#1lineWed #amwriting #WIP Nightmare

Here’s another short-‘n-sweet #1lineWed post. The theme is nightmare. This will my first #1LineWed from Keeping House, the second novel in the Appalachian Series and one of my current WIPs.

 

 

“You are not getting enough dreaming sleep. And you are having nightmares too.” Lig shined brighter and pulled down the bottom of Cent’s eyelids. “Not enough and all bad.”

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#WIPpet Wednesday #WIPitWed 8/15/18 Keeping House Prologue Part Two

Welcome to WIPpet Wednesday*. This week, I’m sharing more from the sequel to Cleaning House, Keeping House, which is truly still a WIP. I’m almost finished with the rough draft though. Actually, I’m 96K into the work, and I’ve sketched out the ending, but I’m taking a break to work on a novella from the Surrogate series that I hope to release later this year.

We’ll see.

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Author How-To: Book Promotion and the Disabled Author

First off, let’s change a word in that title. Let’s strike out disabled and replace it with differently abled because it’s not that you and I can’t, it’s more like we often need to go about things differently. Regardless, disabled is the more common term, so I left it in the title.

How do I, as a differently-abled author, handle book promotion? Here’s my go-to list along with some explanations and tips that I hope will help other authors long their way.

Social Media
  •  Website – If you’re an author, you should have an active website devoted to your work and writing in general, including cross-promoting other authors. If at all possible, create your own website, whether it’s a paid or free one is up to you, but if you can’t then get someone to help you
  • Twitter – The twitterverse is often a nightmare of conflict but, if you can stay clear of that, it’s a fairly good place to do a bit of promo. (Note: that does not mean I suggest doing paid ads there.) Here’s a link to a post that tells you how to create clickable images in tweets without creating or paying for an ad. And there are some excellent Twitter chats out there too. Investigate and see which one(s) might work for you. My regular chat is #writestuff at 9 p.m. Eastern. It’s a small chat that’s easy for me to follow via Tweetdeck, a social account platform that goes with Twitter. I don’t have multiple Twitter accounts, but it lets me isolate the chat from my general feed so I can keep up.
  • Facebook – FB, in my experience, is best for socializing with other authors more than it is for connecting with readers. I have a private page as well as an author page. The former is much more active than the latter. Like with Twitter, I am not advising you to use FB’s paid ads. In fact, I discouraged it. I’ve used FB ads and nothing came of it. Zip. It was a waste of money.
  • Instagram – If you take a lot of photos, this is great. I’m not big into Instagram because my hands tremor too much to take a decent photo. Some authors are, however, excellent at using Instagram, and if it’s your thing, then use it to your advantage. Yes, I have an Instagram account. No, I don’t use it like I should. (NOTE: My Instagram had an old password, meaning it was hacked and all my access was removed because foolish me hadn’t put two-layered authentification in place). Sigh. I have a new account, but I haven’t posted to it yet. If you come across the Instagram account jlgfellers – it’s the hacked one. My new Instagram is jeannegfellers.) I know nothing about Instagram ads, if there is such a thing.
  • TumblrI use my Tumblr repost my blogs. I don’t have a significant following there, but I haven’t really tried either. (Because of the Instagram scare, I deleted my Tumblr account.  It wasn’t worth the risk.)
  • Goodreads – Goodreads reposts my blogs too, and I get some feedback from readers via the site.
  • Youtube – if you like to vlog, this is a goldmine for you. If you make your own book trailers (most authors have little success doing them), then post yours there. I’m now using Youtube to share playlists for my Appalachian Elemental series, and I’ve had a nice response from readers. In short, they think it’s ingenious, and they really like it. (grin) I just think it’s fun. I’ve research Goodreads ads and they’re out of my budget, as is their book contests/giveaways.
  • Amazon Author Central – A must if you’re selling books on Amazon, even through a traditional publisher. Link your blog, post appearances, link your profile to your books. You can advertise with Amazon on a budget and it’s something I’m looking into.
  • There are lots of other social media outlets such as wattpad and Pinterest (the latter of which I plan on investigating for my writing). Search for what works best for you. I know nothing about advertising where these platforms are concerned.

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#Research #ownvoices Author How-To: Researching your Novel – My Experience and a Few Words of Advice

Have a seat. We need to talk.

First things first, I’m a retired English teacher (for medical reasons… I’m not really that old). Moreover, I’m a retired college English instructor, hence the pennant, who taught research writing.  (clears her throat) Now that I’ve established myself as a reasonable authority on the subject of research, let’s talk about doing research for your novel.

NOTE: If you’re a student looking for help honing your research skills, please go elsewhere. Run. This information is geared for authors of fiction, not student researchers.

Wait, what? Oh, what do I know about novel writing? I’m the author of seven novels, six Sci-Fi and one Contemporary Fantasy, so I have a little experience in that regard as well.

