RRSMS – Behind the Scenes

 

Behind the scenes of Rock & Roll Saved My Soul, there are so many people working hard to make it all that you see, myself included.

But I would like to introduce you to some of the people who have taken the time to make everything possible. Here I asked them a couple of questions about RRSMS and what it means to them and the answers are just absolutely touching! We have people from promotions, to social media, and even one of the owners who took the time to answer my questions, my own at the very end.

Kate Marie Robbins (Creator)

– Name: Kate Marie Robbins
– What you do at RRSMS: Founder, blogger, web designer, editor, formatter, graphic designer (I do a lot)

Q: When someone mentions Rock & Roll Saved My Soul, what first comes to mind?

A: An amazing community of people

Q: When you created RRSMS, what did you think it would be like? Is it different than that or is it similar?

A: I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started it. I wasn’t sure where it would go or what it would amount to. What happened was far better than I ever could have imagined.

 Q: What does RRSMS and its community mean to you personally?

A: RRSMS is my world, my heart, and my soul. It has become something exponentially epic. Words cannot describe the feeling I get from being a part of the community. It isn’t about me (as a founder), it’s about everyone that’s come together to help make it what it’s become. All of the supporters, authors, and volunteers have made it what it is. Without them, I wouldn’t be where I am today. RRSMS is where I need to be, it was what I was born to do.

Q: Have you written a piece for any of their anthologies? If so, which ones?

A: I have pieces in most of the anthologies. I try to put something into each one, even if it’s just the introduction to the anthology. As of right now, I have pieces in: Rock & Roll Saved My Soul Volume One and Two, Concert Experience, Fighting Chance, Random Acts of Kindness, one of the Authors Against Bullying anthologies (forthcoming) and the first volume of Rescue Me.

Q: What would you like to say to all the readers, volunteers, and other creators of RRSMS?

A: I would like to express my undying gratitude and appreciation for everything that everyone does. It’s been a long journey thus far and I couldn’t have gotten to where I am today without all of the people who have helped me.

 

Gina Dierolf

– Name: Gina Dierolf
– Age: 22
– What you do at RRSMS: Volunteer, write for the anthologies, co-run the Tumblr site, and am on the street team

Q: When someone mentions Rock & Roll Saved My Soul, what first comes to mind?

A: A community of individuals who are working together to help other people in need while doing what they love.

Q: When you started to volunteer your time to RRSMS, what did you think it would be like? Is it different than that or is it similar?

A: When I first started volunteering I didn’t think that I would be this involved where I would be helping run social media sites, I was more in the background. But I enjoy how I get to help make RRSMS something big and that I get to continue to watch it grow.

Q: What does RRSMS and its community mean to you personally?

A: The community and RRSMS means a lot to me. We are all working towards one unified goal which is to spread what we do so that we can help as many charities and people as we can, it is for a good cause and the people in the community are wonderful and helpful!

Q: Have you written a piece for any of their anthologies? If so, which ones?

A: Yes, I have written for Concert experiences and one of the RRSMS volumes, I believe volume 2

Q: Would you recommend writing and donating time to help with the community? Why or why not?

Of course I would You don’t have to be a writer to be a part of RRSMS you can use it as a creative outlet to be able to express the impact that music has had on you. Also by volunteering for RRSMS you are allowing more people to be involved with a community that gets to help others while having fun and doing what they love!

 

Sarah Ashley Kaider

– Name: Sarah Kaider
– Age: 20

– What you do at RRSMS: Volunteer, co-run the Instagram account as a Social Media Marketing Specialist, and am on the street team.

Q: When someone mentions Rock & Roll Saved My Soul, what first comes to mind?

A: A nonprofit group that puts anthologies together to benefit those in need, and donates proceeds to each respective charity.

Q: When you started to volunteer your time to RRSMS, what did you think it would be like? Is it different than that or is it similar?

A: When I first volunteered for RRSMS, I knew that I would be helping to make a difference. I didn’t know that it would be this much fun!

Q: What does RRSMS and its community mean to you personally?

A: The RRSMS community means making a difference, supporting each other, and having fun!

Q: Have you written a piece for any of their anthologies? If so, which ones?

A: I have not written a piece for an anthology yet, which is something I hope to correct through future anthologies. smile emoticon

Q: Would you recommend writing and donating time to help with the community? Why or why not?

