Saturday, September 9, 2017

Should You Enter Writing Contests? This Author Says Yes & I Agree, to a point.

A Note from S.J. Francis: When I saw this blog post, I knew I had to share it. Should you enter writing contests? This author says yes and I agree, to a point. Why? Before my novel, Shattered Lies was purchased I asked a long time published author friend with all the books out there, how could I make mine stand out? She advised me to enter contests. Well I did. I lost count how many I entered and how much I spent in doing so. To date, my book or cover has placed in seven contests of varying degrees. It's nice to see that others out there, experts in the writing field acknowledged my novel. It's nice to receive their notes and seals of recognition, too. Did winning the awards help my books sales any? Nope. Did it help make my book stand out? Not that I've noticed. Should you enter writing contests? That is completely up to you. If you have the time and can afford it, why not go for it? I know a lot of other authors that don't enter contests while some do. It seems to me to be a matter of preference. Do you enter writing contests? Why or why not?

From The Write Life.com
Should You Enter Writing Contests?
This  Author Says Yes
November 8, 2016 By Emily Wenstrom
Last spring, I entered my novel into awriting contest on a whim, with my state’s writing association.
I felt my odds of winning somethingseemed decent enough it was worth the $40 entry fee, and at minimum, I’d receive the judges’ feedback, which would be extremely helpful for honing my craft.
Who can resist an opportunity to see how you measure up to your peers?
In early summer I got news that I was a semifinalist. Then in August, that I was a finalist. It started to get exciting. I could really, actually place!  But I tried not to think about it too hard, to avoid too much disappointment later.
Well friends, I not only placed, I got first place for the published fantasy category.
And then in a completely unexpected twist, my novel received the organization’s top honor as 2016 Book of the Year.
Hooray!
I was completely floored. Winning an award is a really nice pat on the back—you’re doing something right, and those high-starred reviews on Amazon are not just out of politeness.
Held up to high standards of objective judging, you made the cut.
But beyond fueling a writer’s ego, what can an award do for your author career?
Award-winning”
As soon as you are declared a winner in a contest, you get to slap “award-winning” in front of your byline any time you want.
And you should definitely want to. The external affirmation of an award can help new readers consider you worth a risk. Over time, this is a credential that pays off.
Speaking opportunities
This new tag next to your name should be able to help you get a few more speaking gigs, too.
My award came with one opportunity built in: I’ll be the “person of renown” at next year’s conference, and will deliver an address the first day. Which is terrifying, but at least I have a year to prepare for it.
While at the conference, I got invited to address a writer’s group, and I’ve already started sending out queries to see what else I drum up—post-award is no time to kick back and relax … it’s time to jump into high gear!
But I’m a writer, not a speaker!”
No, I am sorry, but you are both.
Being prepared to take on speaking gigs is a powerful way to expand your platform. I know it’s awful—when I step on a stage my hands visibly shake.
But the more you do it, the easier it gets. Start small in your own community and work your way up. If it helps, round up a panel to work with. But don’t let a fear of public speaking hold your beloved book back from success.
Media buzz
Any time you earn recognition for your work, be sure to send out a press release to any reporters in your area who cover books, or arts and culture in general (just one per media outlet please, so do your research to find the best contact first).
Your returns on a press release may vary, but odds are you’ll get at least a hit or two, and every mention can help readers discover and remember you.
Copies in hands
This result was immediate: As soon as the awards ceremony concluded, people were stopping me to say they couldn’t wait to purchase my book in the conference book store the next day.
At a winners’ signing in the morning, I sold 20 books in about 90 minutes—and got as many new subscribers to my email list. For comparison, I sold fewer books than that over a three-day local comic con.
I saw a jump in my Amazon ranking over the following week, too.
Putting it all to work
So how do you find the right contest for your book? Chasing the Man Booker or the Pulitzer on your first shot is probably not going to pay off. But, winning an award that lacks credibility won’t help you much, either.
A few tips:
  • Look to your local and state organizations. These often offer competitions that draw in a smaller pool since they’re not national, but most writing associations are still respected influencers in their region.
  • Research the judging process. I’ve seen contests before where books are nominated by readers, and then voted upon online—this is less a judge of writing quality than a popularity contest.

