Are you a Part-Time Writer Looking for Inspiration for 2014? You’ve Come to the ‘Write’ Place!

I’m starting of the year with a guest post from Nikolas Baron, from Grammarly.com. Have you heard of them? It’s a great site for writer’s who need help proofreading their work. From blog posts to essays, they’ve got the tools you need! But first, get inspired to start 2014 off the ‘write’ way!

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The Part-Time Writer

part_time_writerBeing a writer is, for many, a lifelong dream. Writing for payment is a thrilling accomplishment, but it’s usually soon followed by the realization that most writers do not make a living from writing alone. In fact, many writers pursue a separate, unrelated career while writing part-time, whether as a hobby or as a secondary source of income. For the part-time writer facing deadlines, a quality online spelling, grammar, and plagiarism checker can be a valuable tool. Saving time is just one aspect of creating success as a writer, however. Writing takes dedication, patience, and a willingness to learn the craft.

Being a writer is an admirable goal, but it’s not a realistic one. How does one become “a writer”? There is no pill, no bottled potion to be ingested, that will magically bring about the transformation. Becoming a writer begins with picking up a pen; but, having taken that first crucial step, the aspiring writer will discover that the journey has just begun. First, the writer must decide what type of writing he or she wants to do. Fiction or nonfiction? Short stories?

Articles? Novels? Each type of writing requires a unique skill set, and there is a distinct path to follow to the individual definition of success for every writer. It’s important to study the craft and read within and outside the genre to become a well-rounded reader and a better writer. Wanting to be a writer isn’t enough. It’s important to decide upon a genre and a style that best suits the writer’s individual dream. Becoming a writer is a dream. Transforming an abstract desire into a concrete success takes deeper thought.

Once the budding writer has decided upon writing mystery novels, for example, the next step is to set some goals. Novices may want to keep the goals reasonable, setting themselves to the task of writing for a set amount of time per day or obtaining a certain word count, depending on the time that can be found in between other obligations. Some professionals suggest that writing every day is critical to success, while others claim that a certain amount of time must be invested. The truth is somewhere in the middle. Time and discipline are important, but the definition of success is an individual one that only the writers themselves can create. Goals create personal milestones, giving the writer a measuring stick against which to check progress. Setting the goals is entirely up to the writers themselves.

Time can be a precious commodity in our fast-paced world. Between work, family obligations, hobbies, volunteer work, and other commitments, the idea of finding time to write might seem out of reach. However, it can be done. It may be necessary to write out a simple schedule, noting work, family obligations, and other time constraints, and then consider the blocks of time that are not already committed to other pursuits. Television viewing might have to be sacrificed. Getting up a little earlier in the morning, for a morning person, or staying up a little later in the evening, for a night owl, might be an option as well. Moreover, a shorter lunch break might provide some time to indulge the muse.

Time, however, is not always the only consideration. Many writers need to “warm up” to the page, to shift gears from their day jobs into the mental work of writing. It is necessary not only to find time to scribble a few words on a page but also to find long enough blocks of uninterrupted time suitable for writing. Indeed, protecting the quality of one’s writing time is as important as finding time to write in the first place. If writing is not a priority and if the commitment is not as firm as the Saturday-morning golf game or the monthly martini lunch with the girls, it will never get off the ground.Marjorie Facklam, author of numerous children’s books, began writing while raising her five children, with several still in diapers. If a harried mother of five can find time to research and write rhyming science picture books like Bugs for Lunch while chasing toddlers and maintaining a household, any writer can find time in their schedule. Often, the question isn’t one of time, but of commitment.

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Nikolas discovered his love for the written word in Elementary School, where he started spending his afternoons sprawled across the living room floor devouring one Marc Brown childrens’ novel after the other and writing short stories about daring pirate adventures. After acquiring some experience in various marketing, business development, and hiring roles at internet startups in a few different countries, he decided to re-unite his professional life with his childhood passions by joining Grammarly’s marketing team in San Francisco. He has the pleasure of being tasked with talking to writers, bloggers, teachers, and others about how they use Grammarly’s online proofreading application to improve their writing. His free time is spent biking, travelling, and reading.

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#FeatureFriday- Still the Best Woman for The Job (Book 1 of the Jenkins Family Series) by Sharon C. Cooper

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Joint heir to the largest construction company in the state of Ohio, master plumber, Toni (TJ) Jenkins has been groomed to behave in a way that is befitting of the respected Jenkins’ family name. But after she breaks up with the only man she’s ever loved, to protect a secret she holds close to her heart, poor decisions lead her down a path of destruction that risks ruining the reputation of the company her family has worked hard to build.

