Month: March 2014

Where I’m at Wednesday March 26, 2014

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Traveling can be so exhilarating to brighten the senses. Across country, hopping on a bus, or walking to the nearest park, whatever method you can use to see NEW things.
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In my travels, I confirmed an idea that has been rolling around in my head for some time. Sandstone is sedimentary rock and an amazing spectacle.
These were some pictures I took recently.

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In chapter 20 sandstone plays an important part. I try to describe the details the best I can; however, it’s a lot like pictures–they never do reality justice.

(pictures: Arizona, and El Malpais National Monument New Mexico)

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Deadlines

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Where I’m at Wednesday March 19, 2014

Getting back into the swing of things

I am officially writing The Omphalos of Delphi again. It has not been easy going from the anxiety of editing to calm, creative story building. But now, I have a fresh mind. Sometimes it helps to step away for a short while. I can clear my head, or come up with different scenarios during intermission. Hopefully, it won’t take long completing The Omphalos. Then I’ll have to reread and edit it before the manuscript goes to the editor. It is suppose to be released sometime this fall.

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DEADLINES

Deadlines SUCK [period] There is nothing that gets your blood flowing more than closing-in on a deadline, and you’re no where near completion. I hate the long hours, the mind-boggling stress, and amount of concentration a project entails; however, I do enjoy having a deadline. When I have an exact timeframe, it persuades me to work harder and faster. I’ll admit that I procrastinate a lot, but it ignites a fire under my seat. So, try not to look at deadlines as a dreadful task. Let the deadline bring out the best in you.
Take care

Wednesday March 12, 2014

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Yay!! I finished my edits. The manuscript is on its way to the editor. It’s a remarkable feeling to finish a project. A sense of accomplishment washes over you.
Soon, I will be returning to The Omphalos of Delphi. But for now, I need a break! In one night, I worked 17 hours nonstop. I literary oozed into bed during the early morning hours . Flipping my eyes across pages left me dazed and exhausted. I am glad it’s over.
Rewrites are necessary. You can’t leave everything for the editor to fix. They will hate you! Try cleaning up the grammar errors, spelling, and content. I usually read each chapter out loud. James Patterson remarked that he read to his dogs. Hearing it read helps the “flow” of the story. If you are sick of it, like me, have another person read it to you. In their voice, your project takes on another personality.

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Editing, we all hate it, but it must be done!
Take care, my friends.

Marketing Part II

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More of the M word

. . . not murder, marketing!

Last week, I mentioned social media by creating an author’s page via:  Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Goodreads, etc, etc, etc. I hope you have done that already? If not, do it now! At least, set-up Facebook & Twitter author’s pages.

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How to build an author

First of all, the majority of construction begins within YOU.
One of the hardest transitions for me was stepping out of “writer” and into the role of “author”.  I felt my little hobby wasn’t worth mentioning. I didn’t declare it until the publish date was set on The Sphere of Archimedes. I blurted-out to a stranger “I’m an author”, and felt stupid afterword. But, I knew in my heart it IS my new identity.
If your writing is more than a hobby, then it’s time to be serious and embrace you—the author.  Okay, you never went to college, and got a degree in English Lit. So? I’m sure that’s one of many excuses you’ve concocted in your head. Believe in yourself.

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Once you’re confident, you will need to build-up that new persona. Start by ordering business cards, creating an email address, designing a webpage. It helps show people that you’re serious about writing.
Write a professional biography in 3rd person. It sounds a bit daunting to some, especially if your life isn’t filled with too much excitement. Try your best. Or hire someone else to do it for you.
Get a professional headshot photo taken. This was and still is the hardest thing for me; I’m just not a photogenic person.
Now, you must prove to the world that you—the author—can write. Start a blog. Or, if blogging isn’t your forte write short stories, articles for magazines or newspapers. There are a million ways to establish an audience.
If you have written a book, then there are things to prepare for. Writing a blurb (back cover synopsis) for your book and/or elevator pitch. Trust me, people come up to me all the time and say: “So, what’s your book about?” It sounds easy enough to blurt-out all the intricate details of the book; however, try doing it without losing a person’s attention takes practice. I’m serious! Watch their eyes; it gives them away all the time. Memorize an elevator pitch (usually two minutes) that sounds exciting but does not give away too much information. You want people to read your book. Don’t tell key parts of how your hero saved the day. Leave them guessing, enthralled, and needing to know “what happens next?”.
If your book is about to be published, check into getting a press release or having book launch. Through personal experience, my book launch was very successful. It’s like throwing a party, and everybody and their brother is invited.
Try getting feedback from friends or family members on reputable sites: Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes & Noble. I’m all for bribes. Hahaha!
After all that has been said and done, escape the computer and speak at writer’s conferences. You can engage fellow writers and grow potential readers.
Keep writing because the more you put out—the more of an audience you’ll build.
Good luck!
Take care, my friends.