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Bit of a Delay

I rolled out of bed a bit past 7:00 this morning. By 7:25, I was laying on my bathroom floor, in so much pain that I couldn’t make it the 10 feet to my bed. It started as a vague cramping, and quickly escalated to some of the worst pain I’ve ever felt (fell shy of child birth, but not by much).

Mark took our oldest daughter to school and came back home to find me curled up with a heating pack on our bed (I finally managed to get that far). By 9:30, the youngest was dropped off to her grandmother’s house, and we were on our way to the ER.

Long story short, they gave me pain medication, and ordered a few tests. I even had my very first CT. Five hours later, I was on my way back home. “Just one of those things”, apparently. My internal organs are in mint condition (no kidney stones, or other abnormalities), my ovaries are clean (no cysts), and my blood and urine came back normal.

They have no idea what caused the issue, but as I was feeling better, they sent me home with the genuine hope that it, whatever it was, never happens again.

I am still exhausted. I’m sore. I’m already wishing that I could sleep in tomorrow.

I’m also not going to be launching the author marketing services until Monday. I had a few hours carved out today to finish my work on it, and I lost them to my impromptu hospital trip. The good news is, I don’t have that much more to do. A few more product descriptions, and a bit of testing, and I’m done. YAY!

The bad news is, it will, unfortunately be pushed back a bit. I was going to stay up late tonight and see if I could get it finished up, and it’s just not going to happen. Sorry, guys.


Now Offering Author Marketing Services

Writer Marketing (1)

A few months ago, I introduced the concept for Compose Creatives, a creative development resource for Indie authors. As you can imagine, there are a ton of details to sort out for a site of that magnitude. And a whole lot of content to write.

And a whole lot of procrastinating not to do.

For a combination of reasons, it’s going to be another couple of months before I’m ready to launch, possibly not until after Christmas. But that doesn’t mean that I want to wait that long to start offering author marketing services. I want to gain some more experience, and have a list of happy clients (and reviews?) behind me before I move my services over to my Compose Creatives storefront.

Here’s what that means for you. By the end of the week, I’m going to have my services ecommerce area up and running. Because I’m offering these services as a way to introduce myself (and, eventually, Compose Creatives) to the writing world, I’m setting the prices at a discounted rate. They will go up as soon as Compose Creatives launches.

To sweeten the deal for early customers, I’m also offering a 15% discount for all orders placed by 11:59 pm on September 30th.

What am I offering?

  • Custom Marketing Plans
  • Marketing Checkups (a brief analysis of your current strategy, and then advice on how to make it better)
  • Writer Websites (with or without content included)

I’ll likely be adding a few more services over the next month or two, but I wanted to start with the areas where I have the most experience. I have at least one other service in the planning stages already; I just need to get everything set up for it (one-on-one consulting via Skype or Google Hangouts).

Like all new businesses, I rely on referrals. If you order one of my services and you love what I offer, please pass it on! In fact, if you refer a friend, and they make a purchase, I’ll give you a $5 credit towards your next order.

Why should you hire me?

That’s a great question. Like most of you, I started writing stories as soon as I could string a few words together. I didn’t decide to make an actual go of being a professional author until about eight months ago, though, so I haven’t done much marketing of my own work. My first ‘official’ novel (rather, the first one that I plan on publishing) is still in the editing stage. I don’t have much going for me as a writer. Not yet, anyway.

Marketing is a completely different story. I started my career as a freelance writer in 2008. One of the first things I learned was that, if you wanted to make money, you had to know how to reach potential clients. I needed a crash course in marketing my services. Eventually, I started helping clients with their marketing, too, and I realized that I really enjoyed this aspect of running a business. In 2012, I returned to school to complete a degree in marketing. I’m not graduating for another year, but a lot of what I’ve learned, both in school and through my own efforts, can be applied to more artistic endeavors. Marketing isn’t just for large corporations; if you want to reach your audience, you need to have a plan.

And I hope you’ll let me help.


The First Draft of Grisamore is Done!

On August 4th, I officially typed up the last chapter of Grisamore. And then promptly poured a glass of wine to celebrate.

I ended up with somewhere around 51,000 words, and a plan for the first round of revisions. Right now, it’s set aside while I get started on outlining the next novel (and getting ready for another semester of school), but I’ll be printing the whole thing out and attacking it with a red pen starting on October 1st.

Remind me to buy another black ink cartridge before then. And maybe some paper.

Now that I’ve finished with the first draft, it’s a little easier to read similar titles and make comparisons. Grisamore is still very much a skeleton of the final piece. I know where I want it to be, and I know where I have to go next. In October, I’m going to focus on adding a bit more to the plot and making basic corrections. Then, I’m setting it down again until after Christmas (making time for NaNoWriMo and the last month of school). In January, I start the historical work. That’s going to be the challenge.

There are historical novels that really draw readers into the past. Outlander comes to mind (Has anyone else watched the show on Starz?). I read the first novel a few years ago, and then read it again a few weeks ago, in preparation for the series premiere. I’m currently working my way through the second book in the series. Diana Gabaldon did her work. The novels are rich in historical detail, and there aren’t any annoying information dumps. I’m taking notes as I read. There’s a lot of inspiration in Gabaldon’s work.

In the mean time, I am playing around with a few different outlines. I’m trying put together my research and outline for my NaNoWriMo novel, a pirate tale. I’m also playing around with a kidlit idea. My girls are both fascinated by my pirate research, but I couldn’t find many middle grade novels (or books for younger kids) about young girls as pirates. I found a couple, and I know there’s more out there that I’m not finding (and probably some really good ones, too), but I’m putting a little bit of work into a short kids novel about a girl who runs away and accidentally finds herself on a pirate ship. The novel probably won’t ever be more than just something for my kids to enjoy, but it’s something to write a bit more on every day. I can’t put it down and walk away; the girls expect new material every night, and I’d hate to disappoint them.

It’s also turning into a really fun project. I’m enjoying it more than the girls are.

School starts again in another week, so I’m trying to spend more time reading (and away from the computer), and that means that I don’t get much writing in until late in the evening. At the moment, it’s my bribe to keep the children laying quietly in bed at night; if they interrupt me, there’s less story for them to enjoy the next night. It’s surprisingly effective. ;)

With Grisamore out of the way, I can also spend a bit more time preparing Compose Creatives for launch. Keep checking back; new information is coming soon!