Why I’m taking a break from Writing

The title is self-explanatory, but I’m taking a break from Twitter in order to re-evaluate if writing is really a good path for me or not. Now, I posted this on Twitter, just to let people know why I wouldn’t be answering them for a while, I’ve talked about this decision to a few friends as well, but in case anyone is interested, here is a FAQ of sorts that’ll answer anything, and reply to the same basic comments I usually get.

 

  1. Is this about not getting into PitchWars?

Yes and no. I think it was just that final drop in a vase filled with water up to the brim. I had just gotten a rejection on a full that I had been waiting on for almost half a year, and basically, the critique pointed out were things that were all explained at the end of the story, which gives me the impression the person didn’t actually read it to the end, or they wouldn’t have critiqued something that was obviously pointed out. I’ve participated in this contest more times than I can even count anymore, but I never, ever got in. I know it’s subjective, and I know mentors can only pick one or two out of hundreds, but to not get picked over and over? I know contests aren’t meant for all types of genres, and that the goal is also to network and make new friends, but after a while of entering different manuscripts, but never getting in, well, I guess it takes a certain toll. In short, it could have been any contest, and don’t get me wrong: writing contests do work for some writers, so don’t sell them short.

 

  1. The only way you’ll ever get published is if you don’t stop trying

I’m sure some people have written stories their whole lives without ever being published, but I do get the point. Problem is, I can try all I want, but it may never happen. The amount of time I spend pouring hours and hours into every manuscript is staggering, and if my goal was to get published, and I look back on the years I’ve spent doing this, then all I see is a waste of time.

 

  1. Write a new manuscript

I’ve written 23 manuscripts so far – some were stories never to be published because they were for myself and I wanted to practice my writing, learn how to write stories, find the flow, etc. After all these, if I haven’t been able to publish the ones I have queried, then maybe I should face the fact that I’m not author material. Some may find my writing good, but it’s obviously not good enough to publish. Now, the ones I’ve written in the goal of publishing just sit in a folder reminding me that it was a silly dream because I’m obviously not cut out for this industry.

 

  1. The genres you write in (dark fantasy/paranormal) are hard sells for the market, so why don’t you write in another genre that’s popular?

I can’t write for trends for many reasons. First, the genres that are doing well are the one I don’t read or even like reading.  If there’s one thing that’s consistent in the marketing industry is that you have to read what you write. Second, everyone is always saying to write the story YOU need to write, but then everyone turns around and points at how you should change it if you want even the slightest chance of being published.  And while the genre I write in might be problematic when it comes to publishing, obviously, even in contests there are paranormal and dark fantasy picks, and agents still say yes to those writers, and publishers publish, etc. but not to all my manuscripts, so I think that’s a little bit of a hint toward not being good enough in my writing.

 

  1. You should be writing because you love to write

I’ve already written about this in a previous blog post, but I write because my dream was to be published. Maybe that’s a bad reason to some people, and it might also be why I’m now taking a step back to make a decision as to quitting writing all together. I know that if I was published, it wouldn’t mean fame and money, but being published was all I ever wanted, and yet, never being able to attain it just crushes me more and more with every passing year.

 

  1. Every rejection is a step closer to a yes!

If it comes to a point where you just can’t use rejection to drive yourself and you start hating writing, isn’t that a sign I’m not meant for this industry? It used to crush me, at the start (like everyone, of course), but with time, I kept going using it as determination. Now, it just sends me into a really deep depression every time.

 

  1. There’s always self-publishing or Wattpad

My dream is to be published traditionally. Don’t misread this:  there are many different paths to publishing, but the rest aren’t for me – they’re not my dream, they aren’t the path I want to take.

 

So that’s pretty much most of it – I think some is a little repetitive, but it comes down to why I’m taking a break. Once I’ve stepped back long enough, I’ll then make a decision as to quit writing or not, but I’ll be honest, it’s looking to lean in toward quitting. I deleted my manuscript section on this blog, and all it did was remind me that whether I had left them up or not, it wouldn’t make a difference – they’d most likely never be published anyway.

