I’m a terrible blogger! My life has been in turmoil for the past few months. My daughter and fellow author, Tiffany M. Rock was found to have cancer of the Appendix in February and was fighting it with surgery and chemotherapy, but it has failed to stem the spread of the tumors in her abdomen. It doesn’t look good, but she is trying a new treatment to help slow the spread of the horrible disease .
Needless to say, my writing has taken a hit. I was working on a Fantasy I’m calling Vermaland and got over 90K words into it, but lost my motivation with our latest scare and more time in the hospital.
In my desperate desire to escape into another world, I began a horror project. I think my first victim is going to be an oncologist! The story takes place in a former plantation house in Virginia. Sometime after the Civil War it was turned into a mental hospital–a place where the Plantation elite could dump their less than perfect children and unwanted wives. My character finds out the place is supposed to be haunted by the original doctor who hanged himself after he killed a young female patient in a botched abortion. Yes, I’m feeling quite murderous! The working title is Bainbridge Hospital and I intend to take out my frustrations there.
If I didn’t have my writing to escape into, I don’t know what shape I’d be in! It’s my escape and my therapy. I can kill without the mess or the guilt. It’s no surprise the story takes place in a defunct hospital haunted by a disgraced doctor. I’ve never been fond of either and recent events have done nothing to change that.
I’ve been experimenting with some marketing of late. I hired a PA who had been posting my work to different sites and saw a small uptick in sales. Unfortunately, I set that aside for the time being as well. I tried some Amazon adds and got a few sales, but not what I had hoped. Thus far, the best return on my investment has been an ad on Bargain Booksy. I believe I will continue with them for awhile and try some of my other books there.
Getting reviews is another struggle. I give away books and hope the reader will be kind enough to repay with a review. It’s hit and miss. I recently received a very nice email from a blogger who said she wanted to review my books on her blog. She complemented one of my covers. After I replied, telling her I’d be happy to send her book files for review, she replied that her price for a review was 75.00 per book. She also said that after she received my payment via Paypal, she would gladly purchase the book she wanted to review. Oh, my! I refuse to pay for a review. I feel giving the book is payment enough. 75.00?! I guess it’s a nice gig if you can get it.
I always thought the writing was supposed to be the hard part!
I’ve also been occupying my time with some classes. I began taking some online writing courses through Weslyan University. For 49.00 per month they offer a course covering, Plot, Character, and Setting development. After listening to lecture segments from authors on the subject, there is then a writing assignment and peer review. Reviewing the assignments has been interesting. Do they no longer teach basic grammar in grade school and high school? Frankly, I’ve been stunned. I see a healthy future in the Editorial field!
Until the next time, Write On!