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Sunday, 20 July 2014

Getting on the road to writing success and building my own roadmap.

Right, so in my last post I said I would spend a little time talking about how I've gotten to the place I am now. USA Today Bestselling Full time writer. (And before any ones asks I won't be sharing my pen names, I have nothing to prove and what I share here is for you to take or leave as you see fit.)

Firstly, if you haven't read any of Dean Wesley Smith's blog then you're missing out. Some people get nothing at all from him, they consider his method flawed and well if you spend some time on some writer boards you'll quickly learn of the disdain these people have for him and what he does.

Personally I pity them. Not too much, I have no intention of wasting my time on people who have no interest in learning or viewing publishing from perspectives other than their own. And that's fine too, if you're narrow-minded and consider everyone who doesn't follow your 'one true way' to publishing, as an idiot then this is not the place for you.

I'd also like to point out that I'm not fanatical about anyone's method but my own. I will pick and chose what I can from every person I meet. The one thing I've discovered in this new world where self-publishing is growing stronger everyday, is that being as fluid as possible in ones approach is the only sure fire way to succeed.

I encourage everyone to read, test, and throw out whatever doesn't work for you. In the end the only thing that does matter is how you achieve the goals you set for yourself, whatever they may be. It doesn't matter what anyone else thinks.

Another great resource is the blog The Secret Story Lair, written by Tattooed Writer. If you want some great tips on serials, or writing in general then it's the place to go.

When I started out I spent a lot of time reading other writer's blogs. It wasn't until I was one hundred percent focused on what I wanted to achieve that I realised just randomly reading blogs wasn't helping. I began picking out the writer's who had careers I wanted to emulate and I read everything they had to offer on their publishing experience.

That's when I found Dean and his wife Kris and my journey kicked up a level.

I'll discuss a little more the next time on what I actually started doing, the good and the bad and how I discovered what worked for me.


Monday, 23 June 2014

How I live now… Writer!

Wow, its been a while since I updated this blog.

I've spent a lot of time mulling over whether or not I would even come back and ever update this place. I've changed a lot since I was last here, my life has changed since I was last here. I've achieved things I never thought I would.

I stopped writing under this name and to be perfectly honest it was probably one of the best decisions I've ever made. That's not to say I won't ever come back to it, I will. I have a sequel to The Violet Line in the works and I plan on taking what I know now and applying it to this name. What will happen when I do that, I don't know, most likely nothing and that's fine.

I have a quite a few pen names now and I make a full time living writing. A full time living means different things to different people, my income is the equivalent to the CEO of a very successful company. And that's how I view writing, it's a business, I am a business person. I'm not an 'artist', I don't want to be an artist because it won't put money in my bank account.

I will however say that I'm a storyteller, I'm a good storyteller but there's always room for improvement and I constantly strive to get better. The day I think I know it all where writing is concerned is the day I stop writing.

My one goal when I sit down to write a book is to entertain my audience. The reader and their experience is the only thing that matters. Many writers will tell you otherwise, they'll say story, or plot, or even the technical side of writing like grammar etc is the most important aspect and perhaps for them it is. That's the level they're at and I can't fault them for it.

It's not where I am.

When a reader picks up one of my books, I don't want them to be able to put it down. I want them to read cover to cover in one sitting, I want them up all night because they have to know what happens next to the character, I want them invested and I want the experience to be as real and as raw as possible. And that's what I constantly strive to give to my audience.

The point of this blog post, well it doesn't really have one other then to say where I am in my career. Over the next few posts I write, I'll go into some detail over what methods I used to get myself to the point of being a full time writer. It's a lot of hard work and a heck of a lot of letting your business head over rule your heart but it's worth it.

It's worth it for the emails I receive telling me how much they loved the book, or the characters. It's worth it for the messages that tell me I helped them through something difficult, that a book I wrote got them through a dark time. It's worth it for the connection I create each and every time someone opens one of my books and begins to read. And I wouldn't change it for the world.






