Book Covers

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Choosing a book cover is going to be the death of me.  I sit here, in front of my computer, scouring website after website, searching for that one image that would portray my story in every aspect.  It needs to fit the genre, depict something that has to do with the story.  Where do I find it?

I’ve looked into making my own with Canva, but that too isn’t helpful since I can’t find the image I want.  I’ve looked at purchasing a premade cover, but still don’t find one that I like.  For my short story, I don’t want to spend a ton of money on it, since I’m guessing I   won’t make much money off it.

How do all you authors do it?  My eyes are crossing, night after night, and time that could be spent writing, is spent searching.  It’s so frustrating!

I am open to suggestions, or if you’re struggling with a specific aspect of self-publishing, please share with me!  Misery loves company, right?

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End of Summer

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It’s that time of year again, the dreaded Back To School season.  Any parent knows the frustration, the hassle, the endless amount of money this time of year brings forth.

Yesterday, I took my youngest son to his Freshman Orientation.  Three hours long!  That’s right.  We were stuck in a gymnasium full of 300 new, nervous, excited children along with all their parents for over an hour.  X amount for school fees, X amount for a spirit shirt, oh you think you’re done?  Think again.  Buy a yearbook; on sale today only.  Here’s a form to join the PTO, would you like to support the football team?  Purchase a school sweatshirt since they keep the classrooms below zero?

The list was endless.  That’s also on top of buying school uniforms, new shoes, new belt.  Oh, you need a haircut before school starts? New backpack, pens, pencils, erasers, binders… UGH!!!

Then, I had to sit through Parent University.  Yup, I had to sit in a classroom and listen to multiple teachers and faculty lecture us on how to be parents and how the school works.  I know how the school works since I have a child who’s a senior.  Gah!

Needless to say, I survived the encounter.  The questions still linger though.  Did I get everything we need?  Is he enrolled in the right classes?  Should he challenge himself more?

We all want our children to succeed, do better than we have.  The questions, the doubts, the concerns; it’s enough to keep you up at night.  It’s no wonder that so many kids crack under the pressure that’s put on them these days.

Okay, rant over.  Happy Back To School season!

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Children’s struggles

So, real life hijacked my plans the last couple of days.  I was on a roll, writing-wise, but then something happened.

As much as I would like to, I can’t keep my children in a plastic bubble to protect them from everything life throws at them.  As a mother, when they struggle, I struggle.  In fact, I sometimes wonder if it crushes me more than it affects them.  They are my heart, my life, my everything.

Recently my teenage son had a very close friend try to commit suicide.  Now my son is the strong silent type.  I can tell when something is wrong, or when he is physically hurting, but not many other people can.  He is adept at slapping on a happy face and pretending like nothing is wrong.

That scares the living crap out of me.  I don’t want him to keep it all bottled up.  I want him to cry, scream, rejoice… whatever emotion he’s feeling, I want him to let it out.

It doesn’t matter how old they are, my children will always be my babies.  I physically ache, knowing that he is going through a hard time and there’s not a damn thing I can do to ease his pain.  I’m here for him, and he knows that.  I hate sitting on the sidelines.

I hope that as they grow, and life throws punches at them, my children grow stronger and fight right back.  I hope they look at the mistakes that others make and learn from them.  Above all, without being put into a plastic bubble, I hope they remain safe and happy.

There’s too much hurt and violence in the world today… and that makes my heart break for my children.

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Self Publishing vs. Traditional

 

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So, I need help and advice from you writers out there.  If you follow me, I’m sure you’ve noticed that I have several different projects going at the moment.  I’m trying to focus on one thing at a time, but something is stopping me.  I’ve racked my brain and I think I finally know what it is.

Do I want to go the traditional publishing route, or the self publishing route?  There are so many pros and cons with each one and I honestly sway back and forth between the two.

There’s a small new publisher that I am thinking about submitting my novel, Finding Grace, to (after I finish the edits of course).

Here are my thoughts, and please, give me your thoughts and suggestions on this:

Submit Finding Grace to publisher.  If accepted, then while that’s being marketed, find someone to make the cover and format my Murder Mystery Novella and self publish that one.

I can use one of my short stories as a give-away for signing up for an email newsletter.

Does that sound like a feasible plan?  Thoughts?  Suggestions?  I’m open and begging for all!

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Cursed Born of the Blood Series

I have been waiting months for this book to finally come out.  I’ve read excerpts from it that left me hanging… now I can finally read the sisters’ story!

Cursed (Born of Blood Book 1) by Skylar Mckinzie ***Brand New Release*** Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Cursed-Born-Blood-Book-1-ebook/dp/B07212WZ1J/ Skye, Stormy, and Savannah Davidson are no different from the other residents of Discovery, Massachusetts, or so they think. As their 25th birthday approaches, the town begins to treat them with wariness and suspicion. Skye begins to believe the triplets […]

via CURSED by Skylar McKinzie is LIVE!! — My Books-My World

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Camp NaNoWriMo

Yup, it’s that time of year again, sometimes it feels like it’s never-ending.  The months are flying by, and here I am, spinning my wheels.  Sure, progress is being made, but at the same time, I feel like I’m getting nowhere.

I have one novel, Finding Grace, that is written and I’m a third done with edits.  I have a novella, currently being referred to as Murder Mystery #1 that is written and edited.  It needs one quick run through to double check for little errors, but it’s pretty darn polished.  Just needs a title, cover, blurb, etc.

That right there is the problem.  Do you ever feel like no matter how much you get done, your to-do list just grows exponentially?  There’s enough to do with just those two pieces, yet I’ve also written about four short stories all around ten to fifteen thousand words each that need critiquing and editing.

I need focus.

During this Camp NaNoWriMo, I’m finishing a short story I’m calling Last Chance.  It’s about a couple who goes on a strenuous hike up to a beautiful waterfall.  Dean’s plan is to propose once he gets to the top, but circumstances beyond his control hijack his plans.  He and his girlfriend, Joanne, must dig deep and fight for their lives just to survive.

This story should be finished up today.  That still leaves 23 days in which I need to start a new project.

Focus, I need focus!

Does anyone else have this issue?  Any suggestions?

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Resolutions and Hope

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The new year brings a sense of closure to the bad things that have happened throughout the last year, and hope for different outcomes in the new year to come.  The problem with that is, your life is what you make of it.  If you don’t like what has been going on, you and only you are responsible for what you make of it.

So, yes, celebrate!  This is a new beginning, to a new year.  Make your resolutions to make the best of what life throws at you.  Let go of last year.  Let go of any disappointments and move forward.

For me, 2016 brought forth many challenges.  We moved, which was great, we lost our car in a flood, which was horrible and scary.  The way I look at it?  I now get a two-mile walk every day, which I did not have before.  That gives me nearly an hour a day to think about my characters and what situations I can throw them in.  That gives me time to dream about what my future holds, and what I need to do in order to reach those dreams.

In just a couple of hours, it will be 2017.  I have my list of goals written down, including self publishing several things.  I also broke that list down into month categories, because I am in charge of my destiny, and want to push myself to become a better writer, and face my fears of failure.  I will only fail if I don’t put forth all my effort.

Life is what you make of it, and with that last thought of 2016, let the celebrations begin.  Happy New Year to everyone.  I hope and pray that you and your family stay safe, and turn to the positive instead of dwelling on the negative.

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