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Frustrated Mom Writer – Where To Publish

Okay, so it is after midnight where I am on the East Coast and I am frustrated. I do a search online to find places to publish articles and all I keep find are these places that don’t pay you up front for your work, but only earn money through revenue from ads. To me, I say the heck with that. I put my heart and soul into my work, I don’t want to be paid a mere pittance for the time and research I took to write something. People, make your writer’s happy and pay them up front for their work and don’t mean pay them $3, but pay them upwards of $15 or more depending on length and scope. It is only fair to the writer for the work they are doing to be paid properly. And then, say after a certain amount of time the rights return to the author and they are free to publish the article again. Some writers are just out their to make a name for themselves and not necessarily make any money. I am a stay at home mom, trying to find honest places that pay well enough to help me supplement my husband’s income.

And I have some book ideas. But self publishing and POD publishing are turning to be a crock so far. Traditional publishing just takes so long and when you need the money soon than later you really can’t afford to wait.

I am stuck. I feel like the world of really good publishing opportunities for the writer are dying. Writing is a passion for me and I have so much inside me I want to share. But with not knowing where to publish, my words will die with me.

Secret Anguish

Secret Anguish Revamp

Well, this morning I have finally come to realize that my book Secret Anguish has been a real pain to work on. I couldn’t figure out why for a long time but this morning it dawned on me. I had a hard time working on this book because I was overwhelmed by the amount of information in the book and I somehow knew it would not do well once printed. I figured, if I, the author, was overwhelmed, I can only imagine what the reader must go through to read the book. So now, Secret Anguish is going under a MAJOR revamp and I will be starting with a fresh outline and making the book more simple and easier to follow.

I pray God will help me with this task and that this book, in its new stage, will help inspire and encourage those who read it. Well, it looks like it is time to get started.

Have a great day!

Secret Anguish, Writing Updates

Secret Anguish Book Update

This morning I took the time to go through my book Secret Anguish: A Journey to Better Health and realized it is not as finished as I once thought it was. I have a few things to add to the book since as my recent diagnosis of bipolar disorder, but really it isn’t far from being finished.

I’m still trying to decided on whether or not to self publish this book or try to commercially publish. It’s so hard to decide these days. Either way there are no guarantees. I even recorded a video as I have started video blogging to go with my regular blogs. I have posted the video of You Tube but I will see about either embedding the video in the blog itself or just pasting the link here. Grrr! I am using the WordPress App for Ipad and it doesn’t have a way to add video or even pictures into your blog. How frustrating. Now I have to go to the site to ad the video. Bother! Thought this app was going to make things a little simpler but I guess not. Anyhoo, I will post the video to my blog if I can.

Take care and God bless.

Christian Talk, Writing Updates

Merging of Blogs: Writing with Christian Walk

Hello everyone,

I was going through my blogs and realized that I had one for writing and one for going through life a Christian. Well, really how can I split the two when I am a Christian and it’s part of everything I do, even writing. So I will be deleting my Christian blog and just talking about things here. I hope that doesn’t scare people away, but I am certain it will happen, but then maybe there will be some new viewers as well.

Earlier this evening I was talking to an elderly woman from church and we were talking about the relationship between us and God. Here is what I had to say:

Having a close relationship with God is a beautiful thing and I think sometimes we get so wrapped up in our lives we forget how beautiful that relationship can be. I know when I am writing, or doing anything creative…I guess you can say when I am alone I notice God’s presence more and I am more aware of how he is working with me on my projects. Especially with my writing. I have always felt God is right there with me giving me the words and phrases to write down and telling me which ones NOT to write down and which kinds of characters to use and which ones not to use.

God has transformed me in the past few years. I used to write about vampires, and demons, and gypsies, but now I get a horrible knot in my stomach when it comes to that kind of stuff. As God would have it, since I first watched a Jane Austen movie (can’t remember which one it is now) I have fallen in love with historical fiction. Historical fiction will definitely be more pleasing to God and I think he can use these kinds of books to reach people today than he can a book of fantasy. But then, this is God we are talking about and he can use any kind of writing he choose to his will.

