Category: Personal Experiences

Developing My Characters

My first reviews for Blue Violet have been coming in lately, and so far feedback frequently centers around my characters. Here are a few excerpts from reviews: “The characters are flawed enough not to be irritating, particularly Ellie, who is an ideal heroine – strong, stubborn and loving.” – Kirsty http://kvlovesbooks.blogspot.co.uk/ “I grew really attached to all the characters, and I love all of them.” … Read More Developing My Characters

Keeping the Plots Straight

As I work on book #2 of the Svatura series – Hyacinth – I am discovering how tricky it is to keep all the plots straight. Every series of books that I’ve considered to be great has usually incorporated multiple plot lines. There’s always the main plot line. But then there are several subplot lines that are introduced at various points throughout the books … Read More Keeping the Plots Straight

Writing the Second Book in a Series: Hyacinth

I started this blog well after I’d written my first draft of Blue Violet and had done several rounds of editing on my own. Consequently, my blogging for the process around that book was mostly on the professional editing, publishing, and now marketing phases. I didn’t get to blog about the process of writing the book itself. Now I find myself smack dab in the … Read More Writing the Second Book in a Series: Hyacinth

The Secret (Awesome) World of Indie Authors

As I continue the journey of self publishing my first book – Blue Violet – I have discovered an entire micro-community that I now find myself a part of – the world of indie authors. Other than the few indie books I stumbled on as a reader, I had no idea how wide and deep this community would stretch. Social media – in the form … Read More The Secret (Awesome) World of Indie Authors

Reaching More Readers: Book Review Blogs

Following up on my first post on this topic, I’d like to take a moment to focus on method #2 for ways to try to reach more readers: Submit Your Book to Book Review Blogs. I have to admit that I have been sucked into the world of book blogs. Through the Writer’s Cafe, a group I belong to on LinkedIn, I discovered Book Blogs, … Read More Reaching More Readers: Book Review Blogs

Reaching More Readers: Getting Started

Now that my debut novel, Blue Violet, is released, my primary goal for this book has shifted from writing/publishing to attracting readers. Based on blogs I’ve read, and my own personal feelings, most writers will tell you that their main objective is to reach readers (and give them a positive reading experience). The side-benefit of that goal is making enough money to sustain the habit. Whether that means just covering the expenses of editing … Read More Reaching More Readers: Getting Started

1st Book Published… Now What?

In case you can’t tell from my various posts, let me tell you that I am beyond thrilled to have my first book – Blue Violet – finally published. I wrote the first draft almost three years ago, and to have it available for readers, rather than just talking about how I want to publish a book, is almost surreal. It has been especially fun to have … Read More 1st Book Published… Now What?

In the Homestretch of Self Publishing – Part #2

Today is publishing day and I am wrapping up the last steps of getting my first book – Blue Violet – out there for purchase. If all goes as planned, tonight I will be announcing the book and watching the proverbial floodgates open on sales (or the trickle in sales of a first time / unknown author).  Which brings me to what I get … Read More In the Homestretch of Self Publishing – Part #2

In the Homestretch of Self Publishing – Part #1

As the title suggests, I am now in the homestretch of self publishing my first book – Blue Violet.  The biggest chunks of this process are done.  The book is written. All the major edits are applied. The book cover is designed.  And what I have left to do is a laundry list of final steps. What I’m finding to be the hardest part in these … Read More In the Homestretch of Self Publishing – Part #1

Social Media for a 1st Time Author

In one of my very first posts on this blog I talked about my initial foray into the use of social media as a self-marketing tool for a first time self publishing author.  I am now 6 weeks, 18 blog posts, 73 tweets, and multiple Facebook entries and Pinterest boards into the process.  I have to say that my social media experience so far has been interesting, entertaining, … Read More Social Media for a 1st Time Author