Realm Play–New Author Blog

I would like to take this time out to thank all my followers and fans. This is also an invitation to check out my new author’s blog on WordPress titled Realm Play at realmplay.wordpress.com

I created Realm Play as a mainstay for my novel series, upcoming projects and to journal my journey so far. Thanks for taking the journey with me! Feel free to interact on the T.O.O. Throne of Olympus Fan Page, browse around and get to know the characters, the myths and their realms. Let me know what you think and if any of you have tips on how I can make the site better, please let me know. Suggestions are welcome!

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As for A Novel Perspective, I will continue to post on this blog. And sorry I haven’t been posting much lately, but with the release of T.O.O. and recovering from a nasty stomach bug…been swamped. Hope Realm Play will make up for some of the lost time and it will updated and more content added as it becomes available. Thank you guys so much for reading my posts, your support means a lot to me.

~ A.M. Day

New Writers Beware–Don’t trust the one with the shiny apple!

“Thanks, but no thanks.” 

This is a phrase I find myself saying more often than I care to. As an indie author, it can be a challenge to find the right people for your team. Your team may consist of:

1.) A graphics person for that “just right” cover look.

2.) A proofreader/copywriter to crisp up pages and catch errors.

3.) Someone to format the final manuscript.

4.) A marketing person, if you’re not doing it yourself.

5.) And depending on how busy your schedule is, someone to make sure all these things are running smoothly, so that everything will be ready-set for your projected release date.

But, buyer, BEWARE! There is always some damn wolf in sheep’s clothing, some traveling salesman handing out snake oil or some soft-spoken old lady holding that shiny apple, tempting you, ready to pounce and offer you bells and whistles for the low introductory price of your first born in the end (metaphorically speaking).

I have heard plenty of first-timer horror stories and nightmarish experiences, my own included. In fact, my nightmare only recently ended. And finally, after months of promised release dates, my book will release at the end of November 2012. And if I have to cut the paper to proper trim size and write the words out, in ink, by hand for that to happen…so be it. Okay, that last part might be a little dramatic and desperate.

Sadly, desperation and eagerness makes that shiny apple that more appealing. And when someone offers additional services (I call these offers of grandeur) for something not listed as part of their expertise…RUN! I say that with love. Oh, and experience. True seasoned pros in the field will take on a project that they specialize in–no extras. For that, they will usually point you in the direction of someone who can meet your needs and deadlines.

Disappointment plagued me for the past four months because I believe in giving people a chance to express their creative sides and I still do. The only difference now is that I know when to say when. From this point on, I will treat my work like a body on an operating table–each organ is delicate and every member on my team must be at their surgical best.

In my case, I was refunded for an unfulfilled service. That didn’t make it better or right. Friends cheered me on and told me I was lucky to get a refund because it could have been a scam. Well, in my eyes, it was a scam. When you hire someone to do a job and both parties agree on terms and you’re less than a few weeks out to release your debut novel, it can be crushing. And that it was!

Quitting for no apparent reason to me is never an acceptable option, especially, at the very end of a project. If the person you hire is not willing to see it through and offers up non-sense excuses for why they can’t or won’t fix what they did wrong usually means they are in over their head. RUN! If they try to make you believe that’s the way your book should look or they try to convince you those are industry standards, but you know in your gut it’s wrong…RUN! This is when you can see that they really didn’t know what they were doing to begin with–LESSON LEARNED!

It’s never too late to avoid making these mistakes. READ THE FINE PRINT! If something is not listed under their specialty, no matter what extras they offer you…even if it’s free, say “Thanks, but no thanks” or “I already have someone working on that for me.”  READ BETWEEN THE LINES! Harsh or degrading criticism in the comment panel from a proofreader/copywriter, unwanted suggestions about your characters ages, names etc. and comments about scenes from your story that are blatantly in the story, but the  proofreader misses it, are all unprofessional and signs to flee.

