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April Book Tag

Hi everyone! I hope you are keeping well!! Where I am, it’s feeling very much like the whole “April showers” today as it raining steadily, but I have great hopes for the May flowers. 🙂 Rain Here GIF | Gfycat

Anyway, I thought of this book tag that I would love to do. I have a feeling it’s probably been done by someone else, but I am not sure by who. If you think it’s a fun tag, you are more than welcome to take part. In fact, please do! I would love to see which books you would use to spell the word April. You could pick your favourite books, but I think I will pick the books that I have read most recently. Here goes… 

– A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn

P – Pawsitively Secretive (Witch of Edgehill #3) by Melissa Erin Jackson

– If I Live by Terri Blackstock

– Lost Boy (The Neverwood Chronicles #2) by Chanda Hahn

 

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Which books would you use to spell April?

Talk to you all next time!

Emma

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The 10 Question Self-publishing Tag

Happy Monday! Self-publishing was a long journey for me and I thought I would share some of it with you guys through this tag. Hope you enjoy. 🙂

1. What is the title of your debut novel?

Ashes of Glass

Ashes of Glass. It’s a retelling of Cinderella with a few twists.

2. Why did you choose self-publishing?

I think it chose me. I sent queries to a number few agents and heard back from one of them, “While your work has merit, it is not quite a fit for us. With respect and regret, we must decline.” After a while, I wasn’t sure where to go. Do I keep sending out queries? Do I just leave this novel and start writing a new one. During the summer I worked at a u-pick berry farm and met a woman who was a self-published author. She told me about CreateSpace and the royalties a self-published author receives. Prior to this, I didn’t know much about self-publishing so that day I went home and looked into CreateSpace. I was hooked right then and there. I was going to publish my book! Before I did, though, I edited ferociously and laid the foundations so I could begin building a social platform.  Finally in January 2018, I felt it was ready and hit the publish button!

3. What’s your favorite thing about being an indie author?

I can do pretty much whatever I want! I made the cover myself, I designed the inside, I added and removed scenes. But this can also be a pitfall since as the author, it’s sometimes like I’m wearing blinders. Whether the cause is stubbornness or pure ignorance, problems sometimes arise from my desire to be independent.   

4. What’s the hardest thing about being an indie author?

Building a platform and getting reviews. You obviously want people to read your book. That’s why you published it, right? I needed to get myself out there, make a twitter account, get a blog going, review books, join goodreads groups etc. But at the same time, I had to be careful not to spread myself too thin. I couldn’t do everything.   

5. Looking back is there something you would do differently?

Umm maybe get an editor. I would definitely have tried to find some beta readers. Like I said, I love being independent with this all, but it’s really hard. It’s amazing how often I missed things and when I did eventually notice, I was like, “How did I let this happen?”

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6. How important is social media (blog, twitter, goodreads)?

Sooo important! I mentioned this already, but you need a social platform, you need to get yourself out there.

7. Did you hire an editor?

No, I didn’t. Maybe I should have, but it’s quite expensive and if I’m careful, I can probably catch the grammatical errors myself. I will be looking for beta readers for my next book, though. (So if you’re interested… 😉 I’ll hopefully be posting something within the next three months.)  

8. What’s your personal editing process?

First draft I just write, no regrets. Second draft and maybe third draft I read through the manuscript and fish out as many hiccups – grammar, plot, characters etc. Then I use the search on microsoft office to look for words that I shouldn’t use; for example, after, before, when, like, suddenly, slightly, hopefully, really, very, stand, turn, etc. My list is pretty long because I’m picky about it and you should be too. It’s a super important step and helps to clean up your writing. Another thing I do with my manuscript, is put it through a text to audio converter and then listen to it. This is a tedious task, but well worth the effort since it especially reveals awkwardly worded sentences and typos. After this, I print the manuscript and go through it with a red pen. This also is a lot of work, but everything looks different when you see it on real paper. Finally, I design the interior and do all the formatting and hopefully by then, it’s ready to go. 🙂   

9. Will you self-publish your next book?Related image

Yes, definitely. Self-publishing was a lot of work, but it was worth it. Right now I’m about 75% done the 2nd draft and things are already falling into place. (Does that mean I’m getting better or that I’m missing a lot???)  

