Helpful Sites for Newbie Authors

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I thought I would share some effective websites and podcasts that have helped me over the years with my writing career. I have shared these with many people and it has been awhile since I have shared a few with my blog readers. My first book Junior Size Faith did well enough, nevertheless what I didn’t do is write a sequel to that book. You will find that this is ONE of the biggest mistakes that any new author makes. It is repeated again and again as a theme of WHAT NOT TO DO through most of the sites I am going to share here. Write, Write and Write some more! When you are done writing—WRITE SOME MORE! I am working on a series of urban fantasy projects now and a few are being tested by beta readers. YaY!

Now, on to my list~

First off, if you have not found Joanna Penn’s website the Creative Penn (with a double n) then you are missing a lot of helpful information that can start you on the road to publishing. She also produces a podcast on YouTube where she interviews other helpful authors that can inspire you to write, along with helpful tips from finance to writing platforms. If you have been at this awhile, I am sure you have heard of Joanna!

A great blog site for authors to get the ‘down and dirty’ of the differences between the big publishing houses and self-publishing is J. A. Konrath’s blog site for Newbie to Publishing. A wealth of information for anyone wanting a crash course for Newbies in this business.

I am going to offer this next site with a little bit of trepidation, not because these guys give bad information but because they have the worst potty mouths this side of a Navy Pier. HOWEVER, they are helpful when it comes to creating worlds, formatting, author interviews, and genre hopping (Which I know, they don’t really indorse but whatevs). Johnny B. Truant’s YouTube channel is a trove of info and if you are not easily offended then you can check them out as well. Within these podcast/videos whatever you want to call them, the guys have different podcast for the different projects they have going on so you can fiddle around and see what interests you @ The Self Publishing Podcast Website.

Another YouTube channel I actually just stumbled on the other day is the Rocking Self Publishing podcasts. Simon the host has a great British accent, which isn’t helpful in itself but I like it! He has placed abundant content on his site that is enormously helpful for us authors. If you haven’t subscribed to this channel I highly recommend to check it out.

I am sure I have left some other helpful sites out, if you have one that you refer to often please share it below. Add your email and follow my blog, just hit the FOLLOW BUTTON and enter your email~~ easy peasy.

~~Neasha
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The Secret to Writing

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This is more of a celebratory post on my ABC approach to writing. Apply But to Chair and write. I wrote a total of 6,000 words Saturday and Sunday. YaY!! Of course, I took this secret from C.J. Lyons who said it in a Joanna Penn’s podcast.
Great advice and definitely NOT A SECRET, just do it!

Have you applied ABC to your writing routine :)

My Zombie Survival Saturday

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If there were ever a Zombie Apocalypse I would do great at retrieving things inside Walmart, like a reconnaissance mission. The thought actually came to me today when I had to run in and only had five minutes to retrieve four items and each were on opposite sides of the supercenter (which admit it, we all hate doing). I completed the mission and checked out in record time.
This is when it hit me: I truly believe I know where everything inside the store is located. If I had to (in dire Zombie circumstances of course) retrieve a first aid kit, fishing tackle, ammunition, Zombie-be-gone-spray (patent pending), a can of beans, gas-x (no need in giving my location away because of ‘digestive issues’), and gluten free pretzels I could do it in record time. I’m like a Walmart savant- much to my husband’s chagrin! It is like my mom-super-power.

You also need to know I am not a fan of the Walking Dead, however, I blame them for my survival thoughts! I hate shows that scare me!

These are my Not-So-Sane Saturday thoughts!

Free Advertising For Your Blog or Book…

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It does take a village! When I started my blog a year ago I had NO FOLLOWERS- none- zip- zero, not even my momma read it, eh,hem you get the picture. I was excited if I had one visitor and checked my stats often! Well, since then I have gained close to a thousand followers and I want to say thank you!

Yes, I SAID FREE ADVERTISING FOR YOUR Blog or Book no gimmick :))))

Are you new to our community? Advertise your blog in the comment section below this post.

