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How is my writing coming along? Hints of Work In Progress Manuscript!

Hey, how is going? You’re good? Are asking about how is my writing coming along?

Interestingly, I have queried to some publishing houses and literary agents recently. So far, not the win as for yet!

What I am grateful for in life, is that university taught me to listen to constructive feedback and sometimes criticism. Don’t get me wrong, I am still soft and need a bar of chocolate or ice cream tub to smooth the ache of rejection. In other words, I am human! And yes, I do love to hear feedback from anyone I wrote my submissions too. It means what I can do, to be better.

So what is my WIP about? Well I am not gonna give you over the Synopsis or anything too much. But I have hinted already on social media, through Instagram challenges and some playful PhotoShop of the NOT OFFICIAL Book Cover design I got inspired by! Here is the selected gallery, I have the lovely Instagram challenge back in February 2021 under the day “Interview MC”. I won’t give too much of the game away, the photos speak for themselves! However, if you ever fancied a good at joining in, check around Instagram as some accounts do offer a variety of challenges to have fun in. Also, I designed all of these photos through Canva! That too, was a fun afternoon to explore, as it gives me great ideas to build for marketing tools later on.

Okay, so I am visual person! And I browsing book covers, to see what other authors are doing. We all do at some point! And I could not resist Agatha and her Love Interest in their own, NOT OFFICIAL book cover, I PhotoShop together. Thank you Jade Lee and her book, Wedded in Sin. I chose to take influence due to the scandalous reveal of the lady’s leg. Why? Have you guessed what I am hinting at Agatha and her status in her physical form?

This is my PhotoShop design. Notice something about Miss Oakley’s leg?

So whilst I have queried on the bigger project, I am stumped in waiting and twiddling thumbs. So I am editing a few novellas I had a practice run of writing, and not sure if these too, will end up going into queries or to Self-Publish them…

All fun research to create Pro & Con lists in publication choices. What I will reveal, is that the novellas are all in the same universe, so definitely a series. The title for the series is yet to come to mind and influence the book titles of each novella. The genre for these are contemporary setting, in USA with characters in New Adult age group. To debut, or not to debut… for that is the cheesy influence reference of Hamlet, question.

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Razzle, Dazzle, Zazzle Merch!

Alright, so my Online Presence is not just socialising. I felt the need to build a brand up, so I went to Zazzle to make some Print-On-Demand products. And I loved them so much, that I made a Shop!

So what is Zazzle? Well it’s an online shop, that offers designers to print their designs onto a huge range of products. From Home Decor, Clothing range, Art Posters, Stationery, Electronics and more! As long as you got a good high resolution image, that fits to scale the product, you can do anything!

Now I went for the POD option, why? Cause I live in a Old Victorian Terrace House, that’s gorgeous but not much storage options. I would not fit a warehouse amount of products. Plus, testing products by purchasing them (maybe for prizes to competitions… maybe) I got the quality reassurance that these are beautiful made and printed my design well!

Badges!
Bookmarks!

Okay so I went over board on the amount of products I went for my first design. But my main purpose for this shop is to use for Book Cover Posters, bookmarks and cool merchandise quotes of my amazing characters!

Alright class, we gonna have a break! Hit the Like button, Comments are open for any questions or suggestions, or help each other out! The next blog post on this journey will be posted soon, so keep an eye out!

My Online Presence: web design with WordPress and Social Media

They advised that every writer needs a website. And granted, this may come before the actual first/debut book you’ll publish. So how have I done so far, and what have learnt?

First up is my experience in the past. Back at university, I learnt about web design and online social media platforms to increase my art portfolio. Guilty, I am an art major, not a literary or author bestseller major. It did teach me how to build up a website at least. And well…my art portfolio has been put on the shelf, for many reasons I won’t go into. So there is it, my previous experiences before this year on audience building as a writer.

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WordPress. Well, if you haven’t noticed it, this is on WordPress. I have used it before and spent a good six months building the page before launching to the world. My time was spent in designing, choice of colours (yeah I got new design after Graphic Designer friend feedback on the look) and of course, what the hell does someone put as a writer’s website?! That part would be what you can see on mine, have a click around with what I have added, categories and worked on as individuals pages. It’s a large subject to discuss so I may pin a future blog more specifically on my WordPress website.

Newsletters. Every website requires a Newsletter! Okay, so again whilst researching my Website Design, it also influenced my choice of signing up to create a Newsletter account. I went with MailerLite. Again, as this a part of my WordPress website building, I’ll have this added to a future blog post-to-do list!

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Next up! Twitter. This stuff was a pure accident to get going and flapping about on how to hashtag. I rushed my time out to set up my Twitter account. Connecting my writer’s Gmail account and website. All I can say is please research what hashtag you want to use and say. The downside for Twitter and dyslexic person, spelling error! They are just mean to not give me the right to edit a tweet I put out there! Still having a Twitter webpage to Plan a tweet through the schedule, that’s with a capital P to empathise the importance of Plan!

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Then there was the Facebook page. Eek! When I researched my website ideas, I knew I was gonna need one of these pages. But most I knew, and still do, is that writers already got their book out and published. I am still working on the community vibe here. So I won’t tell you how to be an expert here. I can safely say that I have built a Facebook page and there were not many complications to working the platform.

Instagram. This one out of the three was the easygoing platform for visual ideas, and building an online presence for me. That, and the fact my cats already have their own Instagram page. Yes, before you get confused. When coming up with a Writer’s Pen Name, I yelled my cats’ names together when they got crazy playing cat and mouse. Three days saying the name out loud, and it stuck! So I knew what I already was getting myself in for with my writer’s Instagram account, in demands for photos than posting text. And I worked my way around hashtags and following accounts. Now Facebook and Instagram are intertwined together, so I have discovered Creator Studio, so I can schedule not only my posts separately but linking both accounts together. Don’t ask me how I did, the tech-ie on connecting! That was a challenge for me if I am honest.

LinkTree. Ooohh, I love this concept! So many links and online presence, to make a list of them on Bio to get more people to see them. Yet this beauty! I thank the Twitter writers that I follow for giving me this knowledge, my LinkTree.

Finally, though doubt it’s my last social platform building. Pinterest. Simple, and the reason why I love it. I can create boards to build Visualisation. Both for myself as a writer and my aesthetics to my working novel. Let me explain. Most people are visual learners since leaving school…or still in school. Visualising a scene or character can bring them to life! As it is my most recent social media platform, again I cannot quote technical experts set up. Then again, I am not an expert in web design either.

I hoped you have enjoyed another reading in-between your own novel writing. I’ll add a comment section, share your thoughts on anything that you enjoy or dislike about these online platforms and presence to help each other out.