CampNaNoWriMo Vlog – Sending My Novel to Beta Readers!

I won CampNaNoWriMo!

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Publishing a Book – How to Arrange a Blog Tour

A few weeks ago we talked about how to host a book launch so by popular request, today we’ll be talking about how to arrange a blog tour. By the end of this blog post you’ll know why your book needs a blog tour, how you should arrange it, and how you make sure everyone knows about it.

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I am a Storyteller – 2018 Goals

I wanted to take the time to talk about two things: who I am now and how I’m going to improve myself in 2018.

2017 has been a crazy year for me. It’s been stressful and exciting and I think 2018 is going to be this times ten. For those who have been following me, you’ll know that I just graduated college. Before I was able to actually graduate, I had to figure a few things out, and one of the biggest things I needed to figure out was what I wanted to do after I graduated. I needed a job, but I didn’t know what field I wanted to work in.

As a self-published author, as someone who’s had to wear a lot of different hats over the years, I’ve come across a lot of different hobbies.

  • writing
  • video production
  • graphic design (still working on this one)
  • marketing
  • photography

Most of you don’t know, but for my final semester of college, I’ve been working on a bit of a secret project. For my capstone course of college, I chose to make a documentary film on hiking called Life Above Clouds. This film is actually the reason I had to put writing my third novel on hold. Because I bit off more than I could chew. Making this film was the most stressful things I’ve done to date and tested every skill I’ve been working on, from production to marketing of the film to a brand new audience.

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All these different career interests made figuring out what I wanted to do post-graduation really difficult. It wasn’t until I sat down and really thought about all the things I enjoy doing that I saw what everything had in common. No matter what medium I’m working in, the written word, photos, video and so on, I’ve always been telling a story.

When I finally figured this out, it felt like things had finally been resolved. I knew that when it came to job hunting that I needed to ask myself this one question: will I be telling a story?

My goal will always be to make it as a full-time writer, but I have to be realistic. Success isn’t handed to you, you have to work for it. Like I’ve said in my previous video, success isn’t determined by how lucky you are, it’s determined by how badly you want it.

In 2018 I’ve set a few goals for myself:

  • Find a full-time job I love
  • Continue to grow my online presence as an author
  • Finish my third novel

I feel big things coming in 2018 and I’m not afraid to say this: 2018 is going to be my year. College beat me mentally and physically. I want to re-discover myself, be a happier person, a better person than I am today. I want to be the best writer I can be.

I am a storyteller. Who are you? Tell me in the comments down below! How are you improving yourself in 2018?

How to Host a Book Launch – Marketing for Authors

It’s time to talk about book launches. It’s super exciting to have a book coming out, but it can also be really stressful to arrange a book launch, especially as a debut author when you aren’t always sure what you’re doing. For today’s blog post I’m breaking it all down for you. Find out how to host a successful, and easy, book signing. You’ll learn where to host your signing, who to invite and how to promote it online!

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Why You Should Participate in NaNoWriMo

What’s the point of participating in National Novel Writing Month? There are a few people out there that think NaNoWriMo isn’t right for them because they think if they force themselves to write 50,000 words in one month it won’t be good, and this may be true,  but this could be said for any first draft of a novel. It’s not going to come out good, but it will get you started. NaNoWriMo is a huge community of writers coming together to help motivate each other. During the month of November, you learn how to get yourself into the habit of writing every day. If at the end of the month, it’s not too good, that’s fine. You can fix that in draft two. Don’t believe me? Well, check out some of these New York Times Bestselling authors that wrote their novels during NaNoWriMo.

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Get a Signed Postcard! – I am Mercy Anniversary

Yesterday was the two year anniversary of I am Mercy! I am Mercy is a historical fantasy novel that is a companion novel to Essence. It takes in 14th century France during the black plague during a time of desperation and dark magic.

In celebration of two years, I’ve decided to start something new. I recently created postcards that I’ll be signing and mailing out! I’ll be giving out the postcards for free to anyone who’s written a review of Essence or I am Mercy. Besides being signed, each postcard will also have a custom message written by your’s truly!

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NaNoWriMo Character Development #ProjectWriteTube [Giveaway]

November is National Novel Writing Month and in honor or preparation for many of you writing a 50,000 words novel in one month, I’m taking part in #ProjectWriteTube which a collaboration of YouTubers who are talking about the preparation of NaNoWriMo in the month of October. My video/blog post is just one of many created by other authors, so to watch all the YouTube videos, be sure to check out the #ProjectWriteTube playlist on YouTube:

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Preparing for NaNoWriMo! #Preptober

We’re already into the second week of October! For anyone in the writing community, you may know this means you only have about three weeks until NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Writers brave enough are going to somehow manage to write 50k words in a single month! I’ve never done NaNoWriMo myself because the timing is always terrible, and this year because of final semester craziness I won’t be able to participate again, but I will be taking part in #Preptober. October is the month that is dedicated to preparing to write an entire novel in a month. Tamera Woods, also known as PenPaperPad, is hosting a huge collab of YouTubers where we’ll all be posting videos about what you should be doing to prepare for NaNoWriMo. Some videos have already been posted, so here is the playlist which will have all the videos added to them as they come along: Continue reading

The Basics of Hootsuite – Marketing for Authors

You’ve all heard me talking a lot about social media marketing and a huge key to organizing yourself on social media is by using Hootsuite. Now Hootsuite is great for anyone, authors and large corporations alike, but today I’m only going to be talking about the tools you will use if you’re an author. Continue reading