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Saturday, January 11, 2014

The times are a changin'

It's hard to believe it's been less than a year since I took a chance on the Indie
Industry but February 8th marks the first anniversary of Nowhere to Run.

I think it's a great time to announce a slight overhaul of the novel.

I've decided to change the name of one of the major/minor characters in the novel. Jesse Carlisle will become Tyler Carlisle. I hated to do it, but on listening to readers advising there were too many J characters, I decided it was the best thing to do.

I will also be cleaning up the errors throughout the novel. I am aware that there are still a few and want to make it smoother. The same goes for Nowhere to Hide

This is a tough industry to work in and I've learned a few things along the way:

01) Network, network network

I have made so many wonderful friends in the past year and I am truly blessed to have done so. It has made the transition so much easier and I've received and given some amazing advice.

02) Shut up and write

I've learned in the past year that I'm way more happier when I am staying out of the limelight and just writing. I have found that the less time I spend on social media the happier I am, simply because places like facebook have become a bitchfest. September was an especially brutal time for me with dealing with bullying authors and nasty people. It made me realize that I'm not interested in other people's dramas or bitchiness, I just want to write and share my stories. 

03) Don't take reviews to heart

This has been one of the hardest parts of writing. The reviews. I've been lucky and had some amazing reviews but at the same time I've had some terrible ones. I've accepted not everyone will like my book. Some people will see it as a chance to personally attack me as well as my writing. If they want to do that, so be it. I try not to let it get to me anymore. There would have been a time when it did get to me and it hurt deeply to have someone attack you on a personal level but now I shrug it off. That's all you can do. In this industry, you need to have a thick skin to survive. You can't let the little things get to you and you can't allow it to creep in and make you second guess everything you say, do and write.

04) Find a good team and stick with it

I'm still working on this one. I've worked with several different cover designers - both brilliant in their own way. I've got an amazing formatter, who I will always use simply because her work is brilliant.

I've worked with several editors and still trying to gauge the right one for me. I am fairly certain this will continue for a while. Finding the right editor is kind of like the Prince finding the girl who fits the glass slipper. Some look like they fit, act as if they fit but then you realize it's all a lie and others fit seamlessly. It's a work in progress.

Once you have a great team though, stick with them. I've been pretty lucky with the people I have found along the way. 

05 Love What You Do

Love what you do. If you're in it for the money but don't give a damn about the story there's the good chance you won't succeed. You need to believe in what you're writing about and believe in your characters. If you don't believe, then how do you expect your readers to?

Be passionate about your writing. Love it and respect it.
It's really that simple. 
I'm in this industry because I can't imagine a world where I'm not writing. I can't imagine not telling stories or breathing life into my characters. 

 I never got into this industry for the money. Sure, I want to make money from my novels. My biggest dream is to work as a writer full time. It might happen but if it doesn't then I'm okay with that too.

I have the following inscribed on my ipad:

I was born to write.

It's the truth. I honestly don't know where I end and the writing begins. It's always been ingrained in me. It always will be.


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