Some of you might be thinking, “she sounds a little bitter.” I’ll own that! But my bitter levels have come down considerably as I think about the taunting, cowardice email that was sent to me, offered up as an “I quit.” I felt like the jilted ex. My phone calls went unanswered. Now I just feel like the somewhat wiser newbie. And while I don’t really believe in bashing others so much, I do believe in standing up for myself and speaking out against those who mistake me for a doormat.

Don’t give up or give in. There is a solution, a lifeline, dangling close by. You just have to be willing to stand on faith and grab it.

Remember, this is the work you slaved over and poured your heart and soul into–no one should be allowed to take even a tiny portion of that away from you.  So new writers beware and don’t trust the one with the shiny apple because you just might bite into a worm.

Have you experienced something like this? Would you like to share your story? Please do so! It can help someone going through this now.

Pass the Links #3–An Author’s Gratitude

A Pass the Links series

Paying it forward with more Twitter author links.

To thank my Twitter/WordPress blog followers for taking the time out to read my tweets and blog posts, I’ve compiled a list of their newly released and upcoming novels and writings.

If you follow me and don’t see your name on the list, don’t fret, I will be posting at least 5-10 author releases regularly over the next few months. So keep a look out for your name in my Pass the Links blog posts series. Also, feel free to leave comments with info on your newly released/upcoming novels and writings for me to post. Here is the third list of titles/authors and links below.

Thanks again,

~A.M. Day

NEWLY RELEASED

Head Rush (Disillusionist Trilogy #3) by Carolyn Crane @CarolynCrane

http://www.amazon.com/Head-Disillusionist-Trilogy-Carolyn-Crane/dp/1609288084/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1351263724&sr=8-1&keywords=head+rush

Soul Sisters (Soul Sisters Trilogy Vol. 1) by Janiera Eldridge @LazenBeauty

http://www.amazon.com/Soul-Sisters-Janiera-Eldridge/dp/061568310X/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1351264087&sr=1-3&keywords=soul+sisters

Spider in the Rain (Creation Shadows) by Sean Roney @seanroney

http://www.amazon.com/Spider-Rain-Creation-Shadows-ebook/dp/B00982Q1RC/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1351264326&sr=1-3&keywords=sean+roney

The Black God’s War (Splendor and Ruin Book 1) by Moses Siregar III @MosesSiregar

http://www.amazon.com/Black-Stand-Alone-Novel-Splendor-ebook/dp/B005FC0MX8/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1351264436&sr=1-1&keywords=the+black+god%27s+war

Crown of Ash (Blood Skies Book 4) by Steven Montano @Daezarkian

http://www.amazon.com/Crown-Blood-Skies-Book-ebook/dp/B008ZKPD2W/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1351264635&sr=1-1&keywords=crown+of+ash

Bitter Harvest (Harvest Trilogy Book 2) by Michael R. Hicks @KreelanWarrior

http://www.amazon.com/Bitter-Harvest-Trilogy-Book-ebook/dp/B009AEIIVK/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1351264768&sr=1-1&keywords=bitter+harvest

Feral (Godsland Series Book 5) by Brian Rathbone @BrianRathbone

http://www.amazon.com/Feral-Godsland-Book-Five-ebook/dp/B009IAFGXO/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1351264914&sr=1-2&keywords=Feral

COMING SOON

The Hoard of the Dodges (Another exciting Quinn Adventure) by Jennings Wright @JenningsWright (Oct. 2012)

http://jenningswright.com/

Ring Girl by A.M. Schultz @am_sch (Jan. 2013)

http://amschultz.com/

Pass the Links #2–An Author’s Gratitude

A Pass the Links series

Paying it forward with more Twitter author links.

To thank my Twitter/WordPress blog followers for taking the time out to read my tweets and blog posts, I’ve compiled a list of their newly released and upcoming novels and writings.

