Wednesday, August 05, 2020

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group and Keep Writing With Fey – Writer Burnout

It’s time for another edition of The Insecure Writer’s Support Group, founded by Ninja Captain, Alex J. Cavanaugh.

August’s question:
Quote: "Although I have written a short story collection, the form found me and not the other way around. Don't write short stories, novels or poems. Just write your truth and your stories will mold into the shapes they need to be."
Have you ever written a piece that became a form, or even a genre, you hadn't planned on writing in? Or do you choose a form/genre in advance?

I guess when I began writing my series, The Circle of Friends, I had no idea what genre it would be. I knew it would be about friendships, life, and romance, but that was about it. At first they were classified as YA, but now that we have New Adult, that is where they fit best.


There is one month left to enter the IWSG Anthology Contest. The genre is science fiction and the theme dark matter. Please see the website for details.




Keep Writing with Fey Blog Hop: Share your story about writer's block, depression, and/or burnout and how you overcame it or what you are currently doing to heal.

After I finished my series, I’d planned on writing a second book to go with Overcoming Obstacles with Spunk aimed at teens. But at that point, my heart wasn’t in it and the project fizzled.

It was a couple years later that I realized – I’d written a book for my leadership and dream-setting seminars. Why not write one for my book publishing and promoting seminars? (That’s how How to Publish and Promote Your Book Now! came about.)

Of course now, I’m just too busy with Dancing Lemur Press to finish anything! But I have been working on my next book.



Catch the sparks you need to conquer writer’s block, depression, and burnout!

When Chrys Fey shared her story about depression and burnout, it struck a chord with other writers. That put into perspective for her how desperate writers are to hear they aren’t alone. Many creative types experience these challenges, battling to recover. Let Keep Writing with Fey: Sparks to Defeat Writer's Block, Depression, and Burnout guide you through:
• Writer's block
• Depression
• Writer's burnout
• What a writer doesn’t need to succeed
• Finding creativity boostsv With these sparks, you can begin your journey of rediscovering your creativity and get back to what you love - writing.

Find Keep Writing With Fey at Amazon / Barnes & Noble / iTunes /Kobo / Goodreads

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Chrys Fey is the author of Write with Fey: 10 Sparks to Guide You from Idea to Publication. She is also the author of the Disaster Crimes series. Visit her blog, Write with Fey, for more tips on how to reverse writer’s burnout. https://www.chrysfey.com/





Have you written in a genre that surprised you or do you battle writer’s burnout?


And Voyagers: The Third Ghost is on sale for a limited time, down from $4.99 to $2.99 at Amazon!

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Keep Writing With Fey and Other Dancing Lemur Press News

Available today!

Keep Writing with Fey: Sparks to Defeat Writer's Block, Depression, and Burnout
By Chrys Fey

Catch the sparks you need to conquer writer’s block, depression, and burnout!
When Chrys Fey shared her story about depression and burnout, it struck a chord with other writers. That put into perspective for her how desperate writers are to hear they aren’t alone. Many creative types experience these challenges, battling to recover. Let Keep Writing with Fey: Sparks to Defeat Writer's Block, Depression, and Burnout guide you through:
• Writer's block
• Depression
• Writer's burnout
• What a writer doesn’t need to succeed
• Finding creativity boosts
With these sparks, you can begin your journey of rediscovering your creativity and get back to what you love - writing.

Available July 14, 2020
Writing / Self-Help: Depression – Stress Management
$17.95 Print ISBN 9781939844743 / $4.99 EBook ISBN 9781939844750

“Gracious, there are so many tips and lessons in this book that I dare anyone to pick it up and not be writing furiously by the last chapter.” - C. Hope Clark, author and founder of FundsforWriters.com

“Her no-nonsense approach feels like advice from a good friend, doled out in easily digestible bite-sized pieces.” – Janice Hardy, author and founder of Fiction University

“This is one book every writer should have in their arsenal.” - Best-selling cozy mystery writer Elizabeth Spann Craig

Chrys Fey is the author of the Disaster Crimes Series and an editor for Dancing Lemur Press. She started her blog, Write with Fey, to offer aspiring writers inspiration, advice, and hope. At the age of twelve, she started writing her first novel, and since then she has been a dedicated citizen in the writing world.
Blog / Website

Find Keep Writing With Fey at Amazon / Barnes & Noble / iTunes /Kobo / Goodreads


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In other Dancing Lemur Press news:

Our next release is Bubba and Squirt’s Mayan Adventure by Sherry Ellis

This is the sequel to Bubba and Squirt’s Big Dig to China

Look for it on September 15.