I didn’t say the above out of some sense of one-upmanship. I’m merely stating fact. I know what I’m talking about when I tell you about researching for your novel, meaning I employ many of the same tactics research writers use.

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#CleaningHouseNovel Blog Tour 8/12 – 8/14

I hate to say this, but the Cleaning House blog tour is drawing toward its end.

Here’s a slew of posts, character info, and other material for Cleaning House including #Rainbowsnippets, #WIPpet Wednesdays, Character Profiles, and #1LineWednesday posts.

And here’s Cleaning House Chapter One in PDF format.

Oh, and here’s the Cleaning House YouTube Playlist – a chapter-by-chapter musical journey through the novel.

Amazon: Ebook  Print

Barnes and Noble: Ebook   Print

Kobo: Ebook

Overwhelmed yet? I know I am.  And tired. The past two weeks have been a whirlwind of activity.

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BLOG TOUR UPDATE

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#CleaningHouseNovel #RainbowSnippets Fifty-Nine 8/11: New Worries

Welcome to this week’s installment of Rainbowsnippets*! This one is uniquely mine, but there are lots of other great snippets to read, so after you finish here click the FB link at the bottom of the post to discover other great LGBTQIA authors and their works.

I’m sharing again from Cleaning House. The novel is an Appalachian-set Contemporary/ Paranormal Fantasy where the past and the present are blended with a healthy dose of granny magic. The mountains are alive, and a little moonshine can cure what ails you.

I’m in the midst of a two-week blog tour and will be dropping in at other sites during the next six weeks. Oh, and I’ll also be appearing on the BiCast later this month.  More details on that soon, but I’m looking forward to it! Make certain you listen in because the BiCast is awesome on its own, but you’ll also get my quirky Appalachian dialect, the one that even well-educated Appalachian natives are capable of, like it or not.

The Setup: Cent’s and Betty are at the bodega now, and Cent’s seen something wedged into the gate above the lock. (Note: The section in yellow comes from last week’s snippet.)

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#CleaningHouseNovel Fantasy Novel Foods and Foods in Cleaning House – A Comparison

Have you ever noticed how novels in the Fantasy genre normally have a wealth of food in them? I have, and I’m not the only one who has. A quick Google search gave me the following:

 

Thinking About Food in Fantasy

Why do Fantasy Novels Have so Much Food?

Food in Fantasy

The Big Book of Fantasy Food Descriptions

I gleaned all four of the above from the first page of my Google search results. Interesting. I read about spiced cakes, cucumber sandwiches, specially prepared eels, dried meats, fancy candied and preserved fruits… all your typical Fantasy novel feasts and… Wait. No.

Okay, there are a few cool Fantasy-novel-based recipes out there. Harry Potter’s butterbeer comes immediately to mind, but most Fantasy genre foods… seriously, who eats that stuff? And at the gut-busting volume Fantasy characters seem to? I guess if you’re rich or attending a fancy medieval court-style dinner… perhaps.

None of that appears in Cleaning House.

Not. One. Bit.

Cleaning House falls into the Contemporary Fantasy genre so the food isn’t just contemporary, it’s familiar, especially if you’re from the Southern United States. It’s poor people food. It’s often homegrown, home-canned, homemade.

And there’s junk food in there too.

But it’s more…

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#AmWriting #WIP Looking Ahead

 

Cleaning House has been out for a little over a week, and it’s time to think ahead. Seriously, it is. All authors need to think ahead, about their next project, before their current one is released. In reality, by the time a work sees publication, the author should be well into their next project or even the project after that.

Some authors even multi-task, juggling multiple drafts at once, but that’s not me when it comes to rough drafts. I’m a one-rough-draft-at-a-time sort of girl, but I am definitely working ahead.

Here’s what you can expect from me later in 2018 and into 2019.

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#CleaningHouseNovel #1lineWed Celebrate

Here’s another short-‘n-sweet #1lineWed post. The theme is celebrate. This will also be my last #1lineWed from Cleaning House since it was released on 8/1.

“This is the southern border of our realm. It is where I learned that suffering is part of existence. Cold heat. The fire of renewal. Without suffering there would be nothing to celebrate.” Stowne’s declaration hung in the air as fog, becoming ice that fell at their feet.

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#WIPpet Wednesday #WIPitWed 8/8/18 Keeping House Prologue Part One

Welcome to WIPpet Wednesday*. This week, it’s something totally new. I’m sharing from the sequel to Cleaning House, from Keeping House, which is truly still a WIP. I’m almost finished with the rough draft though. Actually, I’m 95K into the work, and I’ve sketched out the ending, but I’m taking a break to work on a novella from the Surrogate series that I hope to release later this year.

We’ll see.

And the partial cover above is, you guessed it, Keeping House, but it’s still a work in progress and it’s too far from the release to share the full design.

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