If you follow me and don’t see your name on the list, don’t fret, I will be posting at least 5-10 author releases regularly over the next few months. So keep a look out for your name in my Pass the Links blog posts series. Also, feel free to leave comments with info on your newly released/upcoming novels and writings for me to post. Here is the second list of titles/authors and links below.

Thanks again,

~A.M. Day

NEWLY RELEASED

The Stranger by Chris Martin @TheChris_Martin

http://www.amazon.com/The-Stranger-A-Novella-ebook/dp/B008XQ2Q0U/ref=pd_sim_kstore_2

Zeke by Wodke Hawkinson @WodkeHawkinson

http://www.amazon.com/Zeke-ebook/dp/B008J9DH2M/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1350672820&sr=1-1&keywords=wodke+haw

Trauma Junkie #3 by Tom Hobbs @Tomhobbs

http://www.amazon.com/Trauma-Junkie-Blackout-Blues-ebook/dp/B009JR51EK/ref=sr_1_5?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1350672959&sr=1-5&keywords=tom+hobbs

The Road to Gray Lake by David Bain @davidbainaa

 http://www.amazon.com/The-Road-Gray-Lake-ebook/dp/B0095WL058/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1350673073&sr=1-1-spell&keywords=the+road+to+graylake

House of Grey #5 by Collin Earl @CollinEarl

http://www.amazon.com/The-House-Grey–Volume-ebook/dp/B009H77UPU/ref=sr_1_9?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1350673280&sr=1-9&keywords=collin+earl

COMING SOON

Enhanced by Courtney Farrell @CAFarrell

http://www.courtneyfarrell.com

Once and for All by Amy Durham @AmyDurham

http://amy-durham.blogspot.com/

Pass the Links #1–An Author’s Gratitude

A Pass the Links series

I initially got the idea to Pass the Linksfrom fellow blogger Kate Policani’s post High Time for Some Links. Thanks Kate! In that same spirit, I am paying it forward on this #FF. To thank my Twitter/WordPress blog followers for taking the time out to read my tweets and blog posts, I’ve compiled a list of their newly released and upcoming novels and writings.

If you follow me and don’t see your name on the list, don’t fret, I will be posting at least 5-10 author releases regularly over the next few months. So keep a look out for your name in my Pass the Links blog posts series. Also, feel free to leave comments with info on your newly released/upcoming novels and writings for me to post. Here is the first list of titles/authors and links below:

Thanks again,

~A.M. Day

NEWLY RELEASED

Undaunted Love by Jennings Wright @JenningsWright

http://www.amazon.com/Undaunted-Love-Jennings-Wright/dp/1479250287/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1350064505&sr=8-1&keywords=undaunted+love

Heart Song by Samantha LaFantasie @SamLaFantasie

http://www.amazon.com/Heart-Song-Samantha-S-LaFantasie/dp/1478323507/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1350064729&sr=1-4&keywords=heart+song

Heart Search: Lost by Carlie M.A. Cullen @carlie2011c

http://www.amazon.com/HEART-SEARCH-book-Lost-ebook/dp/B009MWXU40/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1350065828&sr=1-2&keywords=heart+search%3A+lost

Wicked Tears by Amy Blaze @ablazebooks

http://www.amazon.com/Wicked-Tears-ebook/dp/B009HZO9YC/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1350066171&sr=1-1&keywords=amy+blaze

Spindles (A Short Story) by L.B. Gale @LBGale

http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/spindles/

COMING SOON!