Working on my projects is only one span of time I feel God’s presence and become very aware of him. The other times cooking for my family and I thank God for the food so that I can feed us; and then playing games with my family whether the games are on the Wii, Ipad, board games, or card games, I thank God for my family and the precious time we have together. So many times I want to break down and cry because I feel it goes by too quickly. I also think of God when we are driving and pray for protection and I pray for protection while in stores too. You never know what someone could do.

Listen to me ramble here. I guess I could go on and on when it comes to God and the things he has done in my life. I know I plan on writing my testimony. I have started it. But haven’t finished it yet. I have three non fiction books to publish this year. I know one will be published this month. That’s the goal anyway. That book is titled Humble Heart: Daughter’s Reflection and is about the trials I went through while taking care of my mother through her illness and then going through her death and life afterward.

The next book is Secret Anguish: My Journey to Better Health is about how I have never really felt the greatest and started seeing so many doctors and so on for so many years, and being given so many different diagnoses. Well, I have written the book up until I believe either 2009 or 2010 and now just need to add some information from this year from being diagnosed bipolar, having aspects of PCOS, etc. My goal with the book is to tell my story, but then give hope at the end to never give up because you’re never alone. You’ve always got the ultimate strength by your side and that is God and he will NEVER leave you.

The last nonfiction piece is my testimony.

Oh wow. Here it is going on 1AM. Not surprising I guess. Rarely ever in bed before midnight anyway. But I will go for now. Take care.

Janis

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General Updates, News on Writing

Happy New Year

First I would to start off by wishing everyone a very HAPPY NEW YEAR! I pray this new will bring positive changes to our world and that God will bless each of us in His own way with what He sees fit to give us in our lives.

I know it has been a little over a month since I have posted anything and I apologize for that, but I have been having some health issues that have been weighing me down and causing me to have a foggy brain and extreme exhaustion, so I haven’t been able to do anything in the way of writing.

I had some lab work done on Friday and some things like my thyroid came back abnormal, so there are some things that need to be addressed. Not to mention I found out a few months ago that I have some components of PCOS and have insulin resistance. I was told I had insulin resistance some five years ago now but didn’t understand what that meant fully, until now. So now, I have to eat as though I was a diabetic meaning low carb and to make sure I eat three meals and two snacks a day. Yesterday, was the first day of being on this new meal plan and let me tell you what a difference it has made. I wasn’t asleep all day, I had a clear mind and energy to do about four loads of laundry, clean up my three old’s messes that she had spread across two rooms, and then later I exercised via the wii with my daughter using the Wii Fit for kids and then Just Dance for Kids. Then, on top of that, I exercised to Country Dance 2. After that I decided to chill out for the night. I felt I had done very well that day for previously not being able to get off the couch due to exhaustion. Who knew that eating too many carbs while insulin resistant can literally leave you wiped out due to blood sugar spikes and drops. I sure didn’t understand, but I do now and am still learning more about this. I know I have to eat a low glycemic diet and exercise every day to keep this insulin resistance in check and to keep from getting the full blown type 2 diabetes. Diabetes runs high in my family so really trying to avoid that.

Anyway, my point here is that following this new diet and exercise regime, I should really start to feel better and be able to get back into writing. I was up at 5AM this morning because I wanted to write so badly on one book I had started a couple of years ago and had thought was finished and now realized I really need to update that book. Perhaps, it will be published this year. We will see. The title of the book is Secret Anguish: My Journey to Better Health.

I am getting sleepy so perhaps I should go back to bed for a little while longer and then, once I am more refreshed, get up, have a healthy breakfast, and then get to work on some writing. So can’t wait to be back in the writing game.

See you later everyone! Have a great day!