I have been contemplating for awhile, a way to do something to celebrate my one year anniversary on WordPress, which was this past Saturday. I have gained a lot of faithful followers and I would like to give back and say Thank You. If you have a blog and want to brag about it below or a book that you have published, I want to hear about it. You can even leave a link to it in the comment section. However, if you leave more than one link per post WordPress may mark it as spam so try to limit it to one link. Feel free to comment more than once if you have several links to different books or blogs. I will be compiling a list for a future post and may pick your book or blog to advertise and promote.

If you have read a good book lately and want to share it with us please let us know. I am always looking for a good book to read :)

Happy Blogging

~~Neasha

Parents, you did not give birth to Bank Robbers… I don’t think…

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I wrote the following post in October of 2006 when my children were much younger. If I were able to tell my ‘younger mom self’ anything it would be to Chill Out. The bedtimes become easier, stop the stressing, if they aren’t in bed by 9 pm they will not grow up to become bank robbers because you couldn’t keep a solid bedtime schedule. They will not fall in with the wrong crowd if you can’t wrangle them in bed on time. My boys are teenagers now and all my worries are for not. So– to every mom and dad out there that feels overwhelmed by the bedtime ritual- I have felt your pain— but alas– chill out. The above photo was taken of our boys last summer in Chicago ~~~~comedians- yes, bank robbers- no~~~~

Bedtime…. 10/17/06
Why is putting children to bed so trying on parents? I remember when I only had one child and bedtime was relatively peaceful. With another child added the more hectic bedtime rituals have become. They make a spitting game out of brushing their teeth and I have lost count of all the ‘illnesses’ my oldest son comes down with once he is in bed. He could run a marathon, play board games, ride his bike till the cows come home but once he settles down and is all covered up that is when he decides he has something in his eye, a sore throat, or remembers he hasn’t had a bowel movement in two days and he thinks something is wrong. Then in the morning when I ask how he feels it is always a blank, “Fine, why?” *sigh*
I have read countless books and articles on this subject, listened to wise older relatives but I am still finding bedtime stressful. The experts say calm down your bedtime ritual by turning off the TV an hour before bedtime. Have them drink a glass of warm milk. Don’t give them anything to eat or drink before bed, which negates giving them warm milk before bedtime.?. Give them a soothing bath. Read a book. Say prayers. Turn on their night light. Check their closet for monsters. Make sure they use the restroom. See that they have their favorite blanket. Convince your children that no one cut the moon in half it is supposed to look that way. Come On People… In the perfect world you may be able to do all these every night, but we do not live in a perfect world.
My question I guess is: when are children expected to go to bed with minimal interference? I know they are only little once and I respect that argument but between cooking, putting up leftovers, dishes, cleaning, sweeping, laundry, checking homework, bills, husbands, dogs, making lunches for the next day and so on. Is it too much to ask for a few nights a week that end in a solitary, “Mom and Dad, I am going to bed now. Goodnight and I love you.” Does this make me a bad Mom? I will admit that I have said to my children on more than one occasion ‘Just go to bed. Not one more word’. They are old enough to brush their teeth by themselves, put their pajamas on and make their bed all by themselves they then should be expected to go to bed at least a few times a week without me pulling my hair out?
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Then again I don’t want to complain too much because I know in a few years when they’re teenagers my focus will be ”why aren’t they home in bed yet?” I have talked to countless other families and I know I am not alone in these reactions nor is this the first generation to confront the strife of the terrible catastrophe of bedtime. My grandmother had 7 kids and she still has all of her hair! Now not every night follows this pattern but more times than not this is how it plays out. Please, don’t get the wrong impression I love being a mom, it has many rewards and I truly believe they are a gift from God and I wouldn’t trade motherhood for all the money in the world. But when 9 pm comes and goes and I am trying to convince my oldest son I don’t see anything in his eye, or convincing him his filling in his tooth has not fallen out, or sooth any fears from my youngest he is not hearing noises under his bed while trying to keep him in it, I may get a little testy. I am sure my frustrations are justified. I fear the only solution is age. The older they get the calmer bedtime becomes; at least this is what I am holding on to.

And yes it does get easier- I PROMISE!!!