A few months ago I added a page to my website introducing a new coaching service I was offering for writers. I didn’t really push the service, didn’t do much in the way of announcing anything. I just kind of put it out there and let it be.
To be honest, I wasn’t ready to start accepting clients on a regular basis.
But now I’m ready.
If you’re a writer, especially a fiction writer, or if you aspire to be a writer and are looking for some personal coaching/tutoring to hone your craft . . . I can help.
If you have questions about writing or publishing that you need answers for . . . I can help.
If you’d like someone who is experienced and impartial to look at your material and give an honest opinion . . . I can help.
If you’re trying to determine whether to go the traditional route or self-published route but can’t decide which is best for you . . . I can help (I’ve done both).
If you’re discouraged and in need of some encouragement and help in determining what your next move should be . . . I can definitely help!
Please, if any of the above scenarios describes you, check out my coaching page, review the pricing, and contact me. I’m flexible. If what’s offered on that page doesn’t fit your needs or budget, contact me anyway and we can work something out. I want to see writers succeed.
I hope to hear from you soon!
Yes, you can get my newest thriller FEARLESS for free.
My publisher, Charisma House, recently created a website called Booketeria where you can request books for free and all you have to do in return is promise to write an honest review.
FREE book (and a new release at that). A $14.99 value. For a simple but honest review.
Not a bad deal.
Just go on over to Booketeria.com, sign up, and get your copy of FEARLESS for FREE.
And if you don’t mind, please share this great deal with all your social media friends. FREE is good!
Oh, one more thing . . . you can still get my novel FRANTIC for only $1.99 on Amazon. Hurry, though, this price won’t last too much longer.
Over the next several weeks I’m going to periodically discuss different issues I deal with as a writer. Issues like:
- The pressure of sales numbers
- Dealing with negative reviews
- Writing about the supernatural
- Time management/fitting writing into a busy schedule
- The issue of faith and fiction
- Violence in fiction
- Creating villains without becoming one
- Romance and the element of love
- Balancing fiction and real life
- The ethics of using real people to create characters
If you’re a writer or want to become a writer or do any kind of writing I’m sure you’ll find these upcoming posts interesting.
If you’re not a writer, never were, and don’t want to be I really do think you’ll still enjoy these posts. It’ll give you an inside view into some of what writers deal with, what goes through our mind, and some of the decisions we make while writing. It’s actually pretty interesting.
Check in on these posts too as I’ll also feature some killer deals on books and occasional giveaways too.
Here’s a couple now:
Get my novel FRANTIC for only $1.99!
Enter the Goodreads giveaway for a chance to win FEARLESS.
And if you haven’t done so yet, check out my newest thriller, FEARLESS. Here’s my challenge: Go to the Amazon page and click on the “Look Inside” feature. Read the first several pages. I bet you’ll be hooked. If you’re not, I want to hear about it.
FEARLESS, my newest thriller officially releases tomorrow and in my book (pun inteneded) that calls for a celebration. And to celebrate I want to give away some books.
Today, leave a comment to this blog post and get in on the drawing to win a copy of THE LAST HUNT (an e-short story), MIRROR IMAGE (an e-short story), or FRANTIC (my 5th thriller). Contest ends at midnight.
Come back tomorrow. I’ll be giving away copies of the short stories and FEARLESS as well as another book!
I want to thank everyone who helped promote Mirror Image and The Last Hunt. I want to thank those who downloaded them, who read them, who reviewed them, who talked about them. I hope you enjoyed both stories. They’ve been getting a lot of positive feedback and have really seemed to strike a good note with readers.
If you missed the giveaways, not to worry, both stories are available for only $0.99.
Fearless releases on May 7, a week from Tuesday. You can preorder it just about anywhere. So far, it’s getting very good reviews, some saying it’s my best book yet. I find this interesting because after all is said and done with the writing and editing of all my books I always think, This is the book that’s going to flop, that’s going to expose me as a fraud. But from what I hear from my author friends that’s a perfect normal feeling and shared by most.
Fearless is a wonderful story and while writing it I quickly fell in love with the characters. It has lots of suspense, mystery, intrigue, and of course a slight twist of the supernatural. I hope you’ll enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
Wow, what a great collection of story ideas. Choosing just one was not easy and honestly it came down to about five minutes ago (as of the writing of this post at 5:45 this morning).
I’d like to say again that just because your story idea wasn’t chosen doesn’t mean it’s not any good. There were a lot of great ideas, creative, inspiring, intriguing, entertaining. Not all were appropriate for a short story, though. In fact, I was able to narrow the field pretty quickly by eliminating the concepts that would require much more than 10,000 words.
There were several that really caught my imagination. Some were surprisingly simple but sometimes it’s the most simple things that make the greatest impact.
Please, if you submitted a story idea and you’re interesting in writing or you are a writer . . . pursue it. Don’t wait. Make the time. Get help if you need it. But do something with it. You have an idea, a concept, a starting point, now go for it!
Okay, not to drag this on too much . . . here is the winner of the second “Who Wants to Write a Short Story With Me” contest:
CATHY GROOVER: I have always wanted to write, but fear kept me from doing so.
Do you want to take the plunge and co-write a short story with me?
Last year I held a contest where the winner would co-write and publish a short story with me. Aaron Reed, a pastor, husband, and father of five won and we just recently released our short story Mirror Image. You may want to check it out (only $0.99 on Amazon).
I think it’s safe to say both of us had a blast writing it, too.
Well now I’m ready to do it again.
Here are the details:
- Your entry must be a story idea in one sentence and one sentence only. Any genre, any topic, just please, no erotica.
- You can enter as many ideas as you want.
- You can either post your entry below as a comment or send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name in your entry.
- Entries will be accepted through midnight Friday.
- The final five will be announced Monday, 4/15.
Have fun with this. I know I’ll fun reading your entries.
Please help spread the word about this contest on all your social media hang-outs.
I’d like to give a big THANK YOU to all who helped promote the three-day giveaway of MIRROR IMAGE. The promotion went very well. I sincerely hope everyone enjoys the story. I know Aaron and I enjoyed writing it. And please write a short review and post it on Amazon. Those reviews carry more punch that you’d think they do.
In fact, I enjoyed the whole process so much I want to do it again. Stay tuned for more information coming next week about an all new “Who Wants to Write a Story With Me?” Contest. And start revving up your creative engine.
Also, if you missed the MIRROR IMAGE giveaway you can still download the story for just $0.99. Just follow this link.
And be watching for another short story to be released April 23. THE LAST HUNT is a tale that will make you think twice about ever going in the woods again.
Back in May of 2012 I held a contest where the winner would write a short story with me and we would publish it as an e-story. Well, the winner was Aaron Reed and our story, Mirror Image, is finished and will be available through Amazon April 2!
We’re going to be doing a launch promotion and offer the story for free for 3 days only, April 2-4. You won’t want to miss this unique story. It was a blast to write and we’re both very excited to release it to the public. Here’s a blurb:
When Dennis, a loner with a wounded past, discovers he looks exactly like author Joshua Norton he convinces himself that Norton is living the life he should have been given. Dennis obsesses over Norton’s seemingly perfect life and eventually plots to switch places with the undeserving author. But reality isn’t always what it appears to be and what Dennis finds isn’t exactly what he expected.
This was the first time I’ve co-written anything but I enjoyed it so much I plan to do it again in the future. Stay tuned for more information and another opportunity to co-write a story with me. And be on the lookout for Mirror Image!