California Dreamin 2017 Writers Conference Part 8

Great post about your pitch and its importance.

A Novel Approach

Pitch Practice with Beth Yarnall

Late Friday evening, the first day of the conference, Author Beth Yarnell held a very detailed pitch practice for everyone who signed up to pitch on Saturday. She found out how few of us had ever pitched before, so instead of doing an overview, she chose to do a deep dive. I am so glad she did.

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Author Interview, Demi Hungerford

This month I’m interviewing Demi Hungerford.  This is one busy lady.  You should check out her facebook page and watch a few videos.  Demi raises parrots and other birds.  Each day her posts have interesting tidbits about the babies she’s raising.

Born and raised in Southern California, DL Hungerford began writing right about the time you would expect. She has worked as a child care provider, a cook, a caterer, a clerk, customer service operator, blackjack dealer, house cleaner, bird breeder, a case worker for local government, and a supervisor of case workers. She honed her writing skills through fanzines, epic letters, and minutes for various clubs. She also wrote newsletter submissions for clubs, as well as movie and book reviews.

DL loves the world of fiction, especially Regency England, but hopes to explore other horizons as time permits. She still lives in Southern California with her husband, a spoiled cat, a spoiled dog, and a flock of parrots and other birds.

She also writes under the pen name of Roxanna Haley. You can contact her through any of the various links below:

http://windr0se.wordpress.com/
https://www.facebook.com/HungerfordsHistoricals/

https://www.facebook.com/RoxannaHaleyAuthor/?fref=ts

http://www.amazon.com/Roxanna-Haley/e/B00XZC10BS/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

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https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/661631

And of course, Demi is the lead on the Bowman’s Inn Anthologies.  A magical mind at work!

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What are your ambitions for your writing career? Success. And yes, that’s a very relative term. Of course, I’d love to be self-sufficient and able to support my husband in the manner to which he’d like to become accustomed. But as long as I have a knot of fans who read my writing and beg for more, that is success to me.\

I’ve always loved your writing, so count me as a fan!

What drew you to write in this genre? I came to the Regency genre because I started writing fan fiction for TV shows, including Star Trek. The Original Series. I grew frustrated that there was no universe I liked that I could use without getting lots of permissions. Then I started reading the Romances, and I was hooked. The language, the social customs, the devious ways around those strict customs, and everything just clicked for me.

I’m with you!  Oh, and I had a crush on Spock for years!

What part of your writing time do you devote to marketing your books? I spend some time on the weekends Tweeting and posting on Facebook. I haven’t really done a good job at getting my work out there. I hope to keep working on that.

So, as a romance writer, I have to ask…

Do you live a romantic life? For various reasons, I lived a very lonely life until I turned 40. That’s when I met my honey, the love of my life. I took a chance and got to know him, and three months later he asked me to marry him. We’ve been together for 21 years and married for 19. I wrote romance novels until I met him because I was missing that in my real life. I stopped writing for some years while he met all of my romance needs. Now, not that anything has changed, but the kids are grown and I am retired, so I’m back to writing. He likes being my research test subject.

Any advice you’d give your younger self? Keep pushing, keep going, and be of a positive outlook as much as humanly possible.

That’s great advice.  Thanks Demi for giving me your time!  

 

Author interview, Sherry Terry

Voyeur in the Mist, is Sherry Terry’s first erotic short story and it sizzles. An erotic tale about taboo desires and action packed sex written with heart thudding moments of love. This tale will have you jumping your mate and rethinking those hidden desires in all of us. Five solid stars!

Some women dream of flowers, of romance. Susan isn’t one of those women. Her secret dream is to be watched through her bedroom window. As a high school teacher, she tries her best to hide her desire, but her inner exhibitionist wants out. A chance encounter at the Dentist’s office might just be what Susan needs to finally get what she has always dreamed about. Now all she has to do is to convince the mysterious man to help her.

Justin’s life as a molecular biologist is on the fast-track to a promising future. He enjoys his quiet life, dating no one in particular, but that all changes when he bumps into a pretty young woman with kinky sexual ideas, that skirt the law. Her exciting inclinations arouse him, filling him with an undeniable urge to join in her escapades.

