Welcome to Faerie Rose Press

Hello and welcome to Faerie Rose Press! Where to begin? Well the beginning of course, writing has always been a passion of mine and I’ve been working on my debut novel, The Raven Prophecy, for the last thirteen years. You may think that is a long time to be working on a novel, but first when the initial idea came for the novel I was just starting college, and I graduated college. Then to continue on that I started my career and then I found a new love, which has been raising alpacas and llamas. But I have always stuck with writing this novel. This novel has been a passion, an obsession, and a love for the last thirteen years.

My goals are to one finish and complete this novel. I should say not just to finish and complete the novel but to also publish my novel. Now I know that you must be thinking that I’m crazy for sticking to this novel for the last thirteen years, but you must understand that as a writer, you have to be dedicated to your story, and I’m totally 100% dedicated to this novel.

Furthermore, in being dedicated to writing this novel, I also came up with a publishing company to publish my book. Yes, Faerie Rose Press. The reason for the name is one that I’m a fantasy fiction writer. I love fantasy and I thought that the press would also show that it is a fantasy publishing company as well as in the slogan: Where stories are not just writen for Faeries.

Overall, I hope on this site that I can show my love for writing as well as let you know how my novel is going. I also hope to share my knowledge with other writers that have aspiring dreams of writing and publishing their own works of writing.

I hope that this introduction was informative, but if you want to know more, comment or send a notification that you want to make contact.

Until then good night!

What is Important about Summer

The count down for the Write. Market. Publish. Sell! Conference has started, for it is at the end of this week! Granted, the countdown has also started for the big ComicCon in San Diego. As writers, we should pay attention to what is going on at ComicCon for it shows us what is big in media such as television and motion pictures. If I haven’t already said it, we gather inspiration from several different places and some of those are motion pictures and television series.

Not only do we have several conferences taking place during the summer, but for writers it also a time when we pay attention to book awards that are handed out and we start to pay attention to what sort of books are being recommend to be read during the summer. Having a book that is recommend during the summer usually means that those books that might be ignored other wise get a second or even a third consideration by readers. This is what should be looked at closely, even if you are self-publishing or traditionally publishing your novels.

Furthermore, summer is also the time of year when we start seeing the trailers for the films that will be coming out during award season and we should be making our picks for those that will see either awards for adaptions or original scripts. A couple that I have seen so far is another version of the story about the rivalry between Queen Elizabeth the first and her cousin, Mary Queen of Scotland. I know what you are going to say, didn’t we just have Reign that ended with this rivalry story in it’s last two season? Yes, and it has been told before on the big screen, but so far what has been shown in this version is that at one point they were friends and wrote letters to each other frequently. The second one that is interesting is the Colette, which is the story of a woman whose husband asks her to ghostwrite for him. Interesting, for during the time that the film is set women writer’s were not as popular as they are today. This film continues to tell the story of how women were able to get the credit that they deserve as much as male writers.

But above all, as writers we should keep on writing and try to complete our manuscripts that keep us up at night on these long hot summer nights. But let’s also not forget that NaNoWriMo Will be here in a couple of months, and that while we may not be thinking about what we have in mind yet, we should still keep it in the back of our minds.

 

 

What’s going on?

Hi everyone! Its the start of another week, which means another week of writing and seeing what is currently going on with other writers. So if you want to think about it pretty much the same old thing. Except that there is some news that I want to get to. I will be attending a writer’s conference on Saturday, July 9 at Red Rocks Community College. This conference is known as the Write. Market. Publish. Sell!. Granted to attend the conference is like almost $120 but I thought that it might be worth the cost. If you are going to be in Denver, or are going to the conference let me know.

As for the Castle Rock Writers Conference that is happening at the end of September, I’m still waiting for the prices to go up so that I can RSVP for my spot. When that becomes available I will post it on here so that you can also attend if you are going to be in the area for the conference.

In other news work on The Raven Prophecy is still on going. I’m like over 100 thousand words. Granted, I never thought that I would get that many words written, but I have and I am so happy about the progress that has been made in the last few weeks. I hope to get part one of the manuscript finished by either the end of this week or by the start of next week. It all depends on what happens.

