Friday, April 20, 2018

CONFERENCE & CONTESTS - Georgetown CO

NOTE from my desk: While I have not attended most of the conferences I showcase, I have heard excellent comments regarding their offerings. Please check their website thoroughly and if you have any questions, use the contact information on their page. 

If you attend any of the conferences or enter the contests I list, I'd love to hear your thoughts. Please share your review in the comments section of that conference's post.

Know of a great conference you'd like me to share? Please use the contact form on the right to drop me a note. 

Thank you!

GeoCon

This conference grabbed my attention for multiple reasons. 
1) Indie
2) Colorado
3) about the time I hope to be traveling that direction

You can check out the great prices HERE. The next price bracket is March 17-May 21. 

From their Media landing page:

Georgetown Indie-Con is a great place to find your writers community, hone your craft, learn from others and share your own experiences as a writer

Whether you are Indie-publishing or not, there looks to be plenty of material at this conference. I hope to attend and that you will too. Have something to share about this conference? Please post a link or tell us about your experience in the comments section below. 

Safe Travels & Happy Writing!

Monday, April 16, 2018

CURRENT PROJECT - Another Option?


One thing I've learned from author Velda Brotherton is to not put all of my eggs in one basket. Velda is published with Oghma Creative, Wild Rose Press, Indie published and was once published with big traditional publishers early in her career.

While I'm still wanting to publish some of my books as an Indie publisher, having different streams of income isn't a bad thing. I figure the Indie is a good place to kick in the cash flow while I work at other areas for some things. Like my western with Tiffany Schoefield (someday).

One of my strongest support systems is a group of gals I've been sprinting with for almost twelve years. J.D. Faver, Pam Labud and Tara Manderino are three with books to their names. While J.D. has been Indie-published for some time, she also holds a multi-book contract with Sourcebooks, with her first one releasing in September.  J.D. aka June is one of the most supportive people. She has her fingers on the pulse of what's going on and is always happy to share her finds with the rest of us.

Last week she pointed us to a Call for Submissions from Harlequin DARE. They are looking for New Authors and taking submissions through April 20th. We'll hear back by May 4th. That's quite a turn around time and a high-jump over the slush pile.

My challenge is that while I might have something in the tickler file, I'm not sure I can write that depth of 'naughty' I have story lines in my head, but I can't seem to put it on paper. I'm not a prude but I've never been able to talk dirty. Just let me enjoy the experience.  But with a chance like this, I have to at least see if I have something to submit. I've downloaded one of their books but have battled a sinus headache and then music stuff. Hopefully, this afternoon I can curl up with the book to see what they are looking for. From there I'll determine if my file drawer holds any possibilities.

The good thing is that on short notice, they only want a clean first chapter and a synopsis. Easy to pull off if I buckle down.

Oh, and Bob may be home on Wednesday. LOL Going to be a fun week!

As to A Christmas To Remember...  I finally made it through the first rough revision in Chapter 1. I started working on the keyboard again rather than writing longhanded and things seems to be moving at a more focused pace.

How did we write and revise before electronics?

Choose your path and write from your heart!
~Angela

Friday, April 13, 2018

CONFERENCE & CONTESTS - Northern Colorado

Beginning this week, Conference & Contests are moving to Fridays. Wednesdays will be reserved for Reviews either of books by Spotlight Author or one of my choosing.

NOTE from my desk: While I have not attended most of the conferences I showcase, I have heard excellent comments regarding their offerings. Please check their website thoroughly and if you have any questions, use the contact information on their page. 

If you attend any of the conferences or enter the contests I list, I'd love to hear your thoughts. Please share your review in the comments section of that conference's post.

Know of a great conference you'd like me to share? Please use the contact form on the right to drop me a note. 

Thank you!



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THERE'S STILL TIME TO REGISTER!

This looks like an amazing conference! Makes me wish I could move my CO trip  up a few weeks. They even provide you with a 90 page program that includes all the handouts! 

Fort Collins is a lovely town full of history as well as contemporary sights - something for everyone!

As always, if you attend - or have attended in the past, I'd love to hear from you!

