Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Will Anyone Like It? (An IWSG Post)

Hello, all! It's the first Wednesday of the month, which means it's time for another action-packed installment of the Insecure Writer's Support Group.

(I'm assuming that by now you're all well versed in the way of the IWSG, but for anyone looking for more information, or a complete list of participants, click on the above link!)

This month's awesome co-hosts are: Julie Flanders, Shannon Lawrence, Fundy Blue, and Heather Gardner.

So, I'm totally stuck in the editing doldrums (from which I fear I shall never escape), and the depths of my insecurities are reaching fun new lows each and every day. Yay! Fortunately, amazing author Tara Tyler has agreed to take over My Pet Blog today to talk about some post-publication worries instead.

Take it away, Tara!




IWSG - Will anyone like it?


I love the Insecure Writers Support Group. Where we get to whine and complain about our writing woes - or help others get through theirs.

Getting published is hard. Once you get there, it's an awesome feeling. But then the real hardships and worries begin. When you've put your baby out there, you are judged, and reviews and sales are your jury. Even after five books, I still worry if anyone will like it and more importantly, like it enough to buy it.

So here are some bits of advice to help you get through the low times, when feedback is scarce and you're feeling insecure...

  • Keep writing - readers love to read and you will find your niche of fans
  • Keep writing - more books mean more sales
  • Keep writing - the more you write, the better you get
  • Keep writing - it keeps you from checking sales!
  • and lastly, Go to book events - (bet you thought I was going to say... ha!) 
    • My best sales are at book events.
    • Readers love to interact with authors.
    • Other authors can give you more tips on how to be more successful.
    • You are your best salesperson! (whether to an agent or to an audience)

I wish you luck in your writing journey. We're all in this together!

Thank you, MJ for hosting me today. It's so great to visit your Pet Blog! Still waiting on the next novel! And looking forward to hosting your next book release at my place.

DISPOSAL by Tara Tyler
Pop Travel, Book Three

Cooper and Geri are finally in a good place, but their bliss is short-lived when Cooper's rebellious nephew Jimmy moves in with them for a summer internship. He hits the town hard and thinks he's found the girl of his dreams in an fiery, exotic beauty. Against all words of warning, he pursues her and ends up getting kidnapped by her powerful Drug Lord father. Geri tracks him down, but gets herself kidnapped as well.

Now it's up to Cooper to use all his resources to save them, including the hot homicide detective Geri secretly despises, and the latest sketchy gadgets his genius friend Hasan offers him to field-test. Sure, why not? Cooper will do anything to get his family back.
About the Author:
Tara Tyler is a math teacher who writes to share her passion for reading with others. She loves dogs, coffee, and is the lazy housewife, living in a world of boys with three sons and a coach husband. Join her for an adventure!

Book One           Book Two


To join in the celebration, take Tara Tyler's
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and be entered for a PRIZE! Drawing and winners announced on December 15th.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

At Your Disposal (A Release Day Post)

DISPOSAL has arrived!!

DISPOSAL by Tara Tyler
Pop Travel, Book Three

Cooper and Geri are finally in a good place, but their bliss is short-lived when Cooper's rebellious nephew Jimmy moves in with them for a summer internship. He hits the town hard and thinks he's found the girl of his dreams in an fiery, exotic beauty. Against all words of warning, he pursues her and ends up getting kidnapped by her powerful Drug Lord father. Geri tracks him down, but gets herself kidnapped as well.

Now it's up to Cooper to use all his resources to save them, including the hot homicide detective Geri secretly despises, and the latest sketchy gadgets his genius friend Hasan offers him to field-test. Sure, why not? Cooper will do anything to get his family back.

KINDLE <=> Paperback (coming soon)



About the Author:
Tara Tyler is a math teacher who writes to share her passion for reading with others. She loves dogs, coffee, and is the lazy housewife, living in a world of boys with three sons and a coach husband. Join her for an adventure!

Pop Travel & Simulation - The Cooper Chronicles
Broken Branch Falls & Cradle Rock - Beast World fantasy series


To celebrate, you can take Tara Tyler's SURVEY- which will automatically enter you for a PRIZE!

