Friday, September 15, 2017

Failure

There's something that's been on my mind a lot lately. I have just started my writing career. I am about to release The Fortune Teller's Gift. I previously released a book that I didn't believe in or put my all into, but I am not a failure. I find that people are quick to call you a failure in any line of work. They are quick to try and knock you down and make you believe that you don't have a chance at your dreams. Before I even started taking writing seriously I had a conversation with a former coworker who overheard me talking about books with another coworker. He was quick to tell me that anyone who wanted to be a writer was stupid because there were already a lot of books/authors out there and there wasn't a need for more. That was the first time I ever had someone try to push me away from my dreams, and it still sticks with me to this day. It didn't make me stop writing or anything, but it did make me wonder why he was so quick to jump to the negative. Maybe he had given up on a dream or been told no too many times and ended up giving up, but I refuse to allow that to happen to me. I think that people in any business have to have a thick skin and they also have to realize that you will fail at least once before everything falls into place.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

My history with reading

I've written a lot about my history with writing, but I don't think I've ever said anything about my love for reading. I've talked about certain books that I've read, but I believe everyone has a story behind why they love reading. My story actually started before I learned to read. My parents used to read me the Bernstein Bears at night before I went to sleep. I don't remember those stories much, but I do hope one day that I'll have a child of my own to share those stories with. As I got older I noticed that the other children at my school didn't like to read. Reading was something the teacher told us to do, not something to do for fun. I ended up falling in love with the TV show Ghost Writer and reading even though it wasn't cool. The town soon built a brand new library and I got a library card, which was a big deal for me since it was my first one. I remember spending a lot of my time devouring the Goosebumps series and I moved on to Fear Street when I was a little older (I can't wait for the movie). In high school I read Carrie, which lead me to have a love/hate relationship with Stephan King's books. I also started spending my lunches in the library to read (I read things like Speak and Smack). The school gave us a 15 minute silent reading period where I ended up reading a lot of books. As a young adult I started going into the Barnes and Noble chat room and I ended up meeting an author who was not yet published but was about to release her first book. She went on to become one of my favorite authors (I'm scared to say her name because of recent events, but she's an awesome person). She was the first author I ever really followed and I still follow her to this day. She introduced me to the urban fantasy and paranormal romance world, which became my go to genre for a good book. In 2015 my reading life took a hit that it hasn't quite recovered from. I had access to a big library and I would go every week, but I also had a boyfriend who couldn't bare for me to be in the other room. I don't want to talk much about that time in my life, but it wasn't great. I ended up giving up both reading and writing, which caused my work to suffer. I'm currently trying to get back into reading and considering doing writing prompts every day to start my day. I've found that I have problems finishing a book now. I have finished a handful of books lately, but it's nothing compared to the way I used to read. I used to finish at least one book a week and now I barely read past the first chapter. Anyway, I hope to bring myself back to the place I had been before with my reading.

Negative Reviews

Recently I wrote a post about someone using the hurricane to sell books. I also posted a negative review of that book, which I shouldn't have since I hadn't read the book. I admit that I was wrong by doing so, but I am not wrong for thinking it was insensitive to use the hurricane to promote the book. What was wrong with just saying something like: check out this cool book by my buddy? Recently, the author has made several posts firing up her fans and sending them in my direction. They have sent me insulting messages and comments (very few of which I have read, I mostly just delete them). I have responded to a few, the ones who did not leave insults. Her fans (mostly women in their fifties and sixties who don't seem to have jobs or things to do other than comment all day) started by leaving me comments bashing me for anything and everything they could. They moved on to visiting my other social media, my author page, my twitter, blog, etc. Recently they have started leaving negative reviews for my book, Zombie Bite (which is a horror and not an urban fantasy). One person out of all of those negative reviews read the book and said that there is a passage in the book where the main character talks about how she is reminded of driving through New Orleans after Katrina. The reader claims that she believes I used the hurricane to sell books. I never used the hurricane to sell a book, I simply gave the character a backstory. She had survived Katrina, which did not cause zombies to roam the earth. I'm sure there are tons of books that mention Katrina. Characters are like people and each person goes through different things. I will admit that I am not a fan of Zombie Bite, and was considering taking it down and maybe reworking it. I wrote that book, short story or whatever you want to call it when I was going through a rough time in my life and I don't think that it portrays my best work. I actually hadn't written for a long time when I started working on Zombie Bite again and I rushed it out. I needed something to do to busy myself at the time I wrote that and it was kind of my crutch. Zombie Bite helped me feel better, but I do regret releasing it. It wasn't ready and maybe it never would have been. I stopped working on Hair of The Wolf for that reason. I hadn't outlined it and I felt that it deserved better. I put some distance between myself and it but I will be going back to it. I'm almost ready to release The Fortune Teller's Gift, something I actually worked very hard on. I outlined and edited it. It's something I'm actually proud of, which I couldn't say for Zombie Bite. I have expressed my feelings about Zombie Bite in the past, and I'm still not sure what to do with it. I just don't want my future novels to get hatred because of something that was just a misunderstanding. I never wanted tons of comments and negative reviews, I never wanted people trying to ruin my future career. I have wanted to be a writer for as long as I could write and these people think it's okay to ruin that. I want to make it very clear that I have never bashed the author, the only thing I had an issue with was her promotion and the fact that she is sending her fans after me. I tend not to review things, unless I do not like them, but I will be making a point to write a few reviews today on books that I have truly enjoyed. I also want to note that most of these people probably wouldn't have picked up The Fortune Teller's Gift anyway.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Hurricane Irma is not your promotional tool

