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“Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That”

It’s April 16th…we’re half-way there!

 

Half way through April 2018’s Camp NaNo that is.

One of the most common complaints I hear when talking to people about NaNoWriMo, is there isn’t enough time in the day to bang out 1667 (if you’re shooting for a 50K word draft in 30 days) words. Having done it now five or six times, I can tell you that it can be done. It “ain’t” always easy, but it can be done.

Here are three of my go to strategies to put some words to page in the midst of having a life.

One – Old school pen and paper.

I carry around a pen and a spiral bound notebook (of varying sizes) every where I go. I then jot down a few sentences here and there as time allows. You’d be surprised at how many words you can scribble out while stopped at a stop light :-).

Two – Write during commercials or as the next episode is ‘buffering’ on Netflix.

Any break in action while I’m vegg…um, procrastin…I mean, while I’m enjoying some much deserved down time watching a favorite TV show (or 12), can be used to add to my day’s word count.

Three – Swap the time it takes to do a non-critical chore for writing time.

If I can put off doing laundry for a day or there really aren’t that many dirty dishes in the sink, then I take the time it would have taken to do those tasks and I write instead. This provides me with the biggest chunk of time in the day to get some words down. I set a timer and then write until it goes off. After that, I put my draft away and go on with the next task on my to-do list.

NaNoWriMo, in all its variations, need not be seen as an ultra marathon of endurance where you lock yourself away churning out words hours upon hours each day. Instead, think of it as a successful round of sprints, completed each day that bring you closer and closer to your word goal. I promise, if you do, you’ll find yourself at the finish line, completed draft in hand and a NaNo Winner’s Badge ready for proud display on your wall.


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I’m Curious…

about your lovin’…

HA…no, sorry. I’ve got song lyrics on the brain this morning.

I am curious, but not about your romantic side. No, this morning, I’m doing a little market research. You see, I’m coming up on my 10 year anniversary of being in business and, well, in case it wasn’t obvious, up to now, I’ve not been as business-y as I’d like to be.

In order to take my offerings to the next level, I’m wanting to know what it is potential clients want…you know, what they (you see where I’m going right?)…really, really, want.

HA!! Man, that still cracks me up.

Anyway, whew. For real, if you’ve ever wanted to be a published author,

A. did you want to do it yourself,

B. contract with a publishing company, or

C. both?

If you answered  A or C, then please, click HERE and take a couple of minutes to answer five quick questions for me.  This isn’t click bait – there won’t be any email gathering, no spamming you with newsletters and such.

I want to make my next 10 years in business my best and I can only do that by providing clients with services that actually meet their needs.

So thank you in advance for helping me. I now return you to your regularly scheduled day.

Nowata Press Client Profile: W. Owens

We’ve worked with over 75 people so far in workshops and one-on-ones. We’ve had three who chose us to help turn their publishing dreams into reality. We’d like to introduce to one of them. Ms. W. Owens, the first client we had to follow our program, From Blank Page to Published in Six Months or Less! 

Tell a little about your background.

After graduating in 1998 from Aurora Central High school, I attended Metropolitan State College of Denver for four years, studying Business Administration and Computer Information Systems. In 2007, I attended the Institute of Children’s Literature and focused on Children’s Short Stories, obtaining a certificate.

What drew you to writing?

Writing became an outlet for me. Because of the hostile environment during my parent’s separation when I was in middle school, and the constant moving around, the friends I had became pretty scarce. They didn’t know what I was going through and I was too shy to speak of it. So, I began to write in journals as if I were talking to a best friend. I still remember imagining someone sitting in front of me as I explained my day. My sister was three years younger than me and though I knew she understood most of what had been going on, I felt like I could express all my feelings down, no holds barred if you will. I was 14 and felt like the paper was the friend that would always be there.

What genre do you write and what led you in that direction?

I read all genres but suspense and drama are typically the ones that stick in my head the most when I paint a story. I love plot twists, and the ‘what would you do’ scenarios; the stories that make you question all the time.

What is your writing process? Do you write every day? If so, for how long?

I have tried all sorts of ways to begin a project, from waiting until the house is asleep, (night owl hours lasting until 4am) to having scraps of paper and notebooks all over the place every time a thought comes through my head. Lately, when I start, I think about if this is a project I want to be aggressive with and complete quickly, or take my time with no set end date. In the beginning of my work, I normally write everyday for an hour or two. It then dwindles once I get my draft done as I’m cleaning up the work and rearranging, filling in gaps of context.

