Camp NaNoWriMo

Camp NaNo Day 3

Okay so I missed day 2. But that was due to some depression that keeps to want to keep me down. It won’t yesterday. But today I seem to be able to function on some level in order to be able to work on my story and to type a short blog post.

Are any of you suffering from mental illness that makes it hard for you to focus or to even care about your writing, yet in your heart you know you want to keep writing? That is what keeps me going. Knowing that in my heart I love to write and that I feel better doing it.

Do you feel better after you’ve written a poem, short story, or novel? Or haven just written anything? I often wonder why this is but I figure it’s because it’s a passion and gift that God has given us so to use it, of course it would feel good. But that’s just my opinion. I’m sure you have your own.

So how far are you on day 3. I’m almost to 2000 words and I would have beat that if I had written yesterday. But I’m going to write as much as I can today. I’m cleaning 3 rooms and washing the bedding and in some cases toys for those rooms and then putting them back together. So I have been up and down and not getting the time I wished for. However, I have been ale to make some decent progress today regardless of the chores I’ve had to do.

But I must go for now to finish up the laundry and feed my son who just informed me he was hungry.

So all my fellow Campers I wish you the best of luck meeting your word count at the end of the month.

Camp NaNoWriMo

Camp NaNo Is Here!

Good morning, Troopers! How are we all doing this morning? I pray you are well and ready for a day of intense writing. Well, okay it doesn’t have to be as tense as November’s NaNo but we still have some healthy competition with Camp NaNo.

I just started writing and I only have 300 words down when I realized I had forgotten some important information in my outline which I really need and would sound right if I didn’t add them in. So I figured I’d add the information in now less I forget about it later.

Do you do that if you forgot to add something in your outline, are you prone to fixing it right away or do you wait until after Camp is over?

So I have chosen a word count of 20,000 though I’m not sure I’ll reach that many words since I am only doing Camp to finish up a previous book of 50,000 words. So we’ll see how many words I’ll get. What word count have you chosen this time around? Feel free to leave your answers in the comments.

Well, I can’t be staying on the blog long if I’m going to be getting anything done. Best of luck to all you Lords and Ladies. Wish me luck!

Camp NaNoWriMo

Camp NaNo Eve

It is 6:50AM Eastern time on Camp NaNo Eve! That’s right everyone I said it. Camp NaNo Eve ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Ech em. Sorry about that. A little excited!

No seriously thouhg, are you ready either your next novel or work more on your current one? Are you going to plan out your novel like James Patterson does and like I learned to do, or are you going to be a pantser? Which way works for you?

I have to tell you the truth. I wasn’t always someone who planned out their stories. I started out that way and found it a huge help but when my kids and married life came along time was short so I just didn’t off the seat of my pants, but I had a much harder time with my novels. So after taking James Patterson’s Masterclass he highly stresses to plan out your novels and to write an outline. I was like, “Okay. I”ll give it a try. I know outlining isn’t for everyone.” So I gave it a try and found outlining pretty easy to do and that it made things so much easiwer for me. So we’ll see how I do with this next month’s nano having an outline. I’m looking forward to it. Are you?

Camp NaNoWriMo

Doing Well on the Writing Wave

Lately I have been doing well with writing and outline my next book, but not so good with keeping up with my posts for my blog.

I have about 50,000 words on my story Facade but it’s not finished yet, I have the rest of the story outlined and Camp NaNo is coming up in just a few days so I hope to finish the story then. I have no idea how long it will be but I’m curious to find out.

The main character is Wesley who is based off of Elvis Presley. His brother Keith is the older brother who in Elvis’ live did not survive. But the twin brother did survive in my story. Wesley could sing and Keith could not so there was a lot of jealousy in the book. Even though Keith discovered his drawing ability it was not enough for him and he’s so enraged he almost kills his brother. And that is about as far as I’m letting on. lol I don’t want to reveal too much.

That book is called Facade and my next book is called The Forgiving which is turning out to be a Christian fiction book so far. I hadn’t much in my story until I used Rory’s story cubes the original box and the actions box. I now have other ideas and actions to work with.

And I think you may have all heard about James Patterson’s Masterclass well I took that and I have been inspired to change some of my ways. Like go commercial publishing instead of self publishing. So once I have Facade written and edited a couple of times, I’m going to seek a literary agent. Yeah sure I may get rejected several times like 30 or so, but that’s okay. Because other writers have done it before me and made it. I believe I can do it too.

So Camp NaNo here I come and here’s hoping to finish my first fictional story!

Uncategorized

Story to App

So lately my story writing has slowly been turning over to writing for an app my husband has going. He is creating a garden app and needed someone to write the plant information and input all that information into a data base. Now mind you I never saw this coming years back but it’s here now. I still have this second book I am working on . I didn’t make it for camp nano unfortunately. I”m hoping to write the third book come this next camp nano. We’ll see. I”ll really have to get this second story done first.

So how am I going to manage this work for my husband and my own writing? To be honest, I don’t know. I’m still trying to figure that out. I think for today I am going to try to work a little on the database information and then I’ll try working on writing a blog post for my character Cora, and then end the day with some writing.

Okay! So that’s the plan. I’ll be back at the end of the day and let you know how everything turned out today and if my plan worked.

