Monthly Archives: October 2014

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