 Cincinnati police officer, Craig Logan, knows Toni is the woman for him. They’ve been apart for months, but when they run into each other at a party, the passion between them sizzles stronger than ever. She says she can’t handle dating a cop, but he senses that something else keeps her from rushing back into his arms. Craig wants her to be his wife, and he’ll do whatever it takes to prove no matter what she’s hiding, she’s still the best woman for the job.

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Excerpt:

Toni leaned back and narrowed her eyes. “What?”

“You heard me.” Craig readjusted Ronald against the wall, ignoring her date’s mumbling. “If you want me to help you get this bum home – to his house,” he emphasized, “then you have to agree to have dinner with me Friday night.”

Toni hesitated. Intense hazel eyes sprinkled with specks of green and laced with a light brown stared at her, awaiting her response. She would love to have dinner with him, heck, she’d love to spend the rest of her life with him, but there lay the problem. Craig already had the big house and the white picket fence, but he wanted the wife and the three-point-five kids to complete the fairytale. The problem in a nutshell was that he wanted her to be a part of that dream, and she couldn’t give him what he wanted.

“I can’t believe you.” She glanced back at the bathroom door and then closed it. Returning her attention to Craig she said, “After all we’ve been through, has it really come to this? You’re going to blackmail me into having dinner with you?”

“Hey, if it means spending time with you, I’m not ashamed to do whatever I have to do. Besides, I don’t see it as blackmail. I see my request as being nothing more than a man, who is still in love with you, asking you out to dinner.” He shrugged. “But you can call it whatever you want. I do know one thing though. If you don’t make up your mind in the next five seconds, your drunk boyfriend here is going to find his ass back on the cold marble tile. So what’s it going to be, Sweetheart?”

Toni scrunched up her face and twisted her lips into a frown. Could she have dinner with Craig and then just walk away? Walk away from the only man she’s ever loved? Walk away from a man who had the ability to make her heart rate triple and her body sizzle with just a look. Heck, occupying the same space with him now, his hot sexy body only inches from her and his unfaltering gaze appearing to look right through her was almost more than she could handle. How in the world would she be able to break bread with him and not want to jump his bones?

She glanced at Ronald. She knew Craig well enough to know that if she said no, Ronald would hit the floor quicker than a hooker’s panties and Toni would be right back where she started. She wouldn’t be able to hide out in the bathroom for much longer, and the last thing she wanted was for her grandfather to get a hold of Ronald, or her for that matter. God! Why me?

            She finally threw up her hands. “Oh, all right. I’ll go out to dinner with you Friday, but I’m not going to enjoy myself!” 

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About the Author: 

Bestselling author, Sharon C. Cooper, lives in Atlanta with her husband and enjoys reading, writing, and rainy days. She writes sweet and contemporary romance, as well as romantic suspense. Sharon is a PAN member of Romance Writers of America (RWA), board member and member of Georgia Romance Writers (GRW), and a member of the Page a Day Writers Group. To read more about Sharon and her novels, visit www.sharoncooper.net.

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SORMAG Online Conference 2013- Readers and Writers, will you be there?

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Have you heard about the SORMAG Online Conference ?

If not, you have to check it out!

SORMAG (Shades of Romance Magazine) is hosting its annual conference which gives authors the opportunity to learn from one another. Readers, here’s a chance to talk to some of your favorite authors! The event last November 1-3rd!!!

Workshops will be held online as well as by phone.  Each day will have a theme:

November 1st: New Writers

November 2nd: Readers

November 3rd: Published Authors

I’m excited to say that I am not only attending, I’m also on several panels! You will find me on the Social Media and Readers panel on November 2nd, and the Marketing panel on November 3rd. Both are live phone panels, so stop by and say hi!

Follow this link to learn more about the conference topics and what authors will be participating!

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Have you ever attended a conference without leaving your home?
Register for SORMAG’s Online Conference for readers and writers. Learn from published authors, network with fellow writers. Pitch your manuscript. Mix and mingle with avid readers. Win a few door prizes and never leave the comforts of your home.

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Getting to Know Your Community: Studio Steffanie, Wealth and Wellness Coach

It is good to know the people in your community. Recently, I had the chance to meet wealth and wellness coach, Steffanie Haggins, aka StudioSteffanie at the Author’s Workshop held by The Virtuous Women. Listening to her personal experiences and and why she wrote her book, Image is Everything: What Does Your Image Say About You? was an eye opening experience.

