I came across a list of books from my favorite tv show.  The list had every book ever mentioned on the show.  Now, of course a few of them aren’t real but the vast majority are.  So I have decided to embark on a new challenge…to read the entire list if plausible.  I copied the list and printed it out.  Then I went over it to see if I could already check off some books.  About ten down only 380 some more to go!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s the link in case you too want to embark on a literary journey.  Good luck my friends! Rory Gilmore’s Reading List

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Writer’s Block is a B

The two more dreaded words in an author’s world are writer’s block, or otherwise known as when our imaginary friends stop talking to us.  I’ve been pretty fortunate lately.  Even on days when I really didn’t feel like writing, I could without too much trouble and once I got into the groove of things, it all turned out pretty well.  Alas, I should have known that could not always be so easy.  The WB monster has finally caught up with me.

Yesterday I could not for the life of me even get a single….I repeat single word out.   I rewrote a paragraph four times, often stumbling after two sentences.  I had to face the realization that yesterday was not going to be a writing day.  But in order to not feel like an utter failure, I managed to pound out a small scene.  Hey at least it was something.  With my work abandoned what was I to do with the rest of my day?  I must remind you, that I’m on summer break so I have then entire day to do whatever I wish….

I’m not ashamed to confess that I wandered around my house for probably a good ten minutes until I figured out what to do.  In case you didn’t know, in addition to writing, I also like to do crafts and whatnot.  But most of my projects tend to fall by the wayside.  I stared at the fabric my aunt bought for me.  When she saw it, she thought of me.  I had intended to turn it into a couple of throw pillows.  I had even gotten fluff for it.  Well since I wasn’t writing, then I guess I would sew.  The pillows turned out pretty cute, although I’m not completely finished yet.  I’m still debating on whether or not to add a button in the middle.  But cute either way.

Squeaker approved

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well that led to one craft after another.  I did get caught up on a couple of project, so I guess that writer’s block can be ok…..sometimes.

 

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Beach Trip

This past fourth, my husband and I made the trek up to New Jersey to spend a week with his family.  His grandma had flown in from Russian and that was the first time she had seem my hubby since he left 13 yrs ago.  It was a fun trip.  I would have more but the other pics are under my hubby’s google account and I cant’ remember the password.

Kells

I’m a little scared of heights but love Ferris wheels
Look at this hansom dork