Recovery

I’m not sure if I posted anything about this, so I’ll just talk about it to cover my tracks.

On December 1, 2015, my stuff was stolen due to my carelessness. I forgot to lock my car door, and my laptop, flash drives, writing guides, camera, and tooth brush was stolen. What hurt the most was the stolen writing that I worked two years on.

It was devastating.

But I recovered.

Currently, I have a new laptop and two more flash drives (one containing some of the rough draft stories I wrote over the two year period).

For the past couple of days, I’ve been reading, editing, and proofreading these stories. Somehow, I’m working faster and more efficient than before, so I guess the setback wasn’t really a setback. In a strange way, by having my stuff stolen, it made me appreciate my work more than ever.

And I’ve noticed my work, my writing is getting better. I wish I had this mind when I left college. But hey, we live and learn, right?

Working People have Boring Lives

“Working people have boring lives.” That’s pretty bold statement to say the least!

But you have to admit, work keeps us busy most of the time. Work is the necessity to keep those utilities running and food on our plates. In addition, its the very thing that makes us tire and complain.

This is why entertainment is important to us. Honestly, it’s why we love controversy so much, so let’s take a moment and give celebrities and reality t.v. a round of applause.

Work. Home. Food and entertainment. Sleep, maybe. Pretty simple, right?

Of course, there’s some in between but not much. Not to say that simple, straight-forward days are bad, they’re just not that exciting. First responders are the exception. Adrenaline has to be set to holy hell with those people.

For those at the desk, in security, or something like this, life can be uneventful unless you’re a drug dealer (Was it a good joke? No…Sorry). Perhaps, it’s up to the individual to insert excitement into their lives.

Me personally, I like random searches on YouTube. I can be in the middle of something and stop just to watch a two minute segment of Dragon Ball Z. Lame to some, awesome to many.

Again “boring” is not bad at all. It’s routine. It’s Fate on vacation as you live out your life.

As the cliche goes, no news is good news.

Purchasing your own ISBN

As I get closer to publishing my first book, I find more information on what I should and should not do.

Honestly, I was going head first into Amazon publishing option. I did more research, and if I really want to indulge in selling books then owning my ISBN is essential.

And here’s why…

Publishing through Amazon will allow me to make money, which I’m all for; however, the free ISBN (or ASIN) Amazon will only work for Amazon. Also, retailers and book clubs that want my book as a hard copy (paperback) may contact my online publisher (Amazon) instead of me, which won’t go well because the ISBN (ASIN) is for the digital copy only. There isn’t much control there.

But if I have my own ISBN, I can sell my book on Amazon as a book published under my own name/company.

When my book becomes more popular, the demand will be high. Then I’ll have to purchase a bar code, which will allow me to sell to retailers and online.

I may have got myself into something here. The road to become an established writer is a long one…

Proofreads and Edits are done!!!

I just finished my last proofread and edit. The six stories are complete. But I think the book could use one more story.

So tonight, I will start that story which will be entitled, “Dwellers.”

In addition to the last story of Foot in the Door, I want to release another collection of flash stories. The plan is to have at least fifty flash stories. Why fifty? I want the word count to be over 10,000. But it’s going to take more than a coke and a smile to do that–so I will writing from random prompts to push that goal forward.

Now that I’m near completion of Foot in the Door…Well, allow me to say that phase one is finished. Phase two is finding a beta reader I can trust. Phase three is promoting my work. Phase four is promoting my work and working to get published. Honestly, I have no idea how many phases it will take. I’m just very happy that I finally finished these stories.

Keep your eyes open folks–Foot in the Door is breaking into the literary world!!

Advice, Progress and Growth

Hello visitors and followers.

I took a few days off from writing to celebrate my birthday and Memorial Day. While I was enjoying my time away from blogs and countless pages of text, I was watching Adobe software tutorials on YouTube. Those tutorials inspired me to collect various clips in hopes of creating a documentary. The documentary will be used to promote a novel, I’ve been brainstorming and writing since college.

Speaking of published works, I’m almost done with my proofreading the short story collection, Foot in the Door. Depending on page count, I may add another story. If the page count exceeds 150 pages, I’ll keep it at six stories. Also, I will pair the Foot in the Door with a collection of 50 flash stories that are currently exclusive to my Facebook friends and FictionPress.

I’m determined more than ever to self-publish. I met a few writers at a comic convention a few weeks back. It was my first time ever going to a comic convention, and I’m glad I went. The writers urged me to keep writing. One of the authors explained to me that he started his career by self-publishing, an idea I wasn’t sure about a few months ago. Now, I’m convinced more than ever to put my fingers to work over a keyboard. And I encourage any poet, writer, artist, or whatever you may be to keep going.

We will make a breakthrough!!!

Freelance Writer Challenge: Creating samples

Those collegiate portfolios are like gold to the college graduate. Unfortunately, some employers aren’t just looking at what you’ve done in college, but they look at your experience. Although a college degree is necessary, job experience is just as important.

For writers, it’s essential to showcase current writing skill (i. e. update the collegiate samples by creating new samples). Find a few prompts online or create one.

A freelance writers have many talents. It may seem strange when a freelance writer has no particular focus. The reason for that is because writers are researchers and editors. So freelancers may showcase samples from various areas such as academic and creative. The only problem for the writer is finding the time. Will power may be there, but some usually forget about time.