So Many Book Covers, How Do I Choose Just One?

With my baby (aka my book) at the editor’s office, I asked myself what’s the next step in the process. Do I keep working on my book? Do I set it aside and work on other projects? Or do I start looking for a cover artist?

Massimo Carnevale - Illustratore e cover artist italiano

Cover Artist Massimo Carnevale

Well, I don’t know what anyone else would do, but I started researching and looking for a cover artist. There are so many colors, thrilling shadows, and titillating visions to entice and grab the reader’s attention. I haven’t made any decisions, but I’m so glad I’m taking the time to research.

Shopping for Shoes

Shopping for Shoes

There are so many choices. It’s like shopping for shoes with a 50% discount!

I’m excited and a tad bit giddy. It’s interesting figuring out what I like and what I don’t. I hope this will make it easier once I get to this phase of the process.

I should probably light some candles just in case. It couldn’t hurt.

It’s getting close

Edit, Edit, Edit

Edit, Edit, Edit

I’m at the point where I realize I need to seek the help of a professional. No, I don’t mean therapy. I’m talking about an editor. I feel like I’m turning my wheels and correcting words that aren’t taking my story to the next level.

I need to suck it up and make the call.

Geesh, I didn’t think it would be this hard letting someone new actually read my work

So much to do…

Some say you can’t rush perfection. Others would say that’s just an excuse to procrastinate.

 Depending on the day and my mood, I can agree with either one.

 Of course, this doesn’t help me finish my checklist. So many details, not enough brain cells.

 black and white

It’s the question that drives us…

Learning How to Read Like a Scholar

Learning How to Read Like a Scholar

Let’s talk research. Every writer knows there are times in the pursuit of creativity we delve into areas that aren’t pretty and can make the average person sick to their stomach. However, finding information is part of what an author must do for the sake of the story.

Joining a discussion group created for writers with the sole purpose of being able to pick each other’s brains was the best decision I could have ever made. Questions can include topics such as, how much does a head wound bleed or what is the best way to disable brakes on a car?

There’s nothing worse then reading a book and it isn’t believable.

The devil’s in the details.

But, sometimes while you’re searching the internet you come across an article or website that just breaks your heart. With everything I’ve read, seen, and heard while researching my book one would think nothing would shock or surprise me.

I was wrong.

I need to find my happy place.

Dreamy beach house // I can't even imagine

Dreamy beach house

Panic Attack or A Reality Check?

Anxiety featured on iFunny.com!

Anxiety featured on iFunny.com

Anxiety sucks. With all of the details and checklists for my book, I think my brain went into overload. Too many things needing to be done, and it feels like it all has to be done right now.

Fred Sanford

Fred Sanford

Last weekend, I woke up to a helluva panic attack. I mean, clutch your chest, holla out “Elizabeth!” panic attack. I couldn’t breathe, my chest felt like it was going to burst, and I had trouble speaking for a little while. It was bad. 

"Inheritance" by Kevin Grass

“Inheritance” by Kevin Grass

Now, I come from a long line of alcoholics, pill poppers, and relatives with a tendency towards chemical dependencies. I’m no stranger to seeing addiction in action. So, I have a few issues when it comes to taking my medication. I joke around about it, but the truth is I have a fear of being an addict.

It’s not cute.

Oh, my friend, but on that day…Gracias a Dios por los pastillas. There’s only been one time in my life that I understood the enthrallment of drugs and it was after 32 hours of labor. (I secretly still love the man who gave me my epidural. Sorry, babe.)

Relax via ~**Sweetness**~

Relax via ~**Sweetness**~

Dr says learn to control my stress. My hubby’s advice is slow the hell down and stop feeling guilty about taking bubble baths.

Tomato,Tomatoe?

Building a Website is So Easy…Sure It Is

Building a Website for Dummies David Crowder 2007 3rd Edition w CD-ROM

Building a Website for Dummies David Crowder 2007 3rd Edition w CD-ROM

My goal for this week is to build a website. Sounds easy, right? Buy a domain, click a few buttons, select the right pictures, and there you go. Voila! You have a website and you’re ready to go.

Sisilia by ppinkydollsart on Etsy

Sisilia by ppinkydollsart on Etsy

Unless you’re like me and agonize over every detail. Deleting and rewriting each sentence, making sure everything is correct because heaven forbid, it doesn’t look spot on.

And let’s not get started on choosing the right photos. Does this picture invoke my brand? Or is the city skyline a good choice that best portrays my WIP? Should I get professional pictures taken?!

