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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*Nowata Press’ premiere writer’s workbook.


 

If you’ve decided it’s your turn to bring your writing dreams into reality, then click the services tab above and book your initial consultation with Nowata Press!

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

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.

NaNo!!! It’s Almost HERE!!!

Unlike Ms. Kara (Boho Berry on YouTube / owner of Boho Berry Paperie on Etsy), we here at Nowata Press aren’t that organized. We are aware that NaNoWriMo is practically right around the corner (22 days, YIKES), but the best we’ve come up with is that we will be participating.

At this point, we have no idea which one of the million plot bunnies we have hanging about the warren these days – one of which hopped up a couple of days ago with all the energy of a cartoon squirrel after drinking a can of Jolt cola – that we’ll be attempting to finish but I’m sure, much like we’ve done in years past, it’ll be November 3rd or so when we finally get it together and start putting words to page.

We’d like to maybe host a write-in or a fund raiser – we’ll keep you posted. Meanwhile, drop us a line, let us know if you’re going to participate this year and if you’re working your #Preptober magic.

We’ll be sitting here looking over the warren hoping one of these bunnies manages to sit still long enough to hold our attention.

Warren Peace
copied from blackandwhitepublishing.com

Happy Writing,

Nowata Press

Fall Print and Publishing Discounts at BookLogix

Nowata Press has been a loyal customer of BookLogix since our inception in 2008. We turn to them for all of our book manufacturing needs. Check them out, and if you decide to use their services, tell ’em Dana at Nowata Press sent you :-).

picWhat’s that? Say you haven’t written your book yet? Well then, hop on over to our Services page and let us help you get there.

Remember, getting new writers from blank page to published is why we’re here!

Happy Writing!

Nwata Press

The Writing of Other Worlds, some advice from an Editor. Take Heed!

Originally posted on Notes From The Slush Pile: So the new submission period for Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores is about to begin, and a substantial slush pile no doubt awaits. In my temporary role as Editorial Assistant, I no longer just read through stories and offer basic feedback to senior Editors on every aspect…

via For SF

AJC Decatur Book Festival 2017

Nowata Press is proud to announce our founder and principal author, Dana Ellington, will be included in the AJC Decatur Book Festival 2017 Emerging Authors tent.

Stop by to get your copy of her first two, full length novels, Hello Diva and Breaking Point.

Get the full festival details HERE.

Thank you!