General Updates

Voice4Society Article & General Update

It has been a while since I have posted any updates. It is hard keeping up with blog posts and getting to write due to the chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia. But today is one of my “wired-but-tired” days. Funny how your body can feel so revved up, but yet still feel so exhausted.

Anyway, I have finished an article earlier this week “The Story of Esther” for the Voice4Society blog. It has not been posted yet but when it is I will be sharing the link with you.

I have several articles I am planning to write but I am struggling to decide whether to publish them through the Yahoo Contributor Network, or go through magazines instead. My husband says I keep putting “the cart before the horse” , or worrying about where I am going to publish before I even have an article done. He says I should write first and then think about where I am going to publish and I know he says that because he is looking out for me. I am often so exhausted that thinking about publishing zaps what energy I have and then I am unable to write.

I am learning that with CFS/Fibromyalgia, I must think of things and do things a little differently if I am going to accomplish anything, let alone writing. There are many days I wish I had someone to manage the whole marketing and publicity thing for me. Just let me write and “here, you mange the rest”. But, I have no extra money to pay anyone so, I must spread things out do some writing here, and marketing/social networking there. It’s a lot to take for an Indie Author and you don’t have to have CFS/Fibro or a medical condition to feel how overwhelming it can be.

I am not giving up, however. I am not the kind of person to give in or give up. Life itself is full of challenges and facing them with God by my side is how I manage. Learning my limitations and sticking with them has been tough, but I am getting there and finding that when I work within the limitations I can do efficient work on my “good” days. I am learning it is not all about the quantity of what you can get done in a day, but the quality of what you finish and that you feel good about it.

Funny how you go on and talking about something you hadn’t intended to. Guess I felt, for some reason, I should. I know I am not the only author out there who has CFS and/or Fibromyalgia. Laura Hillenbrand has CFS too. (She is the author of Seabiscuit and Unbroken.) She has inspired me to keep on trying, and perhaps, as I started writing and all this CFS/Fibro stuff came out, I felt I could inspire someone too.

So now I am off to venture in some writing. Where the path may lead, we shall see!

 

Author Spotlight

Persistant Love by Laura J. Marshall – Free Kindle Book

I would like to introduce you all, my blog followers & readers, to author Laura J. Marshall. Here is a bit about her new book Persistent Love. A brief author Q&A and bio will follow. Thanks for reading and please check out her book!

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Free Tuesday May 14th and Wednesday May 15th

Persistent Love:

Christian Romantic Suspense Novella set in 1685, England.

Fear has been Tara’s constant companion since age nine when she witnessed her mother’s murder. Tara’s father moves his family to the ancient castle of Raven’s Cliff, far from the ships that could carry her back to India and the answers she believes lie there. Andrew offers her friendship and guides her gently to the One who will give her peace. Will she find hope for something other than revenge?

A Brief Q&A with the Author, Laura J. Marshall.

Q: How many books have you written and in what genres?

A:  I have written two devotionals in my Battle Cry Devotional series (with three more slated for release), a story in a non-fiction anthology, and this fiction work which is Christian Suspense/Historical.

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Laura J. Marshall is the full-time mother of five sons and part-time writer and blogger. She operates a popular blog called The Old Stone Wall. Laura is the best-selling author of the Battle Cry Devotional Series. Visit www.LauraJMarshall.com to find out more about Laura’s books.

 

my opinions

What’s Your Favorite Content Submission Site?

Alright so there are magazines out there looking for articles of all different topics and lengths, and can take forever to get published by. Now there are, and have been for several years now, these online content submission sites such as:

And on the list goes!

Out of the sites you have tried, which do you think is best and why? Do you think publishing by any of these means is less professional than seeking out a magazine out of the Writer’s Market?

I have been writing for Yahoo Voices (associated content) since 2006 but have really slacked off in the last year or two. I am signed up at hubpages but have not posted a single hub.I have tried getting into Suite 101, and Examiner.com but was denied. It seems you can get published more easily by those who don’t pay much if anything at all, but others like Suite 101, and Examiner.com have stricter guidelines to publish and turn people away. I don’t even know how much these guys pay, since I have not been able to get in with them.

My hang up with the “other” guys? Payment. I do a lot of research for topics I write and I’d like to get paid a reasonable amount for the time and research and I put into my writing. I am a stay at home mom with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome so I write in spurts, when I am having my good days. Regardless of these physical ailments, writing is a challenge and takes time for anyone and I believe we should be paid fairly for the research we do and the work we produce. For my personally, I feel like these pages are an “easy” way to get published and in front of people, but honestly, when people see that you have been published on these sites, do they take you as a serious writer, or has the definition of “serious writer” changed over the past few years with so many new means of publishing?

Does it matter to you, the writer, that you get paid for what you write, or do you just like writing and publishing and don’t really care too much if you are paid?

I am not trying to put anyone down here, just curious to the different views out there, and I know this can be a controversial topic. Feel free to post your thoughts. Really curious what others are thinking about this.

Have a great day and keep writing!

 

General Updates

What’s Your Favorite Email Client/Host?

Okay so I have tried AOL, Yahoo, Gmail, Excite, and Hotmail and out of them all I like Gmail the best and then Yahoo. But if are an Indie author, musician, artist, etc. which email client do you choose out of those listed above, or do you use something completely different, for your professional email?

If you use a client listed above, what do you like best and least about the ones you’ve tried?

I am currently using a hotmail address for my professional email, but to be honest I really don’t care for it too much. I am thinking of maybe going back to Gmail, which I tend to like best anyway.

Now another question… when creating your professional email, do you prefer your name@email.com, or do you use something other than your name? If you use something other than your name, does it make you feel less professional, or just more creative? I like to use my name, but then sometimes wonder if it really matters.

I am really curious to hear what you think, so please feel free to share your thoughts with me on this!

I look forward to hearing from you. 🙂 Have a great day!

 

General Updates

New Audiobooks Available!

On April 29, 2013, The History of Sackets Harbor, New York became available as an audiobook on audible.com.

Audiobook cover
Audiobook cover

 

On May 1, 2013, Day & Night: A Collection of Nature Poetry became available on audible.com.

Audiobook Cover
Audiobook Cover

 

Both audiobooks will be available on Amazon and on iTunes within the next few days!

This is so exciting for me. When I started out writing it was for the pure enjoyment of creating something from my imagination and then later did I decide to publish. At the time, there was only traditional publishing available, or should I say that was all I knew of since I didn’t, yet, own a computer. But now there are so many avenues to publishing and in so many different formats it is unbelievable! It is so exciting to be an author at this day in age where the world of publishing is open to all formats of writing as well as many formats to publish your work in, allowing you to reach your audience in a shorter amount of time than by way of a traditional publisher. I am not trying to come down on traditional publishers here. I am just in awe…reflecting on the extent of changes in the publishing industry.

Well, I am off now. I have an article to work on and dinner to make!

God bless!