Affliction: Isn’t it Pretty? How I did it.

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Affliction is available online now! See below for details!

Hey.

Happy Summer! Where I am (Minnesota) we’re on the first full day of summer and almost all of us are happy about it. I hung up my spring jacket, bidding it a fond farewell until the temps are consistently below 55. Enough of that mess.

I’ve neglected to promote the release of my dearest, prize possession here on WordPress. The rerelease of my artistic baby, Affliction on all the larger book-buying sites. I may have mentioned it earlier but I want to be clear that you all, my writing friends have a chance to see it for yourselves and purchase it if you’re so willing to be entertained by me for a few hours of your life. My publication story is not all that complex though it took time in order for me to be satisfied. If you’re both immediately satisfied with my cover above and you’re interested in publishing, the next few paragraphs are going to be of extreme interest to you. Let me reiterate an idea for you: You can self-publish your own quality work and be an author…

I spent two years of my writing ‘career’ that amounted to nothing more than a waste. You can scroll back to earlier posts from me years ago and witness this yourself (if you wish to waste your time, but I hope not). There’s some good articles written by me no doubt but my promotion of a particular publisher who shall remain nameless from now on was a complete robbery of my time, in hindsight. For some reason, I felt that finding a ‘publisher’ was a natural step to prove to others that my writing, ultimately my time, was worthy of a higher platform. That somehow no other ‘higher’ platform existed. This perception is highly subjective and pretty much unwarranted in 2017.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not bashing traditional publishing.

If you’re so inclined you can probably find my celebratory post claiming that I’d gotten umpteen rejection letters from agents but finally piqued the interest of a publisher who was willing to bring my precious work (and time) front and center, giving it its moment to shine. I’d been through so much and was going through so much that I turned to writing. Writing gave me freedom. After my work was finished I was encouraged by others to seek a higher level of existence for it. Enter the world of publishing…

I’ll skip the story of my frustrations- you can also go back in my archives if you wish to read that mess. Instead I’ll fast forward to the part where I found that anyone can use some of the same services your publisher would use and keep your royalties while experiencing great service and give your book an equal opportunity on the shelves along with some of the traditional publishing “greats.” Enter Bookfuel.

Bookfuel used their design artists to develop the cover for Affliction. Affliction is a great story but anyone will tell you a book is nothing without a decent cover. Wait until you hold this edition in your hand and you’ll see its quality, you’ll see their talent and most importantly, you’ll see it’s what I wanted in a design. Signing up for their services is easy. After going to their website you’ll know what to expect (and get it) from day one. Editing? Okay. Distribution? Okay. Promotion? Okay. It’s all there. They have it and authors are satisfied. It’s not free (they are a business) however they are reasonable and of quality. If you put effort into it you’ll begin to see some of the results of those in the big league. I invite you to take a look at what they do and what they can possibly do for your work.

As for me, I saw my finished product, Affliction and I’m impressed with my first novel. It took a second round of me finally taking control and from what I see, there will be more from me. You can purchase Affliction here on Amazon. I hope you act on my advice whether you choose services such as Bookfuel or not and chase your author dreams. You too, can produce marketable, quality work.

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I’m a brain aneurysm survivor who went through many months of speech therapy to deal with issues including short-term memory loss as a subsequent side-effect. I wanted to write after I survived. I soon after pushed myself through a full-time day courses (including all the sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry) at a local private college while working night shift 32 hours a week at a hospital. No wonder I ended up focusing on zombies. While remembering details was one thing, writing was something I felt I had the most control of under so many other variables- so I went with it… and I kept going. (Image courtesy of Google)

Finally, a Release.

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Here it is!

 

Hey.

A dream of mine finally came true (again). My novel Affliction is finally available for purchase on all the major outlets (Amazon, B&N, Apple Books, etc.). It still feels like an amazing, first time achievement! I liken it to the claim of one losing their virginity (again) only this time to a true love. That love for me goes by the name of independence. Ahh, sweet, self-ownership… Now the real work begins.

I’ve worked hard to have this baby consisting of 252 edited pages from which I spent months upon months of my free time often after 2am concocting, dreaming and theorizing plots- ultimately formulating sentences to bring forth the idea of a story involving a believable character and world under unbelievable circumstances. I’ve also suffered the hurdles of being a traditionally published author and the disappointments which ultimately makes one pull up their bootstraps and get even more serious about achieving their goal.

