The Election is Over!

The election is over! November is here and time to get after that NaNoWriMo project! I’m working on a project now that I started in October and plan to finish it before I get into NaNoWriMo. I have something in mind and I’m looking forward to beginning the outline. As of now, it’s just a few ideas floating around in the gray matter.

2016 has been productive for me. I finished book 3 of my Soiled Dove Sagascrown-queens-cover, picked up a promotional company, and made some hard decisions about publishing. Let’s just say my foray into the traditional route has been less than satisfactory. I will return to exclusively self-publishing and put more time and money into promotion. I don’t enjoy tooting my own horn, but I fear it’s a necessary evil in this business.

I relocated to Washington state in July and have been enjoying my family. My first great-grandchild is due in a few days. I’m missing my friends at the Central Phoenix Writers’ Workshop and haven’t found a group up here yet. Maybe I should start one!

I found love here, however! My sweetheart, Dan Holmes, is a rocket engineering tech with one of the aerospace firms up here. I can hardly believe it. I’m the biggest technophobe, but I’m dating a rocket scientist! It’s more than dating, actually. We’ve decided to enter into a Registered Domestic Partnership.  We are planning a ceremony in July. He turns 62 on July 21 and in Washington, one partner must be 62 if it’s not a same-sex relationship, to qualify for a Registered Domestic Partnership. Why not get married? We’ve both tried that, without much success, and thought we’d give this a try. We’ll get the benefits of marriage with insurance and such, but … It’s complicated. It always is.

I’m 25K into my latest project and I need to get back at it!

Until next time … Write On!

Booksigning at Bookmans
First Book Signing!

Writing prompts: I was crushed

I got a list of 101 writing prompts and decided to use them for my blog posts as I’m terrible at keeping up with this blog. I’m beginning with prompt number 101, though, because that’s just how I am.

I was crushed when I realized the promotion company I hired, Soul Captured Books, took my 350.00 and has done absolutely nothing. They emailed me daily about what they were going to do until they got my money–then absolutely nothing! I’ve contacted them a couple of times and gotten a few curt replies.

I’m on a fixed income and 350.00 is over a third of my monthly income. I had high hopes of help with my Social Media presence, setting up book signings, my website, and all the other things they promised. In the back of my mind I had this little voice telling me it’s a scam, but I was hopeful.

I was crushed when I realized I’d been scammed. I’ve become quite the skeptic, and that has crushed me as well. I’ve lost my ability to trust. I see things online and I immediately think–scam. Stay away and don’t give it a second thought. They just want to steal your money. It’s a little soul-crushing.guardian angel

I’ve since contacted an individual and she has agreed, for a modest fee to do most of the things this company promised. I’m looking forward to working with her and I’m optimistic. Again, I’ll sing her praises here if things work out. You may ask why I don’t do this stuff myself. It’s simple; I’m the world’s biggest technophobe. I try to write every day, as well. I don’t have the time or the desire to spend hours posting on social media sites and I have no idea how to update my website. If I can pay 75.00 a month to have someone else who needs the money and enjoys it, I’m happy to do it.

I’m finishing up book 3 of my Soiled Dove Sagas, Crown Queens. It will end the series, but it doesn’t necessarily mean we won’t hear more from Mattie and Roxie. I just sent a new historical romance manuscript to JK Publishing. It’s currently titled The Green River War and is set in the year 1876 on a ranch in central Texas. I took an online writing class and wrote this manuscript to the Harlequin Romance Formula outline. It was fun and I hope y’all like it. It’s tentatively scheduled for release by JK in November.

I’m also working on an erotic anthology set in an Old West saloon and brothel. I will self-publish this as it’s not a romance with a Happily Ever After Ending and it’s pretty raw erotica. I’m working on it as time permits and ideas strike me.

Until next time: Write On!

Man in Black

Man in Black.jpgMan in Black will be published by JK Publishing on Tuesday! This was my NaNoWriMo project in 2015. It begins with an excerpt from The Legend of the Swamp Witch (2014) and the family involved in the story is the one from Moon of the Witch (2015). I brought characters together from these two books to create another paranormal story set in the swamps of southern Louisiana. I hope you all like it! Please let me know with a review on Amazon.

Think You Couldn’t Possibly Lose Your Amazon Publishing Account? Think Again.

The Active Voice

There’s this indie author I know a little bit from the Kboards.com forum. Her name is Pauline Creeden, and she’s an ordinary midlister, like so many of us. I remember PMing her some time ago and gushing about how particularly beautiful one of her book covers is — the one for Chronicles of Steele: Raven.collection Here, I’ll include an image. Gorgeous, eh?

Anyway, today I tuned in to Kboards and noticed that Pauline had started a thread. It contained what’s surely the worst news possible for an indie author: Amazon had closed her publishing account. All her ebooks had been taken off sale. Permanently. Here’s the email she got from Amazon:

We are reaching out to you because we have detected that borrows for your books are originating from systematically generated accounts. While we support the legitimate efforts of our publishers to promote their books, attempting to manipulate…

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Concentrating on Promotion

Queen of the Cow Towns coverIt seems to be time to dive into shameless self-promotion again. I just purchased a promotional package from a company I found online. I’ve toyed with this before without much luck. Unfortunately I’m not very techy and cannot create banners to flood social media sites or update my website–loribeasleybradleyauthor.com. They say they will.

