Monday, October 17, 2016

Status Check #writerslife #survey

I'm taking another survey - Here are a few questions for you!
  1. Are you doing NaNoWriMo next month?
  2. Are you entering a story for the IWSG Anthology Contest?
  3. How long is your TBR list?
  4. What makes you buy a book by a new, unknown author?
  5. What book format do you prefer the most? Print - Ebook - Audio
  6. What phase of writing are you in right now? (give as many details as you like!)
    • New Story Draft
    • Edits
    • Polishing
    • Querying
    • Marketing
Here are my answers:
  1. I'm not doing Nano, though I would like to.
  2. I'm trying very hard to find time to enter the IWSG Anthology Contest - story is shouting at me, just need time to write it!
  3. My TBR list is long, many books started and no time to read them!
  4. Cover catches my eye and the blurb is different than other stories - unpredictable and full of voice!
  5. I am starting to lean toward ebook for convenience, but print will always be my first love!
  6. I have one in Edits/Polishing and one in Draft, and of course there's always Marketing!
And I leave you with a fun pic of Julie Flanders and me at Operation Pumpkin's Bookfest. The first night was a nightmare, but the next day blew it away making the whole event a huge success!


Hope you all are having a fantastic October!
Last question - are you dressing up for Halloween? If so, what?

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Are you ready for some READING?!

Insecure Writer Support Group Question of the Month: When do you know your story is ready?

I used to wonder about that and asked myself and others the same question. Now I know. So here are some answers you might relate to:

1) When you've read it so much you can't stand it anymore.

2) When you read it and it flows so well, you forget you're supposed to be polishing it!

3) When the deadline rears its ugly head.

4) When your beta reader/CP/editor says it is.

5) When you start nit-picking and second-guessing.

6) When you're ready to start the next one.

7) When you catch yourself telling a non-writer friend it's done.

8) When you realize it will never be perfect -- you will always find a flaw if you keep looking.

9) When your characters stop speaking to you.

10) You just know.


And don't forget to whip up a story for the next Insecure Writers Support Group anthology contest. I've got a good story and I'm trying again! If I can squeeze in some writing time!

I also wanted to share a couple of pics from this past weekend. Had a lovely time at the Sci Fi Central con for kids at the Science Central children's museum in Fort Wayne, Indiana. It was especially awesome to meet my long time friend, Christine Rains in person! And her cute family =) Yay!




Had fun, met some nice people, and sold a few books! Got another one coming up this weekend. Nice and close to where I live in Ohio. And I'll be doing a solo talk about Anti-Princesses - It's not about the tiara!

I'd love to meet you at an event - tell me where you'll be!

Happy October!

ps - did anyone else lose their blog list?? I had to redo my top tabs too - something fishy going on in blogosphere...