Writer Wednesday 12/12

I recently decided to really pursue writing like it was a career, rather than a fun (ish) hobby. LOL. I know, I know, it’s been years I’ve been fannying around with things.

What does that mean, treating it like career?

Well, for one, blocking solid time each week to write and to handle writerly business.

Second, investing in some decent marketing.

Three, recovering an old book and having it make into an audio book.

Scripting the Truth is out there now on Audible, Amazon, and I tunes.

Reviewed: Scripting the Truth

It’s always nice to get a review that appreciates your work but it’s doubly nice to get a review on a book that’s been out for a while and isn’t really getting much attention anymore.


You may recall the post I shared last week on the RONE awards where Henry’s current book, Ostrich Mentality is up for an award. Or you may know her from her fantastic blog. Either case… this is definitely a book that fit into many of my reading / genre preferences. I highly recommend it for […]

via Book Review: Scripting the Truth by T. A. Henry — This Is My Truth Now

Another Positive Review

I knew my book was not your typical romance, which is why I went the self publishing route. Check out this great review from Kelly to see why….

4 STARS Historical Fiction Copy provided for an honest review. Goodreads Blurb: “At loose end in post World War II London, Lady Margaret Leighton chances upon a movie poster showcasing the young soldier she gave her heart to while serving as a military nurse. Desperate to reconnect with him, she uses her wits and newly […]

via Scripting The Truth by T. A. Henry (Book Review) — Kelly’s Book Blog

Er….I forgot how to title things…

This whole radio silence thing feels WEIRD. Like Nano ended and my life picked up at full speed and I just lost my blog by the side of the road. LOL.

So since Nano I have cleaned my house. Like the kind of cleaning you do when your son has a cat and you have cat allergic family members coming to stay with you…cause he does and I do. In fact my Father in Law arrived yesterday and my Sister in Law and family arrive today.

Why are they coming now? Because Saturday is Sinterklaas. It’s a Dutch Christmas time holiday where a jolly fat man leaves candy in your klompen. Grown ups move about from house to house eating and drinking special treats all evening long.

So that’s it, cleaning and preparing for a party. And in the moments I wasn’t doing that I was earning coins in the subway surfers game because my son fell in love with this little Japanese anime girl but you had to get 95K by last night midnight and my kiddo couldn’t do it. So he asked me to help. My husband thought I was crazy to do it. I probably was but…this morning when I gave my son my kindle and told him to load up subway surfers he started to cry. He was so overwhelmed. He didn’t think I would do it. Pretty damn cool to be a mom some days.

So what’s on the horizon?

Well, Family, Friends, big ass party (40 odd guests I think.)

Next weekend I am giving an author chat to a book club which read my book. Thank god it’s at a Tavern, I think much alcohol will be required so I don’t die on the spot.

Then I need to finish this year’s Nano novel because….drum roll….

Sheri J Kennedy and I are teaching a ten month long seminar at the North Bend library, third Saturday of each month, from 1030-noon, entitled Nano to Publish. The idea is to help people take their raw Nano novel and cook it up into something to be served to the reading public. So I need to have  a raw Nano novel to demonstrate my cooking on. LOL

What about the blog? um…huh…Well I missed my writers cafe update last night, cause I didn’t go…FIL here and all. And I think Friday’s writers cafe will be pretty not happening for me for a while. I enrolled the kiddo in a Leonardo DaVinci’s inventions class on Friday mornings through February. I think I’m going to have to wing it a little. I feel like the weekend workshops were not all that well received. But I plan to still blog about what I uncover while researching how to help people publish their stuff. And book reviews, book reviews will continue. What do you think about a movie or tv show review each week too?

How about we just agree you’ll show up to read and I’ll show up to write and we’ll see where it takes us….


All Good Things Must Come to an End-Virtual Book Tour Stop #6

Today I make my last stop on the Virtual Book Tour for the launch of Scripting the Truth. I finish my globe trotting amusement with a stop by FreeValley Publishing, a small local press cooperative devoted to independent writers.

What does FreeValley Publishing want you to know about them:

FreeValley Publishing was formed in the spirit of an arts co-op. A group of writers affiliated with SnoValley Writes! were working toward publishing and marketing their own books. While sharing experience and ideas, they realized there was much to be gained by moving forward as a group.

