Silver Lining

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!

The End of a Series

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!

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I’m alive, I promise.

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!

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Outlining

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!

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I’m up!

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!

anigif_optimized-876-1421732732-22anigif_enhanced-buzz-12907-1405560890-6tumblr_mftgmwLiHI1rjftg0o1_500I don’t know why, but finally getting into this program validates be as a writer and as an author.  I’m just as excited that my book is just about ready to be sold!  I know right!  AAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!

anigif_enhanced-buzz-17363-1390566621-15I 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!

 

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7914853