Yes, this is a shorter post than normal, but I thought that I would digress and talk about normal things that I’m on the look for currently.

The answer to what’s stopping us from finishing our Novels

d86be4ce65bf82512775609ba751b966--fairy-silhouette-free-silhouette-cameoThis past week, Mandi Lynn, talked about reasons as to what stop us from finishing our novels. While there are many reasons for not finishing, there are some things that affect us outside of writing. Here is the thing, when we start thinking or rather going down the track of “I want, or rather I could write a novel.” There are at times we don’t release the full commitment that it will take upon us as writers until we are already well down the rabbit hole.

I’m not saying this to get people not to continue on or even start to write that beloved novel that we have within us to tell. But rather, to give those that say that we all have been there, and are thinking that this is also a point in the junction on the track that made us stop working on that novel. So that is the first point of stopping us from writing our novel, in that we fully think that at times that we do not know what is fully involved in writing the novel. This is very true, whether you are going down the track of self-publishing or even traditional publishing. Come on, face it, we start with that single spark of an idea, and then as we go start thinking about getting it published to find out that are hurdles out there that we must cross or encounter along the track.

Mandi Lynn says that one of the hurdles that are stopping us is self-doubt. This is also very true. We put in the doubt that we have taken on too much with our novel. I must admit that at times while writing The Raven Prophecy, yes, I too have thought this. But yet, I squish the self-doubt by saying that if I give up on writing this story, no one else could write or someone else could but would it be as good? Self-doubt is something that we are going deal with many times while we work on writing our novels, that comes even more into focus when you send out query letters for agents, and even when we are looking for beta readers. We start to think that no one will like it, or why did I waste my time when I could have been doing other things. Here is the response that we should look at for the statement above: because we had a drive and a desire that we were going to do it.

Yes, it is that simple and it should be looked at in the eye and told this is my passion, and I want to finish something incredible. I want to edit well, and I want to leave a mark when it is all said and done. Then when we get thousands of rejections, we can honestly say that maybe it was not for them, or maybe even the timing of the query was not right. I mean that doesn’t mean that your novel was terrible or there could be a few mistakes but there is a deep down reason why you have worked hard for this and you want to see it through. Granted, there a few that completely stop working on their novel and never pick it up again. As another youtube author put out there, not finishing the novel is a mistake. I agree in that there was a reason that this idea came to you and not to see it through would be a mistake.

Put it this way, writing should be an escape for us as writers from everything else that is going on in the world. If we allow the outside world to affect our writing them, then what do we have? We have nothing other than a lack of escapism and entertainment for us as writers. Remember, that as writing our single job is to write, and we are not writing then who is doing our job? Another writer, who will take the readers that we want. I know that is a big burden to be put on our shoulders, but it is true. If you don’t finish the novel that you started then you are going to lose the readers that you want to someone else that didn’t give up or stop working on their novel.

I know that this is a lot to process, and there are many reasons why we stop writing, but one important one is support. Sometimes we lack the support that we want from our family and friends. Support I have found is basically you have to give support to someone that is not getting it before you can get it yourself. I know that one is not easy but sometimes that is just what we have to do. I mean there are many Facebook Groups where other writers are seeking support because they are not getting it from their own circle of family and friends. But also part of being in the community of writers is giving back and helping those that may need it most like anything else. Also, think about it this way if you can give support to someone, they will give you the support that you need and you will no longer have that issue stopping you from finishing that novel.

If anything think of all the reasons as to what is stopping you from writing and say how can I improve it to where it will no longer stop me from doing what I started.

 

Using a Pen Name

Many authors and writers tend to consider the decision to use a pen name to be a personal choice. I too have been taking this under some consideration. Yes, I have published works under my legal name, and something similar to my legal name for some of my works depending on the work that I’m publishing.