    The contest I entered had a meticulous process including objective scoring thresholds to reach semifinalist and finalist status—so even being named a finalist was a true accomplishment. Another thoughtful feature this contest used was that to account for varying tastes in writing, the judge whose score was farthest away from the others was tossed (whether it was higher or lowers than the others).Look for contests with high standards and a clear, thoughtful judging process.
  • Assess your work honestly. Do you genuinely feel that your manuscript holds up to the competition? What do critique partners tell you? Online reviews? Submitting a work you don’t feel is your best is just throwing your money away.
  • Genre considerations. Look at the competition’s past results. How does your genre fare? Are there specific categories for your genre in this competition?

    Don’t submit your hot romance novel for a literary prize—you may have written the most wonderful romance ever, but genre fiction is not what that competition is looking for! Find a romance competition instead.
  • Fringe benefits. Make sure you gain a benefit from the contest even if you don’t win—most commonly, you should receive the judges’ comments on why they scored your manuscript the way they did.
A time to seize opportunities
This was a great mid-year jumpstart to bring my book sales back to life a bit, and reaffirmed my efforts after a mid-year sales slump.
But taking full advantage of the opportunities is taking a ton of work, so be prepared. I’m reaching out to libraries, book stores, media outlets, and whatever else I can think of to seize opportunities.
Quite frankly, winning an award is some awful hard work. No sooner did I receive this unexpected honor than my heart started to race with all the new to-dos on my list. But it’s the good kind of work to have, so it’s hard to complain.
Want to create this situation for yourself? Don’t be afraid to get out there and submit!
Do you submit your work to writing contests? Why or why not?

E. J. Wenstrom is a fantasy and science fiction author living in Cape Canaveral, FL. Her first book,Mud, is a dystopian fantasy novel.... Read full bio.


Thank you all for visiting with us. It’s always a pleasure to meet readers and authors. Until next month, every one please stay safe. Smile. Be happy. Show compassion. Be nice to others. Put a little love into your heart. Please speak up for those without a voice, whether it be a dog, cat, elephant or monkey. One person, one voice can make a difference. Read a book and pass it on. Leave a review. Reviews are important for authors. Believe me. I know. Thank you!Regards,
S. J. Francis, Writing is my passion, but animals are my world. 
Advocate for the underdog, and cat, and supporting writers, et al.
In Shattered Lies: "It's All About Family." Available now from Black Opal Books and for sale at all on-line retailers and independent booksellers.

                     Shattered Lies is a winner in the Fall 2016 NABE Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards for Women's Fiction. 

                     Shattered Lies is a runner-up in the 2016 Shelf Unbound Indie Best Book Award Competition.

                     Shattered Lies is a 2016 Reader's Favorite Honorable Mention in the Fiction - Women’s category.  

                     Shattered Lies was a Finalist in the 10th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards.

                     Shattered Lies was chosen as General Fiction Official Selection in the 2015 New Apple Book Awards.

                     The first, original book cover design for Shattered Lies was a semi-finalist in the 2015 Authors dB Best Cover Contest.

                     The 2nd new book cover design for Shattered Lies was a Finalist in the 2016 Authors dB Best Cover Contest. 

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

On-Line Writing Groups: Should You or Shouldn't You? It Really All Depends....

                            
Should you or shouldn’t join an on-line writing group? Good question. Personally, I think joining one is a good idea. For support. For encouragement. For an opportunity to promote yourself and others. To exchange ideas with other authors. Writing is such an isolated career one often forgets that there are others in the same boat. In the end, of course, it all really depends on the club. Here’s why I say it all depends. Watch out for these red flags and then, decide whether or not to join that on-line writing group that sounds so good. First, do they charge a fee to join? Big red flag there! Yes, some writing groups may offer you some fantastic benefits, but is it worth the membership fee? Is the membership fee actually collected and labeled as such when you go to pay? I joined one on-line writing group where the membership fee was labeled, “Donation” when I signed up to pay via PayPal. BIG RED FLAG. I questioned it and was told, they “messed up when opening the account and clicked on donations instead of fee and never got around to changing it”. ANOTHER BIG RED FLAG. In fact, as it turned out, every fee from contests to blog tours to more were labeled as “Donations” not fees. Is the group on a paid or free website page? If it is a paid for website page, that would sort of justify charging a membership fee, right? If the website page is free, what are you paying for? It better be for some fantastic membership benefits, right?
                                        