Friday, 16 November 2012

Into the Spiral Cover Reveal

Today I'm doing a cover reveal for the lovely Erin Danzer. Her debut book "Into the Spiral" is due out November 23rd 2012, or if you're very lucky it might sneak out a few days earlier... The print editions will be available in December. So without further ado I give you the book blurb, a little about Erin herself and of course the all important gorgeous cover reveal!

Into the Spiral



Blurb:

Fifteen-year-old Veronica “Ronnie” Lambert wants to get out from under her older brother’s shadow. When Ronnie gets a tattoo and then is struck by lightning, she suddenly finds herself able to see and hear things in shadows that don’t appear to others. Then Ronnie meets Gavin Clearwater, the hot new guy in all of her classes and finds out he can see and hear the same things she can.

Gavin tells her about the Spiral Defenders, a group of warriors that travels through space and time to defend the planets of the Spiral. After meeting the Commander of the Spiral Defenders and realizing his intentions might not be pure, Ronnie struggles between following her destiny to become a Spiral Defender and trying to regain the life she had before being struck by lightning.



Erin Danzer wrote her first book at 10-years-old for a Young Authors competition, where she was awarded an Honorable Mention and discovered a passion for the written word. She’s written several novels and short stories since that spark ignited. She writes a monthly short story serial, The Cassandra Serafin Chronicles, posting alternately on her blog and in Literary Lunes bi-monthly online magazine. Into the Spiral is Erin's debut novel. Erin resides in Wisconsin with her husband, two children, and their cat.

Twitter: @erindanzer

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Writers... Just Get Over It!

Right, I know this post isn't going to make me very popular particularly with other writers but do you know what? I don't care anymore. I need to get this off my chest before my blood pressure goes through the roof.

I'm so tired of writers bitching and moaning about other writers. First it was 50 Shades of Grey. The new one now is the person who was lucky enough to get a 7 figure deal from their book Gabriel's Inferno I think it is called. And yeah I believe it started out life as a fan fiction. And do you know what else? I don't give a highlander! As far as I'm concerned and the only comment I have on it is Congrats and good luck. That's it.

Why other writers have their panties in such a bunch over this is beyond me? If they spent more time putting their nose to the grind and ignoring everything else they would feel a hell of a lot better. Why concern yourself with something you have no control over? The only thing you do have control over is your writing and your career. Seriously move on.

I've said this before and I'll say it again. I'm not trying to write great literature. I'm not trying to write a piece of art. All I want to do is entertain. the people I am most concerned about are my readers. If they are entertained and are getting exactly what they want then everything else is just gravy.

I am not jealous of anyone elses success. Why? Because I am most concerned about my own. I keep my head down, write books I hope people are entertained by and that is it.

I don't want to be remembered years after I die for writing something they then decide is special. No, what I write now is special because I have readers who want it and enjoy it.

Honestly, let it go. Some people succeed some don't. That is the way the world works now and it will continue to work this way. Whether you throw a hissy fit or not.

Now I'm going back to write some more.

Friday, 15 June 2012

Guest Post with Beth Ann and her Charity Anthology


Today on the blog I have a guest post by Beth Ann. She has just published a charity anthology with 30 authors from around the world. Enough from me, here's Beth Ann.

Life is precious, as I can personally attest to.  Exactly 28 years ago, I was diagnosed with a cardiac defect called Tetralogy Fallot, and was successfully operated on 16 months later.  To celebrate not only my life, but my talent for writing and publishing, I coordinated an anthology called Writings From the Heart: Stories and Poetry From Around the World.  30 authors contributed to this unique anthology.

Why is it unique you ask?  It is unique in that is has both, poetry and short stories.  I personally have never read anything like it.

It is also unique, in that all proceeds will go to the Cohen Children’s Medical Center of NY, which is a part of the North Shore/LIJ health system.  Cohen’s was formerly known as Schneider Children’s Hospital for those of you unaware of the name change.  The proceeds will go towards the pediatric cardiology adult program that was started by Dr. Scott Pilgrim, who happens to be my current cardiologist.

