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October Rewind

It’s that time to look back and see just how well I’ve done in the month of October. This month, I found that audiobooks are a new obsession in case the stats don’t tell you first. Click on any of the pics to check them out on Amazon! Must say, Illuminae was great and The Cogsmith’s Daughter was a refreshing treat. Can’t wait for both the sequels there. Additionally, A Time to Reap has a GIVEAWAY <– Click it! That being that, I’m participating in NaNoWriMo this month. Something needs to jumpstart my brain and what better than an event? I’ll be working on 1 of 3 titles, just depending what speaks to me most. Feel free to befriend me out there, I’ll be under Jonas Lee.

Behold, the stats:

WRITING

  • Blog Posts – 4
  • Fiction Writing – 825 words (wah-wah)

BOOKS

  • Finished: 9
    •  by KT Webb
    •  by Andy Weir (Audiobook)
    •  by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez (Audiobook)
    •  by Ransom Riggs (Audiobook)
    •  by Sun Tzu (Audiobook)
    • by BJ Sheldon
    • by Kate M. Colby
    •  by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (Audiobook)
    • by Richard Matheson (Audiobook)

     

  • Reading: 3
    •  by Kelly Van Tull
    •  by Charlie N. Holmberg
    •  by Joe Hill (audiobook)

 

YOUTUBE

YouTube is in a timeout. Mainly, my Cross Country Nerd firend has had some complications with her computer and I’ve been investing that space into reading and such. I’m not certain the YouTube thing for CCN will return. Mainly, we are starting to contemplate a Podcast instead. Since programs run an hour, it’s a lot to think people will invest that much sit-down time. So, if/when that does happen, we’ll be kicking it off in 2016. We’ll still have our FB page and tweeting about Star Wars and anything else you can think up.

I’m still giving thought to doing an author YouTube. Interviews are in the same time constraints for viewing, so I’ll be working on a script to get something helpful out there.

GOODREADS STATS

A Time to Reap

Ratings – 75

Reviews – 57

Average – 4.11

A Time to Live

Ratings – 19

Reviews – 16

Average – 4.79 (-)

AMAZON STATS

A Time to Reap

Reviews – 37

Average – 4.50

A Time to Live

Reviews – 14

Average – 5.0

FANS / FOLLOWERS

WordPress – 257 (+)

Facebook – 254 (-)

Twitter – 175 (+)

Instagram – 107 (+)

YouTube – 29 (+)

THINGS TO LOOK FORWARD TO:

… Well, got nothing for you at the moment that can be be discussed yet. Until next month, Happy NaNoWriMo everyone!!

 


On a side note, I’ve officially changed my domain. It is now http://www.JLFiction.com so please bookmark it and shoot me a message somewhere on social media. Everything is linked on this post. Come help my numbers grow this October!! I want to thank everyone and anyone who follows or interacts with me. It means a ton to have people out there enjoying what I do.



 

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September Rewind

It’s that time to look back and see just how well I’ve done in the month of September. I did take part in the South Dakota Book Festival this last week, but I will have a separate post to go over what it was like my first time! Beyond that, I’ve been working on getting my third and final installment in the Carter Gabel series. I think my motivation for completing it has dwindled only because when it’s done, it’s doomed to sit for awhile. But, I’m also working on a secret project I’m sure people will be interested in seeing come to fruition.

Behold, the stats:

WRITING

  • Blog Posts – 3
  • Fiction Writing – 2,025 words

BOOKS

    • Finished: 1
      • 26667469 by Nina Soden
    • Reading: 2
      • by BJ Sheldon
      •  by Kate M. Colby

YOUTUBE

Sadly nothing writing / author related…

#CrossCountryNerds:

Episode 4: Get Your Game On
Episode 5: Fall Line-up
Episode 6: Heroes
Episode 7: Everything Harry

GOODREADS STATS

A Time to Reap

      • Ratings – 74
      • Reviews – 56
      • Average – 4.11 (+)

