Starting a new habit

miraclemornwritersI recently finished reading The Miracle Morning for Writers by Steve Scott and Hal Elrod. I heard Steve Scott on a podcast not too long ago and I really took to his seeming humility about the book business. I really have an affinity for down to earth people.

Anyways, I’ve been going through a lot of self inventory and self evaluation lately. Some of my internal digging has to do with  my personal life as a mom, wife, and day jobber, but much of my introspection was also about books.

What about books?

Everything books — from writing, to publishing, to marketing.

I’ve done all that, but with little success. You may say, but you’ve written books! Yes I have, but it’s not enough. I love to write, but more importantly, I want my books to be read and enjoyed. Doesn’t every writer?

So, I started to think, Ah geez, what if my writing sucks? Problem is, I don’t know that I can objectively critique myself. I know my writing isn’t at JK Rowling caliber. I’m not delusional. But is it so terrible that it’s unreadable? I don’t think so. Can my writing skills improve? Of course it can and this is a craft I’ll happily keep working on for as long as I can type, write, and think. Problem is between my shiny ball syndrome and my bad habit of procrastinating, I have a hard time being consistent with writing.

I can’t improve, if I don’t write. Practice makes perfect, right?

Then suddenly, I hear a choir of angels singing “AAAAAHHHH” as streams of gentle, glowing lights shine upon me, and I find The Morning Miracle for Writers.  Okay, it wasn’t quite that dramatic, but the book still came at the right time.

To get to my point, I LOVE this book. I have implemented the recommendations and I am happy to say that I am starting a new habit of waking up early. I thought it would be more difficult, but so far this week, there was only one day I overslept. I am tailoring the recommendations to suit me better so that my system doesn’t go into shock, but I plan on waking up earlier as I get used to this new behavior.

As of today, I’m waking up 30 minutes earlier than I usually do.

This book is not just about why the morning hours are a gift to every person who wants to be productive, more to the point for us writers, is that this book is also full of suggestions and recommendations on how to leverage your time in general as a writer. Yes, absolutely The Morning Miracle recommends writing during the morning, but more so, the book recommends writing consistently whatever time of day that happens to be for you. It gives ideas on how to collect inspirations to battle writer’s block and a bunch of other helpful tips that are very doable.

Because I am re-evaluating, I’m trying to really decide and understand what is mosmiraclemornwriterst important for me to focus on at this time. Writing is not a full time job for me and I have to make the best use of my time. When I think about everything that has to be done to move me closer to my dream, ‘overwhelm’ is not a big enough word to describe how I feel.

One benefit so far of Miracle Morning for Writers is that I have gained time in my day. For real. I thought I would be tired getting up earlier, but to my surprise that hasn’t been the case. My goal  is to ultimately wake up 2 hours earlier. That means waking up at 4:30 every morning. But I’m not there yet. Give me a month and I’ll update my progress.

I think this book is definitely worth a read. It’s one, I know I’ll be going back to again and again. I’m sure the next time I read it, I’ll find something else I didn’t catch before. (Don’t you just love that about books?)

Again, I’m not an affiliate of Steve Scott or Hal Elrod, but I am now a fan 🙂

I have a new author crush :)

I published my very first book in 2012 and I cannot believe that it’s been four years since my journey began. In that time, I wish I could say that I’ve made great strides toward bestseller status, but truth be told, it feels like I’m still only a few steps away from the starting line.

Ugh! What the poop have you been doing all these years, you might ask?

Well, I haven’t been completely holed up in a proverbial cave — only somewhat 🙂 Let me explain.

  • I have an incredibly stressful day job. I used to enjoy this job a very long time ago. Today, having this job is a necessity to support my household. I’m not going to belabor my agonies about my day job because that’s not the point. The thing is that at the end of the day, I’m wiped.
  • While I read books and buy self-publishing and marketing courses, I can’t seem to implement the lessons successfully. (I actually consider myself a pretty smart person, but this… this makes me feel like a complete idiot!)
  • Admittedly and with some embarrassment, I confess I have “shiny ball syndrome.” You know when the latest and greatest becomes your new toy and you forget about the old one? That’s me. I’m like this fat little bee going from flower to flower to collect what I need. But unlike the bumblebee who will actually do something useful with the pollen she collects, I just keep fluttering about until I’m so exhausted I just drop out of the sky, land in mud, and die.
  • In all my past endeavors, whether that be school or the jobs I’ve had, I’ve always achieved success. I was the good student, the good worker. I knew exactly, what I had to do. There was a path and I just had to follow it. I got A’s and I got the promotions and pay increases. School and work came very easily for me. I was successful with very little effort. This same level of achievement has not been happening for me in self-publishing. It’s been incredibly frustrating and makes me want to quit all the time.
  • I am afraid. Since self-publishing, I’ve realized that I’m fearful of everything — success, failure, criticism… When you fear everything, it becomes easier to be unknown. Being unknown is “safe.”
  • I could go on and on, but what it all comes down to is that I HAVE BEEN MY OWN WORST ENEMY! I’ve “failed” because of me. Have I been duped? Sure. I’ve spent good money on stupid products. I was upset about it then, but when I look back… I’m grateful for the consequence. Why? Because, I wouldn’t have fallen prey, if I hadn’t been looking for an easy way. I was an easy target. (So, buyer beware out there.)

