Man, my first chapter is all tell not show. I have to fix this. I suppose that’s the beauty of first drafts, you find out what’s wrong with everything. It’s amazing to me how freaking hard it is to show not tell. It’s like all I want to do is verbally throw up all the ideas in my head and just get them on paper.
First drafts have these strange stages.
First, you’re all like okay, just barf it all up.
Second, you think, this barf is amazing.
Third, you realize it’s still barf and nothing you wrote is good.
Fourth, you think there’s a glimmer of hope in that goop.
Fifth stage, no, you’re definitely not good.
Sixth stage, you’ve given it some time to ferment and think you can salvage some of it.
Seventh stage, okay, you for sure have some nuggets in here.
Eighth stage, you’re crying because you can’t believe you’ve written so much and it never seems to end.
The ninth stage is when you’ve managed to really carve something out and you can see the light.
The tenth stage is not for beginners. It’s where you sit down and bleed at they keyboard and mildly hallucinate that you’re good.
Don’t think this is all roses. No, you for sure have some cringy parts, but there’s hope.
Hope is the most dangerous part, but sometimes it’s the only way to fuel any writing progress.
I’m so grateful that everything worked out. Thank you to Ian, the most amazing, sympathetic, gentle listener I dealt with at Amazon for helping me with my account. The issue was resolved and it didn’t take that long either. I think three weeks was reasonable, I’m just slow at writing about it.
Honestly, it was such a stressful moment to think I would have lost my whole account. I did lose my sales history, but that’s okay with me. I’d rather have my books available globally.
So, I recently changed my phone number and I forgot that I have a two step verification on my Amazon account. If you don’t know, Linda Bloodworth is a pen name. Now, I have no way to verify that I’m legally Linda. I called them and they said they’d help me. The next step is the fraud team to go through my account. I hope they see this blog post and realize the only real account owner could write a blog post that updates on my author account.
Amazon, please help me out! I don’t want to lose my books. Thank you!
Hello everyone! I’m glad to be helping out my friend Olga Gibbs. She’s a lovely author who has put out three books and today is her cover reveal!
Here’s a little about her new book below.
“I am Uriel: The Harbinger of Chaos, The Keeper of the Gates, The Begetter of Life, The Dam of The Ends and I’m coming to take what’s mine!”
The clash with Baza and his angels had demonstrated to Ariel that Earth (Apkallu) is not the safe heaven she thought it might be and it is only a matter of time before she’s dead. The only way to survive is to fight back and to accept her destiny.
But as Ariel, with Jess in tow, returns to Uras she’s rejected in her own domain, and needs to fight to suppress the revolt against her reign. The angels refuse her and her lead, abandoning her and Uras in favour of a new ruler.
She knows that without an army of followers she won’t stand a chance against Baza or Mik’hael, so now she needs to go into most unexpected places to find one
Amazon Best-selling Author Olga Gibbs lives in a leafy-green town, nestled amongst the green fields of West Sussex, England. She was writing from the age of fifteen, mainly short stories and novellas and was a guest columnist for a local newspaper. When she is not dreaming up new adventures for her imaginary friends, she does outreach work with teenagers.
She is currently writing the final books in the “Celestial creatures” series and another stand-alone psychological crime thriller.
Please visit author website www.OlgaGibbs.com for more information on upcoming books.
Here’s a shot of all four of her books in this series:
I’ve been a busy bee. Did you know A Raven’s Touch and A Raven’s Revenge are now in paperback? It’s been a long time coming, but they are indeed very real.
During the holidays I ran a paperback special and I *just* shipped the last two copies off. However, IF there’s any interest I’ll re-order more books.
What do you get?
– 2 signed paperbacks (A Raven’s Touch & A Raven’s Revenge – 1 bookmark (as pictured in the header image) – 2 magnets (one of each book cover) – A handwritten thank you note with a wax seal “L” Each book is $12 UDS + $20 USD shipping
This post is a test to see what I can do with this software I’m trying out. I’m curious to see if I can use all the required keywords to rank higher in google.
Let’s begin, shall we?
What’s it like being an independent author? Well, for one thing, you’re your own boss, and you have creative control. You’re in charge of your own writing career and if you have some funds, you can hire people who offer author services to help you out. What kind of services? Someone who can help you produce a quality product like a professional editor, personal assistant to keep you organized, and a promotional company to hype you in the book market. Mind you, most indie authors do everything themselves.
