Tuesday, 16 October 2018

From Joey's Instagram


#TEASERTUESDAY Tara knows her dad is hiding something but he won't share what. An exercise in frustration. 😤😤 Buy here: www.books2read.com/DTFT . . . . #Authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #books #igreaders #igauthors #igwriters #DyingThoughts1 #dyingthoughts #readers #readersofinstagram #bookworm #wriringcommunity #indiesofinstagram #amreading #readersofinstagram #bookworm #bookboost #yalit #reading #joeypaul #writinglife
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From Joey's Instagram


Check out this awesome review and beautiful photo by @book.amour . #Repost @book.amour (@get_repost) ・・・ Name- Blackout Author- Joey Paul Genre- YA fiction Pages- 214 Blackout by Joey Paul is a wonderful young adult fiction work, talking about a teenager, Tally, and her life when she wakes up from a long coma, supposedly caused by a heavy drug consumption. Tally is a young girl with wonderful friends and is enjoying her school life. Being the most popular girl at school, everything seems perfect until one day she is told that her entire life was a dream. In reality, she doesn't have many friends and is bullied by others at school. Finding it difficult to absorb, she is shocked to find that even her father seems changed. Coping up with her new 'real' life at school, she starts getting flashbacks of her life and instances before she got into a coma. The book is her journey placing these pieces of information together to make some sense and know what actually happened. Paul has beautifully narrated the story of teenagers through Tally. The writing is simple but the element of thrill maintains the interest till the end. The book beautifully says how it is not always necessary to fit in, the right people come your way on their own. Though the climax was shocking and unpredictable, I felt it was a little too much. No doubt though that the book was worth the time. Thank you @authorjoeypaul for this amazing book! QOTD- What are your thoughts about teenage problems? #booklove #bookish #reading #bookstagram #books #bookreview #bookaddict #bookgeek #bookworm #bookaholic #novels #bibliophile #readingisfun #booksarelife #booktime #bookshelf #booksofinstagram #booknerd #beautifulbooks #favouritebookreview #blackout #joeypaul #youngadultfiction #thriller #bookamour
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Monday, 15 October 2018

From Joey's Instagram


And that's my fourth signing done and over with. Looking forward to 2019 and doing what I can then but as of yet I have no confirmed signings planned! 😫😫✒✒📚📚 . . . . #Authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #booksigning #Darker18 #readers #readersofinstagram #bookworm #wriringcommunity #indiesofinstagram #writinglife #joeypaul
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Beta Readers - The After Process


BETA READERS

Now I did a video on this recently (found here) but I thought I would touch on it a little as a Monday blog piece since it's something that I see a lot of questions being asked and people wondering about this part of the after process. I did, way back when I started the blog, have a piece about them, but I decided to update things now I have a few more books under my belt.

So what are beta readers? They're people within your target audience who read your manuscript in chunks and answer questions about it, way before it's published. Generally they're reading a second, third or fourth draft and they'll read it, go through the bits that work and the bits that don't. This usually all happens before you get to the professional edit simply because why pay to edit a book that's most likely gonna have lots of changes done to it. Beta readers come in all shapes and sizes and they need to be people who would normally read your work. There is little point in asking someone to be your beta reader if your work isn't something they'd pick up in a book shop.

As for what they do, they help you find any pitfalls and good points and all of that. It's a necessary part of the after process because it enables you to get that first idea of what readers think. Generally people will go through multiple rounds of betas. I've done up to five before to make sure that my book is up to scratch. A round of betas can be anywhere from 10-15 readers. When you get back their thoughts, you can make the changes and then will recruit another 10-15 readers for a second round and so on. The reasoning behind not using the same people is that you're wanting them to react to your work for the first time. If you use the same people, then you're not going to get that reaction, even if you've made extensive changes.

Now, where do you look for betas? I know this is a big question a lot of people want to know. The simple answer is everywhere. You can post on your social media asking for people wanting to read. You can use sites like The Book Robin Hoods, or Beta Books, though the last is not a site I've used and does cost after, I think, two or three betas. However, there are places out there. And while I've said that 10-15 is the better number, I know some people won't get that much interest and that's simply down to not having the social reach, which is okay. You can work with what you have and ask for signal boosts from other writer friends.

