Friday, November 17, 2017

5 Things to Do to Get Published by Tara Tyler #Disposaltour

5 Things to Do to Get Published


Don't get your hopes up, there's no easy secret plan to getting published - well, there is and anyone can do it these days, but only true, dedicated writers won't cut corners to be published. Real writers put blood, sweat, tears, and laughter not only into their books, but also into their efforts to have it published.

And so, here is my list of 5 Things to Do to Get Published:
  1. Tell a fantastic story! Write it down with flair.
  2. Research and edit to make it even better - listen to advice, criticism, but most importantly your heart.
  3. Condense your magnificent story into two succinct paragraphs that will lure readers to want to find out what happens in the book. A query. This you will send to hungry agents after you find out who has an appetite for your genre.
  4. Don't give up. This is the most important step. Rejections and lack of responses will make you depressed, weepy, doubt yourself, and want to quit. You have to keep at it. Keep busy, keep writing, keep submitting.
  5. Eventually, you will be ready. A wonderful situation will present itself and you'll get published! But that's when the real work begins - marketing and putting yourself out there to sell it!
GOOD LUCK ALL YE WHO  ENTER HERE!

DISPOSAL by Tara Tyler
Pop Travel, Book Three

Cooper and Geri are finally in a good place, but their bliss is short-lived when Cooper's rebellious nephew Jimmy moves in with them for a summer internship. He hits the town hard and thinks he's found the girl of his dreams in an fiery, exotic beauty. Against all words of warning, he pursues her and ends up getting kidnapped by her powerful Drug Lord father. Geri tracks him down, but gets herself kidnapped as well.

Now it's up to Cooper to use all his resources to save them, including the hot homicide detective Geri secretly despises, and the latest sketchy gadgets his genius friend Hasan offers him to field-test. Sure, why not? Cooper will do anything to get his family back.

KINDLE <=> Paperback (coming soon)



About the Author:
Tara Tyler is a math teacher who writes to share her passion for reading with others. She loves dogs, coffee, and is the lazy housewife, living in a world of boys with three sons and a coach husband. Join her for an adventure!

Book One           Book Two


To celebrate, you can take Tara Tyler's SURVEY- which will automatically enter you for a PRIZE! Drawing and winners announced on December 15th.

Thanks so much to Tyrean for hosting and supporting me - she's been a great friend for many years now. Hard to believe it's been so long! (You are so welcome, Tara!!!)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Disposal Release Day! Tara Tyler Rocks!

DISPOSAL has arrived!!

DISPOSAL by Tara Tyler
Pop Travel, Book Three

Cooper and Geri are finally in a good place, but their bliss is short-lived when Cooper's rebellious nephew Jimmy moves in with them for a summer internship. He hits the town hard and thinks he's found the girl of his dreams in an fiery, exotic beauty. Against all words of warning, he pursues her and ends up getting kidnapped by her powerful Drug Lord father. Geri tracks him down, but gets herself kidnapped as well.

Now it's up to Cooper to use all his resources to save them, including the hot homicide detective Geri secretly despises, and the latest sketchy gadgets his genius friend Hasan offers him to field-test. Sure, why not? Cooper will do anything to get his family back.

KINDLE <=> Paperback (coming soon)



About the Author:
Tara Tyler is a math teacher who writes to share her passion for reading with others. She loves dogs, coffee, and is the lazy housewife, living in a world of boys with three sons and a coach husband. Join her for an adventure!

Pop Travel & Simulation - The Cooper Chronicles
Broken Branch Falls & Cradle Rock - Beast World fantasy series


To celebrate, you can take Tara Tyler's SURVEY- which will automatically enter you for a PRIZE!

