Let’s go to the Library

Is my book really going to be in a library? It sure is!

LibrariesApparently, one of the libraries in my area supports local authors and my writing club reached out to everyone to let us know, “Hey, stop by the library and donate your book so it can be placed on the shelf.”

Well, this got me thinking what if the other libraries accepted donated books and it was just a matter of review and approval to be placed on the shelves?

Next week, the plan of action is to hit up another library and my son’s school.

I know as an entrepreneur I want to sell books, but as a writer I just want people to read my story and have it make a difference.

It’s a fine line between being an artist and trying to pay some bills. Black Widow and Whisper... I like this I could do this one! lol I have the exact outfit? Just not sure how to make it look realistic cause I cant do it do it lol

If only worrying burned calories…

Worrywart

Worrywart

Let me start by saying, I’m a big worrywart. My last entry was about freaking out over stuff I probably shouldn’t have. I was worried about my book launch. I stressed about having enough drinks, would people show up, and more importantly, I prayed I wouldn’t say anything inappropriate.

I gave myself a few gray hairs over nothing.

The book launch was amazing! Friends, family, and supporters showed up in droves to the bookstore. The best part is I didn’t even have to send anyone outside to twirl a sign to advertise. (I told my kid if we didn’t have a good crowd I’d give him twenty bucks to do it, he was all about it.)

Currently, I’m in the midst of a book blog tour and a social media blast. The feedback has been positive and I’ve received some great reviews from readers.

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My head hasn’t stopped spinning. I keep pinching myself to make sure it’s real. But I’m staying grounded and focused. In addition to marketing Innocent Labor, I’m working on the sequel.

Now that I’ve released my first book, I determined to publish another.

Of course, I’m not saying I don’t log onto Amazon, read the reviews over and over, and start grinning like a mad fool.

I’m not saying that at all…Don’t judge me.

The Final Read Through

And now to the next step. The final read through before sending it to the publisher for publication. Once I hit send, there’s no going back.

“Dear God, please let everything be okay…”

Labyrinth Goblins Black T Shirt. La mia recensione @ http://postmodemplan.wordpress.com/2013/02/18/labyrinth-dove-tutto-e-possibile-da-flop-a-stracult/

Labyrinth Goblins

No such luck. I found errors I swear hadn’t been there before. Missing words, stuff switched around in a sentence, sections that made me question WTH was I thinking.

At this point, Goblins are dancing around my head. Pointing and prodding at my every insecurity, their shrieks and maniacal laughter taunting me at every turn.

It’s devastating because I had my book professional edited, multiple times. But, like my publisher said everyone is human and mistakes happen. How many times have you read a book from a well-known author and caught an error? Things can get past even the most discerning eye.

Yoga girl in meditation pose, digital PNG clip art (Alana 487)

Meditation Pose

Breathe, Monica, breathe. Wuuu Saaaa.

Thankfully, I’m able to list everything I found and send it to the person who formatted my book. She can submit the corrections and everything will be right in the universe once again.

I keep trying to remind myself to stay positive and focused. Don’t let my fears overwhelm my world.

Honestly, though at times like this it’s easier said than done.

be brave

Be Brave

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 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?