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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Just My Opinion: Your Book Cover

The book cover is quite possibly one of the most important elements of your book, outside of the story itself. The phrase, "Never judge a book by it's cover." is a nice idea, however people judge books by their covers all the time. I'm just as guilty of it as anyone else. A great book cover will grab your potential readers attention and the cover could be what prompts them to pick it up.

The Title is just as important, because that's the next thing that people are going to read. Sometimes it's the first thing they read and then they see the book cover. They both go hand in hand with each other.

So I'm not going to be using my book covers on here because I think that would just be nepotism at it's worse, and really I think it would just be wrong for me to do so. I do suggest that you all look these books up and give them a look yourself. Also I'm not making any comment on how good or bad a book might be, I'm only giving my opinion of what I feel makes for a great book cover. There are big name authors that have some terrible book covers. So it isn't just us indies that this happens too.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Here's what I'm Reading This Week

Hey All! I thought I'd start doing a weekly post about what I'm reading for this week. All the links will be to Amazon, and just a heads up. I don't make anything off of it. I'm just sharing what's on my Kindle this week. However if you do want to support my writing please consider becoming a Patron on my Patreon page.

I'll be suggesting between 2 to 5 books. Depending on what I'm reading on a given week. This week I have 4 books for you, that I think you might find interesting.

If you are subscribed to my Newsletter Bit's and Pieces, you'll already know most of this info. As I shared some of it yesterday. However for those of you who aren't I'm going to be sharing some of books I'm reading and what I think of them so far.

First up, A little Zen!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

A Change of Venue

So I have been thinking about simplifying where I publish my different series. And after a lot of thought and consideration. I have decided that I am going to be movie The Lisa Goodwin Series to Patreon and I haven't decided yet if I will be moving TransPunzel over to Patreon. I think that streamlining where you can find my content will make it easier for you.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

The Stoneman (Part 1)

His eyes were unblinking for six centuries, he watched as history happened under his all seeing eyes. He watched people live their lives and then one day, he blinked. It surprised him. He blinked again, and then again. Then his stone heart started to beat, and his lungs began to breath. Then he spoke, his throat vibrated with air and a scream came out that shook the trees and the building he stood on. “Catherine!”, was the word that made it past his throat.

Within a few days he was able to move his arms, and then his legs. He almost fell off the ledge of the building where he had been placed. His mind had started to clear and memories were starting to come back. He remembered that his name was Thomas Fairplay, and he had been in love with a beautiful woman named Catherine. The year was 1536 and They were both from poor families and wanted to be more than just farmers. They had wanted a family but on the night before their wedding a witch came to Catherine and had made a deal. They would have all their dreams come true, but they would have to give her their first born child. It didn’t matter if it was male or female. They would have to sacrifice that child to her, on an altar of blood.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

The Almost Success

So I was reading the newsletter I get from
Caitlin Pyle in my email and I saw this picture in it. In the newsletter she was talking about her dog and using her puppy as an example for why it's important to have persistence in life. It got me to thinking about how and why persistence is so important in writing. Caitlin Pyle does a course on Proofreading as a career. I don't get anything from the link, I just wanted to share it because it is a really good course on Proofreading.

Too many times people get down about the fact they aren't turned into millionaire writers after their first book is published, or that the book they worked and slaved over for months, or even years wasn't the best seller they thought it should be right out of the gate. What most people don't know is that even the most successful writers had to work for years and through so many rejection letters to get where they are today. It's important to know that if you work hard, and put in the time you'll get the success you're looking for, although it won't be today, or maybe it will be today. Life has a funny way of making things workout for people.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Why My Writing is The Way It is?

So I thought I would talk about why my writing comes out the way it does. Sometimes is raw, and harsh, and very adult. Other times it isn't any of that, and it's safe to read in the light of day. I feel that when you're writing a story, it needs to have whatever room it needs to grow into what it is going to become, because only then can the core of the story come out into the light.

I'm a bit of a mix of story planner and what is referred to as a pantser. I do plan out my stories, it's a process that takes lots of work and time. However I'm also a bit of a write by the seat of my pants kind of writer. I enjoy being able to just sit down and write out a story. I did that with most of The Hunter. It's taken me awhile to learn what my process for writing a story is, and how I feel most comfortable doing it. So I have managed to find a happy medium between proper story planning and just sitting down and typing out two or three chapters at a time. See that's the fun of having ADHD and being a creative. There are times when I just hyperfocus on what I'm writing and before I know I've typed out ten pages and three hours have gone by.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Updates for November!

Hello! I know I've been really quiet and I know that I haven't been putting much out there content wise, but I have been working and I do have some updates for you! I'm going to start doing monthly progress updates that cover what's going on in my life as well as updates for books, series, and other writing that I'm doing.

First Please go and get a copy of CEA's Greatest Anthology Written over on Amazon! It has a short story featuring Lisa Goodwin that has a Christmas theme. Celenic Earth Publications is the one publishing it and it is a GUINNESS WORLD RECORD attempt at having the most authors in a single publication. There are over 100 stories in this book and it would well worth your time and money to get a copy of it. So please go get your copy today!

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