Thank you!!!

My virtual release party was a success. Thank you to everyone that watched. I greatly appreciate your support. If you missed it, feel free to watch the whole thing here:

The show was two hours of everything Last Look Back, so make sure you’re comfy. I hope you enjoy.

The release party is over and Last Look Back is officially available:

The Last Look Back paperback  is available on lulu.com for $9.99. Click here to purchase.

The e-book is available on amazon.com for $2.99. Click here to purchase.

Thank you in advance for your support. Seriously, thank you all for sticking with me and believing in my dream. I write for all of you and I hope that you enjoy the story that I have shared. Thank you so much. I love you all!!!!

From the #1 Rule-breaker,

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My outfit from the release party. It was a great experience and I’m glad I got to share it will all of you 

Tomorrow’s the Big Day

I’ve been working hard. I’ve been planning diligently. It’s all been for one day. Tomorrow at 7 pm EST, it begins. My Virtual Release Party for my first book, Last Look Back. I am incredibly and I can’t wait until tomorrow.

Here’s the link again:

I hope you’ll tune in.

From the #1 Rule-breaker,

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Book Release Countdown: 5 days and counting

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Wow, these last few weeks have gone by quickly. As we wrap up the final days until my book release party, I think it’s a good idea to give you all tips for writing books, so one day you all can be in the same place I am today.

First, I’ll start with the best advice I’ve received from favorite writer blogger, Kristen Lamb.

  • Omit needless words
  • Resist the Urge to explain
  • Value the reader’s time
  • [On receiving criticism/ haters]: Haters: We will darken the skies with our criticism. Real Writers: Then we will WRITE in the SHADE.

For more of her valuable advice, visit her blog here: http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/

On the elusive muse:

  • Realize that the muse will not randomly appear and you cannot wait idly for inspiration. You must go searching for it with an aluminum bat.
    • I like using quotes for inspiration.
    • Pinterest is also good, but be careful, you might get trapped in the pinterest vortex.
    • Find pictures of people that resemble how you imagined your character. It helps to have a visual representation of your character that you can see and that’s not fully in your head. You can pick and choose features and determine what you like the best.
    • Go for a walk, journal in hand, and go looking for what inspires you. Maybe it’s a flower, a commercial, whatever it is write it down and stow it away for later.

On starting a novel:

  • Stop talking about it and just write.
  • Don’t wait for the perfect moment and just put the words on the paper.
  • If you can’t figure out how to begin, start wherever you’re most inspired. Start in the middle, maybe the ending. Wherever, just start writing.

For easier navigation: (This tip only helps if you type in a word document.)

Utilize the headings function in the upper right hand corner. Usually your words are highlighted as normal. Highlight your chapters as Headings instead. Using the find function of Navigation which is to the right of the Headings, you’ll be able to find your specific sections more easily instead of scrolling and searching aimlessly through the entire text.

This is especially helpful when you’re working on a long project like Nanowrimo and you want to start from where you stopped off, but you don’t want to have to scroll forever. It’s like having a virtual bookmark when you write. I can explain all of this in detail in a later post if need be.

On editing:

  • Understand that in most cases the last draft is often times not going to look anything like the first.
  • Don’t worry about it and just let the words flow.
  • The normal reader is not going to notice the little mistakes, so you don’t have to stress about every little mistake when you edit.
  • Read carefully.
  • Read more than once.
  • Then re-read again.
  • Read aloud.
  • Then have someone else read it.
  • And then read it one more time.

Your story may not seem perfect to you, but it is because it’s your story. Embrace it and share it with the world.

From the #1 Rule-breaker,

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Book Release Countdown: 1 Week Left

There’s one week left. I’m not freaking out. I’m calm.

Really, I’m calm.

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Yeah, I’m bringing this back.

I spent the entire day working on the surprises for the launch party and they’re all coming together nicely. This party is going to be amazing.  In case you didn’t know (seriously how you could not know by now, but) I’m throwing a virtual party to celebrate the launch of my book. The party’s next week Friday and will be hosted on Google hangouts on Air. Here’s the link: https://plus.google.com/events/ceeoejnagr8o3pf36i8dicqtcc4.

The party is going to be the best!!! And I’m not just saying. I’m looking forward to see you all there.

From the #1 Rule-breaker,

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Book Release Countdown: 9 Days Left

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It’s getting real!!! Today, my friend instagrammed and texted me telling me that she received her copy of my book. I will take a moment to say how proud I am of the United States Postal Services. That was quick. It took only two days to get to its destination. I will also take this moment to say OMG!!! I am so excited!! Someone in the world has my book. OMG! OMG! OMG! OK, My, breathe.

I also received the license that allows me to collect sales tax on my book. Taxes, Ughh I know, but it makes me feel so official. Like this isn’t just a dream coming true, this is a real business.