Being an Indie and a self-published author is NOT EASY. It takes work, dedication, and patience. Since dipping my toes in self-publishing, I have taken the greatest journey of my life. While I feel like Sisyphus and his giant boulder right now, I have a feeling things are about to change.

If you are thinking about going into self-publishing, be prepared to work. There will be many days you will want to cry, pull your hair out, or make the next pint of ice-cream your new best friend. Be prepared that your passion for words will keep you up at night. Be prepared that self-publishing is a journey and there are no short-cuts. Finally, be prepared, that each time you write a book, you change for the better as a person.

Hang with me, I’m almost done… hahaha!

Why the post title? Because I have been re-evaluating why I’m doing this.

In my four years of chasing the shiny-ball and getting in my own way, I have forgotten and have completely gotten away from why I went into self-publishing in the first place.

In the last few years, the only time when self-publishing has been fun is when I’m actually writing or when I’m getting ideas and I start thinking about how far I could take a story or a concept. But because of my other responsibilities, there has been little time for the craft itself and I’ve been sad about that…

Then today, I came across an old podcast between Tom Corson-Knowles and Hugh Howey and I literally had to stop what I was doing and just listen. The interview was awesome and it reminded me of why I went into self-publishing! I love writing. Bottom line, our success as writers and authors lies within the pages we craft.

Maybe I haven’t been a complete failure. I have been writing in these four years and the fact that my books are not known now, doesn’t mean they’ll stay that way forever.

HUGH HOWEY, you are officially my new author crush. You have brought things in perspective for me when I needed it most. 

 

Publishing-Profits-Podcast-Cover-Image1If you want to listen to the interview with Hugh Howey, click here. I recommend you listen 🙂 it’s so good and it may give you a new perspective like it did with me.

I’ve only been able to listen to a few of the Publishing Profits podcasts, and Hugh Howey’s was one of the firsts, but for the ones I’ve heard, they’ve all been great and I’ve learned something valuable from each of them.

FYI–I’m not an affiliate of Publishing Profits. I just like sharing great content when I find it.

 

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When I find a cool thing, I like to share it. As indies, we have to finance every little bit of our projects.

Costs add up — quick!

Thank goodness for awesome people who don’t mind sharing their talents and products for FREE! Such as in the case of Unsplash.

This year is actually their 3 year birthday. Check out their story by going to Unsplash.com. While you’re there, go ahead and subscribe and you will receive a collection of photos every week. Their tag line says you can do whatever you want with these photos.

Since I’ve subscribed, I’ve gotten a set of at least 5 pics a week. They are beautiful. I haven’t used the images yet, other than to admire them, but that’s enough for me. Some pics have certainly stirred the creative juices in my head for possible future stories. That’s always a plus, right?

Here’s a couple of the pics, I’ve received direct in my email. The ones I’ve received have had some really cool architectural images and nature images. Some are very geometric, there’s been a good variety.

Like I said, I haven’t used any of the images for creative endeavors as in including the images in my blogs (well except for right now), or covers, or promotionals. If you are thinking about using Unsplash images for that, I would encourage you to really read up on what they allow and don’t allow.

Remember you are responsible for your creative business including checking out usage rights for pics, vectors, quotes, and all that other fun stuff. Don’t steal, that’s the golden rule 🙂

To see more images like these go to UNSPLASH.COM 

 

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Dark Skies is FREE!!

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Dark Skies is running free today and tomorrow at all Amazon stores — US, UK, Canada, Australia, etc.