A Time to Live

      • Ratings – 15
      • Reviews – 11
      • Average – 4.80

AMAZON STATS

A Time to Reap

      • Reviews – 37
      • Average – 4.50

A Time to Live

      • Reviews – 12
      • Average – 5.0

FANS / FOLLOWERS

THINGS TO LOOK FORWARD TO:

October 7th – Cross Country Nerds “Arrow / Flash Talk”

October 14th – Cross Country Nerds “Zombies”

October 21st – Cross Country Nerds “Lord of the Rings”

October 28th – Cross Country Nerds “Halloween Episode”

 


On a side note, I’ve officially changed my domain. It is now http://www.JLFiction.com so please bookmark it and shoot me a message somewhere on social media. Everything is linked on this post. Come help my numbers grow this October!! I want to thank everyone and anyone who follows or interacts with me. It means a ton to have people out there enjoying what I do.



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August Rewind

It’s that time to look back and see just how well I’ve done in the month of August. Sadly, a summer crescendo gave way to few thoughts or reviews in August. I did have a book birthday though!!

Behold, the stats:

WRITING

  • Blog Posts – 7
  • Fiction Writing – 13,225 words

BOOKS

    • Finished: 1
      • by Cassandra Clare (audiobook)
    • Still Reading (shut up…): 1
      • by John Ajvide Lindqvist

YOUTUBE

Interview with Millie Ho

Interview with C.L. Coffey

Interview with K.T. Munson

#CrossCountryNerds:

Intro

Episode 1: Intros & Star Wars

Episode 2: DCU vs. MCU

Episode 3: Whedon-verse

 

GOODREADS STATS

A Time to Reap

      • Ratings – 73
      • Reviews – 55
      • Average – 4.10

A Time to Live

      • Ratings – 15
      • Reviews – 11
      • Average – 4.80

AMAZON STATS

A Time to Reap

      • Reviews – 36
      • Average – 4.50

A Time to Live

      • Reviews – 12
      • Average – 5.0

FANS / FOLLOWERS

THINGS TO LOOK FORWARD TO:

September 2nd – Cross Country Nerds “Get Your Game On”

September 9th? – Cross Country Nerds “Time Travel”

September 16th – Cross Country Nerds “Fall Line-up”

September 23rd – Cross Country Nerds “Heroes Reborn”

September 25 & 26th – SD Festival of Books

September 30th – Cross Country Nerds “Harry Potter”

Awkward Author Debut (yes,..still…again)


On a side note, I’ve officially changed my domain. It is now http://www.JLFiction.com so please bookmark it and shoot me a message somewhere on social media. Everything is linked on this post. Come help my numbers grow in September!! I want to thank everyone and anyone who follows or interacts with me. It means a ton to have people out there enjoying what I do.



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July Rewind

It’s that time to look back and see just how well I’ve done in the month of July.

Without further ado, the stats:

WRITING

  • Blog Posts – 4
  • Fiction Writing – 5270 words

BOOKS

  • Finished: 0 – (I am a horrid reader, sue me)
  • Still Reading:
    • by John Ajvide Lindqvist
    • by Cassandra Clare (audiobook)

YOUTUBE

Interview with Lizzy Baldwin

Interview with Nina Soden

Interview with Melissa Barker-Simpson

GOODREADS STATS

A Time to Reap

  • Ratings – 72
  • Reviews – 55
  • Average – 4.10

A Time to Live

  • Ratings – 15
  • Reviews – 11
  • Average – 4.80

AMAZON STATS

A Time to Reap

  • Reviews – 36
  • Average – 4.50

A Time to Live

  • Reviews – 12
  • Average – 5.0

FANS / FOLLOWERS

WHAT PEOPLE HAVE SAID:

“The ending wasn’t at all predictable. It hits you all at once and you are left to say, whoa…” – April Wood from A Well Read Woman

“If you asked me to describe it, I would say that it is a cross between Time Traveler’s Wife and Matrix, but so much more.” – Karen M.

