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More moneyEveryone loves saving money, but sometimes I don’t want to go the extra effort to do so. This time, however, I did take the extra steps and I saved hundreds of dollars. I was thrilled!

If you’re following my posts on Facebook (facebook https://www.facebook.com/JAOwenby/) you know my upcoming novel was sent to my editor January 15th. I sent her 75 pages of my manuscript in order for her to present a scope of work and price. This is what she wrote back:

“I’ve spent some time with chapters of Tears in the Sun, and overall your development and plot are strong. You’re a good writer, and the story is intriguing. You only need light developmental editing.”

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I was so excited I didn’t sleep that night! The next day I finally got over myself and looked back at what I did that saved me money, and I laughed. The one thing I dreaded so much ended up being my best friend. And what was it? What did I do that not only saved me money but kept my sanity in tact?

I planned. I won’t say I outlined because that rubs people the wrong way just like it did me. When I began the novel I stomped around like a little kid and refused to outline. How dare it stop my creativity, who says I have to outline? This is MY book and I can break the rules if I want too. But, then I realized, that if someone’s intention is to become a best-selling author they need to act and think like a best-selling author and that means implementing solid strategies that WORK. Best-selling authors did not break the rules with their first several books.

Okay, enough said. We’re all intelligent people. If you dread the thought of outlining then there is another way than writing roman numerals and a. b. and c. under headings. I think so many people had that yucky experience in school that it throws them off when it comes to writing a novel. Give that old thinking a kick in the butt and allow the idea that there is something easier that will produce the same or even better results without losing your creativity! It will actually enhance it.

Over the next few posts, I’ll share the tools I used and also where you can grab them for yourself. These tools boosted my creativity, allowed me to shift gears when my characters demanded I go another direction, and actually KEPT me on track. At the time I was writing the novel I was working a part-time job, running my resume business part-time, selling a home, buying a new home, and moving. There were times I didn’t write for days, but on Sunday, my one day off, I would write 40-60 pages only stopping for pee breaks and snacks. I easily dialed back into the zone even when I had to go three weeks without writing a word! You can do it too.

Until Next Time…

 


Hi everyone, Dan and Allison have a great resource for you! Hop over and grab it today.

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I don’t address the challenges of our senior writers enough, but I can try if you tell me what they are. Odds are, we’re all facing similar challenges, regardless of age. Let’s find solutions together!

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“Success” is different things to different people, but to most writers it would be earning a living from writing or becoming a millionaire, stuff like that. Financial.

I always use the moon landing as an example of the steps involved in achieving a goal – which is also a definition of success.

I always thought they just built a rocket and went to the moon, more or less.

I thought, yeah, there were a few test rockets that blew up, but when they got the rocket right, they just went to the moon, right? That’s not what happened, though.

They built (and accidentally exploded) a LOT of rockets. And some astronauts. Finally, they…

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I stumbled across this fantastic resource and wanted to share with you. I’d love to hear any feedback.

 


This is an awesome resource!

Silver Threading

More great information from the Better Novel Project on how to write your own book blurb. <3

A free infographic and spreadsheet to write the back cover copy for your novel, based on The Hunger Games and Harry Potter.

Source: Deconstructing Back Cover Copy: Infographic + Spreadsheet

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Another great share from Brittney!

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During the holiday season I decided to try out 3 different e-mail marketing companies for my first novel, Silenced Memories. I will discuss the results of each below. I did attempt to submit my book to 3 other websites as well, but they were booked (because many other authors were probably thinking the same thing-holiday promotion!)

  1. December 5th- ENT- E-Reader News Today

Sale price Dec. 5th-Dec. 6th

Price for ‘romance suspense’ – $45 (price varies depending on genre)

E-book discounted from $2.99 to $.99

Books sold on day 1: 208 Amazon; less than 10 between ibooks & nook

Books sold on day 2 (no promo running): 46 Amazon; less than 5 (ibooks/nook)

Overall results: I think this campaign was very successful. Gaining that many new readers was great. I also reached #69 on romance suspense on Amazon (for a few hours!) & #49 on romance military. I made my money back…

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I most certainly have days just like this! I hope you start your day off with a laugh.

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Brittney’s blog is awesome, her book is awesome, and she is awesome. Hop on over, share your book, and follow her blog. You won’t regret it.

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HAPPY 2016!!

It’s that time again.

Please share your book(s) &/or blog links now through January 5th!

For those that are new to this post: Once a month I invite fellow authors &/or bloggers to share their novels and blogs. I invite everyone to post links to their personal websites, other social accounts, or advertise a link to BUY (if applicable). Use this space to BRAG about your blog or what you have published! Be proud of your hard-work & not embarrassed to self-promote!

If you have a book for sale (or upcoming)- I will add your book to my list of “authors to read” by the genre – See example here: Authors to Read!

For those who have posted before: Feel free to advertise again. Or- if you have a different book you would like me to add to the list (or different link to buy)- please include it.

Example:

Title. Genre.  Release date (if…

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