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When do you know your story is ready?

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So, the Insecure Writer’s Support Group is really great for writers in any stage of their development. I missed last month because of the whole move. OMW. We’re in Montana now. It’s great here. Love it. But, for the love of PETE, I am DONE moving! Gah!

This is a blog hop, so, when you’re done here, click on the Linky link and go visit some of of the other authors’ posts. This month’s question:

October 4 Question: When do you know your story is ready?

I never know when my story is ready. I’ve gotten to the point where I throw it out there after I’ve completed the 3rd draft. And then, my poor baby is on its own.

I still, to this day, itch to edit some of my previous books. Did you know that Whiskey Witches was edited (29) times? Completely revised. Edited by multiple editors throughout the years. And yet, there are still reviews out there that state I didn’t care about editing one bit, that I cared so little about my book that I didn’t even give it to an editor. (29) times.

(29) times and it’s still ripped by readers who don’t understand the narrative.

That was the book where I had to sit down and decide. You know, really think about it. After (29) edits (those were just the major ones, not the proofreads and copy edits), if I still can’t please my readers, maybe I need to stop trying to please every single one of them. Maybe, I need to just craft the best damned story I can, give it one major edit, a copy edit, a line edit, and a proofread (by as many proofers as I can gather together), and then let my story go into the world.

Because, guess what? It’s going to be eaten alive whether I have (3) edit rounds or (29) edit rounds. It’s going to happen.

So, when do I know? I don’t. I just let it go.

The awesome co-hosts for the October 5 posting of the IWSG are Beverly Stowe McClure, Megan Morgan, Viola Fury, Madeline Mora-Summonte, Angela Wooldridge, and Susan Gourley!
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Insecure Writer: 1st Writing Piece

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It’s time for another group posting of the IWSG: Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month and encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs.

IWSG is the brainchild of our noble Ninja Captain and leader Alex J. Cavanaugh!

Our hashtag is @IWSG

The awesome co-hosts today are:

Tamara Narayan, Tonja Drecker, Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor, Lauren @ Pensuasion, Stephen Tremp, and Julie Flanders! 

Please stop by and thank them for their time.

What was your very first piece of writing as an aspiring writer? Where is it now? Collecting dust or has it been published?

Well, my first piece of writing as an aspiring writer was an epic fantasy piece called…Shoot. What did I call it? I don’t remember. It was on a planet called Matar and was about Belltear. I was in high school at the time. I was taking a typing class and two English classes and that story made it into every single essay I wrote. Even if it didn’t fit. At all.

I still have that story. I was seriously going to publish it. I’m really glad I didn’t.

Hunter and Piper’s story was written after that. Again, I’m really glad I didn’t publish that trilogy either. It was awful.

Both of those trilogies are in boxes (that get moved to every single house every single time and they’re HEAVY!) collecting dust. Thank goodness!

Then, I got really, really serious and wrote The Dustman. Oh, man. Good story. Ugh. It was not well told. My craft has really grown. But, uh, yeah. There were quite a few.

Next month’s question: 

September – How do you find the time to write in your busy day?

Think You Couldn’t Possibly Lose Your Amazon Publishing Account? Think Again.

Update: She did get books back up and they are currently for sale! That was pretty frelling scary, though. If you haven’t read her books, you should. Grab a copy now.

This is particularly terrifying and something we all need to watch out for. This could potentially ruin an author’s career.

The Active Voice

There’s this indie author I know a little bit from the forum. Her name is Pauline Creeden, and she’s an ordinary midlister, like so many of us. I remember PMing her some time ago and gushing about how particularly beautiful one of her book covers is — the one for Chronicles of Steele: Raven.collection Here, I’ll include an image. Gorgeous, eh?

Anyway, today I tuned in to Kboards and noticed that Pauline had started a thread. It contained what’s surely the worst news possible for an indie author: Amazon had closed her publishing account. All her ebooks had been taken off sale. Permanently. Here’s the email she got from Amazon:

We are reaching out to you because we have detected that borrows for your books are originating from systematically generated accounts. While we support the legitimate efforts of our publishers to promote their books, attempting to manipulate…

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Blood Moon Magick is available NOW!

It’s been a long time in coming–or so it seems–but Blood Moon Magick is finally released for public consumption!

1.2 Whiskey Witches

Detective Paige Whiskey has a lot on her plate. A gate to Hell is permanently seared into her soul and she has no way of controlling it. She let a psychotic serial killing demon free in exchange for Dexx’s life. Her sister is about to have a baby and a whole world of crazy has opened in the Whiskey household. And, if that wasn’t enough, she and Dexx are trying to figure out their relationship.

They’re about to discover a world that has been hidden from the Whiskeys. A world of shapeshifters, werewolves, and vampires. A world that was hidden to end a bloody war. A war between shifters and witches.

Paige has to make a decision. Solve this murder and start a war? Or ignore it and keep her family safe?

But when Dexx is bitten, all everything changes. War? Or love?

If that’s not enough, listen to what readers have to say!

