Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Angela Answers August 2014: Writing, Books, and Other Terrible Things

Last month I celebrated my five year Twitter anniversary. Seriously. Five years ago I had all the time in the world to respond to every DM, email, Facebook message, and Goodreads comment. Of course, back then no one cared. These days I tremble at the thought of my Twitter inbox, I haven't checked my Facebook messages on my author page in months, and I had, as of this morning, 13,958 unread emails.

Many of my direct messages are requests to like various Facebook pages and buy books--I delete those. I do not auto DM and I do not like receiving them--the exception is a nice thank you--no strings attached. I still don't do it, but I won't publicly shame you for it either. The non offending messages tend to come in the form of questions. Lots and lots of questions. I'd love to be able to answer ever single one of them, but I'd probably have to give up writing, and like...showering. Smelly authors are not happy people, so here today I wrote a blog of Answers to some of the most asked, and most random questions. I made the questions jumbo sized, so non-writers can easily find the questions that pertain to them and can skip the rest.

Share with your friends. Click here to ask your own question. Put Angela Answers in the subject. Otherwise it will go in the toxic waste pile with the other things I'm avoiding.

Facebook Q: Will you finish writing my book for me? I've tried, but I just can't get the ending.

Answer: While I feel humbled you would trust your book baby to me, alas, I have time for zero extra projects. Sadly, in addition to serious scheduling conflicts I can't read any non-published manuscripts from people who are not with my publisher Green Envy Press. Not because I am a snob, but because we live in a crazy world and I don't want to have to defend myself or an author who publishes with me, from someone claiming we stole book ideas from them.

There are very few exceptions to this rule, and those are only made for people I have worked with in the past. Please don't ask for an exception, those people already know who they are...I think.

Twitter Q: How do I publish a novel?

Answer: I love Twitter, and I have worked really hard at making myself approachable there. I want to have relationships on social media, and I don't just use it as an info dump. But because of that, I tend to have many people new to the business ask me very basic, see nonspecific, questions as they don't know where else to turn. I always feel really bad when I don't have time to help these people. I'll be honest, it used to annoy me. I used to huff and think, you can use Twitter why can't you use Google? But now I understand there is simply too much information to get a handle without some guidance from someone you trust. Since you are trusting me I tend to get a very warm feeling in my insides.

Deciding what publishing path is right for you is a big step. For some people the path seems to choose you. For other people the decision is not so easy. Since the person didn't specify, I don't know if they were asking for traditional or indie (self publishing). So I am going to give a very basic, quick-step guide to both.

Steps to Traditional Publishing:
Write a fantastic book>>>put it down/or have other people read it>>edit, edit, edit>>>put it down/have other people read it>>edit, edit, edit>>>research appropriate agents/ publishers>>>read their rules and requirements>>write a fantastic query letter and send with any other requirements >>>WAIT>>>WAIT>>>WAIT>>>WAIT>>>WAIT>>> WAIT>>>WAIT>>>WAIT>>>WAIT>>>WAIT>>>WAIT>>>WAIT>>>WAIT>>>WAIT>>>WAIT>>>WAIT>>>WAIT>>>WAIT>>>WAIT>>>WAIT>>>WAIT>>>WAIT>>>WAIT>>>WAIT>>> Repeat OR GET LUCKY

Now, I could help you with your query letter, telling you which agents I think are awesome (hint they are ALL on Twitter) but let's be honest:

Steps to Indie or Self Publish:
So yeah, once upon a time I was really good at query letters and stuff like that. I once wrote a synopsis that a popular agent said was the best one they had ever read--seriously--a synopsis! I am almost embarrassed at the stuff I spent time getting good at five years ago.

I want to preface this by telling you, I do not hate and wish ill legacy publishers and the people who publish with them. I think traditional publishers and indies are perfect for each other, and I think people are starting to figure that out too. At least judging by the indie authors that are being snatched up recently.

That being said, I feel more qualified to give advice on indie publishing, because I run a publishing co-op; and that is where my success comes from. SO here you go!

Write a fantastic book>>>put it down/or have other people read it>>edit, edit, edit>>>put it down/have other people read it>>edit, edit, edit>>>acquire cover, editing, formatting, and for the LOVE OF GOD don't do this all yourself unless you know someone who is going to be really honest with you.>>Arrange marketing>>>HIT THE PUBLISH BUTTON>>market>>>WRITE ANOTHER BOOK.

Social media should probably go in there somewhere, and marketing? There is more to that than would fit in this blog post or ten others. I am actually going to publish a book marketing series for authors, the first of which, Twitter for Authors and Other Introverts, comes out later this year.

Twitter Q: When does your next book come out?

Answer: Funny question. I have had a lot of issues publishing books this year, moving cross country and mad phobias have kept me from moving forward on the next book I had planned to release. OCD has made it so I have had a hard time just skipping to the next book after that. (They are all written.) HOWEVER, I decided to move forward with the release of 23 1/2 Hours to Live, my first released NA Romance--and it is coming out later this month. More on that soon!

Goodreads Q: How many books have you sold?

Answer: What's weird is, I don't even know. I didn't start keeping good track until this year. It's in the thousands.

Twitter Q: How can I get as many Twitter followers as you?

Answer: Create good content, engage, and come up with creative ways to find new people you can relate too.

Facebook Q: How do I write books?

Answer: If you ask the roughly 5% of people who leave me absolutely scathing reviews, they would tell you I have no freaking idea and you shouldn't ask me. ;) My official answer is, one word at a time. I have been told many of my books read like poetry. For me, every syllable has a feeling attached to it, like music. Every word should be important even if it's just to cut, or burn, or strike. Every word should be the right word to make people feel, to spark something in a person one way or another way.