They are also setting up book signings at different locations around the state. I’ve tried these before and been disappointed in the results. I’m working on some kitchy ideas for my table to attract customers. I’m also making some costumes to wear that resemble those worn by the characters in my books. Another creative outlet I enjoy.

I will share the name of the company after I see what the results of the endeavor are. If it’s a bust, I wouldn’t want to lead another author into wasting a lot of money. If I see results, I’ll shout their name from the mountain tops!

I’m looking for opportunities on my own, as well. I visited the Second Friday event on Main Street in Mesa last night and was invited to attend as an artist (author) next month. I’ll give that a try. There are other such events in the valley and if it proves successful, I’ll look into those. Who wouldn’t enjoy dressing up in frilly Victorian finery to sit at a table on a sidewalk and push their books? I’m game!soiled-dove

 

How to Write right?

I must admit that I’m addicted to books on writing!  I buy them from Amazon and at conferences. I recently received an order I made with books on how to write the perfect Romance.  I spent the weekend studying, making notes, and playing with an outline and character studies.

One of the first things I was told when I joined my critique group was to throw out all the books on how to write! I’ve learned so much from the group and my writing has improved greatly, but I love my books! I doubt any of them will make me a bestseller, but something is bound to stick. I glean a little something from all of them. Is there such a thing as too much knowledge? I don’t think so.

I have books about outlining, how to write Horror, how to market my work, and now, how to write Romance. I’m sure I’ve already mastered the Horrible Romance, but … I keep trying.

Historical Fiction is my forte, so I’ll stay in that genre for the time being. This story I’m toying with is a Western Romance set in 1876 central Texas. I’ve watched many Westerns. My mother was a devotee of John Wayne. In my early teens I went through my Western novel period. I devoured Louis L’Amour and other Western authors. I’m hoping some of it stuck.

I enjoy the research that brings real-life to the pages. I loved doing the research for my Soiled Dove Sagas. I study Historical Fashion and think it adds a lot as well. I know most men don’t care about silk ribbons on lacey petticoats, but the women do and I think they are ultimately my audience.

The books tell me to write what I know. I know about fabrics and period fashions. I can’t do it anymore, but I know about hand-stitching a full garment. I hope that comes through in my writing. I grew up on a farm in a 100-year-old farmhouse with no central air. I know what it feels like to pull weeds in the hot sun and how fresh corn smells when you pull it off the stalk. I’ve never cooked on a woodstove, but I have washed clothes outside and hung them on a line to dry. I’m dating myself now, but it all works to enhance my writing about the 19th Century. I can write what I know.

I’ll continue attending my critique group, but I’ll also continue to read books about writing. I may never write a bestseller, but I’ll continue to write. It fills a void in my life and I have a few fans who read my work. I write for me, but I’d like to think I’m doing it well.

I’m back!

It has been several months since I posted. I’ve been in California helping out my X-husband who was diagnosed with colon cancer in November. He needed help with getting back and forth to his chemotherapy treatments. He lives fifty miles from the cancer center in Palm Springs and the doctors didn’t want him to drive himself until we knew how he was tolerating the meds. He was weak and in pain for a while and we had a few incidents of infections and colds because of his lowered immune system. I’m happy to report that the chemotherapy has been effective and his tumor markers have gone back down to normal levels. He’s insisting on driving himself now, so I can finally get back to my life and my writing. I’m returning to Phoenix and hope to be posting on a regular basis again.

I haven’t been completely idle, though not writing as furiously as I  was last year. I have fourteen chapters completed of Crown Queens, Book 3 of The Soiled Dove Sagas. Books 1 & 2 have been re-edited and released by JK Publishing as e-books. They are also picking up Moon of the Witch and Man in Black for publication.

I’d set aside a ghost story/mystery project last year, but reopened it a couple of weeks ago and did some editing. It’s currently only about twenty-eight thousand words, so far from novel length. I sent it to my daughter  to read. She’s the mystery writer. I wanted to get her opinion. I may simply release it as a short story or if I can lengthen it a bit, a novella.

I also began outlines for an Epic Fantasy, a Science Fiction, and a Vampire romance project. I need to do some world-building for the Fantasy and some science research for the Science Fiction. I’m looking forward to jumping into all three projects in the coming year. Perhaps one of them will be my NaNoWriMo project for 2016!

I’ve really missed my weekly meetings of the Central Phoenix Writers’ Workshop and can’t wait to get back to them. The energy in the group is phenomenal and really kept me cranking over the past two years. In their absence, I took an online writing class with Ed2go for writers. It’s very basic, but I found the refresher good. It helped me to flesh out some of my weaker skills with excellent examples and writing exercises.