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Summer of Success Series – Interview with Bruce Elgin

July 18, 2014 in Adventures in Insomnia, Summer of Success Series by everyn

We’re kicking off the Summer of Success Series with an interview. Today we’re talking to the talented Bruce Elgin. Bruce was born in Des Moines, Iowa and now resides in a small town just south of Iowa City. I met Bruce my first week on Wattpad and have been enjoying his book Schism, which he is currently chronicling on the site. About Bruce… The son of a zoo director and an art therapist, Bruce lives in the midwest United States with his wife and young son.  He has thirty years of martial arts experience and is an instructor in Jeet Kune Do and Kali under the legendary Dan Inosanto.  He loves to cook, teach and spend time with friends and family.  He got his MFA in 2007 and has continued to study every aspect of writing since then.   Thank you for taking the time to do this interview with me. Tell me a bit about yourself: I’m a writer, a dad, a husband and a long time vegetarian.  But don’t worry, I’m not the preachy kind.  I don’t bug people about it at parties or anything.   About His Writing: How did you get into writing? My father, as
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Blog Hop (Boing!)

July 8, 2014 in Adventures in Insomnia, Random rants, thoughts and unfiltered brain fluff. (Blog) by everyn

Wattpad Author Blog Hop! I’ve been invited to participate in a Blog Hop with some fellow Wattpad authors. If you don’t know what a blog hop is, this site has a pretty good explanation: What is a Blog Hop Anyway? Back to the point, it’s a good way to find other blogs with similar topics, new people to follow, and some pretty good content. In participating with this blog hop, I’ve been asked to answer a series of questions about my work, so here it goes: 1.  What am I working on? I’m currently knee-deep in the second book in my Crow Series. I’ve passed halfway through my wordcount goal of 60,000 and am on track to finish the first draft by the end of July. I am also dabbling here and there with another book, The Piper’s Song, which I’m working on in spurts when my brain is just too overwhelmed with Crow lol. I’m actually really excited about The Piper’s Song – I think it has a fairly original plot and some pretty amazing characters. It’s probably the next book I’ll be working on once I’ve completed the Crow Series. 2.  How is my work different from others
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Authors and Success – The Summer of Success Series

July 2, 2014 in Adventures in Insomnia, Random rants, thoughts and unfiltered brain fluff. (Blog), Summer of Success Series by everyn

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about what defines success for an author. Success for an author does not always mean hitting the blockbuster lists, landing that publishing deal or getting published at all. Sometimes, success for an author just means finding your audience – finding readers who love what you’ve created. And sometimes, it just means finishing the damn book! HA! I’ve decided to devote my blog posts this summer to discussing different levels of success. I’ve lined up a few interviews and guest posts from fellow authors in the Paranormal and Fantasy genres to talk about how they’ve found their success with their books. I’m going to be a total cornball and call it the “Summer of Success Series”. I’d like to feature one author per week and I’m still taking people – so if you’re an author in those genres and you’d be interested in doing an interview / guest post here on my blog this summer, please email me at everynkildare@gmail.com and we can discuss it further. Please use “Author Interview/Post” in your subject line so I know what it’s for (I get a lot of spam ugh!)

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One month after Crow…

June 30, 2014 in Adventures in Insomnia, Crow Series, Random rants, thoughts and unfiltered brain fluff. (Blog) by everyn

As the title of this post suggests, it has been one month since I published Crow, the first book in The Crow Series. I’ve spent most of the past week working on the website and building the new website for the Crow Series. The Crow Series website is now up and mostly functional. You can find the link up in the menu bar above or you can check it out by clicking HERE. The website needed to be my focus since I had been avoiding it all month. When I realized that we had reached the end of the month, my focus started to blur. What I mean by this is that I had a bit of a freak out regarding my lack of marketing for the book so far. I started researching ways to market and book bloggers to approach blah blah. I mean, I was really freaking out, because my goal is to double my sales of the book / books every month until the end of the year. For the first month, I’ve sold 22 books combined on all formats. I hope to sell a minimum of 40 for July, 80 for August etc etc, but so
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Frustration is free… but I’d like a refund anyway.

June 27, 2014 in Adventures in Insomnia, Random rants, thoughts and unfiltered brain fluff. (Blog) by everyn

If you’re wondering what’s up with the title of my blog post today – I’ve had this song blasting in my head since last night: I’ve never really been a huge fan of The Cranberries – their song “Zombie” kinda annoyed me for some unknown reason, but ever since I was younger, the song “Salvation” has always played in my head as “Frustration… frustration… frustration is FREE.” LMAO So, sales of the book have dropped off… which is to be expected, I guess, since I haven’t done too much in the way of marketing. I really suck at tooting my own horn, and I feel stupid harassing other people to spread the word, even though word of mouth is the only tool I have at my disposal right now. Even the Wattpad reads have dwindled, since most of the people who were following along have now bought the book and so have stopped keeping up with the updates. I have gotten the impression that my first chapter is perhaps a little too slow and sad and it’s putting potential readers off – but I’m not really sure what to do about it other than a complete rewrite of the beginning,
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What’s new? Ohhhh yeah!

