Sunday, January 30, 2011

The aftermath...a good one

So things seemed to be looking up. I spoke at the JFY party and did so much more better than i expected to do. It took a few minutes to rein in my nerves but once i did that it was good. Im looking forward to this next week. Stayin busy and have so much to do both professionally and personally. Hoping everything turns out great!
Working now on book 2 of The High Arc series and its really amazing so far. Inspiration coming from all angles. Cant wait to see the first issue of the JFY Alumni Newsletter. I think it is gonna be really nice. Also the book has been finalized and is now available in paperback yay. On sale now at www.createspace.com and soon at www.amazon.com this is so amazing. Now it really feels real.
Loving life right now=-)
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Monday, January 24, 2011

Nerves

So I have a couple things that are coming up. And both are making me nervous. One is speaking at the JFY grad party. And I am now and have always been really bad at speaking in public. This is why I am a writer lol. I'm excited about the opportunity to share my experiences and talk about my book a little. But I am having a horrible time at writing out what to say and it is in 2 days!!! Hyperventilation begins here.
The second thing is an interview. Someone approached me about doing an interview for a blog. This is exciting. Better ways to get my name out there into the world. But I have never been interviewed (outside of job interviews) and I am just nervous about what to say. Although I am sure it wont be too tough. I guess I better get used to stuff like this. Hopefully its a sign that things will go great with my hopeful writing career.
Scratching my head and hoping for the best.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Enjoying the changes

Even though everything feels so complicated right now, I must admit that I am enjoying myself. I have had days where I wanted to give up because of the frustration, but I am proud to say that I pushed through that. Now my days are always full, with edits, writing, job hunting, baby Ameer, and all the other things I have to take care of before my nightly workout with mom.
I am working on the JFY Alumni Newsletter and that is so exciting because I get to explore the world of Journalism and really see how it feels to write in a different mode. Going from storyteller to investigative has been a real challenge, but I needed the challenge and am really trying to meet it.
Enjoying life and ready for more.
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Saturday, January 15, 2011

B&N issues

So apparently Barnes & Nobles have been having some issues reporting sales. I thought my book just wasnt selling there. But after checking the forums, I see that I am not the only one having this issues. So I checked my sales ranking there just to see if I had actually sold anything at all. Previoulsy it was non existant because I had just put it up. so my ranking on there is ...327,986...now whether thats good or bad, I have no idea, but at least it means someone is actually buying it. YAY.
So i got inspired and decided to check Amazons ranking...and my rank there is ...77,151 better but i think Amazon has fewer books available...anyhoo Im exited because it means that people are actually purchasing the book. Which is an amazing feeling.
At this point I am just going to wait and see what happens with that. It in 60 I recieve zero royalties from B& N then I will assume there is a real problem. hopefully they are just having some technical difficulties that they have quite worked through yet.
Feeling proud of me now....

Friday, January 14, 2011

2 at once

So im writing book 2 of The High Arc now and also another book which has no name as of yet but is coming along nicely. This is so cool. Now that i have really accepted trying to be a writer, the inspiration seems to be endless...hope it lasts.

Currently doin my job hunting. Book writing is definitely not gonna be paying any bills any time soon. Book sales up to a whomping 16...watch out now. Starting to worry less now, but nerves are still there. Now just to get a job to keep me afloat.

Lovin writing. Helps me stay at peace.
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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Sold some books...yay me

So i checked my amazon account today and I sold 8 books...omg look at me.
Such a great feeling. Someone out there is reading it and hopefully loving it... its hard now beause a lot of people are apparently over the whole Vampire thing...but i can only write what i feel is good. If i try to change just to fit others the product of that will be crap.
Writing more now...and it feels good to do now that i have really opened myself up to it, new inspirations are springing up everywhere.
Thanks to all who support me... I'll try not to dissapoint.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Revisions complete

I havent posted in a few days, was busy doing revisions to Revitalized, and i am so happy i did. It is so much better now. I finished the last page at 6 AM today(Red bull does wonders). Anyhoo, I am proud of what it has turned into, and will probably do more tweaks in the future, but for now, im puttin it back out there for people to hopefully enjoy.
I started up an Authors Page on Facebook to help get the word out, and invited people to read the book for free. I needed 10 and so far I have 7, that workd out great for me. The deal is, give me your honest opinion, and I will give you a free copy of the book, people do love free things, and the concept of the book is an exciting one especially for people who are into Vampires.
Waiting for Ameers Next nap so i can join him...

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

stickin to my guns

Someone asked me today why i dont just write about something more people would find interesting? He was sick to death (wink) of reading about vampires. Well...1 i think there are plenty of people who find the genre i write about to be interesting and 2 there will always be people who wont like what i write or how i write it. I write what i feel, and what i like. It would be nice if others like it too, but either way i have to stay true to me.
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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Koolaid Pie

So my mother has been obssessed with makin koolaid pie. She says its the healthier choice. And it is very good. It reminds me of my childhood. It tastes like a candy i used eat but thanks to my horrible memory, i cant figure out what it is. What i am concerned with is how i have started eating a slice before sitting down to write. This is definitely not a good habit to start and will be a hard one to break if i continue....but they are oh so delicious. I told her she isnt allowed to make another one for a while. And she laughed and said she will be making another one very soon...sigh...and i most definitely will be eating it.
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Monday, January 3, 2011

Nerves

Im loving the networking, and the experienced advice I am getting on some of the forums, but i am also feeling a little discouraged. I see some of the indie writers are making huge numbers and i wonder if I will ever even sale another copy. My grand total still remains at 2 which is alos more than a little discouraging. I keep reminding myself that nothing happens over night, and that all the stuff I am doing will pay off eventually. I want people to read my stuff and just ultimately like it. Even if I never get to the level of some of the High rollers like Amanda Hocking...whom I LOVE and am in the middle of reading Hollowland now (an amazing book), I just hope my stuff just doesn't float out there on the web, never to be read.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Planning a girls night

So excited...planning a girls night. Its going to be old school sleep over theme. Looking forward to this. Its an annual thing me and friends do and its a great relief, especially now that we're all at the age where real life is kicking in. It's nice to be able to kick back and just feel like I'm in high school again.
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Getting there....

I have been doing a lot lately just trying to promote myself. And its a bit frustrating. But i keep trying to just reming myself that I am just starting out. It has only been a few days, and I am sure it doesnt help that I had to keep re-entering information for Kindle and Nook so for most of thoes day my book wasnt even on sale...boo.

I think i got it all sorted out now though.

Will be finalizing the information for the Hard copy soon and I am so excited about that. Will be nice to have something tangible to show people.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Feeling Proud of me

So I checked my Kindle account after midnight, I'm not sure why, I think it was just because it was a new year and I wanted to see where I was standing. The book literally just became available on the Kindle like at 5pm yesterday, So i wasnt expecting anything. But anyhoo, i checked it and surprise surprise, I sold some books...2 to be exact lol...its not much but its a start and its so much better because neither book was purchased by my mama. (Who does plan to purchase one lol).

I started the process of having the paperbacks made through Createspace. Which is super exciting and I cant wait to see the finished product and have to show to everyone. Its like Im actually feeling like a real writer now. And I am more confident as I work on the second book. This year is only a few hours old, but already its looking to be a great one.

All Smiles!!