Tuesday, January 20, 2009

UGH!

Okay, I am on the library computer right now. Not really where I want to blog at. Anyway, my modem burned up/out, something. It just quit working. So, who knows when I'll be back up and running. I'm not going to get to post my review like the schedule says, but I wanted to let everyone know where I was. Hopefully it will not be long to get the new modem. Being an ebook author pretty much dictates to the fact that you need Internet. UGH! I hope I can live a few days without it, but don't count on it.

Jasmine

Friday, January 16, 2009

Book Trailer Day.


I have exciting news. My story, Missing Pieces, has been accepted for Coming Together: Against the Odds anthology. If you have never heard of Coming Together they publish anthologies and donate proceeds to charities. So in the spirit of charity and my excitement today's trailer is from Coming Together. It's worth the watch.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VClcaaMJQ9k


Against the Odds' proceeds will go to benefit Autism Speaks. It will be release in print and ebook in June 09. To learn more about all the anthologies go to http://www.eroticanthology.com/ .

Sunday, January 11, 2009

So You Want To Write A Book!

To start with, I want to say that I am sorry this is a day late. At first I had the thought to just post random resources each 10th. But then I thought maybe I should do something a bit more organized. Okay, yes I know that was my problem, organization. This is just not me. I manage rather well. I'm just not the best organized. I'm still going to try the 2nd thought anyway.

So, you think you want to write a book. You get a notepad or sit down on your computer but then where do you start? Hum. Good question.

You've probably been an avid reader since a child, inspired by a high school English teacher or discovered the magic of books in your adult years. The exact time it happened doesn't matter. It did. And now you believe you can do it too.

Good. Remember that when the journey gets hard and keep believing in yourself. Some days you may feel like you are all you have.

Where to start?

Read. Read. Read.

Read your favorites. Then read someone new. Someone you've never read before. See what is out on the market today. Read books on the craft of writing.

Research.

Scan publishers websites. See what they're looking for. See what they've published lately. Read their blogs. Sign up for their newsletters.

Write.

Got a story in your head you want to get out? Then sit down and write. Remember that your first story is a learning tool. It may or may not ever get published. Many writer's first stories are never published. But don't feel bad about that. After you've written 3 or 4, most likely you'll look back on the first one and see how far you've grown with each book.

*VERY IMPORTANT* Get critique partners.

Yahoo has a ton of writers groups. Do a search for for critique groups. It might take a few before you find the one that works for you. But when you do, you can learn so much from critique partners (CP). Make sure you find one in the genre that you write. This is important if you are writing romance, because they have elements to the story that other genres may not have and if your CP doesn't know about these elements, chances are your writing may suffer because of it.

Learn.

I started writing with a very thin skin. Not in this business. Find CPs that are a few steps ahead of you. You might not feel like you help them much, but you can while you learn from them. Later, you can return the favor by helping someone else. In the mean time, listen to them and learn all you can. you may need to step back a few days and let it sink in. You may even need to shed a few tears. In my case it was a lot of tears. My skin has gotten thicker and I have learned so much in the last 2 1/2 years.

Be patient.

It doesn't happen over night. Writing is more than just talent. It is hard work and determination as well. Give yourself time to grow and learn. Set a goal for how long you're willing to wait to get published before you reevaluate your dreams to write. I picked 5 years. If I hadn't grown and learned and seen myself close to getting published withing 5 years, I was going to rethink it. After all, writing takes a lot of time and energy. I met my goal in under 5 years. So I know I want to keep going, but it was work. Work I'm happy I did, work I would do again, rewarding work, but work nevertheless.

Okay then. If you are starting your writing journey or wondering why you can't get an editor's attention, you have a place to start.

Read.
Research.
Write.
Find critique partners.
Learn.
Be patient.

In the coming months I will break this down even farther. Until then, keep on writing.

Jasmine

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Author Web Site!

Let's start the new year off with a bang! This week I want to share an awesome author website-

http://www.kimberlykillion.com/home.asp .

This page has something for everyone. Whether you're a reader or an author, this site will not disappoint. And while you're there, check out her excerpts as I'm sure they will not disappoint either.


Jasmine

Monday, January 5, 2009

Schedule for January

Okay, I'm a bit late on this, but I have been thinking, (scary thing I know) about what to blog about. As I said before, I'm going to try to stay on a schedule for this. Schedules and me don't mix, so this will be a challenge. Now, if you want to talk about deadlines, well I can meet them, but a schedule? That's another ballgame.

So, to try and make this easier on me, instead of blogging on a different topic each day of the week (ex. Monday's=Man Candy) I'm going to go by the day of the month. I'll see if that works out better.

I plan to make this blog about my writing/writing and I hope it will interest readers and writers. But, since I am a human, I also plan to put my personality into it as well and share some about myself. You might read the scheduled list and wonder how that topic has to do with writing. Well, it probably doesn't, but it has to do with me.

So, on with the schedule.

1. Goals for the month (I know it passed this month already.)

2. Book trailer- Marital Affair by Jasmine Black (I know, this too has passed.)

3. Monthly schedule (I'll try to get on the 3rd from now on)

7. Author's web page

10. Writing resources (yes, this is more for writers)

13. Fibro and me (I am one of the lucky out of an estimated 10 million American with fibromyalgia.)

16. Book trailer

20. Book review

24. Eye catching cover art (This will be a cover art that grabs my attention. After all, it is my blog, so I better like the cover art I post.)

27. Green idea

30/31. Update on monthly goals


The list is what I am going to try to achieve. But it does not mean I won't post a random blog between these dates.

Again, if you would like me to list your book trailer, website, book review, or writing resource page, shoot me an email at jasmineblackromance@yahoo.com .

Jasmine

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!


It's 2009!
This year I have decided to start a blog. So there's no better time than the 1st to begin.

In the spirit of tradition, I'd like to share my new year's resolutions. Not that I will follow through with any of them, but it's nice to dream.

1. Lose the holiday weight I gained three years ago. When I get that off, I'll work on the weight from two years ago. Hey time flies by.

2. Get a raise.

3. Eat healthier. (Hum, I think I have to do this to achieve #1.)

4. Finish the stories I have started and get them ready to submit.

5. Attend more author chats.

In the spirit of starting new traditions, I'd like to share my new year's un-resolution's. Hopefully, I will follow through with these.

1. Continue to write the stories in my heart and head.

2. Continue to talk to the voices in my head and acknowledge they exist. (aka, stay on the meds.)

3. Continue to love my husband and create a happy environment in my home for my family. (aka, stay on the meds.)

4. Continue to work hard at my day job and serve veterans the best I can. (aka, stay on the meds.)

5. Relax, enjoy life and follow my dreams. (aka, stay on the meds.)
Thank you to Paris Knight for creating the picture for me.

Jasmine