 

On all my writer friends – I wish you the best on all your projects, and hope that, at least you, will be published soon.

By stormowl7

COVER REVEAL: The Impending Possession of Scarlet Wakebridge-Rosé by @Saboviec

Welcome to the cover reveal for S. L. Saboviec’s The Impending Possession of Scarlet Wakebridge-Rosé, an urban fantasy stand-alone novel set in the world of her Fallen Redemption books. But that’s not all—after you check out the cover, we’ve included details on how to enter an Epic Giveaway of a $1,200 Amazon gift card!

tIPoSWR cover is by Clarissa of Yocla Designs, and you’re going to love it.

 

Scarlet Wakebridge-Rosé, busy executive and less-than-stellar mother and wife, has a problem that only an exorcist can solve. Except she’s not precisely a devout Catholic parishioner any longer, and to gain assistance from the Church means telling a whopping lie of omission.

Fortunately, she discovers Father Angelo Ambrosio, whose commitment to helping the afflicted means he’s willing to overlook the things Scarlet prefers to keep hidden. Unfortunately, his sordid past keeps him under a microscope with the bishop, who’s not so liberal in his views.

But the demon harassing Scarlet is relentless. It makes its motives clear: in a previous life, she struck a bargain, promising it her body on her fiftieth birthday. Now, she and Angelo must unravel the mystery surrounding her forgotten past in order to stop the possession by next week or risk losing her to the depths of Hell forever.

This stand-alone novel set in the Fallen Redemption universe extends the series to modern day. Enter a world where humans reincarnate, demons interfere in daily life, and the currents of fate carry us all to our destinies.

 

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About the Author

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Samantha grew up in a small town in Iowa but became an expat for her Canadian husband, whom she met in the Massive Multi-player Online Role-Playing Game Star Wars: Galaxies (before the NGE, of course). She holds a B.S. in Physics, which qualifies her to B.S. about physics and occasionally do some math for the sci-fi stories she concocts. Her dark, thought-provoking science fiction & fantasy contains flawed, relatable characters and themes that challenge the status quo.

Her short fiction has appeared in AE and Grievous Angel, and her debut novel received an honorable mention in the 23rd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards.

 

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By stormowl7

#PitchWars Statistics

I’ve been seeing a lot of comments on Twitter that the only category and genre that mentors are asking for is basically YA Contemporary. So, the statistician in me got curious, and I decided to go read every single blog, and compile everything they were asking for. Please keep in mind, not all mentors were specific, and the ones with 0% aren’t necessarily zero, but the percentage was so low, that’s what the chart put.

 

I was honestly surprised at the results – seems like the wishlists for genres are pretty diverse in each category. Of course, some genres tend to come up more often, while others are practically non-existant, but if you know the industry, then you also already know what the market is demanding. *sobs as I write adult paranormal and dark fantasy*

 

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I’ll repeat this again, but please keep in mind that with the pie charts, those are percentages, so just because you see 0%, doesn’t mean there aren’t any requests for that genre!

 

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By stormowl7

#PimpMyBio #PitchWars – Adult Dark Fantasy Romance

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#PimpMyBio for #PitchWars

Ah yes, the time of year when I embark into writing contests…oh wait, I do that pretty much all year round whenever there are contests! Well, this time, this is for Pitch Wars – a fierce competition that, even if you don’t get picked, you’re guaranteed to find new writer friends, critic partners, and/or beta readers. So really, in the end, you win either way!
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My name is Magali (most people call me Mags, so feel free!), and I write the darker side of stories. Paranormal, and Dark Fantasy, but there’s always romance – I’m an extremist, and love both dark and cute things, so that’s probably why.😉 So basically, I’ll rip your heart out along the way, but I’ll make sure you don’t throw the book against a wall when you finish it! All my stories are either set in Canada, or in alternate worlds (makes sense since I am Canadian, right? I should add our Prime Minister to one of my stories… seriously, have you seen Justin Trudeau?!)
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*tries not to swoon*

Okay, back to the bio! I’m passionate about writing, reading, photo manipulation artwork, animals, anime/manga, video games, the fandom world of TV shows and movies, and stuff like that. I’m a proud Ravenclaw: I’ve always been sorted into this house, but the recent Pottermore sorting placed me in Gryffindor – I don’t care since the Sorting Hat couldn’t consider my choice, so I identify with Ravenclaw, and Ravenclaw is where I’ll remain!