10. What’s your advice to people who want to self-publish?

Start a blog and review as many books as you can. When you’re in the reviewer mindset, you notice the imperfections and if you’re smart, you’ll learn from them. Reviews on your blog will also get you noticed by other readers interested in the same genres. So when you publish, they’ll be like, “Oh hey, this person likes the same books I do. I should give their book a try.”

Are you veering towards self-publishing? How would you answer these questions?

If you have any other questions for me or want some advice, feel free to comment or shoot me an email. Here is the link to my Contact Page.  

Glossary

Beta Reader: A test reader of an unreleased work of literature or other writing (similar to beta testing in software), giving feedback with the angle of an average reader to the author about remaining issues. A beta-reader is a non-professional reader, so that an uncolored opinion of an average reader can be obtained. Usually, a beta reader will be unpaid. The feedback is used by the writer to iron out remaining overall issues with plot, pacing, and consistency. The beta read also serves as a target audience test to see whether the book has the intended emotional impact and feel. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beta_reader

Self-publishing: The publication of any book, album, or other media by its author without the involvement of an established publisher.

CreateSpace: Through our services, you can sell books, CDs, and DVDs for a fraction of the cost of traditional manufacturing, while maintaining more control over your materials. We make it simple to distribute your books, music, and video through Internet retail outlets, your own website, and other bookstores, retailers, libraries, and academic institutions. https://www.createspace.com/AboutUs.jsp

 

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The Music Tag

Hi there everyone! I love music and I saw this tag on a blog called The Perks of Me so I thought I’d give it a go.

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1) Favourite band/musician of the moment?
I think it’s a tie between Dean Brody and Hans Zimmer. I know crazy right?? But for example, if I’m driving in the car, Dean Brody is my go to (his music is fantastic). When studying or writing, though, Hans Zimmer is the best. So I suppose it’s a bit of a complicated question to answer since it depends on where I am and what I’m doing.

2) One band you’ve always come back to..
Hmm, I’m not a huge band person, but I would say Trading Yesterday. I really love their music. Honestly, I don’t know why, but there is something about that gets me every time.

3) Favourite Movie Soundtrack?
YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW HARD THIS FOR ME! I absolutely love movie soundtrack. But let’s say it came down to a deserted island and I could only pick one… I would probably go for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. Sigh…. Hans Zimmer is my hero, his music is the best.

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4) What is/are your favourite song(s) of all time?
Love Song Requiem by Trading Yesterday

5) What’s your most embarrassing song on Itunes?
Song…? Well, I have two albums of Disney music… 🙂 Maybe a specific song is the Tigger Song from Winnie the Pooh. (It’s adorable)

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6) Top 3 songs played on your ITunes?
1. Love Song Requiem by Trading Yesterday
2. Forgotten City from RiME by Lindsey Stirling
3. The Rains of Castamere by Hawthorne

7) Favourite Concert you’ve attended?
Hits from the Movies by the K-W Symphony Orchestra.

8) Most underrated musician in your opinion?
Peter Hollens. He is super talented, but I think he still struggles to acquire enough funds to support himself.

9) Favourite quote or song lyrics?

Let Her Go by Passenger

Well you only need the light when it’s burning low
Only miss the sun when it starts to snow
Only know you love her when you let her go
Only know you’ve been high when you’re feeling low
Only hate the road when you’re missing home
Only know you love her when you let her go
And you let her go

10) Favourite musical?

Hands down the Phantom of the Opera. I have listened to it 1,000 times and I could listen to it 10,000 times more. It’s just soo… So beautiful.

