Monday, March 31, 2014

5 Ways to Manage Your Writing Time

As writers sometimes it is difficult to figure out the best way to manage our writing time. What with day jobs, kids, self-care time and the other many must do's that we have, sometimes even thinking about writing is exhausting. Here are 5 ways to help you manage your writing time.

1. Keep an editorial calendar. There's a wonderful article here on how to do this so I won't belabor the point, but I found that once I figured out how to use Google Calendar as an editorial calendar I got much more writing done. While she talks about using it to schedule her blogs and freelance articles, you can also use it to schedule your fiction writing!

2. Learn when to say no. This is a big one, most of us have a hard time saying no when a loved one or someone at work asks us to do something a little extra, but if you're going to manage your writing time which is your time, then you'll need to learn to say no to some things. For example extra overtime, or projects at work that would require you to do some of the work on your own time. Another example might be your best friend or sister always showing up unannounced because she wants to go out and party and wants you to watch her kids. This is a great opportunity to say NO. Don't make excuses, don't apologize, say no and mean it. Then go and write!

3. Create a space that is dedicated to your writing. This can be a whole room, or a corner in the living room with your desk. If there are other people using the space, watching TV etc. then invest in a pair of good headphones and play classical music or some other type of music that is not distracting during your writing time. Be sure and let the family, roommates whoever know that when you're sitting at your computer typing or writing in your notebook and those headphones are on, you are not to be interrupted unless it's an emergency. Make sure you define emergency as being something like the house is on fire, not that your roommate needs help studying for their astronomy test, or your husband or wife wants help putting together a talk for the next day. These are not emergencies and you need to be clear with everyone so they understand.

4. Write at the same time each day for a set period of time. This goes back to your editorial calendar. Make sure you have a set period of time each day to write, even if it's only thirty minutes or an hour. It doesn't have to be a huge block of time, you'd be amazed how much you can get done in thirty minutes if you focus. The idea is to schedule it on your calendar and then stick to it.

5. Write now, edit later. We all have that dreaded internal editor and sometimes it's really hard to stop this creature from forcing us to go back and read every word right after we write it. Don't. Whenever your internal editor raises its ugly head and tries to force you to go back and edit what you just wrote, ignore it and keep on typing, or writing. You can schedule editing time later. You can even schedule it after your writing time so you go back and read over what you've written once you've completed your scheduled writing time. Just don't do it before you've completed it.

Bonus Tip: Consider using an online bell or purchasing a real timer and setting it for the amount of time you want to write and then just write until the bell goes off. This is a great way to ensure you get your writing time done without your internal editor taking over or any other distractions interrupting your writing time.

If you use these tips to manage your writing time you will get more writing done and you'll publish more often! Try them out today!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

6 Pinterest Tips for Authors

Are you an author? Are you trying find new and innovative ways to engage readers? Then you should consider using Pinterest. Pinterest is sweeping the net and some think it actually may surpass even Facebook eventually. Here are 6 tips for authors who want to use Pinterest to help introduce readers to their books and their brand. 

 Tip 1: When you post your covers to Pinterest do it by going to your publisher's sales page for your book, that way when readers click on the cover it will take them directly to your sales page. 

 Tip 2: In the spot where it asks you what this Pin is about, make sure you copy and paste your blurb. That way readers can see not only the cover but what the book is about. 

Tip 3: Remember that you're not just trying to sell books but build your author brand. That being said, consider putting up a board about you the author. Pin your favorite photos of yourself and share short paragraphs about you. 

 Tip 4: Consider creating "book boards" pin photos and images that look like your characters, the towns they live and work in, or if fantasy the worlds they live in, their hobbies, jobs any images that are indicative of your the story your book tells. Do this for each book. 

 Tip 5: Either create your own video book trailers, or have professionals do it and create a board with your trailers. You can do this by linking to your video book trailers on YouTube. 

Tip 6: Don't just use Pinterest as a place to market your books, create boards that are centered around your other interests as well. For example, maybe you have a photography hobby, or you enjoy snow boarding, create boards around these interests as well. This helps to build your brand, and offer something of value to your visitors, rather than overwhelming them with the message "buy my books!" 

