Monday, April 29, 2013

Weekly Progress Check-In

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The ever changing writing world by Paty Jager


           
I’ll admit here and now I have never been a person to delve into politics, business, religion or anything that I felt didn’t have a close correlation to my life. I let those that are zealous about things duke it out and keep to myself only taking in what I feel pertains to my well-being.

But I’m finding that being a self-published author, I can’t have a lackadaisical attitude. I have to pay more attention to the business end of writing, the publishing end of writing, and the marketing end of writing. All elements I would rather leave to someone else, but if I want to succeed, I have to buck up and pay attention and learn what I need to learn.

The days of a writer sitting down in the chair and writing by long-hand, then typewriter and sending it off and forgetting anything other than writing the next story is gone.

Now, you write the story, while doing publicity for it and the one before and the other books. You have to keep up with all the self-pub venues, learn the different formats they each take and how to size the cover after you’ve found a cover artist you can work with or taken time from your writing to design your own cover.

After the product is uploaded there’s finding ways to keep putting it in front of readers and pushing your sales up. Begging for reviews, asking around to fellow self-pub authors what they do, how that worked for them. And realizing you’ve spent most of your writing time with the business side of writing and you still have to hit your goal of 3000 words today.

Do I sound like I’m not having fun?

I am having fun helping design my covers, having the ability to write what I want to write, and meeting great people. But I would have more fun if I could use all my brain for writing and not have to worry about the areas, I blissfully ignored when I first started writing.

If you are a published writer what is the most daunting thing about your career? The most fun?

As a pre-published writer, what are you dreading and looking forward to when you get published? 

Monday, April 22, 2013

Weekly Progress Check-In

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

"THE END"… now what?


Yesterday, I sent the last contracted book of my Halo Legacy Series and the cover to my publisher. 

Definitely cause for celebration. But what I want to do is … nothing.

This series has been years in the plotting, writing and promoting. And I just want to wallow in the accomplishment for awhile. 

There is more promotion ahead. I have two releases in May (A MAY DAY ANTHOLOGY on May 1 and LEGACY OF TRUTH on May 10) before LEGACY REBORN is released on July 1 to wrap up the Halo Legacy Series.

However, for now I am simply filled with the peace of accomplishment. 

I may even go to bed before midnight just to prove to myself it is possible!

What do you feel are your major accomplishments? Did you want to celebrate or simply relax?

Monday, April 15, 2013

Weekly Progress Check-In

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Road Trip!

I took a break last week to spend a few days getting warm in Las Vegas. This may not have been the worst winter ever in the Pacific Northwest, but the cold seems to be lingering and we were ready for some heat!

We don't go to Las Vegas often — this is only the second time we've been there together — but it's one of those places that's very fun in small doses. Neither my husband nor I are gamblers (not past putting a few dollars in a slot machine); that isn't the attraction for us. It's a quick getaway and a chance to get warm and walk outside.

As a fantasy writer, Las Vegas — The Strip — is a dream. The hotels and casinos are so over-the-top, I'm amazed at the audacity of their architects. Spend some time wandering around Caesers Forum Shops or The Grand Canal Shoppes of The Venetian/Palazzo and it's easy to morph what you're seeing into settings for stories you haven't written yet.

I'm not usually someone who enjoys being in big crowds, but for some strange reason I find Las Vegas to be a great place to recharge my creative batteries. How could it not? Where most tourists just see giant statues of Roman gods, I see temple ruins on an island mountain top. Or a palace built on a grand scale, now fallen to disrepair. (Funny how the theme of decay kept cropping up in my imagination while I was there — must be something to do with the juxtaposition of the outlandish architecture and the gambling.)

How about you? Do you find inspiration when you travel? Where's your favorite place to go to shake up your imagination?

Monday, April 08, 2013

Weekly Progress Check-In

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Friday, April 05, 2013

Reviews--Love Them Or Hate Them


Just finished a review tour with Goddessfish for Catching Meara. Gotta loves reviews--or hate them. For those of you who don't know Catching Meara is the first book in an erotic paranormal romance series, The McKenna Clan. It has been so much fun. The book didn't start out to be a series but it evolved.

Lol, one person wanted to know why the cat head was coming from the male body. Hmmm... maybe because this book was about shapeshifters.

I found this tour to be extremely interesting. I received so many strange comments, almost as if the commenters didn't know I would be reading what they had said. Yes, there were some fairly rude comments. But I tried to ignore those or answer with humor.

I had good reviews mostly 4's and 3's but one 2.5 that was not posted. I found out about this review through my communication with goddessfish. The tours are very helpful for sales. For those with new releases, I hope you go this route. Doesn't have to be goddessfish. Their are a lot of sites that do tours. I've found that the same people seem to schedule tours on their bolgs. So by booking more than one tour company you won't necessarily find new blogs and new people.

Just received a review from manic readers. I'm shaking my head. It was definitely a strange and very short review.

Here it is:

Review Companies
MR Review 
Rating: 
Reviewer: Alberta 
Review:


Meara is a loner, content to spend time with her computers, without the bother of having too many people around her. When she turns from hacker to government computer specialist, she meets Jace, who knows she is his mate, but all he has to do is tell her he is a panther shape shifter and that she is destined to be his.

There is a lot of dodging bad guys, dodging another shape shifter, and trying to keep secrets from each other. In the end, Catching Meara is pretty entertaining, and I liked both characters, despite Meara’s dysfunctional personality.



Disclosure: Manic Readers receives books from authors, publishers, and publicists which are given to reviewers in exchange for their honest opinion. Each review represents the opinion of the reviewer which may or may not have been influenced by receiving the book at no cost.


Thursday, April 04, 2013

SOME DAY MY THOUGHTS WILL COME BACK TO ME...


My apologies! In spite of reminders, I totally spaced posting something on the blog. 

Instead of trying to gather my thoughts back from where they have been and writing something, I'll just share the cover from A May Day Anthology that will include novellas from several of us on this blog. 


Monday, April 01, 2013

Weekly Progress Check-In

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