Monday, January 26, 2015

MONDAYS MUSING—ODDS AND ENDS





I’m late in getting this up and my apologies. Mondays are usually my day off but this morning wasn’t one of those Mondays. I had to work this morning and have two meetings a little later. Sigh


Nothing really exciting going on around beyond the back forty. We’ve been enjoying the unseasonably warm weather last week and this week.  Most of days have been sunny and in the upper 40’s and lower 50’s. As you can imagine, I’ve spent a lot of time outside doing some fixing of this and that and just enjoying the sunshine after weeks of little or no sunshine. Weather has been a seesaw with the beginning of this month in the teens and below and now we’re on the up side of that. I have to keep reminding myself that while it feels like March, it's not, and we are still in the middle of what are our biggest snow months and what goes up—sunny and warmish—must come down. No doubt with with a big snow storm and more icy cold. Ah, well.
  


This month is traditionally a new beginnings month. For those who write, it’s the month to get back to work after the holidays and for some it’s getting serious about writing or publishing that book of theirs.  I’ve shared several articles about gearing up for writing—pacing yourself so as not to be stressed out, goal setting, how to create back cover copy and this coming Wednesday, I have a small publisher weighing in on optimizing your chances of getting a contract. 

Next month I plan on having an editor visit and explain the difference and importance of editing. This will be more than merely making sure the words are correctly spelled or formatted. It will also cover the importance of using a content editor and what they do. I’m also working on getting input from an agent and cover artist. There is so much that goes into creating book besides clean writing. It has to look professional and able to compete with books in the same genre. This is especially so if you are indie published. As Kat Sheridan mentioned in her two part series on writing back cover blurbs, right or wrong, if the appearance of a book is sloppy or has errors, I tend to skip over looking beyond thatespecially with indie pubbed books. That’s a sale lost when it didn’t need to be.


I’ve also had the privilege of reading two advance copies of stories from two of my favorite male authors. I read both when they débuted and have seen their growth as writers. Their stories are so much richer and joy to read—Matt (ML Buckman) and Alex Cavenaugh.  They write two different genres but both are worthwhile reading if you like stories that put you in the action and different worlds. I like the blend of romance, adventure, and danger. Both have created engaging stories and well developed characters. I’ll be sharing the reviews on their current stories soon.


Anything new happening in your world?

13 comments:

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Hi Sia!! The weather has been a seesaw here in KY as well. We had 50s on Tuesday and snow on Friday :)

Natalie Aguirre said...

Sounds like you've been busy. Looking forward to seeing your review of Alex's book. And glad it's warm there. It's been in the high 20's and 30's here and I've enjoyed walking.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Glad you enjoyed my book!
I'll take your snow.
Awesome you are getting such great industry experts. Looking forward to those posts.

~Sia McKye~ said...

KEITH--we had sleet yesterday evening and it dropped down into the 30's but today we're back up to sunshine and mile--by January's standards. :-)

NATALIE--after teens and below zero it's amazing how good 30's feel. Glad you're getting in some walking.

Yes, Alex's book was very good. Got to say I love those karagrandes!

ALEX--thank you, I'm trying to get in guests that give some good tips and reminders. It's a matter of scheduling--their busy schedules.

If I could, believe me, I send you our snow, lol! Unless, of course we're given a choice of a snow storm or and ice storm. In that scenario, I'm keeping the snow.

I thoroughly enjoyed your book and look forward to the next adventure. :-)

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Odds and ends are a frequent element around my digs too. :)

Al Diaz said...

Dragon must take note to be here when you post about such things. It wouldn't hurt me to learn. I did enjoy Alex' first two books but I still need to read the third.
Where is my cup of coffee?

Kat Sheridan said...

Sounds like you have some great guests and interesting topics coming up! Can't wait to see them all!

~Sia McKye~ said...

MAC--Don't we all? Lol!

AL--you brought some of the dwarves and they didn't go up to my fabulous coffee/goodie bar and bring you something? Sheesh. They need more training.

KAT--I'm working on getting interesting people and creating useful topics. It's still slow going. :-)

jamieayres.com said...

I like your coffee theme here! Cold here in FL today . . . will only get up to 70 :-) Perfect weather to stay in & celebrate my book release, but alas, I must go to school & teach.

shelly said...

It's sunny and cold in my world. Working on getting a copyright and a format complete for a new short story to be published soon. Yeah. That about sums that up.

A Beer For The Shower said...

I'm looking forward to these guests. Professionalism is extremely important, especially in the presentation of a book. You wouldn't be the only one who's turned down a book (that might have been good) simply because it had glaring errors. Or looked like it was made in someone's basement.

David P. King said...

You got to read Alex's book too? It is a good one.

Winter is often my most productive writing season. Got to do something to stay off cabin fever. :)

G. B. Miller said...

It's been mostly a stressed out month, but....a fellow writer volunteered to be a beta-reader for a novella I want to self-pub.

Even thought we don't write in the same genres, I found her to be a very open minded person.

When all was said and done, she offered a few good comments and gave me a compliment on the overall story.

Definitely made my month.

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