8.18.2014

How was your.weekend???

I hope it was a little calmer than mine. I'm all about lazy, relaxed, never-get-out-of-your-pjs kind of days. Mine was nothing like that.

So in protest, I've stayed in my pjs all day today! 

Actually, that's just a typical Monday around here.

Well, until tomorrow. When my kids go back to school and life is officially over. 

I can't decide if I love or hate school. Yes, it's easier for me to get work done and as disorganized as I am, I really find comfort in regular schedules and routine. But also... there has never been a time in my life where I've felt more like a failure as a parent!

And it's not even competitive parents that make me feel this way.

I don't even know competitive parents! All the parents I know are lovely people. 

It's everything else that works against me. You know.. being on time... getting homework done on time... homemade lunches... volunteering... the constant motion that doesn't stop until next summer! It's a lot to handle!

Mostly I have issues with time management. And making sure my children are doing everything they're supposed to be doing.

Which is a little weird, because I did awesome in school. Some might say, I flourished in school. I love learning. And listening to lectures. And I really love homework and taking tests.

I'm not kidding about any of that. I especially love tests. Anything I can be graded on makes me feel accomplished and like I'm making progress.

For example, I use this editing software called Grammarly to work with a lot of my manuscripts. And my favorite part about it is that it gives you a grade every time you upload something. 

It's the most exciting part of editing to me! :)

Anyway, you'd think I'd be better at having children in school. But... I'm not. Although I am learning. We are doing better this year than all the years in the past. 

I have back-to-school shopped until my arms felt like they were going to fall off. Plus, the supplies were bought weeks in advance. (Which is apparently the way to go. Usually, by the time I get there, I am sending thirty employees to the warehouse to search for all the items I need because they've been sold out for a month.) The backpacks are ready. The outfits are picked out. And the lunches are as easy as possible.

The girls can even pack them all by themselves. Uncrustables, individual bags of chips, juice boxes and more. It's all about making it work this year.

So... Please Jesus make it work!  

Okay, on to the stuff you came here for. 

This week in announcements....

Fateful Magic is still up for Preorder HERE!

It will actually be out August 29th!! But you can order it anytime leading up to that day. Or on that day. Or whatev. 

I am really in love with this story. I've wanted to give Lilly a voice for a long time. My soul feels happy about this story one. I just can't wait for you to read it!

I'll give you a teaser tomorrow!!!

Writer Wednesday will be about "How to Start Writing Your Book." 

This was a reader question via Twitter. And since I have more than 140 characters to say on the matter, I'm going to make it a blog. So come back on Wednesday if you've ever thought about writing a book but didn't know where to start. 

And now... the winners for the rafflecopter giveaway!!!! 

Jessika, Elizabeth and Brooke!!!!! In that order!!! Congratulations girls!!!!!!!! I've emailed you all!!!!

Look for Jessika's name in Season Three of Love and Decay!!! 

Oh. There's more podcast craziness coming Thursday. And... Volume One of Love and Decay should be available in print by the end of next week!!!! 

Hope you're all having an amazing Monday! 


8.15.2014

Last night on the podcast we talked all things Amazon vs. Hachette and other publishing-industry whatever. 

But most importantly, we talked Preorders!!!!!!!

If you missed the podcast, you can check it out here: Zach and Rachel Take Over the World.

It's so crazy. But like in a fun, am-I-on-drugs kind of way. :)

You're not. Don't worry. 

Anyway. Zach mentioned that I would have a preorder up for sale very soon. Amazon just released this option to Indie writers yesterday. It is SO exciting. 

What it means is that I can put a book of mine up for sale long in advance of the actual release date. You have the option to buy any book I put for presale whenever you want before it goes live. 

Hip hip hooray!!!!

This also means, that if a book of mine is for presale it WILL NOT miss its deadline!!!!! It cannot miss its deadline, because I will have already uploaded the book and made sure everything is in working order.

See how great that option is for you???? 

It's a little bit scary for me, but I'm rolling with it. 

It's also the reason not every book I write will be available for pre-order. I just don't trust myself and I would probably die of all those pre-orders came in and the book didn't make it. 

I might actually die. 

So all that to say, I'm going to be very, very picky with my pre-orders. And probably hold off on my full-lengths for a long time. 

But my shorter novellas... such as Love and Decay... will definitely jump into this new, exciting avenue of publishing. 

And not just Love and Decay, but other novellas as well.

Such as Fateful Magic!!!!!!!

