News….Faerie Rose Press now has a Parent Company

I know that before yesterday, I talked a lot about writers conferences and things that come out of from going to conferences. Well, here is one more thing that came out of going to the latest conference, a parent company for Faerie Rose Press. Let me back track for a second and let it be known that the creation for Faerie Rose Press came from going to conference.

That’s right, the idea for Faerie Rose Press came from my second attendance of the Castle Rock Writer’s conference. It was during one of the sessions that I attended that the idea was imposed that if you are going to self-publish then you need to come up with a company name. So on my way home, I was thinking and thinking about a name between my mind swirling with all the information that I had gathered from all the other sessions. I knew when it came to finding the name was one that reflected fantasy, for remember the only story that I had on my mind was The Raven Prophecy. Then I thought of Faerie then I thought of pages of a book. Well the only thing that I came to mind were the petals of a rose, and then what came was Faerie Rose Press. Then when I got home, I registered the name with the Secretary of States office and that was how Faerie Rose Press was born.

Then for Elderwood Publications, the name and the creation was a different story. Elderwood Publications came from the idea Paper comes from trees and trees can be elders. Then there was the continuation of that idea that stories, usually ones that are well known and told over and over again are older and are classic. Therefore, I wanted a name that represented that idea, so I maintained the word Elder in the name. The wood part of the name comes from trees usually are found in the woods, or woodland areas. It is also a continuation of fantasy for most fantasy stories in some way or another are set in the forest. It might seem a bit overrated or unappealing.

But that is how the name Elderwood came together, and that’s how Elderwood Publications was born. It was also born from the idea that not every story that I write is going to be considered as fantasy so I needed something that was going to work for other genres of fiction. Granted, this was also put out after I had written the first draft of The Ravages of Time.

Now let’s fast-forward from all of that to a couple of days ago when I was attending the Write.Market.Publish.Sell! Conference. While I was at the conference, I had a one on one session with an already published writer to seek advice and to ask questions about things that deal with writing and where I see myself and my writing going. She agreed with everything that I had to say and how I was doing. However, there was one thing that I needed to do and that was create a parent company for Faerie Rose Press and Elderwood Publications. The reason for this was that I have stated that Faerie Rose Press is only for fantasy works and Elderwood Publications is for other genres of fiction, then I need to have a parent company over the two of them.

Also I found out that my wording of division was also wrong term, for it is called imprint. I have also started changing the wording on some of my business documentation to show that it is no longer referred to as division and more as an imprint.

Therefore, as I was thinking about the information that I received, I thought of a name that I have used before as an alias on games and for a while it was my persona back when MySpace was a thing. I have used it on a couple of my email addresses. It’s a name that I have wanted to grow and at one point I thought that if I was to have a business empire it would be used. It might be silly but as dreamers, and creators we dream big and leave nothing out. I’ve grown from those days, as well, but I have not given up on my dreams. Therefore, the parent company that I am using for both Faerie Rose Press and Elderwood Publications is (drum roll please…) Moonspinner3 Books.

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Moonspinner3 Books is a continuation of what I have always wanted to create from Faerie Rose Press and Eldwrood Publications. Writing takes magic, imagination and creativity. Through this message we also create, write, grow and inspire. We want to continue writing and helping writers.  Please, understand that Faerie Rose Press as it is today is not changing. This website is still going to be under Faerie Rose Press, all contact information is not changing.

I hope that you will continue with me on this journey and continue with our main mission of create, write, grow and inspire. But mostly we grow with the information that we gain and share with others. This is also in part of what I have stated from the beginning, in that we make adjustments and we grow and learn from the adjustments that we make. I hope that you have a great writing day until next time.

 

 

 

 

Fight for your Write

I know the last few posts have all been about writers conferences, so I thought that today I would do something a little bit different, and talk about the bic pen company’s latest campaign, Fight for your Write.

The Fight for your Write campaign is all about saving hand writing and to let children know about the joys and benefits that come from handwriting. As I writer, I totally agree with their mission especially after looking at some of the facts that they list on their website.  The two that stood out to me the most is that only 12% of teachers in the United States took a college course on how to teach handwriting, and the other is that 33% of college students are unprepared to write a college level. Granted there is a third and this some is really shocking, and that is 75% of American students from grades 4-12 are writing below their respective grade level on national exams.

