Friday, 16 November 2018

From Joey's Instagram


And I'm 80% done with my final edits before it goes to my editor! So loving the story and really happy with how it's shaping up! ✒✒✒ . . . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #amediting #DyingThoughts7 #books #DyingThoughts #igreaders #igauthors #igwriters #booksinprogress #editor #writingcommunity #indiesofinstagram #writinglife #joeypaul
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Review of Traveler by S E Anderson

Sally’s search for Earth isn’t off to a good start: chased out of her hotel room and into the broom closet of a spaceship, she’s accidentally become a stowaway on the Alliance Flagship, Traveler.

But when sabotage and murder show the crew’s true colors, Zander and Blayde are forced to stay and help them out of their mess. Lies, drama, and deceit lead them light years away to a mysterious planet on the edge of the galaxy, where the crew must band together just to stay alive. Which would be much easier if they didn’t have to deal with a diva first-mate, a droid with a religious obsession, and Blayde’s Ex whose brain is a spaceship.

Finding Earth has to be put on the back burner, as Sally’s stuck tending alien boo-boos – and she still has no idea what she’s doing. And she might not live long enough to get off the planet in one piece.

My review: 5 stars
I adored the first two books and so knew I was in for a treat with this book and I was blown away by how good it was! You pick up with Sally, Zander and Blayde almost instantly from the end of the second book and immediately you're thrown into the action and drawn into the page with Anderson's unique writing style. I adored following Sally on her next adventure and loved every minute of this book. I will be eagerly awaiting book four!! Highly recommended!

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Thursday, 15 November 2018

From Joey's Instagram


And this week I'm talking about ARC or launch groups when it comes to publishing. Check it out at the link in my bio or here: http://www.youtube.com/JoeyPaulOnline 📚📚📚 . . . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #authortube #lovemyjob #ilovewriting #igwriters #igauthors #writingtips #authortuber #writingvlog #writingcommunity #indiesofinstagram #readers #readersofinstagram #writinglife #joeypaul #smallyoutuber
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Publishing: ARCs or Launch Groups [CC]


And today I'm talking about ARCs or Launch Groups in the publishing journey #Authortube

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Wednesday, 14 November 2018

From Joey's Instagram


Snuggling in bed, writing and kept company by #MissPenne who keeps my leg nice and warm. A perfect way to spend an evening! 😸+✒=📚 . . . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #kitty #snuggles #catsofinstagram #pastacats #writinglife #joeypaul #writingcommunity #indiesofinstagram #readers #iwriteya #igauthors #igwriters
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Tuesday, 13 November 2018

From Joey's Instagram


#TEASERTUESDAY Tara isn't having the best summer. Her dad was clear, she has to work! 😖😖😖 Buy it here: www.books2read.com/DTTW . . . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #books #igreaders #igauthors #igwriters #DyingThoughts3 #dyingthoughts #readers #readersofinstagram #bookworm #writingcommunity #indiesofinstagram #bookboost #yalit #joeypaul #writinglife
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Monday, 12 November 2018

From Joey's Instagram


You shall not write only pet. That's the rules by #MissViolet who's planted herself in my lap! Time to write over a fluffy kitty! ✒😻✒ . . . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #catsofinstagram #kitty #snuggles #writinglife #joeypaul #indiesofinstagram #readers #readersofinstagram #writingcommunity
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The Trials Of An Indie Author: All The Hats


THE TRIALS OF AN INDIE AUTHOR: ALL THE HATS

I've done a piece on this before about how as an indie author you wear a lot of different hats. (Found here). But it's been a good few years since then and I wanted to touch on it again under this series instead of just under the creative process. Because of course, I chose to do the indie route, but some people will choose to go traditional and I don't want it to appear that there's any right or wrong choice, because that's simply not true. Each patch appeals to different people for different reasons and both are valid. And when it comes to marketing, that's something the majority of authors will have to do whether they are indie or traditional. It's just how it works.

