Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links

Pride, Faith, EnjoymentWow, what a week.

I said I’d never use a pen name, but I broke that vow. I’m now working on my second book for a company. I can’t talk a lot about it; I’m essentially ghost-writing, although I will market for those books when they’re released. The cool thing is, I’m managing to average 5,000 words a day for them while still having time to work on my own projects. I’m currently preparing to release a novella and have another in the final editing stage. Covers for both are done; it’s a matter of finishing touches and promo materials at this point.

The most exciting thing, though, is that Story Empire (a blog I write for with five other authors) made Positive Writer’s 2018 Top Fifty List. We’re all really excited to have come so far in so short a time. Our blog isn’t even two years old yet! It’s an honor to have been nominated, let alone to have made the cut. And when you check out the list (and I encourage you to do so; there are great resources on it), I’m sure you’ll recognize many if not all of the names. Like I said, it’s quite an honor, and we’re all super-thrilled.

I chose this quote today because I feel like I have come a long way, and I’m proud of that fact. I also have a long way to go, and I’m looking forward to the process. As such, I thought Michael Josephson’s words were more than fitting.

What about you? Do you take the time to celebrate your victories, or do you just write it off as luck and move on to the next project? I admit, I’ve had low-confidence days and have questioned my successes. This week, though, I’m looking through my rose-colored glasses and taking the win. I hope you do the same. Let’s talk about it.

As always, wishing you productivity and balance.

And now, this week’s links:

Posts by me, about my work, or at sites I contribute to:

Posts by others in the industry:

25 thoughts on “Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links

  1. Congratulations on all the great things you’re working on and accomplishing! Yay, you! This is my first week back to writing on a semi-normal schedule, since we finally wrapped up hurricane rebuilding a week ago. It feels GOOD to be productive, so I know how excited you must be to have all of these things coming together. And a special congrats on Story Empire’s success. When I am able to blog the way I most enjoy (which has also been on hold recently), that’s one I always look forward to checking, as well as your personal one. Keep on keepin’ on! You’re on a roll!! πŸ™‚ ❀

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  2. I’m beyond thrilled about Story Empire and the top writing blogs lists. What an honor to know our readers value the content we provide.

    You’re doing amazing things with your writing. And at 5K a day (plus more) you’re on fire! πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you. All of us at Story Empire are really excited. It’s a great team, and we all worked hard, but we couldn’t have done it without our readers. We’ve been truly blessed with a great following.

      I have to be careful about how much I say regarding the ghostwriting position. Contractually, I don’t own the rights to the pen name or the titles. I’m writing with a different identity for a publishing company who has several imprints. I started in the romance line (which would be the logical fit, given my current body of published work). I wrote an 80,000-word draft in 16 days, which they loved. But the story is a cross-genre piece that’s hard to pigeon-hole, and therefore, hard to market. And my latest interests are leaning away from romance and into darker genres, so they moved me to a different line. It’s day five for me, and I’m almost at 25,000 words. (I’ll be there before the day ends.) I think the new position is a better fit. Sorry to speak in generalities, but I don’t want to violate the terms of the agreement. But I’ll have further updates as release dates approach.

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    • I’ve come a long way since I started, but it’s barely a step considering how far I want to go. I’ve decided to (try to) stop worrying so much and try to just enjoy the process. Writing should be a fun adventure, or it’s not worth doing. I forgot that for a while. Trying to keep it front and center now.

      I’m thrilled about the award. We all worked hard for that, and we owe so much to our readers.

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