Planning Ahead…

Now that NaNoWriMo is over, I thought I would give you a quick post on what is happening next in my world of writing!

As far as THE BLESSED goes, I might have written nearly 70k this month for it, but there is still plenty of writing left to be had. I’m almost finished up with Act 2 (just the major, life-changing events to happen there) and then it’s onto Act 3 with the rise of conflict and the resolution!

Then, I’ll have two books in need of editing! Millie is getting through THE VARKEN with editing, and I am excited to dive back into that story and those characters and start really grinding into it to get it ready for publishing in April. My amazing cousin Amy has agreed to do the cover for the novel, and I’m excited to see what she comes up with (she painted the cover for THE KEEPER as well).

I’m excited to have so many new tools at my fingertips this time around with publishing. Along with Scrivener, to make the editing process easier, I’m also looking forward to investing in my formatting a little further. In THE KEEPER, the formatting was very bare-bones and simple, and I’m hoping to learn more about font choice, margins, that sort of thing, this time around. I even have a new website book-marked to aid me in my quest at http://www.diybookformats.com/ and http://www.diybookcovers.com/. Both have lots of great tutorials and ideas here, and a great one to keep on hand for when you reach this point of your process.

While all of this editing is happening, I’ll continue working on world building and character development for the Book Book by writing short stories. I’m so excited by the mundane things I’ve created for this world that I need to get it out of my system! When the Book Book starts, I don’t want to drag on with showing everyone’s daily routines. While that’s interesting, I’ll want to focus more on the plot and characters, and let the world build around you as you read.

Our musical Scarlet is almost through with its round of workshops and will be moving into a whole new planning phase soon. Although timing is still a secret, I’m excited to announce that it will be performed in the 2016-2017 season at our local theatre and I’ll be directing, which will be a huge learning curve for me but I’m looking forward to the stretching and growing.

And lastly, our second musical, Fractured, is well under way! I’ve been working on a blog post about writing musicals, but it keeps staying in that ‘drafting’ stage. As for now, we only have 2 more songs left to write (which will total around 20 songs) and a few scenes left to draft up in the book. It is still very much in the early stages of the writing, with lots of editing and smoothing out needed, but I’m looking forward to polishing it up!

So that’s what’s on the horizon in Erin’s writing world.

Now that NaNoWriMo is over, what’s on your writing schedule?

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Hugh Howey’s Top 10 List of Counterintuitive Tips for Self-Publishers

I just stumbled across this thanks for another author on Facebook and HAD to share!

If you hadn’t read Howey’s amazing novel “Wool”, you are missing out!

Hugh Howey’s Top 10 List of Counterintuitive Tips for Self-Publishers

1. Asking people to buy your book doesn’t work. Instead, try to entertain or enlighten with your Facebook posts and tweets.

2. The people who sell your books are your existing readers. Concentrate on interacting with them and being accessible.1. Asking people to buy your book doesn’t work. Instead, try to entertain or enlighten with your Facebook posts and tweets.

3. There is no promotion as strong as writing the next book. None. That always comes first.

4. It doesn’t matter how quickly your book jumps out of the gate upon release. An undiscovered book remains fresh and new. You have the rest of your life to promote or gain sales, so keep writing!

5. Give your books away. You need to build up a fan base. That means free ebooks, sample chapters, and not worrying about piracy or DRM.

6. A good agent is your best friend. Even if you don’t want to sign with a publishing house, there are overseas markets and media rights that they can help you with.

7. An email list is more powerful than Twitter or Instagram (though not quite as powerful as Facebook). You want to reach out to those who are receptive, those who have signed up to hear from you. Build that newsletter email list as soon as possible.

8. Videos are worth a million words. Readers love connecting with and getting to know their favorite authors. Shoot a video rather than typing out a blog post. They are quick to watch and easy to share.

9. Be yourself. This shouldn’t be counterintuitive. I hope it isn’t. Don’t lose sight of who you are. Embrace the awkwardness, the glee, the dumbfoundedness.

10. Authors are not in competition with one another. We are in this together. A happy reader buys more books, so celebrate others doing well and help who you can. Remember those who helped you. Pass it along.

The Keeper, Available on Amazon and Createspace!

Today is the day! I am pleased to announce that my novel, The Keeper, is finally available on Amazon and Createspace! It will hopefully be available on Kindle soon as well! I would love to hear your thoughts and reactions!

Thank you for your support and I hope you enjoy The Keeper!

SPECIAL THANKS to my adoring husband, Jeremy, who has always encouraged me to pursue my dreams, to my little cousin Valerie, who is an irreplaceable writing buddy, to my big cousin Amy, who jumped at the chance to create the cover art for this novel, to my dear friend, Shayna, for meticulously reading my first rough draft, and, finally, to my mother-in-law, Millie, for using her love of words to polish this novel.

“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

1 Corinthians 3:17