Furthermore, some very well known authors such as Nora Roberts and J. K. Rowling have used pen names for various reasons for their work. J.K. Rowling’s reason for using a pen name was so that she could be judge on your writing merits so that readers would not buy her works of fiction just because of the success that came from the Harry Potter Series. Nora Robert’s using of a pen name was due to her writing in a different genre.

There are many reason that writers chose to use a pen name rather than their preferred name. The reason that I bring this up is that there have been a number of theories as of late that William Shakespeare was a pen name, not an actual person. You might be shocked by this news, but let me tell you this has been an interesting topic in the literary world.

Last night, while I was working I was listening to Coast to Coast AM Radio and they had an author on there by the name of Katherine Chiljan, who wrote a book called Shakespeare Suppressed: The Uncensored Truth about Shakespeare and his words. During the discussion of the book, the subject of whether or not Shakespeare was a real person or a pen name for a person of high importance was addressed. Chijan stated that if Shakespeare was the pen name of a Lord, and it was found out who the real Shakespeare was it would have been somewhat of a scandal to say the very least. But this is also not the first time that the theory has been addressed either, for there was a movie titled, Anonymous that addressed this theory as well.

Granted, today we, as writers, have aspirations to be published and to be read by readers. However, there was a time when that depending on your place in society would have been a taboo. Granted, we know that throughout history that women writer’s were turned away since readers at the time would only read works by a male writer. So there were many women writers who took on the pen name that reflected a man’s name so that way they would have a chance to be published even it was in a literary magazine at the time.

Boy have times changed, and know writers of both genders are being read and that alone is something to be amazed at. I’m not taking away that we still have social injustices at work in the word that still have to be defeated. But if writing can pave the way for change, why can’t other things as well.

I will say that for an author to use a pen name is a personal choice and one that should not be made lightly, unless you don’t want others to know that it is you writing and publishing a work of fiction or even nonfiction for that matter. Furthermore, using a pen name should be something that reflects you as an author, your genre and how you want to be known.

Issues that are impacting the Writer Community

Hello and welcome back! I want to first start by saying that the Castle Rock Writer’s Conference for 2018 will be held on the evening of Friday, September 28 and throughout the day on Saturday, September 29. So if you are going to be in Colorado and want to attend, you might want to watch their website,  http://castlerockwriters.com, for when you can RSVP for the event.

Secondly, there is a lot going on in the writing community, like I said the last time that I was on here Amazon is going to be releasing their changes sometime in July, which is fast approaching. Furthermore, there is a lot to be said about #cockygate, book stuffers and the alike.

I have been watching a lot of different authors on youtube as of late, and there is one that speaks out on the issues that are affecting the indie author community as a whole. I appreciate her for what she says and feel that there is just a lot that is going wrong with different injustices that are taking effect to us indie writers. These injustices are making me feel that there are certain practices that should not be taking place in general.

The first one being that there is an author, I don’t know her name, but she posted on youtube that an “author” can make a six-figure salary by hiring ghostwriters and then publishing what a ghostwriter has put out and taking credit for it. Yes, this practice has been going on for a long time, but I feel that ghostwriters should be given the credit that is due to them for their hard work. They, being ghostwriters, work just as hard as the rest of us authors. But for someone to take advantage of that and then call themselves “authors” for this is entirely not what this community should be about. Furthermore, it’s plagiarism plain and simple.

I hate to put this out here, but we as writers work hard to put out our work. We work hard to get agents, and publishers to pick us up on the interigity of our work. Yes, we may need our work to be edit, but who doesn’t need that? But if our community is over run by cheaters, scammers, and those that seek to take advantage of the systems that have been put in place for legitimate writers/authors then who pays for that? We do, the people that do the actual work and work to tell stories.

I’m not saying, by any means that Amazon is innocent in any of the policies that have been put in place in the past, but more needs to be done to protect legitimate authors. This community has so much to offer but if we are being taken advantage of then, our community will suffer for it. I’m not saying that I’m giving up on writing, for I still have the stories in mind that I want to tell, but what I am saying right now is that I will be doing more homework on everything that I put out that I want to publish to make sure that my readers can find my work and not some pirated copy of it.

