2 months away!

February is here!

And now I’m coming up on only 2 months away from publishing my first book!

Today, I had to register Reminiscence with the US Copyright office. And now my next duty is to format the story for a paperback! Who knew there was this much work involved in self-publishing? Sometimes I wish I would’ve had the patience to wait for an agent or publisher… but I know I can do this myself too. And who knows, the book can still be picked up after self-publishing! I’m keeping a positive attitude, because 1) This story is kind of amazing and 2) I’ve never been more excited about anything I’ve accomplished (And I’ve done a lot over the last few years!)

I’ve got so much possibility right now, not only with the book, but my day-job career, too! A lot of changes coming up here shortly! And I chose to publish right in the middle of it all 🙂

 

Can’t stop me now!

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~Amy Marie

Scatter-brained

I gave myself a deadline, and now I’m freaking out! How am I going to prepare for this? Do I have what it takes to self-publish? Can I meet my weekly goals of advertising and networking? Can I get the paperback option ready in time?

I guess I should’ve asked myself these questions before I put the book up. But the truth is, the deadline motivates me. And the answer is yes, I can do all of that as long as I keep working. (hopefully!)

I’m definitely a little scatter-brained these days moving from project to project. UGH! And the distractions! It’s too easy to… squirrel! 😀

Honestly, I never knew everything that was involved with publishing a book, I thought writing was the hardest part. Turns out it was one of the easiest! Editing, hard. Promoting, hard. Selling, really hard. I kind of wish I had found a publisher, but I know all of these things would still fall back on me even if I had one. The truth is, I don’t want the money. I have a great job and luckily, I’m more than comfortable. I may want a little bit of the fame (vanity), but more than that, I just want the story told. I really love it. I’ve never been so passionate about anything because I was always so self-conscious in life. But now that I’m in my 30’s (yes, I know it’s sad but true) I’ve learned that I don’t really care what people think, and I’m going to be happy doing whatever it is I want to do.

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Now if I can only learn how to sing and make it to Broadway, my life will be complete!

Until next week,

~Amy Marie

Reminiscence goes Live!

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Well… I told you how I picked the date, but now we have to wait for it! In the meantime, I put the book up for pre-orders on Amazon. Reminiscence will be available for digital download on April 4, 2017. And I’m also working on the paperback option too!

I have to admit, I’m ecstatic! I’m not sure I’ve ever felt this accomplished! But my work has only begun! There’s so much to do before the release, but I know I can do it! I gotta tell ya, ever since I started writing this story, things have just sort of fallen into place! I could almost believe that this was meant to be! Have you noticed I’m using all exclamation points?! That’s how excited I am! 🙂

I had a small speed bump with a computer crash last night, but was able to get back online this morning. I lost my info, but thank goodness I had just backed everything up in preparation for putting the book on Amazon. (See… fate!)

Anyway, I’m kind of in a blur right now! Half-scared, half-excited. If you would’ve told me ten years ago this is where I’d be, I never would’ve believed you… It’s amazing.

I used to think I was cursed… but now I know I’m blessed. 

Happy Monday!

~Amy Marie

 

 

 

 

 

Fate decides the date

I missed my Sunday blog this past week because I was visiting my sister in Las Vegas!

I had such a nice visit with her and her family, but the most important part of the trip was making my final decision for the release date for Reminiscence! We had so much fun with this! First, I decided to narrow down my choices to two eligible dates: March 8, 2017 and April 4, 2017. But how to choose between the two?

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Since casinos are so close at hand in Vegas, and I had a hankering for a little roulette, I decided I’d let the almighty roulette ball guided by the hand of fate help me make the decision! For March 8 (3/8) I picked a number 3+8=11 and the same for April 4 therefore (4/4) 4+4=8. So I bet on 8 and 11 and anxiously awaited the winner!

Round one: 28 (close but no cigar)

Round two: I kid you not! 8!!! It only took two spins and my book’s fate was decided.

But my sister suggested since I won some money, I should keep playing until I lose. OK!

Round three: 11?!! Really? I mean, that’s kind of amazing right? So not only did my date get picked (because 8 won fair and square) but I also won a little bit of money in the process! A good sign of things to come?! I hope so!

I had such a good time with my sister, here’s our documented selfie for the night:

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we joked about adding a hashtag for snaggletooth sisters, but we still look pretty good!

So the trip was a success, and I’ve got my date picked out. I’ll make the announcement this weekend and put the book up for pre-orders!

Reminiscence – 4/4/17  (YAY!)