I am a self published author, which means that I have to find creative ways to market my content. I am currently struggling to find an audience, but that doesn't mean that I would use a natural disaster to sell my books. Today I was scrolling through my facebook feed and I happened to see a traditionally published author using the hurricane to promote their friend's work. I am disgusted. I am not sure if this person has ever gone through a hurricane, but upon looking at her page I saw that she was also claiming to be sending prayers Florida's way. In the past I lost everything in Katrina and I am scared to death that hurricane Irma will come here. I will have to give up my entire life again and lose almost everything again. I find it sickening to see someone using Irma as a way to promote a book. It's disgusting and I will never buy anything from that author again. I'm sorry for ranting, but I felt the need to get this off of my chest. I did not post this to cause drama and I certainly don't want the backlash to hurt my not yet started writing career, I just don't think it was right for someone to use a hurricane for promotional purposes.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

The Retail Client Handbook

Writing fiction is my goal in life, it's something I've wanted to do since I could hold a pencil, but right now I am working in commissioned retail sales. The place where I work doesn't provide client books or online tools to help us. I decided it would be best to create my own to bring in returning customers, but I knew that I couldn't be the only one who felt the need for this item, so I made a book that I think could help a lot of people with their sales and bringing in returning customers. You can purchase it by clicking here!

Monday, August 28, 2017

I've decided to partner with audible



I've decided that it would be a wise idea for me as an author to partner with audible. While my books are not featured on the site, I hope that one day they are. I think audible is a great tool for busy people and I will be checking it out myself (I really want to read Final Girls, but I'm short on time and money). Please click the banner above and get your two free audiobooks!


Also, if you don't have the kindle app for some reason:

Friday, August 25, 2017

Weekend Review: Netflix's Death Note [[SPOILERS]]

To say I’m a fan of Death Note may be an understatement (I’ve even named my dogs after two of the characters who are missing in the American adaptation). I’ve seen most of the Death Note media that I could find, so I feel like I’m in a good position to write this review. I wish I could say that I enjoyed this adaption, but I’m going to be joining the pretty much every other reviewer on the internet in hating it. I’ve read somewhere that this adaption of Death Note is supposed to focus more on the notebook and less on the characters so I will start there. The notebook is barely used. It is shown that there are a ton of rules, most of which don’t exist in the anime, but no one ever goes into detail about any of them. Light is shown reading the rules but he doesn’t bother to explain anything (even when he tells Mia that there are a lot of rules). In the anime there is a scene where Light explains that he wrote his own rules in the notebook to benefit him when the police obtained it, but nothing of that nature happened here. In fact, some of the original rules were ignored, like the cause of death not being written became ‘dealer’s choice’. There were entries from past owners, and the more I watched the more I wished that I was watching some of their stories instead. Now I will move on to the rest of what I had issues with. First, Light had to be forced to use the Death Note. Why was he given a Death Note in the first place? It was clear that he was only using it to please Mia. He also decided that he wanted to be called Kira, and that’s why he drew police attention. No one gave a second thought to his crimes before he used the name Kira. That’s another problem I had with the movie, no one figured things out the way they were supposed to. L seemed to figure out that Light was the killer after doing almost no research. The characters weren’t believable and did not behave in ways they should have, like L exposing himself to Light as soon as he met him, Mia got in a relationship with Light because he used to stare at her creepily when she was at cheerleader practice, etc. Ryuk may have only been on screen for a total of five minutes, which annoyed me. He told Light that he wasn’t like his dog, which was practically the only thing similar to the anime. Ryuk wasn’t Light’s friend, he wasn’t there to help him, and he was only along for the ride. This time he didn’t seem to have a notebook of his own and barely anything was explained about him. There was a scene where Light was looking at a book that had a picture of Ryuk, but he closed it without letting us learn anything about him. L was also a big problem for me. He acted more like an emotional breakdown than a character. He was always let his feelings guide him, even if it meant putting himself/his job in danger. He wasn’t the intelligent character for the anime, and it was hard to watch him eat candy. The movie basically ignored everything about Death Note and tried to make something similar to the Suicide Squad. The closest thing this resembles is the Death Note tv series, but even that isn’t close to what this mess is.