Writer Wednesday: It’s Time To Talk About NaNoWriMo #writerwednesday #amwriting #NaNoWriMo

Here we are on the last day of August, with summer winding down and the kids returning to school. Right now I’m looking ahead to November, specifically NaNoWriMo.

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I’ve written about NaNo before, but here’s a description in a nutshell: You write a first draft of a novel (50,000 words, which breaks down to 1,667 words per day) in 30 days, during the month of November. Hence, National Novel Writing Month = NaNoWriMo. Sounds daunting, right? Actually, it’s totally doable, and I should know. I’ve been participating in NaNo for years, and I always make my word count. My personal best is 66k in 19 days, but there were a few extenuating circumstances there: I didn’t pay my cable bill, and I had no internet for half the month. It was a wonder Facebook survived without me.

Lesson the first: reducing/eliminating distractions has a positive effect on word count.

The other tip I can’t stress enough is getting all of your pre-work out of the way before November 1. What is pre-work? Well, your outline, for one. Also, if your story concept needs any sort of research–be it places, dates, obscure languages–do it now. when November 1 hits you want to hit the ground running, not get bogged down reading semi-factual Wikipedia pages.

Lesson the second: research now, write like the dickens later.

Something else I do to keep me on track is engage a NaNo buddy. Your buddy can help you by critiquing plot points, helping you out when the story hits a rough patch, or just by commiserating and sheering you on. My NaNo buddy this year is Barry *waves* and we’ve already had a few chat sessions to talk about our projects. He’s working on a horror novel with a fricken’ AWESOME concept, and I’m going to cobble together a retelling of Medusa and other Greek myths. Which means that our projects will never, ever be in competition for the same venue. Side benefit!

Lesson the third: get a support group/person/houseplant. There’s no need to go it alone!

Writing 50,000 words in 30 days is tough, but any serious writer can make this goal. If you feel like you need a challenge to get yourself back on track, or just want to revel in writing something new, I say give NaNo a go. You might surprise yourself.

afe12-frontOh, and that 66k I wrote in 19 days? It’s a real book – Changing Teams! Check it out here!

 

See that, if I can win NaNo, and get the resulting project published, you can too 🙂

 

Are you planning on participating in NaNoWriMo this year? Tell me in the comments!

 

 

Copper Veins (Copper Legacy) Jennifer Allis Provost

Jeannie Zelos Book Reviews

Copper Veins (Copper Legacy) Jennifer Allis Provost

Copper Veins (Copper Legacy) by [Provost, Jennifer Allis]

Genre:  Romance, Sci-fi and Fantasy

Well, its seems aaggges since I read books one and two, but this is one of those stories that’s so unique that its not difficult to recall the gist of the story, and the fine tuning comes as the book proceeds.
Sometimes when I’ve had a huge gap like this I find it easy to confuse with other stories, but this one – there’s no way that happens!

So finally Sara and Micah are married. There are times when they seem a really disparate couple, just don’t feel like a couple in love on Sara’s part, but then again as we’re reminded in the story, its only been a short while and they know so little of each other.
That doesn’t bother Micah, but Sara’s dad, who isn’t keen on Micah and their marriage, fosters little seeds of doubt to…

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The Virgin Queen

A Kiss At Midnight Reviews

Not long ago, we were afraid of Elves, Demons, and Faeries when we read Heir to the Sun by Jennifer Allis Provost. Now we are back with the review of her second book, The Virgin Queen. This is going to be a little shorter because I don’t want to give too much away in case you consider reading the first book. Possible spoilers.

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Heat: ♥♥♥

Genre: Fantasy

Overall Rating 5/6 Glass Slippers

The book takes place when Asherah has been the queen for eight centuries. This is of course due to the fact that the demon Mersgoth, the long thought dead creature, attacks again. So Asherah does what she does best and goes out to fight for her kingdom. She is just missing one thing that she had last time, her friend Harek is no longer on her side.

He has decided to team with with the dark Fae to…

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Writer Wednesday – Always Spring For The Good Shirts #AmWriting #Marketing #Promo #WednesdayWisdom

Today we’re going to talk about something that’s just as important to successful writers as proper grammar and strong characterization: making a good first impression. This can be done in many ways, and several of them have nothing to do with the actual quality of your writing.

Now, don’t for a moment think that I’m suggesting your writing should be anything but top notch, and polished until it’s and perfect as you can get it. But let’s face it, the writing isn’t always the first impression someone has of an author. There are many other ways to make contact with new readers, either via a website, social media, personal appearances, or swag.

Yes, swag matters. A lot.

Let me tell you about my husband. He’s a rock star (locally, anyway) which means that we have an abundance of band t-shirts in our house. You know the shirts I’m talking about – they start out black with vibrant designs silk screened onto them. After a few washes, the fabric  fades and possibly pills, and the design cracks and flakes off.

Whenever that happens, you know the band settled for the cheap shirts.

What difference does this make? Well, out of sight out of mind, for one; the main purpose of swag is so people have a handy little reminder of who you are, and what you do. And if your swag disintegrates or looks sub-par after regular use or wear, that doesn’t leave the best impression.

