When Do You Stop Being A “Newbie” Author?

Hiya peeps! Hope you’re having an awesome week so far!

I had a random question drop in my lap this afternoon, and I have no answer! So, I thought “Hey, blog topic opportunity!” Why not?

In your opinion, when does an author stop being a “newbie” in the community?

After a certain amount of time? A year? Two? Six?

After a certain number of publications? How many?

Once they’ve received a negative review?

Once they’ve had _____ happen?

Let me know in the comments below! I’d love to hear what you think, since everyone seems to have a different opinion!

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Feb Update!

Hiya peeps! Good grief! What happened to January? Feels like it was only a week long. =P

Anywho, I wanted to write a quick post to update what’s been going on with my writing. Nothing major or Earth-shattering, I promise.

Really, the biggest update is I’ve had a difficult time getting back into writing. As always, my life seems to act like a roller coaster, with fluctuating highs and lows. In the lows, I have far more time and energy to write, and I generally pump out a book. In the highs, there is more going on, and I have far more things to focus on, besides writing. It really is a luxury at times, to be able to write.

At the moment, this year has started out on quite the high, and I’m not sure when there will be a break for me to fit in some writing. Lots of great things, with growth in several other areas, which is awesome!

I will keep writing though! I’m definitely going to be getting back to my books soon, once my other projects settle down a bit more. I’m still deciding between two manuscripts I have prepped. I just can’t seem to choose between them! They’re both so good, and would each be fun! Almost want to write them simultaneously…

I’m sure once I focus on writing again, and have time to bring it to the front burners, I’ll be able to pick one. Hopefully. Maybe?

Anyway, hope you’re all doing great, finding awesome books to read, and if you’re a writer, I hope your writing is going better than mine! =D

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to subscribe if you haven’t already, so you can be notified when I post again – hopefully with more exciting news than today! =)

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Newbie Author Needs Advice!

Hiya guys & dolls, hope your weekend is starting out great!

If you saw my last post, you’ll know I’m getting back into reading this year. I missed reading last year as I focused on writing my own books, and I want to balance to two sides of book love this year.

What comes with reading though, is reviewing, because that’s just part of me. As I get back into reading, my reviewing will automatically kick back up.

Something I’ve been trying to figure out the past few weeks though, is how to post reviews. I made separate accounts for my author business, since I’m technically writing under a pen name (Roze instead of Rose). What I’m finding though, is it’s difficult to be active on sites like Goodreads with book activity on my author account, since everything I read is already being put as activity for my previous reviewer account.

I know I’m not the only reviewer-turned-author out there, and I know it’s nearly impossible for reviewers like us to stop reviewing once we merge into the author side. What do we do?

Basically, I’m curious of how other authors have handled this situation. Did you keep your reviewer stuff going on it’s own, or did you blend it in with your author stuff? When you post a review for a book now, do you post it as a reviewer/blogger, or as an author? Did you start separate profiles and whatnot, for your author business (on Goodreads, Amazon, social media, etc.).

I’d love to hear how you handle your reviews, or if you know authors who review books, how do they post them?

Leave a comment below, so I can figure out what to do this year! =D

New Year…Now What?

Hiya guys! Hope your year is starting out well. Can you believe it’s 2017? Most people simply seem to be glad 2016 is over, but it wasn’t bad for me. So really, this year will be a regular year, no special “we made it” feeling.

I’ve spent the past week pondering this year, and last. It’s a ritual I do each time a new year begins – I analyze where I’m at now, versus where I was the previous year, five years, ten years, etc. It helps me grow, and figure out where I’m going from here.

Each year, it seems as though I get further from achieving goals I set, and yet, I set more goals. It’s all part of the process of life, I suppose, but it’s sometimes frustrating this time of year, with so many people talking about goal setting and resolutions.

This year, though, I’m going to do something different. I’m not going to make a resolution list, because really, I never stick to them. I want to, but it never happens. Best laid plans, and all that.

What I will do, though, is admit to some goals I am going to put more effort into making happen, while also admitting they may not, and that’s alright.

So, this is my “I’m working on it” list for 2017, as it pertains to the book world, and this blog.

1) I miss reading. I want to read more. In years when my reading game is strong, I’ve read in excess of 500 books. When it’s a poor reading year, I’m lucky to read one. Since I have no idea of whether this year will allow much spare time for reading, I’m going to set what seems to be a realistic idea for a goal. One book a week, with an overall hope of reading 50 books this year. Fingers crossed!

2) Picking up my YouTube channel for this blog. I need to get back into it, and keep it going.

3) Get back into blogging more, and get better at it. I’ve already committed to my review blog again, and decided to stick with it. That being decided, I need to work on some things to make it pop. Going to be working on that.

4) Connect with more readers. I used to have a good set of bookish friends. Granted, Shelfari going down early last year is a major part of those connections dwindling, but still. Not a good enough reason. I want to make more connections again, and be more active in the book community in general.

Four areas to work on, and each seems realistic. We’ll see how it goes!

What are some of the goals you have for this year? Are you setting any resolutions? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for visiting! =D

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Writing & the Holidays

Hiya guys! Happy December!

For those of you who celebrate the Holiday season this month, you’ll know how difficult it is to fit things like writing or creating in with all the hoopla. In our house, the Christmas season is our favorite time of year, and we love getting into all the fun traditions!

So, because of that, I haven’t been writing much. I have made some progress though, which is more than I thought I’d do!

From my 30+ story ideas waiting to be written, I’ve narrowed down what I want to write to two ideas! Once things settle down a bit, all I have to do is pick one of those two, and get to work!

I’m looking forward to writing again, and I do miss it. The break is worth it, and is probably good for me to take a step back.

Come January, I’ll be a writing machine! =D

I hope you are all having a fantastic month, and ending the year on a fantastic note!

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Desi Pere is Now Perma-Free!!

Hiya guys!

I was going through my posts today, planning out some for the next few months, and realized I never made a post about this!

I asked for help to get Desi Pere perma-free, and it worked!! You all helped so much with that, and I’m so excited about it! I know I put a post on Facebook thanking people there, but I really wanted to put a thank you up here, as well.

SO! In case you haven’t picked up a copy, now’s the perfect time! It’s free, and a great chance to explore the first book in my Swirling Secrets Trilogy!

Check it out, and please be sure to leave a review if you read it! =D

Desi Pere
(Swirling Secrets, #1)

 Desi Pere

~Released: February 2nd, 2016
~Genres: Young Adult, Action, Adventure, Paranormal/Supernatural
(FREE!)
 
Magnhild, is a freak. From her name, right down to the naturally bizarre visage she can’t seem to get rid of- she’s an odd duck. 
 
Her life has taken a swirling plunge into the drain the past few months, but it’s nothing compared to what’s coming. All she wants is to finish school, and start over somewhere fun. Fate, has other plans. 
 
Enter the Desi Pere underground organization, and three of it’s loyal members: They’ve enlisted Magnhild’s cooperation, whether she likes it or not. They mean to exploit her superhuman gifts, ones she didn’t think anyone knew about. Overnight, she’s dragged into a world, and a war, the normal world doesn’t even know exist. The bait: reuniting her with her mother, who’s supposed to be dead. 
 
Danger, confusion, deception, and self-loathing fog each decision Magnhild faces. She desperately hopes to find her mother, and bring meaning to her past of abuse and isolation. 
 
Will she see through the web society has spun around her, or fall captive to century-old lies? In her search for the truth, she discovers she cannot find what she seeks, without first becoming herself, accepting her inner strength, and embracing her bizarre life…

Thank you so much for reading, and if you feel so inclined, please share this freebie with your friends! =D