Granted, the bigger force at work on this issue is that schools are getting away from teaching cursive handwriting, but why? I mean cursive can be beautiful when it is done patiently and thoughtfully. Yes, there is something to be said for print hand writing as well, but cursive makes you pay attention to very detail that goes into it each letter. I remember being a young child and looking at cursive writing and I couldn’t wait to learn, which was in the fourth grade.

Nowadays that isn’t the case. Why? The answer that comes up on this issue is that it takes too much time and energy. But if the art of handwriting goes away then so does the way of the pen. I know that writing on keyboards are paving the way for technology to become our children’s futures but isn’t that part of a bigger issue as well? Granted, I enjoy being on the computer, although, holding that pen or pencil for the first time is an extraordinary thing when you see what can be done with the art of writing.

Yes, I signed the petition and the reason for that is that for most of us growing up our first pens and pencils came from bic. Not Papermate, not some other company but bic. Yes, there are some that might say that bic is trying to save their company from bankcruptcy if the pen goes away, but I think that there is more too it.

I think that when we use the pen, our brain is set free because let’s all face it for without having that pen or pencil put in our hands we wouldn’t have wanted to become writers. Part of bic’s campaign they are stating that handwriting can make better readers, boost confidence and creativity. I agree with this but I will also say that it will make us want to dream for better futures.

If you agree with this campaign, then please, support the cause and sign their pledge.

Take a Ways from Going to Conferences

As you all know by now, yesterday I was at the Write.Market.Publish.Sell! Writer’s Conference. I learned so much that my head was swirling with information overall but I had a blast learning and getting new ideas for how to work and improve my writing. While there are things that I already knew and was reassured that I was on the right path with it, there were some things that I never knew before and that is also great also.

There are so much that we as writers need to know and keep an eye and ear to even when we are working steadily on our current projects. That is the greatest part of going to conferences is that you learn so much and you get to talk to other writers published and aspiring as well. If I haven’t said it before, I will say it now, there is a lot going on in the writing world that some times it can be overwhelming. But that is also part of what comes along when you think about the tech world and the changes that occur all the time with new technologies and devices that come to play. Getting back to be overwhelming as a new writer and that is one reason why you need to take it in on your own pace. While at the same time you need to find some one that can help steer in the right direction and help you understand what is currently going on.

One of the biggest take away that I gained from the conference is that we need to help each other and not try to destroy each other. As indie writers, we are a larger community than the community that the traditional publishers are looking for. Let’s put it this way the traditional publishing world has not changed or grown, while the world of self-publishing has grown by at least 250% in the last few years. Yes, there are stigmas that come with self-publishing but if we can put out great products (books and swag) then we can just be as successful as the traditional publishers. Granted, self-publishing companies are going out of business all the time due to not having the right resources or guidance on how to do things. However, if we can overcome these hurtles then we can succeed for years to come. I will also say that at the same that self-publishing companies are going out of business, traditional publishers are also laying off good people that can do wonders for the publishing world and they are being picked up by the hybrid publishing companies or even the vanity presses.

Granted, there is good to bad to each of these options but it is part of our community and the world of writing and we have to embrace them rather than fight them for there are companies out there that want to help writers. We just have to decided how are we going to go down the path that is right for us. Does this mean that I’m giving up Faerie Rose Press or Elderwood Publications? No. Not in the least. I have some more things to think about but that is what happens after going to a conference. Is that you learn, and adapt, just like anything other information that you receive.

Just keep in mind when we receive information, we take it in, we think about, then we process it and go worth and produce what we can from that information. This is one of the reasons why I love conferences for you get new ideas and help when you get stuck on an idea. I hope that is what you do with the information that I share with all of you.

 

Conference News…

The registration for the Castle Rock Writer’s Conference for this years has opened. If you are interested in attending the event, go to http://castlerockwriters.com/conference-basics-2018/. I’m so looking forward to attending this conference for a fourth time.

Also I’m currently at the Write.Market.Publish.Sell! Conference and I’m learning a lot and I hope to share some of the insights that I’m gaining with all of you in the very near future. Also while I’ve been attending this conference, I’ve learned of another writing conference here in Colorado. There’s a group called, “Writers on the Rock.” Their conference will be held on February 23, 2019. So there is something to look forward to for next year. If you are interested in this future event also check out their website.

So that is all for conference news, now on to the fun part the writing. The Raven Prophecy is going well and still a work in progress. But gosh darn it, a new story idea has popped onto the scene. I’m feeling energized about this new story and excited for things to come. Well, I have to get back to the conference and that means that I’ll talk to you later.

 

 

 

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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