Will they risk everything for an exciting sex life or play it safe?

You can find her newest work on Amazon at Voyeur in the Mist

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Sherry Terry lives on Red Bull and sarcasm in a small town in Texas with her hermaphroditic cat named, Hermy. As a single mother, she put herself through college and worked as a Radiologic Technologist for almost twenty years before she gave it all up to be a bum. In her Champagne wishes and caviar dreams, she spends all of her time writing the next greatest romance novel to hit the market. Her blog is dedicated to helping aspiring writers with how-to articles and awesome research links.

 

Please feel free to friend her on Facebook

Follow her on Twitter

Take a look at the inspiration for her stories on Pinterest

And visit her blog, verysherryterry

Sherry’s blog is full of tips, tricks and interesting content about writing.  Make sure you check it out and bookmark it for quick reference.

 

I met Sherry on Scribophile.com, if you haven’t checked out the writing site yet, make sure that you do.  A wonderful writer and a great mentor, Sherry is one knowledgeable woman who’s always ready with an idea or two.

Q: Why did you choose to write romance?

A: I love to read it. The journey of two people falling in love relaxes me and pulls me out of my mundane life into a world of dreams and possibilities. It’s fun to write, not to mention it is the number one selling genre around the world. It pays good.

Q: Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?

A: For the most part, I’m a panster. I have a general idea for a story, a general sense of the characters, and some things I want to happen along the way. I open a blank document and start typing. However, with my epic novel, To Be a Wife I needed an outline to keep up with the sub-plots. I always do character profile sheets on the main characters and other characters who are in the whole story.

Q: Do you prefer to write series or stand-alone novels?

A: I have several first draft, stand-alone novels. If I could just sit down and do the edits, I could start sending them out to publishers or publishing them myself. I also have an epic historical romance/erotica in the final editing stages. The novella I’m doing the final edits on, The Cabin will be a series. So, the answer to the questions is both.

Q: What’s your views on social media for marketing, and which of them have worked best for you?

A: In terms of generating traffic to my website, I’ve found more comes from Facebook than Twitter. I find that when I interact a lot every day, sending random stuff, jokes, funny cat pictures mixed in with an ad here and there, I get more followers and more traffic on my site. No one has the perfect plan, but staying active on your social media is important. I interact with others by liking, sharing, and re-twitting things that catch my interest.

Q: Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?

A: Matthew McConaughey. Because, well, duh. It’s Matthew McConaughey. Honestly, I don’t know him except what I see on television about him, but he comes across as a nice guy who would keep you alive, build a shelter, and hunt if you were stranded with him on a deserted island. And if it’s just the two of us, eventually he will find me attractive. I just have to wait it out.

 

Author Interview- Bigga Day

This month, my interview is with Anna W Aden who goes by Bigga Day.  Anna lives in the UK. She also blogs and writes under the pseudonym Biggaletta “Bigga” Day. She is a self-confessed cake-aholic who loves a bargain in the sales, discovering London’s open green spaces, the occasional music concert, and libraries.

And once in awhile, she catches up on reality and youtube shows.

Check out her blog https://applesandpeanuts.wordpress.com

We met on Scribophile.com, if you haven’t checked out Scrib, it is a wonderful site full of great authors.  One of them is Bigga.  Her personality is as large as her name, helpful, knowledgeable and an all around great person.  Check out her blog for some great stuff.

This month’s questions revolve around writing, reviews, and the never-ending marketing problems of new authors. So, raise your cup of coffee, or tea if you’re Bigga, and sit back and get cozy.

What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?

I think they are subjective. As for reviews on my work, after reading them – good or bad – life goes on and it is on to the next thing. You can’t lie on your laurels or be defeated by critics

As a reader, I hardly read reviews until I joined social media. However now I tend to read reviews after I’ve read a book, rarely before. And mainly because I wanted to find out if others thought the same as I did.

So more in a book club sense rather than to select books. I say ‘in a book club sense’ because on social media you can end up engage with like-minded readers and have conversations about books. Like you may not agree with everyone’s reviews but it’s social and fun to find out what others thought about a book. This engagement is strictly as a reader.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?

I’m naturally a daydreamer so I do have high lofty dreams but they are realistic as escaping into my favourite romance novel with a deliciously sexy alpha hero.

