by Louise Wise I tend to write about lonely, could-have-psychological-problems characters who mingle with the ‘normal’ so my books have a dark edge, and my latest book is no different, but it has got me thinking about the human … Continue reading
Julie should be dead, yet she was in someone else’s body and living their life through her eyes. And if things couldn’t get any worse, it was 1972. Julie Compton’s life should have ended when she crashed the car, instead … Continue reading
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‘Past events can be changed but one must be careful of how one does it because it’ll impact on the rest of one’s life.’—Dáire Quin, Modify your Destiny if you Must, 2003 Wide Awake Asleep No one saw Julie’s car … Continue reading
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How many have checked and rechecked their emails, had a look on Twitter or
posted something banal on Facebook and then waited for replies?
ago? Thirty? An hour? Be honest now. Time has an annoying way of being there
one moment, and vanishing the next so I wouldn’t be surprised if you said
longer than even an hour!
Latest release – June 2012
So why do we procrastinate? What’s so scary about opening
the document of our novel and cracking on? It doesn’t necessarily mean your
novel is rubbish, it’s just that deep down we know how much work there is
involved in putting it all together.
Bits of scenes here, characterisation there, author notes, bits highlighted,
bits underlined. It’s enough to make the water in your eyes dry up! Eeek!
your server and don’t reconnect until your novel’s (at least) 20,000 words
further in. Easier said than done though. That urge to check into Twitter, just
for five minutes, won’t go away. And once you do “check in” that five minutes
has soon turned to twenty!
with my novel! Somehow, writing an article on procrastination is easier than
opening my book. Why? I’m in love with the idea for my book, my character is
feisty, the setting brilliant and the plot is dynamite! So what’s stopping me?
the same with yours. I just LOVE social
media so much it’s become an interference. I love the prettiness of Pinterest,
the family that is Facebook, the links I can collect on Twitter and the opportunity
of sharing posts and articles on
- Make ‘playtimes’ on
the Internet a reward for writing 10K or more words.
- Get into a routine;
write in the evenings (or mornings, afternoons, whatever suits best) and
make this an absolute writing
time. Not playtime (or marketing or whatever it’s called!). Writing is
just that – writing.
- If rewards don’t
work, I will try a punishment! If I don’t manage my quota for the week
then there WON’T be a special treat at the end of the week.
Louise Wise is the author of Eden, A Proper Charlie and her newest release The Fall of the Misanthrope: I bitch, therefore I am. She has also written a non-fiction book based on articles from this blog: So You Want an Author Platform?
“successful” artists every day. Still,
after reading the bad review you may need more than a hug. Here are some suggestions on how to handle
the bad news.
- Don’t overreact. This applies to both good and bad reviews: stay “Even Steven”, and understand its part of the promotion process.
- Promote the good parts. For example “David S. Grant’s new book balances his sense of humor with the dark topic of murder…” See, not so bad. Now that’s a blurb I can use, never mind that the review continued “…, but his emotionless and materialistic characters didn’t impress me.” It goes without saying which blurb will make the press release!
- Go to CNN and read ANY article, then go to the comments. People are brutal, you will find a simple article about kittens receive threats, political statements, and worse… I try not to do this very often (because it’s depressing), but sometimes it’s just what the doctor ordered.
- DON’T reply or if you must, at least sleep on it. If you need review revenge go to Yelp and write a WORSE SERVICE EVER review on a restaurant you don’t like. Maybe that will get it out of your system and keep your writing professionalism intact.
- DON’T obsess; it’s really not the end of the world.
- Recipe for the perfect Margarita: Two shots of tequila, two shots of triple sec, one shot of lime juice. Shake and serve over ice. Repeat as necessary.
- IF the medium is a place you respect and there is constructive criticism, then consider the review and improve your writing. Warning: Do not change your style over one review. See #5.
- Remember that your writing is not for everyone, writing is personal and the specific genre you write may not trip the reviewer’s trigger. (Note: I would still place some blame on the reviewer who should only review items they can be objective over.)
- Treat yourself to a nice dinner. I like tacos. Do you know what goes well with tacos? See #6.
- Hey, remember that there is something worse than a bad review and that is NO reviews!
