Posted in better life, empowerment, writing, writing retreat, yoga for writers

Yoga For Writers Videos

I’ve been a little quiet on my blog for awhile, because I’ve been busy with some personal projects. One of them has been actively working on completing a 200 hour training certificate to become a yoga instructor. This past week I completed all the tasks required for the certificate, including my final project, which was to teach a yoga class.

When the stay a home order came along for the recent outbreak, I thought for sure I would have to wait a long time to teach said class. However, I was fortunate enough to run across a virtual writing retreat who was looking for someone to teach a yoga class. I jumped all over that opportunity!

My next task was to plan the class. So I decided to create a yoga routine geared specifically to writers, who can spend long hours sitting. So the poses I planned for are for stretching the back, opening the hips, and strengthening the wrists, arms, and shoulders.

After the retreat, I realized that other writers might like to try this routine too. And so, I decided to post my very first yoga teaching experience on my blog for those who are into, or want to get into yoga. Or for those who just need something to do during this stay at home period.

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Posted in author, blog tour, Book Tour, ebook, empowerment, guest post, novel, self-empowerment, Self-publishing, writing

Guest Post By Elfie Riverdell: The Story That Inspired Me To Self-Publish

I find it hard to pinpoint exactly when I realized I wanted to be an author. I remember writing paranormal stories on my old PC when I was at middle school, with (beautiful) covers illustrated on Paint. I wish I still had those stories, as it would be so much fun to go back and revisit old characters. Even still, I’ve always had a very vivid imagination, and I’ve never had any issues with coming up with quirky plots. But The Forest of Fallen Stars was a little different.

When I wrote The Forest Of Fallen Stars, I sort of fell into a writing frenzy. It was summer, and I had a lot of spare time around my work schedule. I would sit in my room for hours and hours, writing and scribbling down ideas. The plot just came to me. I wish there was some way to explain it, because I certainly can’t seem to replicate it! But I think it was the characters that truly made the story come alive for me.

Alura means so much to me, all of the characters do. Alura is shy, and full of self-doubt at the beginning of the book, but we get to see her learn about her gifts, and develop into a strong and confident young woman.

Kara is troubled and angry, but she has a kind heart and is always focused on doing the right thing.

Loria is also quite unsure of herself and the role she plays in her world, but she is strong-willed and determined.

Self-publishing has been a strange and very stressful experience. It’s taken a long time, and a lot of hard work. But I was incredibly lucky to get to work with an amazing friend of mine, Nicoletta, who formatted and designed everything inside my novel. She did an amazing job, and really helped me when I was struggling with the design.

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Posted in blog tour, book series, ebook, empowerment, guest post, hooked on books, writing

Guest Post By Phoebe Ritter: How I Became An Empowered Writer

Writing the Daughter of the Zel trilogy was hugely empowering for me. I’d always enjoyed writing and dreamt of having something published, but I never had the confidence to put my work out there.

Then, a few years ago, I was having a rather tough time personally, which led me to quit my job and move back home. Even with everything going on, I found myself with a load of free time I hadn’t ever had before.

As a distraction, I set myself the challenge of writing a novel in a month. I’d always wanted to do NaNoWriMo, but November was never convenient. Every day after work I’d sit down and type until my brain ran out of scenes. The rapid progress towards a final word count slowed towards the end, and I had to go back and carefully stitch together key scenes to make a complete story.

I had an idea for where the book was going and every time I wrote it felt like clearing space in my head. Making this mental room meant I’d get an idea for a new scene, usually when I was trying to get to sleep.

Now, like then, in the early days of a story, I get these rather annoying moments where I’m unable to go to sleep because of new phrases, places, people that pop into my head. There’s a process I’ve learned to follow by turning the bedside light on, writing the thought down in my notebook, and turning the light off again before immediately having another thought and repeating it. Eventually my brain lets me sleep.