How do you manage writing with the rest of your life / roles and responsibilities?

I set a manageable timeline of completion based on what is going on personally (kids’ practices, work, other projects). I have found lately that my best time to write is at work on my lunch break. When I’m in the zone, I take my laptop every day to work, get a half hour to an hour in and then spend about that same amount of time once I get home writing. In just that short amount of time in the day I can get pages completed, especially when a full scene is playing out like movie in my mind. My husband and kids know when ‘Mamas writing’ and tend to not really bother me, however, as a mom, there are tons of distractions at home.

Since you’ve dedicated yourself to writing, what is the best advice you’ve ever received from another writer?

The best advice I have ever received was to ‘just write’. “Don’t think about formatting and spelling and placement, just write. Your first draft is supposed to be ugly, just write.” 😊 (Thanks Dana – Nowata Press)

Is this your first book? How long did it take you to get your first book finished? How did you feel once it was complete / published / in your hands?

This is my third book. My first book took six months to complete, which people that I talked to thought I was crazy, but I wanted to see if I could do it, and I did. I felt so overwhelmed with excitement because I stuck to what I wanted and didn’t give up when I felt discouraged or came to a roadblock. When that book was in my hands for the first time, I thought about how I accomplished another chapter in my life. Also, that my boys could see what hard work and determination can give you.

What qualities do you believe a writer must possess to be successful?

I think all writers need to have that drive, that vision to want to paint a picture, a masterpiece. One that is vivid and beautiful and tells a story. There’s a difference between reading a story and telling a story, if you can distinguish that, you are on your way.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers who want to self-publish?

Research and talk to people. You never know who has information that may be beneficial if you don’t inquire. There are so many workshops out there that writers don’t know about that help with self-publishing its unbelievable. I’m still finding new outlets to help myself and I can’t tell you how much its guided me. I learn something new all the time, whether big or small.

How much time have you invested in learning how to market your works and what has and hasn’t worked for you so far?

I have invested a day or two a month which is way less than what I initially wanted but some things have shifted in my personal life which will allow me to dedicate more time (once a week) to marketing. I have had book launch parties that have been successful and I have also reached out to local bookstores for exposure. My website hasn’t done that much as far as sales but I believe its due to not putting a lot of time into really throwing the site out there (social media, word of mouth)

Are there one or two writing books that you recommend over all others?

How to Write and Publish in 6 Months* is my number one go to reference anytime I began new work. Even when I plan to take my time on writing, it still guides me, structure to completion.

What are you working on now?

I’m excited to say that I am currently working on my third book, which is a sequel to the very first book I self-published, In Safe Arms. I have had a good amount of people ask after my first book when the sequel would come out that was the encouragement I needed that I did something that consumers want to read.

What are you most proud of when it comes to your writing?

I’m mostly proud that I can write what I see. What I mean is that I imagine a scene and literally write it down vividly then have someone come to me and say, “Wow, I could see all that I read in my mind. Like I’m watching a movie.”

How can readers and other writers reach you?

Facebook : Willmetta Owens
Via Email at: wowensw6@gmail.com

What is one thing you would like us to know about you and your writing?

I’m always reading or listening to an audiobook, almost constantly. Lately, I’ve been straying off of my regular go-to authors and finding new ones. This is happening even when I’m writing my own. Keeps my mind fresh with ideas and I find myself a lot of times rewriting a scene in my mind that I read or heard.

Paperback Books Available at: Fantabulous Words at Square Marketplace                E-Version of Naomi’s Tide Available on: Amazon, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble dot Com

It was a pleasure working with Ms. Owens and sharing in her excitement. Be on the lookout for our reviews of her first two books.

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Thank you.

A lovely post by Milly Schmidt – Nine ways to cope with rejection.

Rejection from agents and publishers that is, not from that guy you’ve had a crush on for years. Although, while we’re on that topic, if you’re looking for advice on how to cope with unrequited love, public humiliations and silent stalemates, I’m your girl! But let’s put all that aside, because today, it’s all about the query. […]

via Nine ways to cope with rejection — Milly Schmidt

Registration is now OPEN!

ATL based writers, now’s a good time to get in on Nowata Press’ premier workshop, From Blank Page to Published (normally $300). Through our partnership with the Marietta Community School, we’re offering our signature program at a deep discount – just $69 for six weeks of tips, tools, tricks, and resources (not to mention structured writing time) that will take your ‘novel’ idea from start to published.

