I’m in the Premium Catalogue

Woohoo! I was accepted to the Premium Catalogue on smashwords today and my e-book will be uploaded to the following sellers in the next few days: Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Apple, Inktera, Baker and Taylor Blio/axis 350, Txtr, Overdrive, flipkart, Oyster, Scribd (already shipped), and Gardners extended retail. To get distributed to Amazon through smashwords I need to get my sales up to $2,000 first. I’m working on it!

To help me promote my book I’m offering a 100% off coupon to use when you purchase Double Diamond on Smashwords. It’s good until March 2. Use code KX57A when you check out to receive the discount. In exchange all I ask is that you leave me a nice review. Feel free to share the code with all of your friends!

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I finally hit the publish button

Today was a very exciting, albeit stressful day for me. I read over my first romance novel for the 300th time, logged into my Smashwords site and officially uploaded the book and the awesome cover that was designed for me by Leslie Van Patter graphics designer featuring my brother Michael Hauver and his beautiful wife Jenn, as the sexy cover models. A big shout out thank you to Tayden and Addison, Mike and Jenn’s children who acted as their camera crew. I see a bright future in production in the future, although first they might want to concentrate on finishing elementary school 🙂

Check it out on http://www.smashwords.com to purchase the book. It’s right there on the first page!!! If you don’t see it go to my author page:https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/tanyahess13

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I’m Baaaaack :) and a I’ve given myself a DEADLINE

Good morning all of my loyal followers. All 5 of you :). I took a bit of a break from my writing and posting in order to do the work that currently pays my bills. I’m a Chartered Professional Accountant by trade so you might as well just pretend  I don’t exist between February and oh, sometime around now. It really puts a dent in the time I have available to write! But I guess it’s just more incentive to get the darn books finished and out there so I can start selling them.

This week I started my…. 26th revision of Double Diamond….OK maybe not exactly 26th but it feels like it. I want to add another 10 to 20,000 words to the book overall with more dialogue and less of me just rambling on about what’s going on. My characters need to interact more, they seem to do a lot of talking to themselves and that makes for a boring conversation…and makes me a bit concerned they are developing a bit of schizophrenia. And I’ve got to make sure I’m showing and not telling. Sometimes I’m in such a rush to get the idea of the scene down that I don’t let it play out between the characters, I just say what happened. Oh, and the ending is too abrupt. That seems to be one of my biggest problems, I run out of steam and realistic conflicts after about 50,000 words and just end it. I’m working on that.  And yes, I know it doesn’t have to be perfect, in fact it will never be perfect, it just has to not be totally boring and actually out there so I can start marketing it. Letting go is not easy!

So I should have that 26th revision done in the next week or so. I’ll be getting my cover model to send a few pictures to pick from by the middle of July, and I have my graphic designer friend on standby for when I finally get my shit together enough to send her the details for the cover art, OK not exactly on standby, but she’s agreed to help me and will fit it in when she can, it’s almost standby.

I have chosen August first as my publish date deadline. Which means to say that I hope to have everything in order by then so I’m not writing my blog August 1st talking about the new deadline of September 1st, because when that happens all of a sudden we’re back in tax season and I’m looking at next August again.

So check out the Double Diamond link and let me know what you think of the latest round of revisions. I’m up to chapter 10, but I’m not averse to starting on revision number 27 if you find something that needs more tweaking 😉

 

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New Squirrel cover and updated romance

Phew, another crazy day of updates. After spending a phenomenally invigorating 3 hours in the sunshine snowshoeing with my family I sat myself down in my usual comfy chair and focused on my books. I have a new cover picture for Accounting for Squirrels….although I have to fix the title, darn it, I forgot to add the Volume 1, but it’s really cute. It’s a picture of a tiny sculpture Gayle made for me of a squirrel and a hedge, from our first conversation about starting this book on understanding accounting. He has quite the character and is perfect for the book. I updated some of the terms in the book too after receiving a few comments and suggestions, there’s still more to go but it’s getting there. Check it out using the link on the ‘Accounting for Squirrels’ page if you need something to help you fall asleep tonight.

