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You’ve Finished Your Manuscript-Now What?

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You’ve written a novel. Congratulations. Finishing a novel of 80,000-100,000 words is a major accomplishment. So give yourself a pat on the back, or if you prefer, pour yourself a large glass of wine.

Before you start what could be a very long process of querying a literary agent or publisher ask yourself these questions; is my novel really finished and is it of publishable quality?

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Memoir Seminar

debby-johnson-new-header2Want to write your story?

Attend Debby Johnson’s  2 hour seminar for tips on discovering your own unique story.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

September 17th  6pm – 8pm

March Field

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Nervous Mom

Nessie 800Near the end of last year, my son’s neighbor heard her dogs barking, and when she tried to bring them in, she caught them chasing an orange kitten about three to four months old. She managed to get the traumatized kitten onto her screened porch and kept it there about six weeks with little human contact. At least she fed the kitten and kept the dogs away.

My son and his wife heard the story, so they adopted the kitten. When they brought her home, she scrambled for a hiding place under the spare room bed and stayed there another two weeks. They named her Nessie, after the Loch Ness monster that stays hidden.

When Nessie finally started venturing out, my son’s other cat pounced on her, traumatizing her further. It wasn’t a good situation for the kitten, so they talked about the best solution. I thought about taking her, but I had doubts.

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What a Headache . . .

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Oscar Wilde said he took out a comma in the morning and put it back in the afternoon.

Long before I devoted endless hours going back over and over what I’d written, I laughed at that quote.

No longer.

I’d recently completed another chapter in my wip and begun another, but something nagged at me.

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Multi-Author Book Signing

What a fun, busy day eight authors and I had last Saturday. We held a book signing event at Bob’s Big Boy, Calimesa, CA, and offered our books and donated prizes for the drawings, which began at 4:15pm.
We felt so important as the public checked our books and asked about them. We offered a variety of genres, including my With Full Malice - about a deadly vigilante society in SoCal. Some had romance, fantasy, romance, and a couple had their autobiographies. Most of us sold some books, and we all enjoyed the day. Bob's Big Boy's food platters were beyond what I'd expected.
Thank, everyone, for making it such a special day.
Brenda Signing 2Signing 3

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Launching Soon!


WN White w1 & Border 400WRITING YOUR NOVEL: From Idea to Outline, to Plotting Your Way Through the 3-Act Structure Book 1

Have a great idea for a novel, but don’t know how/where to begin?

Never Fear. Writing Your Novel will help you!

A simple, step by step method for building a successful storyline from your basic idea. Designed for the busy lifestyle, it’s simple enough to read in one sitting, yet powerful enough to demonstrate the mysteries of the modern story structure.

I explain story structure and demonstrate plot points, although I call them Stepping Stones because, when used correctly, they guide you through the maze of modern story structure.

As a Bonus, I’ve included how I used the Stepping Stones to build my novel, Ten Times Guilty!

Amazon Kindle:

Smashwords: Coming Soon!

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September 5, 2015 · 4:17 pm

What Form of Publishing is Best for You?

FREE ADMISSION!

For aspiring authors in the SoCal Inland Empire, I’ll be at the Ovitt Library in Ontario, CA tonight talking about the different publishers and the pros & cons of each. If you have questions about publishing and what’s best for you, join us:
7pm – 8pm
Ovitt Family Library
215 East “C” Street
Ontario, CA 91764-4111
909-395-2004
Thanks, and see you there!

Brenda 

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Amazon Best Sellers

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I’m thrilled to announce that my paranormal, The House on Serpent Lake, has hit Amazon’s Best Sellers list for ghost stories. It’s #8.

I don’t know how long it’ll stay there as the list is updated hourly, but I’m going to take a screen shot.

Thanks, y’all, for allowing me to share my good news.

Brenda

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February 25, 2015 · 11:46 pm

Manuscript Evaluations

Book Fairy largeL. Cooper Press is, in my opinion, the best for authors who wish to be independent. As Gen Mgr, I think they offer the best terms for writers, and as an author who’s been with ‘traditional’ as well as the smaller indie publishers, I’d recommend them over any other publisher – except perhaps a million-dollar advance from one of the Big 6 publishers. Or is it 5?

As part of LCP’s service, they offer a 3-Chapter Manuscript Evaluation by Victoria Howard, whose romantic suspense novels have hit the bestseller status on Amazon several times. She’s talented and knows the craft. I just read her latest evaluation of a gen fiction novel, and I’m so impressed with her observations and recommendations. And she’s still willing to read and critique for L. Cooper Press’s opening special of only $50.

If you’re writing a novel and wonder what other people would think of it, wonder if you have talent, or would even like to know how you’re doing, take advantage of Victoria’s special. Even if you do not want to publish with L. Cooper Press, take advantage of the evaluation. It’s quite a bargain.

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February 5, 2015 · 6:22 pm

Preditors & Editors Readers Poll 2014

thoss2NEWCOVER300The voting for the Preditors & Editors Reader Poll Award for 2014 is nearly over. By tomorrow, I’ll know if The House on Serpent Lake placed. The top ten novels in each category – mystery, romance, horror, etc – receive an award.

While awards are not supposed to be of such importance, I’m watching the clock for the poll closing countdown. So check back tomorrow or Friday. If I’ve placed at all in the top ten, I’ll proudly announce it. If not, I’ll quietly slink out of town.

Wish me luck!

The House on Serpent Lake

When her husband inherits his abandoned childhood home on a north woods lake, Lindsay Peterson is delighted. Until . . .
Strange things happen when she sees the decaying house for the first time: she knows how the rooms are arranged, knows of a gazebo that hasn’t existed for fifty years.

After they move in, dreams of a lover from another time haunt her sleep, then intrudes on her days with déjà vu until the present blurs with the past. A stirring of air caresses her with whispered touch.
Then the touches become real.

 

 

 

 

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January 15, 2015 · 4:31 am