EVENT TODAY

Hi everyone, I’m not blogging today because I’ll be attending a Facebook Event.

10am-11am est.

So if you wake up and get this, come check it out.

There will be hundreds of authors over the course 5 days, 24 hours a day, so you can pop in at any time. Meet people, chat and buy some books.

Let’s interact and have fun!

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/565616523906689/

 

Busy Bee – the writers life

You want to be a writer? This is what a writers life looks like – and this is without young kids.

 

Begin each day early. I like to social media in the mornings before the day job. Some people prefer to write a little.

Work on covers, banners, logo’s, or think of new ways to grab a readers attention.

Here is my new banner.

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Logo created by https://www.facebook.com/groups/darkwishdesigns/

Ordered through Beatties, my local (and employer) office supply store. Check out your local places to get the best service for your money.  https://beatties.com/
Or busy preparing stock for the upcoming show in Oct, where I’ll be selling my books. If you’re in the Southern Ontario Canada or Niagara Falls/Buffalo USA area, come on out and see the show.

Recent Orders
30 CONTENT – Sudden Death
15 CONTENT – Cataclysm
30 CONTENT – Kept
20 CONTENT – The Cimmerians
30 CONTENT – Wife ‘n’ Death

http://frightmareinthefalls.com/

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All while editing two books and beginning to write another … COMING SOON…

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Writing 101 will be free for everyone – ETA Late Sept

 

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The Used to be released Late Oct Early Nov!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And my new WIP – Cover ready due late winter – early spring… so stay tuned.

 

 

 

 

 

 

AND writing articles for 1428Elm.com and this weekly blog.  Imagine what I could do if I didn’t have a day job 🙂

1428Elm.com https://1428elm.com/author/tjacobs/

 

Now Imagine what you can do and get to it!

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Stalk me 

https://www.amazon.com/Theresa-Jacobs/e/B01BAS13T2

 

Real Writers Rejected and Accepted

We always see the examples of the now famous authors and their rejection letters. But how do you cope with working your butt off every day – plus take care of family – and then get rejected?

We may receive many simple “Not at this time,” responses. Which bums us out, but it’s not heart-wrenching.

And lots of plain no replies, which in this industry is acceptable.

However, you may find some editors will take the time to respond – learn from them!

Here are a few of mine.

1 – Thanks, not for me. Do please watch your sentences, they are either disjointed or rambling or both.

2 – Everything needs attention, including punctuation. Apostrophes are important, use them correctly. Indent your paragraphs by using the TAB key, it looks better and makes the editor’s life easier, too.

3 – When submitting work, first impressions count. The layout isn’t as precise as it could be and the work doesn’t feel as if it’s been revised, or that daughters’ would surely have been picked up. Right? You get one chance to impress an editor, don’t blow it by sending out unchecked, unrevised work.

5 – thanks but no. Can we go back to two basic things here – First, dangling participles, the words ending in -ing which you use to start paragraphs and a lot of sentences. Write them out. If you even think you want to use one, such as – for example – Running, he… – change it to He ran. You do this a lot and it doesn’t always work as a sentence. I delete them from all work that I accept. Second, go back to the SHOW DON’T TELL lessons – check it out on the internet, loads of sites, loads to read. This story is entirely TELL. We hardly ever see how Christopher feels. Write the story from HIS POV, not the narrator. Every time you write Christopher or he, you are TELLING.

4 – I’m afraid your story didn’t make the final cut this time. We hope you’re able to find another home for it, and look forward to seeing more of your work in the future.

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Yes, that was only a FEW – and believe it or not mixed in between these rejections have been these!

 

1 -It’s a yes from me. She’s a good writer, and her interest in ****** is a plus. We don’t have anyone currently covering ****** Happy to see the site continue to grow.

2 – You did a great job and are a very talented writer! Can’t wait to see the new one! To take an idea and develop it that quickly and make it interesting is amazing! Thanks for sharing your gift with me.

3 – This is the Editor-in-Chief of ******* writing to personally thank you for working with us so professionally and efficiently. I was extremely impressed with the amount of work you put into your final edits.

4 – So, with that said, we are very excited to have you as one of the authors participating in our upcoming anthology.

5 – Your creativity is impressive! I look forward to reading more.

I can’t take credit for all the acceptances alone – especially the edits! I have to thank all my first draft readers. #JacquelineLeahy, #AimiePagendam, #DavidKummer, #SusanLeighton, my old original team member (hope you’re well) #ZaneDowling.

AND the biggest thanks goes to my newest editing assistant #Toneye, without your services some of these stories would not have made the second cut. I bow to you SIR.

If you need editing, covers, or horror promotions – see here:

http://www.theboldmom.com/editing-formatting-cover-art-and-promoting-services/

Or If you have rejections and acceptances you’d like to share, please add them to the comments and we can all lift each other up.

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Happy writing folks, Theresa

 

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

MS Office has a read function

Okay perhaps you knew this and I’m just way behind. But for those of you like me, who did not know, this is handy.

MS Office has a read back function and here is how to access it.

 

Open a Doc and the main tool bar has this little drop down arrow.

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After you select More Commands :

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A huge alphabetical list opens :

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Back to your Doc with the newly added speech function:

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Best way to edit your own work is to hear it read back to you.

If you have any handy tricks or better suggestions for easy programs, share your thoughts.

 

No Fear – take a leap

Many times, over the course of our lives we let fear hold us back. Even in writing. Which is silly to think about, but I’m sure you’ve done it too. Whether it’s fear of being ridiculed, fear of failure or even fear of success.

I am no psychologist, so I’m here to talk about taking new leaps.

Along with fiction writing, I am also a contributor to the online magazine 1428elm.com. For those who don’t know, it’s a horror news magazine. 1428 Elm is the fictional address of Freddy Kruger, Nightmare on Elm St. Recently I have been writing about the TV Series Z-Nation – based on zombies – if you’re into that sort of thing. As season three ended, and we are waiting for the next to begin, I got the brilliant idea to see if I could interview the shows creator, Karl Schaefer.

That’s when the fear gripped me. I mean seriously, zombies, pssh they don’t scare me because they are not real, but trying to reach out to a creative genius and talk to him! Now that’s frightening. So, I told myself all I can do is try to find him at this point. Chill, this could be a search in vain. How do I even find a show writer/director/producer? And I won’t bore you with all that – but I did find him. Then I buckled down and asked if he would be interested in doing an interview. Because really all he can do is, #1 completely ignore me (perhaps block me) or #2 Say no. And what is going to happen to me from these results – NOTHING!

When Karl responded with a YES and here’s my personal email, I was on cloud nine. I mean seriously, I had an idea, I did some research, and I followed through. What was there to be afraid of? I got results, and it was fun.

You can read that interview below if you want to see how it went.

Bonus, my dear friend, and writer extraordinaire Susan Leighton was lucky enough to wrangle in the big cheese (or should I say big chin?) none other than Bruce Campbell himself. I’ve posted that interview as well.

So, what’s holding you back? Get out there and have fun writing.

Z-nation Interview:

https://1428elm.com/2017/08/21/znations-own-karl-schaefer-tells-all/

 

Bruce Campbell Interview:

https://1428elm.com/2017/09/08/bruce-campbell-interview-meets-eye/

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