Houston, We Have a Problem

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Wellllllllll….it turns out that something needed to be changed before I could publish my book on Amazon.  It’s not a big deal, because it’s an easy fix.

But grr…..

I’m sorry!

I guess I won’t be publishing Elithius today.  When the files are ready, I’ll be sure to let you know!

For the sake of remaining positive, I’d like to once again thank all of you for the encouraging remarks and all the “Congratulations!”!  You guys are awesome.  I’m positive that I will do well in the upcoming Storyteller Kindle Competition!

Also, for the new followers (hey there 😉 ):

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What’s Elithius about?

Here’s the description:

His parents abandon him when he’s thirteen. He’s left to care for his little brother and sister. Life is tough. Things can’t seem to get any worse. 
 
But then Evil Itself breaks down the door. It kidnaps his siblings. And It leaves him bleeding out on the floor of his own home. 
 
The Golden Lands, one of the Three Worlds of Elithius, is supposed to be a place of light, peace and happiness. But the Golden Lands hasn’t been such a place for John Hedekira, a jaded, hot-headed sixteen-year-old. Joined by his friends Faith Pinck and Bernard Tanner, John must rescue his brother and sister from their captors…before his siblings can be sacrificed to the ominous God of Death. 
 
With a story that combines the feelings of Harry Potter, the Lord of the Rings, and Percy Jackson, Dominic Sceski brings to life a riveting tale of light versus darkness, magic, friendship, trust, betrayal, forgiveness, and redemption that will leave you on the edge of your seat and desperately yearning for more. 
 
Don’t wait. Embark on the journey now. Enter Elithius!

Sorry for destroying the climatic moment!  Stay tuned!

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The Countdown Begins!!!

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This just in: Elithius, Book One: The Red Captain will be published TOMORROW!!!

Unless Amazon takes a REALLLY long time reviewing my book and book cover, I will be publishing my story officially tomorrow.  If, for some reason, things get delayed, expect the story to be published on Friday.

Thanks so much for all of your support!  Please stay tuned!  Even though Elithius is finally being published, there’s still a lot more to do and to see!

Not sure what Elithius is about?  Here’s the description I’ll be posting on Amazon/Kindle:

His parents abandon him when he’s thirteen. He’s left to care for his little brother and sister. Life is tough. Things can’t seem to get any worse. 
 
But then Evil Itself breaks down the door. It kidnaps his siblings. And It leaves him bleeding out on the floor of his own home. 
 
The Golden Lands, one of the Three Worlds of Elithius, is supposed to be a place of light, peace and happiness. But the Golden Lands hasn’t been such a place for John Hedekira, a jaded, hot-headed sixteen-year-old. Joined by his friends Faith Pinck and Bernard Tanner, John must rescue his brother and sister from their captors…before his siblings can be sacrificed to the ominous God of Death. 
 
With a story that combines the feelings of Harry Potter, the Lord of the Rings, and Percy Jackson, Dominic Sceski brings to life a riveting tale of light versus darkness, magic, friendship, trust, betrayal, forgiveness, and redemption that will leave you on the edge of your seat and desperately yearning for more. 
 
Don’t wait. Embark on the journey now. Enter Elithius!

I hope you guys are excited!  Once again, thanks for being such great followers!

What do you think?

Publishing Soon…

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The title says it all.  I will be publishing Elithius soon, possibly later today.  

*deep breath*

Here we go…

It’s taken a while to get to this moment, hasn’t it?

*deep breath*

Since I’m publishing, I will also officially be entering my book into the Kindle Storyteller Competition.  Be sure to show Elithius some love by downloading and reviewing it!

I must admit I’m a little nervous…but I suppose that’s normal.

*deep breath*

Stay tuned!

 

Everyone Wants to Win, But No One Wants to Play

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It’s a frustrating truth: everyone wants to win, but no one wants to play.

What am I talking about?

Everyone is trying to sell something.  There are plenty of bloggers out there who are trying to gain support and traffic for their brand, their product, their work of art.  And I understand that; heck, I’m doing the same thing!

But you know what makes being a seller REALLLLLY hard?

Having nobody that wants to buy.

In today’s world, it’s so easy to be “double-sided”.  It’s easy to “go through the motions”.  I’ve had several people act excited about wanting to buy my book and read it…but then they never did.  I even asked them about it.

Their response?  “Uhh…I don’t have money to spend on your book.  Sorry.”

“It’s 0.99 cents”.

“……..”

See what I mean?

Look, I have no problem if you don’t want to buy my book.  If you aren’t interested, I’m not going to blame you.  But please…PLEASE don’t lie to me.  That hurts way more.