As to how you get their feedback, you can do this a number of ways. I prefer to do a questionnaire that the reader will fill out right after they finish reading that chunk, and from there I can work out what parts they liked and what parts they didn't like. On top of that, I can combine several different reactions. You may find that you have some changes that only one beta spoke up about, whereas others will be a general consensus. Beta readers are a necessary part of the indie and sometimes, traditional, publishing process. They are as useful as critique partners and can be a goldmine when you find ones who love your writing style.

I do know of other writers who do an interview with each beta and that can work for you should you wish. What you're asking for is detailed feedback. You don't just want to hear: It's great! I love it! But why, and what parts were great and how they were great. For some readers that's more work than they're willing to put in, and because of this you might find some of your readers dropping out, but that's okay because it's just part of the process. I generally have a waiting list or back up people just in case this happens.

Of course implementing their feedback is a daunting task, and of course, creative control stays with you at all times, but it needs to be done. This is not something you want to skip, because then your first reader reactions come after publication and when it's too late to change anything. So betas are a necessary part of the publishing process and while sometimes difficult to find, are best to utilise.

Do you have any tips on finding betas? Let us know in the comments below!


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Sunday, 14 October 2018

From Joey's Instagram


A bonus Sunday video on a tad ranting video about editing. It's basically not optional! 📚📚📚 Watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/JoeyPaulOnline or the link in my bio! . . . . #Authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #authortube #lovemyjob #ilovewriting #igwriters #igauthors #writingtips #authortuber #writingvlog #wriringcommunity #indiesofinstagram #readers #readersofinstagram #writinglife #joeypaul #smallyoutuber #writinglife
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Approaching a topic that we need to talk about more on #AuthorTube

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Friday, 12 October 2018

Review of In The Shadows by Sharon McDonnell

Until the age of fourteen Kiki lived a normal life, she was a happy, well-adjusted teenager, the only thing that marked her as different was her belief in her imaginary friend, Gabe. Shortly after her fourteenth birthday everything changed. Gabe was gone, and in his stead, came vile creatures out of her worse nightmares who wanted to control every aspect of her life.

Desperately trying to get on with her life Kiki hides what is happening from everyone, except her sister Tracey. As her sister’s mental state deteriorates Tracey’s is forced to take action

Kiki is hospitalised where she is drugged and is now at the mercy of her tormentors. Then begins an extraordinary journey into darkness that draws many people into her inner hell.


My review: 4 stars
This sounded like my kind of book, and so I picked it up. It was a different style than I'm used to in it all being told as prose rather than any dialogue, but once I got into it, I started to find it easier to follow. It tells the story of Kiki, Tracey and some of the people they meet along the way. Kiki has had a normal childhood, up until she reaches the age of fourteen and then everything seems to change for the worst. Tracey intervenes and it ends up with Kiki being admitted to a hospital, all the while trying to fight the darkness and inner hell. It was an interesting twist as the book continued and I found myself enjoying it as it came to an end. Good read.

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Thursday, 11 October 2018

From Joey's Instagram


And it's Thursday! That time of the month when I talk about all I did last month! Been a busy September! ✒✒✒ Find it here: http://www.youtube.com/JoeyPaulOnline or the link in my bio! . . . . #Authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #authortube #lovemyjob #ilovewriting #igwriters #igauthors #writingtips #writingadvice #wriringcommunity #indiesofinstagram #readers #readersofinstagram #writinglife #joeypaul #smallyoutuber
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Life Of Joey - October 2018 [CC]


All about my life in the past month and what I've been up to!

