Thursday, March 22, 2018

Publishing Goals

Now that I'm about to publish a new book, and an old book that wasn't ready at the time of release, I've been thinking about about my goals as an author. I have always had a love of writing, which started when I was a little girl and has helped me grow into a woman. I've always kept a journal (which I don't use as much as I used to), and I've always written. Most of my books are set in Louisiana because that's where I'm from and where I currently live. In reality, I would love to sell a million copies of each of my books. I would love to go on book tours, and I would love to meet fans and sign their books. I would love for them to tell me how much they related with my characters, or how a certain passage drew them in. That's my dream, but my goal is just to get my books out there. My goal is to take a chance; to honestly promote my books. Zombie Bite wasn't ready the first time that I unleashed it on the world and I knew that. I didn't promote it, other than a few twitter posts. I was letting my dream pass me by, and I don't plan to do that again. This time I knew I have to work hard and I have to sell my books and myself as an author. I've learned a lot from Zombie Bite, and a lot from the jobs I've worked. During the past few years I've found myself placed in commission based jobs. I know a lot of people don't like to earn commission, or work at a place that can't guarantee them a paycheck at the end of the week, but it was the best thing for me. I'm not saying that because I always earned a massive paycheck. There were some weeks and months when I failed, but I did learn more about building relationships. I honestly think that sometimes that's the most important part of the selling process. People have to take me seriously as an author before they'll spend money on my books. I plan to start by building relationships within my own local area. I'm going to pass out the old business cards that I still have (see, I've done an awful job), and then order new ones that are double sided with one of my book covers on the other side. I'm going to leave copies of my book at the local coffee shop. I have big plans, but this time I'm not going to rush my work.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Zombie Bite cast

When I originally released Zombie Bite I didn't do much to promote it. I made the mistake of not engaging the readers, so this time I decided to make a cast of characters who I think look like the characters (at least a little bit), or people that I could see filling the roles. You can check out the cast here. Also, it's perfectly fine if you picture the characters to look different, I just decided to do this for fun.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

I have decided that I do not like wix and it does not like me.

One of the first things that came up when I googled self publishing was that we need to bring an online presence. We need to be on social media and we also need to have websites. Today I decided to try and build a website using wix and I feel like I just wasted a big part of my day. The website would crop my picture, taking my name out of almost every cover photo that I posted. I think I just have to find another layout that may work better for me, or maybe just stick with blogging and update the look of my blog.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Zombie Bite's New Cover

I remember the place I was in when I launched Zombie Bite, and it wasn't a good one. I had pushed myself to work on the book so that I could get over an ex, but to be honest I pushed out junk. It was junk with potential, but that doesn't make it any less bad. I took Zombie Bite down, and I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it. I finally decided that I needed to fix it, which means editing the content. I also thought that I should get a new cover, because the old cover was very bad. Here's the new cover (I think it looks much better): 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

I'm not a fan of Bright, here's why

I know, this blog is a little late. It seems like everybody and their dog has posted a review about Bright. I wasn't going to watch it, but then I caved and watched it after seeing someone tweet about what a great Urban Fantasy it was. I write urban fantasy, so I found myself wanting to check it out. I watched about half of the movie before deciding that it wasn't for me. The biggest problem with the movie was good 'ol show vs. tell. What is show vs. tell? Imagine you're writing a book and your character is chewing grape bubblegum. You could say: Tina was chewing grape bubblegum. That would be telling instead of showing. You could also write: Tina leaned closer to me, her breath smelled sickeningly sweet. She puckered her lips, forming a purple bubble with her gum. I watched as the bubble doubled in size. "Yuck," Tina said, as she began pealing the sticky mess from her face. Bright doesn't show, it tells you things through the characters. I could see the potential in Bright, but sadly it didn't live up to all the hype. 

Monday, January 22, 2018

Book Review: Undead and Unwed (SPOILERS)

About a month ago I made a post on reddit asking for advice on what to read. I stated that I loved the Sookie Stackhouse novels and was looking for something along those lines. Someone suggested the Queen Betsy series, which starts with Undead and Unwed.

I loved the book at first, and thought that I would like it as much as the Sookie novels. I finally had the book 'candy' I'd been wanting. A quick and easy read that left me wanting more, but then I got a few more chapters in and realized that it probably wasn't for me. I don't mind when the first man the woman meets becomes the love interest. It's happened in a lot of paranormal romance books that I've read, but what I do find annoying is that a woman is so willing to forgive offensive behavior. Betsy watches Sinclair in 'action' and still goes on to say how attractive she finds him. Why would a woman willingly forgive behavior that she's repulsed by, or that she used to be repulsed by? Suddenly her standards lower because she's a vampire? I don't get it. I remember a time when my ex repulsed me so badly that I lost all attraction to him. Suddenly, the thought of him disgusted me, and I would think it would be the same for a character in a book. Anyway, I also thought the idea that the vampires had to have sex with the humans they fed on wasn't that great. I guess the author was trying to add their own spin on vampires, but I will admit that it was a spin that I didn't like. The Betsy character (I thought that I would love her), began to get on my nerves. She never waited to see what other people were trying to explain to her, and she seemed to live in the own little bubble on her head. The best friend, Jessica, also got on my nerves. She was allowed to be a racist and say racist things, but I'm not sure why. Why did the author think this was cool? It was actually the first thing about the book that got on my nerves. I remember thinking to myself that reading about Jessica was annoying, but for some reason I decided to keep reading. I would have found her a sympathetic character if not for her racists behavior. I'm not intending to trash the author with my review, in fact, I wanted to enjoy this book. I actually wanted to love this book, but I just couldn't. If anyone knows of any books like the Sookie Stackhouse books that they would like to suggest please comment down below. 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The problem with paranormal romance

I know what you're thinking, how can I have a problem with paranormal romance if I write it? Well, I don't have a problem with all paranormal romance, what I have problem with is when the MC still likes the male love interest after he does something that she would normally find repulsive. Usually she gets annoyed with the male character throwing his relationships with other women in her face, but the MC accepts it because he's hot. I'm sorry, but is he the only hot guy she's ever seen? Most people won't get into a relationship with someone who repulses them, mocks them, or does other things that annoy them. That's not how romance works, or not how most romance works anyway. I hadn't read anything for awhile, but I've been reading Undead and Unwed and I have a lot of thoughts about the book, but the thing that annoys me the most is the romance. I've seen this in other series (like when Clay bit Elena in Bitten, or when Bones pretty much kidnapped Cat in Halfway to the Grave). It's not that I don't enjoy those books, I just find it odd that the heroine would fall for a guy who did something like that to her.