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How hard is it to write a book and become a published author.

NaNoWriMo 2018

NaNoWriMo is back! 

“What is NaNoWriMo?” you ask.

Why it’s the National Novel Writing Month! The goal is to write 50,000 words during the month of November. This works out to be 1,667 words per day!

“Huh?” you ask. “Is that a lot?”

Well, a chapter in one of my novels averages 5,000 words and I can crank out when I am in the zone, about 8,000 words in an evening. So, for me, 1,667 words is not a lot. Relatively speaking. Except: I procrastinate. Sadly, I will put off writing for a week and then try and play catch up with feverish intensity.

Participants know NaNoWriMo can be intense and frustrating and scary, at times. The happy news is that I am a member of the Ottawa NaNoWriMo branch. We meet throughout the month at cafes and we encourage each other. I attend the Barrhaven meetups near me every Monday night in November. The ladies are wonderful and I find I can find focus. You want to meet me? Come out to the Ottawa NaNoWriMo meetups on Monday night in Barrhaven, Nepean. I’ll be there!

By the way, I did this last year for my fourth novel, Freamhaigh and I attribute NaNoWriMo with allowing me to release the novel in April this year, when normally I don’t publish until late May – July. So thanks, NaNoWriMo!

If you are a writer looking for inspiration and need that extra push, then I recommend NaNoWriMo. It gives you a structured goal and rewards you with badges and qudos from fellow NaNoCrats. All that we creative souls need to thrive is love and adoration!

This year I am starting NaNoWriMo with over 20K words already written of my fifth novel, Cill Darae. This means that I will, by the end of November, have over two-thirds of the novel completed. That makes me happy, but I am counting my chickens, aren’t I?

So Happy November, folks!

 

Readers: Tell Me What You Think

I’ve been writing the New Druids series for a few years now. In all this time I’ve been remiss in asking a simple question: what do you, the reader, think? I don’t ask this lightly. I have always written for the reader. For each paragraph, I strive to see it through the eyes of the person reading it.

I’ve never asked what you think of the series. I should have. So, if you have the time, I would welcome any feedback. Be critical. What did you think of Duilleog? Did it resonate with you? What didn’t you like? 

Leave a comment below or simply contact me.

 

San Diego Comic-Con 2018

So here I am at San Diego Comic-Con 2018! Staying at a friends place and enjoying the San Diego weather. This year I managed to get into SDCC as a Creative Professional. All four days plus preview night. Yesterday I recced the lay of the land and watched all the cool outside areas being built. I stood in line for the Laika display and inside marvelled at the fantastic technology and artistry that goes into making movies like Coraline, The Boxtrolls and ParaNorman. Very cool. Now that I’ve figured out how to transfer my photos from my iPhone over to my MacBook Air I’ll post the pictures here and on my Facebook account. Note to Apple: TRANSFERRING PHOTOS IS TOO CONFUSING AND STUPID! lol

Tonight is Preview Night. Supposedly there is a Professional entrance line – the only perk it seems. Hopefully, this gets me in before the “flippers” barge in. Flippers are people who snatch up all the SDCC exclusive merchandise and flip it onto eBay for profit. Yucky.

 

Look for me at SDCC2018 if you are here! I’ll give you access to my first novel for free! Watch for my tweets! Ciao!

Amazon Review Issues

I’ve heard from readers that they are unable to leave reviews on

Amazon Reviews

Amazon for Freamhaigh. I reached out to Amazon to inquire why that may be and they could only confirm that there shouldn’t be issues and that no reviews had been removed.

A reader reported to me she keeps getting the message “they’re experiencing difficulties and to try again later”.  She has, at least seven times over.

They did state for my readers to contact them at http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/contact-us/general-questions.html and report the issue. I’m not sure what the results of that will be.

I only bring this up because as an Indie Author I am dependent on reviews to generate interest in my novels and to boost my presence on Amazon. If you are intent on leaving a review, and you are experiencing the same error, please take the time to contact Amazon. Thanks.

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