Sometimes we hit the nail on the head, and get swag that is both well designed and long-lasting.  I worked at a liquor store over ten years ago, and one of the sales representatives gave me a Magic Hat shirt. I’ve been wearing that shirt almost weekly since then, and while the design is faded it’s still legible. Even better, the fabric hasn’t shrunk or thinned out to nothing. In short, Magic Hat sprung for the good shirts.

What does this mean for us authors? First and foremost, swag should be well designed. If you know your way around graphic design programs there’s nothing wrong with designing things yourself. There’s also nothing wrong with hiring someone who knows what they’re doing—remember, you can reuse the same designs again and again, so consider that in your cost benefit analysis. As for printing, if you don’t have a nearby print shop a quick internet search will reveal a plethora of online retailers.

Don’t be the author with the home-printed bookmarks and crooked logo. Trust me on this.

By being choosy about our swag—and making it as professional-looking as possible—you strengthen your brand and appeal to a wider audience. There are all sorts of articles out there advising authors how to strengthen their brand, and professional, well-designed swag is an easy way to stand out from the crowd.

What do you think about swag? Love it, hate it, or collect it? Tell me in the comments below!

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Shhhh… Listen! I have a major announcement! @Bellatrix_Press @Parthalan @KendryBird #Announcement #Publishing #DarkFantasy #BellatrixPress #AmWriting

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Author April L Wood

Welcome all!

I mentioned on Facebook that I have something MAJOR brewing in my cauldron. I am so excited to share the news!

I have parted ways (on good terms) with my former publisher and have resigned my book series, Season of the Witch, with Bellatrix Press – an imprint of Prince and Pauper Publishing. Bellatrix Press brings magical stories into your world, one book at a time.

Bellatrix is known for their dark fantasy and horror – Season of the Witch the book series will fit right in!

So, of course this means I will have a new book cover – which is brewing as we speak. But, I can share with you a tiny sneak peek of the corner!

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The artwork on my cover was created by FairyTale Design and will be designed by my dear friend, Author Jacqueline E Smith! I can’t wait…

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Cover reveal – THE UNLOVE SPELL by Kendra L. Saunders @kendrybird @bellatrixpress #coverlove

The Unlove Spell by Kendra L. Saunders

Release Date: December 12, 2016

Publisher: Bellatrix Press

Genre: Romance

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Magic has certain rules. You can’t really make someone fall in love with you, but you can prevent them from falling in love with anyone else… that is, if you’re any good with magic in the first place.

The Unlove Spell is the story of Marling Ellis, a young witch who accidentally places a spell on herself to prevent her heart from ever belonging to anyone but Viktor Arson, the sexy, aristocratic Russian writer she shared a passionate, but brief, fling with. Marling’s spent the five years since their fling alone, occupying her personal time with the internet and hot chocolate. Viktor, a fae prince, has gone on to become a world-famous writer. He can also still make a killer good cup of coffee (even from lame coffee beans) and wear the hell out of some leather pants. Marling finds herself caught up in a plot by one of her former magic teachers and ends up in Russia, hunting Viktor down and trying to figure out if she really loves him, or if her feelings are just a product of the unlove spell.

 

 

ABOUT KENDRA L. SAUNDERS:
13226656_10154158401761411_1721454958348533748_nKendra L. Saunders is a time-and-space traveling fashionista author who writes books about magical, dark-haired men, interviews famous people, and suggests way too many bands to you via whatever social media platform she can get her hands on. She writes with good humor because humor is the best weapon for a girl who can’t learn karate (or ballroom dancing).

She is the author of DATING AN ALIEN POP STAR, the magic realism novel INANIMATE OBJECTS, dark comedy DEATH AND MR. RIGHT, the upcoming romance THE UNLOVE SPELL, and has conducted interviews with NYT Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout, goth rocker Aurelio Voltaire, and Project Runway winners Dmitry Sholokhov and Michelle Lesniak Franklin among many, many others. www.kendralsaunders.com / @kendrybird /http://kendrybird.blogspot.com/

AWRW Book Review: Copper Veins (Copper Legacy III) by Author Jennifer Allis Provost @Parthalan

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A Well Read Woman Blog

Sacopperveinsbook3ra’s pretty sure her life is perfect.

Not only are she and Micah finally married, her father, who’d been missing since the Magic Wars, has been found. Actually, he just strode up to the manor’s front door, but whatever. Sara knows better than to look a gift horse in the mouth.

But Baudoin Corbeau isn’t content to return to family life. He’s decided that he will be the force of change in the Mundane world, and lead the Elemental resistance to victory with his children at his side. What’s worse, Baudoin doesn’t approve of Sara’s marriage, and makes every attempt to separate her from Micah.

After a visit to the Mundane realm leaves Sara, Max and Sadie imprisoned by the Peacekeepers, Sara’s doubts creep to the surface. Is her father right? Does she belong in the Mundane realm, not the Otherworld? Is Micah really the right man—make that elf—for…

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