Shaken, Not Stirred by Aaron Cooley @fleming17f Nov. 2012

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15995128-shaken-not-stirred

Broken Pieces by Rachel Thompson @RachelintheOC Nov. 2012

http://rachelintheoc.com/2012/09/light-an-sneak-peek-excerpt-from-broken-pieces/

Don’t Judge a Book By Its Magic by Kate Policani @KPtwitrnovel Virtual Release Party October 26th 2012

http://katepolicani.com/books-for-sale/dont-judge-a-book-by-its-magic/

Uprising by Jessica Therrien @JessicaTherrien Feb. 2013

http://jessica-therrien.blogspot.com/p/children-of-gods.html

Protector by Joanne Wadsworth @JoanneWadsworth Jan. 2013

http://joannewadsworth.com/books/

Riding the Wave–Genre Hopping Part 2

by A.M. Day

Writers dive headfirst in the craft daily. Plugging in, banging out and picking away at the habitual utterances of what is left of the conscious mind. Once creativity takes over our psyches, transporting us into the chosen themes and plots…game on. We ebb and flow endless ideas. They can come at us like a battering ram when we least expect it. We’ll scrawl illegible phrases and sentences on napkins, bills, mirrors and so on, with anything from pen to marker, to lipstick or eyeliner in a pinch. But, do we write what’s currently popular? Or, do we write what really inspires us?

The erotic romance sub-genre took on a new role this past spring when the Fifty Shades trilogy was thrust upon us, selling more than 10 million copies in record time. This caused an ongoing spark of erotica to flood bookstore shelves and the internet from well-known authors to unknowns. Sylvia Day’s erotic Crossfire series has been “all-the-rave” on social media platforms lately. Fans anxiously wait to see what happens with young Eva and the Dominant Gideon Cross this fall. Of course, these weren’t the first ladies to write erotic romance novels, but they lit a fire to the backside, giving the market a huge boost. Ann Rice, the Queen of Vamp’s, had an erotic romance trilogy first released in the 80’s, now resurfaced. And I’ve heard it’s quite steamy. I’ll be picking that trilogy up soon.

I must admit, the thought crossed my mind to put out an erotica novel and maybe I will, but for now, I’m comfortable with modern twist/Greek myth. For one, I have two due out anytime now (fingers crossed) and 1-2 more left in the series to complete, not to mention the YA spin-off series with the teens from the first few novels. But I can switch it on and off while I’m working on my screenplays.

Once again, I enlisted the help of fellow tweeters/bloggers. Melpomene Selemidis @Melpomuse concurs like most writers I’ve spoken with, citing that, “I definitely write for me, what I’m inspired by.” @Melpomuse also writes love poetry inspired by Neruda, Rumi, Homer and Greek myth. She writes YA stories as well “…because it’s a time full of passion and promise and I write adult stories to explore relationships. I love to include magic realism like, Marquez, Allende and poetic prose like, Winterson and mix genres like A.S. Byatt.” We can take from Melpomene that her inspirations come more from various authors’ styles as opposed to the new hotness covering the front-shelf displays in bookstores.

Kate Policani @KPtwitrnovel writes what inspires her also. “Without inspiration it isn’t really fun fiction.” Right you are, Kate. And without the fun, writing is a drag. Kate’s upcoming novel, “Don’t Judge a Book By Its Magic” is due out this October.

Fellow blogger A.M. Schultz @am_sh feels, “A month of moderate effort, and you could be sitting on the next big potential vampire saga, or fantasy series or horror story. Or, you could be driving yourself batty, trying to find a new take on a genre that is already beyond cluttered.” With much elaboration, as I welcomed and expected, from Schultz’s engaging prose, he brings up some really interesting thoughts on the topic that I think you guys will find enlightening and entertaining as well. See his full post on my anovelperspective.wordpress.com blog as my guest blogger this week.

Last week, I created a poll to get writers’ views on the topic of riding the wave. It was no surprise that the votes came in at 100% that those 5/5 writers write what inspires them. Thank you for your votes. With that said, in the end, it really doesn’t matter whether a writer gets inspiration from popular genre/story lines. To be inspired to write anything is inspiration in itself.

There is no right or wrong answer. We write what we write, most, with no indifference to genre/story lines. Do we do our stories justice when we write them, in order to receive a strong following from our target audiences and beyond?

I think that should be the question and one we ponder regularly as we write. This is A Novel Perspective. Share your thoughts!

Thanks to fellow tweeters/bloggers for contributing. As always,You Rock!