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Decisions, Decisions

Hey there 135 followers,

So, I can’t honestly be the only one who has a million and one ideas swimming around in my head. I like to think of it as the curse of the creative mind. When I start working on one story, I immediately want to stop and start working on something else.

I’ve been doing this for years now and I have yet to master concentrating on just one task.

How the hell did I finish writing my first book?

There has to be a way to get my mind to focus.

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Until next time…

Indie Authors Supporting Indie Authors

Hey there 134 followers (love watching that number go up),

This weeks post is about getting the support of fellow indie authors and I’m about to rant.

  
Is supporting other indie Authors even a thing?

When I first made the decision to self publish, I was being very naive. I didn’t do a whole lot of research. I just knew that I had a story to tell and I didn’t want to go through the whole rejection process that typically goes along with traditional publishing. Little did I know self publishing is HUGE.

I didn’t realize the “competition” in the indie author field was so large. I got a rude awakening when I joined several Facebook groups and was suddenly hit with thousands of indie authors trying to promote their work.

The thing that stuck out to me the most was everyone’s lack of support for one another. I purchased several books from these groups because a) I love reading and b) I love supporting people trying to reach their goals and make their dreams come true. I thought that was the point of these groups but I feel like I was wrong.

Yes, we’re doing all of these follow for follow on social media but is that enough? Are we in such a dog eat dog world that we have no time or care to help a brother or sister out?

I feel like we are so focused on getting our work out there that we’re ignoring the opportunity that is in front of us. Giving it the support that you want in return. I mean, we’ve got o stick together and if you can’t afford to buy up a bunch of indie books, how about trying a read for a read? Offer your book to an author for free in exchange for an honest review and return you will do the same for them.

Authors, especially indie authors, make their bread and butter off of reviews. Who cares if you just gave your book away for free? If it helps you in the long run, isn’t it worth it?

I don’t regret supporting other authors, even if the favor wasn’t returned. I just think as a community we need to do a little better.

Okay, that’s all I had this week. If you are interested in actually supporting your fellow indie authors join my Facebook group. Click the image below if you would like to become a VIP Lovebug and get everything first. Be sure to check out the books below for a good read in honor of National Book Day.

Until next time… Keep Calm and Journey On 💜

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Getting Friends and Family Support

Hey 133 Followers,

This week I want to talk about the role friends and family play in your success.

Anyone who knows me knows that I’ve wanted nothing else but to be in the entertainment industry. My first passion is acting and it has been since I was three years old. Writing was a happy accident at the age of fourteen and I hope to one day produce and direct.

Everyone knows this. Everyone supports this. With words.

There are tons of, “I’m going to purchase your book/movie when you put it out”, “you’re going to be big”, “I will support you in any way I can.” That is until you actually ask for that support.

This is something I’m experiencing at the moment. This is not a negative towards the few that purchased my first book. I truly appreciate the support. This is more about the wide lack of support.

It’s no secret that I quit my job to pursue writing full-time (plus the job was sucking the life out of me) and when I did, I thought of ways to supplement my income until I started making income from my writing. One of the ways was creating fun t-shirts on teespring. The other was starting a Gofundme account. I felt weird about the latter, like I quit my job and then ask for donations? It’s safe to say that page did not last long (although several people do it). I then discovered a platform that made me feel less scavie. Patreon. It’s dedicated to helping artistic types fund their careers. How great is that? So, I created an account.

They tell you to share your Patreon account on your personal Facebook page. That your first patrons should generate from family and friends.

So… What does it mean when your friends and family doesn’t become a patron?

I had this sinking feeling that if I can’t even get my F&F to pledge $1 towards my career endeavors, how do I get complete strangers to do it?

Then there’s the feeling of maybe no one really believes in you.

It’s an awful feeling but it’s what floats to the surface. I mean, it’s a dollar. I couldn’t even get one dollar from ONE person. No wonder no one else will do it, my own mama won’t.

These thoughts and feelings are not good for my depression. My anxiety flares up. I feel like I’m standing in quick sand sinking fast.

So, I had to realize something. Your family and friends do not determine your worth. If you sit and wait for them to acknowledge you, you will be waiting forever and completely missed out on making your dreams come true.

This is a sad realization but a necessary one.

You have to go out there and fight for what you believe is yours. For me, it’s my place in the entertainment industry. When at first my feelings would be hurt, now I am more determined.

I hope this courage so anyone in a similar situation. It’s very unlikely that anyone will even read this because no one reads my posts. If you do happen to read this and would like to become a patron, click the image below.

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Until the next time…

  

Cover Wars #2

Hey 133 followers,

So, about a year ago, or so, I was thinking about changing my book cover and I brought some options to you guys and you voted and gave me your option. Well, I need you again.