I had already planned to release it at the end of this month, so last night I uploaded everything and this morning it is now officially available for purchase!!!!!

Which is really, really fun!!! (For me at least.) :)

Okay, enough rambling.

Without further ado... Here is the Fateful Magic cover, synopsis and link to buy!!!!!! 


Lilly Mason has had a rough life. And an even rougher relationship with her fiancĂ©, Talbott Angelo. 

She has felt hopelessness in hopeless situations and despair when the world seemed to crumble around her. But one person has been her rock through it all, the love of her Immortal life, Talbott. 

Their relationship has been through as many ups and downs as Lilly’s safety. There was a time when Lilly was certain they could never have a future. And then, when a future together became possible, there were too many other reasons for Lilly to put off the man who wanted to marry her. 

Talbott wants to finally give Lilly the wedding she deserves. And Lilly just wants to say “I do” to the man she has loved since she was a teenager. 

When outside forces threaten to rip these two Immortal soul-mates apart once again, Talbott and Lilly will do whatever it takes to make their union permanent. They will sacrifice whatever they need to in order to turn their fateful love into something that lasts as long as they will.

Coming to Amazon (And Barnes and Noble) August 29th, 2014 

And now... My very first Pre-order link... Fateful Magic for Amazon

8.13.2014

Writer Wednesday!!!

So I talk a lot about how when I write I pour out my very, most basic essence into whatever it is, or how when I publish, it's my child that I'm releasing to the world. Each word I pen on paper is ripped from my very flesh and a living, breathing extension of me. When bad reviews are written, I feel them like actual stab wounds in my gut. When the public judges my words, I feel their criticism, whether good or bad, in the farthest depths and recesses of my very soul.

Sounds dramatic?? It's just a preview of the emotions and feelings that go into it.

Believe me. 

That being said... As a writer, it's okay to feel that way. In fact, you're kind of shackled into feeling that way. you can't get away from it. It's life for us. Emotionally unstable, volatile, just-on-the-brink-of-crazytown life. 

But feel that way knowing you're just going to have to get over it.

Fast. 

No matter what avenue of publishing you tackle, either self-pubbing or traditional, your writing is still a business. You are a business. And your books are products that you sell. Nothing more.

While you're writing those books, pour every ounce of you into it. Cry over it. Bleed over it. Do that laugh that you know is just on the verge of hysteria over it. But get it allllll out. Make it the most honest, real, authentic thing you've ever created. 

And then detach yourself from it completely. 

Because as soon as that baby goes to print.... Shit just got real.

I'm quoting. 

Don't judge my language. 

But seriously... You cannot stay attached to all those feelings or loyalties once it's out there. You have to look at it with all the cold, calculated separation a James Bond villain would use while he considered blowing up the world. 

I mean, you have to get yourself away from that emotionally and see it from a business perspective. It's your heart and soul, yes. And you will always feel it when something negative is said. But it's also something you are trying to sell to other people.

And their good opinion is everything. 

So if something is not working, you HAVE to be willing to change it.

That starts in editing. 

First. Get a good editor. Get someone you can grow to trust and respect. Get someone that is going to give it to you straight and not hold back any punches. 

It SUCKS to have something edited. I'm not kidding. It is painful. And at first, it feels like your editor hates the manuscript and you- like your very guts, and she wants you to hate it too and possibly she wants everyone in the entire world to hate that ugly, horrific, offensive-just-because-of-how-poorly-written-it-is piece of garbage. 

Never will it feel good to have someone rip apart something you care about so much and tell you to fix it. That will never ever ever feel good. 

But it's necessary. And the whole point of editing is to make you sound better, smarter and mostly better. Your editor is going to pick you apart. To the bones. But then she or he is going to help piece you back together and make something more polished, greater, more epic and definitely something more people can understand and enjoy. 

Do not let yourself get down at all the red marks you see painting your pretty white pages, and don't get defensive when she doesn't like your tone, or dash-usage or sarcasm. Listen to her. Take her advice and detach yourself from those original words.

Your original words, your first draft, or whatever.. .sucks. Just trust me on this one. It sucks.

I haven't even read it and I already know it sucks. 

That's just the nature of writing. This isn't even the first draft of my blog... That's how convicted I feel about this. 

Your editor is there to make it, and by default you, not suck. 

This also means, pick a good one. Pay a lot for her if you have to. But find someone you can work with. And that can handle working with you.