Enter the zombie (again).

Yes, those hideous, undead things that 10 years ago I would not have taken any more of a particular interest in than any other genre. Somehow though, things often not considered become center stage and become the catalyst for the completion of an amazing challenge. I get to present the sum total of this challenge I placed upon myself and I hope you get to enjoy it. Blood, sweat, tears…

Plus, I need reviews 🙂

I’ve read in many places that reviews are the lifeline to the survivability of any product from cars to shoes to vacuums.

The Kindle version of Affliction is only $1.99, I repeat less than the cost of Starbucks fancy drinks so believe me- I’m not planning any retirement. I just want the world to be able to enjoy the fictional world I’ve created involving a lead character by the name of Seanna Burges. I’ll hit the keys again soon to wrap up the sequel because believe me, you’ll want to know what happens next.

I must thank those who’ve always encouraged me: family, friends, co-workers, social media pals as well as other authors I’ve met and have not- who’ve day by day, graciously done their thing, publishing their best work for us all to see but have undertaken the same path as most all of us undiscovered authors and have built their platform successfully.

I’ve included a few links to view and purchase Affliction below, if you’re so inclined:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble (‘see all available formats’ for Nook $1.99 version)

There will be more to come on this project soon. I highly suggest signing up for my email list. Not often will you get them (4x a year, maybe?)- I like being generous and will do giveaways exclusively from there soon. I’ll be posting more about my own process of self publishing soon as I want others to be able to replicate any self-publishing efforts.

National Night Out (Minneapolis)

Hey.

Earlier this week I got a flyer in my mailbox regarding today’s activities for National Night Out (NNO). I chose not to attend, opting instead to be kind and move my vehicle to the back driveway and let the kids (at least 15 or more) play in the blocked off section we have, while I write, blog and occasionally peep out of the window. It’s always welcomed to see children out playing together while their parents congregate.

I saw a police officer chatting up with residents earlier and I was glad to see this. With the news stories of late involving the deaths of citizens at the hands of law enforcement and vice versa, we need a week of this kind of respite, in my opinion. Our block is home to a demographically wide range of residents in both age and color and the one’s closest to me I’ve already met and wave to often as I’m going about my daily routine. I chose not to co-mingle today because I felt shy and the 2 hour event I feel usually involves the line of questioning I wasn’t up to answering. Usually people think I’m in my twenties and thus the “Where do work?” “What do you do?” barrage of questions is always something I have to encounter. I prefer the small talk and anonymity of crossing paths and just waving and saying hello.

Truthfully, we need more National Night Out days. I don’t speculate and guess a lot about my neighbors but some people truly need the opportunity to get to know their neighbors and build trust to know that others are equally concerned about the safety and well-being of the neighborhood, including law enforcement. It’s also a great excuse to pull out the grill and ‘let the people come’. If you live in the U.S and missed out on this year’s NNO due to it not including your block, I’ve included the link here so you can perhaps get one going in your area. Next year, the day will fall on my birthday and thus I’ll be in a more festive mood. I’ve been in party mode for the last three days and by today I was truly partied out. If you were able to enjoy NNO let me know- so far, Minneapolis has been the leader last year in NNO participation. Represent your city!

 

 

 

What I know

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Exploring the nuts and bolts of keeping one’s WP site functional and modern. (Image courtesy of Google)

Hey.

I know that in the grand scheme of things in the technical world, I don’t know much at all. Truth be told, I wish I was about 10 years younger just so that naturally I’d have the aptitude to be able to understand some of the technological things that baffle me as of now.

What exactly can my computer do?

It’s almost midnight and I’m trying to tell myself after an hour of trying to modernize my WordPress site that most people are probably confused as well doing this very thing. My attempts to ‘modernize’ include linking my Facebook author page to WordPress and Twitter to mainstream everything so that I’ll be able to send mass emails to people that are interested. I added a few widgets (and discovered I don’t really like the name ‘widget’) to help the modernization. Hopefully you’ve seen the invite to signup for my email list because I hope to better inform those who are interested and hold contests and giveaways once I get my ‘shit’ together and Affliction is published.

I dream of giveaways for Afflction: branded t-shirts, mugs, pencils- you name it. I’ve even thought about tagging a few pigeons for advertising. I’ll feed them too, don’t worry. 🙂

I’m doing this all on my own because I’m independent now. I like being independent.