THINGS TO LOOK FORWARD TO:

August 1st – Interview with Millie Ho

August 12th – Cross Country Nerds (1st in a weekly series about all wonderful nerdy things)

August 15th – Interview with C.L. Coffey

August 22nd – Interview with KT Munson

Awkward Author Debut (yes,..still)

Backward Author Debut (don’t judge me)


On a side note, I’ve officially changed my domain. It is now http://www.JLFiction.com so please bookmark it and shoot me a message somewhere on social media. Everything is linked on this post. Come help my numbers grow in August!! I want to thank everyone and anyone who follows or interacts with me. It means a ton to have people out there enjoying what I do.



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June Rewind

It’s that time to look back and see just how well I’ve done in the month of June. This was possibly my busiest month of the year to date just because of softball, vacation and non-writer work I’ve been consumed with. I am looking forward to July as far as my creative productivity goes but will miss my girls from softball after State Tournament is over next week. That aside, I issued an option for readers to take part in the last book of the Carter Gabel series. I’m looking for (9) beta readers to help in the fall to decide the outcome of the book and so far I have (5) of the spots filled. Please let me know if you want in on it!

Without further ado, the stats:

WRITING

  • Blog Posts – 10
  • Fiction Writing – 3150 words

BOOKS

  • Finished:
    • by C.L. Coffey [only $.99]
    • by S.R. Carillo
    • by Nick Jones [free on Amazon]
  • Still Reading:
    • by John Ajvide Lindqvist
    • by James Schannep

YOUTUBE

Interview with Mariana Llanos

GOODREADS STATS

A Time to Reap

  • Ratings – 69
  • Reviews – 51
  • Average – 4.10

A Time to Live

  • Ratings – 15
  • Reviews – 11
  • Average – 4.80

AMAZON STATS

A Time to Reap

  • Reviews – 35
  • Average – 4.50

A Time to Live

  • Reviews – 12
  • Average – 5.0

FANS / FOLLOWERS

WHAT PEOPLE HAVE SAID:

This Story Had Me Laughing Out Loud!” – Margaret Dowdy

It is really an impressive book, and it leaves you wanting and waiting for more.” – E.G. Gomez

…it was thrilling and you simply can’t put it down.” – Doms

What I really loved about the book was the authors understanding of characterisation” – Lizzy Baldwin

Writing was strong, pace was good, and the plot was complex and didn’t unravel quickly at all.” Cianna Reider from Nerd Girl Reviews

THINGS TO LOOK FORWARD TO:

July 5th – Interview with Lizzy Baldwin

July 15th – Interview with Nina Soden

Awkward Author Debut

Backward Author Debut


On a side note, I’ve officially changed my domain. It is now http://www.JLFiction.com so please bookmark it and shoot me a message somewhere on social media. Everything is linked on this post. Come help my numbers grow in July!! I want to thank everyone and anyone who follows or interacts with me. It means a ton to have people out there enjoying what I do.



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!!



The Next 1000 Miles

Persistence

I have been lacking on it lately. Blogging and keeping up with everything in life is a constant. Any blogger can tell you that. It’s like exercising, the more diligent the routine, the easier results shall come. I need a fresh slap back into reality. I’ve been giving %5 to way too many things in my life at every given moment. I need to plan and attack so I can make sure everything in my life is getting the %105 (not %110) it needs.

So, on this short lunch break of mine, I have dedicated a small moment to keep you up on what I’m doing.

  • I’m finishing the framing of my next series. A short story was put up on my other site and thank you to the three people who voted for me. (3…smh, I have to get better at social media) Outside of the Forever City
  • Starting out on Carter Gabel’s end to his Legend. The third book has no release date yet, the bones of it will be done by summer and with any success on the first two, I hope the third can start making its way late fall?
    • Contemplating a box series set where I would redo some of the minor imperfections and add a novella from another character’s perspective
  • Trying to get better at Twitter #noob @AuthorJonasLee
  • Thinking of looking into a publisher for the next series
  • Coaching softball once again (Go Adrenaline!)

