Just a short and sweet post 🙂
As promised, here is the list of my tour stops for my “Green Virtual Book Tour” taking place from Dec. 16th – 23rd! 🙂
I’d love, love, love it if you joined me on my first ever blog tour! Be sure to check out the sites and stops listed below!
The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom
Lisa’s World of Books
Ramblings of a Book Lunatic
The Writerly Exploits of Mara Valderran
Fang Freakin’ Tastic Reviews
It’s amazing that Christmas is just a few weeks away. I feel as if a rug was just ripped out from under me and I suddenly fell right into December! I’m not complaining, however my blog sure is 🙂 To my followers, I am so sorry I haven’t been keeping up with this. No excuse is a good one, but I have been really busy.
What have you been up to?
Well, I finished my Adult Horror Novel and dove head first in the process of querying. Let me tell you, it is NOT a fun process. After receiving rejections left and right, you begin to question your talents and your sanity.
In the end you must remind yourself that you can’t please everyone. As those lovely form letters tell you, this business is purely subjective. It only takes one person to say yes and right now I am still waiting for that person. I have faith and I know it’ll happen when the time is right.
Besides querying I am currently wrapping up Silver as well as writing a Chick Lit novel. As you may remember I love to multi-task. Guess somethings never change 😉
Wait, aren’t you an Indie author?
I hope to be a hybrid author. As you know, I have already self-published Green and Red. However, self-publishing can only get you and your novels so far. I do not speak for all indie authors. I’ve seen many who have been in my position and have been extremely successful. They are superheros and manage to be creative and business savvy. However, in my case I am still trying to find a balance between all aspects of this business. You see, when you self-publish you are both a writer and a marketer. Regardless of my career background in Advertising and Media, I DO NOT have the time and funding necessary to work my full-time job, continue to write, and promote my books. Yes, I do use social media (Facebook and Twitter) to reach my readers. Yes, I am participating in blog tours. However, ads aren’t cheap and time is even more valuable! By seeking out traditional publishing for my Adult Horror Novel, I’m hoping that a team can help me reach a demographic that is hard to penetrate. Horror is a niche and I need all the help and support I can get.
What’s the deal with the Life Force Trilogy?
I am going to be participating in a Virtual Blog Tour from December 16, 2013 through December 23rd, which was coordinated by Bewitching Book Tours. I will be posting the tour stops in another post, but in the meantime please pass the word along!
Also, I am in the process of doing final rewrites for SILVER!!! Yes, yes, it’s been a long time coming. Ending a trilogy was a more difficult task than I had anticipated. Between wanting to tie up the story nicely and not wanting to say goodbye to my characters, well, it was challenging and I only hope I’ve risen to that challenge.
Until next time, kiddos. I promise it’ll be sooner rather than later!
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It seems as if all my favorite shows are ending after this season. Both Breaking Bad and How I Met Your Mother are on their way to the final farewell. As an avid fan, where does this leave me? Better yet, what will the ending to these shows be? Will they make the last few years worth it? Will they leave me craving for more? Or will they leave me disappointed?
I am 75% through with, Silver, Book 3 of the Life Force Trilogy. Truthfully, I’ve been procrastinating on finishing the novel for a couple of months now. I’ve been sitting on it, shoving it away and focusing on other projects. Why? For a while I wanted a little break from Mattie’s world. Though I obviously love it, I felt I was too close to it and needed some time to clear my head to get a better grasp on how exactly I wanted to end my series. Just as I’m a bit apprehensive as to how my favorite shows will end, I am also apprehensive as to how I will end the series. Overall, I don’t want to leave my readers disappointed.
With every show you watch and every book you read, you devote yourself in some way or another. You begin to feel the story and you begin to relate to the characters. There’s nothing worse than the disappointment that your show or book did not have the ending you were looking for. You feel cheated and sometimes you even feel angered and depressed. I do not want to leave this sour taste in my readers’ mouths. I do not want them to walk away from the Life Force Trilogy feeling cheated and disappointed.
