Catching Up, Yet Again

Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know it’s been awhile and I’m hoping that doesn’t happen again, but life gets in the way. We authors get so caught up with things like work, relationships, WRITING. Yes, even that has kept me from updating this site.

To catch up on a few things:

– Hearts on Fire Editing is temporarily closed. I won’t be doing until I feel like I can fit it into my schedule and be able to get it back to the author in a timely manner. I’ve already had a few people ask me to continue going, but I can’t at the risk of it not being done soon enough.

– The Dead Speak is FINALLY finished and is available for preorder! Are you excited for this book? I know I am excited to see Ophelia take her first steps in the real world and see how far she goes.

– The Sinned Drown is under way already! Kind of, I mean, I’m only on chapter one, but the prologue is done too, so that’s a start, right?

– Authors Against Bullying is coming along, slowly, but still coming along. It does take time to put these things together and we’ve had to move the release date a few times, but it’s set for the 6th! I’ll have a collection of short stories coming out with Rock & Roll Saved My Soul shortly after AAB V2 and I have yet to choose a charity for them as it’s a difficult decision for me. I will announce it as soon as I know more about it though!

– I feel like there was something else that I was going to put here, but now I can’t remember. Hmm… Okay then.

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And in case you missed it, here’s the cover for The Dead Speak!

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T D Speak copy

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Looking for a Cover Designer

I had made a post previously about cover designers and I had listed some of my personal favorites, but there are more to that list. I’m not adding them in this post, but I was asked what do I look for when looking for a cover designer.

Now, when I think about my book covers, I immediately go to the three people that have been helping me with my covers since I started, but it’s more than that. Lately, I’ve been working on photoshop, learning how to make my own covers, but besides that – there are some traits that I look for when I think about cover designers.

Do they design in the genre my book is in: You don’t want someone who only does romance books to design something that is meant for a horror novel. I’m not saying that it would be bad, but they’re completely different genres and it would be hard to tell what you were getting yourself in to until it is too late.

Do they have samples: Samples are a good thing. It gives you the chance to see what they can do before you buy it. For example, I wouldn’t go on Fiverr and look for a cover designer there. When it comes to covers, it’s something that you want to be up close and personal with the designer, working together to create your image.

Price Range and Messages: You probably don’t want someone who takes about a month to get back to you, but on the other hand, you don’t want something overly expensive (but hey, if it’s something that you love, how can you put a price on that?). I know personally that I want something that is decently priced for the amount of work put into it.

Now there are many other things to consider and once I get more sleep, I am sure that I will write them down and put them into another blog post, but for now, consider the above. Consider whether they will work with you for you to both reach a common ground when it comes to your book cover!

Write Often or Pace Yourself?

This is a question that is asked constantly by many people and  the answer lies within yourself, I believe. There are times that the characters speak to me and I cannot get them to shut up and when this happens, I tend to write often, but other than that, I pace myself. I make myself a daily goal, though lately I have been taking time away from that to deal with some issues in my life, but I feel like I will be getting back to that daily goal soon. My personal daily goal has been set at 1,000 words per day, but that’s something for me – a personal accomplishment for myself.

This is a question that I cannot answer for you. I do think that it’s a good idea to set a personal goal and try to reach that goal each day, but I know there are some people who cannot do that no matter how hard they try. As far as this question, only you will know the answer for yourself.

Lost Time

So, again, in the past few days, I’ve been not publishing on this blog here, but I AM TONIGHT!

In this lost time, I’ve added a symbol to Ophelia, but I’m not releasing information about it yet :3 I guess you’ll have to wait a little while, but here’s that symbol!

Sign

It’s ore than that though: I will be adding a new character to Ophelia soon! I will be publishing a character list that will also be in the back of the book! I will post some things about the characters as things progress!

For more information on Ophelia and myself, follow my author page: Author Bree Vanderland!

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Getting Back to Writing

So, there have been quite a few things that have pulled me away from writing and blogging more often, but I’m here to tell you that I’m going to try my best to get back to making on blog post a day AND writing a little a day (or at least editing). It’s good for me to get back into that daily routine and it’s good for you guys to read my blog posts and get advice on things.

If you know that you’re not going to be able to write for a while, please at least think about what you want to write about the next time you’re on a computer. It will help you gather your thoughts before you sit down and may even help your fords flow better! I know that it helps me to think about it first. Because of this, I have been able to put 1,000 words onto my work in progress and it’s only 10:15 AM.

I love writing and I love blogging. I love giving new and old authors alike advice on things that they request and I’m thankful for them all. I’m thankful for each and every like they give me and I’m thankful that I can help anyone. That’s my only goal here – to help and inspire – and as long as I do that, I feel like my mission is accomplished. I will be more than happy to get back to it!

Please expect more posts on authors, books, and messages from some of my favorite authors and people who support me. All over promotions can be requested in the Promotion Request tab at the top menu!