Safe Travels & Happy Writing!
Angela

Thursday, April 12, 2018

WRITERS' TIP THURSDAY - Kryssie Fortune



Kryssie Fortune's  best advice:

Get the first draft on paper then polish it until it shines. You can always improve your writing, but you need something to work with. 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

REVIEW WEDNESDAY - One Knight Stand


First off, I'm in love with the cover. Though the hero and the cover model have some differences, who wouldn't want that man defending them? Yes, please! Add in one feisty heroine in need of rescuing in more ways than one and you have the perfect elements for a book you won't be able to close til the end - or in my case, til the kindle hits you in the nose. hehe

When archivist Harriet Mortlake lands the job of a lifetime at the historic de Ferrers castle, she gets more than she bargained for. After all, who expects to find a drop-dead hunk of a vampire in the twenty-first century? In a nano second she goes from being the 'ice queen' her ex claimed her to be to molten lava in the hands of Blaxton de Ferrers. 

Blaxton de Ferres had his share of women in his eight hundred years. Over the course he's amassed an obscene amount of money, allowing him the philanthropic opportunities and continue to grow his fortune. One thing that has eluded him is love.. until he goes toe to toe with Harriet. the woman is a spitfire he can't resist.. nor seem to feed on. 

Like all good romance novels, there's always a twist - that one moment of  'will she or won't she?' In this case we get it from both the hero and the heroine's point of view, adding that extra element that makes this a 'must read' for anyone who loves strong characters, hot sex and a happy ever after.

While the writing could have been a bit tighter in spots, I enjoyed this book. I'm giving ONE KNIGHT STAND - 

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You may purchase your copy at any of the following links:







Tuesday, April 10, 2018

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT - Kryssie Fortune


This week we shine the light on author, Kryssie Fortune.


BIO
Kryssie Fortune writes the sort of hot sexy books she loves to read. If she can sneak a dragon into her paranormal books she will. Her paranormal heroes are muscular werewolves, arrogant Fae or BDSM loving dragons. 
Kryssie likes her contemporary heroes ex-military and dominant. Her heroines are kick ass females who can hold their own against whatever life - or Kryssie - throws at them.

Kryssie's pet hates are unhappy endings, and a series that end on a cliff hanger.
Her books are all stand alone even when part of series. Plot always comes before sex, but when her heroines and heroes get together, the sex is explosive and explicit. One review called it downright sensual.

Thank you for joining us today, Kryssie. Let's find out a bit more about you.

I ask our guest 5 questions. Then I give them a list of more questions for them to select 3 of their own. 
Here's My Five:
I’m always asked ‘where do you get your ideas’. So, where do you get yours?

 I start with one scene and work from there.

Which comes first, the story, the characters, or the setting?
It varies. Mostly I see the place and set a story there. I’ve done that twice, but both times, I cut my starting scene from the edits. Sometimes I start with the hero or heroine and work out what happened to them.

Which of your heroines most represent you, or the ‘you’ you’d like to be? Why?
This is a hard one. Each one has a little bit of me in. Ellie, in To Mate a Werewolf, loves to bake. My cakes have won prizes. That was the same day my jam entry had set so hard it broke the judge’s spoon. Meena, in To Break A Warrior King’s Curse, is a witch. I’m fascinated by all things Wicca. Viola, in To Seduce an Omega has a bad knee. Mine’s nothing like as bad as hers, but somedays it’s not good.   

What is the single most important part of writing for you?
All of it. I love getting a story down on paper. I spend ages honing it and making it into something I’d like to read. The hard bit is when someone else edits it. I can see it get better, but sometimes it hurts. 

What’s the most romantic thing a guy can do (or has done) for you?
I married the most unromantic man in the universe. After over 40 years, I still love him as much as when I married him. The most romantic thing he’s ever done is buy me a bunch of my favorite flowers – daffodils. For him, that’s huge. Hang on. He took me to Paris for my birthday once. How wonderful is that? 

Kryssie's Three:

If I was a first time reader of your books, which one would you recommend I start with
       and why?
All my books are stand alone, even when they’re linked to each other. My Scattered Siblings series is paranormal. My Heroes of Westhorpe Ridge series revolves around former military men building new lives in Westhorpe Ridge  

 City Girl or Country Girl
I’m in the middle. I lived in Leeds, England for most of my life. That’s city life. Two years ago, we packed up and retired to Bridlington on the Yorkshire Coast. I get everything here. I can walk on the beach with my husband, or we can travel 300 yards down the road away from the coast, and we are in the country. 