And on that same note. If you're with an editor/agent/publishing house that doesn't work for you. It's okay to leave and find someone that fits. This isn't a lifelong relationship built on friendship. This is two people with mutual business interests. (That part was an indirect quote from Sylvia Day.) 

Second. Your cover. 

One of the most exciting things as a writer is to title a book and then get a cover to match. 

For real, this is probably one of the most incredible things that happens. I love getting that special email that has an attachment announcing a new cover. I just LOVE opening that attachment and seeing that beautiful cover that represents the story I care about so deeply. 

I love revealing it. And showing it off. I love looking at the thumbnail version and uploading it to all my distributors. 

I love downloading my book and seeing my cover show up in my queue with all the other books out there. 

I just love every part. 

But... that doesn't mean, I'm not willing to trash the damn thing the minute it isn't working for me. 

:)

And I don't mean you should keep changing and fixing and uploading new covers till you hit the bestsellers lists. That's a terrible idea. 

But once... once can be the greatest marketing idea for your book ever.

You could have the best book in the history of books buried beneath a cover that you love and everybody else hates. 

Or, more likely, you could have a book that deserves a shot... that is great and wonderful and has awesome potential, but the cover isn't eye-catching enough, or memorable enough, or caters to your taste specifically but not the rest of the reading-world. 

For whatever reason, us authors get really, really, really attached to our covers. We think that when a book gets a cover, it's like adoption. That cover has now become part of our book family and we would never let anything happen to that cover. Never. It's our child by association and we will protect it with our very lives. 

Grrrr, says Mama Bear. 

But the truth is, the cover is not your adopted child. It's a sleezeball you hired to work for you. And if that lazy SOB is not working for you, then fire his ass and send him and his plumber's crack back to the unemployment office.

Your taste- as painful as this is to hear- is not infallible. 

I've learned this with titling a book too. What I think sounds great, never actually works. Titles I would be drawn to naturally don't happen to be what the rest of the world is looking for. 

You have to get outside of yourself, give up on your "creative vision" and find the best way to market your product. 

Remember. Detach yourself completely. Find a way to actually sell your book. Or at the very least, get your book in front of other people so they see it and start remembering your name.

You have to think of this like a CEO running a multi-million dollar company. Or billion dollar or whatever. Do you think the head guys at McDonalds sit around making commercials for sandwiches that they "care" about? No. They don't. Can you imagine that meeting? 

CEO #1. "The Big Mac is losing money for us. It hasn't made profits for the last three quarters. The Big Mac is IN THE RED!!!"

CEO #2 "But I love the Big Mac. The Big Mac is my hamburger-baby. It's the first sandwich I ever had at McDonalds. It's what gave me the inspiration to go into business in the first place and become a CEO. It is the reason I live and breathe. I even dream about the Big Mac! I just love that sandwich so much. I just want to keep forever and ever and ever."

CEO #1 "You're right. I love that sandwich too. Let's keep it. We'll just eat the losses. Literally." 

No. Way.

Believe me. No matter how much clout the Big Mac has for McDonalds. No matter how much name recognition or customer-familiarity it brings... The minute it starts to lose money for them, they are rebranding the hell out of it. And if that doesn't work, I promise you they would "retire" it. Then they could bring it out for "limited time only" specials and make up for having it permanently off the menu.

That's how you have to picture your books. No matter how much you love a book, it doesn't love you back unless it's making money for you. 

Make it make you money. 

We can talk all day long about the pure passion of this career, and writing simply because you can't imagine doing anything else. But the truth is, unless these passion projects of yours are bringing in the cash, it can't be a career.

It will only ever be a hobby.

Be flexible. Be detached so you can take the emotion out of it and look at it objectively. Be innovative. And be informed. 

Knowledge is power, people!! Find out what people are buying. Or what they want to buy. 

Cater to the readers. Not your narcissistic muse. 

Your muse doesn't care about bringing home the bacon. Your muse doesn't even care about your family. She's a selfish brat. 

Only listen to her when you're in your writing cave. The rest of the stuff is all business. And you have to be a shark to keep up with it. 

Third and Finally. 

Some books just don't work. It doesn't matter how perfectly written it is, or how imaginative the story is. Sometimes, the book just doesn't hit the mark with readers. 

And it SUCKS.

Of course it does!!! It's like you got shivved! By people you trusted!! Et tu, Brutus? (Or however that goes.) 

But the good news is, that you get to keep writing. 