This is Cecily’s third book in the Order of the Anakim series and it twists and turn into a fun, but dark ride into the lives of The Order. If you’d like to find out what happens check it out.

https://www.amazon.com/Dark-Skies-Urban-Fantasy-Anakim-ebook/dp/B00QBQWLXQ

 

Promo Sites

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One of the things that indie authors/publishers are constantly on the look out for are promo sites. I recently ran a promo and found out there are soooo many sites out there. Some offer free promo opportunities, while others only post for paid advert.

The problem is, it’s hard to tell which sites are good and will actually give you positive results vs. the ones that just look good, but don’t do much to add to your campaign.

I’m certainly not the expert in marketing and promotions. This is the great big aspect of self publishing that has scared the bajeebies out of me. I’ve stayed away from it cause I didn’t want to deal with. LOL!

Good news is that it didn’t kill me. LOL! Even better news is that I’m learning and some things that have always bothered me or confused me are finally making some sense. There’s still A LOT to learn, but I’m on my way. (Have I ever mentioned, I’m a bit hard headed?) I should have done this a long time ago, but it’s never too late to start.

I wanted to share the sites where I posted. Hope this is helpful for you too:

BKnights at Fiverr.com — This by far got the best results. For $5.00 it’s hard to beat.

Psymon at Fiverr.com — This was okay. Not as good as BKnights, but still okay. ($5.00) I would buy this gig again.

Bookzio — I wasn’t impressed, but I know of other authors who have had great results with this site. ($19.00). Maybe if it was cheaper? I dunno.

SweetFreeBooks — This was okay too. I would use them again. ($5.00)

Ebookasaurus — I’m kind of on the fence, but it was only $10.00. I may use again.

Pretty-Hot –$15.00 with a coupon. The site looks great and I expected to get more downloads, but I didn’t. Funny thing is the download rates weren’t great, but the customer service was really good.

KindleBookReview — I did the $5.00 option. They have several packages to choose from. Again, great looking site and I thought I would get more downloads, but I didn’t. They also have a section to submit a review request. That’s free. I submitted, but haven’t heard back anything, so I’m guessing none of the reviewers are interested in the submission. Eh… looking for reviews that’s a whole other beast to tackle.

LovelyBookPromotion — This was a FREE submission 🙂 We got a good amount of downloads. This site also has a review request section. I submitted for a review here also, so far no response yet either.

Lesson? Running the promotions for the first two weeks during October (2015) boosted the book’s ranking at Amazon. The book actually hovered in the top 5 of its categories for a few days 🙂 We also got a decent amount of downloads and a few sign-ups. All in all, it was a positive campaign.

Was it perfect? LOL! Not even close. But that’s the beauty of it, even in its imperfection, it was still positive and met the goals we set for the campaign.

If you haven’t dipped your toe in the marketing pool… try it. You can take baby steps like I did and see what happens. Don’t expect fame and fortune with your first try. Be realistic and be open to the lessons. Be able to step back from what you did and look at your efforts in an objective way, but most of all, don’t get discouraged. Keep trying and see what works for you.

 

New Release Alert! The Boy Who Fell from the Sky

Books, Blogs, and Bits proudly presents:

NEW RELEASE ALERT

New Dystopian Novel for Young Adults

Highlights Climate Change Threat to Future Generations

JuleOwenAuthor Jule Owen has spent her working life in high tech. Her new novel, The Boy Who Fell from the Sky, explores the paradox of living in the age that will likely see the introduction of miracle technology, find a cure for cancer and prolong human life, but that may also see civilization as we know it destroyed by climate change.

The Boy Who Fell from the Sky is the first book in The House Next Door trilogy, a series of three science fiction, dystopian, time travel novels for young adults. They are set in 2055, in a world ravaged by climate change and are adventure stories with a serious message about the future we are making for ourselves.

Jule Owen said, “It’s the big issue of our times. There’s a huge scientific consensus about the fact that climate change is man made and that it is likely to massively disrupt our lives, but the majority of people don’t care about it. Frighteningly, young people, who are likely to suffer the most in the future, are not all engaging with the issue. I love books like the Hunger Games and Divergent. They are exciting but they also make you stop and think and I wanted to try and use the genre as a way of getting people to talk about what’s coming. I used time travel, because it allows my main character, Mathew, to live through the impact of climate change over time.”

In The Boy Who Fell from the Sky, The world is falling apart in 2055. Another flood has devastated London and it’s the eve of the First Space War. With the city locked down, sixteen-year-old Mathew Erlang is confined to his house with only his cat, his robot and his holographic dragons for company.

