As many of you know, I’ve struggled with mental health issues off and on for YEARS. These mental health issues often cause large discrepancies between reality and my perceptions.
For example, I used to believe that my parents didn’t support my writing career. I can’t even begin to tell you all how wrong I was.
They’ve backed me with thousands of dollars in support, and they are the reason I’ve been able to afford partnering with Zimbell House Publishing for a second edition of Frost! I’m incredibly excited about this opportunity, and I owe it all to my parents.
I’m sure I’ll talk more about this in the future, but I just had to get the word out on this amazing news!
I’m designing some things here and there, mostly just for the fun of it. I thought this would be a fun and handy reminder for all my writer friends out there. Sometimes it sucks, but we occasionally have to kill our darlings to improve our craft.
I should have the first chapter of Flame done sometime soon so I can add it to the back of the book for Frost as a teaser for new readers who don’t know me/that it’s supposed to be a series.
I never realized just how much your creative energy is connected to your health until I got the infection I currently have. I want to write SO BADLY, but this brain fog seems to be insurmountable right now. 😦
So, tea and helping other authors via my PA and Proofreading businesses it is.
I just wanted to let you guys know that I’ve been making a LOT of notes for Flame, lately, and I can’t wait to get to work on the cover for it with my cover artist!
So, I’m still running the Author Promo Network and all its social media accounts by myself. If I ever get a personal assistant, that’s the first thing I’m going to bring them in the loop on. I want to provide more opportunities for authors to share their work.
Speaking of personal assistants…I’m doing that now, too! I’m working with several authors to make their lives a little easier. I’m also training a friend to do this PA business, in the event that my writing takes off and I no longer have time for my PA business. I’m not saying that will ever happen, but in case it does, I have a contingency plan so my clients are all taken care of, no matter what I’m doing.
I’m ALSO running a proofreading business. It takes me a bit longer to do that than I initially anticipated, but it’s very rewarding.
Right now, my writing is basically on hold until I pay some things off.
I listened to an awesome webinar yesterday, and it suggested that, even as an author, maybe don’t make your blog revolve 100% around your writing. It’s an interesting prospect, for sure!
On a random side note, I’m super in love with Bitmoji and may post occasional Bitmoji updates just for fun.
I already have a personal blog, so I’m not really sure how I might make changes here. I feel like maybe I should still keep this blog for writerly things, but maybe with more of my personal spin on it?
We’ll see. I’d love to hear what you think.
As you can probably tell, marketing is not my strength. I’m using tools like Crowdfire and Creator Collabs in an attempt to extend my reach and find new readers. Unfortunately, it has been a bit of a learning process, and I’ve annoyed some readers, friends, and family by flooding ALL MY FEEDS with dozens of marketing posts a day.
Fortunately, I’m learning how to better use these tools to achieve my goals without being annoying. I’m adjusting my usage of these tools, so you can look forward to a less flooded feed.
No matter what I do with my marketing, everything kind of feels like a catch-22. I know I need to be producing new, fresh content to share with y’all, but I have been too exhausted to do much of anything. I’ve been dragging. I’m going to continue to use Crowdfire and CreatorCollabs for marketing purposes, but they probably won’t do all that well until I find the time, energy, and mental fortitude to start putting out new content for y’all again.
Welcome to my Murphy Family Mysteries series, guys! I’ve been working on my first draft of Murphy’s Law of the Jungle (Murphy Family Mysteries, Book 1) for NaNoWriMo 2017. I don’t think I’m going to hit 50,000 words by November 30, but I’ll be finishing the draft this December.
Any readers who choose to support Murphy’s Law of the Jungle via pre-orders on Inkshares are going to get unprecedented access to my draft via Google Docs. You’ll even have the ability to leave comments. You’ll get to see this story’s development from beginning to end. If we make our goal(s), you’ll even get to see how professional editors influence and improve the manuscript!
Additionally, if we make the 750 pre-orders goal, I will be doing a special giveaway of some Murphy Family Mysteries gear, and the winner will have the opportunity to choose the names for both the victim and the big bad in the next book in the series!
People who support my writing will also receive occasional pictures of my adorable baby boy, River, because he’s my reason for everything!
I know a lot of people don’t think giving practical gifts is cool or fun, but I would love the occasional practical gift. As an author, I’d love gift cards/codes for Writer’s Digest Shop. I think having money to go toward a proofreading service or a manuscript critique service from them would be an AWESOME gift!
Check out all the cool gift options for the writer in your life at: WritersDigestShop.com.
So, you guys know I’m a relatively new mom. My amazing baby, River, will be 7 months old in December. I’m taking a chance on Income Doze to try to earn a little extra Christmas money. I get $5 for every click, and $10 for every person who signs up via my link. The best thing about it is it doesn’t COST anything, not for me and not for the people being generous enough to click my link. I may put my link over in the sidebar, and we can use it kind of like a tip jar. If you find one of my posts helpful, you can click the link and tip me $5 at no cost to you! Just a thought, guys. Happy Thanksgiving!