As a reader those are my favorite because you get invested in these characters and want to learn how they evolve and what they're up to even after the first book/conflict is resolved. So I've started/written two series. One is a cozy mystery/paranormal and the second is a small-town women's fiction series. For series one, … Continue reading I love a series!
As I mentioned, I self-published my books. I felt it was the right move for me. While I would have appreciated having an agent and then publisher pick me up (so they could help with the heavy lifting of formatting and marketing), I have really enjoyed learning the process. There are two big lessons I've … Continue reading Learning lessons
I have been on a break from blogging for quite some time as I focused on getting published. I now join the ranks of Indie Authors everywhere. My first to be published is a Cozy Mystery/Paranormal: Premedicated Murder. It is book one in a series. I'm thrilled with how well it is doing. I've gotten … Continue reading Self-published!
I found it. I found what can motivate me to keep going. This article about "The Dip." I've been frustrated by Mandy's Story because the edits are hard and I feel like I'm fighting with it more than fixing it. So in the article it asks these questions: Do you care about this story?Are you … Continue reading Motivation
I have hit the wall (again) with this journey. It is bound to happen. This isn't an easy thing to do. Yes, yes, I could easily self-publish and be done. My stories would be out there, but I want my stories to be must reads, not just good. I want someone out there to stay … Continue reading Frustration…
This is my life at the moment as I have recently decided to self-publish and I know my stories aren't quite ready. I have tons of work to do to get them ready. Mandy's story (new name coming soon) is with an editor and I'm working on Mama's/Becca's story now. It is a hot mess … Continue reading Editing, editing and more editing
In February, on my Facebook page, I shared several experiences I have had in the past. One with each of my great-grandparents, two with cousins and one with a friend. I have had several more experiences though that I didn't talk about. When I was a child, I believed our house was haunted. Even when … Continue reading Paranormal Experiences…
Is that a thing because I feel it almost daily? If I'm not working my day job, I feel like I should be writing, editing, querying or networking with other writers. And I don't do any of these things as much as I should, mostly the writing/editing part. To be fair, I have a busy … Continue reading Writer’s Guilt
One of my projects is a Small Town Women's fiction series. The basic idea is that each book in the series highlights one woman's story. The good, the bad, and the ugly of being a woman. Women's fiction is defined as a story in which the main character overcomes some obstacle like a divorce or … Continue reading Damsel in distress…
I recently wrote about needing to read as a writer to understand market, audience and be able to recognize comparable titles/work. However, there is another problem I have found with being a writer that reads. I don't enjoy some of the books I find. I don't remember many books through my first 43-ish years that … Continue reading Reading as a writer… part 2