This is an excellent post from Dan. Please, do yourself a favor and visit his site. He’s great!
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who celebrates. I’m grateful for each and every one of you!!

Originally posted on Dan Alatorre - AUTHOR:

If you look at some author groups on Facebook, you hear a lot of complaints: no sales, no reviews, no royalties, marketing is hard…

anti_no_crap_yard_signApparently, life sucks for authors.


Complaining about book sales is a bitchfest designed to… do what, exactly?

COMPLAINER: Is anyone selling books? I hear authors selling one or two every now and then but no one I know is making a killing, or has a best seller!


REPLY 1: Not selling as many these days as 2010-2011. I definitely know authors who are doing well. It usually requires writing great books and several of them and sticking with it for years.


REPLY 2: No one is going to sell much as long as they continue with Kindle Unlimited.


COMPLAINER: My friends say they sell, but what they don’t say, is they buy the books…

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Wow, I can’t believe the holidays are almost here. With everything to do I rely on lists, but not only lists of things to do, but writing lists. As I move into my edits of the novel before I send it to my editor, I’m relying on several tools to clean it up.

What I’ve used so far:



An amazing book concerning Deep POV – Writer’s Guide to Character Emotion by  Sherry Soule. It’s a must if you’re serious about deepening your writing!

And, of course, a professional editor.

I’m also looking into Voice Dream Writer. It’s an app that reads your story to you so you can easily identify awkward phrasing etc.

While working on edits, I’m also beginning the outline for my next novel. I found this while conducting some research. I like it because it’s a great reminder that your protagonist needs motivation and a solid character arc. If you don’t know what drives your character to their goal the story falls flat. Here’s some great ideas.

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Shesnovel.com has tons of fantastic information as well.

Until Next Time…

Silenced Memories

Silenced MemoriesI’m really excited to have the opportunity to interview Brittney Sahin. She recently released her debut novel Silenced Memories with a second on its way. This is a great book to curl up with during the cold nights. Brittney brought strong writing, good character development, and a fun plot to her readers. It’s always great to see the success of good writers!

Without further delay, here’s Brittney!

Brittney, thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to interview with me. First, congratulations on the success of your novel. I know it’s exciting when you see your hard work rewarded. I’ll jump right in with the questions.

Me:  Where did the idea for Silenced Memories come from?

Brittney: Believe it or not—part of my book stemmed from an idea I had back when I was a kid (in regards to the female character) . . . the other half –well, I have no idea where I get my ideas to be honest –they sort of creep up on me!!

Me:  What was your favorite character to write in Silenced Memories? Why?

Brittney: Michael Maddox. It’s fun to create the ideal man for your protagonist (at least ideal for her)!

Me:  Who designed your cover?


Me:  Do you write to music? Quiet?

Brittney: Both. I like to have dance music on (low) in the background while I work. I write faster I think.

Me:  What one item do you need to write? Special mug? Pen? Pillow? Cat? Pup? (I have a minion USB that I am convinced helps increase my writing power!) lol

Brittney: Honestly—the only thing I need is not anything tangible –just time J Working around my toddler’s schedule means I only write when he lets me J

Me:  Did you use an editor? If so, would you like to recommend them?

Brittney: Absolutely! Sarah Norton is the Chief Editor at wordsRU.com. I had developmental editing, copy/line editing, as well as proofreading through wordsRU.com

Me:  What was the most important thing you learned working with an editor?

That everyone needs one.  :) They really just help you see things from a totally different perspective. Plus, they point out the obvious things you miss & push you to write better than you thought you were capable of.

Me:  Are you an outliner or a panster? If you outline, is there a particular method you prefer?

Brittney: I outline. In fact, I had my editor critique the outline to my 2nd book, so I could get some feedback on the plot before I even started writing (hoping to save time from any major future rewrites). …But, with that said, I also let my characters take me on a journey while I am writing, and sometimes they take me somewhere I hadn’t planned (so I go back to the drawing board and modify my plot outline to work with the new changes).

Me:  I saw your announcement concerning completing the first draft of your next novel. Can you tell us what to expect in your next book?

Brittney: I am pretty excited about this book. Title still unknown (hardest part for me!) – It is def. more intense and suspense-driven (action packed) than I had anticipated, so I went back and added some romance so I would still be within the parameters of a “romance suspense” novel. But it involves Homeland Security, secret agencies, chemical terrorist threats . . . and of course—a man with a sexy Irish accent J

Me:  What would you say was the most valuable lesson you learned while writing Silenced Memories?

Brittney: Since it was my first book—I learned how to be a self-published author. Now—I am no longer a first-time author (I have some experience)—and just completing the process has helped me tremendously with my 2nd book thus far.

Me:  Do you have any words of wisdom you would like to share with new writers?

Brittney: Print your book and edit it 1-2 more times when you think you are already done . . . When I ordered the proof for my paperback, I found errors that both my editor(s) and I missed—because it was like reading the book for the first time (and it opened my eyes to a few issues). Thankfully, I had time to fix the issues, before the eBook or paperback went on sale!

Thank you again, Brittney.

I highly recommend this book. And, if you enjoy it, please support an author and leave a review. You can purchase on Amazon just click here! Also, visit Brittney’s blog at https://brittneysahin.wordpress.com/. She offers support for other authors as well.