Desperate for a distraction from the chaos around him, Mathew becomes fascinated by his peculiar and reclusive neighbor, August Lestrange. Mathew begins to investigate Mr. Lestrange, turning to the virtual world of the Nexus and Blackweb for answers. But as he digs deeper, Mathew realizes that Mr. Lestrange doesn’t seem quite human.

When Mathew accidentally finds himself trapped in Lestrange’s house, he opens a door and falls four hundred years into the future—a week before the end of the world. Unwittingly, he starts to destabilise the course of human history.

A 1984 for a new generation, The Boy Who Fell from the Sky delves into a future where climate change and technology have transformed the world. It is the first book in The House Next Door trilogy, a young adult dystopian

The Boy Who Fell from the Sky will be available on September 30, 2015 on Amazon and in bookshops on October 30, 2015.

~**~

JuleOwen

 

 

Click to download The Boy Who Fell from the Sky here

 


New Release Alert from Amos Cassidy!

Books, Blogs, & Bits is proud to present: 

Scartlett’s Path 

by Amos Cassidy!

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Do not stray from the path.

There is magic in the forest, a serenity that calls to your soul.

The woods may turn your head, they may keep you forever…

Scarlett knows no peace. Fear and disappointment are her constant companions and hope is simply a word. A stepfather who watches her every move with desire, a mother who spends her days and nights in an alcoholic stupor, and a cottage too small to escape from it all. The forest is the only place Scarlett can breathe, the only place to run, until the final straw, until the final betrayal. Scarlett makes a choice that will change her life…

She steps off the path…

“The woods can turn your head… It’s easy to lose yourself in amongst the trees and you, my sweet Scarlett, are a delicious treat the woods would love to keep forever.”

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Amos Cassidy is the pen name for Richard Amos and Debbie Cassidy. Amos is a 31 year old Diva and Cassidy a 38 year old mother of three; well, four if you include the husband. A common love of all things Joss Whedon, Urban Fantasy, and a tug of war over Jensen Ackles, brought them together, and one cold February afternoon, over nibbles and coffee, their partnership was born.

You can find Cassidy hard at work in her fortress of solitude which has eaten up the majority of her garden, and Amos…well he’s still trying to get the invisibility gizmo he got off a friendly alien in exchange for a pair of earphones to work. Funnily enough he hasn’t been seen around much lately…

Frequent doses of sugary snacks, coupled with regular injections of caffeine aid in their production of a unique brand of cross genre tales. They are always writing, but are happy to take a break to chat with their wonderful readers, so drop them a line at amoscassidy.com, or just pop over to see what they’re working on and they’ll bust out the biscuit tin.

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Scarlett’s Path 

is available through all these awesome e-book retailers on

September 28, 2015:

Amazon (US)

Amazon (UK)

Nook

Kobo

Googleplay

Smashwords

Don’t forget to visit Amos Cassidy at their website and see what this dynamic duo has brewing for your reading pleasure.

Author Interview with Nanea Knott

Books, Blogs, & Bits is proud to present:

Nanea Knott

Knott_HawaiianCoverNanea was born and raised in Hawaii and has gravitated to the paranormal and supernatural since childhood. An avid reader, she spent a lot of time devouring books on Hawaiian legends which are filled with supernatural creatures. The progression from reading to writing was natural and instead of just reading legends, in her own way, she now writes them.She has a unique perspective on creating characters and making the impossible, believable. Her bachelor’s degree in Psychology fuels the need to make the impractical, logical.  Above all, she believes, life isn’t life without humor and her writing reflects her quirky sense of it. When she’s not writing, she’s working, reading, singing, and if there’s time, she sleeps.

Let’s start the interview, I can’t wait!

BB&B: Your bio says that you were born and raised in Hawaii, and have since moved to Seattle. I love both of these areas. Can you tell us a little bit about both of your homes?

Nanea: Hawaii is and will always be home. I was blessed with having the sun on my face and a gentle breeze in my hair for most of my life. Some of my most cherished memories were of being at the beach just enjoying the sand and sea. Being a Native Hawaiian, preserving my culture became important to me and even more so when I left.

I moved to Seattle because there were places to see, people to meet, and new experiences to be had. If I wanted those things, I needed to get off the rock in the middle of the ocean. A friend of mine lived in Seattle and asked if I wanted to visit. I told him I would stay for two weeks. I haven’t left yet. It’s been over 15 years.

