Slowly Page-Breaking My Way Through My Ebooks…

For anyone out there who has ever published an ebook, you know how important it is to make sure the manuscript you upload is formatted correctly. This can be–well, annoying. What looks good in whatever program you’re using to type your manuscript, may not transfer correctly, when you upload it to whichever service you decide to use to publish. For me, it’s Amazon’s KDP. At first, KDP and I didn’t get along–at all. Oil and water, I tell ya! But now we’re friends, because I finally figured out where to place my page breaks. 

For the past two weeks, I have been working my way through my ebooks (and my mother’s ebooks), correcting the page breaks. I’m happy to say, I’m nearly finished. Of the 27 books published under Woolaston Entertainment, I have corrected 22 (I never published an ebook for the original Our Lady of Righteous Rage, and I’m not planning to anytime soon). I now have 4 books left, and I should have them completed by middle of next week, by June 19 (June 20, the latest). What can I say: every day is a learning experience. At first, I looked at the horribly formatted versions of the ebooks as a failure, but now I see them differently. To quote Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day, “To do something that you feel in your heart that’s great, you need to make a lot of mistakes. Anything that’s successful is a series of mistakes”. Truer words were never spoken. 

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In The Mood For…Writing?

How many times have you done this: you make plans to get some writing done. You tell yourself, you’re going to sit down at your computer (or notebook, if you’re old school like me), with every intention to get some work done. Then, you decide to check your email first. But only for a few minutes! Then, you see a link to a YouTube video you’d like to watch, so you click on that. Next thing you know, it’s been an hour and a half, and you haven’t accomplished any writing. Sound familiar?

I’ve been trying to force myself to sit in front of my computer in my spare time, in order to get some writing done. I start out in the mood to write, and then I find myself distracted. Email. Twitter and Facebook posts. Things I need to do for my website. Selecting which music playlist to write to. Selecting which incense stick to burn while I write. Laundry. What’s on TV tonight? Is there a Ghost Adventures marathon on Travel Channel? Well, maybe I’ll watch one episode before I start writing…

Next thing I know, no writing has been done. But I’ve listened to music, burned incense, and watched Zak Bagans and the gang make contact with a spirit. Or, I’ve watched Keanu Reeves kill a mass number of people in John Wick (Chapter 1 or 2, they’ve both been on multiple times lately).  I know I need to break this cycle. When I’m in the mood to write, I’m usually at my day job, where I can’t get any writing done. When I do have time, I’m not in the mood to write. So, what can I do?

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Should I read about my latest crush, or…write? Choices.

I decided to try something new. I went back to all of the things that made me want to write in the first place. My love of books and reading, were two of the things that led me to become a writer. So, I’ve been reading more lately: books, magazines, posts here on WordPress. I’m going to rediscover books that I’ve already read (I’m going to read The Picture of Dorian Gray for the fifth or sixth time). These simple little things are helping me get back into the mood to write again. 

It’s 5:00 on May 26, and The Matrix is on. Let’s see if I can resist and get some work done. 

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Learning to make friends with Page Breaks

I must confess: as a writer, I have never used Page Breaks before. I’m used to simply typing my manuscript, starting new chapters on the next blank page, and then fighting with Create Space/KDP as I upload the manuscript, over and over again, due to formatting issues. However, I recently used Page Breaks to fix the manuscript for my latest book, Rock N Role Model.  And, I have to admit, they saved the day…and my sanity. 

Typing my manuscript in a “continuous” style is a bit uncomfortable for me. I’m not used to it, and it’s going to be a big change. But, I’m adaptable. This is a change I’m willing to make, for the sake of my writing. 

So, it looks like KDP and I are friends again. 

Confidence Boost

Happy Saturday, everyone! I wanted to share a piece of good news. I started my Books For Books Campaign at the very end of February, in order to increase sales for my website, and make donations to organizations in need. So far, it’s been one sale here, one sale there. It’s slow going, but it is only the beginning of March, so I decided to remain hopeful. But you know how it goes: you try something new, you go into it with high expectations, and when it doesn’t go as planned, you feel a little let down. Then, a customer reached out to me on Facebook’s Messenger. She asked about some of my books, and we talked about writing and publishing. I figured, maybe she’ll order a book, and I can match the order with a donation. The following morning, I checked my email, and received an unexpected surprise. 

She had placed a $100 order! She order ALL of my bundles, and two copies of The Witch of Fulton Lane. I was completely shocked. I contacted her to make sure the order was correct (and it was). I thanked her for the order, and I let her know her books would be in the mail by Monday. Even now, I’m still in shock.

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My first major order!

This order isn’t just a boost for Woolaston Entertainment. It helped me regain my confidence as a writer and a business woman (just in time for International Women’s Day, which is even more awesome!) Plus, I will match the order by donating books to the organizations I selected. 

To my customer: I promised not to mention you by name in my posts, but I have to thank you again for your support. I greatly appreciate it 🙂

Even when things look dark, and you feel like what you’re doing is pointless and you feel like saying, “Forget it. I’m done. I give up”, you have to keep going. Sometimes it takes a long while to get to where you want to be, but you will eventually get there.

