Where to Find Me This Week

Another week packed with wonderful news and awesome interviews! I’m thrilled to share so many things with you!

On Thursday, January 17 at 9 p.m. Eastern, I’ll be on a live discussion panel for Go Indie Now, chatting about publishing industry articles and topics. Come join us, ask questions, share your opinions!

I told you I’d let you know when my interview on The Book Tavern went live, and viola! Here it is! I loved this interview—I answered what the tipping point was for leaving my full-time job to work for myself, why I opened my editing business, what’s coming from me publication-wise in 2019, and more. Have a read!

For my next interview, I’ll be on Get Published Podcast, which will be pre-recorded today and then released later. I’ll let you know when it’s up, and I think you’ll like it because I’ll be coming up with unique answers to these questions. No hints as to what’s included though! 😉

I was featured on Authors on the Air, interviewed by the fabulous boss lady, Pam Stack, and what a great interview it was! She asked me questions no one else ever has, including what I look for in a query letter as an acquisitions editor, how much of a manuscript I read before I make a decision as well as what I’m looking for, what I like about interviewing authors, and a ton more.

My latest interview for Creative Edge Writer’s Showcase is live, and this one was with Amelia Lionheart. She’s a very kind-hearted, knowledgeable children’s and YA author whose books revolve around environmentalism, conservationism, and diversity. She’s sending me some of her books and I’m sending her mine; I’ll be sure to share a pic with you when hers come in!

By the way, Creative Edge Writer’s Showcase is becoming available in more and more places! Currently you can find episodes on SoundCloud, iTunes, Podbean, Anchor, and even more, I’m sure.

That’s it for now! I’ll have lots more soon.

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This Week’s Interviews

This week has already been quite a whirlwind! And making it move even faster, my interview schedule has been nice and full.

Yesterday Jason LaVelle included me in an unannounced project that I think you will love. This is something brand new, and I’m excited to be part of it. I’ll let you know as soon as it’s published!

Also yesterday, I interviewed Amelia Lionheart, who is the author of five books and currently working on her fifth. She writes adventure novels with the target audience of children and young adults, but all ages enjoy her writing. Her themes are conservationism, environmentalism, and diversity, all while introducing leadership skills, among other skills, to young readers. That interview will go live on Thursday at 9 p.m. Eastern here.

Today (January 9), I’ll be a guest on Pam Stack’s Authors on the Air, and we’ll be talking about my books and my YouTube show and podcast. It’s an honor to be interviewed by her since she has met and interviewed international bestsellers. Tune in at 5 p.m. Eastern today here.

Today I’m also going to be on the premiere episode of Joshua Robertson’s “Writer Imperfect,” a brand new podcast featuring conversation about writing, creativity, and everything in between. Also on the panel are Andy Peloquin, Devani Anjali Alderson, Joe Compton, LeAura Alderson, Stevie Collier—a great group! I hope I’ll see you in the chat at 8 p.m. Eastern here.

The Book Tavern will also publish an interview with me soon, so I’ll let you know when that’s live. That one includes questions of entrepreneurship, balancing time and focus, my editing business Proof Positive, and more.

Whew! Well, that’s it for now!

Happy New Year!

2019 hits TONIGHT! Are you ready?

As you have probably already figured out, I spend more time updating other sites than my blog. I’m more active on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, plus my editing business Proof Positive’s site and social media. But as my author self, I’m particularly active on Patreon. If you’re deciding whether to join my Patreon ($1/month), start out by following me for free. You can even check out this free post (I have a number of them) that I put up for the end of the year. It’s got a little bit of each level!

What I’m going to attempt in 2019 is to keep this blog updated in a more manageable way. I’m going for just a few sentences per post that get to the point quickly instead of longer posts. These will be all types of posts—writing updates, quotes to inspire and uplift, books I’ve enjoyed, links to interviews, and anything else related. Of course, Patreon will remain my priority, so think about joining me over there!

So stick around—this will probably be the only blog that’ll take you 3 minutes or less to read! 

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Book Review: For Writing Out Loud

For Writing Out LoudFor Writing Out Loud by J.D. Estrada

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is a glowing beacon of positivity! If you watch motivational speakers, this is a great supplement, and if you’re on a positivity journey, this will help you along. It’s full of excellent advice on how to: enjoy the moment, avoid judging yourself (and others!) harshly, appreciate even the most difficult times, keep a smile on your face instead of beating yourself up, and a ton more.

