I am sick AF today, and of course, the best option is for me to stay in bed all comfy and cozy, bundled up in my Doctor Who fleece with my water and my meds and my chicken soup/broth and my Kleenex and my remote, and basically do another marathon of another movie series like… Continue reading WTF, Sinuses?
Good morning, Readers! I am ecstatic to announce that Dusk of Death: an Armen Leza, Demon Hunter novel is available now on Amazon and the print will be available very soon! If you're so inclined, you may also join the Facebook event today. Celebrate! Win awesome prizes, one of which is a Kindle Fire! Have fun! Check… Continue reading Release Day!!!
Dust off your demon hunting skills, kids, it's about to get sporty. *ahem* Sorry. I'm channeling Mike Banning from London Has Fallen. *whispers* If you haven't seen that movie yet, do it! Okay, so.....I can't believe it's finally here and yet, I'm just now getting around to the damn post on my blog because that's… Continue reading And All Hell Breaks Loose!
...and we survived Florida! I probably should have written this post immediately after our return, but exhaustion took over and I desperately needed a vacation from my vacation. Plus, a lot has been happening in our lives, so I really haven't had time or energy to write much. Hell, my newsletter hasn't had anything go out… Continue reading Hogwarts or Bust
We can Twitter ’til we flitter and Facebook ’til we face plant and that won’t matter much in the greater scheme of things if we fail at our single most important job—writing a great book. Our single greatest challenge is to hook the reader hard enough to buy (and then read) our novel.
Sales ultimately are impacted by reviews and if no one reads and no one finishes?
Yes, covers are important and social media is vital, but those sample pages can mean the difference in No Sale and Big Hit.
One writing book every writer should have is Hooked by Les Edgerton. I think this was the first craft book that truly woke me up and showed me all I really didn’t know about writing.
As a new author, there were far too many elements I believed were important when in reality? Not so much. Additionally, because I…
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One of the things about working full time at my age with everything I have to deal with on a health level on top of Umi's health crises is that trying to promote anything regarding my books is daunting. It doesn't help that I've been on medications that affect the way I think for so long that… Continue reading Exhaustion
I am quite guilty of failing to commit to my writing over the years, but a lot of that has changed recently. I decided to focus on myself, my dreams, to put a ring on my writing. It’s slow going and difficult working around a full time job, but I’m getting there. After not being able to write much more than a short story here and there after the “event” seven years ago, it’s refreshing to be working on a novel again and actually *gasp* PLOTTING it.
At any rate, read Kristen’s words. She’s one smart cookie. 😉
Image via Master’s Class site.
Today I have something exciting to tell you guys about *bounces up and down like a kid*. Last week we talked about Going Pro and today I’d like to springboard off some of what we talked about. One of the reasons it is so vital for authors to take ourselves seriously, is it directly impacts how we operate. So long as we view what we do as “our little thing” or “a hobby” or we are “aspiring,” we are hesitant to do the activities that will truly matter. We will fail to commit.
We are just “shacking up” with our dream instead of putting a ring on it.
If we haven’t yet mentally “gone pro” often we won’t make our writing a priority. Everyone and everything comes first and if there is any time left over? Well, then we can write.
We will also…
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That's right, I have another tasty treat for you. Umi LOVES these. I doubt they're on my "diet" plan, but they're damn good now and then, especially when I don't feel like making an entire pan of lasagna. Mini Lasagna Cups Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 40 minutes Yield: 12… Continue reading Mini Lasagna Cups
....you want me to go out? Social Anxiety! ACK! Yeah, it's a problem I have. I want to go hang out with friends, yet I don't because Oh My Fuck, I have to interact with people (strangers) and what if I say or do something stupid. I mean, I have no problem laughing at myself, but… Continue reading The Secret Life of Jinxie G: Part IV
Today, I'm welcoming my friend and awesome author Missy Jane to reveal the cover of her next Gargoyle Masters series book, and let me tell you if you haven't read the first one, Born of Stone, get to it. I even left you a nice little link directly to the book on Amazon. I'm nice like… Continue reading Cover Reveal: Born of Magic