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Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Self-Publishing

24 Feb

Welcome to another week of Writer’s Quote Wednesday! I hope your week has been good so far. We’re almost over the hump and soon the weekend will be here. 😉

Colleen Chesebro is a writer, poet, and book reviewer. She hosts an inspiring event every Wednesday on her blog, Silver Threading, called Writer’s Quote Wednesday. Anyone can participate by choosing a quote by a favorite writer and posting it on your blog.

Ronovan, from Ronovan Writes and Colleen have joined forces! He has been linking his #BeWoW blog share (Be Wonderful on Wednesday) now to include: Be Writing on Wednesday. If you would like to combine both posts feel free to do so and link them to Colleen’s post. She will make sure and add you to the quote wrap-up she does each Tuesday. Please make sure and check out Ron’s blog for more writing inspiration and motivation!

Today I wanted to briefly mention the Publishing Industry. I’m busy working on my Fantasy Angels Series and I’ve been on the fence for some time about whether to send out query letters to agents or skip all that and self-publish. I know there are many aspiring authors who are as confused as I am about this. I found an article by author Hugh C. Howey that was very helpful.

My Advice to Aspiring Authors by Hugh C. Howey 

Here’s a snippet from the article:

Now would be a good time to explain the advantages of self-publishing over traditional publishing. When writers ask for advice, they are often asking how they should proceed with their completed manuscript. I’m going to explain why every author should begin their writing career self-publishing, even if their dream is to be with a large publisher. There’s a lot to say. Bear with me.

Your manuscript won’t change. This is the biggest logical fallacy I see in the self vs. trad debate. The idea seems to be that if you self-publish, somehow your work drops in quality. It’s the same work. The words won’t change because of perceived association with what else is out there. Querying an agent won’t make your manuscript better. Self-publishing won’t make it worse. It’s either a story that appeals to readers or it isn’t.

I underlined that sentence because it tickled me––it’s so true!

Know your gatekeepers. Appealing to readers is the endgame. They want story over prose, so concentrate on that (aim for both, but concentrate on story). Agents and slush-pile readers are often the opposite, which is why they bemoan the absence of literary fiction hits and cringe at the sale of Twilight, Dan Brown, and 50 Shades. You are writing for the reader, who is your ultimate gatekeeper. Get your work in front of them, even if it’s one at a time, one reader a month or year.

Other sentences that struck me as the ultimate truth.

(To read more click on the link above)

“There’s a bizarre prejudice that exists in the New York publishing establishment that any work outside the tri-state area is being done by trained chimpanzees, that geography screens out sensibility.”

~Kate Braverman

“The publishing world is very timid. Readers are much braver.”

~Kiran Desai

“Anyone who says it’s easy to self-publish a book is either lying or doing a shitty job.”

~Nan McCarthy

“Whatever you may have heard, self-publishing is not a short cut to anything. Except maybe insanity. Self-publishing, like every other kind of publishing, is hard work. You don’t wake up one morning good at it. You have to work for that.”

~Zoe Winters

The State of Self-Publishing – The Wayfinder – Hugh C. Howey

I believe it is every indie writer’s responsibility to write the best and most complete book possible before publishing in order to elevate the industry.

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Have a great day! 😀

Work-In-Progress Blog Challenge

28 Aug

Work-In-Progress Blog Challenge



Hi, everyone! I was asked by author Bianca Sloane to participate in the ‘Work-In-Progress Blog Challenge,’ and I accepted. Bianca Sloane writes suspense novels about the dark side of love. I am currently reading her novel, ‘Sweet Little Lies’ and so far, I find it riveting.

Bianca Sloane

Author Bianca Sloane

Bianca’s second novel, ‘Live and Let Die,’ was chosen as ‘Thriller of the Month’ (May 2013) by e-thriller.com


When Bianca Sloane is not writing, she’s watching Bravo TV, Investigation Discovery, reading or cooking. You can find out more about this talented author on her website and blog.


For this challenge, I must post the first line from each of the first three chapters in my work-in-process (WIP). Then I must select four other writers to do the same.