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So there you have it, a few of my music favorites 🙂 What do you think? What would you answer?

Thanks for reading!

P.S. Check out my book Ashes of Glass.

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Author Tag: 10 Questions

Tags are super fun and I stumbled across an author tag so I thought I would give it a go. I did not come up with the tag, it’s from a blog called Fantasy, Mash-Ups, and Mayhem.

I hope you enjoy!

1) WHAT IS THE WORKING TITLE OF YOUR BOOK?

Ashes of Glass

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2) WHERE DID THE IDEA COME FROM FOR YOUR BOOK?

I LOVE Cinderella! It’s one of my favorite fairy tales so when I finally decided that I was going to try my hand at writing an entire novel, I chose to do a retelling of Cinderella. Since then it’s sort of evolved into Cinderella-with-some-major-twists, but hey, the seed was Cinderella.

3) WHAT GENRE DOES YOUR BOOK FALL UNDER?

Inspirational romance or Christian romance works too.

4) WHICH ACTORS WOULD YOU CHOOSE TO PLAY IN YOUR MOVIE RENDITION?

Hmm… Probable Emilie de Ravin as Arella and Henry Cavill as Prince Friederic.

    

What do you think???

5) WHAT IS THE ONE SENTENCE SYNOPSIS OF YOUR BOOK?

:O hmm.

Arella is a penniless servant and Friederic is a prince destined to marry a foreign princess, but their lives become intertwined and they find themselves fighting the disapproval of the nobles, mysterious debts, murder, and a cruel lord willing to do anything in his quest for power.

Haha sorry… That’s a long sentence.

6) WILL YOUR BOOK BE SELF-PUBLISHED OR REPRESENTED BY AN AGENCY?

Self-published. Yep, I took a leap of faith and went solo. Crazy right?

7) HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO WRITE THE FIRST DRAFT OF YOUR MANUSCRIPT?

I think around 8 months. At first, I wrote a lot, but then I went through a little dry period. When I picked it up again, I started writing an average of 1,000-2,000 words per day so that made things gallop along at a nice pace.

8) WHAT OTHER BOOKS WOULD YOU COMPARE THIS STORY TO?

“Captive Maiden” by Melanie Dickerson or “Cinderella and the Colonel” by KM Shea.

9) WHO OR WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THE BOOK?

My love for stories and writing. I simply enjoy creating stories and I wanted to be able to share one in its entirety.

10) WHAT ELSE ABOUT YOUR BOOK MIGHT PIQUE THE READER’S INTEREST?

Overall, it has a handful of alterations from the traditional Cinderella retelling. However, it is also a clean read. I don’t really agree with profanity or inappropriateness in books so my writing obviously doesn’t contain it – people can read it without having to cringe at certain parts.

 

Are you an author? What would you answer to these questions? Or do you have any questions about my book or myself? I’d be more than happy to answer them. 😀

Also…. find out more about my book here, or oooor read the PROLOGUE.

It’s on Amazon too!!!

Thanks for reading!

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Reading Habits Tag

I’ve read a bunch of reading habits tags and thought they were really fun so I decided to try one for myself. This one was created by TheBookJazz and you can find the video here.

Reading Habits

  1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

I think outside on the deck, there’s nothing better than sitting in the sun with my fingers curled around a book. If it’s not nice weather though, I like to snuggle on the couch with a soft blanket. So nothing super specific, as long I’m comfortable and warm.   

  1. Bookmark or random piece of paper?

Umm… Neither… Ya, I know bad right? But for some reason, I always lose my bookmark or forget to actually put it where I stop, I guess I’m just not a bookmark person. I do occasionally get annoyed because I’m having a hard time finding where I stopped, but apparently not enough to actually use a bookmark.

  1. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/ a certain amount of pages?

I can stop anywhere, except for at a cliffhanger. A lot of chapters end with cliffhangers so it’s impossible to stop there. Thus it usually ends up being a boring middle part of the chapter.

