Wednesday, September 23, 2015

House of Redemption Unavailable Temporarily

House of Redemption is temporarily unavailable. I'm thinking, as I make excuses for myself, that I must have sent the wrong file to my formatter and thus published the wrong file when I put House of Redemption up for sale. One day when I went to grab an excerpt, I noticed a statement that ended with a question mark instead of a period. It bugged me a lot. Many people said, "Don't worry about it. It happens."

I'm not going to worry about it. I'm going to fix it. So I set to work and found a nightmare.  It was more than a few errors. I hung my head in shame when I saw "whoever was sitting next to her." That was not in the final manuscript, but it was in the file that got published.

I set my profanity aside and I am currently working on fixing this error and all of it's sisters and brothers.  I plan to have the revised file published the middle of October. If you have purchased the e-book, you'll get a free update. I'll make it up to those of you who bought the hard copy.

Speaking of the hard copy; if you haven't purchased it and are planning too, please wait until November to get the current version.  I don't want to walk the hall of shame.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Passion Planner

 Procrastination thinks we are best friends. I admit that sometimes I get a little overwhelmed with the projects I want to accomplish. Hanging out with Procrastination can be toxic. For some unfortunate projects, the relationship is fatal.

In order to save the remaining projects, I need help. I found that help with The Passion Planner. There are a ton of planners out there, but I always come back to this one.

What I like about the free version:

1.) There is plenty of space to write.
2.)  Space to write this week's specific focus.
3.)  Space to write positive good things that happened.
4.) Space for a personal to do list
5.) space for a work to do list
6) Space to doodle, make notes, brainstorm, whatever

The paid version gives you even more. Daily inspirations, challenges to help you meet your goal, timelines to meet your goals and so much more. At the end of each month, there are pages where questions are asked as to how you did on reaching your goals. It's a time to reflect on what worked and what didn't work and what can you do to improve? Good questions.

This is planner helps you sit down and prioritize where you want to go and what you want to do.

I admit that I'm not consistent in using a planner. I chose to go with the free version. I printed out the free weekly pages and stapled them to the paper in a spiral notebook. I needed to write in the dates. You don't need to do that with the paid version. I also like having a spiral binding, so this works for me. I miss out on the inspiration quotes, challenges, and reflections.

The free version is also a great way to discover if this is the right layout for you. It comes in two sizes, 8 1/2 x 11 or 5.5" x 8.5".

I'm not the only one who likes this planner. For more detail on what the planner has to offer, check out the video below. (Sorry. The lighting is a bit dark.)

My question to the readers are:
1.) Do you use a planner?
2.) What do you use?
3.) What is it you like about yours?

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Indie Publishing: What's Your Plan?

So you've decided to self-publish. That's great, except as you know, there is more to publishing your book than just making the decision to do so. Jami Gold has written an excellent article on what you need to think about as an independent publisher.

Indie Publishing Paths: What’s Your Distribution Plan? Part One  covers the topic things to consider whether selling direct from your website or selling through a distributor such as  SmashwordsDraft2Digital,BookBaby, or IngramSpark. It is a compelling list of pros and cons.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Writing Tip: Playing with Foils

The first time I heard the term foils used in a writing group, I was wondering what the heck did hair coloring have to do with writing. Turns out it's all about the highlighting. The video below by September C. Fawkes gives an excellent explanation on how and where to use foils.