Sunday, March 25, 2012

OMG a mispelled word!

   Ahhh, the book is finished. You can relax now, the hard part is over. Don't believe that for a second! Now the real work begins. Now it's time to edit that bad boy. You go through it. Your spouse goes through it. Your friends, the guy across the street, and even the cat if he could read.
  Then it goes to the copy editor. The guy you pay to check your work. Now you can relax. Not so my friend. Even the person who is paid to edit books can miss something and they often do.
   I regress. The mail man rings the bell (what mail man does that anymore) and there is your proof. You are so excited. You read through it one more time. The cat still says no, and off it goes to the printer.
   Now it's out there in all its glory for the world to see. You run in to B&N and grab one off the shelf. Horror (music from Pyscho plays in the background), fifth chapter, page sixty. There's a word missing and one misspelled What do you do?
   Take a deep breath and try to remember how many times you found the same thing in another author's pride and joy. It happens. It's a fact of life, a right of passage and it happens to everyone. Human error, spellchecker and the guy with the shingle over the door, we all missed it.
   What you didn't miss was the five star review.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Fantasy Books

   I am a writer of fantasy books. Even though I have been writing for a long time I have just become published. Most would consider me a new author, a newby and most new authors seem to struggle needlessly in the deep waters surrounding book reviews and recognition.
   We all look for that ray of sunshine that will set our book apart. Whether it be vampire novels, the romance novel or just fantasy, we live and breath it as if it were alive.
    Don't give up hope. The best fantasy books out there began at the fingertips of a new writer and in the heart of romance author. Someone, somewhere had to pick up that first book and say, "Wow what a great story!"

Friday, March 16, 2012

FRACTURE The Secret Enemy Saga

Update! FRACTURE  is now available at Amazon.com. Please check it out and tell me what you think. Thanks V.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Social Network

     You've written your book, it's published. Now what? Do you sit around and wait for readers to find it? I hope not. There is a vast resource out there for you and it's sitting at your fingertips. Social Networking. It is the life blood of aspiring authors everywhere. You say you don't know anyone.
     Step into cyberspace. There is Facebook, tell everyone you think you know. Join twitter and follow those who follow you. Join writing groups like Goodreads and She Writes. Go to Google+ and Stumbleupon. There is a platform almost anywhere you look. You just have to look.
     Good luck and happy writing.