Take care!

A Daughter's Reflection

Taking It Back

Over the last couple of night’s I guess I have felt like the only book I have to publish are my poetry. But they aren’t going to get me far. My other two books A Daughter’s Reflection, and Secret Anguish I guess I really wrote for myself at this point. Maybe the Secret Anguish; My Journey through Mental Health will turn into something at some point but I just don’t feel like it’s ready yet.

So now what’s in store for me? Well I have been working on a Sackets Harbor, NY series but I also thought of writing as a character on my blog. We’ll see. I’ll have to do some brainstorming. So that’s where I am. How far along are you on your story?

Mental health

Writing With Generalized Anxiety

So most days I sit here trying to work on my story or even to write another blog post and I simply freeze.  I’m caught in the grip of anxiety wondering if I’ll ever get out and if I’ll have any kind of writing career. I need to meditate more and I do have a meditating app on my iPad which helps. But should I give up? What should I do? I know talking to someone helps but I don’t have that kind of person to talk to. You know the type I mean, creative but understands anxiety and mental illness.

If you are a creative person who suffers from anxiety what is it you do before you sit down and write that allows you to be able to write and  create masterful works of art? Please feel free to leave a comment or email me at jisoucie@hotmail.com.

Secret Anguish

Secret Anguish

Well it’s been a rough one with this book ad I had so much work to do on this book And recently had to toss a lot of it away. But I worked hard on building the book back up.

So now I have a decent sized book that I am happy with. So I have gone and published the digital version at Amazon Kindle and published the paperback at lulu.com. The reason I did that was because I couldn’t get the KDP paperback to work. I did what they said but they would never make a paperback. So I’ll post both links here,

Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Anguish-Mental-Health-Journey-ebook/dp/B07N4P8W67/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1549092492&sr=8-2&keywords=janis+soucie

Paperback: http://www.lulu.com/shop/janis-soucie/secret-anguish-my-mental-health-journey/paperback/product-23961377.html

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Secret Angiush

It has been a long couple of days. I have been working on my next book, Secret Anguish: My Metal Health Journey and I have had to toss out so much of my book because I realized it would’t help my story at all. It had to do with allergies and asthma and that has nothing to do with mental illness. I think this book may be a novella by the time I’m done weeding everything.

I have a couple of chapters I can keep that do have to deal with mental heals so I’ll start my rewrite from there, and see what I come up with. Hopefully, I’ll have a decent manuscript by the time I’m done.

But I’d better get going while I can. Before my 3 year old son needs something and I’m interrupted,

So I’ll work on what I have ready to use and then I should also consult the journal entries I have from years past and see what information they can provide. Well, I’m off. Best of luck to you if you are editing your manuscript. It’s a tough job so take your time and don’t rush it. So long for now!

Book News

How to Market a Book

Lately, I have decided to read another book by Joanna Penn called How to Market a Book.  I’m going to list the table of contents again so you can get the gist of what the book is about.

Introduction

My Story

I. Marketing Principles

1.1 The Marketing Mindset

1.2 Polarities of marketing

1.3 When to Start marketing and how to balance your time

II. Your Book Fundamentals

2.1 Prerequisites for success

2.2 Book Sales description

2.3 Choose the right categories and keywords

2.4 Amazon Author Central

2.5 Sampling. Why your first few pages are so important

2.6 The pros and cons of exclusivity

2.7 Pricing and the use of free

2.8. Using box sets and bundling

2.9 Writing a series

III. No Platform Needed: Short Term Marketing

3.1 Why book reviews are important

3.2 How to get customer reviews

3.3 How to get reviews from book bloggers

3.4 Paid Advertising: Email blasts

3.5 Paid Advertising:Facebook, Amazon, and other ads

3.6 Case Study: Ad stacking to hit the USA today list

3.7 Algorithm hacking, big data, and production speed

IV. Your Author Platform: Long-term Marketing

4.1 What is an author platform and why bother?

4.2 Your Author Brand

4.3 Using pseudonyms

4.4 Professional author photos

4.5 Integrity, authenticity, generosity, social karma

4.6 Your author website

4.7 How to build an email list

4.8 Content Marketing

4.9 Should you have an author blog?

4.10 Mistakes authors make with blogging

4.11 Guest blogging

4.12 Image marketing

4.13 How to sell books using social media

4.14 Social networking tips

4.15 Examples of how I use social media sites

4.16 Should you create a podcast?

4.17 How to produce and market a podcast

4.18 Video Marketing

4.19 Marketing audiobooks

4.20 Marketing print books

4.21 Merchandising

4.22 Traditional media and PR

4.23 How to get media attention with a newsworthy story

4.24 Tips for TV and radio

V. Marketing Strategy and Book Launches

5.1 Your book marketing strategy

5.2 Aspects of a book launch

5.3 Relaunching older books

Conclusion and next steps

Need more help?

Appendix 1: Questions to answer honestly if your book isn’t selling.

Appendix 2: Useful resources

So there is the whole table of contents. I’m only in chapter two so not too far into but so far learning I didn’t know and some I did. But I know there is a lot this book can teach me. I hope you give it a read or at least try a sample of the book before you buy. Good luck on your marketing adventure!