Wednesday, June 20, 2012

New Title!

Hoping to pay a bit of homage to the old Nancy Drew style titles. Let me know what you think!

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

UPDATE: Sally Singletary

50,500 words!!!
Can I get it done by the end of June?
If you're interested in Beta reading, let me know. Looking for feedback.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

UPDATE: Sally Singletary

Progress Bar:


40,000 words and counting!!!

I'm on a roll! I wish I could write like this all the time!!!


Friday, June 8, 2012

UPDATE: Sally Singletary: Investigations

I became a writing machine today! Almost at 30,000 words in Sally Singletary! It's turning into a wild ride! I really need to find some critique buddies to read stuff as I'm working on it. I always wonder if the stuff I write is as exciting to others as it is for me to write it. I guess I should take a break and clean the house now.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

UPDATE: Sally Singletary: Investigations

UPDATE: Just finished 20,000 words of the first book of Sally Singletary!!! Got stuck today, but I think I broke through the block. I'm really focusing on my writings style with this book and my use of dialoge and thoughts with the characters. I read a book recently that I found to be quite confusing in the way the authoer delivered the dialoge and thoughts. I found it difficult to remember who was talking and thinking. I'm not exactly sure why this was the case because I was impressed with the way the author wrote with very few dialogue tags (something I've been focusing on myself), but I wonder if he went too far to avoid them. What are your thoughts on dialogue tags? I know most editors don't like to see them too often, but I find them necessary from time to time. Anyway, if you have thoughts on the subject, pleas share!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Self-Publishing Conundrum

Being a teacher and a writer is often difficult. Finding the time to write is a chore, especially during the school year. During the summer, however, I have more time to revel in the world of the written word. My goal this summer is to get some revisions done on my first set of books and finish Sally Singletary. I'm really excited about Sally Singletary and I hope that it will find a place on a bookshelf somewhere.

It was interesting being a part of the DFW Writer's Convention this year. Where last year the word e-books or self-publishing were looked at as taboos, it seems that things are changing with regards to self publishing. One of the observations that I've made is how many more people are trying. Are they being successful? I suppose that depends on your definition of success. I think plenty of self-pubbers are doing quite well with their works and have the benefit of others reading them, even if they aren't raking in the millions.

What is the goal of an author? Of course we all want to be able to make enough money on it to live on, but what is our true goal? I think many writers would agree they just want to see others enjoying their books. The world of publishing is a difficult place, more difficult than almost any other. Perhaps self-publishing can open a few new doors for authors. I've considered it. I'm not convinced of the best outlet for my work yet, but it is definitely something I'm considering more than ever before.

It takes a lot of resources to self-publish and don't think you can do it without them. I've seen many books go up on E-bay that lack the polish of a published novel, riddled with errors that only frustrate your readers. Take the time to carefully consider self-publishing and invest the money into your product. Editing is a MUST. Cover designers are a MUST. If you think you can make it without those things, you'll find your work sinking to the depths of the Amazon charts. This much I know for certain.

At the same time, don't be afraid of a challenge. The market is ripe for self-publishing if you have the time and energy to do it. More and more, big publishers are putting off marketing on you. If you're going to be putting the time into it anyway, why not benefit from the royalties. More and more people will be reading e-books in the coming years.

Just make sure yours is one they want to read.