Continuing Personal Development…

A while back I was feeling pretty unsuccessful.  I don’t sell a lot of books and for some reason I equate the number of books that I do sell with my personal sense of achievement. That hasn’t changed… I have.

Since we moved to this town, I’ve been feeling very low and trying to write when my brain refuses to focus and co-operate with my muse is almost impossible. I started doing various art & craft courses – mostly to get myself out of the house and talking to adults more. I was also trying to keep my hand in with the techniques so that I could teach them if I ever went back to work (I’m a Design & Technology / Art & Design Teacher remember?)

One thing that the courses have done is give me more confidence in my own abilities. Writing is a very solitary pursuit and I had thought that doing the courses would stop me writing, but  practising my other creative skills and socialising with people face to face, other than just with Writers and Artists online,  I found it revved up my writing muse and I found that I was managing to write something on my WIP’s every day.
Don’t get me wrong – I love my online friends; they stop me going crazy and make me feel better about myself, but the face to face interaction makes me feel less like a hermit.

So here I am nearly at the end of may, with over 50,000 words into Teacups & Time Travel. I’ve also written a flash story and a short story for two different anthologies (although I have no idea if they’ve got in or not) and I’m working on another one. I’ve also started looking at my blogsite here and my branding etc in the hope that I can improve my chances of selling my work, using the Panoptic Foundations Website Planner.

I’m not going to be going back into teaching for a long while – and when I do, it’s almost certainly going to be Adult Education rather than Secondary Education; it’s not that I don’t like teaching kids (I do) but I need the freedom to be able to teach what I want and how I want, rather than having to stick to the Curriculum that the Dept of Ed force on us and I find the other side of Secondary education (marking, reports, politics etc) far too stressful to enjoy the Teaching side.

So I’m going to continue writing and publishing. I’m going to continue taking courses, crafting and designing… and hopefully between the two, my sense of achievement will latch onto something other than my sales figures!

Giving a Title a Makeover…

One of the things that an author has to think about is the impact that the cover has on your sales.  It’s all very well having a superb story, but if you don’t give it a cover that grabs the attention of a browsing reader, it’s not going to get read.

One of the books that I am currently revamping is “The Heir of The Dragon”.  I love the original cover by Bradley Wind  :

 

but because I am adding some new content to the book, in the form of a new, never before seen story and a couple of of other pieces, I have a new cover to go with it.

And that’s what I want to show you…

Ta Dah!

This one has been created by the wonderful Cheri Lasota, who is a brilliant established Author as well as being a talented Cover Designer.  She has also worked on the cover for the next Dark Cities Chronicle, “The Curse of the Jade Cat”, which gives them a series feel, despite the fact that they are completely separate stories.

However, I’m going to save the cover reveal for that book for another time!

So keep your eyes open and watch this space – I’ll be back as soon as I can to tell you when the new edition is available!

 

April is on it’s way…

…And that only means one thing in my world!

Writing, and lots of it.

Yup,  I’m doing Camp NaNoWriMo again.

(I am somewhat of a glutton for punishment methinks)

This year I am revisiting a project that I started in November 2015 during NaNoWriMo.

Click on the cover pic to see the synopsis

Teacups & Time Travel – Take One…

The word count on that one went fairly well – I managed 26,633 words – until I hit my usual nemesis… the middle of the book!

So I put it aside until the following April and my 4th Camp NaNoWriMo. This time I decided to come at the same story from a different angle…

Click cover pic to see synopsis

Teacups & Time Travel – Take 2…

This time I managed just 21,259 words – my muse departed for a holiday and left me high and dry!

I’ve added a few thousand words to it since – the word count currently stands at 37,867 and I’d really like to get:

a) the story finished.
b) the word count up to a min of 70,000.

That’s assuming that life doesn’t distract me too much and that I can get my current WIP finished.

Talking of which, I’ve got to 66, 907 words and killed off a few characters along the way. I’ve also managed to set the scene for the next book in that world. I also changed the title from “Chamberlain’s Curse” to “The Curse of The Jade Cat”. So I’m pretty happy with it; I just want to get it finished so that it can move onto the next stage!

The first book in that world is “Heir of The Dragon” and I’m in the process of giving it the once over, seeing if I can improve it. It’s been given a sparkly new cover – which I will do a big reveal of once I get closer to the time when I can say that the new book will be published… because that also has a wonderful cover by the same Cover Artist and deserves a big build up!

So now you’re all caught up with the World of the Teigr Princess,  I’m signing off until the end of April. Social Media is a huge procrastination station for me, so I need to unplug completely to get things done.

 

Hopefully when I post next, I’ll have two new books to tell you about!