Until Next Time…







Excellent article! Please share so we can continue to support each other. Have a fantastic and safe Halloween!

Originally posted on Writers In The Storm Blog:

By Chuck Sambuchino

large_5595133805My Writer’s Digest coworker, Brian A. Klems, recently geared up for the release of his first book — a humorous guide for fathers called OH BOY, YOU’RE HAVING A GIRL: A DAD’S SURVIVAL GUIDE TO RAISING DAUGHTERS (Adams Media). On top of that, my coworker Robert Brewer (editor of Writer’s Market) recently got a publishing deal for a book of his poetry.

So I find myself as a cheerleader for my writing buddies — trying to do what I can to help as their 2013 release dates approach. I help in two ways: 1) I use my own experience of writing & publishing books to share advice on what they can expect and plan for; and 2) I simply do whatever little things I can that help in any way.

This last part brings up an important point: Anyone can support an author’s…

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Author Interview

I wanted to share my author interview posted at An Author and Writer in Progress. Hop over and view her posts, book reviews, and marketing tips for authors.


Now my readers know I only ask a few questions of all my guest authors, as I am not like James Lipton of The Actors Studio. LOL. Here are the questions I asked of Jennifer and how she answered them.

How did you become a writer?
I wrote my first short story at the ripe ol’ age of 5. My mom had received her first acceptance letter concerning her children’s story and I wanted to be a writer just like her.

2.) How did you decide to publish your work?
I put my writing on the back burner for years and then picked it up again. I immediately had 2 stories published in magazines, and a few years later another in a literary magazine. My last two shorts, I worked with Gloria Kempton and Karlyn Thayer from Writer’s Digest and self-published on Amazon. My stories had moved more into new adult and I wasn’t finding magazines that were taking stories with the themes I was writing.

3.) What are a few things readers may not know about you that you would like to share?
I’m a private person, but I’m one of the women that beat the odds and escaped a nightmare of an abusive marriage. I moved myself and two children two thousand miles from everything I knew and started over. I was bound and determined I was going to move forward, and I did. I’ve had success with my writing and I also have my own business. There is hope.
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Jen’s answer to question three had me get a little misty eyed. I know how difficult it can be to share personal experiences. Just like when I write about my own on life trials on my recovery blog.

I am sure that Jennifer would agree with me when I say that sharing these types of personal experiences of negative trials in our lives, they can be of help to others who maybe going through them now. It does give others hope like Jen mentioned. And we need to speak out about these topics as to raise awareness.

So let us learn more about Jennifer’s two current E-books that are short stories, as they deal with these types of life trials and triumphs. . .

About The Books:

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( Tears In The Sun ~ click to purchase )

A Short Story – Lacey, a senior in high school, has never heard of borderline personality disorder yet she lives with it every day. As she begins realizing her family isn’t as normal as she thought, she searches for help and answers. Those answers turn her world upside down, and she is left with making life changing decisions for not only herself, but her mentally ill mother who she loves more than anything . . .

Product Details
( Blurred Lines ~ click to purchase )

Lexi is used to a difficult life, bouncing around from foster home to foster home, but all that changes when she meets her best friend, Olivia. Lexi has finally found a family.

Three years have passed, and Lexi is beginning to think the dark secret she left behind might stay buried. Then Olivia begins dating the high school bad ass and everything takes a wrong turn.

Life has suddenly blurred the line of what is acceptable and what isn’t as Lexi struggles with if she should step in to protect her friend. There’s more than just friendship at risk; she fears her secret will come to the surface. What will she do?
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Here is where readers can connect with Author, J.A. Owenby on social Media …

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7751226.J_A_Owenby
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/JAOwenby
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JAOwenby
About.me: https://about.me/JAOwenby.Author
Google +: https://plus.google.com/u/0/105285726505938509211
Her Fabulous Blog: https://jenowenby.wordpress.com

Until Next Time…


I can’t tell you how encouraging this post is to me. Thank you very much J.C.!

Originally posted on J. C. Conway:

I read a wonderful kindle short story recently by J.A. Owenby about a girl whose mother has clear mental health issues. The story is not a lecture. It offers no diagnosis or cure. It instead depicts the struggle faced by its protagonist, a teenage girl named Lacey, and presents a very real and poignant picture of the frustration and ambiguity that can threaten to immobilize anyone a conflicted, ultimately chaotic predicament. It’s very short, only 99¢ when I downloaded it, and well worth the read. Following is a description of the story and its author.

Tears in the Sun

A Short Story by J. A. Owenby

Lacey, a senior in high school, has never heard of borderline personality disorder yet she lives with it every day. As she begins realizing her family isn’t as normal as she thought, she searches for help and answers.

Those answers turn her world upside…

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Covers Speak Volumes

I’m really excited that this weekend I will begin collaborating with a designer concerning the cover for my upcoming novel “Tears in the Sun”. There are so many elements to the story I’m truly hoping to deliver the depth and complexity of the novel. However, when it’s ready you all will be the first to see it!

In the mean time, my friend had my short story image turned into a book. I thought it looked really cool! Since it’s a short story I never really thought about what it might look like. I just thought I’d share.

Thank you, everyone, for you support of my stories and the novel. We are on schedule for a spring 2016 release right now.

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