You can still be an indie author if you’re with an independent publisher. Most of the time, they work with you for your cover and editing, but you’re still on your own for promotions. Part of promoting means creating an author website. If you’re handy with that type of thing, you’re lucky! Not everyone is and that’s part of the process, discovering what you’re good at and what you may need help with. Publishing and being indie tend to go hand in hand unless, for some miraculous miracle, you were scooped up by a traditional publishing house/ publishing company. Mind you, your life is not a bed of roses either.
Sure, it seems like the dream. Getting that contract and screaming while printing it out and steadying your hand while you sign away your life. There are many stipulations when it comes to contracts. All of a sudden things change. You don’t have control of your cover, your words, or pretty much anything. Sure, you may be selling more books, but at what cost? You’re doing events you didn’t want to, but now you’re under contract and have to oblige, you’re writing like a mad person to keep up with deadlines, and suddenly, all those Stephen King movies about crazy writers feel like they hit a little too close to home. When was the last time you changed out of that robe and took a shower?
Everyone has a different experience, so hey, maybe things are better than this. Feel free to let me know in the comments. I’m very curious if anyone has experienced what I described. I’m mainly kidding, and my imagination runs away with me sometimes.
The dream of every indie author is to have published at least one book. Whether that book is published on their own, with a small press, or a fancy publishing house, authors have to accept they are in the publishing business. It’s not good enough to say, I’m just going to stay locked up in my room and come out when I have a draft. Oh no, you’re a publishing author now, and there’s a whole business side to things. Writing and publishing become a vicious circle. You write you publish, you write some more, you publish again all in the hopes of being discovered. The hope is what keeps so many people going. I’ve met indie authors who have published over 30 books and yet no one outside of their circle knows them. Are they failures? Absolutely not. They’re champions in my books. Anyone who sits there with their nose to the grindstone is incredible.
It takes dedication to sit there and churn out a book. Not everyone can do it. Think back to English class. If a two hundred word essay was a pain, just imagine what it’s like to write a book that’s 104,000 words.
When I first wrote A Raven’s Touch, it was almost 200,000 words. I had an editor who helped me scale it back to half that amount, but it was a chunk of a book. I think most first time authors make the mistake of overwriting. It’s so easy to do and again, that’s why you need an editor. When I wrote, A Raven’s Revenge, I scaled it back and it clocks in around 55,000 words.
Being an indie author is more complicated than most people realize. Once you’ve written your masterpiece, you have to tell people about it. That’s where most people have problems, they’re introverted or they’re just not sure how to go about promoting. I’d highly recommend getting a promotional company to help you out. It’s painful to have your product not selling when you’ve put so much work into it. Once you get on your feet you can start to do things on your own. It’s a long road and some help along the way is never a bad thing.
I could go on and on about this topic, but I don’t know if I’d stop! What’s your experience like? Are you an indie author in the making or have you already published?
Author Bio Olga Gibbs lives in a leafy-green town, nestled amongst the green fields of West Sussex, England. She was writing from the age of fifteen, mainly short stories and novellas and was a guest columnist for a local newspaper. When she is not dreaming up new adventures for her imaginary friends, she does outreach work with teenagers. She is currently writing the final books in the “Celestial creatures” series and another stand-alone psychological crime thriller.
Please visit author website www.OlgaGibbs.com for more information on upcoming books.
It’s not hard to tell which Beatles song is my favourite. I used to listen to that song on repeat thinking ONE day I will be that person.That day has finally come. This past weekend I signed A Raven’s Touch and A Raven’s Revenge paperbacks for one of my most loyal fans. If you don’t know about Books to Curl Up with Blog, now you do.
Signing my name on the first page made me swell with such pride I cannot describe the emotions bursting inside. It was like a fireworks display was popping off in me; I was so giddy!
Thank you to all of my fans who believed in me! Thank you to my husband who supported me! Thank you to all the well wishes from friends! It’s this amazing trifecta that helped push me over the finish line.
But Linda, isn’t A Raven’s Revenge already live (and in paperback)? Why yes, yes it is. Apparently, I’m really bad at figuring out how pre-orders work and kinda screwed up the date, but whatever, let’s celebrate anyway. Why not, right? Who doesn’t like a good ole party?