This year is off to a great start 🙂

~Amy Marie

2017

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The scariest moment is always just before you start – Stephen King

This is the year ~ 2017!!!  I’ve decided, no more sitting on this dream because it will never be perfect: It will never be expertly polished. It will never be an instant success. It will never be a best-seller, and it will never be made into a series of movies that Hollywood can split up the final book into two movies to make more money!

It will never be any of these things… if I don’t release the book!

The truth is it could be all of these things! Or none of them. Or some of them. But I will never know what it could or couldn’t be until I try!!!

This is the scariest moment? Does that mean the best is yet to come? Let’s hope so!

Release date coming soon!

Have a blessed New Year!

 

~Amy

Time to tell…

ARGGGHHH!!! So, for the past few years as I’ve been working on my Statera Saga, I’ve only let a very few people in my life know that I was writing a novel. I’ve let even fewer actually read the book(s), ( and forced immediate family to 🙂 ). I’m not one to care what other people think, so I’m not sure why I’ve kept it quiet so long. But I actually enjoyed entrusting the story to strangers (online) and hearing their opinions first. I wanted to be sure the people in my life weren’t blowing smoke you know where ;). I’m definitely a perfectionist so I do like having things in order before I move forward with something. I’ll go ahead and say that’s why!

That brings me to today’s post… Today… I’m telling:

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Time to tell ALL my friends! Here we go!

 

~Amy

 

Coming Soon!

Happy Sunday!

Staying true to my resolution to update the blog, I’m back! And this time, it’s with a purpose. As promised, here is the ad that will be appearing for the release of my first book, Reminiscence. YAY!

Enjoy!

 

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Ahhhhhh, who could this dark stranger be? 🙂

 

 

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So… one of my faults (and I have a few) is neglecting to keep up good communications. I hate talking on the phone (I talk to planes at work all day), and so I’m terrible about remembering to call my friends, family, loved ones. So thank goodness I’ve got some real low-maintenance keepers in that area of my life, because they never blame me for not keeping up with communicating like I should. In the same aspect… I’m having similar trouble blogging. Now, I doubt at this point anyone cares to read, but eventually I hope that will change.

AND THAT BRINGS ME TO THIS POST! I’m going to try harder. Even if it’s complete nonsense, I’m setting a goal to try to blog at least once a week. (disclaimer: I’m calling mulligans on weeks that I have to work overtime in my big girl job.) But here goes:

Ta da!

So for this week, I’m happy to announce that I’ve been working on some book ads for the Statera Saga. And I’ve also brainstormed another idea for a separate young adult novel. It’s been quite a while since I’ve worked on the writing stuff… but a good winter in Idaho can be inspiring when you don’t want to leave the house because it’s below zero degrees out. Yes… THAT’S RIGHT! BELOW ZERO!

BRRRRRR!!!! 

Now that I have have some ad designs cooked up, I’ve set a timeline goal for when I’d like to release my books. Shooting for Spring 2017 for Reminiscence. Fall 2017 for Quintessence. And to be determined in 2018 for Providence. In bright and cheerful hope for a release celebration, I’ve sent out for some door prizes in the form of buttons, magnets, bookmarks, and such. I have to admit, all of it has really got me pumped up for the books. I feel so accomplished!

So to leave a nice cliffhanger right here, I’ll go ahead and promise to post the first book ad next week. STAY TUNED!!!

 

 

Until then…

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Have a good one 😉

~Amy Marie

 

 

Sunshine Blogger Award

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What is the Sunshine Blogger Award? The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are inspiring and bring sunshine into the lives of their readers and fellow bloggers through their blogspace and/or their social media.

I was surprised to be nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by a new friend and fellow author: Douglas B. Wimmer. Douglas is encouraging me into the world of blogging and has been cheering my beginner steps into social media. His Twitter page is sarcastically funny.  Also, you can find his own website and follow him here.

This is all new to me, but here are the rules:

The rules of the Sunshine Blogger Award:

  • Name drop and link to the blog of the awesome person who nominated you.
  • Answer the eleven questions from the blogger who nominated you.
  • Nominate up to eleven wonderful bloggers and write (or borrow/steal) eleven questions for them to answer.

