Monthly Archives: March 2013

Formatting!

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exasperated woman

When someone decides to self-publish a book, they should really be thinking, Welcome to the wonderful world of formatting!! It’s not that it’s too difficult, especially if you’re html and Word savvy, but it’s very time consuming! I just spent a few hours formatting my upcoming novel Merch Girl for paperback through Createspace. Hopefully I did it right!! Kindle wasn’t too bad, and it’s nice that you can add links in there too.

Anyone have any formatting horror stories (or love stories) to share??

Bands to Watch – Late Nite Reading

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Ok, so I’m going down my list of bands who follow me on Twitter, checking out band after band, passing over some so-so ones or bands that aren’t really my taste, but these cuties definitely make the cut! 

First of all, their name, Late Nite Reading, is amazing because obviously, I am a writer/aspiring author and love to read late at night! 🙂 Also, the first video that popped up on Youtube was a cover of One Direction’s “One Thing” and it totally reminded me of when I would buy those “Pop Goes Punk” CDs in college, with like Yellowcard covering Michelle Branch. Loved it! Then I listened to some original tunes and they were just as good, if not better than the cover songs.

I’m also digging their “Tour Stories” vids on Youtube…I think that my fictional band, Lansdowne, from my upcoming book Merch Girl, would do the same stuff during their tour down time! It says they are touring in Pembroke Pines, FL, which is near me….but I’ve never heard of that venue before so I’ll have to investigate that one some more.

If you like pop punk, please give these guys a listen! The One Direction cover is below, but check out their original music too, and follow them on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/latenitereading

Let me know what you think!

Summary of my Upcoming Book!

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Here’s the summary of my upcoming YA book, Merch Girl. Let me know what you think!

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Seventeen-year-old Lacey Kind doesn’t have the guts to talk to cute
boys, isn’t a size two, and would rather stay home and listen to music
than go to a party. But in the summer before her first year of
college, she ends up thousands of miles away from home, in the back of
a tour bus, underneath the half-naked body of the hottest teen rock
star in the country.

When Lacey and her best friend Trina Thorne sneak into a Boston
nightclub to see their favorite band, they not only get to watch their
rock gods perform for the first time, but score a chance to meet the
band too. Lacey’s heart races as she comes face-to-face with her idol,
nineteen-year-old lead singer, Logan Shire.

The girls charm their way into being hired to sell merchandise on
Lansdowne’s first summer tour. As “merch girls” Lacey and Trina
quickly find themselves transported from their ordinary, suburban life
to an exhilarating few months on the road. But they soon realize life
on the road isn’t always a smooth ride…

Book Covers!

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is there a book cover hell?? I think I have spent way, way, wayyyyy too many hours browsing stock photo sites, mocking up book covers on photoshop and scrolling through hundreds of fonts, but I know it will be all be worth it in the end when I have a pretty, pretty book cover! I have the capabilities to make a rockin’ book cover for my upcoming YA novel, Merch Girl, and I’m not stopping till I find THE PERFECT photo and fonts!

Should I post my final mock cover on here before purchasing the photo for your opinions, or does that ruin the surprise? Has anyone else out there created their own book cover, and if so, how did you come to the decision on what worked for your book?

My Journey into Self Publishing

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I’ve been debating self publishing my young adult manuscript for a few months now and have decided that I should just do it! It makes me nervous, but anything that’s worth doing is going to make you nervous – like getting married, starting a new job, or buying a house – and all of those went well for me so far! I went through the positives and negatives about self publishing my book, and realized that I don’t have much to lose and a lot to gain.

For starters, the book is complete, and it got some great reviews by readers on Wattpad. I don’t have to put that much money into making it, and I could make some money out of it. What I really want to do is share it with people who want to escape from reality for a little bit and have a good time reading a fun, light, story about love and rock and roll.

I started formatting the book for Amazon Kindle and will follow with Createspace later. I am having a tough time figuring out what image I want to use for my cover though! I found 2 really great ones. Maybe I’ll ask around the web for opinions. Would any blog readers want to chime in? I can send you links.

Here’s to diving in to the world of indie publishing!

Bands to Watch – I Killed the Symphony

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Ok, Twitter is the best because all these amazing bands are following me and I would have never heard of any of them if not for this platform! Case in point, the band I Killed the Symphony.

First I saw their press photo, and my first impression was that they might sound too goth for me, but I was wrong, they are a great female-fronted rock band. If I were to make any comparisons, I’d say they’re similar to Paramore. The lead singer has a great vocal prowess, and she’s smokin’ hot! Yes, I’m a straight, confident female, calling another girl hot!

Anyway, give them a listen and catch them on tour if they come to your city! Check out their Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/ikilledthesymphony

New Adult?

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New Adult

photo from NY Mag

Recently there’s been a lot of talk in the publishing world about a new category called “New Adult.” I find this pretty interesting since my work-in-progress could technically be considered New Adult due to the main character being in her early 20’s, just starting her first job, and is starting to figure her life out (although a guy she meets throws her perfect plan out of whack!)

It got me thinking – when I was in my early 20’s, would I have considered myself a “New Adult?” For me, the answer is yes. Between the ages of 21 – 23, I graduated college, got into my first serious relationship, moved in with a guy, moved far away to another state, landed my first salaried full-time job, went through my first real break-up, and paid my own rent to my first apartment! Therefore, I definitely think the term “New Adult” is fitting for this age since it’s a time for many new experiences.

I would also call this the “Cosmo Generation” because between the ages of 21-23, my friends and I all subscribed to and read Cosmopolitan Magazine! We read it for the fashion, guy advice, sex tips, job news, etc. and it was found in every dorm room!

Anyway, I really like this new “New Adult” category and am excited to be about 50% done with my first draft of my NA manuscript.

What are your thoughts on this genre? Have you read any good NA books lately?