Friday, May 16, 2014

Guest author Rose Garcia on Writing, editing and Marketing

We are beyond thrilled to have Rose Garcia come and share some of her tips with us.To celebrate we are giving away 2 ebook copies of Rose Garcia's Final Life.

5 Things on Writing

Start. Now.
writing community
Be true to yourself and the story
goals and make a writing schedule
what happens AFTER you finish?

1. Start. Now. Too many people who want to write put it off for various  reasons: school is almost over and I’ll be busy with the kids this summer, my office is a mess, I need to finish xyz project at work, I don’t know if I can do it, will anyone buy my book?  Get out of your own way and just write!

2. Okay, now that you’re writing, you’re probably figuring out that it’s harder than it seems. LOL  Here’s where you’ll need to get connected with your local writing community.  Most writers groups offer seminars on the craft of writing. You can also find some great online webinars. I highly suggest Writer’s Digest. 

3. Write what you love, and not to the trends. Be true to yourself and the story that’s inside of you. I promise if you do, the story will flow out of you much easier than if you forced a story onto the page.

4. So, now that you’re writing, and you’re connected with the writing community, and you’re staying 
true to yourself, you may find that you’re all over the place with your writing. THIS IS NORMAL! But to see real progress, you might want to set some goals and make a writing schedule.  I’m slated to release the third book in my YA trilogy in the fall and you better believe I have a schedule!

5. In my opinion, the hardest part about writing is what happens AFTER you finish. In other words, you may have slain the dragon, but the battle isn’t over yet! In other other words, writing is more like a marathon and less like a sprint, which leads me to my five tips on editing.

5 Things on Editing

1. Remember up above when I recommended that you get involved in your local writing group? Well, here’s where you’ll find your critique partner, and trust me when I say that you need one. This can’t be a friend who likes to read, or a family member you swear will help you with your book. You need someone who knows and understands the craft of writing and isn’t afraid to give you honest and constructive feedback.  Your writing will be better for it.

2.  There are four main types of editing: developmental, line editing, copy editing, and proofreading. Your critique partner can and should be able to help you to some degree with all of these, but let me briefly touch on the most important type of editing: developmental.  (See below) Oh, and if you don’t think you need editing, then you’re not being honest with yourself. (Sorry!)

3. Developmental editing is the type of editing that involves things like plot, pacing, voice, and character development. This type of editing is BEYOND important. And sometimes digging into this type of editing may mean heavy revisions. Don’t be afraid to chop up your manuscript in order to make it better!

4. Line editing, copy editing, and proofreading focuses on everything BUT the broad story scope of your book. So here is where you’ll pay attention to grammar, punctuation, word usage, and misspelled words. This editing is important, too, but you can’t even get to this type of editing until you address and/or fix the issues that have arisen during developmental editing.

5. If you get to the point where your critique partner is not giving you the level of help you need, or maybe you need a second opinion, there are many great editors out there for hire. Just be sure to get referrals from people you trust because not all editors are created equal. LOL

5 Things on marketing

1. Large press, small press, indie published, or barely published, every writer should be marketing! At the most basic level, I suggest you have an author personal FB account, an author FB page, Twitter, Pinterest, and even Instagram. You will interact with a slightly different audience on each platform, so don’t fool yourself in thinking all you need is FB and Twitter, because you don’t! LOL (Oh, and you’ll also want a website and/or blog.)

2. For Twitter and FB, you can schedule your posts, and I highly recommend Hootsuite. You can also post to Instagram and at the same time to FB and Twitter.  However, be sure to pop in and do some real interacting from time to time. People can tell the difference.

3. Don’t spend too much time on social media and marketing! It can be a real time sucker! Remember the schedule I mentioned earlier? I highly recommend you include marketing on that schedule.

4. Develop relationships with fellow writers! That way you can support them and in turn they will support you. It really is true that the more you do for others, the more they’ll do for you.

5. Have fun with marketing! Interacting with readers and writers should be a positive experience! If it’s a chore, take a step back. Remember that marketing really is another way of making friends. Then, rejoin the party!

Thanks for having me on the blog! I hope I’ve been able to help everyone out with their goals and where everyone is with their writing. After all, we truly are in this together!!


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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Double Cover Reveal + Trailer Release for Raine Thomas' Ascendant Series!

Double Cover Reveal!!!

Titles: Rout of the Dem-Shyr and Rise of the Faire-Amanti
Series: The Ascendant Series, Books 2 and 3
Author: Raine Thomas
Publisher: Iambe Books, LLC
Cover Designer: Regina Wamba of Mae I Design
Genre: New Adult Sci-Fi Romance
Recommended Audience: Readers 17+
Projected Release Dates: Rout of the Dem-Shyr (July, 2014) and Rise of the Faire-Amanti (Nov, 2014)
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On to the big reveals!

Rout of the Dem-Shyr (Ascendant Series, Book 2)

Rise of the Faire-Amanti (Ascendant Series, Book 3)

Check out the covers all together. Don't they look amazing??

Did you miss the first book in the series, Return of the Ascendant? Grab your copy today!

