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Updates on Publications

Posted by anne , 27 November 2012 · 189 views

Updates on Publications Writing, life, writing, life, how does one balance it all? It's tricky business at best.

Nevertheless, I have new publications, and am currently working on a longer sci fi piece that takes place in 2063. It's new for me but I'm having fun with it. I never thought I'd write in this genre. But, I've been inching forward. I expect to receive some harsh criticism (well, not exactly) but it's such a big genre and I'm (ahem) a novice really in this stuff. But the story has me in its talons (like that metaphor lately) and so I'm stuck with it.

I"ve been reading posts on AQ and trying to catch up. [url="http://theythinkthatiamsomewhat.blogspot.com/2012/11/autism-denied-available-in-print.html"]Check out my new POD here...[/url]

Also join me on twitter [email="bethbrown555@twitter.com"]bethbrown555@twitter.com[/email]
Or, visit my[url="http://www.amazon.com/Elizabeth-Brown/e/B0088BMZLU/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1354070847&sr=1-1"] Amazon page[/url].



Novella Published

Posted by anne , 12 August 2012 · 212 views

Novella Published My psychological thriller,[url="http://www.amazon.com/Elizabeth-Brown/e/B0088BMZLU/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1344820506&sr=1-2-ent"]The Sins of Dom, [/url]a novella, is published as of last night. It went much easier this time around, thrilled to say. Formatting, book cover and TOC were seamless. I've been neglecting blogging,because I've been busy with final editing for novella, and other pressing life stuff. And, honestly, I don't have much to say. Nothing really strikes my fancy. If I read an interesting article, I tweet or RT. So, maybe I'm just not a big blogger, I'm finding. As I write, a voice repeats [i]who the heck cares. [/i]Yet, I enjoy reading other's blogs if the topic is reflective, inspirational, humorous, or deals with publishing, writing etc.. I just don't think I have anything that powerful to say in my blogs.

Speaking of blogs, my YA novel, [i]Blogging to the Dead[/i], is still out with agent. At this point, it seems like two months is too much time. I guess I should query others. But I'm growing tired of it. So, I'll start a new project. I had fun with novella...first time writing in this genre, so maybe another one.

Thanks so much for the visit. I hope everyone is enjoying their summer.



Editing Requires a Thick Skin and a Sharp Eyes

Posted by anne , 28 June 2012 · 389 views

Did you catch the error? Look again. It's not always so easy to see misspelled words. In other words, editing is tough work. [url="http://theythinkthatiamsomewhat.blogspot.com/2012/06/editing-requires-thick-skin-and-sharp.html"]READ MORE...[/url]


Twitter is a Sharing of Minds and Hearts

Posted by anne , 27 June 2012 · 273 views

I like my twitter account....[url="http://theythinkthatiamsomewhat.blogspot.com/"]read more here[/url][url=""][/url]



To Err is Human

Posted by anne , 24 June 2012 · 220 views

I’m convinced, after all the writing and the publishing, and I’m new to it, comparatively so, that I prefer the writing, immersing myself in my work and shutting out the world. I can see now how some writers become reclusive. It is tough to transition from writer to networking to social media guru. But I keep at it because maybe someone is hearing, reading, gaining some useful insight. I don’t have anything else to offer, regarding reclusivity that is, but I hope I can be useful in the proofing department. Maybe someone can learn from my awful experience: I can't be the only naive. I found a few misspellings in my blog entries. I should have done a spell check. I should have written in Word and then pasted. Why didn’t I? I know why. Because I don't usually misspell words. Ha! So I created more work for myself, editing each and every blog entry, and I jeopardized my credibility as a writer. What could be worse than going to an author’s blog only to find misspellings? It’s like some sordid joke. Okay, well I’m human and my latest blog, on my other blog, is titled To Err is Human and I guess it's aptly stated for this one as well. Maybe I shouldn’t have pointed out the misspelling of the word succinct. Maybe it draws the wrong kind of attention? Well, it’s gone. I can’t worry about it anymore. It’s published, gone, gone gone….out of my mind. Now, if I could just get started on my writing, my other writing I mean. Figures, I did a spell check (in word) and it’s perfect. UGH!
Happy writing. :smile:


Never Underestimate the Power of Honest Writing

Posted by anne , 23 June 2012 · 320 views

Never Underestimate the Power of Honest Writing Creating a blog is easy compared to the other part, getting someone to read it! I now have two blogs, well, three, but one just sits there. It is a blog for my book, but, honestly, there are a total of two postings. One describes the book, the second talks about a few edits and that's it. What else would I say about it? It's done, published, now what? Oh, I included my one review too. So that blog is on pause, for now. Maybe if the book becomes a best seller then I can post stellar 5 star reviews, signing dates...oh sure, in my dreams. But, seriously, I think it reflects poorly on the author who has a blog with no followers, nothing at all. The big L comes to mind.

