Monday, December 8, 2014

In which I tell the honest, raw truth

Hello beautiful guys and dolls! This post could get a little sloppy as I bare my soul and tell my heart. But I've needed to this for a long, LONG time. So, here goes...

Like all new writers, I started my journey with high hopes and big dreams. I wrote my first book, started a new blog, got a facebook, and eventually hopped on Twitter. I wrote helpful blog posts and shared amazing links, asked agents to join and help, hosted pitch parties, and even wrote my own workshops (times 2 or 3)

I visited blog after blog after blog and joined blog hop after blog hop. I admit, I was addicted to blog hops there for a LONG time. I wanted to make as many writing friends as I could because I needed advice and craved their knowledge.

I commented and encouraged and praised and hugged and sent virtual hugs and chocolate to as many blog/twitter friends as I possibly could. I knew I would probably need the favor returned when times got hard for me. If you're all honest, you'd probably admit the same thing.

I joined contests and signed up for workshops and conferences. I begged for critiques from anyone who would listen and returned the favor as much as possible.

I got a job as an editor, a ghostwriter, a blog post writer, a magazine article writer, and landed some amazing literary agent intern positions. (just to name a few writing jobs I hoped would add to my writing experiences and portfolio) I even had a couple PB books published on the Android platform, but the app didn't fair well and it was discontinued.

I was a writer and I wanted the world to know it.
I was going to become a best selling author.
My books were going to be made into movies.

I watched as friend after friend, writer after writer, critique person after critique person announced their success, their agent contracts, their published book.

Slowly, I watched as they all left me behind and joined the ranks of published writers. not just writers, but bona fide PUBLISHED authors.

I got embarrassed they were good enough and I was still learning.
I got discouraged with rejection after rejection.
I decided to give up my dream.

BUT.....

I couldn't.
I couldn't give up my writing.
My dream is still alive and waiting for me to reach it!

With all that said, I've made a very big decision.
I've hired a cuple of editors and...

I plan to SELF-PUBLISH 3 of my books!
Look for more information about my books as the details surface for me!!

PS. Okay. Maybe 3 is a little over zealous. Maybe I'll wait and see what my editors have to say before I decide on all 3. But ONE for sure. Now, I feel much more confident I can do this...

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

New Grandson!

Yes! I have a new, beautiful and perfect grandson. Wait. I can't believe I'm saying that!. No, I'm not old!!
He was  born yesterday weighing in at 6lbs and 9ozs and 20 inches long.
They named him Theo.
Theo's my first grandson and my 2nd grandbaby.
My 3rd grandbaby, a girl (!!) is due in March!

Yes, I know.
I'm blessed!!

PS. I have the workshop scheduled, but it looks like I will need to put it off until after the new year. This gives me plenty of time to schedule some guest posts and hope to have a pitch party following the workshop.

In the mean time, I'll be posting how I progressed through my latest plot development using Dannie Morin's Plan4Wrimo workshop. (Thanks, Dannie!)

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Insecure Writer's Group Post

Yikes! It's already time again?? Wowzers time sure flies fast.

Not just fast. SUPER fast!

So it's not going down like usual. I've decided to put together a writer's workshop. It may be more for me to get back on my feet and defeat the disappointments and struggles I've encountered as a writer. But that's okay. I need the boost. I need encouragement.

There's a verse in the Bible that says something along the lines, "David encouraged himself in the Lord..." so I've adopted this plan.

I'm going to encourage myself!!

I'm putting the workshop details together and will post them soon.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Workshop Ideas

I'm thinking about running another workshop here on the blog.
Does anyone have suggestions as to what might be helpful to you, as a writer?

Character Workshop?

Setting Workshop?

Scenes?

Dialogue?

Plot?

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

I love historical fiction, so I've got a treat for you today. Here's a brand new book for you. It's book two in a series, but you should have no problem reading this one first.


Sorry, I couldn't save or uplaod the image file onto the blog:(


Reliance (Hollow Hearts Book 2)


Two strangers. One clandestine wedding. Many hidden stories.

Discouraged by his limited prospects and tired of trying to find a bride in a traditional manner, Elias Wheeler places an advertisement requesting a mail-order bride and mother for his young daughter. Rebecca Malone, eager to escape an abusive past, travels to Montana to become Elias’s wife despite only exchanging a few letters. Learning to care for one another proves easy; learning to trust proves much more difficult. Elias and Rebecca must navigate the waters of blending families while learning to depend on one another with confidence, loving support, and faith. Together they must learn to rely on each other and what they hope to build while accepting that perfection isn’t the goal; love is.
Coming October 7, 2014

By  Christina Yother