Favorite TV show
Any quiz show. I love to quiz. Recently we formed a team with two friends, and we’re doing well. If we don’t come in the top three, none of us are happy. Touch wood, that hasn’t happened yet

Now, let's talk about this fabulous book!


Blurb
Crusader knight, Blaxton de Ferrers rises as a vampire after the Knights Defender steal his soul. Murdered by his cousin, he preys on the people he once swore to protect. His emotions leach out of him. Gradually, he forgets how to feel. 
Eight hundred years later, he meets Harriet.
Harriet Mortlake’s a strong, sassy woman who battles her weight and her temper. She’s the modern-day archivist in the castle which was Blaxton’s childhood home. She’s supposed to ferret out the castle’s secrets. Instead, she finds the love of her life.
When danger threatens Harriet, Blaxton steps in. Harriet and Blaxton are a match made in heaven. Except… he’s a vampire and he’s destined for hell. 

Note: Previously sold as Knight’s vampire

Excerpt
“How dare you embarrass me like that?” Harriet Mortlake planted her hands on her hips and glowered at the man she’d cornered outside the cafe. Her normal iceberg cool deserted her, and she wanted to slap the condescending smile off his face. Around this stranger, she felt as though lightning bolts flashed from her eyes.
“It’s a temple, not a chapel,” he insisted.
Stubborn. Damn. Male. She’d been showing the big guns from the Castles’ Management Trust around the building. They’d already made it clear they thought her too young for the archivist’s role. This know-it-all had infuriated her when he sounded off in the chapel. Now he antagonized her all over again.
 “As if!” Harriet snorted. “No way would medieval Christians build a pagan temple on their grounds. Superstitious locals would have accused them of devil worship. They burned heretics at the stake, remember?”
Despite Mr. Condescending’s interference, she’d impressed the big bosses—she thought. Now the sexiest male, ever, clung to his ridiculous belief the chapel had been a pagan temple.
He flashed her a smile which would have lit up the underground chapel where he’d embarrassed her earlier. He should keep his mouth shut and let her admire his looks. Everything about him radiated sex appeal. Looking at him almost made her anger evaporate, but he gave her the know-it-all look that made her bristle.
“You need to get your facts right,” he told her, determined to have the last word.
Stupid, arrogant male. She couldn’t decide whether to show him her diplomas and degrees or kick his shins. She’d reined in her temper while the higher-ups carried out their inspection. Now they’d left, she felt free to vent her rage. Hands still on her hips, she tapped her foot at him.
“Lost for words without an audience? Or don’t you have any facts to back up your cock-and-bull story? Put up or shut up, Mister. Tell me why you think it’s a temple.”
Mr. Condescending sat outside the castle’s tearoom as if he hadn’t a care in the world. His interference when she’d shown the bigwigs into the chapel could have cost her the job she loved. Whitborough Castle’s extensive records needed cataloging, and Harriet couldn’t wait to get her hands on them.


Sounds like a great read. 
You may purchase your copy at any of the following links:


To connect with Kryssie, you'll find her on these Social Media locations:
Website     Blog     Twitter       Facebook   Pinterest     Goodreads    

Monday, April 9, 2018

CURRENT PROJECT - A Slow Week

I'm afraid I did very little on the revisions last week. I spent the first part of the week doing some deep cleaning - both in the laundry room and in my office. The laundry room got the deep clean because that was its week in my Fly Lady and the space really needed a clean out.


The office was for good reason. I was determined to find my sofa so that I could sit there and write in the evening. Not the prettiest thing but it's comfortable. I did get a couple hours in on Tuesday and Wednesday. I also discovered this isn't going to work writing by hand. Maybe as a first draft, but not with revisions. So the clearing of the sofa for the purpose of writing was for naught LOL

Tuesday afternoon, I realized Bear, my Great Pyreneese/ Chow mix wasn't feeling well. He had good and bad days all week. Friday I thought sure I was losing him so asked the vet to stop out Saturday morning. Guess who ate and was wagging his tail by the time Doc Mike showed up? Yep, that would be Bear.