So what? That project didn't work. You spent time and effort developing something that flopped. You sweated. You screamed. You cried. You got counseling. And for what?? Nothing. 

It was a dismal failure. And now you feel like a failure. 

Only you're not.

Sure, that product doesn't sell... but that happens All. The. Time. 

Does anyone remember Clear Pepsi??? What happened to Clear Pepsi? Do we even know?? 

Or how about the sheer amount of television shows that are canceled? I loved the Black Donnellys. LOVED it. 

It made it to like six whole episodes and then died. 

Forever.

You can believe in something until the cows come home but there are just those certain projects that do. not. work. 

And that's alright. Because your brain still works. And your ideas still happen. And you get new visions and develop new dreams. 

Write another great project. And then another. And then another one after that. Write until you have so much money you can go swimming in it like Scrooge McDuck and buy islands for fun and take helicopters to book signings because you don't have time for anything else. 

The important thing is, you stay flexible. 

Don't get attached. 

Get very detached. 

Realize that every book baby you write is not a baby at all, but a marketable product that you need to push. Not only will that open up all kinds of doors for you, but it takes the feeling of  failure out of it too. Save your emotions for what you put into the words. The rest is all business. 

It's not personal. It's business. 

Monday Tuesday Thursday Wednesday... 

Okay, that was the last Godfather quote. I swear. 

For at least today.  

   

 

8.11.2014

Hello!!!! So... it's officially been forever..

I mean. Forever. Since I blogged.

Last weekend/week Zach and I took a little trip for our 9th anniversary and it messed up my whole work schedule! Which is what trips are supposed to do, I think.

Anyway, between getting caught up around the house, meeting my writing goals and then celebrating a two year old's birthday, I just never quite found the time to blog.

But here I am today! Hooray!!!! :)

And I have bunches and bunches of announcements. Why?? Because it's Monday. And that's what I do apparently. And then I wanted to show you pictures of our trip, but I am positive pretty sure that my computer hates me and I can't get the photos to upload and so I just put a bunch up on instagram. You can find them there!! I will enlist Zach to fix my computer later and then I'll show them to you a different day.

I know you can't wait for them. Just kidding.

So, first, the Starbright Series is going on a blog tour this week. Be prepared for tons and tons and tons of posts from me. I apologize in advance. I subscribe to the less is more approach for marketing, but apparently that doesn't sell books... So anyway, I know that repetitive posting can get irritating. I know this because I get irritated with myself... But, it's just for one week. So please stay with me! ;)

The good news through this all is that I'm going to be doing daily giveaways and giving you tons and tons of chances to win personalized posters, t-shirts, signed print books and more!!!! So yay for that!!!!!! Stay tuned into my author page so you know when to enter and can get your name in in time!!!

Second, the Starbright Series hit a little snag going to print and it took me way longer than I thought it would. However, I'm finishing it up TODAY. And will order my proof copies TODAY. And as soon as I approve those, it will be for sale in print!!! Woot woot!!!!! I also did almost a complete overhaul of Heir of Skies, so that update will be available to you soon. I had it edited again. And it's just... so. much. better. So much. So much.

I also got the first round of L&D edits back!!!!! So, as soon as I get the Starbright Series finished up and ready to go, then I'll start working on those. I'm thinking Volume One will be available in print by the end of next week. I think. I hope... Keep your fingers crossed.

And third... Heir of Skies is FREE today!!!!!!!!!! Just to coincide with the start of the blog tour!!! So if you haven't read it, get it now!!!!! While it costs you nothing!! Those are my favorite things to buy. The free things.

Here is the Link. Heir of Skies on Amazon

I feel like there's more to tell you... But I can't remember!

Except that I miss Love and Decay!!! December is starting to feel really far away... I've had a little Zombie obsession of late and I think it's because I need more Reagan in my life. And I definitely need more Parker brothers.

In the meantime, I'm working on The Redeemable Prince!! And I'll have a teaser for you tomorrow!!!

   

7.30.2014

Q&A

Writer Wednesday!!!!

This one isn't going to be nearly as much fun as last week... Sorry. Last week was kind of special. It was also kind of me at the end of two HUGE finished projects and just back from the brink of losing my mind. :)

I am going to answer a bunch of questions though. These are all inquiries that I seem to get a lot and I figured maybe there were other writers out there that had these same thoughts but hadn't asked them yet.