But if you are wanting to walk me through how to plot or come up with characters, you may as well ask me how do I bleed. I just do. Stories come to my mind completed, as they are, flaws and all.

OK I have 2 prizes I HAVE GOT to mail out this weekend, (I'm sorry) so I am going to have an awesome and short giveaway. For what? Well it's kind of a surprise! I am going to take a Flat Rate Box and shove it full of everything I need to survive the weekend. Minus food...maybe. I am willing to send it to anywhere in the US and it's territories, bases, etc.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Friend Alert! SNAPSHOTS Relaunch!

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Welcome to the SNAPSHOTS relaunch blitz!

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It's said the eyes are the windows to the soul, but that's a lie. They are snapshots of a time yet to come–the future of the person to which they belong.

Cyclop Blaine stands out in a crowd with his pale skin and mismatched eyes, but it’s his ability to see the future that really sets him apart. The unusual gift makes him an invaluable asset to Tyler, his adoptive father and leader of the Victory Street Gang. It also means Cyclop must hide what he can do from others. Once, a man he knew only as Master controlled him, using him for experiments. Cyclop has no desire to return to that life.

But he may have no choice. A man claiming ownership over him haunts his dreams and waking moments, leaving him no choice but to go back to the past he thought he had escaped. Cyclop must face this man, along with his past, if he wants to reveal his own future.

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Patricia Lynne never set out to become a writer. In fact, she never considered it an option during high school and college. But some stories are meant to be told and this one chose her. Patricia lives with her husband in Michigan, hopes one day to have what will resemble a small petting zoo and has a fondness for dying her hair the colors of the rainbow.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Even Weird Al has an opinion on The Oxford Comma

Looking for a serious blog post about my next releases? Check back Thursday night. Until then laugh out loud at Weird Al's Word Crimes--but for the love of God, no one check to see if I have committed any in this blog post ;)

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

COVER REVEAL! Pigments of My Imagination Second Edition + GIVEAWAY

I had always intended the original cover of Pigments of My Imagination to be a special edition cover--and the day finally came to change it. Here's the new one, what do you think?

The new paperback will  be available in a couple of weeks, replacing the HUGE special edition book. You can win one! Enter below for your chance at paperbacks and a $25 Amazon gift card.

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Friday, June 13, 2014

BOOKS ARE FOR FREAKS! Friday the 13th Ebook Sale!

So many awesome FREE and .99 ebooks--more than I can fit on one page! Check them out, then scroll to the bottom and enter the fab giveaways!
Did you win?
Raffle Copter was totally giving me fits on my phone last night.
The winner of the $65 Amazon Gift Card is Collen King
The winner of the ebook lot is Jenna DeVillier
I am super sorry if I misspelled your name, I did it by memory. Normally I'd just announce the winners through the widget but because the winner wasn't loading when I hit the button I originally selected like 40 winners by accident. I kept the first two, as that was what I was looking for. LOL

a Rafflecopter giveaway Want to trade in a pile of books you don't read for new fangled ebooks? Amazon has a way to do that.

Monday, June 9, 2014

AUTHORS:: SIGN UP FOR THE Friday the 13th "BOOK ARE FOR FREAKS" ebook sale.

It's been a while since I have had a book sale on the blog. Moving messes with everything. If you have done one before, this should be easy for you--not much has changed. Except for maybe my reach.

So here's the deal.

Are you an author that has an ebook(s) you would like to sell for .99 or less Friday the 13th- Sunday 15th? GREAT, because I am having a sale here and you are invited!

So how does the sale work?

For sale participants, there is hardly any work involved at all! You have to fill out this form, and make sure all the books you want listed are on Amazon and are .99 or less before 11:59 PM Central Time Thursday night. Then you have to agree to do some very minor promo work. You need to mention the sale a whopping three times, on any website (where allowed) or social media network during the duration of the sale. So Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. That is as little as once per day! You also must post the sale info sometime over the weekend on your blog or website. Of course, you are welcome to do more promo work--just don't spam people! I'll even make it easy on you by providing web content, and even example tweets.

That's it! If you are an overachiever (I am!) You can also add the sale badge to your website. It will come in your welcome email.

Feeling generous? I plan on giving away an Amazon gift card and other prizes during the sale. If you would like to toss in a few bucks to get a larger gift card (drives traffic) let me know in the giveaway section of the form. If you would like to give away ebooks, books, swag, or anything else, let me know--but do realize I might not be able to give away everything offered. Not because I don't love every one of you, or because what you have isn't awesome--it's just too much leg work to give away 30 individual ebooks so I like to group things together in packs that make sense.

Just to recap:
  1. Must have Kindle books on sale for .99 or less by Thursday night.
  2. Must be willing to do some light promo work.
  3. Must fill out this form before Thursday at NOON central.
Into numbers? I keep track of a lot of them through the sale, and share them with all the participants at the sale end wrap up email.


Thursday, June 5, 2014


It feels so amazing to be moved and settled again. It took forever for me to stop feeling so disheveled all the time, but I finally feel back to my old self. You know what that means... books, and lots of books! This one, was one of those, Larry Kollar calls, "A download from God." It's a New Adult Romance, and it's coming out next month. July 24th! Check back here for the complete blurb June 24th!

For the time being here is some mini-blurbish to go with that sweet looking new cover! Do you love it? Share it anywhere you want! 23 1/2 Hours to Live is a New Adult Romance.

You're alone in a bookstore. A stranger comes in and tells you he'll be dead tomorrow. He asks you to kiss you do it?

Kaylee Hall knows exactly where she'll be, every day of every week. Mostly at Price's Used Book Store on 32nd street, which is exactly where she is the night Jackson Bennett decided to casually rewrite her life story. With his holey jeans and holey alibis Jackson roars risk taker. Only maybe he's anything but.