2014 New Year's Resolutions

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2014. My wish for all of you is that 2014 is your year and that it delivers all that your heart desires!!

I have to say that 2013 was an amazing year for me! I became a published author, I had my first two Meet the Author/Book Signing events, I met and became friends with some wonderful Indie and Traditional authors...and I won NaNoWriMo! As I sit here and contemplate what I'd like 2014 to bring, I can't help but shake my head in wonder. If you'd told me on January 1, 2013 that all of these things would happen, I'd have laughed in your face.

Interview With Cat Lavoie

It's not every day that you get to ask questions of an author, so when you do get that chance - you want to make sure they're good ones. So to prepare for this interview, I sat down at my desk and wracked my brain for days debating which questions to ask. I wanted them to be original, funny, interesting, and I wanted to get to know the author. Cat Lavoie is with me today, on a book tour for her just released second novel: Zoey & The Moment of Zen. Cat lives in Montreal, Canada with her tempestuous cat, Abbie.

The Third Time IS the Charm

17 days into November I passed 50,000 words and on my third try, finally won a NaNoWriMo. It was such a heady feeling, one that is kind of hard to describe - even for a writer.

And the secrets to my success? First was the support of my husband, which was paramount. He pushed me toward the basement door and told me to "Go Write!" He took care of putting the littles to bed and gave me 3 uninterrupted hours in the evenings to write. That was huge!

NaNoWriMo - How Do I Love Thee?

11/1/11 is the day my life changed forever. It's the day I went from writing as a hobby, to writing as a bonafide author. It's the day my debut novel, To Love Twice, was born.

11/1 is now a special day for me. It's an anniversary of sorts, a day I look forward to all year. Why, you ask? Well, 11/1 is the beginning of a writing contest that millions participate in. The event is called NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month. During the month, the goal is to write 50,000 words in 30 days. Yes, you read that correctly. 50,000 in 30 days!

Writing Short Stories - Worth the Time?

Here's something you may not know about me: I love writing short stories. Yep, it's true. It is one of my absolute most favorite things to do. I love the challenge of it, the uniqueness of it, the sheer fun of it! Who doesn't love a challenge? For me, nothing beats being given a prompt and the restrictions/guidelines and told to write. It's the ultimate use of our imaginations, in my opinion.

Marketing Tips for Indie Authors

Since publishing my debut novel on Amazon Kindle and B&N Nook, I've pretty much relied on word-of-mouth to sell and market it. I've done pretty well with sales, but not as well as I'd like or even hoped. While I know that becoming an overnight sensation is rare, there was a part of me that hoped I'd be one of those rare cases. I still hope that it will happen to me, but in the meantime I've been doing some research on marketing, specific to the Indie Author/Publisher, in the hopes that I can facilitate the overnight sensation blitz happening.

Motivation

My motivation has been sorely lacking of late. I don’t know why, but whenever I sit down to write, I spend hours doing everything but writing. I spend time on twitter, facebook, emails, research and checking reviews. Then I spend time on finding free or inexpensive ways to market. At the end, I’m frustrated that I haven’t written one word and I promise myself that the next time I have some time to write, I’m going to do exactly that. It’s a vicious circle which feeds on itself.

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