David S. Grant is the author of ten books including “Corporate Porn”, “Bleach|Blackout”, “Hollywood Ending”, and “Rock Stars”. His latest novel, “Blood: The New Red”, is now available. David lives and writes his weekly rock, travel, and NBA columns from New York City.
For more information go to http://www.davidsgrant.com
turned supermodel, is aligning himself with one of top Designers of Seventh
Avenue. While trying to land a job on
the runway Mickey is thrown into the center of a scene where sex is often the
motivation, the wine is served by year, and cocaine is back in full force. Juanita, Mickey’s girlfriend is having
difficulties staying sober, fully clothed, and off of her famous boyfriend.
goes to work for Fashion icon Paul Johnson, one of the two top Designers in
NYC. The other is Sandy Johnson, another
Designer who will stop at nothing including murder to guarantee victory. A runway exhibition has been scheduled for
the two to compete in and find out who truly is the best Johnson. Mickey will be Paul’s top model, and Sandy
has found a homeless person nicknamed Kung Fu Master to show his line.
addition to getting his new line in place, Paul Johnson is also buying chain
saws, the louder the better, to put the special in this special event.
you know that you can’t be sentenced to prison if actively seeking help at a
mental facility? Paul Johnson knows
between the girls, counting Vicodin pills, and show preparation Mickey has
grown a conscience and no longer likes what he sees. He believes (and his psychiatrist agrees)
that he has the power to change what’s happening around him.
before the show Kung Fu Master turns up dead and there is an attempt on
Mickey’s life. After a brief period of
unconsciousness Mickey is back, is told that Juanita and brother Cheeks are now
also dead and that he must continue with the show. After all, what would Steven Tyler do?
night of the show is laced with celebrities and models on the runway as well as
one particular popular day-time talk show host that may or may not be murdered
on the runway.
the end only one Johnson will walk away, although this is temporary as Mickey
has the last word.
before he pops his last Vicodin.
like a rock star. This is the number one secret on how to be famous. I’m
wearing chains, lots of chains. Eye shadow, lots of eye shadow. I wouldn’t say
my pants are tight, but then again, my balls might disagree with you at the
the second level of the Grand Hotel, overlooking the bar area. My manager tells
me this is where I need to be standing. In five minutes I will move across the
room and stand next to a long mirror where one of the Hiltons will walk by and
notice my reflection. A photographer will be close by and be sure to get the
picture. This mirror has been placed here for this sole purpose. My manager
tells me not to stare at the mirror. If you asked me to list my weaknesses,
this may be my number one fault.
the newest (which means hottest) DJ, is playing on a middle level between the
first and second floors. There is barely enough room for him let alone the
overflowing ashtray and oversized stocking cap. Rumor has it this is his last
show, despite this being his first. There is talk that he is moving into
production and will be working with a major player in the hip hop industry,
depending on who is hot at the time. DJ Shingles is wearing an Armani black
button-down shirt with the sleeves ripped off. Very last year, but this is more
a statement than a miscalculation on his part. Last season is the new season.
signals for me to make my way across toward the mirror. A reporter from GQ is following me and asking
me questions about who I’m going to sign with and whether or not my past will
affect my future. I get her number, tell her I’ll call her later, and then blow
her off as I approach the mirror. Always leak your press, never tell. This is
secret number three on how to be famous.
televisions are fastened to the wall behind the bar. All are showing TMZ. An
orange haired girl wearing a Betsey Johnson dress sees me staring at the
television sets. She walks over and whispers in my ear, “It’s the new CNN.”
carrying a tray of wine from 1980 is walking by. Every 15 minutes another
waiter, another tray, another year will walk by. Welcome to the world of
fashion parties. Ten percent content, ninety percent presentation.
by the name Dontay hands me a coffee cup that is full of scotch. My manager
tells me to sip it and not cheers anyone. Any buzz that insinuates I’ve been in
rehab and have put my porn career in the past is good press and can only help
my modeling career. As scheduled, I’m approached by someone with the last name
wearing a blouse that is considered the color Ocean, the new blue, but since
Aquamarine blue was in fact the new blue for last season and last season is in
this season, no one should be caught dead in Ocean. Unless of course she is
being ironic. If so, she will have to mention this to at least three people
during the course of the evening.
