Friday, December 28, 2012

Blog Ring of Power YIR with Heidi Garrett


As 2012 comes to a close, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on some of the joys and triumphs of the year. To that end, we bring you the 2012 Blog Ring of Power Year in Review! We’ve teamed up with this past years’ BRoP interviewees to bring you eleven days worth of “year in review” guest posts and ten fabulous giveaway prizes! Each day we’ll share a new guest post on the year in review from a previous BRoP interviewee and you’ll have another opportunity to enter the giveaway—so get hopping! And be sure to enter the giveaway at the end of this post!

The Blog Ring of Power Year in Review Presents…
Heidi Garrett




Thank you to the readers, book bloggers, and Goodreads reviewers who have read and enjoyed Nandana’s Mark. Connecting with readers is the most rewarding aspect of being an author. It inspires me, motivates me, and makes me feel like it is all worth it. The readers who discovered my debut novel, Nandana’s Mark, made 2012 one of the best years of my life.

After doing some research in January, I made the decision to self-publish. It was clear ebooks and ereaders were revolutionizing the publishing industry, much like the printing press had done in the 15th century.

The first two books of my series, The Queen of the Realm of Faerie, had already been critiqued through a writer’s group, so I felt like they were close to their final versions. I needed to finish the books and build an author platform.

The author platform is the all-important bridge to readers. Thousands of books are being published, so finding the readers who would love my books has been the challenge, one I have thoroughly enjoyed. My author platform includes:

My website, where I provide news, links to author events, and the background to my writing and my series.

My blog, Eating Magic, a stream-of-consciousness reading journal, where I share some of my unfiltered reactions to books that I am reading.

Twitter, where I tweet all sorts of random things and I connect with readers through @s.

My Goodreads relationships where I interact with readers and invite them to free events and new releases.

One of the highlights of the year was my in-depth author interview with The Blog Ring of Power. This detailed five-part interview offered me the opportunity to delve into my motivations for writing, the inspiration for my series, and my creative process. If you want to find out anything about me as an author, you will find the answers there.

Now, that the year is coming to an end, and I am preparing to release The Flower of Isbelline, Book 2 in my series, I realize that self-publishing was the right choice for me. I love connecting directly with my readers and I love being in control of my publishing process. I get bored easily. However, the variety of tasks that self-publishing requires means there is always something else to do and something new to discover.

In 2013, I plan to release the next two books in my series. I hope to continue growing my presence on Twitter and Goodreads. I hope that more readers will find my blog, Eating Magic.
 
The future looks limitless, as well as challenging and fun.

Thank you for being part of it.

If you have not yet become enchanted by the half-faerie Melia and her world, I invite you to pick up Nandana’s Mark at Smashwords or at iBooks via iTunes. It will be free for the rest of the year.

Nandana's Mark is Free on the Kindle Nandana's Mark on Amazon:

Links:

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/258073
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/nandanas-mark/id554801786?mt=11
Website: http://heidigwrites.blogspot.com
Eating Magic Blog: http://eatingmagic.blogspot.com



Be sure to stop to check out each of the stops on the Year In Review – new chances to enter the giveaways each day!
(M) Dec. 17th – Jacqueline Seewald (at http://ulbrichalmazan.blogspot.com)
(T) Dec. 18th – Danielle Ackley McPhail (at http://deanswritingtime.blogspot.com)
(W) Dec. 19th – Alma Alexander (at http://www.terribruce.net)
(Th) Dec. 20th – Susan Kaye Quinn (at http://www.twfendley.com)
(F) Dec. 21st – 5. Darke Conteur (at http://emlabonte.blogspot.com)
(M) Dec. 24th – Pauline Jones (at http://ulbrichalmazan.blogspot.com)
(T) Dec. 25th – James Garcia (at http://deanswritingtime.blogspot.com)
(W) Dec. 26th – Barbara Ann Wright (at http://www.terribruce.net)
(Th) Dec. 27th – Sandra Saidak (at http://www.twfendley.com)
(F) Dec. 28th – Heidi Garrett (at http://emlabonte.blogspot.com)
(M) Dec. 31st – Sue Burke (at http://ulbrichalmazan.blogspot.com)
Two winners will be chosen (by Rafflecopter) and each winner will receive one of the prize packs listed (our choice).