So, I asked my twelve-year old, entrepreneur, computer geek, web designer, app creator extraordinaire how exactly one drums up attention. And his advice was that I needed to offer something to people, find out what they want and then provide it. Easier said than done. But I like that advice and it's stuck with me. And after writing this, now that I think about it, I always hope that my writing is honest and can offer someone something, some advice, some bit of real life they can understand and internalize. So, that's what I offer.

Btw: I wonder if I can cut and paste this entry into my other blog...save some time. Or is that against the blogging protocol?
Also, pic is of Hawks Nest Beach in Old Lyme where we spent our summers. Magnificent memories.

Thanks for the visit.


Just Nod If You Can Hear Me...

Posted by anne , 12 June 2012 · 420 views

Just Nod If You Can Hear Me... Strange, this blogging thing; I feel like I'm writing to myself, which I guess is fine. Besides, I'm slacking already with the blogging, realizing other things take precedence (sp?). Honestly, I'm quite busy with republishing my ebook (don't ask); Ok, well, I found a few errors that could not be dismissed. Awful. I can't describe the horror. I know. I know. You don't EVER publish until it's PERFECT. But, I thought it was perfect. Yes, this is the downside of self-publishing. You edit and edit and edit and have someone else edit and still there is that one missing letter or comma or extra word. It's the tweaking. The more you return to a work and tweak it, the greater the chance for error. Admittedly, I'm a tweaker and a sloppy first draft kind of person. Maybe it's an undiagnosed ADD problem, but I always, and I mean always, make mistakes first and second and even third draft. I don’t think I’m that uncommon.

I think an AQC member (Caterina?) put a status up regarding self-publishers (such as myself) and commented on how the traditional author is more "revered" and I can see that. And I agree that there is some bias. But as the market becomes saturated, the self-pubbing is a great alternative for the serious writer (and I emphasize serious; there is the difficulty in securing an agent; the time issue; the desire to get your writing out there and read etc. And, let's face it, today it's feasible and affordable. Often times, I see authors with a following (based on a series of books) and getting offers, or becoming top sellers in their category. I'm excited for them, for this new innovative way of taking the bull by the horns and getting the job done. I avoid the negative. I'm up on the digital era.

IMO, if you are a writer, you will continue writing regardless of what happens to the final work. It is all a process. I do think you need to have multiple projects. Putting all your eggs into one basket (especially with self-publishing) is not a good idea. When you know it's right, and you've found the right niche, and you've got other projects in the works, and it's taking too long to find an agent, self-pub is the quickest and best way to go. As for the blogging, it's just another opportunity to write, so I'm all for it.

Thanks for visiting! Ya'll come back now, ya hear? :smile:


Social Media a Necessity in Publishing?

Posted by anne , 09 June 2012 · 569 views

Social Media a Necessity in Publishing? After self-pubbing my book [url="http://www.amazon.com/Autism-Denied-ebook/dp/B00888UHXQ"]Autism Denied[/url], I now feel as if I must plod my way through the big bad world of cyberspace. So I got busy and started a twitter account @bethbrown555 and a [url="http://www.theythinkthatiamsomewhat.blogspot.com/"]blog [/url](new) and now this one. After tweaking and changing templates and colors and font size etc. I finally settled for an "awesome template" (find that strange considering it's a plain dark tone...but I like anyway). Now the waiting. I guess I'll just keep writing (to myself...I'm used to that). Oddly enough, it's distracting me away from my other fiction writing! And I wonder, truly, is it all necessary? Some say yes. Others say no, argue that the writing speaks for itself, shouts through the bloated madness and gets heard. I don't know. I do know literary fiction writers who [i]should [/i]be wealthy right now and are not. And I see bad writing that is applauded and moves to the top of the list. When I check out blogs, I'm stunned and, admittedly, intimidated by the quality and breadth aka connections, links, topics, followers etc. How is it all done? I guess this is a beginning, right?

I'd love to hear your opinions on the topic.


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