  1. Do you eat or drink while reading?

Okay, wait a minute. Isn’t that a given? Tea/coffee + reading = complete bliss. I loooove my tea and coffee with reading (or writing), they just seem inexplicably entwined. Sometimes I eat, but that’s only when the book has me so captivated that I can’t take time away from it to eat my breakfast or dinner. Which I’m sure many of us have done 😉

  1. Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?

Sometimes music, but not usually. Reading is actually one of the only things I find difficult to do while there is music playing. I can write, draw, bake, workout, clean, etc., while there is music playing, but reading… Not so much.

And TV… No, not at all. I can’t pay attention to two stories at once. When I read, I want to read with my entire mind, not only half of it because that kind of defeats the purpose, right?

  1. One book at a time or several at once?

Just one. But that’s mostly because once I start reading a book I can’t stop and I finish within a few days. Besides if I read more than one at once, then I liable to get the storylines mixed up. Plus I like focusing on one at time so I don’t have so many different stories running through my head. Simply my own stories rattling around in my brain is enough to drive a girl crazy.

  1. Reading at home or everywhere?

If a book is calling my name it doesn’t matter where I am, I have to read it. The only exceptions are really busy places where there are a lot of noises or people. Especially if there are a lot of people, I find myself constantly watching them (I know that sounds creepy, but I don’t mean it in a creepy way), I just wonder what their stories are – where they’re from and where they’re going. Please, don’t say I’m the only one who does that.

  1. Reading out loud or silently in your head?

Silently. Reading out loud seems to take so long and even if I try, I can’t do all the voices quite like I can do them in my head. I mean, come on, the voices sound amazing in your head, right? Plus, if I read out loud, people would think, “Who’s that crazy girl over there talking to herself.”

  1. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?

Umm… I will confess, I have read ahead a few times. I know, I know, how could I do such a thing? Awful of me isn’t it? But in my defense, I haven’t done it in a long time. Now, I have a rule that I suppose is more of a guideline, that says that I will never experience the full impact of the ending if I skip ahead, the emotions won’t be the same, the relationship I have with the characters won’t be as strong.

  1. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

I try to keep it new, but the key word is try. I drag my books with me everywhere so although I attempt to prevent it, there are at times casualties.  

  1. Do you write in your books?

Never! That would be sacrilege. If there’s a quote I really like, then I’ll write it down in my notebook, but I won’t mark up the beautiful pages of a book.

Now I have to mention, though, textbooks are an entirely different story. At times it is crucial to write in textbooks, to underline and highlight important information.

Readabits

  1. When do you find yourself reading? Morning, afternoon, evening, whenever you get the chance or all the time?

Whenever I get the chance! Which, now that school has started, I am forced to read in class is not that often, but I try really hard to always have a book around so that just in case my teachers don’t drown me in homework, I’ll have something nearby to read.

  1. What is your best setting to read in?

Sun. Lawnchair. Tanktop. An open view (like a cornfield). Birds singing. Trees rustling faintly in the breeze.

Or….

Cup of tea/coffee. Warm blanket. Soft couch. Comfy clothes. Smell of a lavender or vanilla candle.

  1. What do you do first – Read or Watch?

I try to read first because TBH, the book is usually better than the movie and I don’t want the adventure of reading the book to be ruined.

  1. What form do you prefer? Audiobook, E-book or physical book?

The physical book! But… I don’t mind audiobooks, although it depends on the book and as much as I hate to admit it, I do sometimes buy e-books because they are cheaper. However, those things aside, I would much, much rather hold a real book in my hands.

  1. Do you have a unique habit when you read?

No, I don’t think so. At least nothing that I am aware of.

  1. Do book series have to match?

They don’t have to have to, but I prefer it if they do. It just looks so much better on my shelf.

Okay well, that’s the end of the post. Thanks for reading! And I would love to hear your comments or what some of your reading habits are.

 

Ta ta for now!