Beyond that, from now on –

Every day I’m hustling

– Rick Ross

The Next 1000 Miles

What to Get Your Author for Xmas

Hint #1: It’s Free!!

Answer: A Review

It may not seem like much, but to Indies, it’s almost better than currency. A review or a rating on places like Amazon, GoodReads, a blog or any venue of social media is like seeing the storm clouds part and sun shinning directly on us. As an Indie, my name is not out there; I can’t get into chain book stores; and I have a fan base that consists mainly of friends and family for the moment. The only thing that will help me continue my passion is having more people interested.

Think of a new restaurant that’s opened in your town. If you went there and the food was somewhere between good and great, would you tell others? If you don’t, how will they know? Same goes for books on an almost secret society scale. There are so many to choose from, no one will ever see them without guidance or persistence. We need our readers help or we’ll surely wither away.

So, for Christmas, rate the books you’ve read. Save a writer!

The Next 1000 Miles

Your Fan-Size is So Big (part 2)

How else can you persuade people to follow you on your journey? The most you should ever really be is yourself. It’s the easiest thing in the world and most satisfying when you actually have fans. Have people who want to follow you for you or your work.

That said think of these items:

  • Giveaways
    • On Goodreads, I went from 60 to 115 adding my book in four days
    • Nothing is free, so don’t go in thinking you can have hundreds of fans without giving away a few free copies now and again. It’s promotional and those that don’t win, still might buy.
  • Review Groups
    • There are other Indie authors out there looking for reviews and notice too. Find them and offer a book swap for reviews. Those without the time won’t but you’ll catch some that will want to.
  • Book Clubs
    • Find local ones. Find them on Goodreads. Find them on Google +. See who would be interested and if it’s a last ditch effort, offer digital copies.
  • Local Resources
    • Local bookstores, libraries, businesses. See who would accept your book on consignment or if there is a local paper to read your book. If you’re doing YA work, contact High School librarians. See if your local library would want to host a Q&A.
  • Social Media
    • Try to hunt out groups in your genre. Genre-related author groups are great, but you’re looking for fans not colleagues. See what groups are chatting about, join in, find out more. Then down the road, you’ll know what people are looking for and it just might be what you’ve written.

Granted these options are not totally free. But beyond shipping charges and the cost of any paperbacks, it’s the next best thing. And yes, I know I didn’t keep this short and sweet like part 1. Still, I included bullet points and that has to count for something.



 

 

Scategories

Calling All Writers!

I am certain we have all seen or been tempted by the idea of a collaboration with another writer for ideas or expansion into another genre beyond our wheelhouse. This is not a collaboration. This is combat. Literary speaking combat.

I am looking to those out there that may have interest in being part of a club. We will choose a topic/theme/genre or word and two authors will “battle” by writing a short story or teaser roughly 1500 – 3000 words in length. Fans, readers and participants can vote on which story prevails. Think of it as Epic Rap Battles meets Poetry Slam meets Fight Club with a pinch of Thunderdome in there.

The Club will not start until October 1, but I want to get a potential list going by early September to start pairing writers up against one another (and yes, I will have my hat in the ring as well). I want to find at least 10 interested writers (I have already heard interest from 2 before I started this post) and can take up to 20 initially. Depending on the Club size, we will post a battle weekly if not semi-weekly. We will try to implement a bracket once things start rolling. Each work is not going to be published, will maintain basic copyright laws and is mainly for fun and to get your work/name rotating out there.

All writers are welcome to apply, whether you’re published, unpublished, Indie, poets, bloggers or the occasional writer. Time commitment is up to you, but if it’s your first time, you’ll have to write. Simply email Write.Club@outlook.com with a link to your work, or a portion of your writing (I won’t open attachments, sorry).

Now…Share, Share, Share! Get the word out to everyone.


It’s coming…