I’m also ready to bang my head against the wall but I’m glad I’m doing this all on my own because I can and because I don’t want to suffer the defeat of being in my thirties and the natural abilities I had with Windows XP doesn’t mean squat right now… I’m starting to fossilize, I can feel it.

Anyways, I do hope you sign up for my email list- as it states, I promise not to sell your email to anyone and I’ll definitely not bother you unless I feel it’s something you can benefit from because I, too am among many email lists that I hope won’t abuse the privilege.

Happy Sunday to you!

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Magic is….

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Do you believe in magic? (Image courtesy of Google images)

…When a draft of something you wrote many, many months ago on WordPress but WordPress farted and lost it- yet many, many months later it reappears in your draft box as if nothing ever happened.

The good news is: it’s completely irrelevant now and not as big of a ‘loss’ at the time that I thought it was. Take that, delete button. Done.

Back in the Swing of Things

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Do you think he hit it? Or was it a strike? Hmmm…(courtesy of Google images)

Hey.

I know it’s been awhile. A little over six months to be exact. I took a small (okay, semi annual in length) break from my blogging activities to hunker down and deal with some things- a storm of events both good and bad. I missed this favorite activity of mine. Trust me, I need to do some serious catching up with what’s been going on in your lives because life does go on and I depend on other bloggers’ perspective about many things. Writers are the best bunch of people.

My beloved pup, Oliver, of twelve and a half years passed away after a lengthy decline in kidney function and hemangiosarcoma (tumor of the spleen) that had evidence it spread to his liver. I’ll have to write more on this later but I’ll suffice to say for now- dealing with this was one of the more painful moments of my life (five weeks, actually). I lost a member of my pack and as you may or may not know, long standing habits take a very long time to adjust away from. He is sorely missed.

I also made the decision to become an independent author in December 2015 and cut my ties fully in January. If there are any other of you authors on the fence about going independent- let me tell you, YOU CAN DO IT. I was with a publisher who pretty much jacked me around for a few years and then basically half-assed a book release. Um yeah, I deserve better. Trust me I’ll be writing more about this in hopes of giving other authors in a similar situation the inspiration and resources they need to continue on their journey to authorship. Fortunately, we live in a post-traditional publishing world (yey!) and there are plenty of ways to get your work out there. Let me reiterate the last part of that statement:

There are plenty of legitimate companies that will help you produce, publish and market your quality work and make it available to the public for purchase and enjoyment.

So on an author note: my novel Affliction will be re-released this Fall in time for the zombie lovers to enjoy it. Affliction is a wonderful story and I dare not ever let any person discourage my writing passion and goals of having it along with the subsequent stories available to the public.

Folks, never let anyone stand in the way of what your God-given talents are. You’ll probably find that you’re in a somewhat miserable state until you’re doing what you’re truly supposed to. That is factual.

That is my theme for 2016 and pretty much the rest of my life.

So with this re-dedication of mine, of sorts, I’m here to raise my hand to say that I’m still present among you and hope that you all have been well. If that isn’t the case I hope that you are doing better. Life is a journey, not a destination. <— don’t quote me on that, I’ve always heard that statement and I want pass it along to you.

Stay tuned.  🙂

Feel free to check in by commenting below- let me know how you’ve been. I’ll be poking around a few pages, getting back in touch with you too.

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Changing Perspectives

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Hey.

Like the title suggests, this Christmas Eve I’m acknowledging my changing attitudes and thoughts on many things… my God, does that mean I’m getting older (again)?

Recently I’ve been experiencing my own episodes of independence and maturation (moving in with the boyfriend can do that) as well as changing and owning up to the production of my own works (going from traditionally published to independent status) I feel more in control of my life now than ever before. I feel the potential to achieve success is mine to renew, rebuild, and refurbish- I am the captain. Part of me wants an official badge and hat or something while the other half wants to laugh at my former self for assuming I wasn’t capable in the first place.

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I’m in the mode of near-exclusive encouragement to others who are contemplating their next professional move, especially when it comes to authorship. Sure it will cost you a little money but piece-of-mind about the outcome is worth it, even at double the price. I’ll write more on the specifics of my journey later but I’ll suffice it to say that right now, I’m completely at peace about it all. My motto now is more closely aligned with the saying, “If you want something done right, do it yourself.”- “What are you waiting for?”

Well, as we close out the end of the year and look to set goals at the most popular and powerful time of the year in January: What are you waiting for?

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