JQM Literary Chat Welcomes D.L. Blade
The third book of A Series of Unfortunate Events starts off with the the children being taken to another relation. I don’t think the children would have been well off with Aunt Josephine. She did not seem well suited to children, and her home felt rather uncomfortable to me. Not to say that I don’t think the orphaned Baudelaire children could have been happy with her. On the contrary, I honestly believe that the children would have been able to find happiness in even the most dreadful of circumstances.
I think it was by this time in the book that I noticed that something bigger was happening in the series, and that Lemony Snicket was in fact a character in the story, not just the author, and I was sucked into the story. I kept trying to guess who Lemony was, if the children knew him, and what his part in the story was.
Such a wonderful story, and I look forward to sharing it with my kids.
So this is a topic that is near and dear to my heart, and brings a tear to my eye every time I think of it.
I love my Author Friends. I am so grateful to them for all their help and support.
I have not had to spend a single penny to publish any of my self-published works.
I have bartered services with friends for editing, teasers, book covers, and formatting. I will be the first to admit that the editing on my self-published titles are not the best. But, I will equally be the first to say my covers are as eye catching as anyone else’s.
One thing I have done on my own every time is create my own book descriptions. That is one failing I will own. I am working on improving my copyrighting, but it is still not that great.
But, my community helps me with that, too. I draw on the strength and prowess and support of my fellow authors almost daily.
I am a bit of a Star Wars Geek, can you tell?
To many today is Cinco de Mayo. Yeah, and to all you who celebrate that holiday, may you have a great day. But to me, it is the birthday of my Uncle. Many Happy Returns Uncle! I love you (even though I really doubt he’ll see this.)
Anyway, the Month of May is the month we are talking about Publishing on Burning Embers blog, so it is on my mind to talk about here as well. As a hybrid author, meaning I have a traditional publisher (Cosby Media Productions) and I self publish some things, and I am part of a couple self-published anthologies. So unlike last month, (editing) I actually know a few things about publishing.
So let’s talk publishing.
First thing, NOT EVERY BOOK YOU WRITE IS THE RIGHT FIT FOR EVERY PUBLISHER.
Some authors are lucky and they can publish with just one publisher their entire career. And that works for them, and that works for their publisher. If that is not you, no worries.
Let’s start off with what type of publishers there are.
There are the traditional publishers. The Big 5 in New York City, Cosby Media Productions, and the like.
Then there are the self-publishers.
Then there are Vanity Presses, which as far as I understand it, Vanity Presses are a one stop shop for a self-published title where you pay the Vanity Press, and they do everything for you, instead of you shopping around for an editor(s), cover designer, formatting, and you having to upload your book to whatever book distributor you choose.
Throughout the month I will go into greater detail about each option, and why you may want or not want to choose it for your individual project.
But before we can talk about publishing, you need a story to tell. Do you have a story to share? I would love to learn more about it!
Comment below on either what you are thinking of writing, or for you experienced authors, your current WIP!
Oh, on the note of WIP, which means Work In Progress, I am still working on my Christian or Fantasy Thriller, whatever type of Thriller it becomes, but even more exciting, I just signed up to ARC read a new book from Tessonja Odette, that genius who brought me “Twisting Minds” earlier this year. So excited to see what she has in store next.
This book was a fantastic follow-up to The Bad Beginning. After the unfortunate events with Count Olaf, the children are sent to live with their Uncle Monty.
And that is where this great adventure begins. I really loved Uncle Monty, I thought he was a great character! he cared for the kids, he was passionate about his reptiles, and he was a great joker. The Incredibly Deadly Viper was a perfect name for such a fantastic pet and companion for Sunny. I really think the kids could have had a wonderful life with Uncle Monty, but as the name of the series implies . . .
My niece recommended this series to me, so I went to the library, and picked it up.
I must say, I am most grateful she did recommend the series to me, because it was a wonderful series.
But, this post is not about the series, it is about Book 1, The Bad Beginning.
I greatly enjoyed Book 1. It was a great way to start the series off. I felt bad for the children, then I felt worse, and was glad that the story ended with a touch of hope when the children were saved from Count Olaf.