I’m still matching purchases through my Books For Books Campaign: I will donate a book for every book that is purchased. 

Thanks for reading. 

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Old School Writing

Like many of my fellow writers here, I have a day job, which ties up much of my free time. My previous day job came with some useful perks: computers with Microsoft Word, internet access, and downtime, which gave me the freedom I needed to write. This current job, doesn’t have any of those perks. So, I try to make the most of my free time when I can, when it comes to writing.

Not having computer access during those eight to nine hour work days, is kind of a drag. But, I did manage to find a silver lining. I bought a fresh notebook, and when I had a quiet moment at work, I started working on a draft of Rock N Role Model, the next companion book in the Our Lady of Righteous Rage series. So far, I’ve written sixteen chapters and 132 pages. Considering that I work five days a week, and my commute to and from work is a bit time consuming, this is actually pretty good for me. Any progress is good progress.

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With Woolaston Entertainment’s 25th anniversary taking place this year, I’ve been reflecting on how W.E. came to be in the first place. Handwriting books for myself, is a major part of W.E.’s creation. It’s kind of nice to go back to that old-school method of working on a rough draft for one of my next books. I intend to complete this handwritten draft, before I begin typing anything. 

I hope you all have a progressive week. 

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Be Inspired!!!!

With the coming of a new year, it’s time to set some goals, and work towards achieving them. I’m not crazy about making resolutions for New Years, but I do like to set a few goals for myself. For example:

Publish 5 new books:

If I stick to my plan, I can actually pull this one off. Jo Fuentes: Project Sleep, Rock N Role Model, The Witch of Fulton Lane: The Age of the Daughter, Rise, Resist Reform are my first four. With December 2019 marking Woolaston Entertainment’s 25th anniversary, I will definitely put a special book together. So, I at least have 5 books in the works. 

Gain New Readers:

It’s simple. I’m a writer who publishes books. I want people to read those books. I need to put some books in the hands of new readers. I’ll be focusing more on marketing this year. 

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Use What Inspires Me and Share It:

I find inspiration through music, my guitars, TV shows and movies, and books. I’ll be sharing more of what inspires me with all of you, and I hope you’ll do the same. Plus, I intend to use more of the things that inspire me,in my writing. Right now, I’m in a musical frame of mind: I’ve been listening to songs I haven’t heard in a while, I’m currently reading Ian Winwood’s Smash! Green Day, the Offspring, Bad Religion, NOFX, and the ’90s Punk Explosion. On top of that, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong is writing new music, which is very exciting to this Green Day fan! This has inspired me to work on Rock N Role Model, the next Our Lady companion book.  The Winter Solstice and a love of Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures has given me some fresh ideas for The Age of the Daughter, so I’m ready to work on that book again. 

I believe you should take the things you enjoy and let them inspire your writing. They can be very useful, especially when you find yourself feeling stuck in your work. 

Be inspired, people!

Share More of What You Love

The other day, I took a moment to think about all of the things that I enjoy, that I haven’t been able to fully explore since I moved to another state. Most of my belongings are in storage for the time being: My DVD player and all of my movies, anime soundtracks, and most importantly, my guitars. I miss my Jack and my Billie Joe! Lately, I’ve been in search of things and activities to help me feel more like, well…me. 

With most of my clothes in storage, I’ve been limited in what I wear. Plus, I’m currently working a day job that frowns upon band tees, which sucks. So, I did a little shopping. I found an Affliction hoodie, and thought, “God, this reminds me of me!! This is something I would wear!” So, I bought it to wear on days when I’m not at work. Being cut off from my guitars is a real killer. I went on a hunt to find an acoustic to keep me company until I’m reunited with my boys, and came up empty. I stumbled upon a beginner’s guitar at Barnes and Noble. As soon as I get it in tune, I’m sure it’ll help me keep my mind straight, the way Jack and Billie Joe normally would.

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I haven’t read any new books in months, either, which is not like me. Thankfully, a friend passed along a recommendation on Facebook: Smash! Green Day, The Offspring, Bad Religion, NOFX and the 90’s Punk Explosion, by Ian Winwood.  I just bought a copy, and I’m looking forward to reading it. You know I can’t say no to a book with Green Day in the title!

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Drawing is another activity I haven’t enjoyed in a while. It can be a bit hard to get back into if you haven’t done it in a while, but I really wanted to draw something. My mother wanted a sketch of an elephant for Christmas, so that’s what I drew. I’m looking forward to drawing more often in the coming months. 

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All of this reflecting made me take another look at my website. I realized, with all of my interests (aside from writing) my site seems to only focus on writing. So, I’m going to be making some changes. I will start adding posts and content related to the other things I enjoy. More guitar-related content. More book and movie reviews. When I come across a helpful website,I’ll share it with you, starting with this website for guitarists: http://mymusicexpress.com/ .  This site is LOADED with tons of reviews and helpful tips. You can also follow them on Twitter: @mymusicexpress1.  

Just a little tip to all of my fellow creatives out there: share what you love. We’re more than writers. We shouldn’t limit our content to just our writing. 

To all my fellow artists, writers, and creative folk: don’t forget you can still send me a bio and links to your social media pages for the Author’s Corner on woolastonentertainment.com. Later!