Here is the DISPOSAL blog tour schedule:

FRI, NOV 17 - Tyrean Martinson - 5 Things that will get you published!
MON, NOV 20 - Christine Rains - The Lazy Housewife talks Garage Goals
THU, NOV 23 - Juneta Key - I'm Thankful for where I am

MON, NOV 27 - Patricia Lynne -
THU, NOV 30 - Diane Burton - The Lazy Housewife talks Bathroom Blues

WED, DEC 6 - MJ Fifield - Special IWSG: Will anyone like me? Will anyone care?
FRI, DEC 8 - Elizabeth Seckman - The Journey of the Really Real Housewives

MON, DEC 11 - C. Lee McKenzie -

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

November IWSG and Duotrope Insights

Happy IWSG Day! Many thanks to Alex and all of the co-hosts and admins for keeping this encouraging group together!
The awesome co-hosts today are Tonja Drecker, Diane Burton, MJ Fifield, and Rebecca Douglass!

I have a host of insecurities. This last month, I had a tough time getting any goals done. I struggled to write, to exercise, to learn how to use a new tool - Dragon Naturally Speaking (a fancypants talk-to-text program). 
In the midst of all of that, I made a crazy decision to sign up for NaNoWriMo to write a draft of The Greenling Chronicles, book 2: Ancient Truth.
In October, I did some crazy, hand-written plotting for the entire series and had some wee morning hours working on world-building questions that I never answered properly in book 1 (it still needs revision) and had a "brilliant" idea on how to use foreshadowing. So, I think I'm ready. 

Here's my blurb for the book that I have up at NaNoWriMo:
Delving deeper into what it means to have superpowers, Dunnie and his friends discover more layers to the underworld of what they call "Supers" and the adults call "Mythfaeri." It turns out that neither term is truly correct when Dunnie meets an Ancient, who attempts to set him on the "right" path.

Best wishes to all NaNo writers and all non-NaNo writers this month!

Duotrope Report:
I used a trial version of Duotrope for a short time and then I signed on for the whole package as a writer. What this gives me and my thoughts on it:

1. A way of tracking submissions beyond my own word document method. The submissions tracker is nice because it helps me see immediately which of my stories has been submitted multiple times, how many times, and what my rate of success is for each individual story and for all of my submissions overall. 

2. A weekly newsletter highlighting newly opened and newly closed markets for writing submissions for fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. When I first used Duotrope, I would scan this newsletter the day it came and get ideas for stories and submissions. I stopped doing that last year when I was sick and I've just started checking it again. 

3. An easy-to-use search engine for markets, which includes markets for short stories, poetry, non-fiction articles, and some book publishers. This is my favorite part of Duotrope. I can search out specific markets for specific genres, word count length, and other areas. Duotrope expanded the search engine and market base to include artists and photographers in 2017.

4. A way to make note of markets which have slow response rates. Duotrope likes to know how quickly markets respond to authors and uses this data for the writer's benefit. I know which markets take six months to respond because Duotrope has a record. However, the accuracy is based on writer's reporting so these dates can have some fault in them. Duotrope also recommends when a writer should simply retract their submission if the market has taken too long to respond.

So, have I been happy with Duotrope? Yes, as long as I use it, it works for me. It does cost money, but the story sales "repaid" my membership fee. I would love to say that I'm earning oodles of money, but I'm not. However, I haven't used it as frequently in 2017, so it takes use to make it worthwhile.

If you want to check it out, go here: Duotrope. I think there's still a free trial offered.


What are your insecurities this month? Have you used any writing services that you found useful, enjoyable, or good?

I love Insecure Writer's Support Group and the amazing tips and services that IWSG offers to all writers for absolutely FREE at the website and in our group. Writers coming together to encourage, to make our work easier, to share insights, and to overcome our insecurities - these writers (you, me, we) make IWSG awesome! (With special thanks to Alex and all of the Admin Team!)

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Friday, October 27, 2017

Goals and National Tell a Story Day

Today is National Tell a Story Day ... in Scotland and the UK.

I'm only partly Scottish, but let's just go with it, okay?
(I'll post again in April for the US National Tell a Story Day)
Scroll down for that part of the post. First, let's look at my goals.



