Tuesday, 18 December 2018

From Joey's Instagram

#TEASERTUESDAY Hetti isn't going to get much sleep but that's the job! 👮‍♀️👮‍♀️👮‍♀️ Buy here: www.books2read.com/WAM . . . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #books #igreaders #igauthors #igwriters #indiesofinstagram #readers #readersofinstagram #writinglife #joeypaul #writingcommunity #yalit #WalkAMile #bookboost

Monday, 17 December 2018

End Of Year Goals & How To Do Them - The Creative Process


It's coming up to that time of year again when we all look back to the year behind us, and forward to the year ahead. We all talk about how this time we're gonna do this or that and then we make goals that most of the time, we have every intention of doing, but forget about by the end of January. I have always done monthly goals on a private blog, and recently started to do bi-monthly goals on my Authortube channel. I also do end of year goals and had done that for a number of years, both here on this blog and on my channel.

So why did I add bi-monthly if I already did goals every year? Because I found that people were really interested in how I was doing goal wise. It also made sense to start working on the short term as well as the long term. I have my goals for 2019, but I also have the goals for every two months and those are widely varied. While one goal on my list for 2018 was to publish two books, my bi-monthly goals are based on writing chapters, reading a certain number of books, and also hitting certain smaller targets that get me on the path to publication.

2019 is gonna be a big year for me. It's not just because every new year I feel like I'm doing something different and going bigger and bigger, but I'm releasing three books and with it, the series that has been by my side for the majority of my writing career will come to an end. It's gonna be strange in 2020 to be releasing a brand new series and not have Tara and the Dying Thoughts series on my goal list. But I'm getting off target here. What happens to the end of year goals and what have I learned in the time since I started them, and then changed to focus more on the bi-monthly ones.

While I always made sure to keep my goals broad and long-term, there were some things that when I made them in December, I didn't realise I had no chance of doing. Like choosing to do 12 events in the year. What was past me thinking? Others were fine because, as I said, they were always going to happen. It was just how I went about doing them. So my advice for anyone wanting to make long term goals is to bear in mind that things can change in an instant and from there you may find yourself not wanting to do a certain thing, or not being able to.

I mentioned this a little in the first point, but you're wanting to think beyond one month. I always do the Goodreads reading challenge and one of my goals for this coming year is to do that again. But I didn't think to include that in my yearly goals for 2018, though I did include things that I expected to take a year - some did, some didn't. If you're looking at where you are right now and wanting to think further ahead, decide what seems reasonable. I always include things like getting to a certain level of reviews on Goodreads, and while I don't have a lot of control over that, I did make the goal in like November time.


Going on from that last point, don't set goals for certain number of followers on a social media site. I've done this over and over and have ended up being unable to meet the goal. Why? Because I don't have any control over who subs on youtube or follows on Twitter and the like. It's nice to have an idea of it, but in practice, it won't help you and it's just something to stress over and not be able to do anything about. On top of that, the numbers will change, they'll spike up and down and really, does it matter that much about followers when you're wanting engagement. That's not a criticism, I've done the same, but in the past year I've realised that I actually am okay with being a small fish, who gets people talking to them.

Now one of my main goals for the majority of the past few years has been to finish two books and start two new ones. This is a good goal for me because it takes me about 5/6 months to finish two books. This is something I know I can manage. But setting that for someone who takes longer to draft would be pointless because all it's going to do is set yourself up for failure. Remember what you're capable of and remind yourself of this if need be. There's nothing wrong with being realistic.

And finally, #5 - CHECK IN FROM TIME TO TIME
I did, for the first time actually, a six month check in. I realised when I did that that so many of my goals were easily met or were never going to be. That's why this year, I've made them more broad and within my own scope of ability. Don't push yourself to check every few weeks, but also don't leave them unchecked until December rolls around and you realise you could've reached this one or the other if you'd actually remembered it!

So there you have it, my five tips for making end of year goals. While I will continue to do my monthly and bi-monthly ones, I do like the idea of yearly goals as well. I think it's nice to have something to strive for in the long term and with that it means I'm able to look ahead to the year coming up! Good luck with your goals!