Seattle is fun, and quirky. There’s a troll under one of the bridges and The Summer Solstice Parade with the Naked Bicyclists are an annual favorite. I like it because the thing that Hawaii and Seattle have in common is diversity. I enjoy learning about and participating in cultural activities from all cultures. Being from Hawaii taught me to appreciate the differences in others and Seattle does the same.

BB&B: When did you start writing and when did first realize you wanted to be a published author?

Nanea: I started writing in high school. It was the typical angsty teenage poetic drivel. I still have some of my early writings and the last time I saw them I laughed remembering how serious it all was back then. Perspective is an interesting thing. In 2007, a friend of mine decided to publish and I was introduced to print on demand. In 2008, I published my first book. I’ve been plugging away at it since then. To date I have 1 non-fiction, 7 novels and 1 short story published under different names and genres.

BB&B: What sparked your interest in paranormal/supernatural characters?

Nanea: Anything can happen in the paranormal. Imagination can create anything at anytime and it can change the way someone looks at life. Supernatural characters require us to accept other explanations for how people are meant to be, act like, and look. I love the paranormal for its tendency to challenge me to suspend belief if only for a short while.

BB&B: What would you say is your favorite paranormal/supernatural creature? Why?

Nanea: I have always liked vampires. They are powerful icons of confidence and passion wiling to risk it all for the chance to rise again. They live for the moment knowing that something as simple as a single ray of sunlight could destroy them. Despite years of life, and many deaths, in a lot of ways, they are still just like the humans they feed on. They are also usually dang sexy.

BB&B: I recently read I’ll Never Forget You the prequel to your Sex Demon Series. Can you tell us what Nanea Knott coverinspired this story?

Nanea: I actually wrote the prequel after I wrote Remember Me which is Book 1 in the series. Celeste played a role in the overarching story line in book 1 and I wanted to give my readers some history as to why she had done what she did.

The idea of writing about sex demons was actually inspired by the TV show Lost Girl. I liked the idea of succubi and incubi living among humans, but I wanted to focus on how they lived life in every day human terms. I also wanted my characters to find something most demons didn’t, their mates.

BB&B: Celeste, the female lead in I’ll Never Forget You has a great determination about her. Is she modeled after anyone you know? Who inspired Celeste for you?

Nanea: I don’t know anyone that stubborn. LOL. Actually in some ways she is my opposite. I sometimes lack faith about the things in my life. Celeste on the other hand lives on faith. She believes with her heart and soul that it’s her responsibility to help Tanner. She‘s driven by the belief that he is her mate and she’s going to save him, no matter what it takes.

BB&B: What about Tanner, Celeste’s love? How did you come up with his character? I’m kinda hoping you’ll leave him in Hell, but at the same time, I feel like there’s something more going on there. Hmmm? Can you reveal anything?

Nanea: I like Tanner, not much is known about him because I wanted to focus on Celeste for the time being. She is a human with a succubus sister. She is also intense in her emotional makeup. Her mate, in his own way, had to match her fierceness of spirit. Tanner is that man. They are committed to their beliefs, even when they know there are consequences. When their story is revealed, readers will see why they’re meant to be together.

This is what is so great about being an Indie writer. I can change my mind. I’ve been toying with the idea of expanding the prequel to a novella and close the story for them. When I wrote it, I planned for a full book later in the series. I haven’t decided which I want to do yet, maybe I’ll let the readers decide.

There is a lot more to come with Tanner and Celeste. As far as revealing anything? Tanner’s in Hell, and he’s made the decision to stay until something happens and he needs to get out. All of the books feature young demons, but there are older demons, hundreds of years old, still walking the earth. Tanner and Celeste’s story is tied to one of the old ones.

BB&B: Looking ahead to the next book, can you give us a hint of what to expect? No spoilers please.

Nanea: The next book is Unforgettable. It features Shelly Graham a gorgeous succubus who gets into a car accident and Dr. Kevin Nettle, the sexy blond doctor who saves her life. Kevin is offered a job by one of his patients, and after he makes a bad decision, he’s thinking of accepting. Shelly gets out of the hospital, but something is wrong, and she ends up back there. Kevin cares for her again, but she’s a target, and now that Kevin is involved with her, so is he.

BB&B: Can you tell us about any future projects or WIPs?

Mating SeasonCoverNanea: The Sex Demon Series has at least 6 more books in the works. Most of them are in the first draft stage. I have different series and next on my list is to release another novel in the BBW Bear shifter series to go with the first book, Mating Season. After that I will probably release another Sex Demon series book, I expect it will be done after the first of the year.

BB&B: Any last words for your fans?