Studio StephanieGet to know Stephanie in her words: 

“Life coaching is a very powerful tool that helps many people achieve their fitness, personal and professional goals. Listening to my clients’ needs, understanding their anxieties, and communicating effectively are paramount to helping clients change behaviors of any kind.

I guide my clients and show them that they have the power to overcome their own obstacles and uncover roadblocks that are hindering their progress.

I discover their unique needs and provide accountability for things that no one else usually cares about, which is why it’s so easy to let those habits slip. Coaching has made a tremendous difference in clarifying their goals, needs, and values in helping these clients recreate the life they want from the foundation up. They are no longer aimlessly wandering around unsure of where to go from where they are now. They have uncovered what matters most to them and have a clear strategy for getting there.

Clients tell me every day that it makes a huge difference to know that I am there to walk along with them. It’s extremely rewarding.  I’m honored to be sponsored by DeKalb County Public Library to offer free workshops every month. ”

Next Classes to be held:

10/17/13- Senior Fitness & Flexibility

10/19/2013- An Introduction to Yoga and Meditation

For more information, call 678-330-8139. 

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This is a cool & effective self-help workbook for developing the Diva within you * Maximize your opportunities with a higher self-esteem * Embrace your femininity * Discover your talents * Learn to forgive yourself and others * Stress-reduction tips * Take control of your emotions * Overcome your fears * Capitalize your finances * Live a healthy lifestyle * Recognize how to handle bullies and haters * You are truly unique!

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About Steffanie Haggins:

Steffanie Haggins, also known as StudioSteffanie, certified master trainer, certified yoga and meditation trainer, certified life coach, published author, and executive speaker has long held a passion for wanting to see people in their best image, which ultimately starts with a high self-esteem and living a balanced life.  It started while she was being raised in Chicago by her father, who knew nothing about how to groom and care for a young lady.  He knew he wanted the best outcome for her future.  Therefore, he enrolled her in private schools and into various charm schools and modeling schools; any and every organization that could assist her in becoming a beautiful young lady, internally as well as externally.

Throughout the years StudioSteffanie has witnessed and experienced the extraordinary benefits of being introduced to the rules of proper etiquette, speaking, and walking confidently and taking care of oneself to the best of their ability mentally, physically, and spiritually.  She is a wealth & wellness coach that practices balancing lives by reducing stress and assisting them with their journey in life.

StudioSteffanie further cultivated her passion for inspiring others and motivating them to be the best they can be while she was searching for her true passion in life, (a true entrepreneur) which is helping others help themselves become the best they can be.  Of course, this sounds cliché; however, it’s very sincere.  This has been observed over the years while StudioSteffanie has assisted models, actors, and independent artists. “I consult with them to discover their true talent and begin to assist in branding their image to prepare them for a global economy.”  –StudioSteffanie.com

She works with everyone from celebrities to politicians to the general public at large. “There are no boundaries for true inspiration and motivation. Unfortunately, there are people everywhere you turn that are truly unhappy with themselves.  They can have all the money and other materialistic items needed to make a person smile; however, they can’t truly smile until self-esteem is prevalent.  And until they truly realize the importance of a healthy lifestyle, proper nutrition, healthy relationships, and proper relaxation techniques, they will continue to be where they are.”

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Publishing 101 at the Clayton County Library- Part 2

Welcome back!

As promised, here is the follow up post to the Publishing 101 event that took place at the Clayton County Library. If you missed part one, which focused on self-publishing, follow the link.

After the wealth of information shared by author Cora Lockhart, local authors were given the opportunity to share their work with the public. Tables were set up around the library so that they could introduce themselves to patrons they entered. Here are the authors I had the opportunity to meet.

Childrens Liturature: 

Do Your Best and Forget the Rest
Author/Illustrator: Vincent Wolf
Do Your Best and Forget the Rest inspires children to learn the value of keeping a positive attitude through all of life’s ups and downs. Using just a simple phrase, this book is right for both children and parents. Parents can use this phrase to teach and encourage their children and it is easy for children to understand and remember.
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The Kwanzaa Coloring Book

Author: Steven Thedford
For the millions of people that celebrate Kwanzaa, New World Press, Inc., has published a fanciful book that many parents will find helpful in teaching their children the principles and symbols of this African American holiday. Illustrated by Rachel Mindrup and Rhonda Mathews, the coloring book illustrates the principles in activities through childhood games. Afterwards, many of the symbols of the African American holiday are featured. More importantly, New World Press. Inc, has filled a void; in other words, most major bookstores do not stock coloring books that depict African Americans.