 

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My stories often speak about poverty, abuse, trauma, but also love, friendships, and always has sex. My main characters are always female and are often on the curvy side or overweight. Each of them bring their own strengths into their story, and will kick ass if need be (or try tricking a demon to get out of a deal – not the smartest move, but you gotta give her credit for trying, right?).

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More About What I write

I’ve written so many manuscripts, I’ve stopped counting. However, so far, only three I’d try publishing. On my list, I’ve got a Paranormal Mystery Romance, and two Dark Fantasy Romance manuscripts. I’ll be entering FROZEN HEARTS to PitchWars this year: dark fantasy romance of 105,000 words with series potential (currently writing the sequel!).

FROZEN HEARTS: Rozalie, a young single mother destitute with her toddler is pushed through a portal into another world—just as hers starts to crumble. Too bad the new world is full of yokai―demons with animal traits. Now, stuck in a world plagued with war, she accepts a dark yokai prince’s offer: decipher lost spells, and he’ll protect them. When he sacrifices his soul to save her, and her son from a sadistic king, she’ll have to find a spell to save him, but her love may be the key.

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Mentors

My goal is not to publish once, and then that’s the end. I want writing to be my career – I’m prepared to work hard for it. Having tried finding an agent and getting published has already been a long road, but I’m prepared to wait as long as I have to! Besides, in the meantime, it’s not like I can stop writing, so I’ll keep developing, working hard, and of course, trying.

I prefer someone who won’t sugar coat, but I also appreciate explanations as to why something doesn’t work. My favorite thing is when beta readers/CPs leave comments along the way on their reactions to something in the story – those are always such joys to see because I feel like I’m peeking into the minds of other future readers!

Certain aspects of my writing that could definitely use help would be filter words, word repetitions, letting me know when something is perhaps ‘too dark’ (this doesn’t exist in my mind, so feel free to share opinions on what might traumatize readers – the last thing I want is to write a book so dark that people drop it halfway through!), and pretty much anything else you’d like to suggest. I’ve been told many times that I take criticism well and that I draw from those critics and easily rewrite new scenes.

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Me as a mentee

My manuscript has gone through two amazing CPs, and was picked in the #FicFest contest as an alternative where it was professionally edited. At this point, I’m opened to any and all suggestions to take it where it needs to go. I mentioned I’m always up to work hard on edits – don’t believe me?

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For my paranormal mystery romance, I edited that manuscript 71 times (that’s not a typo – it’s seventy-one!), 5 revisions, and 2 rewrites since August 2014. The last edit was finished July 10th, 2016. I’m very serious about getting published.
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Some favorite novels:

Some favorite mangas:

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*Side note: As you can probably tell (if you know these novels/mangas), they all have cuteness and/or darkness in their storylines…Mine always have both😉

 

Favorite shows:

Outlander
Game of Thrones
Supernatural
Doctor Who
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Sherlock
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*Must add I’m a huge Marvel fan

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Final Little Note About Moi

Full-time single mom to a ten-year-old, work as a telephone interviewer for the government of Canada, addicted to sugar (though, favorite food is pizza!), and always working hard to make my dream of being a full-time author a reality.
By stormowl7

Rock The Vault: Celebrating The Urban And Rural Setting Thesaurus Duo @AngelaAckerman & @beccapuglisi

The Setting Thesaurus DuoAs we write, we can become consumed by the plot, by the story events that sizzle with conflict, tension, and intrigue. But what often holds readers in thrall are our characters and how they grow and change.

