Writer Talk

New and Final Turning Grace Cover!

Turning Grace Fans!
For the last time, The Turning Series has a new look!

Most of the journey through self-publishing has to do with learning. Over this past year, I have had the the privilege of being able to call myself an author (an Award-Winning Author too!). This industry is tough and rewarding all at the same time, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

In the beginning, I thought I could do everything on my own. But I soon learned, through the support of fellow indie authors and my own family and friends, that it’s not a bad thing to ask for help.

And I got way more than I could have ever imagined. The lovely and talented Dafeenah Jameel, professional cover designer for IndieDesignz.com, created this incredible Turning Grace cover.

And it’s perfect!

The new and final Escaping Grace cover will be out soon.

Zombrids, what do you all think?

Looking For Some Writing Help?

As all you Turning series fans know, I am new to the world of self-publishing, and a lot of you guys are writers and self-publishers yourselves.

This whole journey has certainly been an experience. Not only have I accomplished my life-long dream of publishing an actual book, I’ve had to do it all pretty much on my own (with the exception of my betareaders and the love and support from family). Having to market myself, to the point of embarrassment sometimes, and my work to every social media network I can think of has been tougher than the writing and editing itself. Promoting my books as much as I can to every book website that would listen and every Facebook group page I can find on a daily or weekly basis is almost a full-time job.

I’m not even going to lie, I sometimes wish that I was a bestselling author to be able to hire someone who can do it all for me!

But what keeps me going is passion. My passion for telling Grace’s story, for the genre I write in, for achieving my dreams, and for the possibly to one day be that bestselling author.

What also keeps me going is hearing and reading stories told by my fellow indie authors. I have spent so many days and nights researching ways to become a better author, in my writing and marketing. There are some great bloggers out there that offer wonderful advice and guidance. But I wanted to spotlight  one in particular:

Joanna Penn is a New York Times and a USA Today bestselling thriller author. She is known for writing the action adventure thriller series, ARKANE.

Her blog, The Creative Penn, have been voted one of the Top 10 sites for writers three years in a row. At The Creative Penn, authors, writers, and the aspiring are able to find many tools and resources related to writing and self-publishing; everything from finding cover designers to designing your own website to courses on how to write a book!

I haven’t read any of her books, but I have certainly added them to my list. As for The Creative Penn, I have found myself visiting her site more and more over the months, which is why I thought I would share it with you all. As a matter of fact, I have connected and am working with a professional cover designer recommended by Penn (I’ll explain that to the Turning fans when the time is right 😉 ).

So if you are looking for advice, guidance, steps into the right direction with your writing careers, you should definitely check out The Creative Penn.

Are there any other bloggers out there that you think could help writers? Please share.

Writers and Authors…Where Is Your Favorite Place To Write?

As I sit in my favorite spot on the couch (which is imprinted with the outline of my butt) to write this post, I had a thought:

Should I try to actually sit at my desk in my office to write? That would be the logical thing to do, right? I could close the door, sit in an upright position with better posture, and concentrate on my work without any distractions.

However, every time that thought crosses my mind, I think meh…maybe not. I’m good where I am. Is it because I’m too lazy to move over there, about 10 steps away from where I am now? Or is it that it’s just so comfy on the couch?

I can lean back with my laptop on my lap (where else would it go) and just write. I can throw on my headphones for less distraction, no problem. And my legs are kicked up on the ottoman, so I don’t have to worry about good posture.

Or maybe it’s because my ideas flow better when I’m relaxed. Could sitting where I am sitting actually affect my thinking and creative processes?

Recently, I have been contemplating making a drive over to the coffee shop down the street to test out this theory. I have worked in my office before. It was when I was finishing my first novel, doing all the editing and proofing and needed the space for Post-its and notes and papers to spread out.

But I was thinking about possibly writing outside of my home and out in a different environment, which is something I have never done before. Being around other people while I am writing might actually be beneficial. I could study other people’s mannerisms for creating characters or get ideas for describing certain places in my book.

I know a coffee shop sounds so…cliche. And I don’t even drink coffee, so that would be interesting. I’d just go in to use their Wi-Fi. Okay, I could have a croissant. Oohh, that sounds really good right about now!

Anyway! This all leads me to a question that I would like to ask my fellow author and writer peeps –

Where do like to sit down and pour out all of those wonderful stories and brilliant ideas?

I might steal some of your places, so don’t be mad! 🙂