Why am I donating all the proceeds made there? Because I wanted to give back to the community that gave me a chance at life.  If I hadn’t been operated on so successfully, my future might not be so clear.  It is important to support those who take care of us, is it not?

Writings From the Heart: Stories and Poetry From Around the World, is currently available in paperback through Amazon, and in ebook from Kindle, Nook, and Smashwords for all other formats.

Thank you for having me on your blog today, Bilinda!

No probs Beth Ann, nice to have you.

For more information about the anthology, you may visit my blog at www.bahbammymusings.wordpress.com, and click on the category tab “Charity.”



Thanks for dropping by Beth and good luck with the anthology :)

Friday, 8 June 2012

Quarter of a century party with FREE BOOKS!

So on Sunday I shall officially be a quarter of a century old. Now don't all throw flowers at once ;) In honour of this mighty achievement of mine (staying alive is hard work when your body is determined to fall apart at every opportunity.) I'm setting my book The Need to free. This runs from Saturday the 9th of June to Monday the 11th of June. I would be so grateful if you could help me spread the word. I would hope this book can do quite well free and its my way of giving back to you guys :)

So please, please, please, help me spread the word. The Need is free 9th - 11th of June :) To remind you of The Need here is the cover and blurb.

A new paranormal romance novel from the author of The Violet Line.

Two soulmates on a collision course with fate.

Jon and Aisling are like any other young couple except for the powers they both possess. Jon's twenty-first birthday gave him abilities beyond his wildest imagination. With Aisling's birthday fast approaching and her powers increasing with each day, danger threatens their every move.

The Croi and the Hunters both need the soulmates but for very different reasons.

Against the odds can their love keep them together or will it follow the prophecy and lead only to destruction?

BONUS MATERIAL Includes Chapter One of "Devotion", the second book in the Immortal Beloved series.

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

What I'm reading

Lately I've been trying to catch up on some of my very neglected TBR pile. Currently I'm stuck in S.M Reine's book Death's Hand. It's amazing! I can't wait to pick up the rest of the series.



A Top 10 Rated Dark Fantasy Novel (based on Amazon reviews, February 2012)
 
Policing relations between Heaven, Hell, and Earth is messy and violent, but Elise Kavanagh and James Faulkner excelled at it--until coming across a job so brutal that even they couldn't stand to see one more dead body. Now they've been pretending to be normal for five years, leaving their horrific history a dark secret. Elise works in an office. James owns a business. None of their friends realize they used to be one of the world's best killing teams. 

After years of hiding, something stirs. Bodies are vanishing. Demons scurry in the shadows of the night. A child has been possessed. Some enemies aren't willing to let the secrets of the past stay dead...


Buy it here




I also picked up a great short story. Dual by J.C. Miller:


Blurb: Imagine you live in a world torn by war and poverty. A world fueled by hate and despair. Then imagine one day you find a portal to a parallel universe, one where your world could be filled with riches, love and safety. What would you do to make it yours? More importantly, what wouldn't you do to make it yours? 

Dual is the story of Betty, a woman who in one short day, will have to answer these questions. 

Dual is a short story and runs 5,787 words.

Buy it here




 The way the story is executed is excellent and I honestly cannot fault it. I love the ending and I'll be reading whatever else this author puts out. 

I've also picked up a few other books lately and I've been really disappointed in them. Awkward pacing, sentence structure etcetc. I'm not going to name the books. It's not my place to criticise other writers. All I will talk about is what I've found that I liked. I'm not saying that I don't have an opinion on certain things that were not to my taste. Of course I do. However, because I'm also a writer I'm not going to tear down someone elses work publicly. It is simply not my place and makes me look unprofessional as a writer. 

To sum up, Death's Hand, The Descent Series by S.M. Reine and Dual by J.C. Miller get two big thumbs up from me. I would urge those of you who haven't already to get yourself a copy immediately!