2016 Lessons Learned

It’s been a minute since my last blog post. I can’t believe I didn’t even blog about my experience at HallowRead in Havre de Grace! That was one spectacular weekend. I did post pictures of the town on my Facebook page. Maybe I’ll do another blog post for the places I visited this year, as…

Outline Killers

Plotter or Pantser? That’s the question asked in writer circles around the world. I am a proud, card carrying, plotter. My plotting method is a bit crazy, but it works for me. First, I plot out the beginning of the book. I go as far as I can easily get. Once I’m happy with what…

Creating Characters

I have a staring problem. Honest. I stare at people longer than I should. Sometimes someone catches me doing it, too. When it’s a man, often he thinks I’m flirting with him. But I’m not. I’m a writer and being curious about people is sort of my job. It’s what makes me able to create…

Re-calibrating

Since I’ve gone indie, one thing that I find myself doing a few times a year is…. reviewing then re-calibrating if necessary. What I mean by that is, I step back and look at all of my stats and decide if I like what I see. If I do like what I see, I continue…

The differences between writing horror vs. erotic romance

People have told me that they’ve read books I’ve written and had nightmares. This fills me with such joy. But I’ve also been told by readers that they’ve read something I wrote as Adrienne Kama and had to go find their husband after they finished the book. This also makes me happy. Some people think…

What’s with the free books?

One of the things people often ask indie authors has to do with book pricing. They wanna know what’s with all the free books. The thought is that if an author sells a book for $.99 or (gasp) gives it away for free, it’s because they don’t think the story is worth much. But that…

Before and After

I’ve always thought it would be fun to post an excerpt from a book when it was a WIP, then post the published version of that same excerpt, just to show how much the first draft of a book can differ from what’s published. You learn so much about your characters and what’s happening to…

Indie Publishing – Proofing My First Paperback

I’m proofing my book! Digitally for now. I have an actual paperback coming in the mail. I’m going to have to push back publication of the print version, but I’d rather do that than risk selling a book that doesn’t look the best it can possibly look. I already see a few things I’m going…

Indie Publishing – Adventures with CreateSpace!

I just finished formatting my first indie paperback. Whew! Feels like I had a workout. It’s so nice to wait for the box of books to come in the mail from the publisher! LOL! A few things that I had to consider that I hadn’t thought of before: 1. Book Size – You’ll notice the…

Why Indie Publishing?

A question I get asked a lot is, why I choose to indie publish despite having written for traditional publishers. There’s nothing wrong with traditional publishing. In fact, there are many awesome perks. Publisher pays for cover art Publisher pays for editing Publisher sometimes pays your registration to cool events (I got to go to…

test

This is just a test post to see how things have progressed here. But it’s not as cool as it used to be so far.