 

I’m back…

I would like to star again by apologizing for not being on here for a while. But I was taking a bit of a break from writing. I know that’s bad, but I was getting ready for shearing season. The alpacas got sheared on Sunday and now I’m getting back to writing, and above all trying to get back to giving advice on writing. Also, things are happening in the writing community besides #cockygate that are having an effect on us writers.

I would say at this point, pay very close attention to what Amazon is currently doing in the next couple of weeks or even the next month. Amazon makes most of its changes during the month of July so any policy changes will be taking effect then. I do know of a couple of changes that Amazon is going to be putting in place, such as when you release a book you can only have 5 advanced copies. Anything more than 5 will have to be purchased or your readers will have to purchase so that they can leave a review of the book. One reason for this change is that there are so-called scammers, who would get over 1,000 advanced copies and would say that they are advanced copies and those readers would put out reviews. This was giving a disadvantage to those that could not get a whole lot of advanced copies. Therefore, Amazon is trying to make it fair for all.

Granted, there are bad and good things to come from this change. But there are other changes that may be taking place too, as I said before that will affect us, writers. As for readers, they are also becoming aware of the changes that are coming into play for us and some are like it’s good to know information and there are others that really don’t care. That’s fine, but right now our job as writers is to assure our readers that what we are doing is not changing, for we are still going to be putting up content and writing the stories that they want to read.

In other news, there is so much discussion going on with traditional publishers, indie publishers, vanity presses and the like that I want to write a post on this. The issue that it boils down to is that you and me, as writers trying to publish our works, should not have to pay a so-called “publisher” to publish our books, and therefore, some of these different avenues for publishing are considered as scams. So when I get into that it will probably be lengthy, as we as writers, even first time published authors should not be taken advantage of.

So I know that you are all probably wondering about The Raven Prophecy. The book itself is still being written, the front cover is done, for I do not have any more desire to re-make my front cover. But I have also been spending some time making/working on the back cover, which I will put down below both the front and back cover images. Overall, I just got back to working on the draft, for I last touched it on May 27. Trust me, when I say looking at it again it’s been a while but on the bright side, I knew where I left off so I wasn’t lost again.

As much as I say this, I’m back and I want to get more content on here about writing, what is going on in the writing world, what is going on with my writing, and furthermore some tricks and tips that we as writers can take on with our projects. But I must say that I’ve missed you all and hope that you will look forward to what I have in store to share with all of you.

So here is the latest design for the front cover and the back cover:

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The Line in the Sand…#cockgate

Hello, my friends, I’m sorry that I have not been on here for a while, and that is because I have been hard at work on The Raven Prophecy. That’s right, for I’m currently still working very hard on The Raven Prophecy. I will get to the latest updates later in this post; however, there is something more important that needs to be discussed.

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If you have not heard, my dear writing friends and members of the writing community, there is a writer by the name of Faleena Hopkins, who is an independent author that publishes/writes her novels in the romance genre. The name of her series is called the Cocker Brother series, which she has now trademarked. This is fine for that is part of her brand; however, she has now trademarked the word “Cocky” in a font that she does not own or had permission from the makers of the font to trademark.

The other part  of this claim/made up ownership of the word “Cocky” is that this woman is writing letters to any author that has the word “Cocky” in the title of their book and asking them to stop using the word “Cocky” and to change their title, cover, and any part that uses the word “Cocky.”  This is not just for new titles of novels that have the word “Cocky” in them but also previously published works that were published before 2016. This is what the writing community has been dealing with over the weekend. Granted, I’m pleased to say that the Romance Writers Association (RWA) is getting involved and their lawyers are also helping any other that has received a letter from Faleena Hopkins.

There are many points, that have been made by authors across the community on Twitter, and Facebook for the most part. There have even been a few that have expressed themselves on Amazon in the reviews comments and one book got so many negative reviews that she closed the comment section down for that book. But on the other hand, her readers are also going after any author that went after Faleena and also made comments on these author’s books as well.