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Cashew the Flying Cow
Author: Dwayne Bowen
Cashew is an ambitious and determined cow that stops at nothing to teach himself how to fly. Be on the lookout for Cashew and how he plans on reaching his goal.” Stay tuned for the sequel, Cashew’s Greatest Adventure!

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Bowtie Brownlee Goes to School 
Author: Juli-ette Robin Goldston

Robert Brownlee is beginning kindergarten this year at a new school. Today is his first day of school. Robert is known for his signature bow ties and is affectionately known as Bowtie Brownlee. He encounters a little problem when arriving at school to find not many other boys his age are wearing bow ties. In this story Bowtie models how to handle adversity and to feel good about being unique. Bowtie has an eventful day meeting his new teacher and a new friend. This is the first book of Bowtie’s journeys and adventures.

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Fiction: 

Sheridan 
Author: Olivia J 
Sheridan Mason fights hard and plays dirty. Smart, savvy and independent, Sheridan makes no apologies for her choices. Sheridan is a hero, confidante, rock and best friend to the people she loves. She is fearless and determined. Confident and satisfied. Sheridan Mason doesn’t want or need love. Sheridan is content being an independent woman with a flourishing career. She lives life on her own terms and at twenty-nine years old, she has no intentions of allowing anyone to change that. Sheridan Mason has a secret. A secret that is threatening to overwhelm her. She is afraid, terrified with no one to turn to. Can she be vulnerable with the people who need her to be strong? No. Sheridan Mason will fight this battle alone. Sheridan Mason may have met her match. Michael Wolfe. Handsome, daring and determined to love Sheridan. He awakens Sheridan’s passion and stirs her desires; seduces her mind and ravishes her body. Sheridan wants more of the Wolfe. But can she expect him to stay when he discovers her secret? Does she want him to?

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The Book of Remembrance
Author: Sheila Cone 
What if your bloodline came from a race of supernatural beings, and you didn’t know it? Would you seek to find the answers, or would you let the decay of the village mold your life? These are the questions Rayniann must resolve in The Book of Remembrance, when a stranger arrives in his village and begins to tell him things he can’t quite comprehend. At the moment of the stranger’s arrival he is broken over the death of his mother, but he questions whether her death was accidental or planned. An unexpected betrayal from someone his mother trusted puts Rayniann in the middle of a wild conquest, with the stranger as his guide. As he battles a barrage of dark enemies and his own fears, Rayniann falls in love with a woman whose own brokenness helps him to embrace the truth. He begins to understand that his life comprises of he not only freeing the world of the darkness that consumes it, but freeing his own soul from the misery of mankind’s destruction. Rayniann’s discovery of truth leads him to one single purpose, but will he have the strength to accept the sacrifice?

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Non-Fiction/Inspirational:

Skin: A Matter of Race In America 
Author: A.P. Brooks
Race as we know it today. It defines, as well as, divides us. Furrowed deep within the contour lines of our racial perceptions are social nuances we ascribe to every stroke of skin color. We afford to race the power to decide human intelligence, beauty and even moral goodness. We have created a truth or at least, a reality to every shade of skin. Race can affirm or deny. It is a measuring rod, determining who is good or bad and whom we should hate or revere. For almost as long as our inception as a nation, Americans have worn these attitudes like a favored old garment with each generation providing fecund to keep it going. This is not to say that our social biases are insular. On the contrary, ideals like these have existed in societies around the world and throughout history, we find a shared consorter of sorts. One not necessarily connected to skin color, but nonetheless, torn from the same broadcloth and extending from the same thought process. Such ideals have caused great divisiveness; building walls of separation between people within a society and the reasons are as age old as class, religion, and geography—a big fuss over a little piece of land. And history shows us all too well, how one voice ratcheting up fury over one of these ideals can lead to mass violence. Certainly, such social intolerances exist anywhere there is a lack of compassion and understanding. Still, Americans do hold a distinction in this area. To be sure, our use of race based on skin color as a means to hate and discriminate, even more so, as an evolutionary benchmark is a uniquely modern concept.

