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The Journey and Process to Self Publishing.

My Journey and Process Writing the Electric Series.

It is difficult to believe that it has been 10 weeks since Book 6, The Finale of my Electric series has been published.

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Sales are good and the reviews are still coming.

This has been a spectacular journey spanning the last three years.

Starting on Facebook in March of 2014 I developed my platform across all social media six months before publication in late September and early October, publishing each book, a week apart, has proven to be quite successful. Ideally, an author would want to have all their promotional items made before publication, some suggests, two years before you publish. I made it up as I went along, creating this website in July that same year trying to attract readers.  I had a release party, after some reviews of the three book series came in, with 33 authors from around the world, in November, that lasted three days. You can learn more here in an Article by fellow Author Graham Watkins.  After the holidays I started to write and publish books, 4, 5 and 6 the following years! I just came up on my three year anniversary since I started this and all six books are finally out! This article will examine the process of how it all came about. Enjoy a snippet of book 1:

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In Book 1, the reader is introduced to an average American family. I wrote this for posterity and tried to stay true to the trials and tribulations that raising a family entails. I added for enhancement of the storyline a stalker and many clues to upcoming events to see what might transpire. Here are some reader responses:

In book 2, the reader gets a deeper glimpse that all is not as it seems, giving heed to the old adage that you can take the ten people you admire most in the world and put their problems in a bag and then switch bags with any one of them and you will always want your bag back. The reader learns more about the main character, Gina, as she begins to stumble.

Here is how some of my readers reacted to Book 2:

Considering cameras are in everyone’s hands and installed at almost every traffic light, bank, parking lot etc… and our society has become filled with exhibitionist, posting and tweeting every event in their lives across all social media and with the popularity of reality television shows, we have all become voyeuristic in nature too. So I decided to add the voyeuristic piece to the storyline. In book 3, stunning new developments are revealed and the story reaches a crisis of epic proportions with two characters dead and a cliff hanger as to how and why! Enjoy an excerpt from book 2.

Here are how some of my readers reacted in their reviews:

I had these three books written at the beginning of my journey. Originally, that was going to be the end, but at the last minute I decided to end with a cliff hanger and flush out more from these characters. I announced that I was writing a forth book in the series and got to work immediately. In the following year, 2015, I made book 1 free, which made me a best selling author on Amazon, and decided to combined all three books at a discounted rate. Learn more here.

I considered my readers and their reactions, and they were always at the forefront of my mind while creating book 4! Here the reader is introduced to an afterlife that I created with influences of Albert Brooks, from his movie, Defending Your Life and Rebecca Rosen’s book, Awakening the Spirit Within. With a rise in popularity of television shows like, John Edwards, and The Long Island Medium, I went to town to imagine and create what the afterlife might be like, with many messages and a lot of heartfelt meaning. I published book 4 in April of 2015, and here is an excerpt.

 And here is how some of my readers reacted to book 4:

I left another cliff hanger and had to proceed. While learning the ins and outs of promoting on social media and especially on twitter, I had been confronted too many times with pornography. Sadly upon further investigation I was shocked and appalled at how women were either willingly or unwillingly portrayed. With all the fuss and popularity of E. L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey, I decided that I wanted to understand and delved into the BDSM scene in book 5, all while balancing, and deconstructing the aforementioned storyline. I published book 5 in 2016. Enjoy a short excerpt:

Here are some of the reactions of my readers:

Now I was presented with wrapping up the storyline and through many volatile happenings in my personal life, I forged ahead and completed the series in the beginning of 2017. Here is an excerpt from book 6:

And finally, here is how my readers reacted to book 6:

Publishing all three of the first books within weeks and the last three  books within a year and a half, I suggest having the series completed in advance and publish each book within a few weeks of each other as I seemed to have lost that initial excitement that I experienced with publishing the books  a few weeks apart. Each book can be read as a stand alone, but I am sure you will want to read every word.

One of my readers created movie posters as to how he saw the books. You can see Shadrach Del’Monte’s work here.

I am currently working on getting these books into paperback editions that should be out by the end of May 2017. I have decided to forgo using Roman Numerals as chapter headings in the 187 chapters work, choosing instead to use numbers for each book, for example in book 1, the chapters will be 1-1, 1-2 and so forth, in book 2, 2-1 and 2-2 all the way through the series that I think will look better for the print edition and be less confusing in general.