Thank you!

Will I Ever Be Ready

In one of my groups, someone asked me a simple question that had me thinking back to when I published my first book. Samantha asked me,

Did you ever have a hard time feeling like your book was ready to publish? I’ve revised SOOOO many times. I don’t dare send it to the editor yet. I’m waiting on a couple of beta readers.

~ Samantha, Writing Rocks (Facebook Group)

Well, I gave her a reply that was true to myself and something that I feel the need to share with more people as I believe this question is asked a lot.

Yes. I always had a hard time hitting that publish button, putting my new book out there for the option of millions of people able to buy it and read it and judge and criticize not only the book, but me too. It’s a tough thing to do because that book is like a baby to you (yes, I felt that way too and I feel that way about all of my books). You poured your heart and soul into the book and there will be people who tear it apart.

My advice is to remember that you can’t please everyone. There will be people who absolutely hate your book and then there will be people who are jealous of your success and try to bring you down. With everything, remember that you’re not writing for them. You’re not editing for them. You’re not publishing for them. You’re doing everything for YOU!

You’re the reason things have gotten this far and I’m sure we all have people to thank for words of encouragement when we feel like we’re not doing things right, but that’s all a part of the process. I did go through this moment of doubt before I put my books up, thinking that they weren’t ready, but don’t let that hold you back! As an author who has been published for three years, I still feel like some of my books aren’t ready, but there are people who love them and think that they’re amazing.

The thing is, as authors, we learn as we go. We grow with each letter that we type, each idea that pops into our head and we have to write them down or the characters scream at us, building the story up in our minds until our fingers eventually glide over the keyboard as we tell their story (and if you think we have any control over our characters, think again)! As time passes and your book is out there, you can always go back and add to it and make it something that grows with you. Make it so that people see your progress.

Just remember that writing and publishing a book is all about YOU – not anyone else.

Authors Against Bullying

I know, I know! I’ve been so bad as I’ve been gone again – FOUR DAYS! But I caught something that made me sick and dizzy and eww!

Well, today, besides sleeping and noming on chicken stew, I pulled together with Kate Marie Robbins and Zara Elise Thelms and pulled together the next TWO Authors Against Bullying anthologies! One will be on bullying, but we are also expanding and partnering with another author to bring awareness to another cause – Human Trafficking.

Attached, I have both promo banners for the anthologies and I am proud of all we have achieved with AAB. Our first volume  went as far as #13 in its category! I’m so thankful for all the hard work and dedication people have put into the anthology and while Volume Two is now with our publisher, I hope to see more people participating and sharing the cause!

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B.E. McLaughlin

Languish, by B.E. McLaughlin is a mystery, thriller novel that has LGBT themes within it. The novel follows two mothers in search of their kidnapped daughter, and tests the strength of their love, as well as the mental and physical strain one can take within a given amount of time.

Languish was released on the 1st of January this year, and I am very excited about its progress, much more excited for my following novels and the path that this career will lead me.

When asked about her current WIP, this was her response –
My current WIP is the first of a trilogy that started from a question of “What will humans do for the possibility of money, cold hard cash in their hands?” You’re Next: the Descent, is a horror, thriller, dystopian piece that questions society and how well it is truly run.

But I love to read all types of books, when my University schedule allows for me to. 18 books this semester doesn’t seem like a lot until it is all piled up on top of you. Haha.

I am hoping to have my next novel out by mid summer, or late spring if I am lucky.

Links:
Facebook Page
Website
Blog
Goodreads
Amazon Author Central

Languish Links
Amazon US Link
Amazon Canada Link
Amazon UK Link

Debbie Manber Kupfer

Debbie is the author of a YA fantasy series, P.A.W.S. – books 1 and 2, P.A.W.S. and Argentum are out and she is currently writing book 3.

Also when she’s not writing fiction she writes puzzles for magazines and is about to release her first book of logic puzzles, Paws4Logic. Paws4Logic has been a long time in coming and is a collaboration between her and her son, Joey.

Debbie has stories in a variety of anthologies and is the editor of a historical horror anthology, Sins of the Past ,and will be reading her story, Griddlebone, on the radio this Saturday night (Jan 31).

Links:
Paws4Thought
Paws4Puzzles
Facebook Author page
Puzzles
Twitter
Amazon
Goodreads

Dance with Darkness Preorder

It took Amazon.com long enough, but of course, being Amazon, Dance with Darkness is FINALLY up for preorder! The ebook will be $0.99 for the duration of the preorder 🙂 After preorder, it will be put at its regular price for $2.99, so get it while you can!

PREORDER LINKS FOR DANCE WITH DARKNESS! ON SALE FOR $0.99 for preorder sale 🙂

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Barnes and Noble – COMING SOON

Paperback links coming soon as well!

