Defining Success.

Defining success

A friend of mine showed a video from  Dorie Clark , a successful strategic marketing specialist, and one of the things she said caught my ear.

What is your definition of success?

You would think that would be the easiest question to answer, but it really isn’t easy. So I asked myself while I was at work, what is my definition of success?

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How’s the weather?

So one of my amazingly talented writers asked me a very important question:

So what’s the weather like in your novel?

The weather? Um ….. 70’s degrees and very sunny?

Sigh … I forgot about the weather!! So why is weather so important in the novel? Well, warm and sunny can get a bit, well, boring!!

Using the weather can create drama. Remember the movie Twister? Remember who the bad guy was? Yeap, a Twister. Twister had to have his own dressing trailer and would only eat the red M&Ms.  Very cranky too. But remember the suspense when the sky became dark and Twister was released on the viewers? Wouldn’t work if the weather was 70 and sunny.

How about the movie, The Fog? Guess what the producer used in the movie? Yeap, Fog. Easy, huh? The ghosts lived and traveled in the fog. So it was really creepy. I never saw Fog the same way.

And how can I forget the Shining!!! Mahahahahaha!! The poor Torrances who were trapped in a haunted hotel and a snow storm raged all around them. Then that same snow storm kept poor Dick Hollorman on his toes. All this contributed to the plot and hindered the characters.

So what could I include? Well, right now it’s sunny and a warm 70 degrees in happy Ezasu. So let’s turn up the heat a bit. In the second book, Fall is approaching and soon winter!! OOOOO!!! Christmas is right around the corner for our little Imie!!! She’ll have to spend it away from her family. Not to mention, how does a girl who lives in  a warm home, go to a warm school, wear warm clothes in the dead of winter survive a snowy season? I have no clue!! But we’ll find out!!!

And you all know you get a smile on your face with the first magical snowfall. You have to grab a cup of tea, snuggle into a blanket and watch the snow fly. Then there’s the lovely part of shoveling. Yeah, that’s why I live in a condo so I don’t have to shovel snow.  So my question to myself is: Are the snowfalls different in Ezasu or the same as here? Well, if they have a planet like earth, then they would probably be like on earth. But how would the people SEE snowfall? We see it as bothersome, annoying, fun, traffic, no school, no work. Now what about a culture that doesn’t have heat, warm clothes, warm homes? A good question, I have no clue!! But we’ll find out.

So don’t be like me and forget the weather. It can make an interesting companion. Plus weather will feel bad if it’s excluded. Very sad.

Here’s website I found that goes into more detail. writing about the weather

Enjoy, my wonderfully talented writers!!!

I’m back!!

Yeah, I know, I’ve been gone for a while. I’ve been working on the second book of my series, The Last Maul.  My first novel, Hidden Secrets, should hopefully be out next Spring, which is a great time! I don’t like winter. i hate the thought of driving in all that snow.

The things I’ve learned about writing a novel is you have to know how to write and know your grammar! My poor publisher now has writer’s cramp from fixing my boo-boos. So make sure  you know your P and Qs.

Write what you love and don’t worry if you don’t know much about the subject. You can always research it. And if you do write about what you don’t understand, make sure someone who understands your subject reads your works and listen, listen, listen.

Be professional when someone disagrees with you book, your blog post, etc. I had posted a reply on a blog and the writer basically scolded me for disagreeing with her. Bye-bye! I’ll be moving on. Welcome those who disagree with you. Be kind, be professional. You never know who is reading your book.

Remember, an opinion is just that, an opinion. I may not agree with something, but will my opinion change the world? Probably not. But if you want to post it, be sure to have research to back up your idea. Be open to those who might disagree and be kind to them. Remember, everyone has the right to an opinion.

Just because something is for writers, doesn’t mean it’s for you. As a Christian writer, I see all kinds of self righteous so called Christians who think they have the right to bash religions, people, pastors, **CoughJoelOlsteenCough* and I’ve learned that the blog that I thought would help my writing career was a waste of time. So I pray that God will lead my steps. The people that I didn’t think would help me are the ones who were my angels So check out everything before jumping on board.

Be yourself!! I’m an out of the closet Nerd and I started my own Nerd blog called Nerds Rule, Others Drool. I plan to put all my lovely nerdy stuff on it. Some so called Christians look at that in horror, but it’s who I am and what I am. I love it and plan to swim in it. I’ll let you know when it’s ready.

Study marketing techniques. Yeap, you have to market your book. So try to come up with ideas. I’ll go later into the marketing later.

Listen to critics, listen to those who have gone before you. Don’t think you know it all. Guess what? You don’t! There is always someone who knows more.

Well, that’s the end of this blog post. My writers’ group will be here soon and they are amazing writers!

God Bless, folks!

I’m so proud of myself!!

Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?? Not this old dog, that’s for sure!  Diane Eble, my new angel: http://www.yourbookpublishingcoach.com/ had an interview with Cathy Perkins: http://www.thewordpressworkshop.com/ on how in the world to navagate these blogs.  She is having teleclasses in April and I certainly am wanting to take them. 

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Twitter

As I said before I signed up for Twitter, then got away from it, and have come back again.  It seems PARNORMAL ACTIVITY used mostly Facebook and Twitter to promote their movie. http://kara.allthingsd.com/20091005/will-facebook-and-twitter-keep-paranormal-activity-from-turning-into-snakes-on-a-plane/ and it was a wonderful success.  They used Twitter and Facebook to push the movie and the “It scare me half to death” emails helped.  So maybe I too can use Twitter and FAcebook to promote the MEDALLION SERIES.   I found folks that love LORD OF THE RINGS and since my novel is similar to it, I followed those folks, then they follow me.  Sure it’s small, but I figure if these folks like LOTR, then maybe they would be interested in the MEDALLION SERIES. Maybe.  Maybe not.  But it’s a small start.  Don’t despise small beginnings.

Answering the question, why won’t they publish my book????

I found these articles today about selling the novels and thought I’d share them.

First of all, let’s revisit the facts. Last year, more than 560,000 new books were published in the U.S. alone. About half of these were self-published or “print on demand” titles. In addition, industry experts estimate that there are another four million manuscripts completed that have not yet found a publishing home. That’s a lot of competition.http://michaelhyatt.com/2010/01/so-you-can%e2%80%99t-seem-to-land-an-agent%e2%80%94now-what.html

If you want to publish professionally, you may need to step it up a notch and treat it more professionally. That may mean investing more money and time. You’re not going to get free writing advice. You can attend writers conferences and workshops. You can read books about the craft of writing (not just about how to get published). You can look into the possibility of working with an editor to determine the issues in your writing. (Many freelancers offer a “manuscript evaluation” that’s pretty affordable.)http://cba-ramblings.blogspot.com/2010/01/wake-up-and-smell-coffee.html

 I have to agree with both articles, if you’re not getting any bites regarding the guery, then go back to the drawing board.  Try to see the query from the agent’s pov. Are you being concise, to the point, showing not telling? Each time I get a rejection, I revamp the query and send it out again.  Hang in there and don’t give up.  Revamp, revamp, revamp and keep sending it out, perfect the craft of writing.  Kitty says Hi!! And feed me!!