Wordless Wednesday

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Self Publishing

Instead of a teaser today, I’m sharing some links that I have found useful while researching self-pub.

This blog gives you real information about what the authors are doing. The Writer’s Guide to E-Publishing: http://thewritersguidetoepublishing.com/

Since Amazon’s policy states that you can not publish “explicit sexual content” through them, Smashwords is the route that I’m planning to go. They have a free book to guide you along the way.  Smashwords Style Guide: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/52

Please, share any links you have found useful.

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I warned Twitter that if I didn’t feel MUCH better about a situation, I would be ranting today. Though I have calmed down a bit, it’s still bothering me. So here it is.

Several of my friends have talked to me recently about their publishers and editors. They weren’t good talks, but these authors are unable to speak out about their experiences due to their contracts. I, however, don’t have a contract. Here’s a list of the common complaints:

  • no notice for release date
  • cover is completely wrong
  • changes in the story with no explanation
  • REWRITING parts of the story

Can you guess which one ticks me off the most? Yes, I understand that an editor will go through and make notes and even suggest how things could be changed. That’s not what I’m talking about here. An editor rewrote chunks of my friends work without giving her the option to accept or reject those changes. That is wrong!

We are artist. This is our masterpiece. Would you go repaint Mona Lisa’s mouth because she’s not smiling big enough? I don’t think so!

I’m trying not to say anything too harsh because I don’t want to commit career suicide. BUT this isn’t happening to just one person nor is it just one editor doing this. It has to stop. THIS is the reason some authors have decided to switch to self-pub. Why should they have to put up with their work being destroyed?

Okay, enough ranting. I’m sure I won’t get many comments because of the topic. However, if you want to leave an anon comment, I understand completely. Also, you can email me from my about me page. My hope is that all of you realize you don’t have to put up with this and you’re not being petty if you have an issue with it. This is YOUR work, not theirs.

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Favorite Thing in the Whole World

My favorite thing in the whole wide world is my bed. I spent the past two weeks sleeping in my office chair with my legs on a stack of pillows on top of my desk. FINALLY, I’m able to return to my bed. I can’t tell you how good it felt to stretch out and get some real sleep for a change. The only thing that would make it better is if HE was waiting for me.

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I’m Yours

I love the premise of this song. “the sky is yours” is just what I needed to hear today. As a writer, I can get bogged down and frustrated by all the setbacks that come with this career. But if I can keep my eye on the prize and not worry about how I get there, then the sky is the limit.

What do you do when setbacks arise?

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Wordless Wednesday: Awwww

cute baby animals - The Perfect Pillow
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If Tomorrow Never Comes

My friend Mercy came out yesterday as someone else. You see, she’s been published under different names and FINALLY decided to let the world know. Yay! She has no clue that I’m pimping her today LOL. Here it is, what I told her to do a long time ago, her other self.

After high school, Tara Jenkins followed her dreams to New York where she became a plus-size catalog model. Ten years later, she longs for the college education she passed up. When her mother becomes ill, Tara chucks her career and returns to her hometown. She buys a rundown house and begins the process of restoring the house and her life.

Then in walks trouble. Brent Chambliss is a contractor. He’s thrown himself into his work to forget about his wife Kelly and daughter Betsy, whom he lost three years ago. When he finds out Tara wants to remodel the grand old house he jumps at the chance to resurrect it, knowing he’ll be spending his free time with his neighbor Tara, to whom he is attracted. He just needs to forget about vowing to love and honor his wife until he dies.

Kelly Chambliss has plans of her own. Cursed to spend eternity in the house next door, she can only watch Brent from a distance. Kelly is delighted when he again enters her life. If only she can convince Tara to help her right the wrongs she did in life.

You can find Emjai Colbert (as Mercy) here: http://mercyceleste.blogspot.com/

Find If Tomorrow Never Comes here: http://www.jasminejade.com/p-4169-if-tomorrow-never-comes.aspx

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