Saturday, 28 April 2018

What I'm up to...

It's been one month since Something Wicked released. 
I'm so pleased to say that I am an author!
It feels awesome but now I'm faced with the what comes next?
And I honestly have no idea.

I'm trying to promote Something Wicked, but I'm not doing a very good job of it!
I was going to organize a book blitz but the prices are a bit much at the moment... Especially with no writerly income to put towards it! lol 
I think I'll stick to trying to get some word of mouth sales, some boosted Facebook posts and maybe contact some book bloggers to see if any have space in their review schedules and would be willing to give it a read.

On that note, if you've read Something Wicked, I will seriously love you forever if you could leave a review. It doesn't need to be long or overly detailed, just a few lines would be lovely. Reviews help a book get bumped up in visibility on Amazon's algorithms and help to inform other potential readers. 

Writing is hard. Trying to get your book noticed and convince people to give it a chance? Even harder. Seriously. You think that once your book is written that the hard part is finished but it's not! Not even a little bit.
Let me tell you, the writer's life is stressful!

I'm not quitting though. 
I'm going to keep on swimming. 
I have a few different projects that I'm pecking away at.
One is a contemporary romance. One is an erotic romance. The third is a sci-fi romance. 
I don't know which one will be the next release as all are in early stages but I'm having fun hopping between them!

I guess that answers what comes next! I keep on writing and try to build up a following and get my work noticed.

I think I need some luck... And rum. 
Must not forget the rum.

Friday, 30 March 2018

Something Wicked is Imminent!

Hey all!

I just wanted to let you know that I DID upload Something Wicked hoping it would go live on the 29th March but guess what?

It's STILL in review. 
Apparently, it can be in review for up to 72hrs. 
I'm sorry, I didn't factor that in when uploading it... Rookie mistake, I guess.

Anyway, it's uploaded. It's coming. 
I'm refreshing Amazon every 5 minutes like a crazy person and getting twitchy that it's going to go live when I'm out and about doing things with the kiddo seeing as it's the start of the Easter holidays... I mean, it doesn't matter if it goes live when I'm out and about. Live is live. But I really wanted to share the links and shout about it for it's finally going to be released!!!

Watch this space. I'll post more links once they're available.

While you wait, you can always check out Chapter One.

Sunday, 31 December 2017

2018 Writer Goals

Writer's Life Goals

To publish three different novels/novellas by 31st December 2018.
To reach 50 reviews on one of my books by 31st December 2018.
To sell 1000 copies (combined) of all my books in 2018.

To build my author platform by:

- Blogging at least once a week.
- Updating my Facebook page at least twice a week. Multiple posts on a single day don't count.
- Actually learning how to use Instagram and posting multiple times a week.
- Posting interesting, relevant and amusing content.
- Working out how newsletters work.
- Taking part in more giveaways and blogger events. 

These goals probably seem low, or overly modest, to some but I honestly think it'll be one hell of a challenge for me to achieve all of the above, especially if I achieve my life goals listed below!

Sunday, 24 December 2017

It Was The Night Before Christmas...

And this extremely tired aspiring author wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas before the madness of tomorrow hits.

I hope you all have a wonderful day however you choose to celebrate (or not).

Thank you for following my journey.


Friday, 24 November 2017

Something Wicked Cover Reveal!

Here it is!
Here is my pretty, pretty, precious cover for my upcoming novel, Something Wicked!

Something Wicked is a paranormal romance. 

It will be released in Spring 2018.

Blurb and further detail to follow.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Let Me Tell You A Little Secret...

Being a writer sucks sometimes.
Okay, maybe that's not much of a secret. 
I'm pretty sure that every writer, at some point or another, has ranted about how much it sucks to be a writer.
Don't get me wrong, it's awesome creating something from nothing. I imagine that being able to do this for a living would be an absolute privilege.

But I don't do this for a living. 
I do this because I enjoy it - usually - and it's a dream of mine to one day do this for a living. 

However, on days like today, I doubt I'll ever be in a position to do this for a living. In fact, I doubt I'll ever be able to 'do this' at all.

