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The Domino’s Pizza Approach: Promote Your Book in 30 Minutes or Less

The Domino's Pizza Approach: Promote Your Book in 30 Minutes or Less.

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Six Easy Tips for Self-Editing Your Fiction

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There are a lot of hurdles to writing great fiction, which is why it’s always important to keep reading and writing. We only get better by DOING. Today we’re going to talk about some self-editing tips to help you clean up your book before you hire an editor.

When I worked as an editor, I found it frustrating when I couldn’t even GET to the story because I was too distracted by these all too common oopses.

There are many editors who charge by the hour. If they’re spending their time fixing blunders you could’ve easily repaired yourself? You’re burning cash and time. Yet, correct these problems, and editors can more easily get to the MEAT of your novel. This means you will spend less money and get far higher value.

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Rambunctious writers and unconfirmed reports attempted murder…at a writer’s meeting?

Well, I just returned from my writer’s group, apparently lucky to be alive. You see, I was ill for last month’s meeting and wasn’t able to attend; but that was an illness that might have saved my life. What’s the stereotypical writer? He or she is bookish and has a fetish for plaid jackets,  oh and hangs around the coffee shop with laptop looking like a modern day CS Lewis. In fact, here in Vegas, in the absence of a strong authority figure we can be wild people. As evidence, you can see Lindsay appearnly throwing a chair here.  And our literary quiz giver is missing.  Perhaps meeting a bar isn’t such a good idea, after all. This is all because our fearless leader was also absent from the meeting, and he is fearless to meet with 78 crazy writers on a monthly basis.

 

Dear Las Vegas Metro Police, I’m quit positive that there wasn’t attempted murder and we’re certainly not homicidal, so please don’t raid us. That goes for you, too any other law enforcement agencies.

 

Now on to this month’s fun. Over a glass off rum and coke and  a plate of fries, I learned about non-fiction writing from Michael Schrenk. Our speaker, who survived unmolested in  any way, made an interesting suggestion. When writing non-fiction, and I suspect this goes for fiction as well, first write down the obvious reason for writing the piece. On a separate sheet write down the less obvious ones, that are sometimes less than noble. Michael brought up an example a less than noble reason for his early writing, which was stoking one’s ego. He pointed out that in non-fiction, at least, editor’s can see right through that and reject the work because it will crap. As an example, he brought up a unpublished magazine article we wrote at oh-so-very experienced age of 21 about how to find the perfect job. Unfortunately, he was full of himself because of his success at finding entry level jobs that require no experience and it showed in the writing. II think this applies to fiction in that if you wrote a story or novel in that same mental state and unwilling to accept criticism, it will also show in the work. It will also lead to the creation of bland “Mary-Sue” characters that service only to fulfill your own fantasies and desires. In what’s clearly not a jab at any paranormal romance books, and example of this would be having a affair with and ultimately marrying a vampire while also being pursued by a ridiculously hot guy.

 

So the take-away is learning to set one’s ego aside, and if the leader of writer’s group is absent, bolt for the door. Oh, and I have to say this, serious writer’s can set their ego aside long enough to not sit in the coffee shop looking like a writer and announcing it everyone…

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Seperating my blogs

After finally figuring out how to actually do it, I made Facebook page for Fire and Water. Filled with facts and trivia about the origins of the elementals, it should be entertaining. So take a look, and if your finger slips and clicks the like button, I don’t mind…

That name page will also allow me to keep this blog more focused on personal stuff, interesting events that happen to me, my strange and funny ideas, etc.

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About my upcoming book Fire and Water and new cover

After a dozen+ revisions, I think I finally completed the final cover to Fire and Water. The photo is Aedre, princess of the Water Kingdom, which is controlled by water elementals called Undines. Like the photo, she’s blue with greenish hair and green eyes.

The red in the background represents two things. Fire, hence the title of the story. Her lover is  Keegan, a merchant from the Fire Kingdom, which is controlled by fire elementals called Salamanders. You can smell trouble already, with opposite elementals falling in love, don’t you? That brings us to the second thing the red represents, which is the destruction of Aedre’s kingdom at the hands of the Salamanders — in part due to the taboo love affair even if the root cause is paranoia, racism, espionage, etc between the two races of elementals.  

To give you a better idea of what they story’s about, here’s the book description that I’ve worked up so far:

 

Keagan is bethrothed to Ashbel for an arranged marriage of convenience. Aedre, the princess of the Water Kingdom, is at constant odds with her mother over the policy of continual war the nation of her taboo lover. The love between the opposite elementals is such taboo that they both risk execution for it. Indeed, physical love is fatal and the slightest caress is a heady combination of pleasure and pain- not that the risk isn’t worth illicit liaisons.

Imprisoned and sentenced to death on false charges by the Water Queen, Keagan believes he must prevent the mutual destruction of his and Aedre’s worlds as genocidal war looms. But the choice is not so simple. As the worlds race headlong toward destruction, can Keagan to prevent war and ultimately genocide, while remaining true to Aedre. Will Keagan and Aedre’s hateful and bigoted worlds force the lovers to abandon them to their fate?

 So, without further ado, here’s the cover. Notice it’s slightly different from the one I posted on Twiiter a little while ago. I made the title font a little prettier.

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Fire and Water

Fire and Water

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June 9, 2012 · 12:03 am

Possible book description for Fire and Water

I spent last night coming with a book description for Fire and Water. This is what I came up with so far.

Keagan is bethrothed to Ashbel for an arranged marriage of convenience. Aedre, the princess of the Water Kingdom, is at constant odds with her mother over the policy of continual war the nation of her taboo lover. The love between the opposite elementals is such taboo that they both risk execution for it. Indeed, physical love is fatal and the slightest caress is a heady combination of pleasure and pain- not that the risk isn’t worth illicit liaisons.

Imprisoned and sentenced to death on false charges by the Water Queen, Keagan believes he must prevent the mutual destruction of his and Aedre’s worlds as genocidal war looms. But the choice is not so simple. As the worlds race headlong toward destruction, can Keagan to prevent war and ultimately genocide, while remaining true to Aedre. Will Keagan and Aedre’s hateful and bigoted worlds force the lovers to abandon them to their fate?

Naturally, I came up with revisions even while blogging this. I tried to keep it under 150 words, and barely succeeded, at 147 words. Of course, I also tried to avoid giving away too much of the plot. So what do you think?

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