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Self-published writers, lend me your keyboards!

If you’re interested in someone reading, reviewing, and giving detailed notes on your self-published romance novel, be sure to check back soon!

The review will automatically be posted on my blog, and you will have the option of choosing other sites, such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, etc. I will provide detailed notes on what works, what seems to not work, what could work with a litte bit of change, and what you shouldn’t even try to make work. I’ll point out faults with the timelines, if any, as well as feedback on characterization, pace and flow, strength of the climax and other plot elements, and dialogue.

I will be offering these services at very affordable rates. There will be a variety of packages to choose from with convenient payment options.

I look forward to working with you all!

Aspiring Authors, Don’t Give Up!

I know first hand how despressing it can be to get any form of the “thank you, but no thank you” letter from an agent or publisher. For some, it motivates them to try harder. For others, it entices them to give up. I’m not going to tell you I haven’t experienced both feelings, because I have. The difference is that everytime I “give up” a few months later, I’m “write” back at it. It’s not because I CAN’T take no for an answer, it’s because I REFUSE to. Someday, I will be published and so will you. You not only have to believe that, you have to live like you believe it.

Here are some things to think about/do while you’re waiting to be published.

10. It takes time. Patience is a virtue. Develop some.
09. Use the time to perfect your skills. You’ll appreciate that later.
08. Agents can only take on so many clients at a time. You’re not the only one trying to break into the business.
07. Writing is subjective. Not everyone will like your work, no matter how good it is. Seek those who will.
06. Gain a better understanding of your target audience.
05. Come up with a premise for your next story. Don’t wait for the first one (or the 2nd or 3rd) to be published.
04. Consider a different genre. Broaden your horizons. You just might be good at something else.
03. Get critiqued by several different people. Somebody will surely see something you don’t.
02. Read
And the number one thing you should do while waiting to be published is…Drum roll please……
01. WRITE!

New Beginnings

As the New Year approaches, I look back on my life and things I’ve seen, heard, and done this past year. It’s the same thing year after year. I make decisions on what I want to change, on what I want to do, on what I no longer want to do – for whatever reason.

Not much has changed in regards to that. I still reflect, rethink, and regroup. There’s nothing wrong with evaluating life and doing things differently. The main thing to do is to make amends with those you’ve wronged, to correct mistakes you’ve made, and to make an effort to actually do better next time.

Many of us have New Year’s resolutions. Some are the same each year. Sometimes we live up to them, sometimes we don’t. Be proud that you recognize your weaknesses and you make a conscious effort to try to turn them into strengths. None of us are perfect now, and we never will be. Just keep aiming for improvement. Learn to control your temptations instead of letting your temptations control you. That in itself is a great accomplishment.

May the Lord open our hearts and minds so that we receive his word and live by his will.

Many blessings to us all!