We also just signed Damien Larkin’s next book, Blood Red Sand.
It is a prequel to his first novel, Big Red.



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Monday, July 13, 2020

What went into planning a trilogy?


Thanks so much for having me on the blog today, Diane!

When the town of Bloo Moose popped into my head several years ago, I knew I wanted to set more than one story in the town.

Planning a series requires more planning than writing a single book. Each book in this series is a standalone. The setting remains Bloo Moose, but every story has a new set of main characters as the focus. This makes it different than a series with one or more main characters throughout the series. Each type of series requires different types of planning.

In the case of standalone books connected in a series, there are probably more characters to remember and track and more hints to include as foreshadowing.

Trying to keep it all straight was a bit daunting and I started making disjointed lists. Thankfully, I found a blog post (can’t remember which blogger!) about writing a series bible and it made a huge difference for me.

I created a spreadsheet with multiple pages: Books (titles, MCs, themes, seasons…), Main Characters (physical attributes, jobs, flaws, aspirations…), Secondary Characters (jobs, mentioned attributes, connections to main characters…), Settings (location, description…).

I also sketched out a map of the town, showing locations and directions. Can’t have Fortini’s restaurant in the north end of town in one book and then in the south for another!

Having the series bible and the map at my side helps enormously in the planning. These tools have also prompted ideas for several more books in the series. Now, to get them written!




Welcome to Bloo Moose, Vermont where love is worth the risk! Small-town contemporary romance with an element of suspense. Each book is a stand-alone.



Reaching For Normal
She’s no damsel in distress. He’s no Prince Charming. But if they don’t team up it won’t be only wolves that’ll be dying.
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Reaching For Risks
One Reno List for the B&B. One Risk List for herself. One sexy retailer who should be the last one she wants.
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Reaching For Everything
Love means nothing in tennis. Can he prove to her that love means everything in life?
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Jemi Fraser writes both fiction and nonfiction. Her nonfiction work focuses on the ways that dementia has impacted her family. Her fiction work varies from contemporary romance to suspense and flash fiction. Years as a teacher have taught Jemi that life is short and that happy endings are a must.

Jemi lives in Northern Ontario, Canada where snow is always a topic of conversation and the autumn leaves make everything better.

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Wednesday, July 01, 2020

Insecure Writer's Support Group and Keep Writing With Fey

It’s time for another edition of The Insecure Writer’s Support Group, founded by Ninja Captain, Alex J. Cavanaugh.

July’s question:
There have been many industry changes in the last decade, so what are some changes you would like to see happen in the next decade?

Obviously, I’d like to see more opportunities for books published by smaller publishers. More fan-centered websites (like YA Central) would help with that. There aren’t many for each genre and they tend to focus on just the Big Five books.

I’d also like to see more events at libraries, bookstores, and other venues. As we start gaining more independent bookstores, this becomes more of a possibility.

One change that is already happening is delivering content and information via videos. Not book trailers, but authors sharing their expertise, even with live videos so they can field questions. Dancing Lemur Press authors began recording themselves reading from their books, and for two months, we posted them on our DLP Facebook page. (Now we are also posting on YouTube.) It’s a way to reach a broader audience without expense. (And I’m all for that!)




Just two weeks away from this release! 


Keep Writing with Fey: Sparks to Defeat Writer's Block, Depression, and Burnout
By Chrys Fey
Print ISBN 9781939844743
EBook ISBN 9781939844750

You can pre-order here: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / iTunes / Kobo


What changes would you like to see?

Monday, June 15, 2020

Tornado Threat to Fairies by Elaine Kaye

Tornados are destructive natural disasters that can tear apart houses, topple over trees and powerlines, and even lift cars. One thing we may not realize is the impact a tornado has on nature, that natural habitats are ripped apart, animals displaced and even killed. When you look at the path a tornado takes, the very grass is ripped out of the ground, exposing hard-packed dirt. With that power, one could only imagine how something as small as a fairy would survive.

In Bad Fairy, I explore this angle when a twisty (what fairies call tornados) hits their home of Pinecone Grove. I show the devastation to the fairy community following the tornado and what the fairies do to help each other afterward.