Here is the DISPOSAL blog tour schedule:

FRI, NOV 17 - Tyrean Martinson - 5 Things that will get you published!

MON, NOV 20 - Christine Rains - The Lazy Housewife talks Garage Goals
THU, NOV 23 - Juneta Key - I'm Thankful for where I am

MON, NOV 27 - Patricia Lynne -
THU, NOV 30 - Diane Burton - The Lazy Housewife talks Bathroom Blues

WED, DEC 6 - MJ Fifield - Special IWSG: Will anyone like me? Will anyone care?
FRI, DEC 8 - Elizabeth Seckman - The Journey of the Really Real Housewives

MON, DEC 11 - C. Lee McKenzie -

Monday, November 13, 2017

If The Apocalypse Comes, Beep Me (An Editing Update)

Hey, y'all remember how, in my last post, I was all, "I actually like my manuscript!"

Well, you can relax. It's over now. There shall be no apocalypse today. (Or, if there is one, it's not my fault.)



Which is not to say that I hate my book. Because I don't. (Well, maybe on occasion.) It's more...I don't trust how things are going, or that I have managed to do anything even remotely close to the way it should actually be done.

You know, normal things.

Yet, despite of this, I seem to be making some semblance of progress.

Here's how the To-Do list was looking when I started this "final" editing stage about a month ago:

—Implement the proofreader's corrections/suggestions

—Complete corrections on the editing run-off list you will inevitably compile while implementing the proofreader's corrections/suggestions

—Complete front and back matter (Acknowledgments, Bio, and Blurb)

—Contact formatter/book designer and get on her schedule


Where Things Are Today:

—Implement the proofreader's corrections/suggestions

Done.

—Complete corrections on the editing run-off list you will inevitably compile while implementing the proofreader's corrections/suggestions

Nearly done. There's one sentence with which I'm still not super happy. Just haven't hit upon the right wording yet. It's possible that I'm being entirely too picky about it, but I suppose there's no way to know for sure.

—Complete front and back matter (Acknowledgments, Bio, and Blurb)

The bio is done, and the blurb is...mostly done. There's one sentence in the blurb with which I'm not entirely pleased, but I don't know how to fix it yet. Or even if it needs to be fixed. I'm still working on  the acknowledgements page. I'm struggling to find the right flow. Transitions in and out of paragraphs, and whatnot. Occasionally, I'm tempted to just write "YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE AND WHY I LOVE YOU" and call it good, but they deserve better than that.

—Contact formatter/book designer and get on her schedule

Yeah. So here's the thing...apparently, the woman who did the book design and formatting for Effigy is no longer in the book design and formatting business. Which is a bummer because I was looking forward to just handing over the manuscript and saying, "Please do what you did with the first one." But now, instead, I have to find a new designer. I haven't started that hunt yet, but I imagine I will be soon. I'm running out of other things to do. Though I do seem to be making those other things last as humanly possible.

Once a procrastinator, always a procrastinator, I guess.



So that is where I'm at. Getting things done, yet still not crossing anything off the list. It's nice to know that some things never change, right?

Thanks for stopping by today—How's it going in your writing world?

And because it inspired the title of this post, here's one last gif for you:



Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Real Life Inspiration in Fiction

Hey, everyone!

Today, My Pet Blog is turning the spotlight on to author Patricia Josephine and her latest release, Mistakes of the Past.

Take it away, Patricia!

Four real life inspirations in Mistakes of the Past


1) Rose’s cleft lip
My nephew was born with a cleft lip and palate. By the time he was five, he had five different surgeries. He still has more to go, but is getting a break. When I created Rose I wanted her to be a cleft lip baby. There really isn’t any reason and it has no impact on the plot. It’s just one of those things that affected my life, and I know it affects others, so it’s nice to see a character with something I can relate to.

2) Josh and his grandma
There is a scene where Luc is comforting a young man at the hospital about his grandma. The thing is, she is still alive in this scene. Still, Josh asks Luc why it hurts already when she’s not gone yet.