He still isn't himself but he's almost 14 years old. Doc said he seems happy and that I should let him be happy as long as he has left. So every day I spoil him with wet food, warm milk and lots of lovin'.  While I was worrying about him, I just could not get my mind on the revisions. Nothing mattered except keeping my baby comfortable.

I hope to be back to working on the revisions again tonight with the new plan in place. I'll let you know my progress on Friday.

In the mean time, I'm shining the Spotlight on author Kryssie Fortune. Stop by and say hello, won't you?

Creative Blessings
~Angela


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

CONFERENCE & CONTESTS - Ozark Creative Writers



The current Conference and Contest information has been posted to the WEBSITE. There is an excellent line-up of speakers for our 52nd Annual conference... myself included.

Okay, while I'm not touting myself as an 'excellent' speaker I am on the roster and hope to bring you valuable information about choosing the social media avenues that are best for you.

Aside from myself we have

Tess Gerritsen - (NYT best selling author) Keynote both Friday and Saturday
Linda Apple - Your Stories Matter
Johnny Boggs -
Ally Robertson - Wild Rose Press Editor - Crimson Rose (also taking pitches)
Doug Grad - Doug Grad Literary Agency  (also taking pitches)
Tamara Hart Heiner - Author - speaking on Social Media/ Newsletters
Max McCoy - speaking on the non-traditional western
Jan Morrill - Poetry
Tiffany Schofield - Two Sessions!
Ruth Weeks - Paranormal

There will also be entertainment on Friday night provided by Tessa Kate -2014 American Idol Contestant

There are 23 contest categories this year, plus the On the Spot contest. The contests are open to everyone paying the conference fee. Write your best pieces and submit by the deadline.

Aside from informative workshops, Contests (with prize money!) and great entertainment in this beautiful Ozarks community, you'll find great accommodations at Best Western Inn of the Ozarks. But book your room now as they fill up fast!

I've been attending this conference for twenty-plus years and have ALWAYS come away with valuable information, amazing network opportunities and a new lease on my writing.  I hope you'll join us


Monday, April 2, 2018

CURRENT PROJECT - Camp Nano!


While the kiddos have to wait until mid-June for Camp, writers get an early start on the season. Camp Nano is an extension of the infamous National Novel Writing Month  aka NanoWrimo.

Camp Nano runs in April and in August, giving us the opportunity to finish up partial projects so we can start NanoWriMo in November with a shiny new project.

I joined Camp several years ago.. around 2011, but didn't enter a project until 2013, join a cabin until 2015, maybe (when I supposedly was going to work on the same project as this year ... hmmm.) In 2016 and 2017 I'd planned to work on contest entries.. but never made it back to my cabin after my first hike. I must have gotten lost somewhere along the way.

Getting lost is not my plan for this camp season. I started a cabin and have five incredibly talented sprinter buddies to keep me in check. I'm hoping if I plan 'fun' virtual things to bring to the cabin each week, at least that will keep me checking in.

GOAL
To complete about 85 percent of what I need of revisions to A Christmas To Remember.

While the meter bar on the sidebar looks full of progress, that is where the current manuscript sits in 'completion' before I begin the revisions. I'm figuring I need about 15,000 words in the revision process.

Personal Camp Location:
Sofa in my office. I can shut the animals out, turn on my pretty strobe light and music to write by.
I have a husband pillow as well as a softer pillow, depending on my back at the time, an ottoman for my feet and a couple of different weight throws - since Mother Nature can not decide what type of weather we need from day to day.

Camp Supplies:
leatherette legal pad folder
pencil pouch of multiple of all the same type of Pilot pens
notebook paper
cash and punch cards for when I go to the coffee shop
at least 2 chapters of the print out with my editing notes.

Are you at CampNano this month? If so, post your camp name and I'll pay you a visit. If not, why not? Come join the FUN!

I'm off to bake cookies for my campers!
Happy Writing!
Angela

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

WEDNESDAY REVIEW - The Acqeli


ACQELI is the latest Sci-Fi Romance from Rose Sartin, author of BOUND BY HONOR. Due to release this week, Acqeli is a novella - a collection of three short stories revolving around incidents in the BOUND trilogy. 