Grand Prize Rafflecopter 


General Giveaway
Winners will be chosen from among eligible rafflecopter entries (chosen by rafflecopter) and receive a prize of our choice. We’ll do our best to give the print books to those that don’t have an e-reader, but we can’t make any guarantees, so please be aware when entering that you are most likely going to win an e-book.




Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Writer Wednesday Holiday Thoughts

I'm over at the Speculative Fiction Blog today talking about dealing with hard times during the holidays.  I know that every year people go through a lot.  It seems that we feel it the most during the holidays.  We all have our coping mechanisms.  I offer mine.

I hope that everyone enters the New Year a little bit brighter, a little bit happier.  If you can't, don't worry.  Life is not all sunshine and rainbows. Sometimes it's healthy to stay in the sadness and feel it.  Just don't stay down forever.  There are people who miss your smile.


Friday, December 21, 2012

Blog Ring of Power: Year in Review with Darke Conteur


YIR3As 2012 comes to a close, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on some of the joys and triumphs of the year. To that end, we bring you the 2012 Blog Ring of Power Year in Review! We’ve teamed up with this past years’ BRoP interviewees to bring you eleven days worth of “year in review” guest posts and ten fabulous giveaway prizes! Each day we’ll share a new guest post on the year in review from a previous BRoP interviewee and you’ll have another opportunity to enter the giveaway—so get hopping! And be sure to enter the giveaway at the end of this post!
Our friend Darke Conteur is up with some flash backs of her own.



Me(Sept11)Wow, the end of the year already. Can you believe it? In just a few weeks, a new year will be upon us. While I'm excited about what the future holds, I have to admit, I'm pretty fond of 2012. So much has happened this year writing-wise that I think I'll mark this year as the turning point in my career.

My first erotic short story went live in January 2012. Wouldn't you know it; the first piece of writing I make money on is porn. I'd like to expand my collection of published shorts from just science fiction and dark fantasy, and I have several more shorts lined up; one horror, a short paranormal piece and a few more erotic. Well, that's the plan. We'll see.

My paranormal series is doing well. With the release of my second book UNDER THE COVER OF WICCA in January and OF COVENS AND PACKS in June, I'm doing better than I expected. Don't get me wrong, self-publishing is a hard business especially when it comes to sales. I'll be honest; I didn't see any real numbers until April of this year. In the end, I'll be happy when I can pay for the cost of putting one out, without having to use a credit card. My husband will be too.

The books I outlined for the rest of the series will be (I'm hoping) just as exciting with as many twist to the plot as the first three. TALES OF THE DEMON (book four), OMENS AND PORTENDS (book five) and the first of two side novels for the series– THE SAINTS OF BELVEDERE ROAD, are slated to come out next year. No, I'm not crazy trying to get three out in one year. SAINTS has been written for several years and I'm already into the revision stage for TALES.  

Besides more books in my paranormal series, I'm working on two other novels; a paranormal romance and a paranormal Steampunk, both with erotic elements, and in the true style of me, they're the first books in yet two new series. I'm going to be different with these and try to have them published through Indie. If that fails, at least I have the knowledge to put them out myself.


Two winners will be chosen (by Rafflecopter) and each winner will receive one of the prize packs listed (our choice).

Grand Prize Rafflecopter 


General Giveaway
Winners will be chosen from among eligible rafflecopter entries (chosen by rafflecopter) and receive a prize of our choice. We’ll do our best to give the print books to those that don’t have an e-reader, but we can’t make any guarantees, so please be aware when entering that you are most likely going to win an e-book.



Good luck to all the entries and have a great Holiday from all of us at Blog Ring of Power


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Less Can be More


In October I took a full month off from doing what I love to do best.  Yes, I took off writing.