Picture from fitsugar.com

Picture from fitsugar.com

Oh God, my head is spinning.

I’ve been surfing through tons of websites for ideas and inspiration. I’ve probably raised site stats for my peers thanks to my research.

Jeez, I hope I get this done before my new ulcer explodes.

Do It Till It Hurts…

Critique Group was harsh this week. Well, not really but yeah, it kinda was. I’m in the editing phase of my WIP and feedback is part of the process.

Don’t get me wrong, they’re into the book. Everyone enjoys my characters and we have discussions about who’s doing what and why.

Adjectives, Adverbs and Setting the Scene

Adjectives, Adverbs and Setting the Scene

Here’s my dilemma…My name is Monica Gloria and I’m an adverb/adjective addict.

Yes, I’ll admit it. I absolutely adore pretty, descriptive words that add flavor, texture, and color. Now I’m not as bad as a 19th century novel, however; I can be a bit verbose. (Verbose is a great word, isn’t it?)

And yes, I know sometimes too much is just well, too much. So, being aware I have this issue, I keep their advice in mind while I’m editing and I thought I was doing better.

Unfortunately it wasn’t enough because my group is urging me to do more.

Hack/Slash By Tim Seeley

Hack/Slash By Tim Seeley

Butcher it, chop it down, and slice it to the bone! No mercy!

This might require medication.

Don’t trust the Fairy Dust

Using Social Media to Distribute Content

Using Social Media to Distribute Content

Marketing is all part of the writing game these days. I get it and accept it is part of the package. And yes, I understand I’m going to need to invest in myself and my tools.

However, throwing money all over the place like a fool is not exactly the business plan I’m looking to implement here.

Recently, I was notified it was time to renew my subscription for my domain name, but I decided I wanted a different one. Apparently, since I’m not a new customer I qualify for the “you’ll need to split open your vein and perhaps sell off an organ” price.

Vintage Salesman Signs - Google Search

Vintage Salesman Signs – Google Search

Now, I thought there was a mix up so I called and spoke with a very nice customer service representative. He offered to create a website, sprinkle a little fairy dust, provide a free domain, and pimp everything out on search engines for under a hundred dollars a month with no contract!

Oh my God, that sounds awesome. I could…

Wait a minute, what? That’s almost $1,200 a year and I haven’t even published my first book yet.

Oh, he was good. He almost got me.

Damn, fairy dust.

Fairy Dust

Fairy Dust

Going into another world

Last night, I took a ride on the crazy train and had a great time. Considering the topic it sounds kind of morbid, but I can’t help it. I’m a fan of horror films, especially when they are well done and not just a gory, blood and guts type of movie.

Bedevilled (Well Go USA)

Bedevilled

I was watching Bedevilled. It’s a foreign film. (By the way, don’t be afraid of foreign films. There are some amazing movies out there, trust me.) I don’t want to ruin it for you in case you decide to watch it. But be prepared for the end, because it’s going to get a little messy.

 Like a good book, I was moved by the characters and the story. There were some things that made me very uncomfortable, but I was still engaged which was awesome. I was annoyed, pissed off, and sympathetic to the main characters. 

I Think TOO MUCH. Salem's Park 2007
I Think Too Much Salem’s Park 2007

 

At the end, I could understand why and how things turned out the way they did. There was even a moment I was talking to the television and offering encouragement, it was bad.

I love movies or books that make me feel something for the characters and I’m 100% immersed in the story.

Another world

Landscape,Lifescape

 I just hope I’ll be able to invoke those kinds of strong emotions with my book. Of course, isn’t that what we (writers) all aspire to achieve?

Editing: Fun? Not so much.

Peanuts/Editing

Peanuts/Editing

Editing.

Oi, some would say it’s easy and others would lament it’s the hardest thing they had ever done.

What's in my head? by Cynthia

What’s in my head? by Cynthia

I’m with the latter group. Haven’t I already poured out my heart and soul out to these pages? My wrists have bled out and tears have been shed. Now I have to go back, review the yarn that spewed out of my head, and clean it up.

Crap. There’s bad grammar, cheesy dialogue, and flat scenes. And what the hell was I thinking when I wrote that chapter?

But, unfortunately, it must be done. If I want a good product then I have to correct the mistakes. Yeah, yeah I know if it was easy everyone would do it.

I’d like to take this moment to give props to the professional editors. They’re superheroes in my humble opinion. Editing is crazy.

Mighty Mouse by Paul Terry

 
Mighty Mouse by Paul Terry