So, where do the hats come in to indie life? Well, marketing is one of those big ones. And as I said above, it's something that you'll have to do no matter which path you choose. While some traditional authors will have a little help with that, that's not the norm and they will be expected to do a lot of the hype-building and long term marketing on their own time. On top of that, the divide that has started, between those who are indie and self-pubbed and those who have gone the traditional route, is something that needs to stop. Authors working together can be a glorious thing and can lead to all of us feeling a little less stressed and a lot more included in the community.

But I digress, one of the big points I made in the original piece is that as an indie author, you are expected to wear a lot of hats, which is still true. The question is, which one of these you delegate and which ones you wear yourself. For every indie author, editing is one that needs to be delegated and for the majority of them, so is cover designing. By that I mean that no matter who you are, you need to hire an editor and when it comes to cover design, unless you yourself are a graphic artist, it's best to leave that to someone who is.

I could go over why on both of these points, but I feel like it's been said enough in regards to editing and covers, so instead I'm going to focus on the other hats and how working with other authors can be a good thing. It can help you grow your audience and also give you writing buddies which are always amazing to have. A lot of the time, I feel that too many places paint other authors as the "competition" and while I've talked about this before, I feel it bears repeating. Authors aren't your competition, they are your community. And being a part of that community is a very rewarding thing.

It's as simple as this. People read more than one book in their lifetime, they will read hundreds if not more. Buying someone else's book doesn't then mean they can't or won't buy yours. Lifting up and celebrating with people who have a similar audience to you is a good thing. It brings about connections and networks and also friends to rely on. For a long time, I was in the indie community on my own. I had other author friends... kinda. They had their ways of doing things and I had mine. We didn't talk unless one was going through a release and needed help and all of that stuff. It wasn't the right way to do things. But it was the only way I knew how.

I wore all the hats I needed to because I didn't know there was another way to do things. I did everything wrong. I went through my day spewing out blurbs and buy posts without really connecting with my readers. And that's basically why I'm still very much a small fish. You don't want to do that. You don't want to end up with thirteen books out and very little hype behind your name. I do well with the releases, I've learned over the years how to work them right, but for a long time I did that alone because I didn't realise that the writing community could be welcoming and working together.

And yes, I hold blame there because I didn't research and I didn't question the way that group of authors did things. I did eventually, but it got to the point where I felt so isolated by my work that I wondered if there was ever going to be any point in continuing. And then I started to see change because I was connecting with different people. I was actually engaging with people on Twitter instead of writing sales post after sales post. I started to communicate with other authors, starting doing the Friday posts which is solely about lifting up other authors within my community. And because of that, I realised that you don't have to wear all the hats, you can delegate but more than that, you can find your people. You can lift up other authors and know that shouting about how great they are, isn't going to hurt you.

So when people tell you that as an indie author you'll be isolated or doing everything yourself, realise that there is a grain of truth to that, but there's also something to be said for finding your people and growing with them, allowing yourself to cheer and be proud of other authors even if their success doesn't spur yours on. It's a hard business to be in, and you're gonna need friends. I know I do.


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Sunday, 11 November 2018

From Joey's Instagram


And it's a bonus video today! I'm talking about comparison and jealousy in the writing world! 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 #writingtips #authortuber #indiesofinstagram #readers #readersofinstagram #writinglife #joeypaul #smallyoutuber #writingcommunity
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That's The Tea With Joey: Comparison & Jealosy [CC]


And today I'm talking tea about Comparison and Jealousy #Authortube

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Saturday, 10 November 2018

From Joey's Instagram


#MissPenne is feeling better and all snuggled up with me while I celebrate getting to the 50% mark with edits for #DyingThoughts7 😸😸😸 . . . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #catsofinstagram #kitty #snuggles #pastacats #joeypaul #writinglife #indiesofinstagram #writingcommunity
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Friday, 9 November 2018

Review of Salf For Air by M C Frank

Seventeen-year-old Ellie dreams of mermen. She writes fanfiction about them and spends time in underwater kingdoms in her imagination, trying to escape the sad reality: she is an orphan. And not only that, but she’s bullied every day at school -she’s a nerd, she hates sports, she loves books and she used to be overweight. What’s not to bully?