From Blank Page to Published
Step-by-step process on how to go from blank page to self-published in 6 months. Or, if you’re like me, maybe a few months more. Hi, I’m Dana Ellington, owner and principal author with Nowata Press Publishing and Consulting. Join me as I partner with Marietta Community School to offer my 6 week coaching package (normally $300), to new writers. This program is great for writers of any genre, ages 16 and up. Learn all the tools I’ve used to successfully produce and publish my own work since 2008. Join us for the tips, tricks, and tools you’ll need to write, edit, and publish a full-length novel by the end of this year.

COURSE #: W18284 FEE: $ 69
Location: 368 Wright Street Marietta, GA 30064
7:00pm-8:00pm (Jan 16-Mar 6) (7 Tue) Skipping 2/20


Also this year, we’re introducing a new program, Getting the Word out – Marketing 101.

Getting the Word Out – Indie Book Marketing 101
You’ve written your first ever novel…now what? Join me, Dana Ellington – self-published indie author since 2008; owner of Nowata Press Publishing & Consulting – as I walk you through a simple Marketing Plan you can begin using immediately to build buzz around your upcoming book release. Most of the techniques are free to very low-cost and work with the technology you already have and are suitable for anyone who is ready to launch their journey toward national best seller status.

COURSE #: W18283 FEE: $ 69
Location: 368 Wright Street Marietta, GA 30064
7:00pm-8:00pm (Jan 18-Mar 8) (7 Thu) Skipping 2/22


Click the highlighted course titles above to register.

Let’s get published!

We Can Help You Turn Your ‘Messy’ NaNo Draft into a Published Work of Art

Whew! Did you cross the finish line with 50,000 words or more, or did you find yourself hitting the wall around 30,000 and calling it a day? Say you barely did 10K words before the desire just wasn’t there?

No worries. Nowata Press is here to help you get from blank page (or where ever you find yourself after NaNo) to published.

Let’s schedule your free, one hour consultation.  There we’ll answer your questions on how we can best help you achieve your writing and publishing goals.

In Support of an Indie Author (and a book series we love)

Echo 1 is FREE for five days, and Echo 2 & 3 are $0.99 for seven days! Tell your family and friends! 😀 (I’ll be publishing a variant of this message morning and afternoon until 11/16 when the sale ends, so I apologize if it gets a little repetitive). Get Echo Vol. 1 on Kindle here: Vol. […]

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Announcement: Cobb County (Marietta, GA) Library Book Sale. Oct. 27 – 29th.

 

 

Cobb County Library Monthly Newsletter
October 2017

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New Location for Book Sale: Cobb Civic Center

Cobb County Public Library’s semi-annual 2017 Fall Book Sale is October 27-29 at the Cobb County Civic Center, 548 South Marietta Parkway SE, Marietta 30060.

The Book Sale features donated hardback and paperback books, DVDs, CDs and more. Sales categories include novels, picture books, travel, biography, science and other topics for all ages and reading levels. Prices vary from ten cents to $4.

Sale hours are Friday and Saturday, October 27-28, 9 am to 5 pm; and Sunday, October 29, 1 pm to 5 pm. You can RSVP here!

Cobb library book sale events are among the largest in Georgia and attract people from throughout the Atlanta region and beyond. Previously staged at Jim R. Miller Park, the event has been moved as construction is underway at the park facility.

For more information on the Book Sale, visit www.cobbcat.org/booksale or call Jonathan McKeown at (770) 528-2332.

 

 

Psychologies Magazine: Novel-Writing Competition

For our UK based readers (writers) – you may want to check this out if you haven’t already. John, I’m looking at you!  🙂

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The latest issue of Psychologies magazine has a novel writing competition for UK residents, aged over 18, with a £5000 e-book publishing deal – and possibly representation too, by literary agents David Higham Associates– up for grabs, IF (and it’s a big IF) you have a previously-unpublished psychological thriller or crime novel* finished by the closing date of 6th October 2017.

You ‘only’ have to submit the first 5000 words of the novel, plus a 1000-word synopsis by that date but it’s a condition of entry that the novel (75,000 – 130,000 words) is complete when you enter. The longlisted and shortlisted entrants will be required to send in their complete novels.

Have a look at the full details and rules here, if you think you might like to enter.

NB: you need an entry form from the magazine, so you’ll either need to hot-foot it out to…

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