I have one grandma left. A few years ago, she was diagnosed with lung cancer, and every illness saps her severely. She’s in her 80s. That’s where the scene came from. I’m aware that I have less time than more with my grandma. It’s going to be hard to say goodbye and I doubt I’ll ever be ready. This scene is coming to term with that fact.

3) Rose’s memory of her teacher at the funeral
My main memory of kindergarten is getting in trouble with the teacher. My bestie of 30+ odd years and I met in kindergarten. We sat next to each other, and instead of listening to the teacher, we were talking. That got us in trouble. For the longest time, I was not endeared to that teacher.

4) The Gerrish farm and Rose’s landlord
Both those I drew from my own landlord. His last name is Gerrish, and I needed a one-time name and that popped in my head. When Rose gripes about her landlord not fixing her toilet and having to reach in to flush. That actually happened with my toilet. Although, my landlord fixed it really fast.

And as a bonus, here is one inspiration that isn’t based on real life.

Rose’s hair loops in chapter five. Anyone watch Avatar: The Last Airbender? Katara has hair loopies and I recall her brother poking fun about them. That’s the picture I had in my head when imagining Rose.





Luc seeks atonement for the actions that banished him from his home. Living as a priest in a small town, he strives to show how much he’s changed with the hope that one day he can return to his family.

Haunted by the guilt that destroyed her family, Rose has shut her heart off. She vows to never let anyone near again lest she hurt them. When she meets Luc, she can’t deny the draw she feels to him.

But the past is not easily forgotten. When Luc’s past finds him, Rose is caught in the middle. Forced to face who he used to be, Luc must decide if he’s willing to give up his chance at redemption to save Rose. But doing so means he won’t be able to hide who he is. Will Rose be able to reconcile the man she knows with the devil he used to be? Or are the mistakes of the past too damning?

Now available at: Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and iTunes



About the Author:

Patricia Josephine never set out to become a writer. In fact, she never considered it an option during high school and college. She was all about art. On a whim, she wrote down a story bouncing in her head. That was the start of it and she hasn't regretted a moment. She writes young adult under the name Patricia Lynne.

Patricia lives with her husband in Michigan, hopes one day to have what will resemble a small petting zoo, has a fondness for dying her hair the colors of the rainbow, and an obsession with Doctor Who.

Find Patricia online at: Twitter, website, Google+, Wattpad, Goodreads

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Strange Things Are Happening (An IWSG Post)

It's the first Wednesday of the month, which means it's time for another action-packed installment of the Insecure Writer's Support Group.

I'm assuming that, by now, you're already familiar with the IWSG, but if you happen to be new here (and welcome! if you are) or would just like more information and/or a complete list of participants, please click on the above link.

This month's co-hosts are: Tonja Drecker, Diane Burton, Rebecca Douglass, and some weirdo named M.J. Fifield.

Oh wait.

This month's (optional) question asks, "Win or not, do you usually finish your NaNo project? Have any of them gone on to be published?"

My answer: No, and no. As you can see on the sidebar, I've managed a few NaNo wins, but I have yet to actually complete a NaNo manuscript. I always seem to need a lot more than 50,000 words to do that. One of these days, I hope to both finish and publish one or two of them, but that day has yet to come.

Anyway, there's something else I wanted to talk/ramble about today—an exceptionally strange phenomenon that's only occurred one other time in recorded history (of this blog, anyway)...

I'm not feeling particularly insecure.

I know at this moment you're probably checking to see if hell has frozen over (insert M.J.-thinks-Florida-is-hell joke here), and I've certainly checked a time or two myself because it's just so damn odd. I am chronically insecure. I am chronically insecure about being insecure, and yet...here I am, not particularly insecure.

The last time this happened was about a month before my debut novel (fine, only novel), Effigy, was released. How I ever managed to be not insecure at any point leading up to that is absolutely beyond me, but it did happen. And here it is, happening again just as I am getting close(r) to releasing Novel #2.

But wait...it gets stranger.