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Tuesday, 9 October 2018

From Joey's Instagram


#TEASERTUESDAY Tally has some issues with anger! 😡😡😡 Find out more here: www.books2read.com/BOUT . . . . #Authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #indiesofinstagram #writinglife #joeypaul #bookboost #bookworm #amreading #readersofinstagram #yalit #reading #Blackout #readera #wriringcommunity
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Sunday, 7 October 2018

From Joey's Instagram


The day after #Darker18 And I have to share this photo of @paulaacton And I at the ball. It was an amazing signing and weekend and headed home tomorrow but bring on #Darker19!! Thanks to @hourglassevents for such an amazing time! ☠☠👻👻😍😍✒📚✒ . . . . #Authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #booksigning #purplehair #readers #readersofinstagram #wriringcommunity #indiesofinstagram #readersofinstagram
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Saturday, 6 October 2018

From Joey's Instagram


At #Darker18! Come along and join the fun! Having an amazing start to the day! . . . . #Authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #booksigning #indiesofinstagram #readers #readersofinstagram #bookworm #wriringcommunity
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Friday, 5 October 2018

From Joey's Instagram


And we have arrived for #Darker18 getting some rest after the drive and chilling with Netflix and tea! Ready for the signing tomorrow! 📚✒📚. . . . . #Authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #indiesofinstagram #writinglife #joeypaul #booksigning #purplehair #readers #readersofinstagram #bookworm #wriringcommunity
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Review of Starstuck by S E Anderson

She could barely look after herself. Now, she's looking after the entire planet.


After an incident with a hot-air balloon causes college-dropout Sally Webber to lose her job, she sets off to find direction in her life. Crashing into a teleporting alien, however, is not on her to-do list.

Now she’s on the run from TV-drama-loving aliens, and things are just getting started. Zander won’t stop reeling her into life-or-death situations to save her planet, as he waits for his laser-wielding sister to search the universe for him. Though Sally isn’t quite sure if he wants to save Earth from annihilation, or just quell his curiosity of all things human.

Now she’s got to find lost alien emissaries, as well as a job, and stop the planet from getting incinerated in the process. But with Zander as her roommate, what could possibly go wrong?

My review: 5 stars
I have been following this author for a while and had the chance to pick up a copy of this book. I was expecting a much more serious sci-fi and I have to say I loved what I got. The story is engaging from page one, pulling you into Sally's life and wanting to know more. It's fun, quirky and heart breaking at the same time. I loved this book and have happily picked up the second and third to read as quickly as I can. An amazing story with a world that's so like our own. You fall in love with Sally and Zander almost immediately and want to know everything you can about their lives. Highly recommended for anyone who loves a good, funny sci-fi with some serious parts to it as well.

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Thursday, 4 October 2018

From Joey's Instagram


Happy Thursday! I'm talking this week about how to stay on track with your writing! ✒✒✒ . Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/JoeyPaulOnline or the link in my bio! . . . #Authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #authortube #lovemyjob #ilovewriting #igwriters #igauthors #writinglife #joeypaul #smallyoutuber #readers #readersofinstagram #bookworm #writingtips #wriringcommunity #indiesofinstagram
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Staying On Track Writing [CC]


Talking about staying on track with your writing #Authortube

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Wednesday, 3 October 2018

From Joey's Instagram


You know it's a bad day when your first aid pouch is in use. Bleurgh to nausea and pain. 😷😷😷🤢🤢🤢 . But I am still getting something written! How do you handle bad days? . . . #Authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #spoonie #chronicillness #brittleasthma #oxygenuser #wheelchairuser #spoonielife #chronicpain #joeypaul #writinglife #indiesofinstagram #readers #readersofinstagram
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Tuesday, 2 October 2018

From Joey's Instagram


#TEASERTUESDAY Tara's not sure about all these feelings and she's not all that sure that she wants to know either. Kaolin to the rescue! 👫👫 Buy here: www.books2read.con/DTSC . . . . #Authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #readers #amreading #readersofinstagram #bookworm #bookboost #yalit #reading #booklover #bookstagram #DTSC #dyingthoughts #books #igreaders #igauthors #igwriters #DyingThoughts6 #writinglife #joeypaul #wriringcommunity #indiesofinstagram
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From Joey's Instagram


Just #fourdaystogo until #Darker18! You can grab your tickets here: http://bit.ly/2IVeJXK and join me and 29 other authors on October 6th at the Bull Hotel in Peterborough! 👻👻👻 . . . . #Authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #booksigning #purplehair #readers #readersofinstagram #bookworm #wriringcommunity #indiesofinstagram
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Monday, 1 October 2018

Editing As You Go - The After Process


EDITING AS YOU GO

I've not done a piece on this before and I thought that it might be a good one to do because I get a lot of questions about it and I know other authors and writers who do the same and also get asked about it a lot. I, personally, will edit as I write. I do not recommend this for a newbie writer because it's something that can lead to you getting stuck in this never-ending cycle of chasing the perfect first chapter, which FYI, isn't gonna happen.