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To: Die Before You Die: The True Story of My Journey Through Life and Mental Illness 
Author: Melvin Ricks
I was born in rural Arkansas, the seventh child of a family of thirteen children, and after enduring an abusive, and poverty-stricken childhood, my family made its way to California where I would graduate from college. I would eventually return to the south and become an attorney in Atlanta, Georgia. However, like most of my siblings, I suffer from a mental illness that had long lurked within the shadows of my life, and which I had unknowingly been able to cope with for years. Nevertheless, my illness would eventually overtake me, and destroy everything that I had been able to accomplish, and nearly take my life. I am presently learning to cope with my illness in hopes of returning to my life as an attorney some day. As part of my efforts to understand what I experienced, I began writing about it, and my writings evolved into the book you’re holding. It is my hope that my story will give you a direct insight into my battles with bi-polar and severe depression, and leave you with a better understanding of mental illness, and those afflicted by it. This is my story, and although I have changed the names of a few of the individuals to protect their privacy, it is a true and accurate account of my experiences.

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Dancing in the Rain

Author/Speaker/Poet: Lesley Hudson

Lesley Hudson, a breast cancer survivor, has done an amazing job with her new book titled, Dancing in the Rain. On her journey through the storm she learned to lean on the Lord, focus on her health and inspire others. This inspirational book of poetry is not only for cancer patients, it’s a must read for everyone. The first section is dedicated to all of those diagnosed with breast cancer. She takes you through an emotionally charged journey of her ordeal and she excites the reader with positive messages such as Celebrate Life and The Best is Yet to Come.

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Words of Wisdom While Driving Daily
Author: Doretta Gahagan Lester 
Words of Wisdom While Driving Daily is a book of statements to keep individuals focus on frazzled days, emotional roller coasters and control those actions and thoughts with the guidance of the HOLY SPIRIT and Gods promises.

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Smudge 
Author: Vincent W. Brown
“Smudge” is a book about a young black boy’s struggles to become a man in the painful surrounding of the Bronx and Queens, New York during the 1940’s. It tells a tale of real life: the pitfalls of the street, drugs, alcohol, AIDS and incarcerations, but it also tells of courage, self-determination, and the power of family. The lessons taught in this work of non-fiction are so very relevant today’s society. “Smudge” is a wakeup call for every man, woman and child who want to keep the Grim Reaper from ringing their doorbell.

To purchase a copy, call 678-598-0355.
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Taking Back the Woman in Me
Author: GlenNeta M. Griffin
“Taking Back the Woman in Me” is a must read for any woman ready to reinvent her life. Every woman has gone through some type of trial and felt defeated, but women can endure the worst and still come out on top. This book will motivate anyone to take a stand and make the necessary changes to improve a better you. If you’re ready for a change, it starts today with this empowering tool that you’ll want to share. I challenge you to find your passion and push for the stars. Let this book guide you to regaining your power, your strength and your life. Your journey begins now!

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 Editing/Marketing:

With Pen In Hand Editing Service 
Editor: Adel Brinkley
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Positive Perspectives: A Public Relations Firm and Brand Architecture Firm
Business, Career, and Life Coaching Practice
GlenNeta M.Griffin, Certified Life Coach
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*Disclaimer: I do not receive any financial gain from sharing this information, nor am I responsible for the products or services offered.* 

Thank you to all of the authors who came out to share their published work with the community, and to Sherry Turner for making this event possible!

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Publishing 101- Workshop Held at the Clayton County Library- Part 1

I love my community library. Sherry Turner, the head librarian, goes out of her way to keep the event room of the library packed with classes of all kinds to encourage community development.

For the third year, I was able to attend a writing seminar that focused on Publishing 101. The speaker, Cora Lockheart, a very talented author, spoke to a room full of inquisitive attendees about her journey into self-publishing. Cora’s book, The Inheritance of Being, was published this year. She had a wealth of information to share.

One of the first things she pointed out is that self-publishing, as popular as it has become over the last few years, is nothing new. She shared an encouraging handout detailing some now famous authors and well-known books that were self-published.

Here are a few:
Famous Self-Published Books:
Ulysses
The Adventures of Peter Rabbit
The Bridges of Madison County
Famous Authors Who Self-Published:
Deepak Chopra
Zane Grey
Mark Twain
Bernard Shaw
Virginia Wolff
E.E. Cummings
Edgar Allen Poe
Rudyard Kipling
Henry David Thoreau
Benjamin Franklin
Walt Whitman
Beatrix Potter
Here is one that will probably shock you:
Famous Author’s Rejected by Publishers:
Kathryn Stockett- The Help– 60 times
George Orwell- Animal Farm
Joseph Heller- Catch -22 -22 times
Alex Haley- Before Roots- 200 rejections
John Grisham- A Time to Kill– 15 publishers and 30 agents (bet they’re still kicking themselves!)
Dr. Seuss- 24 times
Steven King
J.K. Rowling
And many, many more!
What does that mean for new writers, or those about to embark on the daunting query process?
It means you have options. But, like anything you want in life, not matter what you decide, there is work.
Some tips she shared were:
·         Covers are important! Make sure you use the right type of setting in order for your cover to come across online (if selling as an eBook), and printed (if doing print on demand) books. PDF Creator shows how your book will look on Kindle. CreateSpace also offers an app for self-publishing converted books to allow you to see your book cover in various e-Reader formats.

