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Friday Ramblings From An Author-Another Short Story Class

It’s a beautiful spring day and I’m tempted to go outside and write but I’ll probably get distracted and nothing will get done.

I set two goals for this past week. One was to get the first story in my new series Cowbear Haven finished and published. I achieved that yesterday. Here’s the cover.

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Once again, I decided to go with KDP Select. I know a few of you told me you’ve gone that route too and been happy with the results, so fingers crossed.

Second thing on my to do list was get another class uploaded to Skillshare…got that done today. It’s called Make Extra Income Writing Short Stories. If you’re interested here’s a link-

http://skl.sh/2oNSlJV

 

Speaking of classes, I’m teaching three next month (and I’ll give my usual shameless self promotion here)

The first one is a rewrite bootcamp called My Story’s Been Rejected Now What…if you’ve recently received the dreaded rejection letter this one’s for you-

http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/

And I’m debuting two new ones-

Great Beginnings-Hooking Your Reader in the First Two Chapters…ideal one if you’re thinking about entering a contest or even having trouble getting started on your novel-

https://www.yosemiteromancewriters.com/2017-class-descriptions

 

And finally, So You Want to Self Publish Your Book…if you’ve been thinking about it then this one is definitely for you. I’ll be sharing lots of tips and hints.

http://lowcountryrwa.com/workshops/2017-online-courses/#MAY

 

I’m thinking of launching a question and answer day on this site so if you have a writing or publishing question, leave a comment or contact me and if I can’t answer it I’ll find someone who can.

 

Have a good week and happy writing to all.

 

 

 

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Friday Ramblings From An Author-Happy Easter

There’s nothing more satisfying than getting another project crossed off your to do list. This week I finally got my rebooted story finished and actually published.

Here’s the cover that I also designed myself.

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Something new I tried with this one was to enroll it in Amazon’s KDP Select. For those of you who don’t self publish it means you have to sell it exclusively on Amazon for three months but it means it will also be available for people who belong to Kindle Unlimited. I’ve tried the KDP Select for some non-fiction titles and been happy with the results so I thought I’d give a fiction title a try too. Have you tried KDP Select and what were your results and thoughts on it?

Speaking of self publishing, I’m working on lessons for next month’s new workshop.

Next project is to get my current WIP finished and published…hopefully next week but I have a few other projects in front of it.

It’s Easter weekend and depending on where you live it’s a holiday weekend too.

And what do you think of the new design for the site? I’d love to hear your feedback.

So have fun and happy writing to all.

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Friday Ramblings From An Author-Classes, Books and More

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The first week of April is slowly coming to an end and I hope everyone’s been enjoying the spring like weather that seems to be everywhere.

The lighter nights mean I actually feel like sitting at my laptop longer which isn’t a bad thing.

This week has been filled with many projects. I’m trying to get my first Perfect Pairing…which will now be called Perfect Pairings, rewritten so I can release it sometime this month.

I also want to release one of my WIPS…so much to do and so little time!

I’ve been writing lessons for next month’s workshops, designing book covers, and getting my next Skillshare class set up.

This weekend I’ve promised myself a rest, well that is after I do some spring cleaning and catch up on my reading.

What are your plans for the weekend and do you find that you have more time for writing and reading when days or longer or shorter?

Have a fun week and happy writing to all.

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Friday Ramblings From An Author-Here Comes April

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The first three months of the year went by in a flash.  I did get a lot achieved but not as much as I hoped but tomorrow’s a new month and another opportunity.

I did get the final draft of my WIP finished and now I’m tackling the second draft while starting to revamp my next project.

Also on the to do list, work on lessons for two new workshops I’ll be teaching. One is on the topic of great beginnings for stories, the other one, self publishing. It’s always exciting to launch a new workshop and I have a feeling the self publishing one is going to be popular.

Other things on my to do list include lots of non-fiction book projects and more classes for Skillshare.

One thing I’ve been noticing is more people like publishers and review sites are venturing into setting up their own book store sites. I’ll have a couple of them to tell you about soon so if  you’re a self publisher you’ll definitely want to check them out.

Another project that I haven’t gotten around to yet is revamping this Web site. I’ve had the same graphics and set up for a couple of years and I’d like to spruce things up as well as post more content for you. Thanks to everyone of you who have signed up to be followers…I promise you there’s plenty of good stuff ahead.

Have a fun week and happy writing to all.

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Friday Ramblings From An Author-Hello Spring

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Spring is here and I can’t wait to do some outside writing.

This week I added a new class to Skillshare and hope to add some more next month. I’m also working on lessons for the two new workshops I’ll be teaching in May. One’s on the topic of self publishing…I’ll be telling you more about that in the upcoming weeks.

I might just finish one of my WIPS over the weekend. It’s the first story in a new series and I’ve pushed myself to get to this point. When you’re writing all day sometimes the last thing you want to see are more words in the evening. It’s at that point you need to remind yourself you’re a writer and that’s what you do.

I’ll be giving this site (and my other sites) a slight revamp and yes, I’m going to keep to my word of posting more stuff on here too.

Anything you’d like to see? Markets looking for writers maybe? Weekly motivation posts? Interviews for authors?

Leave a comment and let me know.

I’ll keep this Rambling short as I’m determined to get that first draft completed in the next 48 hours.

Have a fun week and happy writing to all.

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Friday Ramblings From An Author-Happy Saint Patrick’s Day

 

 

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The weather’s been on a rollercoaster ride but spring will soon be here which is a great time for evaluating how you’re doing with your writing goals.

