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Getting back into it…


As you might have noticed, I took a short break from blogging.¬† Whether to your excitement or not, I’m back now ūüôā

Life has been pretty crazy lately, to say the least.¬† I’ve had midterms; I’ve been making new friends; finding out how college-life works; time issues; money issues; relationship issues; life issues.

Lots of issues ūüôā

Don’t worry, I’ve been doing some fun things too.¬† Whether I’m sneaking onto the top of buildings, convulsing in class just because I’m bored, or tossing the pigskin around, I¬†do actually have a life.¬† Sort of.

One of my most recent accomplishments in the writing world is that I just finished critiquing Christopher Keene’s debut novel¬†Gods of the Mountain: A Cycle of Blades.¬† Good read, definitely check his works out if you’re interested in fantasy and sophisticated systems of magic.

By the way, I love editing!  If you have something you want me to read/critique/edit, let me know!

And, as always, the editorial process for my own stories continues.  Christopher Keene kindly critiqued my book, Elithius, in return, as has Russell J. Fellows, so I will be making a lot of changes to the first book of my series.  Hopefully, these changes will be completed by the time I release book two of Elithius in December.

Lots of things going on in my world, to say the least!

What’s going on with you?¬† Thoughts?

To anyone who’s interested, here’s a link to my book on Amazon!¬† Check it out.

Cover art by Elizabeth M

You Won’t be able to “Write for a Living” Until You Need Writing to Live


Writing to live, in the end, turns out to be an “all or nothing” endeavor, because it just won’t happen otherwise. ¬†If you don’t put everything into your writing, into reaching your goal, you won’t ever reach it. ¬†Nothing will be given to you.

If you try to publish traditionally, you’ll have to put everything into your writing through a contract. ¬†Perhaps traditional publishing seems like an easier form of “all or nothing”, considering that “all or nothing” gets decided by your publishing company. ¬†But it still requires your time, your heart, and your mind.

We self-publishing authors also know that we have to go “all out” if we want our writing to make it big time. ¬†This is both the blessing and the curse of self-publishing. ¬†In a way, like a big publishing house, we personally decide what “all or nothing” is. ¬†But unless we are willing to spend buckets of our time (and even money!) promoting our story, networking, advertising, and networking even more, we’ll never make it big time.

And isn’t that what every author wants? ¬† To have readers everywhere appreciating their work?

The bottom line is simple: if you want to write for a living, you need to make writing your life. ¬†Are there any guarantees that your hard work will pay off? ¬†No. ¬†That’s what makes this endeavor scary.

Like I said, it’s all or nothing. ¬†Are you willing to go the distance, knowing that you might not ever make it?

Are you willing to try?

Recently, I cancelled the self-publication of my series, The Golden Lands. ¬†I needed to do some serious editing and “remodeling”. ¬†Why? ¬†Because it’s a necessary step to “going the distance”. ¬†In order to gain ground, I am retreating on purpose.

I would encourage you to ask yourself some of the following questions:

Is my story where it needs to be?

What’s holding me back from promoting my story? ¬†Are these reasons legitimate?

Am I not letting go of certain nuances in my story, simply because I’m personally attached to them?

How can I network better and reach out to readers?  Do I even want to try?

How much does my writing mean to me?   Who are some people I could reach out to for help in promoting my writing?

As aspiring world-famous authors, we need to work together to help each other achieve his or her goals.  Any thoughts or opinions would be greatly appreciated!  Please share your knowledge or your publishing experiences!

What do you think?