As bloggers, we need to have a sense of community.  And that community will never exist if we continue to form this false sense of security–this false sense of companionship.  If everyone pats each other on the back, but without actually caring…there will be no community.

Please, let’s just all be honest with each other.  I understand that, at times, it can be hard to tell someone the truth.  I really do.  But that doesn’t mean lying is the answer.

Everyone wants to win.  Everyone is selling something.  But in order to sell something, you need buyers.

And sometimes, to get buyers, you need to buy.

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Be a part of a community.  Take a chance with someone else’s work.  Believe me, it’ll work wonders for you and your community.

Recently, a duo of blogging brothers published a new story on Amazon.  What did I do?  I bought it right away.  Was it my kind of story?  No.  But did I at least give them a chance?  Yes.  And that’s what matters.

Be a part of a community.  Participate.

That’s how you win!

What do you think?

Roads

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We all have a story, and there are many paths that will take us to a new story. As writers, sometimes it’s daunting to acknowledge this fact: the fact that there are so many different roads.

We don’t always know where they lead. We don’t always know which way we should travel. Sometimes we try to go down multiple roads at once, in order to try them all out.

And then there are times when we CAN see which path we should take…but we are still afraid. Because the road isn’t straight. It curves. It gets bumpy, and rough. There are potholes and hills. Sometimes the road isn’t even paved. We look at this road and doubt. We lose our faith.

It’s in these times that we need to stop looking at the road itself and remind ourselves about where it leads. Sure, we have to pay attention to the road sometimes: we have to think about avoiding those potholes, or struggling up those hills. But if we don’t keep our eye on the prize, we’ll never reach it. Because we’ll be lost in the road.

Where are you in your journey? Where are you trying to get to? What stands in your way? Have you found your road?

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What do you think?

Elithius Unleashed

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I try not to blog too much about my book, but I feel as if I must now.  Why, you ask?

Because, well, I’ve finally done it.  Elithius, Book One: The Red Captain is officially ready to go!

You know that feeling when you finally finish editing your book?  Yeahhhhhh…it’s a great feeling!

It took me a bit longer than I liked, but I officially completed the makeover of my series (previously called The Golden Lands).  What was originally four very short books is now one normal sized book.  I have a new, official cover.  The prose has been edited, the plot polished.  I’ve changed scenes to be more realistic, changed names to sound cooler, and added in some new themes that will play a MAJOR role in the upcoming books.

So The Golden Lands is no more.  Elithius is finally being unleashed.

If you read The Golden Lands, I would highly encourage you to still download/pick up Elithius.  A lot has changed, and so it’s important that you remain up-to-speed on everything that is occurring in the series.

I haven’t officially published Elithius yet, so hold your horses.  

But guess what?  I’m enrolling Elithius into Kindle’s Storytelling Competition.  Ultimately, it sounds like a panel of judges will decide who the winner is, but the ratings and reviews you get from fans are extremely important!  Be sure to show Elithius some love if you get the chance.  I promise I will price Elithius as low as possible (even though I wrote a post about how you should SELL what you write).

Well, for the sake of gaining reviews and ratings for the competition, I’m going to forsake my own words.  If I can make Elithius free or $0.99, I will.

Stay tuned for more updates and thank you for the support!!!  I’m honestly so honored to be a part of the community that I’m in!

I’ll be sure to let you know when Elithius is officially published!

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Copyright 2017 Elizabeth M

What do you think?

How Well Do You Know the Author You Read?

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We rarely write about other people’s problems, or struggles, or battles. We write about our own. We express ourselves through our characters, through their lives and moods and emotions. Screaming, laughing, crying, longing, fighting–we do all of these with our characters. Not because they are people that we can share these feelings with, but because these characters ARE us. They are a part of our mind and soul. And the struggles, the questions, the desires our characters have…they are our own.

The sum of the characters and storyline, with all its messages, themes and metaphors, tells us a lot about the author who created these things. I think that, more than we realize, we are truly studying an author’s mind, his background, his soul (or hers).

How well do you know that author you claim to love? Have you ever tried to wonder what made them write the way they do? Have you ever sought to discover the secrets they tried to release to the world, or the part of their soul crying out to be heard?

I was at Candidates Day today. It’s basically when you get accepted to a college and they invite you to check out their programs and campus one last time before you decide to go there. Do you know what their theme was?

People are stories. Every person doesn’t just have and story: every person IS a story.

That’s why being an author is so beautiful…so human. Because we share this truth and give it to the world.

I am a story, and I am expressing my story, myself, through Elithius.

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What’s your story? Where are you going? How will it end or change?

What do you think?