Drum roll please………I give you the cover for the last book in the Lost Guardian series Time of Prophecy
I absolutely love it!
As an aspiring author, especially a self published one, finding the way to get our book(s) in to the hands of readers is a challenge. I look at New York Times best sellers and #1 indie author’s and wonder just how in the world they manage to pull it off. I mean which god did they sacrifice to in order to get their books into enough people’s hands that they climbed to the top of one of the hardest ladders to climb?
There is a point to this rant I promise.
As I near completion of my third book Time of Prophecy which is also the last book in the Lost Guardian series, I’m wracking my brain over how to generate more interest in my novels. Well I delved into the trusty internet in search of an answer. Now, I’ve always wanted to be a brick and mortar author not really a digital author, like I am now. So I found a sweet local book store that prided themselves on supporting indie authors. If I lived in a cartoon world, my eyes would have turned into hearts. Sadly, it was not to be. But hey, rejection is an unfortunate aspect of this industry.
I went home and cried for a bit. I’m not going to lie. However, I refuse to give in. Plus it wasn’t like they didn’t want to help. They just didn’t like the venue that I use to publish my books. They can’t make money off it, I get it, they have to run a business too. They told me about some other companies I could use and they said that if I choose to use them then they would love to carry my novels.
Silver lining people. Perhaps it’s time to change up game and follow the advice of Miss Talyor Swift and shake it off! Later people!
Three years ago, I published my first book and right now I’m diligently working on completing the whole story arch. I’ve learned so much along the way. I never knew how challenging it is to write a series. I learned a lot about what kind of voice I want my books to have and my style as a writer. I think this story (all three books) will always hold a special place in my heart. With that being said, if everything goes right, Time of Prophecy will be released sometime in October of this year. Yeah! What this really means is that I need to buckle down and get back to work. I spent most of today editing in between laundry loads but I need to carve out some more time in my week for writing. If I hope to meet my deadline, I will need more time than just the weekends.
Here’s to you characters of the Lost Guardian series! Let’s finish this thing strong and together!
My life has become a roller coaster right now. My grandmother is not doing well and may be loosing her battle with cancer. Work has become a whole basket of crazy this year. And I’ve finally started to the get the clinical help that I need. So much is going on and so much is changing that writing or anything related to writing has taken a back seat. But while things haven’t gotten any better, the ride has gotten a little smoother.
Today I finally finished writing Frank Tales. I have been trying to write this children’s book for two years, but The Lost Guardian series has continually pushed it to the back burner. But now that Souls in the Dark is published, I have some time to dedicate to it. I still need to revise and make the illustrations but at least the hard part is done. I’m planning on having that book out by Christmas if I can help it.
I’ve also continued to outline Time of Prophecy. I’m not 100% sure I’ll stick with that title but it works for now. I don’t plan on starting the actual writing until after the first of the year. I want to give myself some time to catch up on some other projects and finish outlining. I haven’t even done a poem of the month for some time now.
Any who, time goes on and I struggle to keep my head above water. I just have to hold on until things smooth out a little more. It’s going to be rough, but I know I can do it. Stay wild my friends!
So after weeks of neglecting my writing (I know, I know) I ‘m in serious outlining mode. I had previously gotten up to six chapters but I had hit a wall. I started writing in hopes of breaking through my blockage. Well, it worked. I’m outlining up a storm and if things keep on the way they are, Souls in the Dark will end up being bigger than The Lost Guardian. I’m not sure how I feel about this. I mean, as long as the story is told well I really shouldn’t care about the size, but I’m slightly worried that I’m adding too much. I guess I’ll have to wait till I start writing the newly outlined chapters to know for sure. But on the other hand, I’m very excited.
I’ve often marveled at authors who can write such large, but well written stories. One of my goals is to one day write such a novel myself. Well, that’s enough slacking off for me. I have to get back to work if I want to keep up with my deadline.
‘Til next time folks!
Today I got an email saying that I finally accepted into the Goodreads author program! Yeah! I’ll provide the link below. But for now let’s celebrate!
I just have to wait a little longer till Amazon gives me the green light. Once I get that I will let everyone know! Whoop! Whoop! Oh and for my Kindle people out there, you’ll be able to get a copy too! Oh, and before I forget….here’s the link so you can check me out!
While I was proofing The Lost Guardian, I took it to work so that I could work on it during my down time. I also wanted to show my kids. They were amazed. They’ve never meet anyone who has wrote a book. One girl kept saying, “Oh my God! You’re famous!”
Needless to say, I laughed and set her straight. No…I’m not famous. I’m just published. Would I like to be famous? It could be fun, but for now, I’m just happy to be done.
Then I got bombarded with questions about my book. They looked so sad when I told them that my book was for adults and not children. Then one little boy told me, “Then write one for us.” The rest of the class immediately agreed with him. How could I say no to those little faces. So reluctantly, I’m digging through some of my old stories to see if I have any that are age appropriate.
I’m touched that they wanted to by my book. I hope that this will show them that anyone can do anything, as long as they work hard and keep going. I’ve always wanted to be a writer, but I knew that I would never get anything published because it’s such a hard field to get into. But now there are so many options available.
So to my kiddies…follow your dreams no matter what.
I know, I know, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything. But in my defense, we had to do a lot of testing before the kiddies went off for their Winter Break. Speaking of taking a break, the first half of my break was spent with my husband’s family. It was nice; we really didn’t do anything. I got to work on my novel a bit and did a little self-promoting. Hey whatever it takes right? Ha ha.
The trip back was killer. It took us two hours to get through a section of road that usually is only 45mins. Here are the reasons why: one, holiday travel. Two, two accidents, and three, a Winnebago caught fire. Luckily, no one got hurt but my husband and I were hurting by the time we finally got back home. We were supposed to make a trip to hang out with my folks for New Year’s but we decided to pass. Neither one of us really wants to deal with traffic anymore. Plus, I really haven’t had a chance to just laze about with my hubby. Work usually leaves me drained, and I’m studying to get my certification so I can get my license, teaching license that is. Although, my hubby just got a PlayStation 4 as a Christmas gift to himself, so I’m not sure how much time we’ll actually get to spend together. I also got a new game…so yeah….
In other news, I had to report my proof as lost in the mail because I ordered it a month ago yesterday and it still hasn’t arrived. I notified Createspace and they apologized. I should be receiving a new copy by the 31st. If everything is good, then I’ll make The Lost Guardian available to purchase soon after. I’m so ready to have it done, you have no idea. I’ve already started on the next installment, but I haven’t made much progress. My plan is to get a good chunk done during this last week of my break.
I hope you guys had a marvelous Christmas, or whatever it is you practice. Please be safe during New Year’s and here’s hopping that 2015 is better that 2014!