On a more realistic level, it is to finish the book I’m working on, and keep on writing.

Any tips on what to do and what not to do when writing?

Write, keep writing and when you’re done writing, start again. I used to follow a lot of tips but I realised the more I wrote the better I got.

How much of your writing time do you devote to marketing your book?

In the beginning, a lot of time, until I realized I wasn’t even near completing my first draft and was probably thinking too far ahead, so I had to pull back and focus on completing my draft.

However, I’m always on the lookout for marketing advice and in March I’m super excited to be going to the London Book Fair.

Where do  your ideas come from?

Ah, good question and one I’ve thought about. I get inspiration and good ideas from everywhere but rarely use them. I’ve got stacks of clippings from newspapers and magazines articles, and plenty of notebooks full of titbits from the news, even music videos, and songs.

In reality, the most of ideas I use tend to come from just free writing and answering the question ‘what happened next?’. Basically, I make it up as I got along, a writer of make-belief. As I write, I push the narrative along.

 

 

Strong Writing Made Easier

Great post on passive writing.

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The War on Words

Every time I take part in a discussion about using certain words, or not using them, I always imagine at least one person having a moment.

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The conversation turns into a heated debate between people who hear “never” and people who say “within moderation, not too much, sparingly.” The argument has left me filled with the conviction that even when used correctly, certain words can weaken the sentence if overused.

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Author Interview with Rin Kaito

January went too fast!  Lots going on in my life, but I did want to continue with my author interviews.

This month is Rin Kaito or R-R. Varg, a 35-year-old shounen ai writer living in a small apartment in northern Sweden together with 4 cats and a dragon.

Storytelling has always been R-R’s major hobby, but it was not until recently that a sudden realization hit R-R. Getting published turned into more than just a childhood dream, it’s about to become a reality.

Look forward R-R’s debut novella from the Scrambled collection series, it will be self-published in 2018.

It’s going to be fabulous!  Can’t wait!

Visit R-R’s information hub at: http://rin-rins.net

 

Do you ever get Writer’s Block, and do you have any tips for getting through it?

To me writers block is what happens when I am not interested enough in the story anymore. I drop the story and work on something else. Until I get bored with that story and go onto something else. Eventually I’ll trip over the first story again, feel inspired by it and return to write on it. If that does not work I go and do something else. Like playing computer games, drawing, reading, watching movies or hanging with my sister. My characters will eventually come out of the wood works when I do stuff that they enjoy doing.

 

What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?

I’m biased. I only see disadvantages with being traditionally published. Some say that it’s easier being traditionally published because then you won’t have to do your own marketing. However I’ve heard traditionally published authors complain that they are now expected to do their own share of marketing. People say that traditional publishers have way better paper book distribution. I know of companies that will distribute my paper copies for me and I know how to get my books into book stores and libraries. The only advantage I can think of for being traditionally published is that it still bestows some kind of status upon the person that the traditional publisher have chosen. You are the chosen one. Lol. Sorry.

 

What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?  

Well, the only bad reviews are the vicious ones. Those who just wants to be mean. Even if reviews are negative they can be used to make later works even better. If they bother to write what it was that they didn’t like.

 

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Listen to people, experience life, ponder it. Read a lot and ponder that. Then sit down and write and write a lot. Don’t stop writing. Have someone comment on your stories and then ponder that.

 

 Do you think true Alpha males exist in real life?

Well, considering the fact that there are real live people out there that people are ready to follow at the drop of a hat. Yes, I do believe that there are alpha males, charismatic leaders, out there. I’m not sure true Alpha males exists, though. I haven’t even seen a true fictional one so why should there exist one in real life?

 

Plantsing for non-gardeners by Evangeline Gold

A great article by a wonderful writer. It might help some of us who just write because we love to but our stories fall apart during a beta read or before. It’ll give you direction!

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The constant battle. Plot your story or write it by the seat of your pants?

I used to pants. If I wasn’t feeling the passion, I didn’t write. Now, I do both, and it’s saved my writing. I’m choosing to share my method and madness in case it helps others. If nothing else, you’ll have a good idea of why I’m so crazy afterward.

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