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Midnight Flight

Girl Wearing Orange Long Sleeve Shirt and Black Pants Walking Alone Along Road Facing the SunI wrote my last 100-word story for this month’s challenge.

A woman flees an abusive relationship in the middle of the night.

This story is written in the first person and does not contain any dialogue.

This month’s challenge and has been very enjoyable and I’ve stepped right outside my comfort zone.

I now have 31 pieces to edit over the next few days. I don’t think there will be many changes to make.

Join me in February for NaHaiWriMo.

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Into The Darkest Places, Part 1, Chapter 1

Brown Tree in the ForestI started writing the first draft of my new novel, Into The Darkest Places.

This is a literary crime novel and a sequel to The Ballad of Sarah Rose.

The novel, like The Ballad of Sarah Rose will be split into different sections with several chapters per section.

The novel will have one main, POV character, Jena, the sister of the girl who goes missing in The Ballad of Sarah Rose. This novel takes place almost two years after the events of The Ballad of Sarah Rose when Jena and her family realise their nightmare is far from over.

The first section is called My Little Eye. I wrote Chapter 1.

Jena is singing with her band on stage at a local bar. A couple canoodling in the corner catch her attention; it’s her estranged lover Bobby and her twin sister, Helena. Jena takes a break from performing and confronts them. Bobby admits they have been seeing each other for some time. Jena is furious, yelling and shouting at them both. She goes to slap Helena when Bobby confirms she’s pregnant with her child.

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A Little Bump & Scrape

Free stock photo of portrait, emotion, child, babyI wrote another 100-word story for this month’s challenge, the second last piece.

A woman attends to her crying son when he hurts his knee.

This story was exactly on the word count and didn’t need to be pruned.

This is different than most of the stories I’ve written this month. I’d say this is more about the traditional idea of love than other pieces I’ve written.

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The Day I Became An Author (Almost)

Image result for happy, dancing gifSo big things have happened over the past few days.

Not massive, life-altering events but some pretty good stuff none-the-less.

My first three books, The Sinner Song Volume 1 Lust, My Heart, Laid Bare (Poems) and A Feast of Scraps (Poems & Stories) have all been created on Lulu.

As they are going to be in paperback, Lulu’s T&C’s state I need to buy a copy so I can proof-read it and make sure it looks good and there’s no colour or print bleeding. I have ordered two and will order the third next week.

Once I am happy and approve the changes the books will go on sale. If I change anything I need to order another copy. I already know the first title will need a second copy because I fucked up the positioning of the images on the cover, which I did not learn until I worked on the second book. I also forgot to add the blurb which is pretty important.

Once I am happy with a book I will create it on Kindle, make it part of Kindle Select and set the publication date. This will be the ebook only.

I am beyond excited and terrified by this.

It takes ages to create your book on  Lulu because I had to choose what size I wanted, download a word template and then copy and paste my book into it. I then had to make sure there were no blank pages or random sections with different sizes of font.

It took forever to get my cover. The cover designer is easy to use but can be a pain in the butt. I was using my custom made cover designed by Canva. Unfortunately, the position of the title was outside the bleed area and I had to tweak Canva several times to get it right. Lulu automatically adds a text box which I didn’t need and forgot about so I kept freaking out thinking my title was all blurry. I almost cried when I remembered the damn text box, deleted it and voila – cover perfect!

I will be stalking the postman until my books arrive then I will kiss them, hug them and sob!

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White Lilies, For Death

Free stock photo of nature, petals, plant, springI wrote another 100-word story for this month’s challenge.

A widow waits at her husband’s grave the day of his funeral until dark falls. She can’t bear the thought of him being alone.

This story contains some dialogue. I also managed to get it exactly on the word count.

I only have two more stories to write and this month’s challenge will be done.

It won’t take long to edit the stories because they’re so short.

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Take A Deep Breath

Free stock photo of woman, motherboard, mother, pregnancyI wrote another 100-word story for this month’s challenge.

A couple is arguing during ann ultrasound but forget their anger when they hear their baby’s heartbeat for the first time.

This story has three characters and quite a lot of dialogue and is the most complex story I’ve written this month.

I’m really pleased with the way this challenge has gone.

This story was exactly 100 words and didn’t need to be pruned.

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A Feast Of Scraps (Poems & Stories)

coverI finished the final proof-read of my collection A Feast of Scraps (Poems & Stories).

I made very minor changes.

The image on the left is the final cover. However, I will need to change it because the title and my name cannot be read when the image is a thumbnail, which is the size it would be when on sale.

I have uploaded the book to Lulu with this cover and created a paperback. I have ordered a copy to be proof-read which is required by Lulu. I will need to order a second copy once I have changed the cover.

I have decided, after doing some research to make the e-book exclusive to Kindle via Amazon’s Kindle select program which means the book is listed as part of Kindle Unlimited and Kindle Owner’s Lending Library (Prime perk).

This applies to the other two titles I will launch at the same time.

The books will be free for their duration of being part of Kindle Select. This will allow me to use some great resources that send out newsletters to subscribers for free and heavily discounted ebooks.

After Kindle Select is done the titles will launch on Smashwords as well.

I found out that Amazon pay royalties for every page of your book that I read when part of Kindle Select / Kindle Unlimited.

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Paris, With Love

Eiffel Tower Near the Tress in Landscape PhotographyI wrote another 100-word story for this month’s challenge.

A man proposes at the top of the Eiffel Tower.

This story with a more traditional aspect of love.

There is quite a lot of dialogue in it.

The story was in the word count and didn’t need to be cut or pruned at all.

There are just a few days left of this challenge. I have a lot of pieces to edit.

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What I’m Most Looking Forward To

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2017 is going to my year.

On the 20th February I will be launching my first three titles as an independent author; a poetry collection, a story collection and a collection of poems and stores. They will be available in eBook and paperback.

One title will follow every month for the foreseeable future. The titles will be poems or short stories that I’ve spent over a year putting together. I will also publish the fruits of my month-long writing challenges.

At some point in the future, if I am unable to secure a traditional publishing deal for my novel I will publish this as well before the end of the year.

My titles will be available to pre-order before the end of January / first week in February. The cover artwork is ready and I’m doing my final proof-reading.

What I’m looking forward to the most is uploading my books and the cover-art to my distributors and making them available for pre-order. This could be an easy process or complete hell. I am also looking forward to adding the word author to my social media profiles.