Nanea: I want them to know I appreciate them for being willing to try a new author. I write books I like to read and I love being able to share them. Thanks for sharing them with me.


BB&B: Thank you for spending some time with us, Nanea! Best wishes on all your future endeavors and visit again soon!

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OVERVIEW: Sex, Lies and Betrayal. Celeste’s whole life seems to be about those three things. Her sister is a succubus, but Celeste is human. She knows that finding a mate is something most sex demons never do, but she’s found hers. She’s in love with an incubus, and she knows Tanner is her mate, but no one believes her, not even Tanner.

When reports of unthinkable crimes surface, Tanner is accused, and she begs for his life. She gets her wish, but there is a price. Tanner is being sent to where she will never see him again.

She vows to get him released. She doesn’t see how until she meets someone that is considered an enemy. He gives her hope of saving Tanner, but she must make a choice. How far will she go to save her mate?

 

I’ll Never Forget You is part of the erotic paranormal romance Sex Demon Series by Nanea Knott. 

You can grab your FREE copy of I’ll Never Forget You at these awesome e-book retailers listed below:

Amazon.com

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Kobo

Want to connect with Nanea? You can find her here:

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Check out my sidebar for a link to my Goodreads review of I’ll Never Forget You, or just click here 🙂

Does size really matter?

owlbookLOL! Just in case, you were wondering? Yes, size does matter. Specifically when we are talking about length.

I mean sometimes, a shorty will do depending on your mood, but there are times when full length is what you want to spend the night with.

Get your mind out of the gutter.

I’m talking about book lengths here.

So, this has been bugging me for a while. I hear and see different things on the web as far as guidelines when it comes to how long a book should be. What I’ve gleaned is that there are standards depending on the genre. These standard seem to have come about due to the many years of traditional publishing.

But, indie publishing is exploding and with that comes change. I guess I’ve wondered (as an Indie) if these traditional book lengths still hold water in this ever changing market. Well, here’s what I can tell you based on the searches I’ve done.

  • There’s a “guideline” on how long book lengths should be, but there’s nothing set in stone.
  • The market is changing as evidenced by Amazon’s push towards Short Reads. There’s a short-read option in almost every genre.
  • Ebook readers are growing in sales. This means more books are being read on electronic devices including smart phones. An average person’s reading stamina on an e-reader is not the same compared to a physical book.

I found this table on Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Word_count) and thought I’d share it here for a quick reference:

Classification Word count
Novel over 40,000 words
Novella 17,500 to 40,000 words
Novelette 7,500 to 17,500 words
Short story under 7,500 words

I also found this article by Lee Masterson and I just LOVE the way she sums up the answer to the age old question every author has probably asked at one point or another, “How long should my book be?”

Masterson says, “The simplest answer is: As long as it takes to tell the whole story.”

Check out Lee Masterson’s article here. She goes into more detail about word count guidelines from micro-fiction all the way to epics.

http://www.fictionfactor.com/articles/wordcount.html

Happy creating!

I love Canva!

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How many of you have tried Photoshop or Gimp or some other photo editing software? I’ve tried Gimp and frankly I gave up pretty quickly. I don’t like complicated applications. I’m the type of user that want things to be simple, yet powerful.

I should be able to drag and drop, and move things around just by dragging the mouse. Right? Right! I thought so too. Unfortunately, and even though GIMP is free to use, it takes too much time to learn. I didn’t want to spend hours learning something I could pay someone else to do. I have very little time to build books, and attend to my book pursuits. I value my time, and I’d rather spend it on writing and reading. But, always having to pay for stuff is not always feasible either. It can get expensive, and when you need things in a hurry… well rush jobs cost more money.

And then it was like the Universe heard me and ta-da! CANVA came to me!! It is my new best friend. Since I came across it, I have been playing around at the site. It is FUN!

Basically, Canva has all the templates you would need to create anything from postcards to Facebook ads. The dimensions are correct, and all you gotta do is drag and drop images into the template. Even better is that Canva supplies both free and paid images. You can layer pictures just by dragging the mouse. You can also pick out some really great fonts to personalize whatever it is you’re creating.

I am not affiliated with Canva at all, but I do get very excited when I find products that make my life simpler and Canva is one of those products. It’s like when I find a great new bakery. I just have to tell all my friends 🙂 Same thing here! I think Canva is as delish as cupcakes.

If you haven’t checked it out yet, go to https://www.canva.com/

You have to create an account, but it’s free. Once you confirm your sign up, the world of easy design is at your finger tips.

Have fun creating!