Month: December 2014

Mainstream vs. Self-Publishing 2014 – The numbers are looking very interesting.

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Mainstream Publishing –vs. Self-Publishing

As 2014 comes to an end here is a brief look at the year in publishing and some interesting statistics are emerging about the figures associated with Mainstream Publishing vs. Self-Publishing. We tend to keep track of the progress within the industry as our involvement in Self-publishing began in 2001 with one of the largest Canadian publishers before we established Moyhill in 2004. I was with an agent for two years with my first book back in 1999 and I made the decision to self-publish following that experience.

There is no doubt that for some writers the mainstream option is still the way to go and we advise all authors who approach us to do their research on both alternatives before making their final decision. Here are some of the areas that we encourage authors to consider before deciding which route they will take when publishing…

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10 Ways You’re Making Your Life Harder Than It Has To Be

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Thought Catalog

Alex DramAlex Dram

1. You ascribe intent.

Another driver cut you off. Your friend never texted you back. Your co-worker went to lunch without you. Everyone can find a reason to be offended on a steady basis. So what caused you to be offended? You assigned bad intent to these otherwise innocuous actions. You took it as a personal affront, a slap in the face.

Happy people do not do this. They don’t take things personally. They don’t ascribe intent to the unintentional actions of others.

2. You’re the star of your own movie.

It is little wonder that you believe the world revolves around you. After all, you have been at the very center of every experience you have ever had.

You are the star of your own movie. You wrote the script. You know how you want it to unfold. You even know how you want it to end.

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How about a Different Kind of Christmas Story?

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Last year I wrote a sweet Christmas story about a little girl who wanted a Mommy for Christmas.  I call that my nice Christmas story.

This year, I wrote a naughty one with a twist.

I played with the idea of having your dad as the Mall Santa.  A man that was so enamored with Christmas, that for 30 Days his family lost him while he spread his holiday cheer.

1513831_1562802213952699_1644492238748395924_nBut, of course, you are dealing with me and warped sense of storytelling.

Big Charlie Pines knew his days in the Santa suit was almost over. His one wish was to make his son believe in the power of Christmas before his eyes closed for the last time. With the help of his favorite elf, Patience, together, they would restore Nick’s faith.

Patience Miller wasn’t sure what Sana wanted her to do to help his son, but she often taught the children at her orphanage to always have hope. She had a plan and she hoped it would work. Only if she could get Nick to believe in the magic of Christmas.

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Have a wonderful Christmas.

Letting Your Characters Grow…The Blakemores are Back

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1505166_902433683124597_1584086339884128927_nThe Blakemore are back for a fourth installment and this time I opted to do something different with my Number #1 Best Selling series.  I slowed it down.

Ironically, the cover model got a new hairdo and I had to write it into the story.  I began to think about the series and where I wanted it to go next and how I wanted the characters to evolve.  I knew that I could not continue to have them shoot up everything with the idea of planning a family on the horizon.  How can she think about being a mother and nesting if she is still out shooting people?  So I turned around, took a seat and began to answer a great number of questions.

One of the main questions that is answered, is what is up with her mother and the towels? I had so much fun writing it, it shows through every word choice.  It also shows through the reader enjoyment of the story with all the surprises and twists. Not crazy twists or unnecessary plot shifts but subtle changes that add to the story versus detract.

Another issue that I address is continuity.  The story picks up right where Dancing with Mr. Blakemore ended. Kevin Jr was almost killed- twice. Once by being feed to giant hungry snake.  That would have an long lasting effect on anyone, and I felt I had to address it.

There are tender moments between Saxton and Odessa as they take a hard look at their marriage and life together as well as some one on one time with her parents.

The bad guys are back, both the cartel Leader, Victorio Renteria and his machete carrying cousin, Mateo.

It is a fun read and was fun to write. Here’s the link.  Happy Reading.

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