The Kindle Bookstore Doesn’t Have to be Your Only Source for e-Books

ereaderBy now, everyone who owns a Kindle or Kindle reading app knows that the Kindle Bookstore is a magical place with unsuspecting dark cavernous spots that make you rethink your existence as an e-book reader.

I have firsthand experience in the Kindle store, as a reader and an author, and I’m here to tell you that Amazon’s Kindle Bookstore has so many flaws that sometimes it’s just easier to find another source for eBooks than to wade through the muddied waters and quicksand that Amazon provides.

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Where’s My Book?

sinclair_lewis_writing_quote.jpg.scaled1000Being an avid reader is a tough job. You latch on to characters and your favorite authors all the time. There’s nothing like RELEASE DAY, espeically when you’ve pre-ordered that book MONTHS ago. Still, the feeling that comes with reading about the next phase of your faveorite character’s life is practically euphoric. And when you read the last page, nothing hurts worse than THE END. Because we, as readers, never want our favorites to end.

Sadly, they do.

Speaking from an author’s point of view, they have to.

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Sleep is for Suckers? Authors, Stop Feeding Into That Bulls^&t

 

****THIS IS A VENT…TURN OFF YOUR FEELINGS. YOU’VE BEEN WARNED****

I’m an insomniac. It’s not a fun thing to be. Do you know what it feels like for your body to be completely exhausted but you cannot sleep? Do you know that sleep deprivation is a method of torture? Depriving your body of rest adversely affects your brain and cognitive functions.

When I see and hear people talk about the only way to be successful is to not sleep, like sleep is for suckers and losers, I want to scream and karate chop ’em in the throat, especially authors. If I see or hear one more person say rich people don’t sleep or no millionaire starts their day at noon, I’m calling their ISP and seeing about cutting off their Wi-Fi. Seriously, they don’t know how ridiculous they sound.

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Sleep deprivation is harmful. Don’t believe me, take a look at this. If this doesn’t scare the shit out of you and make you want to take a nap, then by all means, stay awake. Walk around in a zombie-like state and try to write and sell books.

As authors, we have more of a responsibility than just learning and honing our craft. We write to entertain and our readers pay for this entertainment. We’re no different from athletes, artists, and anyone else who trains. I’m am 100% here for ambition and drive, and striving to be the best author you can be. I support you 100% for entering into this cruel industry and wanting to excel. Writing books is hard.

Authors have enough to worry about, with characters in our heads talking to us at all times of the night. Story ideas popping into our heads and getting stuck there like the “Fancy” song. There isn’t a time when I’ve been up at 3am cranking out chapters that I haven’t snuck away to log onto Facebook and see some of my fellow writers are up doing the same thing. We hustle. We hustle for sales, for ideas, for writing time. Authors, especially indie authors, grind like indie musicians. That’s why we need to rest.

And anyone who makes another person feel like they’re not doing enough, that they don’t love their craft or work as hard because they need their 6-8 hours of sleep every night…I just have one thing to say.

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We have to take care of our minds and bodies. We have to keep our brains refreshed, not sluggish and tired. You aren’t at your best when you’re sleepy. Your imagination is on pause. Your creativity is lacking. But you #writeon because you’re #teamnosleep

Despite you think, no sleep = garbage writing. You just don’t want to admit it because CNTRL+A + DELETE is your least favorite combination. I’ve written chapters while in the midst of insomnia and 100% of the time either I or my editor said “this shit is garbage”. Sure, we have deadlines. We have to get these books out there. We feel the pressure from our readers, our families, and our bank accounts. But too many times, I’ve picked up a book and halfway through the book, I’m thinking ‘was she sleep when she wrote this?’

Shoddy writing, plot holes, bad editing…these are the signs of not only a bad writer, but a good writer who decided to jump on board the TEAM NO SLEEP train. Let me give you some advice, get off at the next stop.

Coming from a certified insomniac who has to sleep whenever I can, don’t hurt your creativity like that. Don’t shoot yourself in the foot before you ever get started because some music mogul (Yeah, Diddy, I blame you for this phenom) or some rapper is talking about SLEEP IS FOR THE WEAK. Sleep isn’t for anyone. It’s a vital necessity that can lead to DEATH if you’re not sleeping.

Take care of your mind and body and you will see yourself more focused on your success and every damn thing won’t seem like a struggle. Every little comment won’t set you off. If you’re an author, you owe it to your craft and your readers to put your best out there.

Should I have a Street Team?

* in my Fresh Prince voice* Well, maybe I shouldn’t. Yeahhhh, of course I should.

I’ve been playing around with idea of a street team for months. It always seemed like so much work that I just didn’t have time for. However, after reading and talking to authors, I decided to give it a go and spent all weekend deciding what I wanted my street team to do and how I’d like it to function.

Why The Glitterazi?

I guess, “because I thought it was cute” isn’t an acceptable answer here. Honestly, I’m terrible at coming up with names for things, including book titles. My child will probably be named after a character in my books simply because I already spent time thinking of character names. It’s already done. When I started thinking about what I wanted to call my street team, I started with Chanel’s Angels (I was watching a documentary on Hell’s Angels…it sounded good at the time) but a little birdie reminded me that my name is Jackie Chanel and dropping the Jackie probably wouldn’t work so well.

*deep sigh* back to the drawing board

Then I started thinking about the themes and characters in my books. Sure, I’m a romance author. That’s what I primarily write so there were the usual romantic, love, drama. I was going to do a FB poll on street names because my unoringinal ideas were boring…they were boring to me so I knew they wouldn’t fly with my readers.

Then it just hit me. Paparazzi. There’s paparazzi issues in 6 of my books (more than half). Excited now, I started thinking of things I liked…wine, chocolate, the color pink, Jose Cuevero, music, books, sparkly things, diamonds…then “the artist” yelled, “why is there glitter on the bathroom floor?” (Don’t expect an explanation)

Voilia! GLITTERAZZI!

What’s a street team?

I’m thinking “the hell if I know” probably wouldn’t be a good answer here either.

If you’re thinking it’s a group of people passing out flyers and sticking shit to your car windows, you’re 100%. An author street team differs a little because it gives us a chance to connect with our DIE HARD readers and have more people spreading the love of our books instead of only ourselves. Some people will say that a street team is a marketing tool, but I really don’t like to think of people as tools. More like a Gang, lol, only the Jets and Sharks, not Crips and Bloods.

J/K…we’re not a gang.

So yeah, I’m going to give this a shot! If interested in becoming a part of my Glitterazzi, click the link and read all about it!