However, I do know that some writers find that they want to produce as clean as first draft as possible, and part of that is learning how to edit as you go. Personally, I've always needed to look back at the last chapter (or two) to remember where I am in the story and the general feeling of the plot, pacing and all the rest. I know a lot of people will say to just open up a document and write, and if you're doing it regularly, then yeah that works, but for a long time in my early career, I was writing on the odd day here and there and I needed to familiarise myself with everything before I dove back in.

This won't work for everyone and that's more than okay, but when I got to a point where I felt like I knew what I was looking for, I started to edit as I went. Some writers can do this from their first manuscript, but it's rare and it's okay to not be one of those. When I read through the previous chapter now to get ready to start writing, I check for this like awkward sentences, that the pacing is okay, whether there's some grammar issues and plot issues and all the like. It means that when I finish the first draft, it's had a bit more drafting to it than one of my earlier works.

So how do you know if you're able to do this? I thought of a few pointers to look for and decided to share them. As I said above, not everyone can do it, and that's cool and completely fine. I wasn't able to for a huge chunk of my career and it's not a bad thing to need to draft completely before going back to start your second draft and such. So keep that in mind and here we go!

#1 - ARE YOU ABLE TO READ BACK THROUGH YOUR WORK WHILE DRAFTING?

If this is something you find yourself able to do, then it might be possible that you're able to edit as you go. If you're someone who can't do this, then it's probably better to keep moving forward and leave the edits to when everything is wrapped up.

#2 - ARE YOU A PLANSTER/PLANNER?

I ask this because if you have a better idea of where the ending is going to land, then editing as you go is something you might be able to do. I added planster because I'm that and I don't always know what the end scene is going to be like. Because of that I can't always predict where things will go and what might need to be taken out. Now if you plan and have a major outline, then you can see further ahead and with that knowledge you'll be able to tell which scenes work and which don't. I always advise that you don't edit the work the same day you wrote it. Sleep on it, and then come back to it the next day or next time to write to see how it looks.

#3 - IF NOT A PLANSTER/PLANNER, DO YOU HAVE AN ENDING IN MIND?

I know this sounds like it's very similar to question two, and in a way it is, but I know that with some books, even if I don't have a big idea of where I'm going, I *do* know the ending. In all of my crime books, bar one, I always knew where I was leading to, who the killer was and how to get there. I say bar one because there was one where a new suspect popped up and I didn't have the first clue they'd be there, which made editing as I went impossible. But if you are someone who knows where the ending will be, then maybe you can try editing as you go and decide which clues to drop where and when.

Now as I've said, it's not for everyone and it's also not something I recommend a completely new writer do, but if you think it's something you can do without getting stuck in that circle of perfect hell, then give it a go. You might find it does work for you or you might not, and both of those are completely okay. If you have any tips you want to add, lemme know in the comments!

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Sunday, 30 September 2018

Final Tally for #JoWriMoGo September 2018

I managed 24 chapters, 116 pages and 63,578 words on September!!


On to October!

From Joey's Instagram


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Novel Updates: What's Coming? [CC]


A bonus video about my upcoming releases!

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Friday, 28 September 2018

From Joey's Instagram


And I had my hair did! It's short and purple ready for #Darker18! I love it! Now back to work! ✒✒✒💜💜💜 . . . . #Authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #writinglife #wriringcommunity #joeypaul #indiesofinstagram #purpleisthebest #purplehair
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Review of Watcher by A J Eversely

"First came the Bots. They were meant to serve us, but they turned and thousands died. Then the Carbons arrived and we were left with only a few hundred humans. After ten years of war, I'm one of the few survivors. I'm a Watcher, and I won't give up the fight."