A: I think everyone should give writing a piece a try. You don’t have to be a published author or aspiring writer to be involved in the RRSMS community. We believe in giving anyone with a story a chance to have a voice. And if writing isn’t your forte, getting involved with spreading the community is a wonderful accomplishment in itself. The RRSMS community is one I will treasure for a lifetime, because I know that we are working hard to make a difference in the world.

 

Sid Scott Lee

– Name: Sid Lee
– Age: Twenty
– What you do at RRSMS: I am one of the volunteers who manage the Tumblr page, I work alongside Gina. I also share good news stories on their Facebook page when they come up.

Q: When someone mentions Rock & Roll Saved My Soul, what first comes to mind?

A: I think of a great community of people who are working together for great causes.

Q: When you started to volunteer your time to RRSMS, what did you think it would be like? Is it different than that or is it similar?

A: I wasn’t sure what I expected if I’m being honest. However, I was greeted with a very open and accepting group and exciting writing opportunities and a chance to do what I love; helping people.

Q: What does RRSMS and its community mean to you personally?

A: It means just that, community, we’re people from lots of different walks of life are all working together towards the same goals.

Q: Have you written a piece for any of their anthologies? If so, which ones?

A: I have written for a few, I am Loved and Dark Fantasia. I try my best to contribute as much as I can.

Q: Would you recommend writing and donating time to help with the community? Why or why not?

A: I would highly recommend writing something and donating time. We are an all inclusive and accepting group. It’s a highly rewarding experience.

 

Heather Kirchhoff

– Name: Heather Kirchhoff
– Author Page: https://m.facebook.com/Heather-Kirchhoff-376618135776063
– Age: Twenty
– What you do at RRSMS: I run the Twitter account, as well as promote the books and try to get as many submissions as I can. I also post inspirational posts on Authors Against Bullying’s page.

Q: When someone mentions Rock & Roll Saved My Soul, what first comes to mind?

A: An amazing group of hardworking people coming together that wants to try and help others out.

Q: When you started to volunteer your time to RRSMS, what did you think it would be like? Is it different than that or is it similar?

A: I didn’t really know what to expect. I just stepped in where I was needed without much thought.

Q: What does RRSMS and its community mean to you personally?

A: It means a lot to me. I want this publisher to be successful because of what we do. Every cent we make on the books goes to charity. To me that’s worth it.

Q: Have you written a piece for any of their anthologies? If so, which ones?

A: I’m in Rock & Roll Saved My Soul, Authors Against Bullying Volume Two, The Concert Experience, and Fighting Chance. I’m also going to be in Rescue Me Volume Two, Everyday Miracles, I Am Loved, and maybe Fighting Hunger.

Q: Would you recommend writing and donating time to help with the community? Why or why not?

A: Yes! All proceeds goes to different charities. I think that is a pretty good reason to submit a story or two.

 

Renee Jean

– Name: Renee Jean
– Age: 33
– What you do at RRSMS: I am the creator of partner series Rescue Me – Animal Anthology and do my best to help with events.

Q: When someone mentions Rock & Roll Saved My Soul, what first comes to mind?

A: For me it is the inspiration that the series has given me. Because Kate created this series I was able to have the vision and drive to create Rescue Me.

Q: When you started to volunteer your time to RRSMS, what did you think it would be like? Is it different than that or is it similar?

A: I am slightly different from most that volunteer because I don’t know how to do most of the things associated with social media marketing so I help as much as possible with events and work to promote by sharing when books are being released. Rescue Me is my biggest focus with RRSMS.

Q: What does RRSMS and its community mean to you personally?

A: It is made

up of friends and people that feel the same way I do about giving back to the community. We may not live in the same places or have ever met in person but the members are family to me and we see the community as a global one. It is a world we want to share our talents with in order to improve what we see around us.

Q: Have you written a piece for any of their anthologies? If so, which ones?

A: I have been a part of a few. I had a story in the Concert edition, Random Acts of Kindness and the other partner series Authors Against Bullying

Q: Would you recommend writing and donating time to help with the community?

A:  Why or why not? I am a huge advocate to giving back so for me it isn’t even a question I think everyone should be a part of a charity at some point and RRSMS is one of the best ways I have found to give back.

 

Brianna (Bree) Vanderland

RRSMS has helped so many charities and people. Partnered with Rescue Me and Authors Against Bullying, they stand up for what they believe in and they fight for what’s right. They hold on to their beliefs and promote music, kindness, and safety. It’s place people can talk freely about things that are bothering them and seek help. Though they’re not professionals on helping people, they give amazing advice and only want the best for those who are fans.