     The on-line group I joined had a big red flag: It’s called the “On-line Writing Group by Santa Claus. Website name.com”, which, of course means the page is free. Wix and Word Press among others offer this option. You get the free web page with their name on it. Is the club big on promoting to readers or for more recruits? Do they have fundraisers and ask for more money because they “say” they need it? For what? Why would an on-line writing group on a free web page need any funds? Good question? Do they promote you and your writing to readers, or just to other members? Are their activities geared toward access to readers, or just to other members? I was part of one Back to School Blog tour that was aimed at bringing in other members to visit my blog, which of course, after that visit, no one ever returned. Silly me thought the purpose of an author blog tour was to bring in readers.
                                                 
                   
      Not so. When I questioned the club’s President, she said it wasn’t. Point blank. The “lottery” that was held during this tour in which I was to award prizes to visitors turned out to be won by guess what? All the “random” winners turned out to be other club members and no one else, though I had invited others outside the membership to visit. One winner was even a club Board member who fortunately never claimed the prize. Good thing because I wasn’t going to award a club board member a prize. I saw nothing ethical about this, though the club President was quick to point out that “there was nothing wrong with it”.
                                          

     I received my renewal notice in the middle of May. I thought hard about it and then, in the end decided against renewing. I sent my concerns off to the club President: How I felt about the club giving nothing back. No one reciprocated and more. In reply, I received an immediate cancellation. No apology. No trying to retain my membership. Nothing. All this went in line with the way I watched this club operate. As long as you did what they wanted when they wanted, you were in. When you questioned their practices, the President took it personally and told you off. No way to run a club, is it? Learn from my mistakes. Watch out for those groups that take all you have to give without giving you anything back. Watch out for those that charge "membership fees" to join. I joined two on-line writing groups last year. I paid for the privilege in more than one way. I learned a great deal more than I thought I would, too. Sort of soured me on on-line writing groups. Those that have BIG RED FLAGS showing anyway.

     All this leads back to the original question, Should you or shouldn’t you join an on-line writing group? If you live in an area that doesn’t have a physical writing group, as I do, and doesn’t have any red flags, I say why not? A writing group offers comradery and an opportunity to promote you and your writing, as well as helping out other writers. As long as there are no red flags, why not? The choice is up to you, but choose wisely. I wish I had done so, but that is another post. 

     Thank you all for visiting with us. It’s always a pleasure to meet readers and authors. Until next month, every one please stay safe. Smile. Be happy. Show compassion. Be nice to others. Put a little love into your heart. Please speak up for those without a voice, whether it be a dog, cat, elephant or monkey. One person, one voice can make a difference. Read a book and pass it on. Leave a review. Reviews are important for authors. Believe me. I know. Thank you!

Regards,
S. J. Francis, Writing is my passion, but animals are my world. 
Advocate for the underdog, and cat, and supporting writers, et al.


In Shattered Lies: "It's All About Family." Available now from Black Opal Books and for sale at all on-line retailers and independent booksellers. "Some secrets should remain that way."


                     Shattered Lies is a Finalist in the 2016 Wishing Shelf Independer Book Awards.

                     Shattered Lies is a winner in the Fall 2016 NABE Pinnacle Book Achievement Book Awards for Women's Fiction. 


                     Shattered Lies is a runner-up in the 2016 Shelf Unbound Indie Best Book Award Competition.
                                        
                     Shattered Lies is a 2016 Reader's Favorite Honorable Mention in the Fiction - Women’s category.  

                     Shattered Lies was a Finalist in the 10th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards.


                     Shattered Lies was chosen as General Fiction Official Selection in the 2015 New Apple Book Awards.