The reason I started this segment on my blog was because I receive quite a few emails/messages from aspiring writers. I would love to spend time with each beginner and help you refine your craft and get you acclimated to this crazy world. But I just don't have the time. So, while I will eventually get back to your question, I hope this can be a resource for while you wait, or if you haven't emailed me personally but still have lots of questions!

And the thing is, this job is just one giant question. I don't have all the answers. Or maybe even the right answers. All I can tell you is what works for me and what I've learned through my experience.

Plus I fail a lot. And that always seems to help me get right to the bottom of things. If you learn by mistakes, I have a lifetime of knowledge!

Did I sell you on my expertise?? Ha! That's probably a good thing.

Anyway. These are just four common questions I get.

1. What is the difference between a novella series and a regular series. And how long is a typical novella?

A novella is typically 20,000 words. And a novella series, is a progression of 20,000 word stories that make up a greater plot line.

So, if you look at my books for example, my full-length books are generally between 105,000 words and 115,000 words. My novellas are 20,000 words. See the huge difference?

The real definition of a novella is somewhere between 15,000 words and 40,000 words. Anything over 45,000 words is considered a full-length novel. And anything under 15,000 words is considered a short story.

Does that make sense?

I hope so!

2. How do you come up with story ideas?

This is a great question! And I really wish I had the answer. ;)

Just kidding. I do. Kind of. But I don't think it's going to help you.

My story ideas come from everywhere. I am just a really inspire-able person. I hear a song and think of a story. I watch a movie and think of a story. Sometimes I just hear a name and the story is there. My husband came up with the idea for L&D. Or the very broad inkling of an idea. And it was only through his persistence, that I came up with a plot for it.

Mainly, what starts as a thought, turns into a daydream, which turns into pages and pages of brainstorming in a notebook, and that eventually turns into a first chapter.

Once I've written the first chapter, I decide whether or not it can become a full-length story. Sometimes nothing happens with it. Sometimes, I become obsessed with the story and don't stop writing it until the end. It just depends.

If you want to be a writer, but you're struggling with coming up with a unique story idea, I have two pieces of advice for you.

First, you don't have to have an original idea to write a book. Sure, we all fall in love with something completely different than what's already out there. Or sometimes we don't. Sometimes a "different" story is so far out of our comfort zone that we just can't get into it.

Trends happen for a reason. You don't have to have a completely original idea to write a book. Just an idea. Once the idea is there, the originality will come out in your style of writing and the plot twists you give your characters.

Our creativity is specific to us alone. I could give an entire room full of people the same plot idea and make everyone write out their story. Not two stories would ever be alike. Sure, some might be similar, but there would be enough differences that they would tell two completely unique stories.

So, don't waste your time thinking up a story that's never been done before. That is the impossible part. And don't be ashamed if you're writing a story that has been told a hundred times before. Write the story you want to write, but more importantly write the story you want to read. Do that, and it will be original in its own right.

Second, there is no rush to publish your first book. Usually, the first book is complete and utter crap. It's like the warm-up to all the others. You are discovering who you are as a writer. You're refining your style, seeking out your voice and practicing the epic task of writing hundreds of thousands of words.

It takes work to get good. Just like anything else. And you want that first book to work out all the kinks and flaws of your skill.

Sure, every book is a learning experience and with every new novel I pen, I become a better writer. But the first book is the biggest learning curve. You learn so much.

Plus, there's this beautiful thing called editing. And that can't happen until the book is finished.

So give up the idea that your first book has to be perfect, and just write something. Anything! Books happen one word at a time and you can't get to those last final thoughts unless you start at the beginning.

3. How did you get people to find your books?

I know you want an easy answer for this one. You want me to tell you some secret marketing tip that will help your book explode on all venues. You want me to give you the perfect tool to get your book on top of all searches, in every bestseller category and on the big lists.

But I can't do that.

For one, I've never gotten there myself. And for two, that doesn't exist.

The best advice I can give you, is to tell you that there is no secret or special tool. There isn't even an advertising technique that will accomplish what you want it to.

The best thing you can do is work hard. And by work hard, I mean work your freaking ass off.

Reckless went for free all those years ago and I had a ton of downloads immediately. And that was awesome. And the best thing that could have happened for me and that series. But that hasn't given me a three-and-a-half-year, full-time career. Those free books don't continue to sell my books today.

And let's not forget the work it took to write that book in the first place. Or the two-and-a-half years I tried to get anybody somebody to ready it.

