#AuthorTubeRetreat2018 – a Vlog of Memories

What do I even say? It’s hard to render a writer speechless but I don’t know how to sum up this past weekend with justice.

Let’s start with this: here’s my vlog!

I miss these girls so much already. Never in my life have I been surrounded by such like-minded people, people I was afraid to say goodbye to. All of us have so much ahead of us in our futures so be sure to subscribe to everyone’s channels and show the love!

 

There are many collabs coming so be on the lookout!

#AuthorTubeRetreat2018 – Bean Boozled

As many of you know, Kristen Martin hosted the first ever AuthorTube Retreat at her house! I cannot even put into words how amazing it was to spend the weekend with this amazing ladies because for the first time we all felt fully understood! We could talk about writing, publishing YouTube, anything! The weekend went by way too quickly, and there is a blog to come, but until then behold…BEAN BOOZELED!

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Title Reveal of My Third Novel & CampNaNoWriMo!

Today I’m revealing the title, genre and summary (not final) of my third novel!

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How to Start Writing a Novel

It’s all too often I hear from aspiring authors who want to write a book but don’t know where to start. Writing a book is hard, and writing a book that people want to read is even harder. Today I want to talk about a few things; brainstorming story ideas, how you should go about outlining and planning things, and how to actually sit back and start writing your novel.

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Why Write Book Reviews? The Savior’s Champion by Jenna Moreci

As an indie author, it’s super important to get reviews on my books. Support, in general, is great; tweets about my books, photos of it on Instagram, I love it all! In order to support an indie author and allow us to continue writing books you, as the reader, must tell other people about our books so we can continue to write and thrive as authors. What’s the holy grail of supporting an indie author? Book reviews!

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Is Writing Easy? Writers Debunking Writing Myths

Today’s blog post is a part of Dianna Gunn’s Writers Debunking Writing Myths collab. A few of us AuthorTubers banded together to talk about some of the myths that have popped up over the years when it comes to writing, so after you watch my video, be sure to check out the whole playlist on YouTube!

Today’s myth: Writing is easy. Simple Enough, right? I’m sad to say, writing is not easy. Writing is a craft, which means it’s not only a very subjective field, but it’s a field where you never stop learning. No matter how good you are as a writer, there will always be room for improvement. With that said, today I’m spending my time talking you, explaining why writing is not and should not be easy.

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What I Regret About My Debut Novel (Collab with Mari Suggs)

Today I’m teaming up with Mari Suggs, fellow author and YouTuber, to talk about some things we regret about our debut novels. Mari is the author of two novels and one non-fiction novel, so once you read my blog post or watch my video, be sure to check out her video as well! Our goal today is to be completely raw and open with you to know what we feel we could have done better so you can learn from our mistakes. Debut novels are tough. It’s our first novel! We didn’t know what we were doing! I think it’s safe to say almost all authors see things they could have fixed about their debut novel, so today we’re going to sit down and talk about it.

Regret #1: Writing So Young

This first regret isn’t so much a regret as something I question a lot. For those who didn’t know, my debut novel, Essence, was published when I was seventeen. For a novel I wrote when I was so young, I think it’s really good. Essence is a novel that’s full of a lot of emotion and sometimes that can be something that’s hard to write when you’re young. While I think I did a good job, there are times I question if maybe I should have waited. I question if maybe I had spent another year editing that maybe some things could have been better.  But then again, every writer is their own worst critique and it’s hard to say if our novel is good or not.

Regret #2: Publishing So Young

I also question that even was Essence is amazing, if I should have waited to publish until I was better prepared for the publishing process. There were a lot of things I could have done better to publish my book to help boost sales, but I wasn’t in that mindset when I published Essence. I just wanted to publish it. I didn’t have long terms goals in mind. I work in marketing, so looking back on how I published Essence, part of me is really proud of how much I accomplished at such a young age and the other part of me cringes because I know I could have done so much more.

At the same time, while these are things I think about, I still don’t think I would change publishing Essence when I did, because I fear I may have missed some lessons that I needed to learn if I hadn’t published so young.

Regret #3: Not Cutting Some “Stuff”

This last regret is really my biggest regret. While the first two were things that just pop into my mind, this last one really bothers me. It shouldn’t bother me because it’s just something that someone wrote in one of the reviews of Essence, but it stuck with me. There is one scene in my book where I say “this box is labeled” this and “this box is label” that. It’s a stupid scene and it’s a short scene, but it’s a scene that someone pointed out in a review and ever since I’ve read that review it’s a scene that I really wish I didn’t include in the book. So yes, authors do take your criticism when they read reviews.

And those are my three biggest regrets. If you’ve published a novel, let me know in the comments below what your biggest regret is.

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Mistakes Every Writer Makes

We’ve all been new writers at some point. Or maybe you’re a new writer now. If that’s the case then start taking notes, because today I’m going to talk about the things you shouldn’t be doing and what you’re going to do to avoid making that mistake again. Even if you’re a writing pro, there’s always more to learn. And if you’ve already learned your lessons, well then today you’re just going to look back and cringe at all the mistakes you may have made when you were a budding writer.

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How to Self-Publish a Book on Amazon and Kindle Using Createspace

I’ve been making videos and blog posts about writing and self-publishing for a long time now, yet I’ve never made a video to address how to self-publish a book on Amazon. For today’s blog post and video, I’m going to teach you how to publish a paperback novel using Createspace, upload your manuscript, format your manuscript and make your novel available for purchase on Amazon. As a bonus to those who stick around until the end, I’ll also show you how to make your novel available on Kindle! Let’s keep in mind that before you do any of these steps your novel should be completed, edited and good to go. While you can make changes and to your manuscript after it’s uploaded to Createspace, it’s more of a hassle.

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What to Plan When Self-Publishing [Collab with Natalia Leigh]

Today I’m super excited because I’m teaming up with fellow author and YouTuber, Natalia Leigh, to talk to you guys about the different things you should plan for when publishing a book. In my video, I’ll be talking about using advanced reader copies, finding readers, finding your author platform, creating a book trailer, launching your book and marketing your book. Be sure to also check out Natalia’s video because she’ll be talking about formatting your novel, cover design, finding an editor and beta readers!

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