Through the collection, Rose Sartin gives us the 'behind the scenes' items that while delving deeper into the trilogy, are not necessary as main parts. ACQELI contains those crystal nuggets of information all authors have in their repertoire that do not always become part of the whole. 

THE BLACK CRYSTAL opens up the secret of the ACQELI and the power it possesses. Through this story we see the incredible mind of a sci-fi writer. I've known Rose Sartin for over twenty years and to read her work is just astounding. Not just the world, but the characters she has created. 

THE CRYSTAL MOON provides details about the ACQELI referenced throughout the book. While some of the details are shared within the trilogy, this short piece gives us a peek behind the historic curtain. Rose Sartin has the uncanny ability to offer up a love scene - bonding - full of all the beauty and sensitivity lovemaking should be. 

THE CURSE OF THE BLACK CRYSTAL introduces us to the main characters in BOUND BY HONOR. Rhyel, Captain of the Novaria, watches from his ship as the planet he calls home is destroyed. There's nothing he can do. Like all good soldiers, with the help of the Elders, he sets a plan in place to rebuild in another part of the galaxy. Rebuilding, means repopulating and quality health care. While they have a competent nurse - an earthling- a doctor is necessary. Another human is in their sights... Dr. Amber Donovan.

If you love a good Sci-Fi Romance you will not want to miss a single word of either the Bond Trilogy over the course of it's release or the eBook Acqeli releasing in the next few days. 

You can catch up with Rose Sartin on Facebook and Twitter

Purchase your copy of BOUND BY HONOR and her upcoming novella, Acqeli, please visit: AMAZON  B & N






Tuesday, March 27, 2018

SPOTLIGHT AUTHOR - Rose Sartin

I have had the pleasure of knowing Rose Sartin for over twenty years. I've watched her grow as a writer. I've listened as she talked through plot issues, seen her eyes light up as she described a scene and heard the frustration in her voice when she wasn't sure - days when all the ink bleeding seemed useless. I was there to celebrate her joy when she signed her contract with Oghma Creative Media.... a journey 40 years in the making!


October 9, 2016
50th annual Ozark Creative Writers Conference
Eureka Springs AR

BOUND BY HONOR, the first book in a trilogy,  released November 2017 was forty years in the making! Since then she's been featured in two newspapers. Kevin McClintock of the Joplin Globe called her a 'tenacious wordsmith'.

Here's a Fast Five And Three with Rose:

I’m always asked ‘where do you get your ideas’. So, where do you get yours?
Sometimes they're just ideas that come during quiet moments. Other times something someone says will spark an idea--or an object. For instance a spearhead my husband found in the garden was the inspiration for an upcoming book, Heart of the Stone. The tip of the spearhead looked as if blood had dried on it.

Which comes first, the story, the characters, or the setting?
My story usually comes first, but the characters show up immediately and take over

Which of your heroines most represent you, or the ‘you’ you’d like to be? Why?
That's a tough question. I think every author puts a little of themselves into their characters. My heroines tend to reflect my values. That's not to say I wouldn't like to share their adventurous spirit, or feisty attitude

What is the single most important part of writing for you?
The satisfaction of knowing people like my stories


What’s the most romantic thing a guy can do (or has done) for you?
That's easy. My husband wrote a poem for me called Our Two Souls Met, and sent it with a note asking for a second date. You can't get any more romantic than that.

Who, if anyone, has influenced your writing?
My husband, Gary, was my own special hero. I admit the heroes in my book reflect him. He encouraged me to keep writing. As for another romance author, Julie Garwood has always inspired me

City Girl or Country Girl
I'm a country girl at heart. Love the quiet of a country morning.

Favorite TV show
What can I say. I'm a Star trek fan through and through.



Rose Sartin's novella, The Acqeli, releases today! 
This is an exceptional collection of three stories that tie into her BOUND trilogy. Bound By Honor released November 2017. The second book in the trilogy is due early 2019.


