TDS and IvIn Blog Tour: Day 5

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It’s release day! *excited dancing*

You can now purchase IvIn in Kindle. (Not that I expect you to, but that it is a possibility.) Paperback may take a while to get out, perhaps upwards of a couple days, but it will eventually. (Sorry for the delay … once again, busyness abounds!)

For the release day, not a ton of stuff is happening, although there is a Facebook party (though it may be over by the time you see this). This is an even briefer post than normal, actually … it’s mostly to announce today’s bloggers and inform you of the publication!

However, I’m hopefully going to be sending out a newsletter (*gasp*) and posting on Reveries Reviews later today. So there’s that. #lamesauce

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Pub Prep

Well, that was a dumb title, wasn’t it?

Oh, be quiet. I can title my posts whatever I want to title my posts. It’s blogger’s prerogative. Assuming I used that word correctly. *glares at everyone who questions my vocabulary*

Pub Prep

Pub Prep is short for “Publishing Preparation,” which is what I’m doing right now. (And you thought it was something to do with preparing for a beer-drinking contest … well, think again …) I’m preparing to publish. *squeals*

Okay, yes, I’ve done this before, but it’s more exciting this time because I’ve told myself I’m actually serious about it (hahaha, right). And serious makes things more exciting. #inconsistencies #nothingmakessense

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The Truth About Outlining Revealed

Today we’re going to be talking about outlining. ‘Cause we all know it’s not truly what we think it is. *wiggles eyebrows*

The Truth About Outlining Revealed

People nowadays pass outlining off as something any author can do in excess without losing their souls. But is it?

This greatly-debated question is the subject of our post today. Though this is a brief little discussion, I hope it will inform you as to the dangers of over-outlining.

Outlining is the formation of novel ideas pre-writing to maximize your chances of success during the first draft. This may come in many forms – the bullet points, the summary, etc.

Outlining can be a very good thing. In fact, I think it’s one of the best things someone can do pre-writing if they want to have a functional first draft. But there is such thing as over-outlining.

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June 2017 Dares

GUYS! It’s June! Can you believe it? It’s like … the best month of the year! Besides August, of course. August is da best. #prejudiced

Seriously, though, June marks the end of school and the beginning of summer. I love summer, and I expect a lot to happen in this one. Remember, we’ve got the blog tour (and the accompanying publication, of course, duh), but I’m also having my sixteenth birthday and when you turn sixteen, exciting stuff happens. #driving

Also, I’m probably getting horse riding lessons this summer (AAAAAAAAAAAH! I AM SOOO EXCITED!!!!), and I’m volunteering a local museum as a docent. #showingpeoplearound #lotsahashtags #idontknowwhy

Anyway, onto the dares! Well, the May recap, buuuuuut …

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25 Spoiler-Free Facts About The Dressmaker’s Secret

This post was inspired by Victoria Lynn, my fellow author and friend. Also, I think Abigayle Claire, author of Martin Hospitality (a book I keep meaning to buy a copy of and read), did something like this? I can’t remember.

Anyway, lots of people inspired me to do this (although Victoria was the main one), and … I loved the idea, so here goes.

Y’all know that’s how blogging works for me …

Also, sorry about the post being out late. I was busy yesterday watching Pirates of the Caribbean. *nods* But isn’t Keira Knightley gorgeous, though!? Admit it. You think she is …

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Guest Post – Cooking up a ‘Good’ Blurb + Ingredients for a blurb’s soul

I know I’m not supposed to post today (and I’m not, really), but I decided I had to reblog this guest post I wrote for Mahriya @ My Bookish Life.

It’s about writing blurbs, and it’s for the Typewriter Project. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

My Bookish Life

Blurbs are #1 reason to buy a book and apparently, they have souls.

And this guest post, by the lovely and fabulous Kellyn Roth @ Reveries tells you why blurbs are so important and how to take advantage of that lovely magnet that should pull your readers in. I am beyond excited for the Typewriter Project to officially begin and remember, the applications are now closed so I won’t be looking at any other contestants who enter now. You

Anyways,

let’s let Kellyn steal the spotlight (or skip to the first task)

and perhaps shine some light on book blurbs and how to write them.

A GOOD BLURB

Why do people read a book?

Some would say a great cover. Some would say amazing reviews. Some would say an eye-catching first chapter. All of these are probably important (to a certain extent). However, for me, the #1 reason to buy a book…

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5 Things I Wish I’d Done Before I Published

Five Things I Wished I'd Done Before I Published

Now, I’m not usually one to look back at past mistakes and actually care that I made those mistakes. In fact, I’m more of a, “Too bad, move on,” person. My selfishness, my maliciousness, and my utter lack of concern over the bad things I’d done is absolutely hideous.

However, today I’m talking about what I’ve learned since publishing The Dressmaker’s Secret last year. So you won’t make the same mistakes. I’m a good person. Yay!!!

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Completely Random Updates

Yesterday, I went through my list of post ideas and tried to pick one that would be perfect to publish today. I considered writing about how you should write, but I just posted about naming characters. I consider rambling about my books, but I’ve done that way too much already.

Then I considered not posting. But I felt like that would be a bad way to kick of my new, two-post-a-week schedule (more on that later). So … what should I post?

“Completely random updates?” Why not. I haven’t anything lamer to do today.

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What’s up with TDS?

The short answer to the title question is, “Important stuff.” However, I was never one for simplicity. (Actually, I am, but that’s beside the point.) The point is (wait, aren’t statements in parenthesis technically barred from the main text?) that I need a subject for a spotlight, and you need to know what’s going on with TDS.

It’s a symbiotic relationship. Sort of.

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A lot of questions have been asked of me (I think that makes sense) about TDS. Mostly by my brothers. Such as, “What? Didn’t you finish that? Now you only have one book published. That’s so lame.” (They don’t understand the process of publishing very well; they think that if I can do it, I should do it sixteen or seventeen times a year.) (Also, their last two ‘questions’ were statements. Brothers, right?)

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Five Once a Stratton Quirks

Once a StrattonWhile writing my current works-in-progress, Once a Stratton, I’ve noticed a few things that just don’t add up … or are simply not supposed to be there. I decided, instead of calling them ‘errors,’ to call them ‘quirks.’

It’s my sneaky way of getting you to read about me being stupid without even knowing it.

I mean, I guess you know it now … but you wouldn’t have if I hadn’t told you. Because I’m honest. Painfully honest.

Basically, unless I outline thoroughly, my characters take over my novel and make it into something I never intended it to be.

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