  While eBooks are great, not everyone owns or wants to read a book on Kindle. Think about your target audience.  Older readers may prefer the feel of a book in their hands, while younger ones enjoy the use of technology. Let your reader decide which option they prefer.  CreateSpace on Amazon allows you to make your book available as a POD option without costing you a thing. Research your options!

·         The biggest stigma about self-published books is that they are not edited.Overcome this stigma by having it professionally edited. If it is not in your budget, find reads (family, friends, teachers, professors, etc.) who may have an editorial background. Even readers who do not have a literary background can find mistakes/errors that you may not notice. (Think about it, not all readers who critique books have an English degree). Prepare yourself for the feedback and be willing to make changes. Repeat the process until your work is the best it can be. Take heart: even the major publishing houses miss errors in books every now and then!

·         While places like CreateSpace offer ISBN numbers, use of them may limit the online sites where you can sell your book. Consider purchasing your own ISBN number. If you own it, you can sell your book anywhere. Also know that if you use a CreateSpace ISBN, their name will be printed on the cover of your book as the publisher. Research your options!

·         If self-publishing is not for you and you decide to use a vanity publisher, RESEARCH! Their goal is not to put out quality work. They make money by charging you, the author, to publish your work. As long as they are paid, they will publish anything you want. Make sure the publisher you choose works to make sure your book is the best it can be. Make them care about you by staying in constant communication with them throughout the process. 

·         Use your network for editing, graphics, and assistance with marketing. Friends and family with experience in these areas may be willing to assist you to reach your goal.
Cora chose self-publishing. She researched her options  and created her own company, Paramour Press, and published her book. Next, she shared a few tips on self-publishing she learned from David Carnov in an article, Self-Publishing a Book: 25 things you need to know. Here are a few highlights. (For the sake of space, some of the tips have been condensed. Visit the link to read the full article.)
·         Digital, not print, is your best bet. A text-based book (no graphics, illustrations, or photos) sold as an e-book is easier to produce than a hard copy. It also sells for less, making it easier to move than a hard copy. You can always upgrade later.

·         Buy your own ISBN—and create your own publishing house. Even if you go with one of the subsidy presses for convenience’s sake, there’s no reason to have Lulu, CreastSpace, IUnivers, AuthorHouse, or whomever listed as your publisher.

·         Create a unique title. Your book should be easy to find in a search on Amazon and Google.

·         Self-publishing is a contact sport. The biggest mistake people make when it comes to self-publishing is that they expect to just put out a book and have it magically sell. They might even hire a publicist and expect something to happen. It’s just not so. You have to be a relentless self-promoter.

·         If you’re selling online, make the most out of your Amazon page. *Tip* Make sure your book is put into five browsing categories (it only allows five). It helps to categorize your book to readers and will make your book look better if it’s a bestseller in those categories.

The Inheritance of Being, by Cora Lockheart
Sometimes Lux Madigan takes things that don’t belong to her, and this is the reason she believes her twin sister, Nix, fled the Cape Perpetua Asylum where they were institutionalized over thirty years before. Approaching sixty with a degenerative heart condition and a damaged memory, Lux roams Cape Perpetua desperately searching for Nix in the faces of twins that inhabit the city. Legend has it that the city was cursed when the ship, the Twin Sisters, smashed against its rocky shore in the mid-Twentieth Century. It’s a curse that has always been attributed to Una Madigan, the twins’ mother, because of the connection she claimed to have with the dead. With the help of a recently-widowed journalist, Victoria Belmont, the atrocities of the Eugenics Board are exposed and long-buried secrets are unearthed, making it clear that the curse lies more within the foundation of existence.

Find Cora at these locations:


Website    Email    Goodreads    Facebook    Amazon    Barnes and Noble    Powells Books

Come back for part two when I introduce fabulous local authors, their books, and where they can be found!

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