On top of this fear, I also am constantly bombarded with new ideas. Inspiration for other projects often come out of nowhere, further driving me away from doing what I should do – finish the trilogy. The excitement of penning a brand new story only further fuels my procrastination, which is so unlike a Type A personality like me. For example, just a night ago I dreamt up a premise for a new Dystopian novel. I am so excited about it and despite how busy I’ve been, I found the time to write the first chapter to the new book. However, as soon as I did so my mind wandered back to Silver. After all, Green began from a dream as well.
I will finish Silver soon. I owe it to my readers and I owe to myself. Moreover, I owe it to Mattie and Hunter. I want to tie their story up in a nice pink bow and know that I ended their story the best way I could. I will do it. I will do it sooner rather than later.
Just wanted to let you know, in honor of my birthday I am giving away my Paranormal Romance, GREEN, for free! Sale begins tomorrow and ends 9/12 🙂
Don’t forget to check out book #2, Red.
Why would I want to publish a book traditionally that I had already self-published? Why am I seeking Literary Agents for a novel that is already on sale on Amazon?
Why? Why??? (Sorry, I have a habit of being over dramatic sometimes) I’ll tell you why! Since I was a young child I’ve always dreamt of having my books sitting on the shelves of my favorite bookstores. Whereas other children found joy in visiting the closest toy store, my solace came from walking into Walden Books or B. Dalton and sniffing (yes sniffing) the pages of a brand new book. I WANT to see my book sitting on the shelf of the closest Barnes and Noble or even Target (Gah, how i love that store!). And you know what? I WILL.
I want to go the traditional publishing route because it’ll give me more time to focus on writing as opposed to marketing, advertising, etc. Believe me, I already have enough of that to do at work 🙂
Honestly, I entered this business a bit naive. What was a query letter? Can’t I just be “discovered” on Amazon like a few of my other fave authors were? From what I read, today’s industry is so different than it used to be that Self-Publishing can help you, but now it can also hurt you. I guess I’m feeling the latter right now.
After two rejection letters so far, I am faced with a crossroad. Do I continue self-publishing the Life Force Trilogy and save my standalone adult novel for traditional publishing? Do I keep trying and hope that there is just one agent out there who might fall in love with Mattie as much as I did?
Well, I’ll tell you what. I’ve always worked effing hard for whatever I wanted. I sometimes find myself working to the point of tears. Like I said, I am a purely goal oriented person. I pour sweat, blood and tears into everything I do. That being said, I am a fighter. I won’t give up. I will find that one person who will represent me and once I do I plan to establish a great partnership with him/her and show the literary world what I am made of!
Sooooo, why share this bitter pill of rejection with you all? Because I want to show all of you that giving up isn’t always the best way to go. Sometimes you just need to keep on fighting until your goal is achieved.
I trust God. This is all in His timing and I trust that I will be led on the correct path for me.
That being said, I am human, so please excuse me while I drown myself in ice cream and listen to Adele 😉
Originally I planned to run a $0.99 sale on Green this weekend, but I thought what the heck? Let’s do it now!
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I don’t know about you, but when I’m reading a book, I love and I mean LOVE to imagine my dream cast. There’s something about being able to picture the character vividly that adds to the experience of reading my favorite stories. Plus, it’s pretty awesome when a movie happens to be made and the casting directors (coincidentally) cast your very own picks! Personally, this has only happened ONE time to me, and it’s technically still in the rumor mill.
Writing is no exception to this little habit of mine. As I was writing Green I found that coming up with a dream cast not only helped me bring my characters to life, but also allowed me to form unexplainable bonds with each of them. Sure, certain mannerisms and traits were based off people that I actually know in real life (though who wouldn’t want to meet Superman?), but as I was writing it was awesome to allow each scene to play out like a movie in my head.
So, without further ado, I present to you my inspiration for Hunter & Zach. Now let me explain a funny fact about Mattie. Originally, I began writing Mattie with Nina Dobrev in mind. However, as I got further into the story Mattie somehow morphed into a hybrid of a few other actresses. Thus, Mattie is still technically faceless to me.
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