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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.