                     The 2nd, new book cover design for Shattered Lies was a Finalist in the 2016 Authors dB Best Cover Contest. 


                     The first, original book cover design for Shattered Lies was a semi-finalist in the 2015 Authors dB Best Cover Contest. 

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Visit with Romance Author A.D. Ellis....

      Hello one and all! How are you today? I'm back and hope everyone is doing well and happy! It’s so great to be with all of you again. Welcome back to my writing blog page where I try to share whatever I think may interest you. Of course, by now you all know how very much I love promoting other authors. Today I interview a fellow writer. With me this time is multi-published author, A.D. Ellis, as she discusses writing and her current book, Kade & Cameron, which was released in June 2017.

      A.D. Ellis spends the majority of her days loving and wrangling two school-aged children and a husband before heading to the inner city of Indianapolis to teach a challenging group of alternative education students in grades third through sixth. Most days she hits the gym after school in hopes of running and lifting away the stress and headaches of the day before picking up her children and squeezing a whole day's worth of loving and living into the too-short hours before bed. It's no wonder Ms. Ellis lives for the slower, easier days she gets to enjoy on breaks from school.

     Growing up in a small farming town in southern Indiana, A.D. is grateful to her mother for passing along the love of reading. With her nose constantly stuck in a book, Ms. Ellis became accustomed to friends and acquaintances snickering and shaking their heads at her love of reading.

     A.D. never dreamed of being anything but a teacher, although there are certain times of the year when she laments her career choice. Ms. Ellis had a story idea floating in her head for about a year. After persistent prodding from a friend, A.D. put pen to paper and began writing her first story in October 2013. From that moment on, she was hooked. Taking the people and stories from her head and sharing them with readers is a scary, exhausting, rewarding, and fulfilling experience which A.D. plans to continue until there are no more stories banging around in her mind.
                                                    
Author A.D. Ellis

     Welcome A.D! Thanks so much for joining us here. Shall we begin to learn more about you and your writing? Thanks for having me, SJ! Let’s get started!

     SJ: First, this question must be asked. If you don’t want to answer, A.D., that’s fine.  You’ve written straight contemporary romance. Now gay fiction. How did the two genres evolve for you? How does a heterosexual farm girl from Indiana write about relationships between gay men?  Do you prefer writing one genre over another?

     A.D: If someone had told me twenty years ago that I’d be writing books, I wouldn’t have believed them. However, many of my friends have stated that they knew I’d be authoring books since I loved to read so much. Twenty years ago, I was reading the mainstream type romance titles. I didn’t know there were so many subgenres (and, let’s be honest, the subgenres were fairly hidden and hard to get your hands on.)

Fast forward to 2014 when I published my first romance novel. I finished the first four books with an epilogue that introduced four male children in the family. I knew from the moment I wrote his name on the page that Sawyer was gay. I hadn’t plotted out any stories for these children in my head.  But, readers loved the first Torey Hope series so much, I was excited to extend the series into Torey Hope: The Later Years.

In doing this, I knew I’d be writing the four boys’ stories (Decker, Sawyer, Zach, Kendrick.) Many people told me to just write Sawyer as a straight man, but I couldn’t do that. It wasn’t who he was. People shouldn’t have to hide who they are. I wanted to write Sawyer’s story true to him. So, I did what authors do. I asked questions, I read in the male/male genre, and I asked more questions.
Writing Sawyer’s story was fun, emotional, and a learning experience for me. I wanted to write a short story for a friend. In this story, I took his real-life experiences with a friend and wrote the ending differently than how his real-life story worked out.

When the friend read the story, he encouraged me to publish it. With his permission, I published The Beginning (Bryan & Jase’s story) and started the Something About Him series.
As a farm girl from southern Indiana, I can’t say that I would have loved the male/male genre twenty or thirty years ago. I know I wouldn’t have appreciated it the way I do now. But, we can all admit that a couple decades of experience and maturing can change us in many ways. I’m a huge fan of the male/male genre these days. It’s pretty much all I read and write at this point. I’m in a genre I adore and I plan to write in it until the stories stop coming.
                                                

     SJ: Fascinating, A.D. and so very true, too. Now, please tell us about your newest release….