Who they evolve into, what fears they push past, how they take on pain to reach fulfillment regardless of the challenges—all of these steps in the character’s journey, combined with the plot, can create a fascinating trek through the pages of a novel.

And yet there’s another element that’s needed to meld the story and character arc together: the setting.

Choosing the right one for each scene is critical to give deeper meaning to the character’s inner and outer journeys. The right setting can symbolize our protagonists’ goals, remind them of their past, steer their choices through emotional triggers, and lend them the strength to soldier on, no matter what opposition stands in their way. But what if “the right setting choice” is one we haven’t experienced ourselves first hand? How do we describe it?

Well, there’s some good news on that front. Two new books have released this week that may change the description game for writers. The Urban Setting Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to City Spaces and The Rural Setting Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Personal and Natural Spaces look at the sights, smells, tastes, textures, and sounds that a character might experience within 225 different contemporary settings. And this is only the start of what these books offer writers.

In fact, swing by and check out this hidden entry, HOUSE PARTY, a location from the Rural Setting Thesaurus volume.

 

And there’s one more thing you might want to know more about….

Rock_The_Vault_WHW1Becca and Angela, authors of The Emotion Thesaurus, are celebrating their double release with a fun event going on from June 13-20th called ROCK THE VAULT. At the heart of Writers Helping Writers is a tremendous vault, and these two ladies have been hoarding prizes of epic writerly proportions.

A safe full of prizes, ripe for the taking…if the writing community can work together to unlock it, of course.

Ready to do your part? Stop by Writers Helping Writers to find out more!

By stormowl7

The End of an era…again. #HarryPotter

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I grew up with Harry Potter, as many did. I started reading the first book when I was eleven years old and watched the final movie when I was twenty-one. Ten years of always looking forward to books or movies, until, in 2011, it was all over.

So why am I sharing old news? Well, when my son turned five and started kindergarten, I decided to keep that tradition going (although, he was much younger than when I started), and we read the first Harry Potter book together. We’d read the book, then watch the movie, and so on.

This took time.

Between university (which I started that same year), sore throats, too tired to read/listen, some months went by without even opening a book. When my son turned eight, he also started reading his own books, so sometimes, they also took priority over our beloved Harry Potter. Homework, essays – on both our ends, we were just too busy at times.

But on May 21st, 2016, when my son is now ten years old, we finished reading the final book and watched that final Part 2 movie (had watched the Part 1 around the same point in the book). The end of an era for me, yet again. Bittersweet as we started this five years ago.

I also found it hard to read, at times, since if you cry while you read inside your head, it’s possible to go on (though blurry), but when you read out loud, it’s a lot of work to read through the sobbing (I direct your memory to everything in the final book). Then watching the movie right after had me in more tears – it always had, but with Alan Rickman’s death, it seemed so much more difficult to watch.

All in all, it was a fantastic piece of history in our lives, and I look forward to the day he picks them up again to read on his own.

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By stormowl7

Horizon Alpha: Predators of Eden by @drwendyv

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***CONTAINS SOME SPOILERS***

I don’t usually read MG/YA, or even Scifi for that matter, but I found this story to be quite fun! Here’s the thing: I LOVE dinosaurs. I mean, these aren’t actual Earth dinos, but those are details, and I loved them anyway.

Alright, so onto the story itself! I enjoyed the main character’s (Caleb) growth throughout the story. It’s done so naturally and with such great flow that by the end, I could look back on how Caleb was at the beginning, and realize just how much he’s matured. Not only physically, but emotionally as well.

I got attached to a lot of characters, which was a mistake. These dinos are hungry, and humans are easy prey (a moment of silence for all those poor characters who died horribly). Yet, none of the scenes were described in gory details – instead, it was left up to the readers’ imaginations, which for some of us, is so much worse.

