Sunday, November 5, 2017

The rejection that made me look into self publishing

I first tried to get published when I was 19 years old, and nowhere near ready. I had a story that I thought was pretty good, but probably wasn't. I was taking writing classes and my teacher loved the story, but I didn't stop to think about whether or not other people would. I can still remember going to PJ's coffee and sending queries because I didn't have internet in my apartment at the time. I would go at least once a week to see if any of the agents had written back, and I'd end up querying more. I was determined, even though I had heard about the dreaded slush pile. One day I opened one of the rejections, surprised to find that the agent hadn't even bothered to use my name. The agent called me by my character's name. Had she even read the summary attached? I stared at the screen for a few minutes, dumbfounded. I knew a lot of rejections were copy and pasted from a template, but I never thought someone would confuse me with my MC. I was hurt and disgusted, so I deleted all the rejections from my email. I know a lot of authors keep the rejections, but I have always seen them as negative and I felt like a weight was lifted from my shoulders when I deleted them. I knew my work needed work, but I didn't want to put myself through the stress of querying again. I heard about self publishing about a year or so later, but it took me a long time before I attempted to publish anything. It took me a longer time to feel proud of the words I had written (which I do with The Fortune Teller's Gift).

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Free Sample

I've decided to release the first chapter of The Fortune Teller's Gift on instafreebie. You can find the giveaway here.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Smashwords account and interview

Interviews are an important way to gain sales, and I've finally gotten myself an interview! I feel so grateful to be featured on the website. If you want to check out the interview be sure to check it out by clicking here.

Also, I realize that I will have to sell my book on more than one platform so that it can appeal to more people. I plan to publish with nook as well as smashwords. Here is my newly created smashwords account.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Review: Black Flame novels

I love Halloween. I think it would probably be one of my favorite holidays, and I think it doesn't get enough time to shine. Christmas items usually make it to the store at the same time as Halloween items. Most of the time I just celebrate Halloween by watching scary movies, but sometimes I read scary books too. When I was younger I only read scary books. I seemed to devour every single Goosebumps book that I could get my hands on until I grew into Fear Street. I soon moved on to Stephen King, but my late teens lead me to a series of books that I would like to talk about today. I was fairly new to computers when I read an article about a series of books based on Final Destination, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and the Friday the 13th series. I managed to track down a few at my local Barnes and Noble and then I had to get the rest from eBay. I don't have them all, but I do have a small collection. The book novelizations added things that I found strange, like a relationship between Kevin and Wendy in Final Destination 3. Each book seemed to add unnecessary sex that added nothing to the plot, and then there were the typos. I had never found a typo in a book before reading these. Sometimes the plot didn't make much sense, or the characters were highly unlikable. I was young and figured that I could publish a book through them because they weren't known for the best quality. They actually denied my request, which did hurt me back then. I had even written a Final Destination fan fiction, but I have to admit that it wasn't very good. Despite all this, they never saw a writing sample. This was the first time that I'd ever sent out a query letter. I remember googling one of the authors (Natasha Rhodes), because I couldn't believe that she was a real author. I guess her books were the first books I'd ever quit reading because I disliked them. She was the first author I'd ever googled. I did enjoy one of the books, Looks could kill (my cover is different than the one pictured). It did have typos, but it was easier to overlook them because the story was interesting and took the Final Destination in a different place.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

The future of Zombie Bite

I had been debating whether or not to remove Zombie Bite for a long time and yesterday I finally decided to do so. It was far from my best work. Most of it was written at a time when I was dealing with a breakup and I think it shows that I wasn't feeling my best when I wrote it. I also decided that the cover wasn't doing it any favors and have decided to get a new cover if I decided to work on it. There are hints of a story there so I have something to work with, but I still don't know if it's something I want to put my time into.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Nanowrimo

I'm thinking about doing Nanowrimo this year and possibly going to some of the local events. I've never completed Nanowrimo before, but this year I'd like to try this year. I want to meet other authors and I'd also like to get used of writing everyday. I think doing nanowrimo would be good for me, and help with some of the issues I've been having finishing novels.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Book reviews

I've noticed something about myself recently, something I'd rather not admit to, but something that is part of me nonetheless. The thing I'm referring to is the fact that I am more likely to leave a negative rating than a positive one. It isn't because I don't like books, I'm not the angry book nerd (like the angry Nintendo nerd but for books), I just feel like when I don't enjoy something I am more likely to write about it. Why? Partly because it's boring to write about how much I love a book. Also, I find that I have more to say about something that I DID NOT enjoy. I feel like there are things that I can put my finger on that I didn't enjoy. I just have more to say about something that I did not like. I think most people are like that. If you have a negative experience at a restaurant you are more likely to go on and on about how a waitress spilled a drink on you and how the manager failed to do something about it. I also must admit that I am not good at writing reviews. I'm better at talking about something that I liked in a group of people who also read/watched/played. I want to write more reviews in the future (honest ones, I won't give a positive or negative for no reason). I know authors need reviews to bring in readers so I will try to set aside time in the future to write reviews (and take notes while I am reading the book, like I used to do).