As a Watcher, Sawyer Russo has sworn to protect her fellow humans. But the Bots and Carbons that overran her city are evolving, and are picking off her comrades one by one.
Embarking on a desperate mission to save humanity from extinction, Sawyer discovers that the line between friend and foe is no longer easily drawn when one of her own betrays them. Faced with a choice between fulfilling her vow and avenging those who have fallen, she must ultimately decide who can be saved … and who can’t.

My review: 5 stars
I picked up this book because I'd heard good things about the author and was blown away by the story. It starts with the watcher life, with the history of the world sprinkled between the pages in such a way that you never feel like you're getting an info-dump or that you don't know the reasoning behind what's happening. The book is beautifully written with a love story that pulls at your heart and keeps you turning the pages. The plot twists are ones you won't see coming and every little piece of foreshadowing makes sense. I adored this book and am desperate to finish the series! Highly recommended!

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Thursday, 27 September 2018

From Joey's Instagram


This week I'm talking about betas! You can get all my info about them with this video here: http://www.youtube.com/JoeyPaulOnline or the link in my bio! ✒✒✒ . . . #Authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #authortube #lovemyjob #ilovewriting #igwriters #igauthors #writingtips #writinglife #joeypaul #smallyoutuber #readers #readersofinstagram #bookworm #wriringcommunity #indiesofinstagram
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Publishing: Beta Readers [CC]


And we're talking about beta readers! #Authortube

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Tuesday, 25 September 2018

From Joey's Instagram


#TEASERTUESDAY Hetti is pretty sure of this woman's guilt but yet she has no idea of what to do. 👮‍♀️👮‍♀️ Check it out here: www.books2read.com/WAM 📚 . . . #Authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #bookboost #books #igreaders #igauthors #igwriters #amreading #readersofinstagram #bookworm #yalit #reading #WalkAMile #writinglife #wriringcommunity #joeypaul #indiesofinstagram
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Monday, 24 September 2018

From Joey's Instagram


And Autumn has started! You can tell from the hoodie! Got my writing jam on and glad to be getting my hair did on Thursday in time for #Darker2018! Nice and short and purple too! Back to writing! ✒✒✒💜💜💜 . . . . #Authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #indiesofinstagram #writinglife #joeypaul #booksigning #purpleisthebest #wriringcommunity
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The Trials Of A Crime Writer: Info-Dumping


THE TRIALS OF A CRIME WRITE: INFO-DUMPING

You've probably heard all about this right? I mean, most writers know about this, and it's a fairly common piece of advice that you hear. Exposition and info-dumping should never be done no matter who you are. You'll probably hear a lot of different people say it. You hear a lot of contradicting advice about it too because you'll read one author who does it and gets away with it, and then read another who's telling you that it is the sign of a lazy writer and therefore should never be done. It's kinda hard to work out which one to follow and which one is the industry's actual truth.

But never fear, for I am here to talk to you about it properly. I've put this under the crime writer heading because I generally find that's when information is most needed for both the characters and the reader. The majority of people don't know how crime scenes work, they don't know the ins and outs, and when you're writing a book that deals with a degree of closeness to the police or person solving the crime, you, the writer, will be doing a ton of research about it to make sure you know what you're doing. But there's the thing, while tempting to dump all that information about how DNA is found and how a fingerprint is lifted, you don't need to.

The majority of the time, the reader is reading because they like the crime genre for a wide variety of reasons, they won't be reading to get the most up to date details about fingerprints and DNA. So in that regard, as much as it sucks, you can't flood the pages with the intricate details of how it works...unless it's relevant to the story. Now I know what you're thinking, it sounds like I'm being a bit wishy-washy with it, right? How do you tell the difference between something you should share and something that's an info-dump? I have some tips for you, so hang on tight!

#1 - WILL THE STORY WORK WITHOUT IT?

If the piece of information you're wanting to supply is something the story can't work without, then it's not an info-dump, it's something you need to include. You can find a way to do this without just lots and lots of exposition, but of course that's going to depend on your own writing style, the story and the piece of information itself. If you think it's something the reader could understand the story without, then you might need to cut it and let the scene stand without it. This is a good thing to check with your beta readers - if they read the scene with unanswered questions, it might be a case of needing to give them some of the background.

