The blurb.

Hiring out my blurb writing was the best decision I ever made. Or at least one of… Technically decision(s) because I hired two blurb writers, both who had a significant hand in shaping the final product. I would reccomend both of them. Trust me when I say it is far better than anything I came up with…. 🙂


THE WHITE HOUSE FILES

She’ll do anything to unearth the secrets.

They’ll stop at nothing to silence her.

Smithsonian archeologist, Roslin Williams gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to excavate the areas where The White House once stood. When she uncovers an Air Force One plane containing human remains and a mysterious briefcase, she’s determined to dig up any information on the airplane and the secrets behind it.

However, the dangerous powers behind this age-old scandal have plans of their own. Keeping facts buried is their number one priority and Roslin is getting in their way. With an assassin closing in, to silence her once and for all, Roslin teams up with Special Agent Mark Appleton to unravel this ancient conspiracy. But with time running out, will they unearth the truth before they’re the next buried fatalities?


If you are looking for a blurb writer… I used the following:

The Blurb Bitch (ha)

and

S.A. Soule 

And…. if you are interested. The instafreebie link to sample my book is here.

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The cover.

Fun fact. As hard as I thought it was to function hungry…. I have found that it is 50 gazillion times harder to function tired. And let me tell you, I am tired. So, to break up my long absences where I dream about writing, and sleep, and writing in my sleep. Here is a picture of the cover. Enjoy 🙂

Aaaaannnndddd…. on the off chance that you are interested in reading a sample, here is the instafreebie link. Full disclosure. I have no idea how instafreebie works, I just signed up. Also, this is the non-professionally edited version (I’m scheduled for editing mid-June). So read at your own risk. The writing is good (I think), I just can’t entirely speak for the spelling, and grammar, and well, you know, the other important stuff. Did I mention that the writing is good? It is.

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KonMari your writing.

I am a huge KonMari fan. Huge. For oh, so many reasons.

Less stuff=less stress. And seriously. I don’t want to spend my entire life working just so I can buy more stuff which then causes me to work more so that I can support said stuff. I get tired just thinking about it. Really, you can apply the KonMari principles to just about any area in your life. Email…. belongings….. people….. 🙂

But we are here to talk about writing. One of the hardest parts about writing (for me) is overthinking. Something I can do in spades. Do you need to know the 99.99999999 billion ways a scenario can go wrong? I’m your person. I can tell you. Are you curious about how many different ways something might go? Even the completely implausible, probably won’t happen but still could scenarios? Still your person. In the world of insurance this is probably an extremely valuable skill. Everywhere else. Not so much.

Particularly in writing. There are hundreds of thousands of choices. Little, tiny decisions that all add up to a story. You can spend forever with the “what ifs”. Or you can try to throw in every single shiny idea that crosses your mind. Or you can describe the entire scene in painstakingly intricate detail. OR….. you could just repeat after me. Less is more. Less is more.

Readers are smart. They will fill in the blanks. Granted there is a line there where you don’t want to give too little information. But they are looking for an experience. They want to use their imaginations and intelligence. They want to reason and think. Give them the freedom to do that….. makes the job of writing easier and the job of reading more enjoyable….

Less is more.

Stop waiting.

We spend so much time waiting. Waiting for the right time. Waiting to grow up. Waiting for other people. Waiting for permission. Just waiting.

I was browsing pinterest this morning. Super productive pastime… I know. But as I was going through photos, I found myself thinking… that would be nice “one day”.

Then I caught myself and wondered what the heck would I be waiting for. Why not now? And if not now, when? So often we wait, thinking that a better time will come along. One less busy, or more perfect… but two, five, or twenty years down the road we look back and realize. That was the perfect, less busy time. We just were too busy looking for the perfect moment that we weren’t experiencing  the perfect moment.

Now, some things are worth waiting for. And you can’t always have everything you want just because you want it now. Striking that balance between action and planning can be tricky. Too much planning and you end up with inaction. Too much impulsivity, and you end up with poor decisions.

