Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

I'd like to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving!  I am so thankful for my family, they mean the world to me.  This year those of us who usually cook the Thanksgiving dinner decided to treat ourselves, so we're all going out to eat for Thanksgiving.  I did buy a cherry pie and apple cobbler to have at home later, but that's all the cooking I'll be doing.  Christmas, however, will be a different story.  I know I'll be cooking up a big feast then, which is fine, it's fun to watch everyone gobble (no pun intended...well maybe a little) up everything.

Have a great day and enjoy that turkey and all that comes with it! 

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Lessons Learned So Far...

On my journey to become a successful, published author I've learned quite a few things; like make sure your novel is long enough to please the puslishers.  One great idea is to thoroughly research where you're sending your work.  There are a million and one things you can do to get your name "out there" before you even think about sending out your book, like starting a blog.  Too much work?  Self-publishing could be the answer.  Who knows, maybe all the above will work.  Maybe nothing will work.  All I know is that I have spent the last several months doing different things and I'm not sure if it's paying off in regard to getting me noticed, but it is helping me to stay sharp and I've learned so much!  I write a lot more and that has built up my self confidence.  The reason I started this blog was to write down this journey, didn't realize at the time how far it would take me.  As I continue down this road, I hope you join me from time to time, who knows - you may learn something too!     

Friday, November 12, 2010

Finished My Book? NOT! Argh!

Well, my book has approximately 54,000 words according to Microsoft Word.  I found another publisher who will look at my book and the minimum word count they require is 70k.  Ok, that means I need to write another 16k words or more, which according to my estimates requires 32 more pages.  Problem is, I feel my story is finished, I am planning on writing two more sequels, but this story was done.  So now it's not done, so off I go to add more to it.  If you don't hear from me for awhile, you'll know why.  Have a great weekend, you'll know what I'll be doing! :D 

Thursday, November 11, 2010

I Learned a BIG and Important Lesson Today

Ok, I learned an important lesson today.  I had to withdraw my story from May December Publications because the publisher disclosed he is currently serving a prison sentence for child molestation.  I guess this is something that wasn't kept totally silent, but in all the time I corresponded with him (which I found out was really through his wife), I never heard one word about it.  Apparently some people started making enough noise that he felt he needed to let everyone know.  He posted his story on a Facebook page (he also has a Facebook wall and he's friended a lot of people, guess you can have a computer in prison) and I also received an email which gave me the courtesy of withdrawing my story if I wanted, which I did.  Don't get me wrong, this man does write books and does publish anthologies, and I thought I had checked everything out sufficiently.  However, as a new author, I now believe I need to find an established company to do business with.  I dont' believe I was lied to, the truth was just omitted.  So guess the lesson learned is:  Do Your Homework!!  Check them out and check them out some more.  Don't assume anything.  I hope what I've learned will help someone else.  Now it's off to find a new publisher - wish me luck!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Associated Content - Anyone Here Write for Them?

I just started writing for Associated Content and I'm pretty excited about it.  Like I need anything else to do, but you can actually make a little money for your wonderful and creative thoughts.  At least I hope I have wonderful and creative thoughts.  Getting to the point where you make any real money or become a Featured Writer will take time, but it is something you can achieve on AC.  The main thing I like is you can write about absolutely anything and if you can't think of anything to write about they give out "assignments."  So far, I've written one article and done one slideshow of our recent Veteran's Day Parade.  Since I'm new, the article won't show up for a few days, but that's ok.  The slideshow is already up. 

If you'd like to try it out or just look things over, you can mosey on over to my page and go from there, here's my link:  http://www.associatedcontent.com/char_r

Getting Ready to Compose and Send Query Letters - Have Any Tips or Hints?

I have almost finished editing my novel - yay!  Now comes the really hard part - writing the dreaded query letter.  I believe most publishers request a synposis of every chapter.  My book has 28 chapters and an epilogue.  So, I am doing research right now on the best way to go about it, looks like short and to the point works best for each chapter, and to lay it all out on the table.  Keeping the juicy parts from the publisher to "surprise" them when they actually read the book is not a smart thing to do.  You want them to know the juicy parts right off (which makes sense).  Ok, so far everything I've learned I would do anyway.  If anyone has any great hints or tips for me, please comment below. 

I hope everyone has a great week!  Thank you for stopping by and reading my posts, it means a lot to me!