It’s Nano2014 and I have at this exact second, 8,939 words. I’m writing a lot differently than I have in the past. The story I am writing is in third person and has a lot more description which is something that I have been trying to get better at. I’m having a blast writing and I think I’ll actually meet the 50,000 word goal (here’s hoping I didn’t just jinx myself.)

I think I’ve got the release  party all planned. I just need to do a little fine-tuning and I need to come up with a big surprise for a finale. Fingers crossed everything comes together.

Another day finished and another day closer to the best book you may ever read this year.

From the #1 Rule-breaker,

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P.S. Click here to order the paperback from lulu.com. If you hurry, you might get it by the 14th.

And here’s the link to the ebook here on amazon.com, you can pre-order it now, but it won’t be available until the 14th.

 

Book Release Countdown: 10 Days Left

I almost didn’t blog today. It’s not like anything’s wrong, I just wanted to be lazy today. I shipped off the pre-order copies yesterday and handled some other admin stuff and I’m just a tad bit tired. I’m supposed to be doing laundry, but don’t feel like getting out of bed. I have successfully lazed away the entire day away. That’s an accomplishment in itself. Okay, I should probably say something more significant and groundbreaking, so I’m not completely wasting your time. Hmm… how about accept your mistakes? That’s a good one. Let’s run with it. We all make mistakes. If you don’t, you’re probably a life-like android sent to take over the world. It’s okay to mistakes and it’s important to not dwell on them. I say this because I’ve decided to stop looking through my book for mistakes. I’m wasting my energy frantically looking for something wrong with days left until the release when I really should be focusing on how to make November 14th the best book release party/ birthday party ever. Focusing too much on your mistakes takes away your attention from what’s really important, so make mistakes, learn from them and move on.

Take a note from Ryan Gosling…So you made a mistake.

Whatever So What?

From the #1 Rule-breaker,

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Book Release Countdown: 11 Days Left

It’s been sort of a busy day trying to get everything in order and make sure I’m prepared for the 14th. I won’t bore you with all the details, but I will say this: Going after your dreams isn’t easy. If someone tells you they are, they’re either lying to you or trying to sell you something. Yes, it’s hard, but if you want to accomplish it, you have to find the courage to chase down the dream with all of your heart. Don’t stop when it gets hard, but persevere and make your dreams a reality.

I don’t know who needed that word of encouragement but know I’m here for you and I know you can do it. And here’s some extra encouragement if you need it:Dream4 Dream3 Dream2 Dream1

 

From the #1 Rule-breaker,

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P.S. Don’t forget: You won’t be able to join me for the best virtual book release party if you don’t where to go, so here’s the link to Google Hangouts On Air site where the Virtual Party will be hosted: https://plus.google.com/events/ceeoejnagr8o3pf36i8dicqtcc4

Also, as you know, the book release party is doubling as the spy-themed birthday party for the main character of Last Look Back, Octavia Steele. During the party, there will be a birthday surprise. This surprise will incorporate all of you, so if you would be so kind and in the comment section below, write some birthday well wishes for the great Octavia Steele, I’d greatly appreciate it. If the surprise goes well you’ll be seeing your comment very soon.

 

 

Book Release Countdown: 12 Days Left

 

new dayAnother beautiful day has passed. Another day of updates:

I reached my goal for day one of Nanowrimo and I’m excited about this new story I’m working on.

It was a wonderful day at church. The message came from Daniel 2:16-23 in case you wanted to know.

Hmmm, what else?

I think I’ll be mailing the pre-ordered copies out tomorrow. That way they’ll be sure to get in by the 14th.

And Yes, it’s starting to set in that my book will be officially out in two weeks. I’m skimming over the book one more time to see if I can catch any dire mistakes and I’m glad to say that I haven’t seen a lot. Maybe one or two. Even more than that, I’m getting invested into the story. I’m reading through it and I seriously almost forgot I wrote it. I’m sitting there and I’m like, Wow, this book is really good. Did I really write it? Needless to say, I’m very proud of myself and what I’ve accomplished. I know this is only a sliver of what I can do and the best is yet to come. I’m excited.

From the #1 Rule-breaker,

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P.S. Don’t forget: You won’t be able to join me for the best virtual book release party if you don’t where to go, so here’s the link to Google Hangouts On Air site: https://plus.google.com/events/ceeoejnagr8o3pf36i8dicqtcc4

Also, as you know, the book release party is doubling as the spy-themed birthday party for the main character of Last Look Back, Octavia Steele. During the party, there will be a birthday surprise. This surprise will incorporate all of you, so if you would be so kind and in the comment section below, write some birthday well wishes for the great Octavia Steele, I’d greatly appreciate it. If the surprise goes well you’ll be seeing your comment very soon.