Sunday, March 31, 2013

Goals Update and Camp NaNoWriMo


Hey!  So at the beginning of March I posted about my writing goals for the the rest of the year.  My goal for March was to finish my novel Revellent.  And now, 31 days later, I have some news.  I have reached 75,000 words in my manuscript!  My first book was only 56K, so I'm pretty excited to have reached 75K.  It's kind of a big mile stone for me.
I honestly thought at the beginning of March that I only had 10,000 words left, but after writing 13K this month, I've realized I have about 5K to go, so that's what I'm going to use for my first 5K of Camp NaNoWriMo.
In other news, I've decided to do Camp NaNoWriMo!  I'm for sure doing it in April and I might do it again in July, but we'll have to wait and see about that.  I'm going to write My Ackilly is Killing Me for Camp NaNoWriMo and I hope to write at least 25K, which is my starting goal.  If, after say 20K, I realize I'm only half way through the story I'll up my goal to 40K of whatever I need it to me.
I'm very excited to finished Revellent and start on Ackilly.  If I'm very lucky, I might finish or at least almost finish Revellent today.  Climax scenes always seem to write themselves faster then any other part of a novel.  I can't wait to finish my second full length novel!
So this is how my goal list looks after a month of working on it:
April 1st--Finish Revellent (about 10K to go) (Seriously, it's so close to being done that you can almost count it as finished.)
May 1st--Finish My Ackilly is Killing Me! (about 25K)
June 15th--Finished edits on The Revellen (a lot of work)
June 30th--Self-Pub My Ackilly is Killing Me! as a gift for my little brothers.
July 15th--Send out queries for The Revellen
October 1st--Finish first draft of The Other Side of the Glass--(55K)
November 1st--Finished Edits on Revellent
December 1st--Win NaNoWriMo with Condemnation (50K)
January 1st--Set new goals

Thanks!  Are you doing Camp NaNo, too?  If so, let me know your wordcount goals, usernames, and such in comments!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Playlist Fiction: It's Complicated


Hey, hey Guys!
Sorry for the lack of traditional posts lately.  But, those can get boring, so maybe these fun, interesting, 'I'm involved in cool internet things' posts are a good thing.
So, a few months ago, Stephanie Morrill, head of the Go Teen Writers community, spread the word about sign-up for a Street Team, a group a teens on the street spreading the word about a slew of books.  She passed around a sign-up sheet and I applied and immediately forgot about it.
That is, until about two weeks later when I got an e-mail from the awesome Laura L. Smith announcing I'd been accepted as a member of the PLAYLIST STREET TEAM.  I promptly went through a complicated initiation ceremony which involved computer graphics skill and reciting Hunger Games passages concerning Peeta and Gale from memory, learned the secret handshake, and joined a community of other Playlist members.
And we've been building up our awesomeness underground.  Until today.  Today we're going all offish.
I would like to introduce to you the first three Playlist titles.  These books will all be available on April 1st.
First up is It's Complicated by the previously mentioned, amazing, Laura L. Smith.

Here's a little bit about the author:
Laura L. Smith is the author of the new Status Updates series. Her first book in this series is It's Complicated. She loves God, her husband, her four children, writing and speaking. She writes real stories for real young women. Her previous books include Skinny, Hot, and Angry. She is a featured columnist at Choose Now Ministries  http://nicoleodell.com/laura-l-smith-on-true-beauty/ and speaks at schools, churches and campuses around the country. Smith lives in the college town of Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. www.laurasmithauthor.com
And about the book:
There’s a reason Facebook has the relationship status, “It’s Complicated.” Follow four college roommates, Claire, Palmer, Hannah and Kat as they maneuver crushes, confusion, and the crisis when pushy boys go too far. Complicated as it is, these four friends will pull through, guided by the strength of their friendship and the power of God’s love.

I'll feature the other two books sometime over the next week.  As a teaser, their titles are Glass Girl and Between These Lines.

See you guys later this week.

   

Friday, March 8, 2013

From the Ashes Blogfest

T'is the season to publish your book.  Okay, so I know we just had a new release post yesterday, but I can't control when cool people decide to host their blogfests.
Today, we have the book From the Ashes by teen author Jessica K McKendry.  It comes out on Friday.  You can buy it at Amazon here and find it on Goodreads here.



Jaina Indera has been preparing her entire life for the chance to prove herself a superior and loyal citizen of the Imperial Alliance. In order to do so, she believes she must win the galaxy-wide competition known as the Trials. With training at her Gifted School progressing swiftly, everything looks like it is on pace for her to achieve her dream…until a boy named Dragon enrolls in her class.

Suddenly doubting herself and everything she’s been taught to believe, Jaina and Dragon are teamed with six of their classmates for the chance to compete and achieve their dream: winning the Trials. Consisting of four different tests, the Trials are about to challenge these eight young adults to the limits of their abilities. But learning to work as a team is more difficult than they ever imagined and dark secrets from Dragon’s past emerge that put them in mortal danger. Now Jaina must discover what she’s really fighting for if she and her team have any hope of finishing the Trials…alive.

Exploring the nature of self-reliance and self-confidence, McKendry delivers a perceptive, nuanced portrait of the importance of teamwork and the strain it puts on individual desires and motivations. Playing with the concepts of dark and light, her novel is a complex coming of age story that encapsulates the complicated hero’s journey from student to leader. A dark tale of love and revenge, From the Ashes is a powerful reminder to think for yourself instead of blindly following what you’ve been taught to believe.