This job is hard work. This job is so much hard work, sometimes you'll cry about it and sometimes you'll grow an ulcer. It's long nights and early mornings and giving up social events and a clean house. It's dedication and time and growth.

When I explain my job to people in my life, that haven't read anything of mine or understand the publishing world at all, I can sometimes feel them waiting for the key phrase... the phrase we hope every successful person says (Not that I'm all that successful, but it's true across the board.).

We want to hear people say, "I just got lucky."

And I'll tell you why. If we hear someone else say they got lucky, that means we could get lucky too. That could also happen to us. Or, if we're particularly negative, that means we will never be that lucky and we can blame our failure on that line of reasoning.

The truth is, I didn't get lucky. I worked hard. Really, really, really hard. And I won't stop working hard until... well, probably until I die. That's the kind of dedication it takes to succeed.

And I'm not the only one. When you look at successful business people, or professional athletes or rock stars. Nobody accidentally got rich or famous. Nobody stumbled into the spotlight and started raking in the big bucks just because it was suddenly in front of them.

They worked hard. And they didn't stop working hard until they got what they wanted. And then they kept working hard to keep it.

This industry and every other industry out there, rewards the amount of time and sacrifice you put into it. And although that might be a little disappointing, it's actually great news!!!!

That means anyone can make it! That means anyone can get on a bestseller list and rock the charts and make this a career.

Sure, it's going to take blood, sweat and tears. You're going to be honest with yourself and listen to really harsh criticism. Sometimes it means working until you cry every single day and only being mildly successful. But it can happen. And if this is your dream, then mild success is worth all that work.

And if it doesn't happen with the book you want it to. Set that book aside and write a better book. And keep writing better books until it does.

This isn't easy. It will never be easy. But it is possible. And that's the only amount of hope you need to pursue your dreams.

4. How do you handle negative reviews?

By not reading them.

:)

The truth is, I don't read a lot of my reviews. And I know there are authors out there that read every single one. But I find that draining. And with an artistic/creative job, being drained is the number one productivity-killer I face.

When I release a book/novella, I let myself read every single review for the first three days. Or until they reach a certain number of reviews. (Depending on the book or series, I have different expectations for each one.)

I have found that in those first three days, I get the widest scope of opinions. I will usually get great ones that make me beam with pride and I'll get enough negative ones that make me want to crawl into a hole in the ground and live out my remaining days there in the rock and dirt.

I let myself deal with all of those opinions, rediscover how happy or unhappy I am with the book, adjust my expectations and goals for the next one and then move on.

I do this for several reasons...

First, I don't want to live my life dependent on someone else's opinion of me. Which can so easily happen if I'm reading reviews every single day. I need to be true to myself and the stories I want to create. Does that mean I never listen to other's opinions? No. Not at all. But I have a group of beta readers that I trust implicitly. They are sometimes painfully honest with me and I seek them out for that reason. I absolutely trust my editor and her opinion. She's brilliant and that benefits me. And I have a gut feeling for how the book is going to go over and I really try to listen to my instincts over my pride.

Letting reader's influence my writing style or plot would be self-destructive and I would never write the story that I truly want to tell.

Second, I don't have time for it. Reading reviews on every single book takes away from the time you should be writing that second book. And writing it better. Like I said, this job is all hard work and dedication, so you have to prioritize how you're going to spend your time and invest in the pieces that are going to grow you as a writer.

Crying into a tub of Ben and Jerry's because one person thinks a fourth grader could do a better job of constructing a story is not beneficial to your career.

It happens. Don't get me wrong. I'm usually the first to self-medicate with frozen dairy. But minimizing those outbursts, helps me stay healthy as a person.

And on the other side, reading all the good reviews only bloats my ego and gives me a false perception of myself. Counter to what I want to believe, I am not God's gift to literature. Not everything I write is gold. More like the opposite. I have a long way to go and if I want to stay in this industry, I better not forget that.

By the way, this is one of the hardest things I have to do. And it takes an extremely concentrated amount of self-control.

I don't always win at this.

So don't feel bad if you can't help yourself. But, there is a huge amount of freedom in restricting yourself. I promise.

Also. To readers. Every review is important. And I am so grateful that you take the time out of your day to write reviews and assign them to my books. Even negative reviews are beneficial to any book. As a reader and consumer, I base my book purchases and actually any purchases I make, off reviews. They are the best form of advertising out there. So keep it up!!!

Okay! That's all I have for now! :) Hope you're having an awesome Wednesday!!!!