I have found that the first draft is always shocking. I’ve come to terms with that. One of my betas recently said how she’d love to write a novel, but was worried it’d be awful. I explained the number of drafts my work passes through before she even sees a beta version. I hope this encourages her to get something down on paper. That’s the hardest bit.

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An Interview with Small Press Wisteria Publishing

I was lurking around Twitter one day in December, when I ran across a tweet that caught my eye. I think it was the avatar more than anything. A brilliant yellow background that grabbed my attention. I decided to take a closer look, and found a really cool freshly started small press.

What really drew me to this small press was the how it was presented. A press run by a writer for writers. The owner, Claire, also seemed very personable and open when I contacted her through email.

I love supporting small businesses. It’s even better when I get to support self-published and indie authors. That also includes small presses. So here’s a little interview I did to help myself and all my readers get to know this press and the owner just a little better.

Thank you, Claire, for taking the time to do this interview! First, I have some questions about Wisteria Publishing.

What is Wisteria Publishing, and what caused you to start this company?

Wisteria Publishing is a small, independent publisher created by a writer for writers. I wanted to start this company for two reasons. The first being that I had experienced being published twice and both experiences weren’t… ideal. Contracts were hard to understand. The second is that I went on to self-publish and loved the process. Also, I love books! Wisteria is a place where authors earn 50% of profits and read contracts that are easy to understand.

How many and who is currently part of Wisteria staff, and how do you want to see Wisteria grow in the future?

Besides myself, I also have a part time editor and part time creative assistant. Ideally in the future, I’d love to make these roles full-time, hire some more staff and even have a little office somewhere. I want it to put out wonderful books.

What is your biggest dream for Wisteria?

My biggest dream for Wisteria is that it is a Good company. That we are known for being appreciative and fair, and that we are always supportive and supported.

What sort of authors are you looking to work with?

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My Basic Editing Service Packages

I have been doing editing for awhile, but realized I don’t have one convenient place that talks about what I offer. So here’s a run down of the major packages I have right now. If you don’t see something that fits your needs or close to your word count, please feel free to contact me and we can negotiate a price for your work.

I take pride in being able to give writers a spot on assessment of their work as well as ideas for character enhancement, plot development, story structure, and word choice, and of course, the usual punctuation, spelling, and grammar check. Once my edit is complete, you’ll have a comprehensive idea of what needs more work, and what is working well for your piece. I can even give guidance or suggestions (if wanted) to the next steps to take in your publishing journey.

Here is a list down of the editing packages I currently offer…

Flash Fiction: This is for those short and sweet stories that are over in a flash. Will edit any genre up to 1,500 words. Turn around time is about 2 or 3 days. Price is $5.

Chapter By Chapter: This is editing on a budget, or just wanting to work through one chapter at a time. This package is also good for short stories too. Will edit any genre (chapter or short story) up to 8,000 words. Turn around time is about 3 to 5 days. Price is $15.

Novella: This is for a novella piece. Will edit any genre up to 60,000 words. Turn around time is about 1 to 2 weeks. Price is $199.

Novel: This is for a novel length work. Will edit any genre up to 120,000 words. Turn around time is about 3 to 5 weeks, depending on how heavy the editing is. Price is $399.

If what you need edited falls between any of these packages, contact me for a more accurate pricing. I can also do multiple editing passes for one piece to make it as clean as possible at an adjusted rate.

Not sure if my services are for you? Try out my free story, novella, novel consultation offer (you can read more about the offer here). I will read your piece and give an honest over all opinion of how it’s working or not working, and some basic ideas of what to do to make it a better read.

If you would like to see an edited sample of my work, I would be happy to provide one or two upon request. Simply contact me for that inquiry. I have worked with several authors over the years to help them edit and publish their works. I look forward to doing the same for you.

I’m excited to work with you to make your writing the best it can be. I love making stories beautiful, and I appreciate the opportunity to be involved with your work of art. But my editing services don’t stop there! I love being a cheerleader and supporter of writers, so expect my moral support as you publish and beyond.

Are you in need of a book cover? I do that as well. Check out my print and ebook cover packages here.