The Next 1000 Miles

What to Get Your Author on Their Birthday

(hint, hint)

Your favorite author or an author you know has a birthday, just like everyone else. Granted, you may not know them personally, but you’d like to still recognize their special day. What to get them though..? Hmm… well, luckily, I’ve listed some suggestions varying from free to pretty darn inexpensive.

  • Like their social media site(s)
  • Post on one (or all) of them
  • Buy one of their books (examples below):
  • Already bought it? Read it? Well, leave them a review of some sort.
  • Already done all of those things? Why not share their site with friends, family, co-workers? Never know, your unknown artist may blow up one day and remember the people that got them there… Can you imagine a J.K. Rowling or E.L. James fan that helped them out?

If you haven’t guessed, it’s my birthday. I’m now off to drink coffee, lay around in my sweats and watch a Star Wars marathon. Hope you are all having a great day!!



A Time to Reap, The Next 1000 Miles

Dream a Little Dream

As an author, November has by far been my worst month. A steady flat-line has plagued my sales report all month. From the last sale on Halloween to today, not a thing. It’s distressing and humbling, making me question a lot of what I’m doing right and what I’m doing wrong. Mainly, my largest fault is my impatience, followed closely by imagination.

We’re all our own worst critics, but there has to be a time when it becomes clear once again that our writing is basically wonderful. Maybe we have some grammatical kinks to iron out or some issues with flow, but in all, we’ve written a story. A STORY! Think to yourselves about a friend or family member who has a dream and if they achieve it or even try to. Have they? Well, I have. Soon to be twice!!

The point is, for all of the negative feedback, the criticism and growing pains associated with my writing, I achieved a lifelong goal. And the age old question of what now has loomed above. We all want our stories to do well, but alone, without an agent, a publishing house or it being a full-time job, what can be expected? Lightning doesn’t strike when and where you want it. I must learn to dream big, expect small and hope for whatever should happen, will happen.

In the giving spirit, I have a book giveaway happening right now on Goodreads, feel free to put your name in and hopefully you’ll become one of the lucky ones! It runs until the 16th of December and is absolutely free and anonymous. Another item I plan on doing is what I’d like to hope as the Pay it Forward method.

I am going to give three digital copies away. One on WordPress, one on my Facebook Page and one on my Twitter page. It’s first come, first serve. I’ll gift it to your Kindle with no real expectations or obligations. My hope, if you enjoy the book, try to Pay it Forward. Gift a copy, or three, to someone you know that might like it. If you don’t, I understand, it’s a gift for $1.29. No harm no foul. So, be the first to respond and I’ll get in touch with your info and you have a free book. My Merry Christmas to you!

And if you’re still debating to start on a dream of your own, my only advice is to start now. There will always be another dream waiting.

A Time to Reap

No Reason Not To

This is shameless promoting, but it’s also free for you. So we could both win. Just think in 16 hours you could have won something or simply go about your evening… Give it a shot:

 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

A Time to Reap by Jonas     Lee

A Time to Reap

by Jonas Lee

Giveaway ends September 26, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

 

Showcase

Jeyna Grace {Showcase}

This Thursday, I am showcasing one of my very first bloggers that I actually followed. Jeyna Grace is a fabulous author and blogger, releasing weekly posts of her work. She has a wonderful fan faction piece for Harry Potter (CHECK IT OUT). Additionally, she releases periodic short stories and has recently started one entitled Battle for Oz: Exitium. Oh, did I mention she is currently offering the first of this series for free?? (Better CLICK HERE)

Check out her page for all the wonderfulness she provides and, as always, you can thank me later. (Oddly enough, nobody ever thanks me…)

I’ll throw this out to the Twitterverse as well since it links back to free stuff. Oh and she’s awesome, let’s not forget that.