Darn it …what was my blog?

 

While blogging weekly can be a daunting undertaking, most of us find something to talk about. However when you have a brilliant flash of a blog mid week but neglect to write it down – that’s a pisser!

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I awoke this morning to blog and had absolutely no idea what my mind-blowingly-thousand-likes -blog was going to be!

 

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I did my chores, walked the dog, had some lunch and tried not to think about it. Maybe it would sneak back into my consciousness if I avoided thinking about it altogether.

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Clearly, via the state of this Blog, that did not happen. Perhaps next week I’ll have that showstopper. But for today you are left with this –

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Debut Novel, 5* reviews https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01B786Z7K

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When you hit THE END

The day you type “the end” in your novel is a joyous release. You can relax for a bit, let it rest, get some distance before re-reading and beginning to edit.

The next day you feel lost, you know you have to write, you’ve set yourself to a schedule. You go to your computer and it hits you, that piece you been working on for a month, a year, ten years, is done … now what.

You feel empty.

Sure it’s time to start something new, brainstorm, plot, plan, world build. But it’s weird. You are connected to those old characters, you feel like you’ve lost a friend. Maybe they’re thinking of you too?

Okay probably not, or you’ve created a new reality and we’d all better run!

This is how I handled it, I took the week to focus on marketing. And I began jotting notes for my next novel. I tweaked a kids book I had written in the spring and sent it off to a publisher – fingers crossed.

I read three books for reviews and sent out a ton of emails requesting my own book to be reviewed. This is always time-consuming and lacks results. So if anyone has good tips there I’m open…

 

As soon as this blog is typed I shall begin writing the next novel. When you are a writer there is never a lack of things to do, only the desire. What’s your excuse? It’s your book waiting to be written, get to it.

Happy writing folks, Theresa Jacobs

http://theresajcbs.wixsite.com/authorpage

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Surviving the writer’s life

Don’t let the hours of dull everyday work spoil your creativity, take moments here and there to write notes.

Write whatever you want, don’t worry too much the naysayers or editors, it’s your creation

Meet other writers boost each other, help each other, we all have self-doubt. Be brave 

 

Grow a thick skin or learn how to cordon hate into boxes labeled ‘do not open’

Keep writing always, even when you feel like a hack, everyone does at one time or another.

If you can only write a half hour a day, do it, don’t slough it off as not enough time, any writing is better than no writing.

Never forgot to enjoy time away with family and friends, have fun, writing will wait for you.

Happy writing folks, time to plug into NanoWrimo!

Theresa Jacobs  http://theresajcbs.wixsite.com/authorpage

If there is but one book you must read – this is IT!

5 * #review
No truer end of times tale has ever been told. An average man buries himself in alcohol and pills to avoid, not only the pain but the strange dreams as well. He is drawn by his good conscious into a fight he didn’t want. With references from Sponge Bob, to Tarantino, to M. Night Shyamalan the character keeps his ties to the life not long left as he tries to find out where he stands in a new world.
The one thing that caught me off guard was the few times it made me cry. So be prepared for that, and be prepared to start this book and not stop until you’ve read the end.
 

Art of Equality

Breaking Fate Publishing

Deadline: January 19th, 2018

We are looking for entries for our latest Breaking Fate anthology, Art of Equality.  Art of Equality is an anthology focusing on Equality for all. LGBTQ, all races, all religions, all sexes. We are ALL human, let’s stop the hate. We welcome stories from everyone with open minds and open hearts. We are all special and awesome. We will embrace knowledge, love and understanding. We will fight against ignorance, bigotry, bullying and hate. Together we WILL make ourselves and our world a better place for everyone.

We will do this in many parts. Breaking Fate Entertainment is bringing you the Art of Equality Film Festival and Convention. We will be bringing in speakers, vendors, filmmakers and artists. We are also organizing this collection of work, an anthology filled with stories of people coming together to overcome adversity.

Together we will help each other get through this…

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Not another NaNoWriMo post!

Well, I never thought I’d be one to discuss NaNoWriMo. I’m sorry if you are already sick of hearing it from every blogger in November. 
 
