Lately I’ve been

I had been writing for years, sounds like an opening sentence to a novel, but true I had stopped writing for a while and returned after my successful participation in the NanaWriMo 2011. The piece I wrote during the November challenge was published in June 2012. It is a crime novel with lots of action and a character driven by his love for his first sweetheart. Currently I’m writing a ghost story, sounds ordinary doesn’t it? A ghost story. But, it’s also about family and crime and two very strong women. One alive and the other dead, both lively though.

I read alot on Facebook, Twitter, GoodReads, WordPress, and several other social websites. In fact it takes up most of my time. However, the information on self publishing I find at these sites, you know the how to’s and what works for others, is beneficial, especially for new authors. I love creating stories. Let me say that again, I love it.

Publishing is a bit of a challenge but doable and Marketing sucks. I recently read a blog on the subject and the author suggested that authors stop tweeting a hundred tweets, and all the other marketing tactics and write. Huh? Yes, he suggested authors need many titles, especially more than one book to get noticed. You know what, I tend to agree. After reading the blog I did ease off the tweets, mostly the ones promoting my works. I still tweets stories I find about self publishing on the web. Why? I want to spread the word to new and established authors on what’s current in the self publishing world. I still catch up on FaceBook and GoodReads. I read what’s being posted or reviewed.

I learned about betas through these sites and thought instead of putting much of my free time into promoting and marketing why not focus more on my writing and since I obviously cannot stay away from social sites why not read the works of other authors, give reviews and maybe get one or two of my own work. So here I am. Instead of seeking reviews for an already published book. I seek opinions of my unpublished work before it goes live at Amazon or Smashwords. I found FictionPress on a Bing search. I’m three days old now. I’ve read and gave reviews, and though I’m no pro, I try to both encourage authors and alert them to typos or errors. I am a firm believer that authors cannot edit their own stories. Beta readers like those found at FictionPress can help authors polish their works to publishing quality. Does this take away from hiring a professional editor…maybe not. The more eyes on the story the better.

I recieve email updates on posts /authors I like from WordPress to keep up, but haven’t added much content myself, well actually none since late September. My time flies when ones busy marketing.

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Make it a Series

Well it seems I cannot get rid of Macon, the protagonist of my novel The Tug. I feel the story has much more, and since my creative mind keeps seeing him in the future, that is after The Tug, I’ve decided to start a new title. Actually two more titles. A three part series, The Tug, The Thrust, and The Truth.

It was the last week in October that I first dreamed up this story in preparation of the NaNoWriMo event, and though I have another unrelated title in the works, this one won’t allow me to fully concentrate on the unseen evil that’s chasing my other protagonist around.

I’ve already self published  The Tug and have it on Amazon Kindle of which I’m waiting for customer reviews. Begining tomorrow I will again promote it for free and hope it will inspire some to post their opinions. If I’m correct they should feel rushed, sort of like the rush Macon feels while incarcerated. Seems things happen fast in there.

The Thrust will begin where The Tug left off and Macon has, against his true self, his longing for better, joined a criminal force that seeks to entrap people on the inside for their selfish and evil conspiracy. It’s discouraging that punishment by confinement is nothing more than a breeding ground for such acts. Macon will struggle but triumph as he outwits the most dangerous predators of our society.

At least that’s what I think he’ll do.

Panic Mode

In my previous post I shared my very first publishing venture for my work The Tug.

Since then I’ve updated my book cover, for anyone looking to self publish creating a book cover is very easy, but the first one I created…honestly it was unappealing.

However, I knew it was temporary and the new amature cover looks much better. I also updated the product review, a short description of the book. Kindle Direct Publishing made it easy and now my work is on the Amazon web site, for sale, and free to select Kindle customers.

To my surprise this morning I woke and saw one unit had been sold. Ten minutes later another. Last check four! Excited? YES! But a little nervous at the same time. Because right now there are four people reading my novel and as I wait impatiently, nervously for a review I’m wondering…do they like it? I love the story and I hope they do too!

About Self Publishing

I did it, I self published my new novel The Tug with Kindle Direct Publishing! Its my first and I am enthusiastic about my venture into self publishing. The preview pages of the author’s work KDP offers to potential buyers is what attracted me to its program. It doesn’t hurt that it’s all free either! I joined a ninety day program to have my title placed in a library for Kindle readers free access.

Like many writers out there I don’t have a money tree out back so I created my own temporary book cover. That took some doing, but it’s actually easy. I created the cover in Microsoft Word, used the “Snipping Tool” in Windows 7, and saved it in JPEG and loaded onto the KDP website. Kindle offers  temporary book covers for use but I wanted to recognized mine out of a list of many other titles right off.

I am beginning to build an author page on the website, amusing, I can write crazy, action packed, suspense stories but writing about myself seems hard. That’s my update for this blog, one I started during the NaNoWriMo when I wrote The Tug. I’ll await the feedback and we’ll see if this type of story captures the interest of readers, if not I have plenty more, but they’re on the spooky side.

Rejected

“I’m just not enthusiastic enough about the concept of your story to feel that I’d be the right agent for the project.”

