Rewind, Upcoming

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.



 

Rewind, Upcoming

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.



Rewind, Upcoming

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.



Rewind, Upcoming

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.



Rewind, Upcoming

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.



Showcase

Shannon A. Thompson {Showcase}

This Thursday’s showcase can truly go to none other than Shannon A. Thompson. Mainly, Shannon has been a blogging/author inspiration to me in different forms AND she also has a new release available today. Yes, TODAY! Seconds Before Sunrise is the sequel in her Timely Death Trilogy and I am certain is going to draw twice as much attention.

When most authors get above 5,000 followers, let alone above 10K, the responses and replies get fairly limited or sporadic at best. Shannon has amused my questions and responded to every email I’ve sent her, thankfully! A published author since the young age of 16, Shannon continues to foster stories and work toward a personal goal of opening an affordable art school (help her out).

So, go buy her books and if nothing else, check out her site. I have peppered various links below for your amusement:

Amazon

GoodReads

WordPress

Facebook

Twitter: @ShanAshleeT23

Instagram

YouTube

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I may have gotten link happy…


 

Journey of 1000 Miles

Socially Awkward

In the vast abyss of social media, I feel like I am falling into a pit where the bottom is unseen and the sides, untouchable. I mention this because, a lot of the followers I have for my blog, do not like me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter, share with my pictures on Instagram or anything else in between.

As I look at the system as a whole, I have basically been just rehashing or sharing one thought between 3-4 platforms. In my opinion, that’s fairly lazy on my part. I mean, as a fellow subscriber if I follow you on more than one place it’s because I either like you an extreme amount or you give me different perspectives on you.

In that latter sentiment, I plan on changing things up a bit. I’ll still mass post things on a general basis to all I can from my blog. But I want to incorporate more of who I am spread out within this universe of Social Media.

WordPress will have my author updates, release progress, my step by step in my journey. It’ll be a little more of everything in here. This is my Imaginarium and as such should have a little of everything.

Facebook, you’ll get my extra quirkiness. I’ll use it more of a marketing site for my 1000 step journey and start leaving out Life Stuff.

Twitter, since you like to keep it short and sweet there, I’ll post mainly inspiring quotes, thoughts, actions and Life Stuff. It’ll get more expansive as my book release draws near.

Instagram…well, you have little to no say.

Instagram

Tumblr, you may have to sit in the back seat for some time. You’ll be my most up to date version of my personal thoughts, rants, music/movie tastes and the like when the time comes. But, it’s the least ranked followers so far and in the spirit of sharing the wealth, I’d like to see where the other consortium takes this.

Pinterest, I haven’t forgotten about you. I will create an account closer to the launch of my first book in July. I’ll make sure to fill it with the things I have seen in my mind when coming up with characters, scenery or other ideas along the way.

YouTube…someday.

This social media clarification may have a couple of stumbling blocks, but if you don’t follow me on one of the other platforms, feel free to join along in order to see all my different sides.

Journey of 1000 Miles

I’m My Own Pimp

If the title caught you, then phase one is complete; I’ve hooked you in at least a little. WAIT, wait, wait… I’m not selling you anything, just relaying my personal experiences.

After finishing a novel, there is editing. While that editing is in the hands of other people who are looking through the chapters and giving me feedback, this is the perfect time to start the Social Media extravaganza. Yup, if you want published, you’ll have to start putting yourself out there on the proverbial street corner and peddle your wares. For me, I write under a different name, so it helps to keep my normal and pseudo lives separate.

Almost everyone has a Facebook account (shameless plug), but let’s not forget the other avenues of social media (i.e. FREE PRESS). You have Twitter, Google+, Flickr, Instagram and countless others depending on how marketable you want to become. I’ve seen some authors create a YouTube channel where they read their short stories. I am learning to Tweet, … slowly. The rest comes pretty naturally.

Oh, and Big-ups to my wife for pointing me to Word Press to start my blogging adventures. Love you, babe!

So, now you already have 100’s of friends on Facebook or followers on Twitter. Your author persona is going to rake them all in and catapult you in the spotlight and soon you will catch fire like you were bathed in kerosene and jumping over a campfire, right?? Well, if you are like me, think again.

Sadly, unless you have outspokenly been promoting yourself since you first met your friends or acquaintances, you are starting a relationship with most of them all over again. I believed that at least 3/4 of my friends would “Like” my page immediately and follow me on my journey. So far, that is not the case, but think about it…

People differ from one outlet to another. Not everyone is checking their feeds or keeping up to date with others. In many cases, people use social media to briefly check on a few close friends and family in their lives, post about their own experiences and then they’re off. The posts or requests you send out may be read or may be overlooked. Not everyone wants a barrage of alerts. You are commercializing your relationship, so tread lightly and honestly. Let them come around if they want to and if not, keep them close by. Un-friending people is not the answer.

Me, I was very impatient in terms of getting responses to what had been more than a decade in the making. Once I started, I expected magic, miracles and bending the space/time continuum to take place. The sad fact is that it’s growth and any kind of healthy growth takes time.

I wanted to have hundreds of followers, but a handful at a time is perfect. Any progress, whether big or small, is still progress. It’s painful waiting for recognition when it comes a drop at a time but think to yourself that one day, you will be too busy writing and doing your own projects to possibly keep up on social media by yourself. So, cherish this time.

And start small, if you’re already on Facebook and Twitter, you know how to handle posts. If you haven’t had a social media site since MySpace was the big thing, don’t sign up for everything in the world without a plan on what content you are prepared to put out there. You don’t want a 100 followers and then the first month give them nothing. Attention spans last roughly the same lifetime as a gnat.

For me, this blog helps me to put my ideas out simultaneously to my other accounts so I don’t have to update different fans at different times. I’ll still do special offers and small contests on Facebook from time to time, like a coffee or an iTunes gift card giveaway, but keeping it small and informal is fine. If you’re looking into the same starting point as I am then you should know your limits and what you can achieve with the time that is given you.

And since I am not under a publishing house or have a literary agent, I am indeed pimping myself out. I am trying to get you to pick me as a source of entertainment. I want followers and fans and friends, but most of all I want to relay my stories. It’s a calling and we all need to follow our own first and foremost.

If you’d like to check out a sample of my work please click here. Yup, still pimping… P.I.M.P.