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Moonlight & Magnolias Conference

Dancing on Saturday night

Moonlight & Magnolias is an amazing writers conference. Held in Atlanta every year, M&M is thrown by Georgia Romance Writers, a chapter of Romance Writers of America. I’ve been lucky enough to be able to attend the last three M&M’s.

This year’s M&M opened with a surprise. Two friends I hadn’t seen in forever were there. But that’s not the big surprise was when they told me how well they were doing as indie authors. And that set the theme for the rest of the conference.

For those who don’t know, “Indie” is short for independent. Indie authors don’t depend on publishers. They self publish via Amazon, Barnes &Noble, Smashwords, etc. They , and they alone, are responsible for doing or having someone do the editing, formatting, cover art, and all the other tasks that publishers have traditionally provided for authors.

The first workshop I attended was with Nina Bruhns (AKA Nikita Black), who told us all about Indie publishing and how she is doing better with indie than with a traditional New York publisher. From there on, the talk was all about income streams and how having several titles available—regardless of the path to publication—was the way to making money in this business. Discoverability is the key–how to get readers to notice your book in the vast ocean of books out there.

It was a lot to take in. And a lot to think about. But you, the readers will be the winners in the end. More choices, books that might never have been published will be out there. And let me tell you, some of them are amazing.

Would you buy a book that you knew was indie published? Would you publish one? Are there types of books you’d like to read, but can’t find—or can’t find enough of?

Have a great week!
Cheryel

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Don’t Be Blinded; Use Science

 

What is science? It’s noticing what’s going on in the world and trying to understand what the scientist sees. A scientist notices something and after doing research and putting together the known facts, she makes an educated guess, an hypothesis. If this hypothesis stands up to further research and is replicated by other scientists, her hypothesis can become a theory. Theories then are built upon and altered by further knowledge.

For example, cell theory: the theory that living bodies are made up of tiny cells. Anyone can look in a microscope and see that this theory is indeed a fact. So, why not call it fact? Because even though we’ve known since the 1600’s that bodies (animal and plant) are made of cells, the theory is constantly being built upon. How cells work and replicate is not simple. The DNA at the heart of every cell has only recently been discovered (1953), much less understood. And there will likely be more understanding as time goes on.

Science is like life. For instance, I observe our coworker’s attitude toward us. I form an hypothesis that the coworker doesn’t like me. I speak to a friend whose observations back up my hypothesis. So I form a theory that my coworker doesn’t like me. Later, I find that the coworker recently lost a loved one and her attitude towards me wasn’t because she didn’t like me, but that she was grieving and I reminded her of her loved one. Theory busted.

I admit I love science. Had my life taken a different turn, I would be working as a scientist right now. But life is life, and I am doing something else that I love just as much (maybe more), writing.

What do you love? Are you doing that for a living? Has your life taken a unexpected turn and something good came from it?

Have a wonderful week!
Cheryel

I Like To Play With Blocks, OK?

My Blocks

My block comments for the day.

This is my desk (yes, it’s messy), I found these blocks on clearance one day and when I start writing for the day I tend to set them up to match my mood. It’s fun.

Do you have childlike things you do? If not, try it, you’ll like it 🙂

National Novel Writing Month

It’s here! November is National Novel Writing Month affectionately known as NaNoWriMo. During this crazy competition, a whole bunch of people try to write 50,000 words in 30 days. It’s crazy, it’s almost impossible, it’s fun. I’m ready to go!

I’ll be keeping you up to date.

Am I crazy? Do you think I can win? Are you playing too? I  dare you!

ROW 80 Sunday check in

I attended HallowCon this weekend, and had a blast. Sold one book, and a couple of people walked away with my info saying they wanted would buy one later. But that’s not the point, not really. More than anything, it’s about the fun 🙂

 

ROW 80. I haven’t finished all the polishing and a few other details to get the partial manuscripts out. I am committed to NaNo. Not only committed, but determined. Sooooooo…back to the writers cave until I’m done. Somebody shove a sandwich under the door once in a while, please. Goals here.