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
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
So a big piece of the writing process/getting published and that is being able to identify comparable titles and work to your own. It shows not only what style your writing is, but the audience it might appeal to. And further, shows you are well read and understand the market. However, I have the hardest … Continue reading Reading as a writer…
My first finished manuscript, Mandy's story, was not good. It had a lot of things that didn't progress the story. It was just too much backstory and not enough "meat." I have already cut a lot of that out and I have been editing to do better. I think the story is one that should … Continue reading Progressing the story