Um, I didn't post what my actual goals for October were at the end of September, but here they are:

1. Look for a job. (In addition to independent teaching one day a week). I applied for substitute teaching in one school district and waited.
2. Write 30 minutes each day. On average - yes, especially if you count materials for my students, a letter to the editor, and a non-fiction project that I might/might not be sending out into the universe for Betas next month. Stay tuned if you are interested in non-fiction, Christian Thanksgiving-based material and would be willing to read.
3. Work on Biblical Storytelling. - um, once.
4. Teach classes. - Yes!
5. Encourage my family and friends. Tried.
6. Walk every day. - nope, but four times a week.
7. Revise/continue various writing projects - 30 minutes 3 times a week. - well, I did put some thought work into how to revise and I started, but that's it.
8. Housecleaning and organization - 1 hour, 5 times a week. - mostly yes.


Next month .... I'm going to focus just on these:
1. Write 1700 words a day, average. (NaNoWriMo for Greenling Chronicles 2 rough draft)
2. Teach classes.
3. Exercise every day, include walks, dancing, kayaking.
4. Household projects: some work every day.
5. Send Thanksgiving project to betas.


Have you ever told a story out loud?

I started my creative endeavors by telling spooky stories to friends at my house as a kid. I made up stories about the dark room under the stairs (literally, a photographer's dark room), my dad's retired prosthetic legs found in the guest room closet (who knew what happened to those guests?) and the haunted painting (a dark painting of a warrior in armor that used to hang in my parents' living room). 

These days I rarely every tell or write spooky stories, but I do write fantastical stories (as in fantasy-based).
Plus, I know some authors who also write fantastical stories.

Some of them can be found here:

Can a lost hero find redemption?

What if Death himself wanted to die? Can deliverance be found on a bloody battlefield? Could the gift of silvering become a prison for those who possessed it? Will an ancient warrior be forever the caretaker of a house of mystery?

Delving into the depths of the tortured hero, twelve authors explore the realms of fantasy in this enthralling and thought-provoking collection. Featuring the talents of Jen Chandler, L. Nahay, Renee Cheung, Roland Yeomans, Elizabeth Seckman, Olga Godim, Yvonne Ventresca, Ellen Jacobson, Sean McLachlan, Erika Beebe, Tyrean Martinson, and Sarah Foster.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these twelve tales will take you into the heart of heroes who have fallen from grace. Join the journey and discover a hero’s redemption!

Amazon
Barnes & Noble
eBook -
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iTunes
Kobo


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Trying something new

Have you ever tried something new, something you never really thought you would?

Many years ago, I watched a movie that involved a writer who "wrote" his books by dictating them into a voice recorder (a simple tape recorder of the 80s or early 90s) and then typing them up. Of course, there was more to the movie than just this act - it was a thriller than involved the writer somehow "knowing" all the murders his unknown, evil twin committed and writing those criminal acts into his novels. I don't remember the name of the movie and I can't remember if it was really any good, but I was fascinated by the idea of writing by voice.

However, I love writing by hand. I do. I have notebooks and journals filled up to attest to that. I have a love affair with paper and have a tough time not purchasing more journals than I need. So, why use talk to text?

1. I  had surgery many years ago on each of my arms for nerve damage from sports-related injuries. I gained back 95% of the use of my hands, arms, etc - including my sense of touch. However, I still have my clumsy-fingered moments and I'm older now. Any surgery and any scar tissue can slow us down as we age. (Okay, I'm not ancient yet but I am in my 40s and I feel it.) A really cool ergonomic keyboard helps, but it doesn't solve all the issues.

2. I slouch when I sit and this is causing neck pain and back pain. My chiropractor tells me that I have to lay backwards over an exercise ball at least twice a day for 5-10 minutes to resolve this and I need to get up and move (plus, sit up straight).

3. I just need to get up and move more. I had two surgeries this year. It's been six months since the last one and although I have to take baby steps for exercise (biking 16 miles in one day last month set me back again by three weeks), I am struggling to diet and exercise appropriately to deal with my excess weight and regain full health. Obviously, there's more to solving this than just talk-to-text, but this is one way that I have decided to tackle it.

So, I just ordered Dragon Naturally Speaking - a software program that I've heard nothing but good things about for around 20 years (I had a relative who needed it because he had MS). I will see how it goes when it gets here.

Hopefully, I don't have an unknown evil twin out there who will dictate crime thriller novels into my brain. Unless, of course, they are best-sellers ...


BTW - I will finally report back about my experiences with Duotrope in my next IWSG post.