Hey Guys! Wow. It’s been a long time. I miss you all!
*waves to readers and sits on virtual sofa*
This article started out extremely long but then I realized how necessary it was to keep this short and simple.There is so much information out here for Independent Authors and so many made-up commandments it isn’t funny. Everyone has an opinion on what the new author should and shouldn’t do. Everyone has a piece of advice to give or stones to throw. If you move this way you are doing it wrong and if you move that way you are still doing it wrong. There are more laws for the Self-Publisher than there are in the bible. There is something to say about everything. This is why I humbly advise each person to experience everything for themselves and to do their own research. Sometimes you don’t need to…
In my January Newsletter, right at the end, I added a link to a YouTube video. It leads to the ‘Waltz of Flowers’, composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, an amazing, wonderful and heart touching piece of music in my opinion.
(Just in case: You can listen to the music here)
But where do I go with this post? I had been considering writing about all the music I listened to while writing – but that’s not the case today.
First of all: I write my first drafts by hand – always. After I finish them, I type them into my computer. During writing, I never listen to music. It distracts me. But during typing in I do.
Today I want something different. While typing and listening to this amazing waltz I re-read and corrected a fighting scene in my book, and I asked myself: if this would be turned into a movie, what music would be playing during this particular fighting scene?
Oh yes, it’s easy as eating an apple to find the matching sound for a kissing couple, a romantic dinner or a love scene.
But a fight? That’s different. I got the fight in my head… monsters, demons, shadows, against a tracker and a hunter… magical creatures, good against evil!
They meet up in the mountains, between jagged rocks, dangerous winds, and storms and groundless abysses. The bloodthirsty mood is covering the entire scenery, no matter how ‘civilized’ the opponents try to act, suppressed violence is making their foul blood boiling…
And I found it, yes. The music that is supposed to cover the reader’s (or watcher’s) skin with goosebumps. The music that shows the brutality of the attack which injures one of my protagonists so badly, death is holding out its horrible claws.
It’s a section of Havergal Brian’s Gothic Symphony. I was lucky and able to find just the part I need on YouTube. Of course, you just enter the composer’s name and Gothic Symphony and will be able to listen to the entire mammoth piece. To me, the entire symphony is too dark to listen to – but to my dark battle scene, it is just the right music.
Did you write a scene you imagined music for? Or do you know a movie after a book which’s music you like? Let us know in the comments.
Please introduce yourself.
I am a hybrid author, blogger and book reviewer with three award-winning novels. I am also a wife, mother, and pharmacist. I have two little girls and a Boston Terrier. I love reading, writing, sewing, and collecting teapots.
1. When did you start writing?
I started writing when I was 16 years old, but I didn’t have the courage to publish until I was 37.
2. What motivates you to write?
I originally started writing as a form of self prescribed therapy after my dad died. Then it became stress relief after a hard day. Now my main characters tell me when and what to write.
3. What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre?
I primarily write fantasy and romance but also have a sci-fi novel as well. I prefer fantasy and romance over other genres because its what I love to read. Some of my favorite books are epic fantasies with romantic themes.
4. What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?
I want to entertain readers with the books I write. I hope they love my books as much as any big five author. My dreams are the same as a lot of authors. I would love a movie deal or to be a NY Times Bestselling author. My more realistic goal is to sell my books consistently and gain a consistent fan base. If I can please my fans I’ll consider myself a success.
5. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it?
I do suffer from writer’s block occasionally. When I do I set the project aside and move on to another. Eventually I will come back to it but it may take a while to figure out how to get past the problem.
6. What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors?
The best way to get better at writing is to just do it. Keep writing and keep reading. Try new things and explore. Be sure to reach out to other authors for advice and network for cross promotion. The indie community is an amazing resource.
7. Please, tell us about your work.
I have one epic fantasy series titled The Chronicles of the Coranydas. The Rashade’ and A Guardian Falls are books one and two in the series. Descendants Rising, the third book in the series is due out late February to early March. For Their Sins is a paranormal romance/action adventure about a 300 year old vampire. Unlike the Rest is a free short story that is a companion to For Their Sins. My paranormal romance Dragons of the North is a box set featuring four shifter novellas. Finally my only sci-fi novel is Neutral Space, a futuristic tale of war, conspiracy, and love.
Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!!
Kristen Lamb provides us with an excellent article on her blog about the ‘Writers’ Journey: Newbie to Mastery. She is such an excellent advisor to all of us newbies. Thank you so much Kristen!
Mastery is peculiar in that spectators see whatever the professional does as ‘easy.’ From starting then running a successful business, to playing guitar to writing brilliant screenplays, masters rarely seem to even break a sweat.
Same with authors. With the pros? Their stories flow, drag readers in like an unseen riptide only to release the exhausted and elated audience at The End.
Mastery, to the casual observer, appears seamless and effortless.
Everyone Begins Somewhere
I’d like to offer a glimpse of what the journey from Noob to Master is really like so you can set expectations accordingly. This will keep you pressing, and from being too hard on yourself. First and foremost, it’s vital to relax a little and give yourself permission to be new.
To continue reading the entire article, please click the following link:
I hope you will never have any use for today’s post, but it could be a lifesaver if you are hit by the so-called “clicking disaster.” If you’re using Amazon Marketing Services (AMS), you will have noticed that the reporting system is somewhat… unreliable. However, there are times when the AMS reporting goes completely bonkers. This has been reported by a number of authors who use AMS, and who notice huge spikes (up to 1,000%) in their campaign clicks.
Now, you may think that this is a good thing. And it would be if there was a corresponding increase in sales. Alas, that is not the case: clicking disasters mean that the AMS reporting vastly overrepresents clicks, but the actual sales (as reported by KDP) are not affected by this.
Why Is This Bad?
Well, there are two reasons why this should worry you. First, since you pay for…