Have a tip you'd like to add? Just add it in the comments!

And be sure and have fun!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

SEE ME tour/sale + $20 Amazon giveaway!

SEE ME, my paranormal romance novella, is currently on tour December 9-20 during the 30% off sale! There is a $20 Amazon giveaway available only at my blog! Stop by my blog for the tour schedule and enter to win!


Carly Anders  is hearing voices in her head. Another one of her kind is trying to contact her. She knows of the malevolent freaks—others who are eternal like her and seek out the weak to inflict pain upon. For years, Carly has held up huge protective walls to keep herself and her secrets safe. Now, physically and mentally exhausted, Carly needs protection and rest.

She accepts the invitation to visit an internet friend who needs help appraising a collection of antique photographs.  The situation is not ideal, but Carly hopes a male presence in her life will deter the determined suitor who haunts her thoughts and dreams.

Daniel Tremont is not what Carly is expecting.

The former funeral director has a secret of his own. Not only is he eternal like Carly, he is her creation from all those years before—her abomination she thought she killed.
Daniel has been searching for Carly for years. He knows she is the piece of his life that he has been missing for so long. Now that he has found her, he has no intentions of letting her go.

The quintessential paranormal romance

5 Stars~Night Owl Reviews

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Bastard/Anne Ireland

Anne Ireland also writes as Lynn Granville.
The Bastard/Anne Ireland/ Published by Leap of Faith publishing
There are moments when my mind travels back to that warm summer day when I was just a child and I remember. All at once I am torn by regret and remorse for what I have done - and for what I did not do. Were I a better person none of it need ever have happened. Yet even if I had known what was to come, could I have prevented it? There were other forces at work, stronger wills than mine, and I was carried along by the momentum, swept up like a leaf in a gale. No, that is the excuse of a weak woman begging for the blame to be lifted from her shoulders, for forgiveness. I was never weak. Even when we were children it was always I who led and Michael who followed, for all that he was older and stronger. But I have learned that there are different strengths - strength of purpose, strength of body and strength of mind. As I stand now looking out of my window at gardens, which were once beautiful but have now fallen into neglect, I know that much of what happened here was my fault. The grief and pain I feel cannot be avoided; they are mine and I accept them. I must bear them until the day comes when I can forgive myself. By way of atonement I have decided to set it all down just as it happened, so that others can read the truth. In doing so I may come to understand myself, and perhaps with understanding will come an easing of my grief. I pray that God at least will judge me mercifully
CHAPTER ONE 'This way, Michael!' I cried. 'I'm sure it's this way ... ' 'Be careful, Bethany,' he called, lagging behind as I ran on heedlessly. 'Father told me there are man-traps in these woods; that's why we're not supposed to come here.' His words hardly reached me. I was too far ahead and enjoying our adventure. Stephen was just behind me. At twelve and a half he was the younger of my two Forsythe cousins but as reckless as I. My advantage had been gained by suddenly taking off at a run. It was such a glorious day, the kind of day when everything seems perfect, sun filtering through the trees, making patterns on the dry paths, air warm, sweet scented, alive with the sense of adventure. Overhead birds sang; thrushes, woodlark and the sharp, confident trilling of a wren, that tiny, insignificant bird with such a compelling voice. I was reckless, unheeding. Running through the trees, laughing, careless, Stephen had caught me now, passing me with ease, speeding ahead into the distance, soon lost to sight. 'Stephen!' Michael's shout went unheard, ignored. 'Watch where you tread.' Michael was close to me now. He plucked at the sleeve of my gown, dragging at me until I stopped and turned to look at him, suddenly contrite as I saw the anxiety in his soft brown eyes. His fine hair had fallen over his brow. I reached up to brush it back, smiling as I did so. Michael and Stephen were the sons of my mother's cousins and I was an only child, so I looked forward to the times when we came to stay at their home, to the chance of companionship and adventure. My visits to Lake House were not as frequent as I would have liked. My parents lived in London and we were here now because it was summer and my father was free from his duties in Parliament for a few weeks. Because both my parents had busy, social lives, most of my own life was spent at St. Faith's Academy for girls, which was pleasant enough, though I preferred the freedom I found here - especially when the weather was good and I was able to roam the large grounds with my companions. Michael had always been my favourite. He had gentle eyes, which reminded me of a puppy I'd once had and adored until it died of distemper. How I'd wept when my father buried it in the garden. 'We shouldn't have come,' Michael said, now that he was sure of my attention. 'Father will be so angry.' Sir Henry Forsythe was a large, remote, stern-faced man given to sudden rages, and I was a little afraid of him. Both his sons held him in a

