Why "You should be writing " is an outdated meme.

  We've all seen the images. Some cool actor or character reminding us that we should get off our butts and write. To be writers we must, in fact, write, but to be a modern writer there is so much more to it than that.

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Whether you are a poet, blogger, novelist, or journalist there is much more to achieving success than meeting a daily word count. Here are a few of the things modern writers have to contend with.

 Website 

Most writers have to maintain a website, and unless you are rolling in Benjamins, you'll be building it yourself. This may come naturally to the blogger, but this was foreign territory to me. Thankfully there are numerous videos online to walk you through it, but it is very time consuming.

Social media

The rise and fall of the modern writer can happen in minutes on social media platforms. Everyday there seems to be a new social media site to which the hordes are flocking. There has been AIM, MySpace, Grindr, Facebook, AdultFriendFinder, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram, Tinder, Snapchat, Reddit, Tumblr, and I'm only kidding about a couple of those. Authors have destroyed their reputations with poorly worded posts or racy pictures. While is important to maintain visibility it's also important to maintain your personal dignity.

Connections 

 It's time time to dust off that Rolodex, and create some connections. You're going to need to know editors, graphic designers, publishers, beta readers, and most importantly consumers. It can be intimidating to dig through the internet for the services you need, but that's what most of us end up doing. Writer's conventions and workshops offer a first hand chance to meet these professionals and see what they have to offer. There are websites that try to make it easier like Freelancer.com. They are focused on being the link between writers and the services they need.

  Don't get me wrong. You should write, but even  God rested on the seventh day. It's important to nourish your soul, and maintain your personal support system. So, by all means read, write, and repeat, but don't forget to stop and smell the roses.

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April Goals

My goals in April were a little more extensive than my usual monthly writing goals. I'll list them, and then go over how I did.

  • Write 30,000 words
  • Sell 100 copies of Myths, Monsters, and Mary: Mary the Queen
  • Sell 200 copies of Myths, Monsters, and Mary: Turn the Paige
  • Have a kickass book launch

I only wrote 21,541 words this month. There are a lot of excuses I could make; births, deaths, hit and runs, and so on, but the fact is I just didn't do the writing. I'm aiming for 31,000 in May, and sending two books to the editor.

My book launch was amazing. We met, and exceeded, projected sales. Now I just have to keep up momentum. 

I've been using some new products to help with marketing. I'm working on a post that will better explain Ripl, Placeit, and Mail Chimp. If you know of any handy apps for writers, please, let me know.

Thanks!

A huge thanks to everyone that came out Saturday for the book launch. We sold a bunch of books, met a lot of people, and had a wonderful time celebrating the release of Turn the Paige.

Boat Town Brewing was a wonderful venue. The staff was helpful and courteous. They gave us great advice on picking our beverages. We sampled all of their brews. 

Spork Express had some yummy foods to try. I had the muffeleta, queso fries, and fried bread pudding bites. It was awesome! 

It was an incredible night, and I can't wait to debut my new book there in September.

Signing a book for a fan.

Turn the Paige to be released April 1st

Turn the Paige to be released April 1st

Paige Harper has traveled the world as the personal assistant to vampire Mary Stuart. Now, with a new baby and the knowledge that she carries vampire DNA, Paige and her partner, Noah, must return to America and try to bring their mortal and vampire worlds together. But the disappearance of Paige’s close friend leads her on a hunt that pits her against a powerful enemy and her own mortality.

Ratings & Rankings

My book is slowly (VERY slowly) creeping up the proverbial charts. It's risen more than 100,000 places in the Kindle store, and more than 200 points in the Travel Fiction section. Thank you for making this happen.

Book Information

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Being a writer in the new era.

I have been brainstorming ideas for achieving acknowledgement as a writer in the current environment of 6 second movies and 140 character memoirs. Whatever you do - don't Google what to do to become a successful writer. Not only do you feel more than a little dirty afterwards, but Facebook won't let you read 3 posts without trying to sell you something to "Get Famous as a Writer in Just 3 Minutes a Day." Write.png

I have been toying with the idea of doing a podfic. This is where you, or preferably a local voice actor, reads your book in easily digestible increments; sort of a cross between an audio book and Welcome to Night Vale. This has some significant pros and cons. The pros, of course, include growing an audience that would enjoy your writing and, hopefully, your book, and gaining the attention of a publisher or publishing house. Not being able to publish an already released book and the cost of all the microphones and the tech requirements needed to start are just a few of the significant cons of this plan.

Writing is my passion. I hope to some day see my books in the hands of some person on the street. That being said, the constant cycle of write, edit, rewrite, query, query, queryX3 is disheartening, and more than a little overwhelming. Because it is my passion, I'm not going to give up. There are only 75 days until NaNoWriMo. I met a lot of great writers, and made some good contacts through the FREE writing contest. I'm hoping to fast draft a book I've been cooking up over the Summer. NaNoWriMo was a little crazy last year. I was newly engaged, and working a lot. This year I am going to pace myself, and try to use my time effectively. I finished 50,000 in 14 days last time, but it about killed me.  Sometimes I have to remind myself  to continue writing like it's a matter of life or death, because it is.