You will find Bound By Honor at the following links:


About the Author:
L. Rose Sartin was born in Illinois, raised in Iowa, and has spent most of her life in the Missouri Ozarks. She and her late husband, Gary, raised two daughters, Melissa and Angela, and a son, Eric, while building businesses as beekeepers, leathercrafters, and managers/tour guides in a show cave. Ms. Sartin is also proficient with the Mountain dulcimer, performing in radio, television, and documentaries.

Today she lives in their family home on an Ozark ridgetop that overlooks the Mark Twain National Forest. She is currently finishing the second and third novels in her Honor trilogy. Her life is filled with family and friends, music, good books, and plotting adventures for characters who show up on her mind’s doorstep.


You will find Rose Sartin on:


Tomorrow, I'll share my review of the Acqeli. In the mean time, you will find my review of Bound By Honor on Amazon.






Monday, March 19, 2018

BACK ON BOARD! -

I am back! I think I know why I've stayed away. I'll talk more about that in a moment. But first, a picture of what I'm working on.

A CHRISTMAS TO REMEMBER

A Christmas To Remember was first germinated almost twenty years ago as a story called Ozark Angel. This is the first manuscript I ever finished and put through the paces. 

While it hasn't scored well in small competitions, Ozark Angel did get a 'full' request from a Harl. editor who at the time had a reputation for never requesting more than a partial (first 3 chapters and a synop). After going through two editor reads at SuperRomance, I got a kind rejection letter saying while they loved the story, it didn't fit them. Hey - I can live with that kind of rejection. 

The second time out of the gate, I received a partial then a full on the manuscript from the editor at the now closed Genesis Press. They were a multi-cultural publisher. I pointed out to the editor that this could not be a multi-cultural romance she replied with 'multi-cultural will not always be popular, but a good romance will stand the test of time'. Her reader aka receptionist loved the book. She remembered me and the story a year later when I called their office about another matter. She said her boss was nuts for not picking up the story. From her mouth to a publisher's ears!

And then it sat.... and sat ... and sat...

I've pulled it out a time or two trying to figure out why the story wasn't moving. I know with Harlequin, it wasn't long enough. As I work on the story now, I understand why.


While the manuscript went through a professional editor ( she edits for some big names) as I pulled the story out last fall and decided the time had come, I began seeing a lot of things pop out at me. I'd read a sentence and think 'Why?'  or 'How?' and realized A Christmas To Remember needed serious work. 

Now I try to spend a minimum of two hours every night going through the editing notes I made. The other thing is that I'm handwriting this story from start to finish. There's something about pen to paper that just makes things flow better sometimes. Fantasy author, Prix Gautney writes her stories by hand the first round through. 

I know when I type up the rewrite I'll find other things to fix. Then my sister will do the first read-through for story inconsistencies or something that might not come out the way I had it in my head. 

Okay.. so the WHY I've been absent. I think I was so conflicted about how I wanted my career to go that I just couldn't bring myself to write something that might never see publication. The new-age question of TRADITIONAL vs. INDIE

I've weighed the pros and cons for months - okay, a couple of years - and I keep coming back to two things.

1- How bad do I want to walk into Walmart or B & N and see my book on the shelf - or am I just content to have my own copies to sell?

2 - How much control am I willing to give up?
Okay, that is a big one. I am an OCD control freak. One of the things that really turned the page for me a couple of weeks ago was seeing what one of my author friends is going through. 

She has been a successful Indie author for about three years - or longer. She's worked HARD on a daily basis to a) craft a great read  b) marketing that great read  c) continuing to craft more great reads in the process.  She recently got a multi-book contract for her stories. 

They are revamping her marketing and they've taken excellent titles and turned them on their ear. She is over the moon and I am thrilled for her. But for me, personally, I don't think I can give up that control. I would be a nervous wreck! 

On the flip - I have another author friend who has been traditionally published for years. She is now indie-publishing her books and couldn't be happier!

The MORAL - is that each of us has to do what works for us. 

Some of my stories don't fit into the box some traditional publishers want you to use. But I still think they're great reads and that there is someone out there who will think so, too. And if not, then at least I tried. 

The other thing is let's look at the time line for A Christmas To Remember:
1- End of May - finish the rewrite
2 -End of July - my sister will have gone through the ms a chapter at a time
3 -End of Aug - revamp based on her comments
4 -End of September - Go through professional editing
End of October - have up on Amazon in time for Christmas season
Approximately a 70%  commission if what I'm hearing is correct.