Rock & Roll Saved My Soul is a place that is worth so much more than just books.

– Name: Brianna Vanderland
– Age: Twenty-Three
– What you do at RRSMS: I am the creator of Authors Against Bullying and I help make promotional banners for anything the team may need. I also help with promotions when I can.

Q: When someone mentions Rock & Roll Saved My Soul, what first comes to mind?

A: When someone mentions RRSMS to me, the first thing that comes to mind is a group of my favorite people, all working towards one goal. These people are like another family to me.

Q: When you started to volunteer your time to RRSMS, what did you think it would be like? Is it different than that or is it similar?

A: At first, I didn’t know what to expect. I hadn’t been a part of something like that before, but I thought it would be an amazing cause and a new experience.

Q: What does RRSMS and its community mean to you personally?

A: Personally, RRSMS means so much to me. The posts on the page makes me smile and l look forward to them every day. They brighten my day, but it’s more than that. Each cause is so dear and close to my heart.

Q: Have you written a piece for any of their anthologies? If so, which ones?

A: To show my support, I have written pieces in many of their anthologies, all of the Authors Against Bullying anthologies, and I’ve sent in a piece or two for the Rescue Me anthologies.

Q: Would you recommend writing and donating time to help with the community? Why or why not?

A: I would highly recommend it. Everything here is for a good cause, one that means so much to each of its members. Without anyone’s help in this endeavor, none of this would be possible. As the creator of Authors Against Bullying, I thank you all for your help with this mission that we hold so dear.

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Haters

No matter what you write, no matter how many things you publish, who you speak to or what you say, I can promise that there will be haters, people who cannot stand one thing about you, but that’s not important.

What is important is that you keep reaching for your dreams despite them.

There are so many people in the world that would rather you fail – turn away – give up your dreams, but it’s not something that you should do. Don’t let them win. Push past it, ignore them, and continue on your way. You’re worth it.

Music

Many authors listen to music while they write. I do that myself. Something about having background noise while writing calms me, allows me to focus on my writing, but it has to be the right kind of background noise.

When I write, when I’m not listening to the background noise of NCIS, Dexter, or the various other tv shows I like to spam watch on Netflix, I’m listening to music. Now, this is easy. Most of the time you can go to Youtube and search for what kind of music you like, but for me, it’s usually the ones without words. The words get me all mixed up and I might just start typing the lyrics to whatever song I’m listening to at the time. Instead, I try to listen to the beautiful, instrumental music that makes me feel something – makes me feel anything that I can put into my writing. I used the ups and downs of the music to inspire me to write things that will turn people’s heads.

Try to find something that is right for you – because what works for me might not be right for you! Think on this!

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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T D Speak FRONT

T D Speak copy

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!

Software for Writing

One question that I also constantly get asked is what is the best software for writing. There are so many out there that the decision might be a difficult one, but have no fear. There are many alternatives that you can get to for writing.

One of the amazing programs I had run into has been something like Scrivner, if you can afford it. It’s something that has a $60 fee or something like that and you have to log into it and use it that way, but it has absolutely amazingly helpful devices. It has noteboards where you can plan characters and scenes – separately,  of course, and you can write one chapter at a time, keeping them separate until you compile everything you’ve written into one word document. This comes in handy and I’ve actually have met editors who prefer editing in a scrivner document over anything else (though to me, that’s more difficult).

So another clear option is Mircosoft Word, this being the one that I personally use. I use this one because of the clear format, the clear page breaks and the way you can do scene dividers. I also use Mircosoft Word for the formatting capabilities such as inserting pictures behind the words on the beginning of the chapters and such. It also automatically corrects common spelling errors, something that I am constantly thankful for, though I’m probably biased towards this one.

Another option so similar to Word is Open Office. Now to me, this is one of my least favorite options, but I believe it’s only because I haven’t had a lot of experience with it. This one is free and it’s close to Word. You can do nearly everything with it from what I’ve heard about it, but I have yet to figure out all the tools of the trade with this one.

One more option is using something like Google Drive and have the document private so no one but those you invite can see it. I always have an issue with this because if you’re anything like me, you use someone’s computer and then forget to log out and low and behold, you’ve left your Facebook up and they’re making a rather embarrassing post about it, but not only that, but you’ve left your book up to which point, they can edit it and save it to mess you up and there’s nothing that you can do about it.