5-Stars – Just wow! These stories just get richer as they go. By Stilwatrsqaw

5-Stars – I love Whiskey Witches and the second book in the series in even better than the first! It reminded me of the Buffy gang for some reason. Now that Dexx was bitten I really really can’t wait for book 3! I absolutely LOVE this series! – By BookLover
And! In preparation of the next book, I’ve added a lot of fun tidbits on the website, including previews, insights, and character pages!
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Dream Killers is FREE and Discounted This Week!

DreamKillers FREEDAYS

Episode 1 Graveyard Dreams FREE June 6-7
My name’s River, and I’m a dream killer.

The Sea of Dreams spat me out without any memories of who was or where I came from. I’ve spent years traveling Dreamland in our gypsy caravan, searching for clues. All I’ve discovered is that the all-powerful elders are collecting people like me—Dreamlanders who don’t fit in.

Then I met a man who sails the Sea of Dreams, the one place all Dreamlanders fear. One touch of those ocean waves could shred the soul. Yet, he’s like me. He can hear the water’s whispers, touch her waves, and watch her dreams. My answers are out there—on his ship, on that sea.

Somewhere out there is the graveyard of dreams.

Episode 2 Eyes of Stars FREE June 8 – 9
We’re under attack. The elders and their runners are grabbing as many people with unique gifts as they can to determine why Dreamland requires them. Why give birth to a basher with the ability to create? Why allow a cleaner the gift of healing? What is her design? Her intent?
They’re not the only ones looking to use these specially gifted individuals. The mechanics and their army of hunters are capturing them as well, but with a different intent. They unleashed a virus, a virus of dreamers. Yes. Dreamers are attacking Dreamlanders.
Dreamland has sent a savior, a mechanic capable of healing anything and anyone, one who’s stronger than any master mechanic we’ve ever seen. She didn’t do this to save Dreamlanders or your precious land of dreams. No. She sent us a cure to save me.
She needs me. I don’t want to know why.

Episode 3 Captain Tightpants ON SALE $.99 June 10-11
Everything is better than ever. The graveyard is healing. The creatures are propagating and assisting the trapped dreamers. It seems as though my job is done.

Seems so. That is until the dreamer trapped in my net shows up with strange stories about unicorns roaming around Denver. Our fold of reality is melting in Earth’s. When Cable, the riverboat captain, steals the net, intent on destroying my dreamer to power his boat, Dreamland reveals a new secret.

I know who I am, and it’s not at all what I thought

Cover Reveal for Devices of War Book 3

We’ve all seen the original cover for Book 3 floating around with the working title. Well, here’s the final cover with the official title!

WhispersoftheskyborneThe world has changed. The Great Families are no longer in power. Queen Nix of the Hands of Tarot has been stripped of her title and incarcerated. The League of Cities has been formed to provide a new line of defense to the smaller tribal nations.

Not without consequences, though. Another of the original Great Families has been destroyed. As the new leaders rise from the ashes, a new threat comes to light; something no one saw coming, something that had been lurking under the surface of their society for generations.

The Skyborne. As they discover just how deep the Skyborne’s influences are, they realize the war they thought they’d been fighting . . . . . . wasn’t the real one.

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Meet the Author:

SM “Frankie” Blooding lives in Colorado with her pet rock, Rockie, and Jack the Bird. Jack has refused to let her to take up the piano again, but is warming to the guitar. It might help that Frankie has learned more than two strings. She’s added a few more Arabic words to her vocabulary, but don’t invite her into conversation yet—unless, of course, you’re willing to have a very . . . slow . . . conversation.

She’s dated vampires, werewolves, sorcerers, weapons smugglers and US Government assassins. Yes. She has stories.

She’s also an investigator with a local paranormal investigation group, Colorado Paranormal Rescue!

Find out more about her at:

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Author’s Extended Edition of Fall of Sky City is FREE!

Well, I’m giving away a few copies. If you’d like to get your hands on a free copy of the Author’s Extended Edition of Fall of Sky AND you’re willing to leave a review, please go here and download what version works best for you!

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Lessons Learned: Mission Statement

If you’re an author and don’t know who Susan Kaye Quinn is, you need to. She’s doing this thing where she’s posting some parts of the third edition of her Author’s Survival Guide.

I’m taking a hard look at my author career this year. I need to make this happen. I need to be able to write full-time, and help other authors out full-time. Right now, I have too many full-time jobs and not enough time to live. My passion is writing and the publishing world. I need to make this a reality.

Today’s post is about the mission statement. Go read Susan’s post, then come back and read my mission statement–if you want–then create your own. I’m also putting it on a piece of paper and posting it to my wall to remind myself WHY I’m putting myself through the torment.

My Mission Statement: 

To use my unique perspective, curiosity, and appreciation for knowledge to create stories that compel people to DO, not just write stories that entertain.

To discover ways to hone my craft through careful study, new classes, discussions with other authors, and to cease my wild mood-swing-induced decision making process.

To find a way to give back to the writing community to ensure other authors are able to tell their stories as well.

To do this full-time. This is my passion. This is my life’s blood. Write. Write like my fingers are on fire. Empower myself and those around me. And take the time to provide good, quality work.

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