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The Blargh Factory (March 2, 2016)


Genre Reader (March 14, 2016)

I’m a plotter. In order to stay motivated each day, I need to know where the story is going and what I’m going to be writing each day. Also, I’ve noticed that if I have a particular ending in mind, I can plant little Easter eggs along the way that give the reader an “aha!” moment by the time they reach the end.”

Pace Publishing Blog (December 2, 2015)

“The idea of self-publishing actually came to me when I was still in high school before the Kindle was released. At the time, the stigma was “anyone who has enough money can self-publish.” It wasn’t until I was in Professor Soares’s General Interest Books class that I realized that self-publishing had changed dramatically. At the time, my thinking was that I could self-publish just to make a couple bucks and if a traditional publisher picked it up, I might be lucky to turn out like Andy Weir or E.L. James. Shortly after I finished the program at Pace, I discovered KBoards, a forum for Kindle readers. The Writer’s Cafe is a portion of that forum where self-publishers discuss the industry and what’s working and what isn’t. There are so many success stories out there of independent authors making a decent living off of publishing their books, which inspired me to pursue self-publishing as a career rather than a hobby.”

Beach Bound Books (August 18, 2015)

Josh and Chris are brothers who are also witches. Josh is more mature than his brother and is very aware of the dangers of magic, while Chris is more captivated by all the potential magic has to offer. They’re both finally moving on from grieving the loss of their mother the year before and her death pushes them to keep fighting the bad guys.”

Around the World in 80 Books (August 12, 2015)

“When I started writing The Blood Moon I was just coming off of a long-winded fantasy epic that seemed to get lost in its own fantasy. Nothing made sense and everything was possible, which is why I started writing to begin with. That epic was my first attempt at writing and I knew I could do better if I reined things in a little bit. So I came up with an idea for an urban fantasy (I didn’t know that was the genre at the time) and borrowed some of the details from the epic for The Blood Moon‘s characters and went from there. It really stemmed from a love of magic and I loved the idea that the magical were hiding in plain sight.”

Pretty Hot (July 11, 2015)

“Well, I’m a new author so I don’t really feel entitled enough to dole out advice, but I’d say to remember why you’re doing it to begin with. You love writing, so make sure you leave time to write. Make sure the other parts of publishing don’t consume you so much that writing isn’t fun anymore. Scale it back if you have to. The great thing about self-publishing is that you decide how much or how little you consume yourself with it.”

Book Goodies (July 9, 2015)

“I am most certainly an outliner. I didn’t used to be. Actually, my first book, The Blood Moon, was written without an outline and that made editing a bit of a headache at times, trying to tie up loose ends and fix subplots I never fleshed out. Now, I like to know where a story is going.”

Awesomegang (July 7, 2015)

“I wrote The Blood Moon as a teenager and edited as an adult whereas the second and third books I’m writing as an adult and I can really see a difference in the ease of editing with the later books. I have more of a direction and more of an understanding of the characters so I’m really excited to see these published.”

Book Reader Magazine (July 3, 2015)

“One of my favorite authors is Stephen King, but I’m also a huge fan of my lesser-known authors such as Jason Gurley, Sally Green, or Cinda Williams Chima. These writers are especially inspirational for me because they have great books but they aren’t as popular as The Hunger Games or Harry Potter. I guess I look up to them because it’s proof that even though you might not have a standout hit, you can still be successful and write for a living, which is my ultimate goal.”

Ashley Wintters (June 19, 2015)

“I wrote The Blood Moon when I was 15. I’m 23 now, so I’ve grown quite a bit as a person and as a writer since I first wrote this book. So I think the hardest part was the editing. Trying to make sense of the tangents I went on as a kid while fixing the writing mistakes and aligning the timeline with subsequent books. This book spent a lot of time in editing.”

Andrei Cherascu (June 3, 2015)

“Right now, I’m planning on putting out a book every six months. That’s still a long time in the self-publishing world, but it’s a schedule I think I can manage. Things still pop up that push my writing to the side, but once I really sink my teeth into a project, I can’t stop.”

Fiona Mcvie (May 27, 2015)

“I think any writer would be lying if they said they don’t draw from their own lives. I’m constantly making little notes either on my phone or on a scrap piece of paper with an idea. Those ideas are drawn from my life. I might see something or hear something that inspires me to take my work in progress in a different direction. Or I might be inspired to craft a story around a situation or create a character based off of a personality trait.”

Guest Posts:
Sever Bronny, The Differences Between Indie Publishing and Traditional Publishing (May 16, 2015)

“It’s important to note that indie publishing isn’t all bubblegum and rainbows. Equally, traditional publishing isn’t a horrible route to take. It just wasn’t going to work for me. I wanted to make a career as a novelist. That just wasn’t possible with traditional publishing. I knew my book wasn’t a runaway hit like Harry Potter, but it was at least publishable. I knew I enjoyed it and someone else must, even if it was a midlist book. The problem with midlist books is that they don’t make traditional publishers a lot of money. In fact, they cost publishers money. It’s a business risk they don’t want to take so understandably they’re picky with their selections. If they don’t think it might be a hit, it’s rejected. No matter how well-written it is.”

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