Friday, May 08, 2015

Let Me Tell You About April

Okay, this post is a little overdue. I couldn't post in April because I had the A to Z postsThen I had to squeeze in two pre-scheduled book posts and the IWSG post. Since I only blog on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, that means this is the first chance I've had to really talk to you!

So I wanted to tell you a few things that were going on behind the scenes as I struggled to get around to all your blogs each day. April was a crazy, crazy month. I'm not sure how I survived.

First we started shopping for houses...

Then we put an offer on a house. If you've ever bought a house, you know what followed that...

Finally the mortgage company had our entire life history on file and it was time for closing.

The last week of A to Z, we were packing. We started moving on May 1st and the movers showed up on May 2nd. I had an author event here on May 2nd...

And all the while, I was working my "day job" as a freelance writer. April brought three major writing firsts. I got my first piece on

My first piece on

And my first piece on xoJane.

Oh, and I finished my second round of revisions on my 2016 chapter book, Piper Morgan Joins the Circus, and turned them in two days before we moved.

So when everyone else says, "April is over, it's time to rest," I say, "April is over...time to get going on my next big challenge!

How was your April?

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

IWSG: I Like What You're Doing...How Do I Do That?"

It's the first Wednesday of the month, which means hundreds of us will be posting about our insecurities. Add your name to the list to join in!

When people learn you're a writer, you tend to get a series of responses. They range from, "What do you write?" to, "I've always wanted to write a book." Most of the latter group wants to share their life stories with the world.

I'm guessing these are the same people who think we care every time they go to the gym or have a stomach virus.

Once you're published, you get those questions, plus a few new ones, including (but not limited to):

  • How did you get published?
  • How much did you have to pay your publisher?
  • Can you help me get published?

Yes, I've actually been asked that second question. When I informed the person that a legitimate publisher does not charge, she informed me that she Googled and yes, in fact, publishers are asking for $250 and up to just read your manuscript.

I first told her no legitimate publisher charges but then pointed her to a resource where she could get information about self-publishing. She said she didn't want to self-publish. I pointed her to this site and strongly suggested she get involved with a writer's group in her genre. Will she take my advice?

I get the same response when people ask me how I make a living writing all day. My answer, which is essentially, "Hard work," is generally met with this type of reaction:

You'll get a similar reaction if someone asks you how you lost so much weight or how you won the gold medal in the Olympics. Basically, if the answer is anything resembling this...

People don't really want to know. So make up an answer like, "I just woke up one morning, wrote a novel, and it sold. It must be magic." The person isn't going to actually try anyway. Do you know why?

People who actually want to get a novel published, lose weight, or win the gold medal have already researched it and know the work that goes into it. They don't see someone doing it and say, "What you're doing looks cool. I might give that a try."

Without realizing it, people who ask those questions actually insult a writer. They make it sound as if anyone can do it--as if all the hard work you did means nothing. They also make you wonder if maybe it was harder for you than most people. There are, after all, people who land publishing deals with the first book they write...

What are you insecure about this month?

Monday, May 04, 2015

Guest Post: Name a Drink by Chrys Fey

Today one of my favorite blogging buddies is stopping by for a fun post. Everyone roll out a big welcome mat for Chrys Fey, a very talented author and blogger. Be sure to read the blurb and excerpt and order a copy of her book before you go!

Name a Drink
by Chrys Fey

The “IT” place to be if you’re a twenty-one-year-old college student in Ghost of Death is the Galaxy Bar. When I wrote about the Galaxy Bar, I picture it as your typical dark bar with clever drink names like Wormhole, Jolie’s favorite drink. Now that I think about it though, I imagine the bar to have a galaxy mural painted on the ceiling, stars swimming on the dance floor from spotlights, and metal chairs with spiral bases. Now that would be a bar I’d like to go to!

The only drink I mentioned in Ghost of Death was Wormhole, a purple drink in a long flute that my mom actually named.

QUESTION: Can you come up with a catchy space-inspired name for a drink that could be served at the Galaxy Bar? Comment with your suggestion!

The Blurb:

Jolie Montgomery, a twenty-one-year-old woman, wakes up in an alley next to her corpse. She has no memories of her murder or the night she died. She didn’t even see the killer’s face before he or she took her life. Wanting justice, Jolie seeks answers in the only way a ghost stalking the lead detective on the case.
Avrianna Heavenborn is determined to find the person responsible for a young woman’s death. She gets closer to the killer’s identity with every clue she uncovers, and Jolie is with her every step of the way.

But if they don’t solve her murder soon, Jolie will be an earth-bound spirit forever.

Also Available for Pre-Order: Witch of Death

Detective Reid Sanders doesn’t believe in the supernatural, but when he’s faced with a crime scene that defies the laws of nature, he has no other choice but to start believing. And solving a magical murder involves working with a witch.

Liberty Sawyer embodies the look of your classic evil witch, so, it’s no surprise when she uncovers the murderer is a witch that she becomes Reid’s number one suspect. If she can’t convince him otherwise, more people could lose their lives to dark magic, including her.

Author Bio:

Chrys Fey is the author of Hurricane Crimes and 30 Seconds. She is currently working on the sequel to Hurricane Crimes that’ll serve as book two in the Disaster Crimes series. 

When Fey was six years old, she realized her dream of being a writer by watching her mother pursue publication. At the age of twelve, she started writing her first novel, which flourished into a series she later rewrote at seventeen. Fey lives in Florida where she is waiting for the next hurricane to come her way. You can connect with her on Facebook and her blog, Write with Fey. She loves to get to know her readers!

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