The book has sections that cover a specific topic, and within each section are much smaller sections (replacement for chapters) about more detailed topics within the overall topic. It’s easy to navigate so that you can look up whatever you need a boost in and read away. The small sections are about 2-3 pages on average, and the author has a very casual, relaxed way of writing, almost as if he’s having a chat with you.

If you struggle with negative self image, insecurities, seeing negativity instead of positivity, struggling through “bad days”, this book is a good one for you. Let the author talk you into a happier disposition. He’s good at it!
I’ve been reading this before I go to bed and waking up ready to attack my day. I would even classify this as a daily reader for positivity and motivation, although I usually read a few small sections at a time. I highly recommend grabbing this book and keeping it by your side as your positivity companion. It won’t let you down!

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I Have A Patreon!

I’ve wanted to create a Patreon for two years, and just this week I finally did it! What stopped me in the past? I couldn’t think of unique rewards that patrons would want from me. After I hosted The Writer’s Edge Patreon for Writers discussion with Ksenia Anske, Robert Sawyer, Lucy A. Snyder, William Bernhardt, and Jason Sizemore, my brain finally started working outside the box. The very next day I created my Patreon page!

Click here to see it!

The monthly reward levels are $1, $3, $8, $15, and $25. Each reward level includes rewards from the level before it, and all levels include early access to my pre-recorded videos.

  • I’m offering weekly original haikus for just $1 a month that you’ll see before they appear in my upcoming haiku book. Sneak peeks for almost nothing!
  • $3 gets you all manner of updates, including writing updates, a look into my research (there’s a free one of these up on my page now!), scans from my writing journals, and more. These are for your eyes only, they won’t be shared elsewhere.
  • $8 includes a once a week movie chat in either written or video format. You’ll find out about movies you may never have heard of, and if you’re a writer, you’ll see the way the characters were built, how suspense was created, and more. I have a free one of these up right now about the movie All My Sons, where I talk about what it did really well and the strategy used to slowly roll out the drama. These posts will be similar to my blog posts about Humoresque and The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry—only now they’ll be on Patreon only…and regularly!
  • At the $15 level, once a month you can send me your book blurb to critique and/or help you refine your pitch.
  • For $25 per month, you’ll get all my books and short stories for free digitally. You’ll also get upcoming ones for free digitally! I’ll share with you never before seen deleted scenes as well as the scenes I didn’t end up writing and why, and more.

I made sure to include suggestions from my Facebook friends, and thank you so much to them for their helpful input! Head on over to my Patreon page and see what I’ve got up already. I’m excited to share much more with you as my generous patron!

LOCKE AND KEYE Has A New Title!

If you’re subscribed to my newsletter, then you knew about this days ago. If not, here’s the new title for Locke and Keye, my reasons for renaming it, and why the new title works better.

To stay up on my writing news, subscribe to my monthly newsletter, where I share the passwords to locked content, exciting news no one else knows about, giveaways before anyone else finds out, my progress on the Dark Victoriana Collection, upcoming releases, and more! I share everything there before I share it here. 🙂

You can also watch this video on my Facebook page!


Listen Over Lunch: Episode 3 of Creative Edge Writer’s Showcase

We’re already up to our third episode of Creative Edge Writer’s Showcase! We had such a fun one with Miranda Oh, chick lit and romantic comedy author. Talking to her is like dipping yourself in a pool of positivity. You can’t help but smile at her attitude toward life, her books, and her readers. Visit any of her social media pages and you’ll find exactly the same thing there.

If you have any questions about the prologues in Miranda’s books, she answers them here. We also find out where the phrase “chin up, tits out” came from, and we discussed mental health and how important it is the read about it and understand it in an open forum.

Click here to listen to the podcast!

Want a preview of the interview? Click here to see two minutes of our conversation on Facebook! And don’t forget to like our page!

Tune in for our next episode on Thursday, July 19 at 9 p.m. Eastern Time, when I’ll interview multi-genre author Edward Willett, who’s about to have another new release in his prolific line of books!