Oh The Holidays…

Christmas is almost here and I haven’t started shopping yet. Typically, I’m on top of my game but not this year. Writing has been put off to the side but I try to squeeze it in. Although, I feel like it’s not going anywhere right now.

It’s hard to get on the roller coaster of writing everyday. Even getting a thousand words seems like a dire chore that I’d rather set aside. Instead, I’ve been editing and going over some new stories in the works. There’s a novella I’d like to submit to a publisher and another novel I’m about half way finished with.

Aside from my writing world, we’re finally getting settled in the house and put up a Christmas tree! My future in laws didn’t want their big tree anymore, so I gladly took it. The holiday season is hectic and stressful, but I do like the beauty from the lights.

This year has had it’s challenges, but a lot of good has come from it. I’m very happy to be in my own place starting new memories. I hope to make many more.

I hope everyone is having a good holiday season! I better start my shopping now. 🙂

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Diving In

This week I self published my first book. This  was not something I took lightly and took me years to come to this. I finally came to a point I either needed to dive in or swim away. Even after my book was edited and the cover was made, I sat on this project for a few months.

I’ve tried going the traditional route to get published, and I still will. I have enough rejections to fill my bedroom to the ceiling. Don’t get me wrong, rejection sucks but it’s part of the process. I have gotten some feedback on my rejections which is helpful. It’s better than getting no response at all. Taking criticism is part of becoming a better writer.

I went into this journey as a learning one, and I hope to grow from it. Self publishing is not easy. There are very few that become an overnight success, and I’ve gone into this knowing I will get nothing back in return. I’ve had fun and am viewing it as working towards a goal.

It is nice to have a finished work under my belt. I have a few other projects I’m working on and hope to submit to some publishers soon. Is anyone else going through the same process? Tell me your experience with self publishing or going the traditional route.

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My NEW Writing Space

So much has changed the last few months, including buying my first house. Along with other excitement with owning a home, I finally have an office. I’ve never had a desk and most of my material has been written at a breakfast bar. Wow, things have changed.

There’s not much to it yet, just a desk and a chair. I hope to add a small bookshelf or some artwork. I really want to make this space mine.

I also hope this will enhance my writing and lead to less distractions. Writing in the kitchen was difficult, because I couldn’t tune out everything else I had to do. Once I’m in my office, I focus and get down to business.

I know my posts have been lacking lately. Since I’m finally settled I hope to add more content. Thanks for all the support! It doesn’t go unnoticed and it means a lot.

Let me know what’s in your office and helps you achieve your goals. If you have any decorating tips, let me know because I’m an oaf when it comes to that.

 

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New desk! Cat not included

My First Cover Reveal!

The title of this post is correct! I am revealing the cover for my debut novel, Never Settle. This is a contemporary romance set in New Orleans.  Sarah Hansen with Okay Creations accomplished the look I wanted and I couldn’t be happier.

I will release a blurb, sneak peeks and the release date soon.

Let me know what you think!

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Ready for Fall

Everywhere I look on social media are postings about fall. I’m sure ready for it. Plus right now we really need the rain in Washington. I’ve never been a fan of the heat and prefer the dreary days. Proof I’m a Washingtonian.

There is a lot I’d like to achieve in the next few months. I’m working on a novella that I plan to submit to a few publishers. It’s different and sort of out of my comfort zone, but I’m trying to expand as a writer. I wrote a different novel where I completed a rough draft but want to give it time to cool off.

I hope to get my manuscript back from my editor and see what the next step is. I’m guessing more rewrites and self editing. It’s a long process and harder than I thought.

Writing is my outlet for stress right now, every time I read the news there is something terrible going on. I can’t control the world, but I can control my stories. I’m just going to keep on writing.

On a side note, I really hope to get out of the house this weekend. I’m thinking a hike sounds refreshing right now.

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Where Do I Go From Here?

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve posted anything about my writing journey. To be honest, it’s come to a slow, painful crawl. It’s not that I don’t have material to write about. Finding time, energy and motivation can be difficult. I also have enough rejection slips to build a paper house out of. The voices tell me I’m not cut out to be a writer and I should quit right now. Then again, maybe the traditional route isn’t where my journey needs to go.

I’ve come to a point where I feel like taking a chance, since I have nothing to lose. Something in the works is I’m going to self publish a short story collection. This would motivate me to finish a project and say I’m an author. There’s a few other reasons I’m doing this, one being it is inexpensive for me to achieve. There is a title and a cover all picked out. Hell, the cover is already made. I’ve just been keeping it tucked away while I mull over what to do next.

There’s still a lot to learn about self publishing like formatting, uploading it to Amazon and so forth. I’m looking at this as something fun to do and prove I can do it.

So where do I go from here? I’m going to build my own path. Let me know your thoughts or if you’re in the same boat.

 

Trends

One problem with getting published is trends. What is popular? What are readers craving? There’s a lot of discussion if writers should follow trends or not. I can’t write something based off a trend. So if unicorns riding Segways becomes a must in stories, you won’t see me writing it.

It does makes sense why good stories get rejected. Maybe the topic was all the rage two years ago, but now the market is saturated, and everyone else is sick of it. It’s time to move on to something else.

I’ve found a good way to identify trends is reading Literary Agents requests when submitting books. This may not always be the case, but I wonder if it’s because they’re going off what readers want or what will become popular. There’s no way to predict what will be a best seller, but one can try to be proactive in that aspect.

Anyone else have input on this? What are your thoughts?

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