As some of you may have seen on social media over the weekend, I had a moment while working on my "final" edits where I actually liked my book. And when I got to the end of that initial read-through—all 842 pages—there was only one scene (a short one, too!) that I deemed truly terrible and in need of some work. One. That's it. Just one.

And I don't know how to feel about that. (Besides, you know, suspicious...)

But I'm not particularly insecure. Sure, it's now November, and I will very likely being going yet another year without releasing this novel (Note to self: when you think you're ready to publish Novel #3, just go ahead and add two years to your estimate because that's how the first two went.), but that doesn't even seem to be bothering me as much as it normally would. It's almost like I've just accepted that this book will be done when it's done—and it (almost) doesn't matter how long it takes.

Curiouser and curiouser.

Who know how long this zen-like state will last (I'm honestly surprised it lasted long enough for me to write this post), but let's hope I can enjoy it a little while it's here.


All right, so that will do it for me. I'm off to be insecure about not being insecure...I mean, edit.

If you're taking part in NaNoWriMo, this month, best of luck to you!!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, October 16, 2017

The Game Is...Something

All right, cats and kittens, the moment you've all been waiting for has finally arrived. Okay, so maybe it's the moment that only I have been waiting for, but regardless of who has or has not been waiting for it, that moment has finally arrived.

Second Nature's edits are sitting in my inbox right now.

They arrived last night, which means...



On. The game is on. (I may or may not be listening to Sherlock as I write this post.)

My next challenge, should I choose to accept it, is to complete said edits by the end of the month. I have absolutely no idea if this is a realistic goal, given that there are only fifteen days left in the month, but that's what I'm going to try to do.

This is the moment when the insomnia starts working for me.


In theory, anyway.

This is also the moment when I start neglecting this blog again. (Sorry, My Pet Blog, you had a good run there, what with these three whole posts and all, but edits are time consuming, and I have 800-something pages to go through.)

So if you see me lingering online anywhere, please feel free to yell at me to get back to work. Goodness knows I have plenty of it to get back to.

See you on the other side, y'all...


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Pieces Of Me (An IWSG Post)

It's the first Wednesday of the month, which means it's time for another action-packed installment of the Insecure Writers Support Group.

I'm assuming that, by now, everyone coming here will be well versed with the IWSG, but in the event that you're new (and welcome, if you are!) or would just like more information or a complete list of participants, please click on the above link.

This month's co-hosts are Olga Godim, Chemist Ken, Jennifer Hawes, and Tamara Narayan. And let's not forget the group's founder, Alex J. Cavanaugh.


This month's (optional) question asks, "Have you ever slipped any of your personal information into your characters, either by accident or on purpose?"


Sure. Well, maybe. I guess that depends on what one considers personal information. But various facets of me do leak into my writing. Some on purpose, some not.

For example, sarcasm. I am a sarcasm-based lifeform, and as such, I have a tendency to create sarcasm-based characters. Some are more sarcastic than others (I'm looking at you, Cate...), but they all have that tendency built into their DNA.



And because I am from New England, my characters also tend to be from New England (well, at least the ones not in my fantasy novels). I do that because I'm familiar with the region, and I like the authenticity it can lend to a story.

These same characters root for Boston sport teams, drink the occasional whiskey, and often love Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Firefly.

Which makes it sound like I have an entire army of sarcastic, whiskey-swilling, Red Sox fans when the truth is that there's only two such characters because (A) fantasy has been my primary focus for ages now and (B) it takes me a million years to write anything.

But in the interest of getting back on track...sometimes, these similarities aren't deliberate, or even intentional. Sometimes, they sneak in there and I don't realize it until much, much later. And occasionally, they're entirely perceived by readers who know me or, as it turns out, my family.

The Man, for example, came home from work one day and told me that his co-workers had decided that he was one of the characters in my novel, Effigy. When he told me which character, I had a good long laugh over it because he wasn't that character—or any character, for that matter—but it didn't stop anyone from finding similarities and reaching their own conclusion.

But I don't mind. Because it was hi-larious.

What about you? Have you ever written yourself or parts of yourself into a book or character? If not, do your readers think you did anyway?

Thanks for stopping by, y'all.