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Failing at NaNoWriMo

This is my third NaNoWriMo event. For those of you who don’t know what NaNo is, it is National Novel Writing Month challenge. The month of November celebrates the novel. Writers from all over the world get together via the internet and local groups, to write fifty thousand words in thirty days. (If you are a writer and you’ve not heard of NaNoWriMo go to and check out their website.)

In order to make the fifty thousand-word goal, writers need to compose 1667 words per day. After the first week of NaNo I have only 6013 which only averages out to 859 words per day, about half of my projected goal.

My first year of doing NaNo I wrote Titanium Blue before Thanksgiving. I tried NaNo, the first time, to prove I could do it. As a new writer who dreamed of being traditionally published, I needed to know I could produce work within a limited time frame. Since choosing to become an indie author, it is even more important to write, edit and publish quickly. My goal has been to publish at least three books a year. Since publishing my first novel, Chrome Pink, three years ago, I’ve published six books and I’m working on number 7. I’ve not quite reached my 3-book goal but two and half isn’t too bad.

For many of us this year has been exceptionally difficult. Red Steel came out just as the world was shutting down and Janie’s Secrets came out in the middle of the pandemic, I’m not sure if it was depression or just pure exhaustion that has made writing more difficult the past few months. Even though I might be failing at NaNo, I’m writing regularly and seeing results.

To my fellow writers who are doing NaNo whether you are on goal or not, you are winning because you are working. Each step forward is closer to the finish line.

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Summer Loving

My first Bookfunnel Promo

Whenever you are working with other people, especially people you don’t know, you want to make a good impression. This is my first promo with Bookfunnel and I’m trying to make a good impression. I want to do a good job. Yes, I want to sell books but even more than that I want to be the type of author other authors know will put forth the effort. When I ask to join a group, I want them to say, yes, we want her, she’ll work hard.

As many of you know already I have had to work most of my life. I’m thankful for parents who taught me that hard work pays off (eventually). I have said often that I’m a better worker than I am a leader. Give me a task to do and I’ll do it but just don’t make me assign work for others to do.

One of the most difficult things about being an author today is it has become our job to promote our books. If you are an indie author, like I am, then you are the marketing team. I don’t want to be the sleazy used car salesman shouting buy my car or rather buy my book. Instead, I’d rather bring you into my world. Let you see what the town of Leeward looks like in my head, and maybe, you’ll want to visit, check out the stories and get to know the people.

It all started with Rae Lynne Grimes, a motorcycle riding, tattooed Cinderella who overcame addiction, faced her demons and learned to love herself so that she could love others.

My most recent book, Janie’s Secrets is the one featured in this week’s promo Summer Loving. It’s a second chance romance, family drama, suspense thriller set on the outskirts of Leeward. More than their second chance at romance is threatened when family secrets come to light. Will Janie and Mike survive a blackmailer’s vengeance?