Jesse’s Place is all uploaded and ready for the painful process of editing and re-editing and formatting.  I forgot how much I liked this book. I’m not super happy with the ending, I find it ends a bit too abruptly, but there are a few chapters in it that just make me bawl when I re-read them. I’m a bit of a softy, so maybe it’s just me, but I’m hoping readers find a tear or two running mascara down their cheeks when they read it, too.  I want to be able to write in a way that doesn’t just tell a story, but makes the reader really feel something for the characters. If I can manage that for even a small part of the book, I’ll be thrilled. For now. Later I’ll move my personal goals higher. Much higher. I’d better if I actually ever want to sell any of these books.

I’m still looking for a better cover picture but for now it’ll do.  I’ll have to check out some of the online book cover artists.  Personally I pick the books I want to read from the look of the cover first, the blurb on the back second, and a quick skim of the first page third, so I know how important that cover picture has to be. And mine right now kind of suck, so they won’t be going out looking like that.  Maybe I can get my brother to do two pictures for me, one for each book…..hmmm. He did forget to call me on my birthday, that should be enough leverage.

If you’re into romances, accounting, or just want the chance to be a critic to a new aspiring author, check out the links for the updated novels on my pages.  I think there’s even a place to add comments while you read, so please feel free to add any constructive criticism that will help improve the final copy. Hey, if it’s really helpful I’ll send you a signed copy of a first edition.  Someday it might even be worth something more than the .99c you’ll be able to buy it for online. 🙂

 

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Cover pages and Squirrels

Today was another productive day. I love those. I played around with some pictures and a basic version of Photoshop and made my own cover pictures for my books. Professional, they are not, but they’re better than the generic Pressbooks cover I and every other pressbooks user has ever been assigned. I also did a bit more editing on the two romances I’ve loaded.

Gayle also sent me some preliminary drawings for Volume 1 of the accounting series I mentioned in an earlier post, and I worked on adding those in with appropriate captions. It’s starting to take shape and I’ve added a new page and a link to the preliminary draft. There’s still a lot of work ahead, and about 10 more volumes, but I think I’m going to enjoy writing it, and I hope more than just my family enjoys reading it. Even more, I hope that it helps a few more entrepreneurs develop strong, profitable businesses that continue to grow.

The snow has stopped finally, and it looks like we might even have a day or two of sunny weather this week. I probably just jinked it didn’t I?

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Jessie’s Place has been started

The first chapter of Jessie’s Place, my second romance has been loaded to a new pressbooks account. This has been a very productive day. 🙂 Another few weeks at this rate and I’ll be able to load the unfinished book 3 and see if I can figure out what went wrong with the plot line. That one’s going to keep me busy for a while.

I’ve also secured my cover model for Double Diamond. My brother is a model in Toronto and has offered to do a couple of cover picture options for me. I think he can manage to look sexy enough  to get some people to take a first glance at the book.  🙂

Happy Blizzard day!

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Writing in a blizzard

Well, it’s happening again. Another Blizzard. This one is supposed to add a nice foot and a half of snow to the already 4 feet we’ve received in the last 2 weeks. I will NEVER wish for more snow in my life. 3 weeks ago we could see the grass. It was frozen solid, but hey, it was still grass.  At this rate we won’t see grass again until next July.

But, back to writing. It turns out that not being able to do anything except hang out in my living room, snuggled into my favorite chair in my fleece pants and super fluffy sweater is a great way to get some serious writing done.

Today I finished volume 1 of my new series on understanding accounting. As soon as my illustrator… yes, Gayle, that’s you…gets me the art work and cover I’ll be able to put the first draft together. I’m pretty excited about it. I know, excited about accounting? But it’s a really fun book……You’ll just have to take my word for it, for now. 😉

I know it’s not helping me finish my romances, but I have to mix it up once and a while to keep it interesting. OK, fine, I have a short attention span and get distracted easily 🙂

This is the view out of my front window. The front porch is under there somewhere, but it’s going to take a while to dig out the front door. snow!

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