Amazon ~ Amazon UK ~ Barnes and Noble ~ iBooks ~ Kobo

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And now, it's Trailer Reveal Time! Turn those speakers up!!!

Trailer created by Flatline Films

Friday, April 25, 2014

Be Sure to Vote: Third Annual UtopYA Awards!!!

           The Con for Women Writers of YA and the Fans Who Love Them 

 Make Your Vote Count!

The time has come to vote for your favorite authors, bloggers, books, and characters in the 3rd annual UtopYA Awards! Several Writer's Voice contributors have been nominated, including yours truly. :) Every vote matters, so please take a couple of minutes and show your support:

For those of you who might not know about UtopYA, it's a conference held annually in Nashville, TN. It began as a conference supporting authors of YA paranormal, Sci-Fi, and fantasy, and has since grown to include New Adult and contemporary books, too. It's unlike any conference you've ever attended, so if you're looking for a fun way to meet authors and readers, you should make plans to attend this June 20-22nd!

For more details, please visit the conference website. We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Launch Day Blitz: RETURN OF THE ASCENDANT by Raine Thomas

Return of the Ascendant Launch for 99 cents
It's ROTA's Launch Day!

Today celebrates the release of Return of the Ascendant (The Ascendant Series #1) by Raine Thomas. Some of you may have had the chance to read this book in the Curses, Fates & Soul Mates box set, or the prequel short story in the Take Me to Your Reader anthology. If so, you'll be excited to know that Raine has written two entirely new chapters that will only appear in this version of ROTA. You won't want to miss them!

To celebrate ROTA's launch, Raine is offering the novel for only 99 cents until April 15th. She's also hosting a fun giveaway, so be sure to enter below! First, let's learn a little more about the book, including how you can grab your copy before the sale ends:

About the Book:

Return of the Ascendant is a thrilling New Adult Sci-Fi Romance

Return of the Ascendant
Expecting to enjoy another typical college night at a frat party with friends, Kyra Vaughn’s plans derail when she’s almost killed…twice. Her savior, a tall, sexy stranger who calls himself TaeDane, claims that he’s the personal bodyguard for the Ascendant of Alametria. She’s convinced he’s crazy.

Especially when he insists that she’s the Ascendant.

With dark enemies hunting her down, Kyra has no choice but to trust her supposed bodyguard. Ty vows to help her remember her past and return her safely to Alametria, but someone seems intent on interfering, challenging his abilities at every turn.

As Kyra’s memories emerge, she remembers that Ty is more to her than he’s let on…much more than he’s allowed to be. She’ll also discover that there are many things about her planet and herself that she’d rather forget. In the end, she’ll have to make a choice: cling to the life she knows, or risk it all to become the person she’s destined to be.

Check out the "Teaser" Trailer by Flat-Line Films:

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Cover Reveal #ABSOLUTION by Carlyle Labuschagne #TheBrokenDiaries

Confessions of a clone
is book one in The Broken Diaries series of novellas.
Can be read as a stand alone or as a companion novella to 

Expected release date: October 2014
Genre: Upper YA Science Fiction
Cover Designed by Rachel Morgan - Morgan Media


So my secret is out you say? That would depend which secret you are referring to. That I am a clone? Everyone knows that by now. Or that I have a dark disease pulsating through my veins, one I am quite fond of? Big deal. It’s exciting, never to have to hold back, unpredictability is a drug. We all crave it.  So what possible secret could I hold that is worth keeping? Imagine me giving you a sly smirk right now because I have not the misfortune of compassion that will cause me to spill my secrets. Without them there is no hand to be dealt.

Will my secret keep him close? Perhaps. But here is my confession, I have something better than secrecy. I have absolution. With me, he is not bound, it will be out of choice. With me, he never has to hold back. And I would love him for the good and especially in the bad. When I gave my word that I’d stop my tricks – I lied. That’s the thing with obsession. It does not care. It only wants, and it is so fixated on want, that it becomes need, and it shall have all it wants and needs.  And while I have no time to ponder who I am, clone – what a stupid word, I am already on my way to loving him forever. That’s how I play it, because I just don’t care.  Everyone knows I am nothing like my pathetic prime. That with me, it’s all bad intentions and violent, narcissistic adoration. That is not who I am. I am but one thing - in absolution. 

About The Author 

Carlyle Labuschagne is a South African award wining author working her way into the hearts of international readers with her first two books in the Broken Trilogy. Her first young adult dystopian novel "The Broken Destiny" reached top 3 in its YA debut Category. The Sequel Evanescent won YATR literary award for best Sci-Fi book 2013. 
Carlyle loves to swim, fights for the trees, and is a food lover who is driven by her passion for life. Carlyle also writes for IU e-magazine India, an inspirational non-profit magazine that aims at inspiring the world through words. The drive behind her author career is healing through words. Carlyle is also the founder of the first annual book drive – Help Build A Library in Africa Project. And hopes to launch her very own Indie book festival in Johannesburg March 2015.
“My goal as an author is to touch people’s lives, and help others love their differences and one another.

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