So here are my answers to Mr. Wimmer’s questions followed by my own nominees:

 

  • Name the author you look up to the most or would like to emulate as you begin your Authorial Rise to Stardom?
    • William Goldman (author of the Princess Bride): His book has been transformed into a movie cult classic. He is sarcastic and witty, and he fooled half of his audience into thinking that he just edited an abridged version of the book from a fictitious author S. Morgenstern. So clever!
  • What is your writer’s fuel? Besides Coffee/Caffeine. Because let’s face it that’s like oxygen for a writer. 
    • Hello Kitty fruit snacks (No, I don’t have kids… don’t judge)

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  • What is one writer’s rule you know you probably should follow but you love to bend/break?
    • The dream cliché. I’ve done it since I was little J My third grade daily assignment journal ended nearly every day with “and then I woke up and it was only a dream” Not so creative… But now I’ve developed a story with quite an interesting theory on where dreams can lead you. And the fun part is, it’s based on an ancient philosophy from Plato! (wow… I’m a nerd)

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  • You have unlimited resources. What do you do with all of your wealth?
    • What don’t I do?! It’s unlimited! First, take care of my friends and family, then retire from my current job and become a full-time world traveler! With all that time… Oh the books I could write!
  • Do you have a book or author that is a “guilty pleasure” for you? You know… THAT one. You can tell me. I won’t tell a soul. 
    • The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. I now will remain single until I find my own eighteenth century Scottish Highlander…. *sigh*

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  • Many writers put snippets or pieces of themselves into their work, whether it be experiences, places they’ve lived, or people they’ve known. Roughly what percentage of You is in your work? 
    • Ohhhh a bit! I think all my characters have a small part of me in them (Except Uncle Mike, he is straight up Michael Caine in my head!) But when my mom was reading my first book Reminiscence, she was offended that the main character Nora was an orphan. When I asked her why, she said, “Well Amy, Nora sounds like she looks very similar to you, blonde hair, and freckles. I can’t believe you’d kill me off!” LOL! Beneath the surface I’ve mixed my own experiences into the story… Write what you know, after all!
  • What will make you smile, without fail, even on the worst of days? It can be a thing, person, or even a thought. Everything is on the table. Whatever puts a grin on your face.
    • Drop Dead Fred!

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  • Cats. Am I right?
    • Errr… I suppose my chihuahua is the closest canine to a cat that there is… I’m a dog gal!

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  • How long have you been writing, and why did you decide to take a run at it despite it being a very challenging career choice?
    • I started writing Reminiscence in 2014, but I’ve had the idea in my head for ages. I was in a tough spot and lost a huge opportunity in my career. I thought my career was over, in fact. It was a real slump. Writing was my therapy at the time. It pulled me through. Since then, I have been lucky enough to get back into my career field and find success. Although writing has been more of a hobby to me, as my story started to develop, I started to really invest myself. Now I think I have a pretty good trilogy in the works. I know persistence paid off in my career, so if I can do the same with my writing, things just may work out!
  • You wrote a best seller. Hollywood wants it and they’re willing to pay you over a million for it. But they want the rights to sequels, spin offs, and remakes. How do you respond?
    • Umm… yes please!  I can already picture the Darcy action figures! Just one condition though: No splitting the third book into two movies… NO!
  • Enough complicated questions. What is your favorite vacation spot?
    • Portofino, Italy. Google It!

 Now onto the few bloggers I’d like to nominate for the Sunshine blogger award:

  • The first nominee is Rachel E. Wollaston. Rachel is a fellow Write On author who has been super supportive in my works and is currently getting ready to release her debut novel Kingdom which is available for pre-order here. You can also follow her on Twitter, and be sure to check out her blog which includes some impressive artwork!
  • Next up is Mark Gardner. Mark is another fellow Write On author that has captured my attention with his creative flair for cover art. Not to mention his extensive list of writing, his list of written works puts me to shame! You can find a list of his current works available here, and also follow him on Twitter.
  • Finally, I nominate Akje Majdanek. Akje is yet another Write On author who has been kind enough to help ease me into social media. She is one of the kindest people you’ll find on the site, and she creates the coolest text faces! You can follow her on Twitter, and find her published works here.

All three nominees are uber talented and way ahead of me in the game, I’m learning so much from them, so please check out their stuff!

OK… Here are my 11 questions for the nominees:

  1. If you could have any superpower, what power would you have (just one!)?
  2. Beach vacation, or Snowy Cabin?
  3. What type of book helps you “escape” from reality?
  4. If you could do any job (besides write of course) what would you do?
  5. If a movie was made about your life, what actor/actress would you choose to play your part?
  6. Where is your favorite place to write?
  7. If you could choose any deceased author (prior to 20th century) to have a conversation with, who would it be and why?
  8. Where is your catch-all mess pile? (Examples: a chair you pile clothes onto, an unorganized closet, etc)
  9. Choose one of three: Money, Power, Love. WHY?
  10. What drives you to Blog?
  11. And finally… (WARNING: shameless plug for Reminiscence coming) In my book, Nora is likes to take her time and savor one favorite thing. Her sister Char is a lover of variety, she likes to sample and enjoy. Which trait relates more to you?

I can’t wait to hear your answers, and have fun!

Amy