The very last option that I can even hink about is using something like Notepad to write, though that is something that I don’t suggest at all. No publisher that I know deals with Notepad files and there is no way to set up indents, formatting structure, centering things and so much more. As an editor, I wouldn’t accept a Notepad document either only because it is so difficult to work with.

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Now, I’m sure that there are other options, but there will always be good ones and bad ones. This is just in order from what I would personally advise using versus ones that I wouldn’t advise using at all. Hopefully this list helps you with your decision of program use! Let me know in the comments which one you use and why!

Mind of Their Own

The one thing we all hate is when we’re writing and we think that we’re in control, but we’re not. The characters speak and they do their own thing – turning your story upside down and changing your plot.

My best advice when this happens is to let them – Listen to your characters and don’t fight them. Them changing your story might be for the better and when you’re not fighting with your characters, the words flow better. Changing your story to what your characters want could very well be just what your story needs. Remember, you created these characters – they’re your babies and like any baby, they do grow up and they decide that they want to make decisions for themselves.

BUT if you don’t want to listen to them,  not all hope is lost. You can still keep to your original plan and to do so, I would take a step back from your story for a day or two and start planning chapter by chapter for your book. Plan everything, the conversations, details, scenes, all to make sure that things stay the way you want. This is something that I don’t advise as your characters will push back (trust me, it’s happened to me) and it will make writing 10 times harder than it already is.

Using Emotions in Writing

So, the past week, there was something that happened that made things a little hard on not only me, but others around me. My step-mother’s father passed away and he was like a grandfather to me. It was hard seeing her, her children, and everyone else that knew him upset over it and trying hard to stay strong. At the funeral, there were many tears for a much loved man.

I will admit that since the funeral, I have been having a LOT of bad days, getting cross with people, having little patience, and even making so many mistakes at work. On top of all of that, I haven’t written nearly as much as I would have liked to. I felt like I was blocked and the words just weren’t flowing as easily as they had been before.

But it’s been more than that and I know what I need to do to move past this mental block that I have put on myself and that’s use my emotions and pour them into my writing – no matter what. I need to get the reader to feel what I am feeling and if I can do that, I consider it the only job that I have as a writer for what are we if not artists that use words? And how can we call ourselves writers if we cannot accomplish the one job that we set out to do.

We need to set out and put our emotions in our writing. If we feel like crying, make the piece sorrowful and give the reader something to cry about! Make them swell up with tears and sniffle. Make them want to burst into laughter until their sides hurt or make them hate another character more than anything else for their actions! SHOW EVERYTHING and using this method will make you a better author in the end. Details are everything to a reader, especially when it means that they feel it too.

I know that I have been bad at posting on this blog lately and I am sorry for that. I could make promises on how I will be better, but lately, I don’t know how it will turn out. I know that I will be posting some book reviews soon and go from there. I’m hoping that I can get some requests in for advice to post on here, but I haven’t as of yet. I will ask around and get a new list of fresh topics to write about and hopefully get back to posting a few posts a week for you guys!

I can only thank you all for being so patient with me!

Being Weird

Well, o get asked constantly how I come up with my ideas and I get stumped on this question constantly. I don’t know what to say to get them satisfied other than they just come to me. Some might be dreams and whatnot, but others just randomly pop into my head.

Now the other thing is that I believe being weird helps! Yeah, we’re all weird in our own way, but I put myself with people that make me laugh and get my creativity flowing – people who challenge my thoughts, ideas, and things I believe in – especially my boyfriend. 

When you’re writing, you need to think of everything. If you’re creating a world, don’t forget to mention some of their beliefs and laws and don’t be afraid to make it different than what you personally believe in. There aware no rules to writing, but challenge yourself. It might be hard, but it’s well worth it. 

Don’t be afraid to dance when people are watching. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and write what you don’t know. Above all – don’t be scared to be weird!

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!

Sandy Ashley

My new promotional post for today is for author Sandy Ashley ! She’s an amazing author, so be sure to check out her page and give her words of encouragement as she writes her first novel! Also, she does bracelets over at Sandy’s Colorful Bracelets , so be sure to check that out too!

Promotions

So one important thing about being an indie author is promotions. You are everything when you’re an indie author. You write, promote, market, publish, review edits, look for a cover artist, and everything like that. Promotions are important.

In this endeavor, I am helping people with their promotions by posting them on my author page and my blog here. Because of this, not all of my posts will be all about me and my writing and advice here!

So, here is one of my promotional posts! Be sure to check out this rising indie author, Zara Elise Thelms!