There are so many ways that this is getting out of hand. I agree that a stance needs to be taken on her trademark of the word “Cocky” and the font that she is also claiming is hers, which it is not. Secondly, this is not only troubling for the romance genre industry for any industry of fiction, for it means that we have to check to make sure that every word that we use in our titles is not copyrighted or trademarked. Thirdly, from an independent author and publisher stance, there is just more than just making a few little changes for it takes time and money. Fourth, I’m upset that her readers are out there calling us bullies when their beloved author is being a bully to writers first. Fifth, what she is doing is so wrong on so many levels.

I should include in this conversation as to her reason for why she is doing this, it’s because her readers have complained that they lost money for they bought books that were not her’s. Okay, the answer there is that if the reader can’t see her name on the cover then they should not have bought the book in the first place. She also states that so many romance authors are copying her. Sorry, that doesn’t fly either when you look at so many romance novels and they look almost the same except for the title, the font of the title and the author’s name. All you have to do is do a search in google for romance novel covers and dozens if not hundreds will pop up and some of them will look the exact same, except for the changes listed above.

To end this discussion, I have some choice words for Ms. Faleena Hopkins:

Dear Ms. Hopkins,

Welcome, to the writing community but please, take your shit and leave. You are not a productive member to the writing community, and your “loyal” readers not productive readers to the reading community. You have called us writers, even the ones that never you knew you until you popped up with your ridiculous claim over a word that has been used in the dictionary and a thousand other places for hundreds of years.

You have no real claim over the word and to futher the point, your readers must know how to find your name on the cover of your books. If this the way that you want spend your money, then fine spend your money but you are not only hurting yourself but you are hurting others as well, and that also goes from an ethical point as well.

Futhermore, as another author put it, you not only burt the bridge but you destroyed it. You are not better than dirt at this point, and I hope you enjoy being there. Please, don’t come to any writing functions, for if you do you will find several drinks and food thrown at your face. Please, leave the community and never return. Also may karma bit you in the ass.

Sincerly yours,

Faerie Rose Press.

Sorry, if I ranted it just there, but this woman just has to know that the community is not small and she should also stop thinking that she is the only author in the romance genre, or in the writing world.

Dear reader, if you would like to learn more about this issue, please, google the term cockygate hashtag and it will be explained more in general. As far as she herself goes she is one nasty piece of work and she is playing the victim rather well. But it doesn’t fly when you are hurting the community not helping.


Here is a current update on The Raven Prophecy:

I would like to start this update by saying that I’m editing the parts that I have written so far and retweaking a new draft, which includes new chapter headings and new cover and title pages. I know in the past that I said that I would not re-do my cover but I have and this is the last and final time that the cover will ever be worked on. So here they are one is for the paperback/hardcover and one is for the e-book:

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Thank you for joining me today and I hope that you will continue to follow the updates on #cockygate and my updates for The Raven Prophecy.

Things to Think about when it comes to your Book

This morning, I got a call from a publisher, granted I signed up on the sight for information about a couple of years ago. Let’s preface this conversation, with at the time that I signed up it was way before I had any of the knowledge that I have now. Anyways, I was talking about The Raven Prophecy, and where I was currently in the story, and I gave all the details of how many pages I had so far, the word count etc.

Also, I talked about the premises of the book and where it came from, how it started and the first thing that he said, “You sound like you are going for a series and you have some interesting detail.” Granted, I never thought that The Raven Prophecy could be a series, but I guess if I had to depend on the length of the book, I could make it into a series.

Then we started talking numbers, and this gave me some more things to think about in terms when it comes to my book. Granted, at some point, I would have to pay for an editor, which I already knew that part of the equation. Then there is the design of the book, which I pretty much have made as I went along as I was typing/writing the story.

There is just a part of me that wants to go, here I have done part of the work just help me out to get to where it is polished. I know that from publishers, the point of view is that there is a lot that goes into a book from the typeface, fonts, size of fonts, book size, type of paper, etc. I mean this is also things that we as self-publishers also have to keep in mind, which to a point I have.