One day, the bullies go too far. They try to drown her, but at the last minute an otherworldly creature shows up in the water. He keeps her breathing and tells her to live: "How will you be able to save anyone if you can't even save yourself?"

She thinks it was a dream, but the emerald-eyed merman boy who rescued her appears in her school the next day. Is he really the exiled prince of an ancient kingdom that's on the brink of utter destruction? And is he asking her to save him? Or is something far more sinister and deadly lurking in the water that surrounds her little Greek town?

When myth and reality collide, can love save their lives?

My Review: 5 stars
I picked this up because I have slowly fallen in love with the worlds MC Frank creates. And once again, I was along for the ride. The story is heartbreaking, but also empowering. It dives into a world that so many forget about, bringing Greek Mythology to life in the most poignant and beautiful way. Ellie is very much alone in the world and a writer who lives in her own worlds. I related to her so much, even as an adult, and I loved the way Frank weaved stories and myths together. It was amazing from start to finish and I cannot recommend it enough! You need to read Salt For Air!

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Thursday, 8 November 2018

From Joey's Instagram


That time of the month and I'm talking about what I've achieved, reviewing my goals and setting new ones! ✒📚✒ Watch 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 #joeypaul #smallyoutuber #writinglife #indiesofinstagram #writingcommunity
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Life Of Joey & Bi-Monthly Goals - November 2018 [CC]


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

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Tuesday, 6 November 2018

From Joey's Instagram


#TEASERTUESDAY Hetti has a lot to adapt too including Sabrina's driving! 👮‍♀️👮‍♀️👮‍♀️ Find out more here: www.books2read.com/WAM . . . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #books #igreaders #igauthors #igwriters #amreading #readersofinstagram #bookworm #bookboost #WAM #yalit #reading #WalkAMile #joeypaul #writinglife #readers #indiesofinstagram #writingcommunity
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Monday, 5 November 2018

5 Facts About My Current WIP: Cramping Chronicles: The Fourth Torment


5 FACTS ABOUT MY CURRENT WIP: CRAMPING CHRONICLES: THE FOURTH TORMENT

Last week I did five facts about Translucent (found here) and this week I'm doing the same about my other work in progress: Cramping Chronicles: The Fourth Torment. As usual, before I start I'll give you a bit of a rundown about what this book, and series is about.

Jessie Oliver is 15, and up until a few months ago, everything in a life was as it should be. Of course then she got sick and developed both M.E and Fibromyalgia which led to her needing a wheelchair. It was hard to adapt, but that's okay. Of course then the other problems started, she developed the ability to literally feel certain people's pain. It didn't take long for her and Gray to work out that she was an empath, a psychic recens empath. Her whole life got thrown up in the air and as she started a new school, made new friends, things just got more complicated. And in the fourth book, it's not different. Life is getting serious and she doesn't know if she has what it takes to win.

So onto my five facts!

#1 - JESSIE IS BI AND IN A RELATIONSHIP

Jessie and her girlfriend Meera, are only in the beginning stages of their first relationship. I didn't want to do an insta-love story and I also knew that for teenagers sometimes it's about getting together and then working out what you actually feel. The same can be said for a lot of adults too, myself included. I don't know if that's linked to my own possible ace-ness, but it made sense for it to work for Jessie and Meera.

#2 - GRAY IS JESSIE'S BEST FRIEND

Now Jessie didn't always have a lot of friends. Back at her old school, she hung out with Gray and pretty much believed that everyone else in the friend group just tolerated her. This wasn't completely true, but when Jessie had to move schools for access issues, and lost that daily contact with Gray, she had to test out her own ability to make good friends. She chose well, but she also still has that very strong friendship with Gray, and it's completely platonic and always will be.

#3 - JESSIE IS UNSURE ABOUT ATTENTIONOne thing becoming disabled did, was put her in the spotlight. When you throw in the added problem of the twitch, which is what they call her empath abilities, you start to be the one in the spotlight a lot of the time, and Jessie has never really been someone who liked that. Oh she's been told she does, but if she's honest, it aggravates her anxiety and makes her feel uncomfortable. Something she's still working to get over.

