Category: Personal Experiences

The Devil’s in the Details

I have finished my first round of edits with Wendy (Yay!).  During the editing process I added enough stuff, moved enough stuff, and changed enough stuff that I am doing one full read through of the entire manuscript before I send it back to Wendy for round two. Now… I have to admit, that I’ve always wondered how storytellers could get details, sometimes just small ones, so … Read More The Devil’s in the Details

Writing a Book – How I Finally Finished One

As I mentioned in a previous post, I wrote my debut book, Blue Violet, two years ago.  It was the first time I’d finished a full book. I’d taken a whack at writing a book about ten times before. With Blue Violet I finally found the method that works best for me! In previous attempts, I tried to write in a linear fashion. In other words, I … Read More Writing a Book – How I Finally Finished One

Editing – Next Best Thing to Writing

A little history first… Blue Violet – this book that I am so diligently working to publish – I actually wrote about two years ago.  It practically flew onto the pages.  And then I hit the editing phase and… slowed…. wwwaaaayyyy…. doowwnnn. Let’s be honest, editing your own work sucks.  You’ve already been so deep into it that it’s hard to disconnect and really … Read More Editing – Next Best Thing to Writing

Surviving Self-Publishing with Delirious Optimism

Before I ever became a writer, I was (and continue to be) first and foremost a lover of stories.  I am a voracious consumer of stories in all their forms: books – from multiple genres, movies – from the silent era on up, history lectures – I minored in history, story time at the local library – don’t knock it, and even business analysis … Read More Surviving Self-Publishing with Delirious Optimism

Writing a Hella Good Book Description

I am working on a kick ass book description. It will be the first thing people read on Kindle when deciding if they want to buy the book or not.  I have to say that I’m struggling with this task a bit.  Here’s what’s making it tricky… The book, titled Blue Violet, is paranormal (with a little romance thrown in too).  Sort of X-men meets Twilight … Read More Writing a Hella Good Book Description

Social Media – An Author’s Best Friend? Or Worst Enemy?

Has anyone else born before about 1990 secretly questioned why so many college grads these days are offering up their services as social media consultants? Ha! Well I am finally starting to get it.  Here’s why… In writing my first book, I’ve decided to go the route of self-publishing through Amazon Kindle.  I’m only at the beginning of the process, and I’m starting to learn … Read More Social Media – An Author’s Best Friend? Or Worst Enemy?