If you have been following me on Facebook you know my laptop decided to stop working. Last year I was having a a lot of issues with my old one so I was pre-emptive and got a new one. A year and a half later I tried to get the old one out and couldn’t use it. Every time I typed a letter the cursor jumped three lines then went back to the beginning. This post is coming to you from the trusty kindle!
When I was having issues I was adamant about backing everything up on a flash drive. After I got the new computer I got lazy. I had a new computer I didn’t have to worry about that kind of thing. Now that I had to pay a specialist to retrieve the documents from my hard drive I realized the saying that laziness doesn’t pay is literal!
The lesson to be learned is that summer storms create power surges which will fry the power port, hard drive, and motherboard in your laptop no matter how new they are. Always back up your work.
I didn’t lose anything (other than ego) so I refuse to sit here and just moan and complain about it. I only bring it up to remind you that it happens. Don’t get complacent. You may think I am exhausted. I just put a ton of words on paper today I will back up tomorrow. Don’t fall in that trap. Take the extra time and back it up!
I’ll be the first to tell you that when I wrote Phoenix Rising I knew absolutely zilch about writing a book, much less having one published. I was supported, and guided by two wonderful women that took me in hand. And while I’m learning as quickly as I can, there are a few mistakes I made in the beginning that are coming back to haunt me.
I knew when I picked the title Phoenix Rising and named my series, The Kindred, that there was another book already out with the same name and series title. It was about vampires, Phoenix Rising was the 5th book in that series. I let it go. I was so set on my book’s name and series title that I didn’t look at the big picture. Enter, Big Picture. I recently received a four star review on Amazon. While that usually thrills me, the compliment to my writing got left by the wayside. The reviewer had seen the other book and gave it a ‘Who knew?’ Shake it off, right? I tried, until I pulled up the other Phoenix Rising and saw that the fonts of the two titles were almost identical, and while the other book’s lettering was in flames and mine is blocked, they were still the same exact color. There were a few differences, but it was close enough. Huh? Was my cover artist aware of this? (Note: I checked with her and she was totally unaware. She felt bad enough about it to want to redo the cover for me. Not something I will do now, but it’s a thought whenever I have it reprinted later on.) I sure missed it. Redoing the cover is an option, but an added expense I’m not prepared for. Just going to have suck this one up as a lesson to be learned.
Here’s where I’m learning from my mistakes. Book two of my series has been titled ‘Eternal Embrace’. I like the title, it plays into the story. I checked Amazon for books under that title, oh yeah, there are several. So, I’m now changing the title of my book. I’ve given myself a headache trying to come up with something that’s just as fitting. This weekend, my third book goes on the shelf and I’m pulling the second one out again for revisions before it goes to the beta readers. Hopefully, I’ll stumble upon a new title in the process.
The devil is in the details. I’m learning to move slower, and pay closer attention to everything that revolves around my series. It’s a lot of work, but I’m determined to do this, and do it well.
Enjoy a good book and be sure to leave a review. Good or bad, we want to know how you feel!
Till next week,
Ack! I almost missed my post day! I got lost getting words on the page. And now my brain is fried. lol. I have lots of rambling thoughts, but when put together, they don’t make a lick of sense. So if you’re writing…just keep writing!
Until next week…Happy Reading!
I may have to change my status of ‘pantser’ to ‘plotter’. While my plotting method doesn’t come close to Ms. Adair and her many colored post it notes, it does help. I find that my writing is going faster and smoother now that I have a known direction.
One of the biggest stumbling blocks that I inflicted on myself is this hang up I seem to have with word count. Since I have a full time job, it’s hard to focus on a daily word count. My writing just doesn’t work that way. I’m learning, albeit slowly, to be content if I can complete a chapter in an evening. Sometimes my goal is simply to fix a previous scene because the story line changed a little. Regardless, it’s less frustrating for me this route. I just have to quit comparing myself to the authors that write full time, and have over the top daily word counts. It’s never going to apply to me.
I’m happy with the way book 3 of my series is coming along, however. It was originally meant to be a novella, but I have a feeling that may change. Once again, the characters are having their say on how this book gets written. And I have learned not to try and ignore them. After all, they are the story, I just write it down.
And speaking of which, I need to get back to work.
Till next week,
One of the things you often hear/read well-known writers tell new and aspiring authors to do is read. Read a lot. Read books in your genre. Read the authors whose style you wish to emulate….not work…just style of writing. (plagiarism is a BIG no no.) Anyway, I’m good with the reading advice. I love it.
Here’s the problem. Finding the time to read. Not having anything to read isn’t a problem. Trust me…I’m constantly buying books. Print…e-book….sometimes both. If all the books on my Kindle were in print, there’d be no room for furniture in my living room. As it is, my to be read pile is growing by leaps and bounds and I’m so behind on series by some of my favorite authors that I wonder if I’ll ever catch up. Probably not, but there is always the hope. 😉
I have a story I have to finish before I can indulge. Once The Veiled Path to Destiny~The Veil Book 2 is complete and off to the printers, I plan on taking a week to do some catch up reading before starting a new story. Such is the life of a writer…you read when you can, and you enjoy it all the more.
On that note…There are readers waiting for the second book in the Veil series, so I’m off to put some words on the page.
Until next week…Happy Reading!
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