When it comes to writing though. I think a lot of people wait. They wait for someone to tell them that they can. You can’t write a book because your too young or I can’t write a book because it’s too hard. You can’t write a book because you don’t know how or I can’t write a book because my ideas aren’t good enough, you can’t write a book because….. When really, it’s a book. Not only that, it’s your book. You can do whatever you want with it.

Just write it already. Being too young for something is probably the biggest lie out there. At least when it comes to writing. Age is irrelevant. Either you can do it, or you can’t. And yeah, writing a book isn’t exactly the easiest thing ever. But it’s not the hardest either. It’s one of those things that has gained a reputation of being a lot harder than it actually is. And the even better kept secret/lie. You won’t know how to write a book, until you do it. So not writing a book because you don’t know how… is just a fulfilling prophecy. As for bad ideas… they are out there so who knows, it could actually be bad. But here’s the thing. It’s a big world and your not going to make everyone happy. You could have the best idea ever and someone will still find a reason to hate it. Same as you could have the worst idea out there and I bet you anything… that eventually someone will find a reason to like it.

Thing is, you won’t know until you try. And you aren’t getting any younger. So my advice for the day (week/month/year) if you want to write a book, write it. The only thing stopping you is yourself.

Taking care of business.

Slowly. Very slowly. Things are getting done.

Mail chimp. Check.

Perhaps you noticed this? Were annoyed by this? Quickly clicked “x” and hope to never see it again? All possible. And I won’t take it personal. As someone whose email inbox regularly hovers over 10,000 (yes it’s disgusting. I know)…. adding to someone else’s inbox was really the last thing I had in mind. Besides I still question the effectiveness. But who knows. Whatever. I did it. So at least I can feel accomplished for the day.

Cover. In progress.

I may or may not be annoying my cover designer? I’m not sure. I don’t think so? I hope not anyways. This book has been slightly more complicated than I originally anticipated. The Lily books were easy. The artwork… once I found it was just right. It was also a simple genre in comparison though. This book… well…. it’s a political thriller. Except it’s funny. And set in the future. And apocalyptic, and historical fiction, and conspiracy… all in one. I promise. It’s entertaining. And fun. But it does make the cover experience…. well interesting. I’ll keep you posted.

Blurb. Half done. Donish?

A long buried secret. A persistent archeologist. And a dangerous covert organization…

Smithsonian archaeologist, Roslin Williams gets an amazing opportunity to excavate the site where the White House once stood hundreds of years ago.

When the excavation begins, Roslin stumbles upon a shocking find—the Air Force One plane containing human remains and a mysterious briefcase, which only leads to more questions than answers…

The televised dig immediately attracts the attention of a powerful shadow organization intent on ensuring the secrets contained within Air Force One remain buried, and a assassin is dispatched to eliminate Roslin.

After she is attacked, Mark Appleton, a former Secret Service Agent, is hired to watch over her, but Appleton realizes with Roslin’s life in danger, there’s no one they can trust.

As the layers of betrayal and deception are slowly peeled away, a scandalous cover-up is revealed that will have worldwide repercussions. Together, Appleton and Roslin embark on a perilous journey to outrun the evil forces allied against them in order to unravel this ancient conspiracy. And unless they can avoid the sinister adversary who shadows their every move—this volatile, ancient truth will remain hidden forever.

In all of it’s current glory. I think it will go through a few more edits, but I’m actually pretty happy with it at the moment. I totally took the easy way out with this by the way and hired someone. And I would do it again. Not even a question.

The book.

Details. Details… In my defense it’s mostly done. I will completely finish it after I finish the next two books in the series. Why…. well so glad you asked. Part. Because I needed a break from book one. Part. Because I figure if things go super crazy in the next couple of books and I need to change something in book one that it will be easier…. Part. Because I want to? I don’t know. Because I can?

Really all of the above but I think it’s mostly because as it turns out I detest editing. Hm.

