• Ordinary people. Extraordinary romance.

    Ordinary people. Extraordinary romance.

Write Your Book

Write your book! Fail often, fail fast, fail forward.

Write your book. Come on, do it. Stop saying, “one day I’ll write a book”. In fact, stop saying, “one day”.  Stop being afraid. Are you afraid of failure? What’s the worst that could happen? You fail. You’ve never done that before? What’s the best that can happen? You succeed. Maybe you’ll never make the New York Times bestseller list, but not many do. At least you’ll be able to say you’ve written a book.

Take it to the next level. Publish it! Yes, put it out to the world. Be bold. Be brave. Write your book and claim authorship. Self-publishing tools are so easy and available. If I can do it, and I’m hanging onto the tech world by my fingernails, then you can do it. If you need guidance, check out my self-publishing Pinterest board.

Are you afraid of success? Some are. By succeeding, the world validates you and your talent.  Success is a rare thing for those who don’t believe in themselves. It might skew their world. Be bold and change your world.

Take a risk. I’ve taken many over the years. I wasn’t born or raised as a risk-taker. In my time (let’s talk Don Draper) little girls grew up to be wives or mothers . Careers, if you were so bold to seek one, were limited to secretary, teacher, stewardess, and nurse. Oh, and clerical, a career (!) I entered, which morphed into analytical research.

How I changed into a risk taker

My husband, Mr. Hello-how-long-have-you-worked-here, Mr. Extrovert, pulled and prodded my true personality to the forefront. I’m still an introvert, by I’m a highly-functioning one, which means I can walk and talk in public at the same time; I can take command of a room full of authors; I’m proud of my writing and WILL talk about it; and I’ve been known to strike up conversations with strangers. (Gasp!)

One of the first steps I made in the “write your book” journey was to join a writers group. Then split off and start another. Then WRITE THE DAMN BOOK. And—get this—finish it and send it to a publisher.

Non-writing related, we’ve failed often, failed fast, and failed forward many times. We’ve started many businesses. Some have failed (pre-internet gift baskets), some have succeeded (office cleaning, which paid the mortgage every month). Though we don’t consider it a fail, some might because we didn’t “stick it out”—In 2012, we quit well-paying jobs, sold our house and most of our possessions, and moved to Hawai’i. We lived there for three years, six months and twenty-one days. Was it a fail? Yes and no. We never regained our income, but we lived in paradise.

We took a risk. In our minds, it paid off. It might not have. That’s our view of life. Try it. Go on to the next thing if it doesn’t work.

Fail often, fail fast, and most importantly, fail forward. We wouldn’t be where we are if we hadn’t tried.

Now it’s your turn. Write your book. Take a chance. Believe in yourself.

Go!

Blessings!

 

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Mr. Right, Mr. Wrong, Mr. Alien

Mr. Right, Mr. Wrong, Mr. Alien

Mr. Right, Mr. Wrong, Mr. Alien has been available for purchase since April 2016. It was meant to be a stand-alone short story. But, as all writers do, I started playing the “what if” game. What if Dax and Sage’s story wasn’t the only one to be told? What if Dax’s commander, Jakes Echabarne, had his own story? Who would be the perfect companion for him?

The Slakerians used an Earth-based internet dating site to find humans willing, if not eager, to explore another planet and take part in settling it. Who better to butt heads with Jakes than the CEO of the dating site, Vivi Soria?

So, I started to write their story, The Alien and the CEO. And, as any writer will tell you, the characters had a mind of their own. The only way for Jakes and Vivi to meet is if something happened with the software the Slakerians needed.

I saw Jakes as a straight shooter, a kind of John Walton (I used Ralph Waite as his avatar). He wouldn’t deceive Vivi into boarding The Baldain. But what if someone else was behind the deception?

Her story will be book #4, but in the meantime, the casual mention of Lt. Paul Landaeta of The Baldain sparked another story, The Alien and the Girl in the Rain. The timeline of Paul and Natalie Cardellini’s story had to take place before Jake and Vivi’s. What to do?

I wrote both. They will be released as separate stories next week. I’ll post when and how you can purchase them. In the meantime, enjoy quotes from Mr. Right, Mr. Wrong, Mr. Alien.

An excerpt can be read here.

It’s available on Amazon here.

It’s available on Nook, Kobo, ibooks and other sites through this link.

I hope you enjoy it, and if you do purchase it, please consider leaving a review.

Blessings.

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Should Writers Give Away Their Works for Free?

The key to writing faster

Last year, Wil Wheaton (Yes, Westley Crusher himself) wrote about NOT giving away his work for free.

I agree with him. We’re artists and we shouldn’t give away our work. Amazon and Kindle Unlimited have revolutionized the publishing industry. Thousands of books are offered as free. Is this good? For the reader, yes. For the writers? Not so much.

I’m guilty of using Kindle Unlimited as a tool to introduce some of my novels. “The Plot Thickens” was in the KU program for six months, sold more than six hundred copies, but made pennies. All of the books enrolled in the KU program share a monthly allowance (KDP Select Global Fund), based on the number of pages read. If you have a small book, you have to sell a heck of a bunch of them to make as much as a novel.

Free, or almost free, is the new norm. If you’re a writer with a healthy stable of books it might be worth it to offer one, say the first story in a series, as permafree to introduce a reader to your work. If you’re a new author—don’t quit your day job.

Should writers give away their works for free?

It’s up to each author, but my advice is no. Don’t shortchange your work. Don’t shortchange your worth. Go wide with your stories. Offer them through as many online venues as you can find. I recommend starting with Draft2Digital.com, where you can upload your manuscript once, and it is downloaded behind the scenes to Nook, iBooks, Scribd and others. It’s a free service upfront, Draft2Digital takes a cut on the backend (much as Amazon does).

Amazon is a huge presence in the ebook publishing industry. Why allow them power over your writing career? They could push all of their authors into the Kindle Unlimited program.

Take charge of your career. Don’t let anyone else define you. You are worth more than you give yourself credit. Don’t give away your work!

 

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