I joined this year because I began writing a sci-fi, out of my comfort zone last year and while I had many projects up I the air at once, this novel was just not getting written. I would add a paragraph here and there and in a year only had 24 pages, that’s sad. 
 
So as my debut novel launched on Oct 13 I decided right then to jump in with both feet as I always do, and signed up to nano to get this book written. I work best under pressure with time constraints looming over me.  
 
Writers have no real time constraints, we make it up as we go along, we can finish when we want or not at all. It’s our prerogative unless you have a publisher breathing down your neck. Well, I have a few other books I’m aching to be working on, so this has to get done so I can start them. 
 
Of course, life gets in the way all the time. I got sick. I have tests and appointments and a day job. While needing to rest and work. As we all do! Yet, I still managed to add more words to the the challenge then I did before I signed up. 
 
I hit 21900 Friday. I may not win it, but I will finish it now. The story is finally building and growing and taking on a life of its own. 
 
And that folks Is the point of joining NaNoWriMo!
 
Get your words in, get your book written. 
Happy writing Nov, Theresa Jacobs
What are your thoughts on NaNoWriMo, I’d love to hear from you.

Free Promotions

Free Ways to Promote Yourself - I am updating an older post with new places I've found.

I have run across many ads that charge for promoting authors and their works. They all spout that they are the best.
They will gain you thousands of followers.
They will help you sell more books.

But where is the proof?

In fact, I was rather shocked to find an author stating that they had the secret to building your author platform for only $299.00!

And they have not been the only one I’ve seen. To me that is not selling books, it’s selling empty promises, and making money off others dreams.

How much money are you willing to spend as an Independent author to promote your work?

I work full-time and write whenever I can. I do not have a bankroll to toss around at advertising or self-promotion. Over the last year, I have been clicking link after link, reading advertising sites, and trying to find any free way that I can.

I am going to share that with you, for only - $0.00

Below are all the links to building your author platform for FREE...
We have the internet at our disposal, use it.
Yes, you may have to set aside one day every two weeks – or one hour a day – whatever works for you and do some research. And then more time building a website, and still more time creating new profiles on multiple sites. But unless you want to pay, this is how you need to market your own work.

Use the internet it’s your most valuable tool.
Search, read, ask and find.

Good Luck and Happy Writing.

 

Submit your books, free or pay $10 for premium spot
http://awesomegang.com/

Universal Book links, create one link to all your sales.
https://books2read.com/u/bPJyYJ

Pronoun, you get a landing page and they update your weekly Amazon ranks.
https://books.pronoun.com/theresajacobs/

Preset Tweets that you can alter. Excellent auto program.
https://allauthor.com/profile/theresajcbs/

Orginal Posts below.

(This is a paid site 24$ one life fee)
IAN admin tweet 100+ member pages a day. 7 days a week to over 535,000 followers.
http://www.independentauthornetwork.com/Theresa-Jacobs.html

The Literary Net educate, facilitate communication, and help you build your literary career.
http://www.theliterarynet.com/links.php

Promocave our social engine will promote it FREE to up to 3 million potential readers per day.
http://promocave.com/members/theresajcbs/

Medium -Self expression-writing-articles
https://medium.com/@theresajcbs/latest

Wattpad – Write – contests – bestsellers
https://www.wattpad.com/user/TheresaJacobs

Locanto (Canada or USA) Free Online Classifieds – Because why not!
http://www.locanto.ca/tag/Horror-Books/

LinkedIn There are more than 40 million students and recent college graduates on LinkedIn. They are LinkedIn’s fastest-growing demographic.
https://www.linkedin.com/profile/preview?vpa=pub&locale=en_US

Pinterest – create boards – pin your work
https://id.pinterest.com/theresajcbs/

WIX – create a Free Website – or lots of them
http://theresajcbs.wixsite.com/authorpage
http://theresajcbs.wixsite.com/suddendeath
http://theresajcbs.wixsite.com/demons

And you should all know Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+

Free reviewer sites below

https://readersfavorite.com/book-reviews.htm

http://www.tweetyourbooks.com/p/free-reviews.html

http://www.theindieview.com/indie-reviewers/

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