Title: Bad Fairy
Series: A Bad Fairy Adventure (Book One)
Author: Elaine Kaye
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Fantasy Middle Grade
Length: 66 pages
Age Range: 8-12

Thistle Greenbud is not a bad fairy. She simply doesn't like rules, and it's just her luck that her homework is to create a new rule for the fairy handbook. But first, she has more important things to do. Like figure out how to get back at Dusty and Moss for playing tricks on her.

Before she can carry out her plan, though, disaster strikes and she finds herself working alongside the very fairies she wanted revenge on. Can they work together and trust each other, or will things go from bad to worse?

BUY LINKS: Amazon / Barnes & Noble

EXCERPT:

As we watch the boys, the wind picks up, making the fern lay flat, exposing us. We gasp and make a dash for the closest tree. Behind it, we huddle together.

“Boogles! A branch just hit me,” Weedy says.

The sky turns black. Wind swirls dust and leaves, and spits pebbles at us. This is not good. We have to get going now or else our payback will get blown away.

“Let’s go!” I scream and lead the group from behind the tree, but the wind makes it hard for us to move forward.

Rose and Lilly grab hands as they run, screaming, toward the creek. Lacey stumbles over a fallen twig, landing flat and hitting her face hard on the ground. When she doesn’t move, I race to her as sand and pine needles prick my skin.

I help Lacey to her feet. Luckily, she only has a few cuts on her face. A tiny bit of blood streaks down her forehead. She looks at me. Fear is bright in her eyes. She needs help. We all need help. I peer toward the creek. The boys are still there, frantically trying to lift the bag full of stones.

Shouting a warning and waving my arms, I hurry to the creek, trying to get their attention. Finally, Dusty sees me. He looks as if he’s been caught with his hand in the pixie jar.v
I point to the sky and wave them to come our way. Rain starts to fall. Dusty pulls Moss from the creek. Fat drops of water pelt my head and wings as I wait for the boys to reach me.

“It must be a twisty!” Dusty screams. “We better find shelter.”

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Elaine Kaye is the author of A Gregory Green Adventure series. She first created Gregory Green after her son, who loved her homemade pea soup, thus inspiring the story Pea Soup Disaster. Bad Fairy is her middle grade debut and the first of A Bad Fairy Adventure series.

Kaye has worked as a library assistant and teacher’s assistant in elementary schools in the Sunshine State. She currently lives in Florida, but she has called Michigan; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Okinawa, Japan home. She is a grandmother of three boys.


Tuesday, June 02, 2020

The #IWSG, Book Marketing Webinar, & Lost Helix Release

It’s time for another edition of The Insecure Writer’s Support Group, founded by Ninja Captain, Alex J. Cavanaugh.

June’s question:
Writers have secrets! What are one or two of yours, something readers would never know from your work?

Most of you know I’ve been a professional speaker for many, many years. But what would surprise you is for the first 30+ years of my life, I was very shy. (And I had a terrible self-image, too.) I was okay around friends, but with strangers, I was quiet. Speaking in front of anyone would’ve terrified me. I could not have led two people in silent prayer.

So, if you are one of those shy people, there is hope!

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With live events cancelling, I’ve moved to online webinars. Based on the 3-hour seminar I’ve taught in person for 12+ years. And they are recorded! So if you miss one, I can send you the recording the next day.

Register here for PART 1 - JUNE 9 and here for PART 2 - JUNE 11.


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Dancing Lemur Press has a new release today!

Lost Helix by Scott Coon

Lost Helix is the key…

Stuck on an asteroid mining facility, DJ dreams of writing music. His dad is a corporate hacker and his best friend Paul intends to escape to become a settler in a planet-wide land rush, but neither interests DJ.

When his dad goes missing, DJ finds a file containing evidence of a secret war of industrial sabotage, a file encrypted by his dad using DJ's song Lost Helix. Caught in a crossfire of lies, DJ must find his father and the mother he never knew.

When the mining company sends Agent Coreman after DJ and his guitar, DJ and Paul escape the facility and make a run for civilization. Will DJ discover the truth before Coreman catches him?

Print ISBN 9781939844682
EBook ISBN 9781939844699
Science Fiction – Actions & Adventure/Mystery/ YA Sci-fi

Scott Coon has enjoyed success as a science fiction short story writer, winning accolades and publishing over a dozen works in various magazines. Formally a U.S. Army Intelligence Analyst and currently a software developer, Scott brings his technical experience into his work, along with a sense of spectacle.