back! I mean, uh…” Hilton looks at the coffee cup. “Welcome back!” She tips her
coffee cup to me.
at the guest list, wondering who has the most juice at the party, but am
distracted by the waiter walking through with wines from 1990.
huh? Fuck that.” She laughs and looks fidgety as lights pop around us. At one
point Hilton puts her arm around me and kisses me on the cheek. FLASH. Mission
Mickey. We should get together sometime, you know, have a cup of coffee, fuck,
her and then she leaves because she has a rule about spending over forty hours
a week on the Lower East Side and this season many Fashion Week parties have
been in LES, the new SoHo.
manager, I need to make my way to a reserved table next to the bar where Paul
Johnson is sitting. My manager also says to ignore the temptation of champagne.
I have a job to do tonight.
This is a short eBook of approx 9500 words.
I hate marketing. Yes, I know this is an article about marketing tips, but seriously, I hate marketing. I’m an I.T. professional and I writer; I like computers and books. I love to write fiction, not promo material. As a matter of fact, I’m pretty sure that I’m no good at it. To me (and maybe to you too), that’s a bit ironic because writers are creative so we should be brilliant at this stuff. Well, I’m not.
Unfortunately, if nobody knows about your books, they won’t sell, so marketing is a necessary evil. I live on a small island in the Caribbean where there isn’t much opportunity for conventional marketing so the internet has become my best friend. During the short time I’ve been a published author, I’ve had to learn a few things.
1. Give your readers a place to find you. It doesn’t have to be an elaborate website. I use a free blog from Blogger.
2. Or maybe this is No. 1b. In either case, don’t make your blog or site all about yourself and your books (unless you’re a NY bestseller that people seek out). Give your readers a reason to visit you there. People won’t keep coming back to your blog to see how far along you are on your next book, or what your next stop is on a blog tour. People what information, so get creative and give them that. I was going about blogging all wrong for the longest time, until I had a “eureka” moment. I write Christian fiction and I also read books from that genre at about the speed of sound so I’m always hunting for new authors (with books at affordable prices – the EC$ to US$ exchange rate is about 3 to 1!). Then it hit me; create a list on your blog where readers can find Christian fiction without busting their budget. Lo and behold, the traffic to my site quadrupled from the first day I set up the list.
3. Social Networking is your friend…or your worst enemy. Social networking is a powerful tool. Use it to tell your friends about your books, but please don’t harass their Facebook pages, they’ll learn to ignore you or block your posts (yes, they can do that!) Twitter is also an awesome tool for marketing, but use with caution. A balanced twitter feed is very valuable. Use popular hash tags for your genre. However, don’t make your feed all about yourself and your book. Offer advice, tell a joke or two. Tweet a funny pic when you come across one. People will look forward to your tweets and maybe even buy your stuff because they feel connected to you somehow.
The bottom line is this, do something interesting and people will check you out. Advertise endlessly and people with shut you out!
Joana James is the author of Nightmare at Emerald High “a book ideal for teens who may be thinking about becoming involved with strange organisations or even entertaining the thought of exploring new “ideas” or religions. Not all that glitters is gold and this book is a real eye opener. Whilst there are many legitimate youth organisations with the sole goal of bettering young people, some of them have a sinister agenda. This is a good read for both parents and their teens.”
With the program being run by the town’s most influential people, the kids have a hard time getting out. Things take a turn for the worst when Malcolm is summoned to his school where he is bound and drugged in an effort to convince him to remain in the program
Purchase Link – Amazon
The author of
Nightmare at Emerald High, Joana James, is a 28 year old from the island of Saint Lucia in the Caribbean. She is an I.T. professional by day but in her free time she escapes from the logical world of technology into the artistic world. She is an avid reader and her kindle is her favourite piece of technology. Music is her best friend and that manifests itself through her love for dance and singing.
Joana writes stories that portray the reality of her world. Her first book, a two-part short story series called Rise from the Ashes featured the lives of two young girls struggling in dire circumstances.
Her latest book, Nightmare at Emerald High, brings to the fore a world that everybody knows exists but no one talks about.