     A.D: Kade & Cameron is based on several real-life characters, experiences, and situations (as are most of my male/male stories.) There were some things happening in my life and I was thinking about them one day on a drive home from work. The story played out in my head and I spent the next week writing notes and planning it. It’s about two men who have had life-changing events take place in their lives. They’ve been friends for several years and turn to each other for support. But, they find that they need each other for more than just friendship. But, as in real-life, things don’t go smoothly.


     SJ: How extensive was your research for each one of your books? How much fact and fiction do you roll into each one?

     A.D: I’d say my books contain about 75%-95% real-life situations/characters/experiences. However, I definitely stir and mix and add to the real-life with plenty of fiction. My research varies based on each book. If I’m doing something with military, I’ll be talking to my friend in the Army to make sure I get it right. If I’m writing about a local bar, I’m in contact with the bar owner to be sure I’m getting facts and setting right.

When I wrote Kendrick, I had to be in constant contact with a reader and her husband to make sure I was getting the experiences right for an addict and his family.
But, a lot of what I write about is based on the experiences I’ve had or friends/family have had, so I know about it first-hand.


      SJ: If you could turn one of your books into a film, which one would you choose and why?

      A.D: Oh, wow. I think the whole Torey Hope series would make a great television series. People love real-life, small towns, romance, and family/friends mixed in with drama and humor and Torey Hope has all of that.
Every single one of my Something About Him books would make great movies or mini-series. I mean, hot men, romance, real-life drama, acceptance of self and others, emotions…what’s not to love?
So, in other words, I can’t choose just one. That’s like asking me to pick a favorite child. I just can’t.
                                             

       SJ: What do you love most about being a writer? Least?

      A.D: I love watching a story play out on the page. I love to see my well-laid plans get waylaid by what the characters want to happen. I love that ah-ha moment when a plot twist or resolution pops into my head.

I do not love trying to be a mom of two, a full-time alternative education teacher in the inner city, and an author all in one. There aren’t enough hours in the day! A lot of times, my writing time gets pushed to the back burner.

I also do not like writer’s block. But, I’m learning to respect the block. Toni Morrison said, “I tell my students there is such a thing as ‘writer’s block,’ and they should respect it. You shouldn’t write through it. It’s blocked because it ought to be blocked, because you haven’t got it right now.” And I think Toni Morrison is a very smart woman.


       SJ:  What writer inspired you most and how?

       A.D: Honestly, it was a combination of all the authors I’ve read from the time my mom was reading to me as a child up through my reading in high school. Then, after I fell away from reading in college and as a new mother, I came back to reading thanks to the Twilight series. Authors like Beverly Cleary, Ann M. Martin, Lois Lowry, Judy Blume and books like Sweet Valley High, Trixie Belden, and even Little Golden Books shaped me as a reader and writer.

But, writing didn’t come to me until much later. I have always been a reader, but I never thought of writing as something I wanted to do. I didn’t want to spend time writing stories only to have them added to the rejected piles over and over. Self-publishing changed my outlook on that.
I’m inspired by writers the world over. Those who tell real stories, those who craft fantastical worlds and characters, those who delve deep into mysteries, I’m inspired by them all.


      SJ: If you could give just one piece of important writing advice to an aspiring writer, what would it be?

      A.D: Keep writing. Ray Bradbury said, “You fail only if you stop writing.” I believe this to be true.

If you’re only writing to make it big and be famous, you’re writing for the wrong reasons. If you’re writing because you can’t get the stories out of your head and you want to share them with the world, keep at it.

Also, it’s scary to let your babies out in the world, but you’ll never get better and grow as a writer if you don’t take chances and accept constructive criticism from trusted critique partners and peers.


      SJ: What is a favorite book you enjoyed reading and would recommend without hesitation? Why?

      A.D: Ohhhh, you can’t ask me questions like this! We’d be here for days if I listed all the books I’ve enjoyed. Haha!