I haven’t achieved as many as I’d hope to during this first three months but there’s plenty of time for catching up.

How about you? Are you falling behind or ahead on your to do list?

One thing I did get done this week was I published the print version of my How to Write an Erotic Romance.  I opted for the paperback format through KDP rather than Createspace. Anyone else use it yet? I think it’s in beta at the moment and maybe Amazon is seeing how well it does. Anyone heard if Createspace is going away or what?

I think the two interfaces are similar and the one thing I like about the KDP version is you can get everything done straight away and no more waiting for an e-mail letting you know if you need to fix anything.

I’m now working on my WIPs again, and next week I hope to get some new classes uploaded to various platforms, plus make a dent in my non-fiction work.

Busy times ahead and with spring in sight, maybe blue skies too.

Hope everyone’s having a happy Saint Patrick’s Day.

Have a fun week and happy writing to all.

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Friday Ramblings From An Author-Do You Want to Be A Book Reviewer?

Friday greetings.

Have any of you thought about becoming a book reviewer?

The reason I ask is because the nice folks at Long and Short Reviews are currently looking for more reviewers.  I’ve been reviewing for them for eight years and for both authors and readers it’s a win-win situation. While you won’t get paid, you’ll get free e-books to read…even print ones when you’ve been a reliable reviewer for a while. You’ll be part of a nice community that corresponds through a Yahoo Group, and best of all, if you’re author you get to learn more about the craft of writing. (So as not to go off on a tangent here I’ll be posting more about that some other time). If you’re interested, here’s a link to more information and if you contact them tell them Susan P sent you.

http://www.longandshortreviews.com/become-a-reviewer/

 

I’m pleased to say I finally got my reworked story finished and published. I released it yesterday and here’s the cover…another one I created myself-

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Now I’m back to working on my other three WIPs and gearing up to get rights back to another book next month. It will be the first book in my Perfect Pairing series but I’m not sure what I’m going to do with it or what direction I’ll take. One thing I do know is, it’s going to have a major overhaul.

 

I’m also working on some non-fiction work and putting together a couple more classes for online platforms. More news about these in a future Ramblings.

 

Have a good week and happy writing to all.

 

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Friday Ramblings From An Author-Wasted Morning

Welcome to March and 60 degree weather is on the horizon. I’m sure there are some of you who live in warm climates, thinking, geez, that’s cold, but believe me, here in the frozen tundra (as I call it), that’s a heatwave especially for early March.

Have you ever had a wasted morning? Not wasted on you simply doing nothing but trying to do something and getting nowhere? That’s how this morning started for me trying to get a better price on my domain renewals, thinking I’d achieved just that and finding out the deal was even worse than the original price. The added downside was it took close to an hour and half to get to the point and I watched my morning fading away.

At least I got caught up with my to do list this afternoon and actually got a book loaded onto Amazon…looks like it’s already on the site so here it is.

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This time I decided to write a short book based on the lessons I put together for a book marketing class I once taught. For those of you who don’t know, before I switched to freelance writing I worked in public relations. Anyway, this book isn’t just for authors but just about anyone who’s looking for a tips on how to ‘get noticed’.

Yes, I finally finished the first draft of my new fiction WIP. As soon as I finish writing this post, I’m going to start on draft two. I’m running way behind with my fiction but hopefully one of these days I’ll catch up.

 

Have a fun week and happy writing to all.

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Friday Ramblings From An Author-Traits of a Bestselling Book

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February’s slowly coming to a close and it’s been a busy month.

I’ve managed to get lots of things crossed off my to do list but added just as many things to it.

Before I forget, I thought I’d share this with you. Bookbaby  has a great blog and this was an interesting post I saw a few days ago. Not only does it tell you about what bestselling books have in common but gives you a breakdown of what genres sell the best and some fun facts about sentence length over the years. Check it out here-

http://blog.bookbaby.com/2017/02/traits-trends-best-selling-books-infographic

I’m working on a couple of non-fiction projects right now. They’re shorter ones and I hope to get some books ready for release in the next couple of weeks.

I’m still working on revamping or I should say, rewriting an older title. The more I work on it, the more I realize I want to turn it into a whole new story. Looks like that project’s going to take me longer than I thought.

I still have four new fiction stories to get to work on and hopefully March will see me make some inroads.

Have a good week and happy writing to all.

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Friday Ramblings From An Author-Is It March?

Today I feel like someone’s fast forwarded the calendar and it’s really the end of March. I sat outside on the deck and couldn’t believe that it is in reality only mid-February. The sun was shining and birds were showing up in the garden and singing a spring chorus. I guess they’re as confused as I am about this unseasonably warm weather.

So apart from the weather what’s been going on this week?

The synopsis bootcamp is over and if any of the participants from that class are reading this, you were some of the best and most dedicated students I’ve taught. Believe me they worked hard, they worked non-stop, and they all had such wonderful stories that I know editors and agents will request to see all of them. Hats off to you!

I’m almost caught up with all my back titles. Just one more to go but then I get rights back to another story in April! I decided to publish an older story under one of my ongoing series which I felt was a perfect fit. As I’ve been short on time I’ve been creating more of my own book covers and here’s my latest one for my new release

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And finally, yes, this is something that’s been in the works for a long time. I got my self publishing site ready and actually posted something on the site. If you want to check it out, follow it, even contribute to it here’s the link http://www.goselfpublished.com. My goal is to post something there at least twice a week so stop by and say hello.

After my short break outside, I’m now ready to get back to work…

Have a good week and happy writing to all.