Today, I spent my day staring at a blank word document.
I had it open all day. 
I barely left my laptop... But I couldn't get any bloody words out. 
I'd type a word. Or a sentence. Then I'd delete the word or the sentence. 
I just couldn't translate the thoughts in my head into words!

I've always doubted myself as a writer. 
In fact, just calling myself a writer is bloody terrifying. 
I feel unworthy of the designation. 
An imposter trying to steal the crown without having any claim on it but I write therefore a writer is what I am.
That's why today was particularly difficult... Because I couldn't write. 

I wasted an entire day trying to force something that didn't want to happen. I broke my belief in myself, in my story and made the fleeting highs disappear under the crushing weight of the lowest of lows. 
I know this will pass. 
I know tomorrow, or the next day, or maybe the next, I'll be back writing - hell I'm writing this now! - and my little world of dreams will right itself but until then it royally sucks being a writer.

Right now, it feels like I'll never finish a book. 
Never publish a book. 
Never achieve anything I dream of achieving. 
And that's hard. 
But it's at this point that it is SO important that I don't give up.

I have enough wisdom to know this much... But it doesn't mean that it doesn't suck. 

So now I've had my melancholy rant, and closed the blank word document, I'm off to watch a Christmas movie - yep a Christmas movie in November #sorrynotsorry - and I'm going to ignore the snarky, bitchy, part of my brain that's trying to hold me down and tomorrow... Well, tomorrow, I'm going to defy gravity.
Or something like that.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

The Evolution and Completion of Something Wicked

For those precious few who long ago (almost two years ago!) read a 30,000 word novella titled Something Wicked by the author Sorcha McInnes, I thank you (and I apologise).

Something Wicked was part one of a trilogy of novellas and the aim was to publish them in close succession telling the story of Colm and Millie.

I self-published Something Wicked in December 2015 and those who read it generally liked it (from the reviews anyway!) but I never published part two and I never finished part three. 
I had issues, you can read a little about them in my previous post. I fell flat on my face and almost quit writing.

Drawing a line under the past, aka Sorcha, and starting over was a great decision for me personally and I thought, long and hard, about never revealing that I had once tried to launch a career as Sorcha McInnes and just leave Colm and Millie in incomplete limbo.

But I couldn't do it. 

The simple fact is that I kinda love those characters and I felt I owed it to those who once read the novella to finish the story.
I had to finish the story before I could move on.

My options as I saw them were: 

Finish the novellas and publish them as Sorcha McInnes quietly and just leave them there for anyone who was inclined to look. 

This option would have been the simplest option. I had the second novella - which was titled Something Wild - written. I was writing novella three. I could have just silently published everything and walked away. 

It felt wrong. Cowardly.

Finish the novellas and publish them as 'Emery Nicolson writing as Sorcha McInnes'. 

This was doable. I had the covers, I just needed to have them adapted a little. I could then have promoted the novellas and then continued onward.
But it didn't feel right either.

Republish as Emery Nicolson and re-work the novellas into a single novel.

This option was the most complicated. It meant that I had an almost complete book in terms of word count but ONLY in terms of word count. This option meant I'd have to re-write sections, namely the chapters surrounding where one novella ended and the next begun. I'd have to be very clear, for those who read/purchased Something Wicked originally, that around 30,000 words were more or less the same as they'd already read and I'd have to state that Emery Nicolson IS Sorcha McInnes.

This option was what my gut, and my heart, told me to do. 
The truth is, Something Wicked should have always been ONE BOOK. I should NEVER have split it up into novellas. 
I did it so that I could start publishing my work sooner rather than later. I didn't split the story into novellas because it was the right thing to do for the story or the readers, or myself, but because I wanted to hit publish.
It was so stupid...

So, I decided that if I'm doing this, if I'm re-releasing Something Wicked, then I'm going to do it the way I should have done it in the first place. 
I'm currently re-working the novellas into one and then writing the ending.

I have a beautiful, custom made, cover to share as soon as I've finished re-working the manuscript, written the complete blurb, and settled on a concrete release date.

I'm hoping it'll be before Halloween but I'm not rushing it so if I have to hold off until Halloween next year then I will!