June 22, 2014 in Adventures in Insomnia, Crow Series, Random rants, thoughts and unfiltered brain fluff. (Blog) by everyn

The past two weeks have been kinda crazy. Sales on Crow have been slow, as expected, since I haven’t done much in the way of marketing… and I kind of suck at social media. The readers on Wattpad have also slowed, but partially because some of the dedicated readers have now bought the book and have stopped reading the updates. I’ve sold probably about 20 copies combined. Those who have bought the paperback have all had good things to say about the quality of the book and formatting – which makes me excited! I’ve gotten a few very nice and complementary reviews and I’m hoping when more of the purchasers finish the book, they will also leave reviews (fingers crossed!) I’ve been looking into places to advertise the book – review sites etc – but unfortunately most of those places require 8 – 10 positive reviews before they’ll even consider posting it… so I’ve got to wait. So far, the consensus between those who have finished the book is that they love the unusual paranormal world, the gritty and dark setting, the diverse characters and the unexpected twists throughout the book. The biggest complaint seems to be that the book
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Crow paperbacks – My first time using Createspace.

June 10, 2014 in Adventures in Insomnia, Crow Series, Random rants, thoughts and unfiltered brain fluff. (Blog) by everyn

The paperback version of Crow is finally finished and available through Createspace and Amazon! It took me a little longer to get the paperbacks put together as I ended up having several formatting issues. Now that I look back on it, it’s actually pretty funny and I want to smack my head and go “Duh!”. After finishing the ebooks on Amazon Kindle and Barnes and Noble’s Nook, I started researching how to create my paperbacks. I downloaded the appropriate template directly from Createspace’s website and started cutting and pasting the book and making the appropriate tweaks. Half way through, I saved the document to work on something else and when I came back to it I was horrified to see that all the formatting had shifted. Determined, I looked up how to do the formatting myself and the next day I remade it from scratch. The formatting looked perfect and I was incredibly pleased with it. I saved it again and went to work on finishing the back cover. The next day (we’re up to three days now, trying to get the paperbacks together) I downloaded the cover template from Createspace and pasted my front and back covers in, making
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CROW!!!!

May 30, 2014 in Book Release, Crow Series by everyn

Someone or something is stalking Denora. After learning that her best friend has died, Denora thinks things can’t get much worse. She’s already lost her parents, leaving her and her brothers to fend for themselves. Then her brothers disappear without a trace – all three of them. When she meets Silas, he seems to have all the answers, but for every truth he reveals there are even more secrets that he keeps. He introduces her to a hidden world of cryptic premonitions and deadly curses thriving in the underbelly of the city she thought she knew. Can Denora trust this alluring stranger and unravel the truth to save her brothers? ***** Crow, the first book in a four part urban fantasy series, is now live in ebook on Amazon and Barnes and Noble Nook. The paperback version is also available through Amazon. There is a version up on Smashwords, but they still don’t like my formatting, so I would suggest skipping that until I have time to fix it *blush* Happy Reading!

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Formatting, formatting, formatting……

May 28, 2014 in Adventures in Insomnia, Crow Series, Random rants, thoughts and unfiltered brain fluff. (Blog) by everyn

Despite my previous anxiety, I managed to finish the final edits on time and have now started formatting the manuscript for publication. The Amazon Kindle version is finished and waiting. I’m working on the Barnes and Noble Nook ebook and the Smashwords one as well. I’ve downloaded an ebook to Kindle before, when I published the short story Imaginary Self there last year, so the process for that was familiar and easy. The Nook version seems straightforward enough, and even has the added bonus of being able to make adjustments on screen, instead of having to re-upload over and over every time I find something that needs a tweak. Smashwords, on the other hand, is giving me a fucking headache. I’ve heard about the evil “meatgrinder” of Smashwords formatting requirements and so far that seems to ring true. It keeps giving me errors and I don’t even know what else to do. I really want to have a Smashwords version available, but I may have to set it aside because I’ve been doing this over and over for two days and I have a ton of other things I need to get done before I publish the book. That being
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Oh Wattpad! You brilliantly beautiful time-suck!

May 14, 2014 in Adventures in Insomnia, Crow Series, Firechild Series, Random rants, thoughts and unfiltered brain fluff. (Blog) by everyn

My experience with Wattpad the past two weeks has been….. interesting. I’ve put up the first three chapters of Crow and gotten over 200 reads and a fist-full of comments, all fairly encouraging and positive. Buoyed by the feedback, I finally got up the nerve to start posting Firechild (you remember Firechild, right? My beloved fantasy novel that I’ve re-written half a dozen times over the past 16 years that I was trying to finish last year before my daughter killed my laptop?) I’m hoping getting feedback on it will motivate me to get back to writing it. If you’re curious about the infamous Firechild, here’s a link to the Wattpad: Firechild But, oh man, Wattpad! As if I needed another social media outlet to obsess my brain with. I find myself refreshing my profile page over and over and over, watching obsessively for reads, comments and votes. It’s certainly dangerous. On the positive side, I’ve started connecting with other writers and gained a few new readers. I’ve also found a dozen or so books by other authors that I want to read (when I can find the time!) I’ve even had people message me, asking when I’d be posting
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