If I were to go through steps 1-4 then by first of October begin shopping to a traditional publisher. I'd be lucky to have a contract by June of 2019. So let's look at this potential scenario:

1 - June 2019 - Get a Contract
2 - 18-24 months to publication - October 2020!

All that time, I'm not making any money! And when I do, they are taking a minimum of 45% plus the 15% (est) an agent will take. Plus.. they are taking their percentage for me still doing the lions share of the marketing work. 

I do have a western series I'd like to traditional publish. I've already spoken to one publisher and she's waiting patiently. But for now, it's all about my contemporary stories.




Wednesday, January 17, 2018

I'M A GUEST!


I'm stepping out... 
As soon as I typed those words, an old Fred Astair tune from the movie , Easter Parade, came to my head and it won't go away... I'll share the video with you at the end of this post.

Okay, back to business. I'm kicking 2018 off with getting back into guest blogging. I haven't been around to meet other authors and their readers in far too long. So when Delilah Devlin did a call-out for guest bloggers, I jumped at the opportunity.


I've known DD for several years, every since I joined her yahoo group - Roses Writes 50 Books.  While the grand scheme isn't to actually write 50 books in a year, it is more of a mindset to just keep plotting and writing - writing towards our dream of being a career-author.

With writing and publishing comes marketing. I'll be guesting on her blog on the topic of Social Media Marketing. While some people navigate the waters like pros, there are a lot more who are just lost. In today's technological age, marketing is far different than when we started reading books by our favorite authors rather than writing them. 

Speaking of writing, Delilah really knows her cowboys, as she brings us another in her Texas Cowboys Series. 


You'll find this as well as her other books on Amazon

I hope you'll stop by her BLOG on on Thursday and join the conversation. Share your tips! How do you navigate the waters of Social Media? What's your biggest challenge? What comes easiest? Inquiring minds want to know!

Happy Reading!
Angela

Now.. a zippy little tune from Fed Astair:

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

WHERE I AM TODAY - Back in Step


When I signed in today to welcome in 2018 I was shocked (though not surprised) that I'd done nothing here since July. Posts for several weeks prior to that had be set to auto-post in an attempt to keep some life on here while I prepared for a four-month visit with our granddaughters. At the time they were 9 and 5. We'd not seen the girls in four years, and not knowing when our next visit would come, our summer was all about the girls. 

While the girls were here I put all work with Oghma Creative Media. After they left, I tried to find ground again but I just couldn't gain footing. Something was missing. I wasn't doing what I loved - writing and creating. 

Following a very visual dream on October 31st, - known as the eve of the Wiccan New Year, I knew what I needed to do. I turned in my notice to Oghma effective December 1, 2017. From that point my focus was on ENJOYING the holidays and time with my husband. 

A new year, a new start. 
I've been back to work on a manuscript that made the rounds nearly twenty years ago. While I got great comments from Harlequin editors and contest comments, I put Ozark Angel aside and moved on to MANY starts of new stories whirling in my head.

The time has come to stop being stuck in the publishing mire, pull myself out and move forward.
I like working with song titles. They are recognizable to the general public and a good marketing prong so I've changed the name to A Christmas To Remember. Trust me, this story is about just that. Full of secret child, second chance at love, and tug-of-war as Brendan and Stephanie strive to find a common thread that can bring them back together for the happy ever after.

I also still believe my stories are still Hallmark-worthy. While Hallmark have their own eBook line, I won't publish strictly eBook again. The area in which I live, the people I know and talk to on a daily basis, many are still print readers and that's a market I can't alienate. With that in mind, I search for a publisher as I make changes to things that were missed by my first editor. A Christmas To Remember has waited way too long to see print. That is the first thing I want to change in 2018.

I'm also connecting with the powers that be at The Hallmark Channel as well as writers of the stories we love and the actors who bring the characters to life.  My hope is to bring you interviews and profiles over the coming year. 

In the mean time, I'm just getting a work flow in place so this site may not be as 'busy' as I want. Great things come in small accomplishments.  I'm off to accomplish.

What is your plan for 2018?