Monday, July 30, 2012

Gothic - by Nicole D. Fergusson

Hello! I come to you today, fresh from my first day at a new job, thinking that I will have a couple of weeks away from my writing to recharge and re-energise after the last week of restructuring one novel, editing another and beginning two new ones. Here I am, ready to take the world by storm.


Then today, I get an email from my friendly, neighbourhood publisher. "Erm, ehm, promotion, promotion, promotion." Imagine me headdesking at this moment as I scratch my head and utter, 'I knew I forgot something...' So! Leap of Faith LLC have been kind enough to take a ... leap of faith :D ... with my new novel Gothic, which is in final stages of editing and awaiting cover art.

Gothic is the first in a new paranormal romance series sketched together in the middle of my Honours year last year (much less stressful than the writing I was actually researching and getting marked on, I tell you! (Anyone who has ever done an Honours year can tell you this is true.)) Of course, then I talked to my partner about this book I had just written and he said, 'So what happens if you did this next...?' and so a series was born.

But Gothic... I have had so much fun writing this story. It's a story of a human girl, Dahlia, who's mother died when she was eight. After her father ran away with grief, she was taken in by her vampire godmother and the rest of the werewolf pack of which her father had been a part. When the story starts, Dahlia has just moved out of home and wants to live the 'normal' life, i.e. a life without quite so much vampire and werewolf influence. In the first few weeks of class, she finds out that her godmother has contacted one of her vampire friends to watch over her. He, Elliott, ends up being one of her confidants. Another student, and human girl, Renee ends up being another close friend.

Hijinx ensue! Time for some more visual assist:

Renee meets our girl Dahlia through her normal university boyfriend. She's super cute and acts about half her age because she wants to get the university experience "just right".Elliott is another supernatural featuring in Dahlia's full supernatural dance card. He is of the mild snark and general hilarity, and claims at times to have brushed elbows with such popular figures as Lord Byron and Bram Stoker.

One of the best parts of this story is that I have clear images for both of these characters. The lovely actors who are acting as muses in my head right now are none other than the lovely Ms Ksenia Solo from Lost Girl and Mr Ian Somerhalder (nicknamed 'Smoulderhalder' with good reason by fellow cast mate AND GIRLFRIEND Nina Dobrev) from The Vampire Diaries. Say what you will about these shows, but these two people are gorgous. Anyone who knows me will know I shamelessly fangirl this TV series that is based on the L. J. Smith series of books from my childhood.

So that's me and mine for in the last little while. More news and excerpts to come next time I get a chance to be on the computer. Nicole.

Monday, July 16, 2012

averilsbooks: New Book coming soon

averilsbooks: New Book coming soon: Hopefully my book with Leap of Faith - Melissa and the Impossible Frenchman - will be out soon.  At the moment I am working on a book of s...

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Because He Needs Me

I would like to introduce myself for this time. I am an established author with more than 120 published books to my credit under various names. My first name was Lynn Granville, which I have used for this book, but I also write as Linda Sole, Anne Ireland and Anne Herries. some other books with Leap of Faith will be coming out under the Anne Ireland name. Because He Needs Me is a sweet medical romance, reminiscent of those published and much loved by Mills & Boon and Harlequin readers. It has some sex scenese but nothign erotic so it is a good one to buy for elderly aunts and grandmas. It's nice but naughty and I have a lovely 4 star review for it. I will pop in an excerpt another day. Love to all, Lynn Granville - Linda/Anne