But, I’ll pick two that always stick with me. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair. This was an assigned reading in college, but I loved it. Reading about that time in history and what life was like, it was fascinating. Also, The Giver by Lois Lowry. I *loved* the world she created and I still wonder what it would be like if our society lived that way.


      SJ: In closing, and without giving too much away, do you have any more projects in the immediate future? We’d love to hear about it.

      A.D: I do. I’m working on a new male/male series. It’s planned to be a trio of books, each a standalone title, but set in the same town with three main families.

     Wonderful and thanks so much, A.D for allowing us to take some time out of your busy schedule and interview you. It’s been a pleasure speaking with you and learning about you and your books. Readers, as always, thank you for dropping by. Take note you may purchase a copy of A.D’s books through Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/A.D.-Ellis/e/B00K0YJ8CW

      A.D.: Thank you so very much for having me! I’ve enjoyed my time with you and your readers.
                                                   

     But, as usual, before we go, we can’t say goodbye without posting an excerpt from one of A.D’s books and here we go.  Here’s an excerpt from Loving Josie, A Torey Hope novel. Enjoy!

I wanted more with Kyle. I knew he couldn’t or wouldn’t give me more at this point. So, my plan was two-fold. The first part was to get some real-life dating experience with a safe, attractive, friend. The second part was getting to spend time with him without it being awkward. If he thought he was just playing a part in helping me, maybe he wouldn’t over-analyze things between us and would just let us enjoy our time together. This was a great plan in theory. However, my heart knew that it could backfire terribly.
All of this ran through my head as I headed to the door. Why were my three best girlfriends standing on my front porch? I opened the door with a questioning look? “Hey ladies. Can I help you?” Audrey rolled her eyes and pushed past me.
Libby and Carly looked sort of apologetic, but they walked past me as well. I got the distinct feeling they were here to witness an ass chewing. We sat down in the living room, and I waited, not knowing what was going to happen.
“What the hell are you thinking, Josie Decker?” This from Audrey. She continued, “I just left my house after calling in my reinforcements here. Did you know Kyle’s over at my house talking to Jeremiah? He’s all dressed up, pierced up, tatted up, bleached up, and styled up. Do you know why? He’s got a date. Oh, but that’s right, you already knew he had a date, didn’t you?!”
When I didn’t respond, because I wasn’t sure if this was a rhetorical question or not, she powered on. “It was bad enough when you bought a house with the man. But now you’re going to ‘pretend date’ him?! This isn’t a good thing, Josie. If he weren’t so fucked up, I would be cheering you on. And, honestly, I think dating you would be truly good for him. But, he’s so damn stubborn, I worry he’ll never let go of the notion that he can’t love you the way you deserve and, in the end, you’re going to end up being hurt.”

SJ: Quite an excerpt there, huh, folks? It certainly has me intrigued. What about you?     
Readers, don’t forget you may find all of A.D’s books at Amazon. She has been on other platforms before and will likely be there again in the future.

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Thank you all for visiting with us. It’s always a pleasure to meet readers and authors. Until next month, every one please stay safe. Smile. Be happy. Show compassion. Be nice to others. Put a little love into your heart. Please speak up for those without a voice, whether it be a dog, cat, elephant or monkey. One person, one voice can make a difference. Read a book and pass it on. Leave a review. Reviews are important for authors. Believe me. I know. Thank you!

Regards,
S. J. Francis, Writing is my passion, but animals are my world.
Advocate for the underdog, and cat, and supporting writers, et al.

In Shattered Lies: "It's All About Family." Available now from Black Opal Books and for sale at all on-line retailers and independent booksellers. 
                                                         “Some secrets should remain that way.”

                      Shattered Lies has placed in many book contests. For more information, check out Black Opal Books or see the list at S.J’s website.

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And now for some legal stuff: Copyright 2017 by S.J. Francis. Opinions expressed here are solely those of the author, S. J. Francis and the guest author and are meant to entertain, inform and enlighten, and intend to offend no one. It’s all for fun.

Remember: Animals don't have voices. We must be their voice. Always. Forever. Wherever. whenever. I'm one for the animals. Are you?