Granted, the submission rules are totally different went seeking an agent/ traditional publisher, and if I was going down that way I would have to change how my manuscript feels and looks. But I’m not quite ready to go down that road since this book is like my baby.

Granted, like a baby it has taken me time to get to this point in the story and writing it and maturing it. I guess that I’m not quite to the point when I’m ready to let it out into the world and allow it to fly. Yes, I know sooner or later, it will need to take wings and fly but its just not right now

I’m having fun writing the book, and that is something we as all writers should be experiencing as we take pen to paper or fingers to keyboard as we dream about someday having our manuscript published. But as we dream we don’t think about the hurdles that we will have to deal with as we work and think about our dreams, for that is the part that we don’t want to think about, such as the possible rejection or the cost that comes with our baby.

But should we have to think about the cost that will come when we are already putting so much into it? I mean really think about, we have already poured breath, sweat, tears and maybe some blood into the soul of the book. However, as of today I will put a bit more of myself into my book and keep dreaming about being published and finding my book on the shelves of a bookstore.

The Troubles That Come with Being a Writer

Yesterday, while I was working on The Raven Prophecy, which I’m like two pages away from being on page 200, I received a call from a writing buddy of mine, who asked me to come meet them for a discussion about my book and their book. They wanted a second pair of eyes to look at it. I agreed to this meeting of the minds, and while we were talking about some of the difficulties that he was having with his story, I addressed some of the difficulties that I was having while writing The Raven Prophecy. He expressed his surprise for he thought that I had it all figured out and was on such a role.

I agreed with him to a point, until I stated that there were some of the finer details of the inner workings that were giving me trouble. He agreed with that point when I started pointing them out to him, then he stated that he figures that all writing projects can give writers their own share of troubles.

As he put it we have trouble with our characters doing what we want them to, we have troubles with trying to make sure that our story goes where we want it to go, we have troubles with finding the balance between the details and the other parts that go into a story. At the same time, we are trying to keep up with tenses, and the other rules that come with writing a novel.

I told him that while I agreed with him on that aspect of writing, but it is what also makes writing fun. He agreed with me up until he said as writers we should not be torturing ourselves with the craft that we enjoy so much. But I said to him, “But to be an artist means that we must suffer.”

That’s when he thought that we should change the subject and talk about book covers. Is problem is that he enjoys looking at them but he has a hard time making them, whereas he pointed out I don’t have much of a hard time doing it based on the previously drafted covers for The Raven Prophecy.

Then when I admitted that I was working on the back cover and the spine for the book, he rolled his eyes and asked me to show it too him. I did and he said that I should post it out there so that again it can be gazed upon. But when I told him that I made a promise he said just put it out there.

So as he has requested here is the full design cover that I worked on last night, which still has some tweaks that need to be made:

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Another Update on The Raven Prophecy

At the end of last week, I gave a current update on how The Raven Prophecy was going and on that day I was at page 150. Well, as of today I’m almost at page 200. Yeah, those fifty pages went rather quickly to include a couple of extensive writing of the passages of the one religion that is part of the focus of the book.

Let me start by saying that while I was creating it and writing about, I was having fun doing it.  But after spending all day Friday writing it, I was exhausted by the end of the day.  I was overjoyed beyond belief to be exploring writing as I have never done before. Although, if I ever created the chances again to explore this sort of thing, I would be more than up for the challenge.

Then on Saturday, the day after I was writing about religion that is in the world of The Reaven Prophecy, I went back to what we were talking about romance and I included a very extensive scene of love-making between two of my characters. Again it was very much exciting for me to explore what I have read from others that have written romance and be able to correlate it within the breadths of what I’m writing.

To say that I’m feeling newly energized is an understatement for I’m feeling like I’m breathing life into the very soul of my book. Granted, this book, as I have said before, has been a work in progress for the last fourteen years but I’m feeling that I can accomplish what I want for this piece of work.

I’m feeling excited to see where this work takes the written word and my knowledge about writing, which is one of the many joys that a writer can get from writing.

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