I am about a little over half way through with my first draft to the second book in The Five Sisters series. Of course, I can’t shut my brain off and I’m already thinking about the cover. What I think is so fabulous about self publishing is I can change my book cover as often as I want (not recommended but hey) I want to get it right and unfortunately I have not had the best of luck with getting ANY help when it comes to my book that includes but is not limited to, editing, cover design, beta reading and street teams. I am literally all alone in this. Which means that designing my cover has fallen on my shoulders and my shoulders alone. It has been very difficult getting the idea I have in my mind out in the world.

With that being said, I want to finally nail down what the covers for this series will look like in time for the release of the second book (which is not for awhile).

That’s where you guys come in. I created a couple of new options to go along with the already existing designs that I created. I’m looking for your votes and honest opinions, and hey if you know of a good cover designer who won’t break the back (unemployed remember) and who won’t flake on me, then drop their info in the comments.

Now, I will give you each of the covers along with what I was thinking when I thought it up. Remember: VOTE, VOTE, VOTE. Thanksss. P.S. Click on each image if you need a closer view.

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This cover was done moments before the release. The thought was to show the sisters over the background of NYC where the sisters live and a wiccan symbol to show that it is a paranormal.

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This cover was done with the idea of showing one of the sisters (the woman that the first book centers around). The light symbolizes the Power.

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Again each book centers around one of the sisters. This cover was done to represent the power of that sister and the symbol as well.

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Each sister has a unique eye color. I wanted to show that which each cover displaying a different one to represent the sister in question. Side note: the color of their eyes is basically a separate character.

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Something simple. Five girls and possibly a wiccan like symbol.

Okay, there you have it. You guys have no idea how much I want to share with you which cover I absolutely love but I don’t my bias to affect your decisions. The last two photos have images that have not been purchased. So if you see a stamp there, I am aware. I am not going to purchase anything until I have settled on my cover theme. Won’t make that mistake again.

I can’t wait to hear from you guys.

Today’s Freebie:

Paranormal Writing: TFS (Part 1)

Hello there 131 followers,

Hehehe. I get excited when I learn I have new followers. Welcome to my new followers. I hope everyone had a great Fourth of July. I wasn’t going to post this week, holiday and all, but I thought I have to give my new followers something for following. So, why not a post?

My second book has been postponed until further notice. I hate making this announcement. Damn book has been postponed like two times already, but financial reasons has caused this postponement.

Other than that I am working on my third book, although it has changed a bit.

At first I want to write a novella for my first series. If you haven’t read book one (shame on you) it is a paranormal drama about five sisters who discover that they are witches (in a nutshell) hence the name The Five Sisters. I want the novella to be centered around the family history but for some reason I couldn’t write it. I don’t know why. I know the story, I just couldn’t write it. So, I’m writing what I started last year before I wrote my second book (you know, the one that’s been postponed). I’ve decided to stick with my first series and get a few books knocked out in that before moving on.

Do you think I can have it done by the end of the month?

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Review: The Viscount’s Christmas Temptation By Erica Ridley

  
A cute and fun romance. Lady Amelia Ravenwood is ready to take a husband so that her brother, the Duke, will feel it’s okay to take a wife. She has chosen several prospects and needs an event to entertain them all. When the Viscount Benedict Sheffield’s Christmas party is cancelled, she works to have it reinstated and in the process finds love.

Hard to get into at the beginning. Story picks u pace in the second chapter. It was cute and fun and interesting to watch these two people fall in love. I was left wanting so much more, which is expected in a novella. The characters met, fell in love and then that was that.

I expected more to come out of the wooing process but as I said this is a novella so things are a bit rushed to get the point across. However, this is set in a time when wooing or courting was how you went about marrying. These characters seemed to almost jump right into.

It was a cute story but not one that I would pick up to read again as a just because read.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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My Musings As A Starving Author Ep 2

Hey 129 followers,

Wow. 129 followers.

I almost can’t believe it. Sorry this post is coming so late. I don’t know what is going on with my motivation. I didn’t post a Vlog yesterday and I almost missed my post for today.

So, in the past week I have joined Patreon (have not received any patrons yet😔). I’ve written a little bit to two stories and I’ve spent some time trying to figure out life.

I do that a lot. Thinking about life. I’m always trying to figure out what my next move is and how am I going to go abut getting what I want. I’m so excited abut receiving another five star review so I know that I’m not necessarily in the wrong profession but I also want to make movies, which is why I joined Patreon. I’m trying to get to that dream sooner than later. It’s just… what is taking me so long? Why am I still hesitating? That’s the question that I really need to ask myself. I wrote my first book with little to no hesitation yet since then I have been taking my time. I remember being up all night writing until I couldn’t keep my eyes open. Now I find myself lyin in bed sleeping or watching tv.

I need a swift kick in the butt.

That’s all I have this week.

Until the next time…

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