#2 - IS IT SOMETHING PEOPLE WOULD ALREADY KNOW?
With the hype of CSI and other crime scene shows, a lot of things about fingerprinting, DNA, crime scenes are actually already widely known. So if you're getting to a scene where you wanna talk about something that you feel needs to be explained, ask yourself if it's something that the reader could know without your input. This kinda ties into the first question because if it's something the story works without and it's something the average reader would know, then that exposition is probably not needed. However on the flip side, if you're introducing something either not well-known or even something you've made up yourself (as I did in Walk A Mile) then you might need to explain things. But again, don't be heavy on the info, you wanna sprinkle, not dump into the scene.

#3 - WILL IT STOP THE STORY OR AFFECT THE PACE?
This is a big thing, one of the reasons so many places tell you not to info-dump is because it messes with the pacing of the story. Think about it, if you're in a fast-paced scene, you don't wanna be stopping the action to explain things to your readers. That just ruins the scene for the reader and is a no-no. If you can provide the information needed, and you've checked with the other two points, then you need to either wait until the scene has passed, or you need to find a way to weave it in without effecting the pacing of the story. Put it this way, if this were a film and they had to pause the action for the voice over to give you details that either aren't needed, or you're already aware of, it's gonna have an effect on your enjoyment of it.

So those are my top three questions when it comes to info-dump. I find that if you can work your way through each of them, you'll have a pretty good idea about whether or not you need to include that information. Of course, your mileage may vary, but I find these work for me. Now go forth and write!


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Friday, 21 September 2018

From Joey's Instagram


And my first day off in a while and it's a #Mepo day. I've also got a port flush and a check in with my doc because of the issues over the weekend. But no writing and hopefully won't feel too bad! 😷😷😷 #Authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #writinglife #spoonie #chronicillness #brittleasthma #oxygenuser #wheelchairuser #spoonielife
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Interview with Manda Mellett & Review of Rock Bottom



I am delighted to be joined on the blog today by Manda Mellett for both an interview and my review of her latst book - Rock Bottom. Here's a little about Manda:


Manda Mellett writes romance, but not your typical everyday boy meets girl stuff. Using her research and psychology background she takes flawed, real life characters and puts them into situations full of suspense where their characters gradually emerge. Expect to find nail-biting moments and be brought to tears and laughter as you turn the pages of her full-length books. 

While she writes series, each book can be picked up and read as a standalone, or the books read out of order. Manda lives in the beautiful countryside of North Essex in the UK with her husband of thirty years and two lively Irish Setters. Needless to say she enjoys walking, but time at home is normally spent reading or writing. 

Manda previously enjoy riding and had her own horse, and enjoyed time in a different saddle when she owned her own motorbike. Manda’s son lives away from home now, but her remains her best supporter. 

And onto the interview!

How long have you been writing?
The short answer is all my life. The longer answer is that although I previously attempted to write full length novels, I didn’t have the discipline required to turn them into something marketable. It wasn’t until four years ago I was lucky enough to get a contract from a publisher for a non-fiction book. Working with an editor taught me that discipline I lacked before, and how to produce a polished product.

When I’d finished the non-fiction book, I decided to turn my hand to fiction. It took me eighteen months to make my first book as good as it could be, but then I began to speed up. I now have thirteen published fiction novels and produce one every two months or so. I can only do this with an excellent team behind me; my wonderful beta readers, cover designer, formatter, editor and proofreader.

Do you write in the genre you love to read?
Yes, I do. But I do have a varied reading taste.

Do you have any favourite authors to read?
Too many to mention. Lexi Blake and Cherise Sinclair are two of my one clickers.

Are you an organised writer or not?
I’m organised in that I sit at my desk writing from about 7am to 3pm (with a break to walk my dogs at lunchtime). Even if the words don’t flow, I make myself write, and often the scenes I need to squeeze out like blood from a stone turn out to be the best.
If you’re talking about my desk I’ve got paperwork piled up and in no particular order. As long as I can find my mouse and keyboard that’s all I need. So, as a person, I’m not very organised.

One thing I do insist on though, is having a schedule. I try to turn out at least 5,000 words a day, and always have a timetable for my next release. That way I can ensure the people I rely on can deliver to the timescales I need.