Have you ever felt that you need to do something over and over again?  Have you felt the need to continue to do something because you've always done it?

Try taking a break from that thing that you feel you NEED to do.  I know, it may be impossibly hard, but then, nothing is truly impossible. 

So whether it be drinking beer, writing on your blog, or even writing. (I know, it’s a difficult concept, to not write, but bear with me.) I have to say that I did just that in October.  The stopping drinking the beer happened in my house too.  One thing I found out.  Not only did my hubby find out he doesn't need to drink beer, I found out I didn't need to write high fantasy all the time. 

It was hard not writing at all, but instead of focusing on what I've been working on, my mind took different twists and turns.  I’ll admit, I did out-line some things, but I took a month off of writing.  Sometimes stopping yourself from what you think you need will open you up to what you really need.  You don’t have to do a full month, like I did.  Try a few days at first.  You’ll be amazed what you find out about yourself and the amount of creation that will flood out after the dam is broken. 

What did I find out? I can write middle grade fantasy, urban fantasy, young adult and I even took a chance at some romance.

What do you think you could find out during the time off?  I'd love to hear from you.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Blog Ring of Power Presents: Sue Bolich


Welcome, Sue Bolich, this week’s Blog Ring of Power guest. Sue is a member of Broad Universe, where she recently shared the news that she is battling cancer, and the medical bills are piling up.  Please help Sue and show your support by purchasing her novels as every little bit of financial help is desperately needed.

Don’t miss the rest of her interview at:
  • Part 1: Monday, Dec. 3, About You– Sandra
  • Part 2: Tuesday, Dec. 4, The Writing Life–Dean
  • Part 3: Wednesday, Dec. 5,The Creative Process–Terri
  • Part 4: Thursday, Dec. 6, About Her Currant Work - T.W.
  • Part 5: Friday, Dec. 7, Words of Wisdom– Emily

 Words of Wisdom
BRoP:  Tell us about your route to success –how did you land your agent/publisher?

Sue:  I met my publisher at a science fiction convention. Get out of the house! Meet people. Learn the ropes. Demonstrate that you’re a professional and can get the job done, and that you have something great to offer.

BRoP:  What are the most important elements of good writing?

Sue:  Clarity and a great story. Pretty is as pretty does. If you focus all your time on beautiful prose that doesn’t tell a story, you will lose most of your audience pretty quickly. On the other hand, I loathe first-grade writing and will put down a book that is poorly or simplistically written. Give me a good story and a mastery of the language and I’m yours.

BRoP:  What tools are must-haves for writers?

Sue:  Good grammar, good spelling, a basic command of the language you’re writing in. For pity’s sake, learn the basic rules before inflicting your prose on a poor, overworked editor. Learn to punctuate and when to use dialog tags, what passive writing is and how to avoid it, and all the other basic “rules”. Trust me, the pros will thank you for it. Get a dictionary and don’t trust your computer. Learn to use a thesaurus, and find people you trust to give you feedback (not your mom). Those people need to be disinterested strangers or at least folks with no vested interest in stroking your ego to make you feel better. Pros need to learn to see the flaws in their work and learn how to fix them.

BRoP:  Do you have any advice for other writers?

Sue:  Get over the rejection and send it out again. Target your stuff; don’t shoot it out there on hope. Be professional. You will get so much better results than whining about how Editor So-and-So was such a jerk.

BRoP:  What are your current / future project(s)?

Sue:  After Seaborn I will probably write the fourth and last Masters of the Elements book focused on Earth Mother. I have an epic trilogy coming out next year, and I really, really want to finish a standalone fantasy I had started before I landed the three-book contract for Masters. Also the alternate history! I have plenty to do.
 


Contact Information for Sue Bolich

Blog: http://blog.sabolichbooks.com
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/s.a.bolich?ref=hl
Goodreads author page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5162506.S_A_Bolich
Twitter: sabolichwrites
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/S.-A.-Bolich/e/B005J7VTWM/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1



Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/84847
Other:

Is your book in print, ebook or both?

Both