The repsonse was extremly quick and an easy rejection. As promised,  this is an update on my finding an agent to represent my latest novel, Tug. It’s a good story but a concept that maybe be hard to sell. Afterall we live in a time where criminals have no sympathy, and so what if there’s an underlying conspiracy by repeating offenders to force petty first time arrestees into a life of submission. A life of incarceration to satisfy a predator’s selfish needs. How would you like to be caught up in that nightmare?

I’m working on a new pitch to sell. I know, I know, I should be hiding my face somewhere, shamed about the rejection. But shamed I’m not. It’s a business and if an agent says she doesn’t feel she’s right for the project, then so be it, I’d want my agent to love it! In all, including rejection, I am really grateful for the extremely fast response. Bravo! She’s on my list and I will submit future queries to her, and one day if my work catches her keen eye I’ll know I have a winner. I’m not stalking just asking.

A little time for me

…and so I’ve been working on the editng of my draft I wrote during the National Novel Writing Month. My excitement grows as I read and re-read my story. I feel I have something here, though I’ve, and laughing here, had to change a lot of the wording and fix many errors since early this morning. I feel good about the overall story. It has a great plot and lots of scenes throughout the entire draft. A little, or who am I kidding a lot more tweaking and this could be a publishable work.

Synopsis

The assumed good and the definite bad interact behind the walls of confinement. Mental power, physical threat, and surviving time in a world where those who know take advantage, the strong never forget, and the weak look for someone to turn to. We take a journey with Macon O’Reilly, a nineteen year old adult who earned himself a stay at the jail, punishment by confinement. But Macon soon learns it’s not as easy as it sounds. Incarcerated in an environment we choose not to understand, if they can’t do the time we say… and now Macon must find strength to meet the challenges of incarceration and make it back home to sweet Anna, the girl he plans to marry. Neither are prepared for the horror about to unfold upon them in this disturbing narrative of survival among the ruthless.

I titled the work “Tug.” If, when I submit the piece to an agent I’ll update here on WordPress. Whether it be accepted, tossed, or even laughed at, and how I feel about will be shared during the process. But till then I am too excited!

I Formed a Habit

I completed my 50,000 words for the NaNoWriMo challenge as seen in my last blog. I was supposed to sleep in this morning. But  I think I”ve formed a habit of waking up at 4 AM! In fact I was up at 3:32 waiting for four o’clock! I’ve read many suggestions to take a break from my draft and maybe I should.

However, the story is still alive and I couldn’t resist. I started the editing process. I’ve re-read the first nine pages and made many corrections, seems I don’t know whether I’m writing in past or present tense.

Well, to be honest I’ve all ways had that problem, but a writer named Gary once said something similar to, “Don’t do that to readers!”So I’m going back and fixing all my little annoyances, and I”m doing it now.

So each morning I’ll complete up to ten pages of editing. I know after a month of literary abandon, as it’s fondly called, I must be insane. But the drive is there and I’ll roll with it.

Speaking about Gary, if your not apart of a writers group I encourage everyone to find one your comfortable with, or like I did, one that gave true criticism. It is a great benefit for writers to have others read their works.

I’ll be here editing away, and searching for the means of which I’ll submit my draft for publishing. That’s a whole other ball game.  I’ll have to think about it, self publish or not?

Oh, and just so to explain the process of editing, I’ve added close to five hundred more words so far. The nuts and bolts was completed with NaNoWriMo, and now I’m bringing more life to my characters. So readers will love them, hate them, feel sorry for them, and yell at them to grow some!

Maybe that talk should stay inside my manuscript, hard to let it go after a month of it! To all who have participated this year…Hooray!

Whew!

I made it! 50,050 words. I am a winner of the NaNoWriMo challenge of writing 50,000 words in a month! Next up edit and polish it until it is a well written and entertaining novel. It was a little scary there for a while but I pulled it off. Macon, my main character, well, he faced a tug between good and evil, he did what he had to do. I am already thinking of a second draft. Macon of course would be my star. Now off to work.

It Flowed

I got up at 4 AM and started typing and just finished 3,131 words or close to it. The important thing is is that my story grew into a good peak for the ending. It somehow flowed in the direction it needed to go! Sweet victory is around 3,270 words. It feels like I’m going to complete this challenge on time and still have a pretty good draft. I’ll now have to pull it all together and honestly I may need a little more than the 3, 131 words, and isn’t that grand!

With this month long challenge I have found that the words, the story, will come to  me in a quiet room without distractions. I have found that I can write a complete novel, draft that is, packed with action and twists for entertainment. I can’t wait for the next challenge next November! I can’t wait to read what I’ve written.

Macon, my main character, is about to be put in a serious position and he will have to make a choice that could alter his future. I’ll know which way he’ll go by morning, my morning that is. My story has come together, sweat and tears included. I’m happy with the results to boot. Just a few more thousand or so words.

 

 

Almost there!

44,164 words. I could finish this story tonight! 5,836 words left. The story is leading to it’s final peak, but its result will still be a little surprise. I feel good, and at the same time anxious to get the draft done. I’m tired and will need to take a break before continuing.

Yes, tired and I don’t know if life distracts my writing process or the other way around. But fitting everything in has been a challenge, and a good one. Completing the 50,000 words in 30 days all while tryng to keep up with everything else is tough, but I wouldn’t have come this far if I hadn’t decided to join thousands of others in this mind boggling adventure.

Well now, I’ll carry on…

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