#4 - JESSIE TRUSTS HER FRIENDS, BUT CAN SHE TRUST OTHER PEOPLE?

To be fair, Jessie has been through a lot of things in the first three books, and part of that is knowing that not everyone has your best interests at heart. She'd always been someone who found it easy to give people the benefit of the doubt, but after what's happened, she's finding the world is different when you're different and even more so when you change from standing to sitting.

And finally, #5 - JESSIE DOESN'T KNOW IF SHE'S STRONG ENOUGH
There's a point when you have to realise that you can't do things alone. You have to ask for help, and part of Jessie's problem isn't that she didn't ask for help, it's that she relied too much on that help to the point where now she's facing something she is the only person able to do, and she's not sure she can. Lives are at stake, more than lives, and she's just not sure she's strong enough to do it, but what other choice does she have?

So those are my five facts about The Fourth Torment. Feel free to ask me questions in the comments!


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Sunday, 4 November 2018

From Joey's Instagram


And I'm taking you to #Darker18! I vlogged the whole weekend and now you can watch it! 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 #writingtips #authortuber #writingvlog #booksigning #purplehair #readers #readersofinstagram #indiesofinstagram #writingcommunity
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#Darker2018 Vlog [CC]


A vlog about going to #Darker2018 and all that goes into signings #Authortube

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Saturday, 3 November 2018

From Joey's Instagram


So a day if writing finally! I got my chapter done and am now snuggled up with #MissPenne 😻😻😻 Back to work tomorrow! . . . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #catsofinstagram #kitty #snuggles #pastacats #joeypaul #writinglife #readers #readersofinstagram #indiesofinstagram #writingcommunity
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Friday, 2 November 2018

From Joey's Instagram


And another day at the hospital for some IV iron tho it looks like cola going into my veins! Hopefully this will help! 😷😷😷 . . . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #chronicillness #spoonie #brittleasthma #spoonielife #wheelchairuser #oxygenuser #chronicpain #joeypaul #writinglife #indiesofinstagram #writingcommunity
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Review of Savior by A J Eversley

“Even I cannot outrun death. It chases me into darkness and can’t find the light. But he is coming back, and we will need every weapon we can find. And if that means turning to the one person who has caused me so much pain, just to save them all, I will do it…and it just might break me in the process.”

With the inevitable return of Coleman looming, Sawyer knows their army is not enough. On a journey to convince an ally to join their war, Sawyer discovers why the stars have placed the fate of the human race in her hands, but can she accept her destiny even if it means working with the man who tried to kill her?
Kenzie is her enemy. He’s tried to kill Sawyer more than once, and the control Coleman has over him will not fade. Yet, she can’t stay away from him. Both drawn to each other in a way neither can explain, they must learn to trust one another, as well as themselves if they want to survive. And soon, Sawyer will find that she doesn’t just fight for humanities survival, but her own as well. If she wants to live, she must first face the darkness.
One choice saved them from enslavement. One bond created a weapon to fight back. Now, one destiny will reach the stars.


The epic conclusion of the Watcher Series will decide the fate of the entire human race.

Amazon

My review: 5 stars
I read this in one sitting because I could not wait after finishing Carbon. Death is coming to Sawyer and her people and she has no way to stop it. With Max at her side, they both want the same thing, for Coleman to be gone and the people to be safe. But at what cost? I loved this story, and loved the fast pace with the romance intertwined. It wasn't the usual choice of past and present loves and it broke my heart as I kept reading to the end. This is a hell of a good book and I can not speak highly enough of the series as a whole. It's just downright amazing and I loved every second of it! Highly recommended!

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Thursday, 1 November 2018

From Joey's Instagram


Today I'm talking about what I've learnt in the three years since the start of #Jowrimogo! Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/JoeyPaulOnline or the link in my bio! ✒✒✒ . . . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #authortuber #writingvlog #vlogger #writingtips #authortube #lovemyjob #ilovewriting #writers #joeypaul #smallyoutuber #readers #readersofinstagram #bookworm #writingcommunity #indiesofinstagram
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3 Years Of #JoWriMoGo [CC]


Talking about three years of #JoWriMoGo on #Authortube

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