Sunday, October 29, 2017

Exciting Things!

This past Saturday I attended our monthly Mystery Club of America meeting. The speaker was real mover and shaker! It always excites me to hear how others market their books and it always gives me new ideas.
     People say to me they don't understand how I do so much! I have a full time job in the daytime and I write my novels at night. I still keep a schedule of getting up at a certain time and going to bed most generally at a certain time also, I also take short cat naps on the weekend.
     I find comfort in my writing and sometimes even feel sorry for the characters I'm writing about because of the situations they get their selves into. Yes I'm the one that put them into those situations but I just tell their story. I put down on paper what they dictate.
    I try to write at least two novels a year. I now have ten books out and the eleventh one will be out in December.
     So, when I heard the fury and excitement in our speakers voice Saturday it gave me fire to do more on the marketing end of things. I have so little time to do marketing and count on others to help with that aspect of things, and that doesn't seem to be working.
     Like the old saying goes, if you want something done right, do it yourself. This is what I have to remember and have to start doing for myself. Like so many of us that are writers, we all cry the same thing, how can I get my books to sell more? Yes it' all hard work, but because we have the story line and write these books, we have to also start promote our works to the public and get a following of fans who like our novels and repeat buying them. It also helps if we have fans who tell others of our works so we can get new fans.
     New fans are like gold to writers. They are so valuable that no writer writes just to be writing, they have a story to tell and those readers are a very important part of why we write.
     Well, enough of my jabber, Halloween is just around the corner so all of you out there beware of the ghost and goblins.
     Enjoy the holiday and My God Bless!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Problems!

     It's been awhile since I've posted a blog, and I really apologize. I've been very busy trying to edit my new book "Sugar and Spite". I was hoping to get it out by October 1st, but October 1st has come and gone. A series of Neck muscle spasms and shoulder pain left me incapacitated to do anything!  
     So after a bout with medicine and then catching a virus I've been unable to do anything! Today I finally feel better and still a little weak, but able to get back into the swing of things. I don't like to complain, but you know when you don't feel up to doing anything it's hard to even do one thing.
      Everyone has problems and everyone deals with them in a different way. My problems are different than yours and a lot of my problems are due to stress. Not that anyone puts extra pressure on me, I put pressure on myself and sometimes I put more on my plate then I can handle without me knowing I getting to the red mark on the scale of life.
      I enjoy writing my novels and I enjoy working with the characters in my books. They become alive with each page I type. I hope that as people read my novels they can actually picture in their mind what that person looks like and how they act. That's the most important thing to me it the actual visual appearance of the scene and the characters.
      Some people say the appearance of a scene isn't important to them, but knowing what the setting is of any scene I feel is important so the reader knows whether the characters are standing in the rain, or in a room that has been tossed by the unknown assailant.
      I hope that all of my novels give the reader entertainment and you will continue buying my books. I truly enjoy writing them.