How I wrote a book...
Updated: Feb 27, 2018
Let me tell you a story. Almost two years ago, I wrote a YA fiction book. Around 49,000 words, no, I can tell you exactly how many, hold on a sec.
Okay, so I was wrong. 41,200 words. This book contained my heart. I've never worked on anything like that in my life. The characters I created were woven into my being. I knew them. The emotions I felt when I thought about their story, what they were going to go through. The tragedy, the love. Oh! Yea, well, I can't feel it anymore.
After having my book critiqued by some other Goodreads authors I was crushed. How could they say those things? Part of me knew they were somewhat right. The other part of me felt like they enjoyed, took real pleasure in, desecrating my soul.
It wasn't that bad. I just took it bad. Putting it on a shelf after I sat in front of my laptop day after day, opening and closing my Scrivener software, I realized I had no idea how to change my book. Being so emotionally invested blinded me to any ingenuity it would take to improve on an already great idea.
Fast forward through most of 2016, everyone wants this to happen when remembering 2016, this urge came over me to get it back out again. With a fresh set of eyes I started to go over my story. It kinda sucked. I still liked the concept and the characters but, my writing needed help.
What I decided was, structure. Structure would give me the guidelines I needed to learn to be a better writer. My Pinterest board had 232 pins from other writers. Surely this would be a segway to an epiphany. All of the articles, blogs and charts confused me after a while. Too many opinions. The proverb: 'wisdom in a multitude of counselors' has a limit to it.
This is my journey to writing my first book. I won't be alone this time. As if the heavens opened, I believe in my case they did, the help needed dropped in my lap on Dec. 6th.
Kary Oberbrunner was giving away a grand prize publishing deal at the launch party of his new book, The Elixir Project. That's right. They called my name and AuthorAcademyElite.com burst on the scene. Here's a clip of that amazing moment that rocked my world forever:
I still love watching it! Joel, Kary and Renee are all amazing people. At the Igniting Souls Conference I got the opportunity to meet them all.
I've been with them for 14 months now. It is a fast growing company. Word of mouth has served them well. Here's a link for a free 7 day mini course on how to write your own book.
Access to weekly coaching calls, an amazing staff that can answer questions, guide me to editors, obtain UPC's, ISBN's, an LCCN, cover designers, ebook formatting. I not alone trying to decide who, what and where to get help from or hire. They've already been vetted for me. And I keep all the rights to my book. Which was a big deal for me. I didn't want to do traditional publishing and potentially give all my rights away.
Hop on over to my Author Page for the link to buy my first book, Final Sanctuary. It's the first in a series with book two coming out in late 2018.
Have to thank the man upstairs for this one.