The pacing of the story is great – I always felt on edge while reading, wondering what would pop up next, and who would survive. The author does a fantastic job at keeping this pace throughout the whole story, and I found myself holding my breath along with the characters whenever a T-Rex appeared (my favorite dinos!). All five senses are used so well that it’s easy to picture yourself there with the group, trying desperately to get back to their base to survive. Not only that but the survival of their entire base, of the human race, hangs on them making it back. That burden really upped the stakes, and you can’t help but hope they make it, even if it seems hopeless at times.

The whole world is developed in such a real way that every time Caleb heard a crunch, I always wondered what it was this time. From the fauna to the temperature, traveling by night versus by day, and even the different terrains they crossed were very well described without it ever being too much description.

All in all, a great adventure story that kept me turning the pages while holding my breath a few times!

I received a copy of Horizon Alpha: Predators of Eden from Future House Publishing in exchange for an unbiased review.

 

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  • Horizon Alpha: Predators of Eden will be available for $0.99 May 17 – 25 (discounted from our retail price of $4.99)
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  • Future House Publishing will be giving away some physical copies on Goodreads giveaway starting on May 21st: Click Here to Enter!

 

 

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By stormowl7

BLOG TOUR: Love’s Prelude

Love’s Prelude: A multi-genre set of historical romances that begin a series.

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In this stunning set, an amazing cast of BESTSELLING and AWARD WINNING AUTHORS bring a prelude to an epic love story, the beginning of one of their series. These love stories begin on the Highlands, in Regency England, on the Great Plains of America, and beyond but each will start a love story that begs to be finished.

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Seed of Love by Tammy Andresen

Regina Lafayette had done as she was told her entire life. Does she dare to take a chance and find out if she can have more than she ever imagined?

A Flawed Jewel by Dawn Brower

Pieretta boards a ship, unaware that Thor is waiting to kidnap her for revenge against her grandfather. Will love intervene, altering both their courses?

Chef’s Mail Order Bride by Cindy Caldwell

Read the book that started it all, first in the Wild West Frontier Brides series set in Tombstone, Arizona in the 1880s.

Love’s Imposters: The Setup by Maggie Dallen

In the high stakes world of espionage, falling for one’s partner might just be the biggest danger of all in this fast-paced Regency romance.

Loving Lieutenant Douglas by Barbara Devlin

Take a trip back in time, to 1785, when Horatio Nelson was a new captain. It is the Age of Sail, England is on the brink of war with France, and Royal Navy First Lieutenant Mark Douglas is not looking for a wife.

Howard Haskell Takes a Bride by Merry Farmer

A historical western never before published

Gold Rush Brides by Cassie Hayes

The GOLD RUSH BRIDES is a series of stand-alone clean historical western romances that will warm your heart.

Little Red by Caroline Lee

She’s gone over the river and through the woods, but who will protect her from the Big Bad Wolf?

Scandalous Endeavors by Amanda Mariel

A determined heroine, a Scottish duke, and a scandal.

Lady Amelia’s willing to create a scandal to stay in her beloved England. A Scottish duke ignites her passion, but will she abandon her endeavor for love?

Beauty and the Highlander by Hildie McQueen

Discover this wonderful, compelling Scottish medieval romance that will transport you to the beautiful Highlands into a spellbinding page turning love story.

Emma, Mail-order Brides Club by Ashley Merrick

A Sweet and Clean Western Historical Romance about Mail-Order Brides set in Montana.

Conquered by Kirsten Osbourne

Christiana and her two sisters, women of power in medieval Europe, are left alone to defend their family’s home when Duke William of Normandy invades England in 1066.

The Viscount’s Christmas Temptation by Erica Ridley

Enjoy the laugh-out-loud first book in USA Today bestselling author Erica Ridley’s new Dukes of War regency romance series!

Love’s Prisoner by Laura Stapleton

A never before published historical western.

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Get your copy of Love’s Prelude today for just 99 cents!

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By stormowl7