I am simultaneously working on a three book series of short stories: About Love, About Life and About Family due for publication starting, September 31st, through November 2017 and another series about women and their misunderstood witchy ways, working title, Rituals Lost, coming April through September, 2018!

I will have both series completed before publication, to try and grab onto that initial excitement that I experienced with the publications of the first three books.  Although the collection of short stories will not have any cliff hangers, there might be a story or two continuing on the character from my Electric series found within the collection along with poetry and some stories that were previous published in Literary Magazines that are no longer in print.

I will post about these new releases in the coming weeks and months ahead, sharing excerpts and book cover design ideas.

Before you go be sure to check out my goodreads reviews contained on this website I have read ten great books this year and you might like to learn more. Also feel free to look around my website for previous published articles with tips on social media as well as free chapters from the Electric series…

Thank you for your time and attention. Until next time, think about working a little bit each day toward your goal to bring about great achievement, not over night, but little by little, each day building something, to reach your authenticity. That is how I did it and will continue to flourish. No one is an over night success, it takes hard work and consistency to reach your goal in anything you want to accomplish.

Ya’all come back now, ya hear…there is more to discover.

Last Sneak Peek

If you haven’t yet, download Electric, The beginning, Book 1 to catch up on the fun of the series before Book 6 comes out on 2/1/2017!

As promised this is the last sneak peek or Tuesday Teaser before the release of my final book in the series. Continue reading Last Sneak Peek

Happy New Year 2017

Happy New Year!

Here, as promised, another chapter of Electric, The Finale, Book 6!

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CHAPTER CLXVIII

THE NEW YEAR

Gina walked into the living room, wearing her terrycloth robe and slippers with her hair up in a towel.

“Good morning beautiful! How did you sleep?” Don asked from the chaise lounge.

“Good!” Gina said, holding her shoulders down and throwing her arms out at chest level, she made a perfect pirouette, spinning three times in her clunky slippers, before Don interjected, “Whoa there, slow down!”

“I am just so happy, or at least I am trying to be!”

“Well, you should be.” Continue reading Happy New Year 2017

The 12 days of Christmas

I wrote a review of my favorite book, which turned out to be a not so humble brag. I have to admit that Simple Abundance, A daybook of Comfort and Joy, had a very profound affect on me and I just wanted to give Sarah Ban Breathnach a huge shout out, because her book changed my life.

You can find all Goodread book reviews on my website by clicking here.

Unfortunately, I am going to have to postpone the publication date of Electric, The Finale, Book 6 until February 1st, due to  conflicting schedules, and some extraordinary events that have made it impossible to publish by, January 1st.

I will however, publish another free chapter of Electric, The Finale, Book 6, on January 1st, to keep you going until the book comes out.

In keeping with the Simple Abundance Theme: I wanted to share my  12 days of Christmas, previous published on my Facebook Author page, that can be read anytime of year.

“On the first day of Christmas, I gave my true loves: The gift of my undivided attention.” Sarah Ban Breathnach Continue reading The 12 days of Christmas

Tuesday Teaser! Electric Book 6 part 2

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I wanted to take a moment from my writing schedule to drop off another Tuesday Teaser, from my WIP, Electric, The Finale, Book 6, Chapter 167 for those of you who are Roman Numeral challenged, aptly titled New Year’s Eve.

I must apologize for the formatting of this post. WordPress had a recent update and did away with the justify  and underlining options.

Justify gives writing a more polished and professional feel. I went to the trouble of trying to fix it by adding a plug in, to no avail. So here, my copy sits all unpolished.

Let me take this opportunity to wish all of you a very Happy and Healthy Holiday Season as well as a Prosperous New Year.

 

I am writing a feature on my Facebook author page if you are interested in reading my 12 days of Christmas, please click here and like the page while you are there. I consider it a gift to have all of you my readers supporting me. So Thank You so much for all of your support.

 

Please enjoy this passage from, Electric, The Finale, Book 6, Chapter 167:

CHAPTER CLXVII

NEW YEAR’S EVE

 

It was a cold 13-degree night with a 7-degree below zero wind chill factor as Gina climbed onto the helicopter to take a tour of the festivities in Time Square wearing her sparkling blue sequined Versace and full-length mink coat that Don surprised her with last night. Gina was able to beat Don with the four-move checkmate only twice before he caught on, but he still lost best three out of five before they called it a night. Continue reading Tuesday Teaser! Electric Book 6 part 2