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December 8, 2014

I didn’t finish Nanowrimo – am I a failure?

First of all, congratulations to all those writers who conquered and won the Nanowrimo 50,000 word challenge.  I salute you!

I chose a WIP (“Summer at Birch Beach”) this year.  I had about two thirds of it written in a very rough draft.  I thought I would use Nano to not only finish the rough draft but also begin working on an amazing revision.  After the month was up, I would have a new manuscript to shop around.  Needless to say, after about a week, and 8859 words, my Nano writing got detailed.

Since I didn’t finish Nano, am I a failure?  If you didn’t finish, are you?

Let’s look at what I did accomplish during November:

  • Secured a contract with a new publisher for my suspense novel, “When Love Won’t Die”
  • Finished the second act of a full length melodrama play for my acting class
  • Wrote lyrics, music and accompaniment for two original songs for the melodrama
  • Started final revisions on my sequel, “Amorous Obsession”
  • Wrote a synopsis for the back of the print version of my book
  • Wrote a query letter for my sequel

I may not have managed the 50,000 word goal on “Summer at Birch Beach” but I wrote every day.  The melodrama script had to be finished by December 1st so the students could begin learning their lines, blocking scenes and singing new songs.  I had to do a small revision for my new publisher so that I could get my book up before Christmas.  And now that my suspense novel is available again, that inspired me to work on the sequel.

So…I did NOT win Nanowrimo.

But I did win the writing battle.

If you didn’t complete the 50,000 word journey of Nanowrimo this year, you aren’t a failure.  Just signing up and giving it a try deserves a high five.  You did write.  You do have a word count.  Now…keep going!  It will pay off.

To purchase “When Love Won’t Die” in ebook Kindle format OR in print, go to:

http://www.amazon.com/When-Love-Wont-Jacqueline-McMahon/dp/1987854012/ref=asap_B0056TVHO8_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1418047723&sr=1-1

October 11, 2014

The Collapse of my digital publisher – what should I do?

During the summer, my digital publisher of my suspense novel, When Love Won’t Die, disappeared. The website disappeared. Messages to the CEO (both phone and email) unanswered. My book vanished from Amazon, B&N, RRP and all the other sites where it was being sold.

Still no correspondence from the publisher and no formal announcement as to the status of the company.

My contract states that if the website goes down for anything other than technical reasons and if the publisher appears to no longer be in business, then all rights revert back to the author…me.

So what to do next?

What do my loyal readers think I should do?

1. Query agents
2. Re-sub my book to other publishers
3. Self-publish my original book and query agents and/or
publishers for my sequel and other suspense novel?
4. Hold off until I hear something from my publisher

I’d love to hear what you think as I continue to ponder my next steps.

July 30, 2013

Writing Advice: Questions from my Readers Part One

I’ve had a few questions submitted since I posted on the 26th, so here’s my first Q & A…

Question:   I’d like to know more about how you’ve done marketing. Book signing (check). Um… what else?

Answer:  First of all let me thank you for reading through my blog and seeing that I did cover some marketing strategies in my book signing post.  But you are right – what else can and should a writer do?

Here are some of my strategies…

  1. Post on social media (Note:  This doesn’t mean spamming your contacts with daily rants about buying your book.  Post about your creative journey.  Post about books or authors you enjoy.  Make your posts interesting and entice readers to follow you because they enjoy your content.)
  2. Join sites specific to writers and readers (StumbleUpon/SheWrites/Goodreads)
  3. Ask people who’ve read your book to post reviews online where your book is being sold.
  4. Google book review sites and ask to have them review your book.
  5. Make postcards and take them with you everywhere.  You never know who you might meet that would be interested in checking out your book.  (Vistaprint is a great online source for authors on a tight budget.)
  6. Send out a press release to announce your book coming out (both in your physical location and online)
  7. Talk to your local librarian about doing a workshop and/or having your book added to their catalogue.
  8. Ask your writing friends, critique group, business associates etc. to help promote your book to their circles.  Perhaps you can give them a free copy for doing so and also some bookmarks or postcards to hand out.
  9. Offer to speak at book clubs or in schools or even private clubs.
  10. Read and post in online discussion boards.

Those are my most popular ways of promoting and marketing my book.

This reader also asked:

And when do your rights revert back to you if your publisher doesn’t put the book in print? And if/when they do, will you self-publish?

What a great question.

I signed a 3 year contract with my publisher.  At the end of that time, I will have to make the decision whether or not to keep my book with that publisher or try to get it into print with someone else.  I don’t think I’d self publish but I have been toying with the idea of starting my own publishing imprint as another part of my business so we’ll see when the time comes.

 

May 26, 2011

When Love Won’t Die

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Just found a new site that’s selling my ebook.  Thanks for Red Rose Publishing for continuing to help promote their authors and books online. 

When Love Won’t Die.

February 13, 2011

Sellingbooks.com: Great promotional tool for writers

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Writers are always looking for resources, whether it be for some aspect of the writing craft or for promotion and marketing tools.  FREE promotion and marketing definitely fits into everyone’s budget and this author was lucky to find such an opportunity at sellingbooks.com.

Run by Cathy Stucker, this website contains articles on everything from agents to writer’s block.  Many contributors provide the content and although no monetary fees are paid to contributing writers, links to their websites can be provided on all articles submitted.

Any author with a published book can contact Cathy for information on being interviewed.  That’s exactly what I did and my interview is now up on the site at the following link:

http://www.sellingbooks.com/jacqueline-mcmahon-when-love-wont-die

I hope you’ll find time to read it and find out more about my suspense novel, When Love Won’t Die.”

Please let me know if you end up using this resource and provide the link to your interview and I’ll be sure to post it here.

October 11, 2010

When Love Won’t Die – my suspense novel is published!

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As many of you know, I signed a contract back in February for my first suspense novel and after months of editing and revising, it’s finally available for purchase.

My novel, “When Love Won’t Die”, is currently in e-book form and available from Red Rose Publishing at this link: 
http://redrosepublishing.com/books/product_info.php?products_id=649

In a month or so, it will also be available from Amazon.com, on Kindle, Mobipocket and other e-reader formats.

For every writer out there who never thought it could happen to them I say, “Never Give Up”!

It took nearly three years of edits and revisions from critique groups, a professional author and finally, my amazing editors at RRP to see this project through to its completed form, but it was all worth it.

I’m currently working on two other suspense novels and hope to have them both published when the time is right.  First, I need to complete both of them and then get some critiques.

Never send anything out until you know it’s your very best writing.  Be tenacious and never give up.  Hard work truly does pay off.

I’ve also guest blogged about the entire process at Warwick Life Strategies:
http://www.warwicklifestrategies.com/long-haul

***If you need a jump-start to your novel, why not try Nanowrimo this November?
http://www.nanowrimo.org/

Become a fan of Jacqueline McMahon’s writing on Facebook at:
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=894970174&v=wall&ref=notif&notif_t=share_wall_create#!/pages/Jacqueline-McMahons-Writing/115755788486062

February 10, 2010

My first novel is about to become a reality

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I’m interrupting my “Successful writer” series of posts because I have exciting news!

On February 1st the news was official.  I signed my first book contract…ever.  My adult suspense novel, “When Love Won’t Die” was accepted by Red Rose Publishing and is in the cue of upcoming releases.

Although there’s still a lot to be done before the book is out, including cover art and final revisions with my editor, it’s already listed on the publisher’s website with an enticing blurb.

Check it out here:

http://redrosepublishing.com/bookstore/product_info.php?products_id=826

Perserverence pays off.  Never give up on your self and your writing.  Your day will come!

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