FreeValley encourages writers to develop and market their own work with support and advice from fellow-writers. It provides a network for promotion and interaction with our community to move toward mutual success. Our success is sharing our stories with you. Feel free to linger in the Valley and read awhile…

I’m a little sad. This tour was so much fun. And it really made me feel like I had actually published something.

And yes, I know, I did publish something but the tour made it feel real. Like a constant reliving of that first thrill when I found my proof in the mail box.

In case you are just now tuning in, stop by my first five blog stops to get the full range of excerpts available from Scripting the Truth.

The Phantom Child, Tommia’s Tablet, Dan Alatorre, Sheri J. Kennedy Riverside, Skye Hegyes. 

Wednesday Writer’s Cafe – Not

So my book came out last Friday. Yeah, me! And what does any writer worth their salt do after launching the first book they have ever published? They go on vacation. So I am gone.

While I am gone however, things will continue to tick over here. Tomorrow I will have my last Virtual Book Tour blog stop. Weekend workshops and Monday Book Reviews will continue to appear with the well oiled functionality of wordpress’s scheduling service. LOL.

I’ll tell you all about it when I get back, in time for Nanowrimo, I promise.

Virtual Book Tour Stop #5

I know, I’m posting on a Tuesday, what is that all about? It’s about my book, Scripting the Truth.

Today I pop in for a little southern hospitality at  Skye Hegyes blog. Skye is a mother, author, blogger, and creative enthusiast. She reads and writes paranormal romance and fantasy, and she absolutely loves a good love story.

If you haven’t been keeping up on my previous stops, you can check them out now. I posted a different excerpt at each stop moving through the first few chapters of Scripting the Truth.

The Phantom Child, Tommia’s Tablet, Dan Alatorre, and Sheri J. Kennedy Riverside.

Monday Book Review: Seducing Strangers

Just stop. Before you even get going on what have I been reading lately…read the rest of the title: Seducing Strangers, How to Get People to Buy What You’re Selling, by Josh Weltman. Yeah, not sexy. Information. Hey, my book come out last Friday and I needed to figure how to market it right?

I should have known by the front cover tag about how John Weltman is co-producer of Mad Men that the book would talk about Mad Men. And it did. At first it talked about it soooo much that I wanted to pull my hair out. Weltman tells you right out he has eons of experience in advertising, but every example in the first few chapters he uses is from the show. Which bugged me. I want real life. Not what you made happen in Hollywood, even if the show was crazy hot.

As I read on however, it was like he forgot he was supposed to be talking about Mad Men, he forgot that was his hook and he started talking about the real world experience he garnered from years in advertising. That I liked. I like the truth, look at all the non fiction I read.

The meat of the book is his theory of the 4 step arc an advertising campaign should use. In short: introduce it, give a limited time offer to bring them in, differentiate the product to grow the market share, and then mutual love and respect ads. That’s it. That’s how you run a total campaign lasting years and years.

Weltman also talked a lot about figuring out what you want from your marketing. So in the old advertising world, you were trying to get someone to do something. With so much of advertising being on-line driven these days what you are doing is getting someone to stop doing one thing and do something else. Indeed. Stop reading this blog and buy my book. What the direct approach doesn’t work for you? Alright I’ll refine my style.

℘℘℘℘ – Solid four pages. I liked this book. I didn’t love it. I didn’t feel it was mind opening or so full of information I could barely handle it. It was good. Some nuggets of information, some bs. LOL. If you are looking for an easy advertising read, this could be it.

Virtual Blog Tour Stop # 3 and the Launch of Scripting the Truth

I am so excited today I can barely type. Woohoo!

Ok now that that is out of the way, let’s talk business.

It has been such a fun book tour so far. Monday I stopped by The Phantom Child, check in at his site if you want to see the first excerpt from Scripting the Truth. Wednesday I visited with Tommia at Tommia’s Tablet. Be sure to check her site if you want the second excerpt.

Today I visit the fabulous Dan Alatorre. Dan is a fellow author (Pongibonsi is his latest) and dedicated to helping to all writers get where they want to go. Check out his site for the funnest interview I did on this tour and get a third excerpt from Scripting the Truth, which by the way, you can now order from Amazon. Woohoo!

I know I said I was done with the squealing, I lied. After all that’s what writers do right? We lie, in writing, really well. Then we ask you to buy it, literally.