Jessica McKendry was born in Michigan, yet grew up all over the Northeastern United States. She has lived in 7 different states, moved 15 times, and loves to travel. Jessica has been writing since she could read, but didn't write much more than poetry until she was 14 when she accidentally began writing what would become her debut novel two years later. Check out her website (www.jessicamckendry.com) or follow her on Twitter (@JessicaMcKendry) for more information.



For the blogfest, we're supposed to write about a time we or one of our characters survived a trial by fire.  But--and I'm very sorry for this--I am feeling brain dead to day, so instead, go check out the rest of the Blogfest:
Julie Flanders
Imagine Today
Wistful Nebula M. Pax
David Powers King
Rachel Morgan
And you can find the rest at Jessica's blog.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Guest Post: Caitlin Hensley

I was going to open using "Hey guys!"  But then I realized that I open a ton of my posts like that soo . . .  apparently I need to find a new opening.

Today Inklined is part of a blog tour, in case you couldn't tell already.
I met Caitlin through the Go Teen Writers community and actually had the pleasure of critiquing the first chapter of Paranormal Legacy.  The Kindle edition of Paranormal Legacy was released yesterday and the paperback edition will be out on the 12th.

To celebrate the release of her second book, Caitlin put together a blog tour and for that tour she agreed to do a guest post about self-publishing for us.  I've want to do a post that talks about self-publishing for a while now, but I didn't think I was experienced enough to properly cover the subject.  Caitlin, on the other hand, clearly does have experience.  Thanks for coming, Caitlin!

Self-Publishing


Back in October of 2012, I decided to self-publish my YA paranormal fantasy Paranormal Legacy, after some serious thought on the matter. I used to think that self-published books aren't as good as those that are traditionally published, but now I'm convinced otherwise.  Some self-pubbed books aren't that great, true, but that's because the authors rush through the publishing process without proper editing, interior formatting, or cover design. But if you work really hard to make your book as fantastic as it can be, then there's no reason why it can’t shine like books that are published traditionally.

Self-publishing, also known as indie publishing, used to carry a huge stigma. Probably because years ago, people used to print copies of their manuscripts off their printers and hand them out to people as giant stacks of paper. Not very professional, which is probably what originally led most people to believe that indie publishing isn't as good as traditional publishing.

It's true that writers who are traditionally published have to be accepted by agents first, which means that someone actually likes the book, someone who isn't just pretending to like it in order to be nice. But the fact is, books aren’t automatically awesome just because they’re traditionally published. Sometimes when I pick up books at the library, I flip through them and think, How on earth was this published? And honestly, self-published books are just like that. Some are trash, but some are gems.

These days, self-published writers don't have to hand out their books in the form of thick stacks of paper. Anyone can create a professional-looking book with websites like CreateSpace. All you have to do is set up an account, and you could publish your own book that very week, or any time it strikes your fancy. I don't recommend rushing through the process, though. Rushing means messy, and messy means that your book won't look so good. And that means that people won't want to read your book.

Since October, I've edited Paranormal Legacy again and again, and had it looked over by various beta readers. I've completely designed the book, from cover to the inside pages, down to the tiniest detail. I've even created a Kindle version, which was pretty tricky. But despite so much hard work, I'm glad I decided to publish my book this way. It's been a great learning experience, and I've had a lot of fun pushing my book to be the best it can be.

Caitlin Hensley has been telling stories since she learned to hold a pen, and is pretty much obsessed with writing. She’s the author of The Inhuman Chronicles, as well as the novelette Together Alone. When not typing frantically on her laptop, she’s usually dancing, catching up on reruns of her favorite TV shows, or getting lost in a great book. She lives in rural Oklahoma with her family and a slightly nutty Chihuahua. For more information on Caitlin and her writing, visit her blog, Facebook page, Goodreads account, or Amazon author page..

Thanks so much for coming, Caitlin!  If anyone has questions for Caitlin, I'm not promising anything but she might answer a few of them in the comment section.
To see the other tour post up today, check out this blog: http://heidinicolebird.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Free Kindle Books!

Hey guys!
So, as many of you know, I'm a follower of the wonderful blog Go Teen Writers.  And the authors of said blog both have free kindle books right now.  Even if you already own hard copies of these books, I would encourage you to get an ecopy.  Seriously.  We here at Go Teen Writers are trying to boots these author's books as high up on the Amazon Best Sellers free list as possible.

So, the first book is Me, Just Different by Stephanie Morrill.  Get the book here.  Go get it.  Now.  Please?  :)

The second book is By Darkness Hid by Jill Williamson.  This book is already #70 on the top 100 free kindle books, but I seriously think we can boost it up #25 or something.  Get it for free here.
So yeah.  The Go Teen Writer Community is trying as hard as we can to boost these books.  So don't forget to Facebook, Blog, and Tweet about this free awesomeness!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Goals

This post is going to be brief.  Here are my writing goals for the next few months.

April 1st--Finish Revellent (about 10K to go)
May 1st--Finish My Ackilly is Killing Me! (about 25K)
June 15th--Finished edits on The Revellen (a lot of work)
June 30th--Self-Pub My Ackilly is Killing Me! as a gift for my little brothers.
July 15th--Send out queries for The Revellen
October 1st--Finish first draft of The Other Side of the Glass--(55K)
November 1st--Finished Edits on Revellent
December 1st--Win NaNoWriMo with Condemnation (50K)
January 1st--Set new goals.

It looks like a lot, but it's only about 140K.  There are still 10 months left in the year, which means I just need to write 14K a month, or 500 words a day.  This, I can do.