Book Covers

So for me, my book covers are always something that I think reflects the story well, whether it has the main characters or shows an event that happened in the story. The thing is to make something that will stand out – something that will make someone in a bookstore pause to at least glance at it and be prompted to pick up the book and read the back.

Now, there are a lot of people who can make book covers, but the thing is not to limit what you want on it. They’re working for you. If you can’t find someone who can do what you want, it’s my opinion that you should move on. Don’t compromise unless you love what they did more than you loved your original idea.

In my line of business here, I’ve come to know many cover designers, all who make very beautiful things, but there are also some out there who will fool you and take a stock image, slap on some words and be done with it. THAT’S NOT SOMETHING YOU SHOULD DO! Every stock image, no matter how it looks, should be slightly edited to give it some originality. The issue is that with stock images, many people could have the same one and you want to give it a little something to be original to your piece.

Only publish with something that you are proud of!

Some cover artists that I have worked with or seen amazing work from –
Mae I Design – Regina Wamba (original stock images available for purchase)
Steph’s Cover Design – Stephanie Hobbs (premade and original work available)
Kate’s Ye Olde Booke Cover Shoppe – Kate Marie Robbins

Below are some samples from each artist –

Regina Wamba –

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R4

R3

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Stephanie –

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Kate –

WA

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Goddess Becoming Excerpt

To celebrate the release of my new website, I’m here to celebrate by releasing a small excerpt of Goddess Becoming 😉 Hope you like it!


To back track through those years, Adelaide was locked in a tower in Kiro’s castle, punishment for stealing bread from a marketplace to feed her hungry children, but Kiro saw something different in her. He saw beauty as in physical desire rise in him whenever he gazed upon her, which he did so frequently by magic without her knowing. He put an ultimatum before her – marry him or die. She chose marriage in order to keep her children safe, but after the wedding, she had discovered that Kiro had her two beautiful children murdered. Adeline didn’t remember any of it anymore.

The Black Order was a group of people who wanted to protect their Queen from harm, especially harm by their Deity, Kiro, who was rather rough with things, including people. When the Queen came back to her chambers and her personal guard saw how she was injured, he formed The Black Order, with the goal to get her far away. Kiro had searched high and low for her, exhausting all his resources at his disposal, but with no luck. She had been moved to Earth and now imagine Kiro’s anger when he found out that another Deity had married her and had given up his immortality for her.

Kiro was furious. He stood and shoved is chair back, it hitting a tree somewhere in the distance as it flew, shattering.

“You didn’t marry her. You couldn’t have!” Kiro shouted as he shook his head, slamming his hand on the table, making it shiver beneath his force. “She’s mine. My property and I would like her returned to me immediately.”

Taien was taken aback as Kiro told him a lie, a story about how he and Adeline were lovers once upon a time, but Taien didn’t want to believe it. He didn’t want to have anything to do with the feud between Kiro and his so called Adelaide. Adeline was his and that was all there was to it.

“You have no right to her,” Taien spoke quietly, the other deities glanced around, trying to stay out of it all, but Taien knew that they were all thinking the same thing – something to do with shame that one of them was giving up an eternity for a woman, someone who would eventually die before the Deity there.

“You’re a fool,” Kiro spoke again before spitting in Taien’s direction. “You have no right to her.”

“I have no right to her? What about you? How do you have a right to her? She left you, is that not obvious?”

“How dare you,” Kiro lifted his hand and with a beam of light that protruded from his hand, he sent Taien flying back, his back hitting against a thick tree trunk. Taien cried out in a slight pain, but no one except Osoreme came to his defense, helping him up and back to his seat.

“Stop it,” she demanded. “Just stop, please. It was his choice to fall in love with her. And it was her choice to run away too, not that she would remember it here. There’s no need for this violence.”

“Violence? This is more than just violence, this is vengeance. She is mine and you, and everyone, knows that.”

“Kiro, no. Give up this battle, please. For the sake of all of us.”

“Step aside,” Kiro stepped up to Osoreme with orders, but she wasn’t backing down. Instead, he lifted his hand and hit her face, sending Osoreme to fall to the ground, clutching her face. While normal wounds wouldn’t hurt, hits from gods would do damage and did hurt. He then stepped up to Taien and grabbed him by the neck. While Taien was strong, he wasn’t quite strong enough to ward off Kiro. Kiro had a wicked plan in mind. “Give her to me. Tell me her location,” he ordered, but Taien wouldn’t give in. Taien loved Adeline and while Kiro’s knife was slowly sliding across Taien’s neck, Adeline’s face flashed into view. Her hair was perfect and he saw her the way she was on the mountain, her hair blowing in the breeze. He was happy to see her one more time as she stood right outside the door, looking to the sky for him to return. He whispered a goodbye through the air, hoping that it would make it to her.

He watched the woman he had given everything for as a silent tear fell down his cheeks and his breathing slowly came to a halt.