I have several WIP, but I’ve chosen ‘The Fall of Lilith’ for this challenge. ‘The Fall of Lilith’ is a Dark Fantasy aimed at a young adult/adult audience. This novel is divided into two parts: BOOK I – Heaven, and BOOK II – Earth. Therefore, I will be posting the first line of the first three chapters of both parts. Now, this is indeed a challenge. Revealing a tiny fragment of one’s work is a scary thing for any writer to do, since the entire work might be judged on those few lines.




(BOOK I – Heaven)

Chapter 1


The War in Heaven raged on around Lilith, the cacophony of screams, howls, and wails threatening to make her mad.


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Chapter 2

In The Beginning

Before He created the universe, God was present.




Chapter 3

Developing Attractions

The angels in Heaven were as numerous as the stars, all with distinguishing characteristics and potentials.





(Book II – Earth)

Chapter 27

Lilith’s Fate

            Lilith fell to Earth, crashing through trees, feeling the collision with every branch she broke along the way.





Chapter 28

Gadreel’s Brutal Encounters

            Gadreel tumbled from Heaven, bawling all the while. As she fell, she trembled with fear and regret, but still she could not stop thinking about Samael.





Chapter 29

The Angry Mountain

            For many miles, over many long days and short nights, stopping only for rest, Lilith and Gadreel followed the penetrating, shrill sound through the grassland.

 The Fall of Lilith

Now for the four writers I have challenged:

Teagan Kearney

Dyane Forde

Zenobia (Zee) Southcombe

Glendon Perkins

For more about these writers click on their names. I can’t wait to read about what these writers are working on!


Tag, I’m It!

27 Jan

Hello everyone! I was invited to participate in a Blog Chain. Francis Guenette a fellow author and blogging buddy tagged me. Francis’ debut novel ‘Disappearing in Plain Sight‘ is now available and the sequel “The Light Never Lies‘ will be available soon.

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All I have to do is answer the following four writing questions, and then tag three other authors. Next week, February 03, 2014, these three authors will answer the same questions and tag three others and so the chain continues to grow larger. This will enable readers to get to know more authors and their books. It will also allow everyone to get to know these authors a little better.





1) What are you currently working on?


I’m currently working on my Fantasy Angels Series. The first installment of the series ‘Lilith’ is already finished at 120,000 words and is in the editing process. I’m in the process of writing the second installment ‘Dracul’. I already have an outline for the third installment.


2) How does your work differ from others’ in the same genre?


I believe every author has his or her own personal style of writing. The way I work things out on paper tends to be unexpected in most cases. I like to keep my audience at the edge of their seat anticipating my next move and being surprised at the end. At least that’s what I aim for. It isn’t always a bulls-eye, but I do try.


3) Why do you write what you do?


I love to read Fantasy, Suspense, Thriller and Horror. Therefore, I write what I love to read and see in my mind’s eye.


4) How does your writing process work?


I start off with a rough outline of the story. My outline is really like a little seedling and as I write I develop my stories and characters. I love to draw sketches of my settings, characters and even vestments and props in the story. I have ‘hearing’ and smelling’ days in which I spend a few hours listening to different sounds that would most likely be in my story or smelling (creating smells) that I would describe in my story (I know I’m weird). I make notes of features and traits in people and animals that get my attention to use later in a story.


Okay, now that you know a lot more than I probably should have revealed about me let me introduce you to the three authors I have tagged.



Alana Munro: Alana is a best selling author. Her book ‘Women Behaving Badly’ made it to the top of the Kindle’s bestselling list. Alana is not a psychotherapist, but she is a woman who has suffered plenty in the hands of other women and I believe that sometimes you just need a fresh and ordinary perspective of experiences in order to learn and grow instead of a sterilized analysis from someone who’s never experienced what they’re writing about. I read her book in record time and it really helped me understand some of my female relationships a great deal better.

 Women Behaving Badly


Jo Robinson: I am currently reading Jo’s book, ‘Shadow People’ and I have to say that I had to tear myself away from it to write this post. So far it’s a fascinating read.



William O’Brien: I read William’s book ‘Peter: A Darkened Fairytale‘ and it took me for a wild ride through a fantastic world filled with interesting characters. It read like Alice in Wonderland on acid!

Peter A Darkened Fairytale



Be sure to check out these fabulous authors and their books. I promise you will not regret it.