The next books.

I’m behind on book two. Haven’t even started book three. I’m not worried about my self-imposed deadline yet… I think. I’ll check the calendar and get back to you on that one….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Running on empty.

Not literally running. Let’s not get crazy. Although I did do stairs the other day and. let. me. tell. you. Yeah. I should be doing those more often thats for sure.

No. Somehow between the combo of life, kids, work, and of course writing. I have been maxed out. As in I am honestly not sure if there is any left of myself to give. Yet everyone still wants more. More work, more attention, more this, that, or whatever. There are days where I can count on one hand the moments I had alone (literally seconds count). And I’m not even someone who needs to be alone. If anything I don’t like being alone. Or didn’t.

These are also the days that I count a success if I made it through the day without falling down asleep. Or if I managed to get fully dressed, not forget anything, and get out of the door semi on time. Something that seems to happen less often than it should be.

I’m not one to set the bar low. So don’t think that it’s just some excuse or way to be lazy. It’s more the realization that occasionally you need to recharge, every so often you need to admit that you can’t do everything, sometimes you need to set your own standards based on what else you have going on, and that coffee won’t actually get you through everything. No matter how much of it you try to drink.

In the midst of this sleep deprived-caffeine fueled haze the trick is to try to still stay focused on writing. And by trick, I mean whatever crazy-ass lie you tell yourself to make the idea of taking on essentially another full-time job or extremely expensive hobby that may or may not eventually pay off… on.

It is at this point, where I think that if I thought I could stop writing completely. That I would. Trust me, I’ve tried. And for awhile I will be successful. But I always come back to it…. and even when I’m not writing. I’m thinking about writing. And the only thing worse that being in the middle of a sleep deprived-caffeine fueled haze while writing… is being in the middle of a sleep deprived-caffeine fueled haze while not writing. Or so I think.

 

The before I publish plan.

Slightly ironic I suppose….. given the fact that my last book sold two copies (at last count)…. that I plan on going into this release with a full “professional” set up. Or as professional as a complete amateur can be I suppose.

However, through the last publishing process I learned a lot. And it might all be for nothing, and I might be completely delusional. But I have a better feeling about this upcoming release and whereas last time I questioned whether it was worth it to set up a “business” for my publishing… this time its pretty much a given.

Why? You ask. Or not… either way I will answer. Partly because I have a better plan and more patience going into this one. My general release plan is as follows.

  1. Write 3 books
  2. pre-order for first with paper back for reviews
  3. Publish all 3 within 90 days of each other
  4. Second two books will be on pre-order while the first book is live
  5. Release books into Kindle Unlimited
  6. Line up reviews and advanced reader copies prior to release (as much as possible)
  7. Professional, genre appropriate covers (from the start) and blurbs
  8. Plan out a selection of ads and mailing list promos
  9. Pricing TBD but will most likely be full price during pre-order with .99 period on launch at least for the first one

Still a lot of details to get figured out… mainly the advanced reader copies/reviews and mailing list promos. In the meantime there is a whole other list going on for setting up the business side of things. (One can never have too many lists….).

  1. Set up LLC
  2. P.O. Box
  3. Mailing list (probably the one thing I’m most on the fence about)
  4. Bank account
  5. Website, twitter, facebook, goodread, etc.

So. There you have it. The before I publish plan. Just so you have an idea on where I am with my progress….Book 1 is 90% done. Book 2 is 10% done. Book 3 is 0% done. I don’t plan on having book 2+3 completely done. I just want a solid rough draft going in. I’ll still have time to finish them out. As for books 4,5,6,7….. they are planned. Tentatively. It’s an open ended series. So it could go on for awhile. I don’t however, plan on keeping a every 90 day schedule for those (at this time). Why? Because I value my sanity and my family. I might be able to pull it off. In which case I will do it. But, mentally I can’t wrap my head around a book every 90 days for an extended period of time. So for now. I’ll start with 3 and see how it goes.