Do you like editing or is it something you loathe?
I love it. I never write a plan, so the first draft of my book is just the story as it comes out of my head. Sometimes the characters take me in directions I haven’t thought of. I usually get down around 100,000 words the first time. Editing enables me to fill in the blanks and flesh out the text. After a few rounds of editing the book goes to the editor and beta readers, then I work on their suggestions. In the end I can have 130,000 words for my finished book.

Do you do character profiles? If so, why/why not?
Yes and no. I don’t sit and flesh out their characters before I start writing. By the time the idea for the book has germinated in my head, I usually have a pretty good idea of who they are and what they look like. Brief details, I’ll keep in my character spreadsheet. I know who they are when I start the book, and often they’ll develop through the story.

Who each character is, is important to me, as my plots take them on a journey. They become as real to me as any flesh and blood friend. I feel if I wrote a description of them before I started the book, they wouldn’t develop so naturally. I do try and make all my characters different, with little foibles and mannerisms unique to them, but that’s not hard as they are all individuals.

How would you describe your writing process?
Seat of the pants. I write as though I’m reading. I never know what’s going to happen next. In one book the characters decide to get piercings. Yes, they decided. Not me. Had to do a whole lot of research I wasn’t expecting. But that’s how I write, I let the characters talk to me and listen to what they’re saying.
I figure if I don’t know what’s going to come next, my readers will be surprised as well. I start with a general idea and a blank sheet of paper, then just start typing.

Do you prefer ebooks or paperbacks? Why?
I love the feel of a paperback in my hand, but find ebooks much more convenient. I like being able to alter the font size so it’s comfortable for my eyes, and being able to carry lots of books with me.

What's your favourite idea of a cozy afternoon?
Curling up with my dogs and reading a good book.

How often do you write? Do you have a schedule?
I’m lucky enough to be able to write full time. I write Monday to Friday for about seven hours. After that time I’m worn out, so I then switch to reading, research, and using social media to interact with readers and friends. In the evening I’m often doing takeovers. I work harder than I ever did in a full time job.

I don’t write at weekends and holidays as my husband is at home then. It’s hard when you’re in the middle of an intense scene and he interrupts me, even if it’s to ask whether I want a cup of tea. I’ve had times where someone’s just about to strike a killing blow, or have to evade it, when I’m forced to come to an abrupt halt. So I find it easier to take both days off to catch up on my chores.

Rock

Rock I’ve committed the ultimate crime. To repay my gambling debts, I’ve stolen from my MC. Now, I’m out in bad standing.
Cast adrift from all men I called Brother, I approach a rival MC. They let me join on the basis I share all the information about my previous club. In other words, they want me to help them take out the Satan’s Devils. What option have I got? I can’t ride alone, and no other club would take me.

Having to start from the bottom as a prospect is a shit job, but I’m just grateful they’ve given me a new home. It’s not as if I don’t know what I have to do to get my patch.

The Chaos Riders are a completely different type of club to what I’m used to. As I betray the Devils, I slowly learn their secrets. Including what they keep in the cellar.

Becca

I’m held captive. Kept chained in this filthy place which reeks of blood. I can’t remember the last time I showered or had a change of clothes, and I’m fed only enough to keep me alive. My sentence to remain here for thirty-six months until my husband is released from prison.

I’m not going to last.

They feed me twice a day and empty my disgusting bucket only once. The same unsympathetic man each time. Until, one morning, a new man appears. Do I read sympathy in his eyes? Will he help me? Or is getting his patch and becoming a member of this hateful motorcycle club more important than helping me?

My Review: 5 stars
I picked this one up and wasn't sure if I'd enjoy it. I was hooked by the end of the first page and sat down to lose myself in a excellent tale of romance, action, mystery and intrigue. I loved this book, and even though I've not read the previous ones, I felt like this one could be a standalone. The author has a way of selling you the characters and their stories that you feel pulled in and along with them. Very much enjoyed!

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Thursday, 20 September 2018

From Joey's Instagram


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Tuesday, 18 September 2018

From Joey's Instagram


And on with my words of the day! I have today and two more days after that to work and then one day off for #Mepo which is gonna be awesome! ✒✒✒ #Authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #writinglife #CrampingChronicles4
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