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Sunday, 16 December 2018

From Joey's Instagram

☃️Christmas Giveaway☃️ I have teamed up with #TheBookRobinHoods And some other authors who I'll tag below. 🎄 To enter all you have to do is follow me @authorjoeypaul and add my book #WalkAMile to goodreads. 🎄 Contest runs until December 31st! 🎄 Other authors to follow! @mcfrank_author @readcommendations @anniewoodsauthor @taralamesauthor @mstorialvarez @valtobin2 @mpsmithauthor @lilyluchesi @jaidisshaw @brandi_nicole_s @bellaemywrites @dlpitchford @kathylynncrossbooks @alyssadrakenovels @lichelleslater_author . . . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #readers #amreading #readersofinstagram #bookworm #bookboost #WAM #yalit #reading

Saturday, 15 December 2018

From Joey's Instagram

Nothing better on a rainy Saturday than cuddles with #MissPenne while I write my chapter! ✒✒✒😺😺😺 . . . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #writinglife #writingcommunity #indiesofinstagram #readers #readersofinstagram #bookworm #catsofinstagram #kitty #snuggles #pastacats #purplehair

Christmas Giveaway! - From #TheBookRobinHoods

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Friday, 14 December 2018

From Joey's Instagram

What a good year it's been. Here's my #topnine2018! They all symbolise great moments in 2018 for me! Wheelchair, books, signings and hair did! 🎄🎄🎄💜💜💜 . . . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #joeypaul #writinglife #readers #readersofinstagram #indiesofinstagram #writingcommunity #wheelchairuser #oxygenuser #chronicpain

Interview With Ian Pattinson

I am delighted to welcome Ian Pattinson to the blog for an interview. Here's a little about Ian:

I've been writing almost all my life, but it kicked into a higher gear when the Kindle came along. Writing under a number of pen names, I try to tease away at the edges of genres, looking for the stories that haven't been told yet.

And onto the interview! 

How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing stories ever since I learnt to write, and self published my first book in 2001 through a print on demand service. But I started doing it seriously when the Kindle came along and I was able to publish for it.

Do you write in the genre you love to read?
My favourite reading at the moment is non-fiction, but I find it inspires and informs my fiction. I’m a fan of science fiction and pulpy adventure and horror, and write in those genres. I also write crime, but I tend to consume that genre as films and TV shows, rather than prose.

I also have two pseudonyms who write the sort of erotica I'd love to read, but which isn't easy to find.

Do you have any favourite authors to read?
I was a big fan of Terry Pratchet, but, since his passing, I haven’t had any one author whose work I have been involved with in the same way.

Are you an organised writer or not?
I was organised for the first half of this year. Then I finished two novels within a couple of weeks of each other, without a plan for the next projects. I also started doing two webcomics around this time, and my prose production hasn’t been the same since then.

What's your idea of a perfect writing day?
Any day when I can get writing done early on is good. It sets me up for a productive day all round.

Do you like editing or is it something you loathe?
I’ve learnt to enjoy editing more in the last couple of years. I let a project sit for a while before doing two edits- one on screen, and then another on a printed copy.

What's your favourite social media? And why?
I’ve recently started posting to Instagram, and I’m enjoying that more than the other social media I use at the moment. I don’t know how to use it for promotion so much, though.

Twitter is something of an essential, but it’s becoming ever more infuriating because of the bots and problems with hate speech etc.

Do you have a favourite writing food? Drink?
Tea. Always tea. (Oh, okay, occasionally coffee.) I try not to snack whilst writing.

How often do you write? Do you have a schedule?
My schedule for the first half of the year was, when I could, to write before breakfast, which would get me off to a good start for the day. When I’m on a roll, I can write every day, but I don’t always manage that.

You can follow Ian on Twitter.

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Thursday, 13 December 2018

From Joey's Instagram

And it's that time of the month where I talk about what's been going on in my life and all I've managed in November! 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 #writinglife #joeypaul #smallyoutuber #readers #readersofinstagram #bookworm #writingcommunity #indiesofinstagram

Life Of Joey - December 2018 [CC]

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

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Tuesday, 11 December 2018

From Joey's Instagram

#TEASERTUESDAY Tara has never been one for school work, except things are changing. 👩‍🏫👩‍🏫👩‍🏫 Buy here: www.books2read.com/DTFS . . . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #books #igreaders #igauthors #igwriters #DyingThoughts5 #dyingthoughts #readingcommunity #writinglife #joeypaul #writingcommunity #indiesofinstagram #bookworm #bookboost

Monday, 10 December 2018

From Joey's Instagram

It's a Monday and #MissPenne has decided to watch over me as I write. She's actually just jumped up on my shoulder! On with the chapter! 🤯🤯🤯😺😺😺 . . . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #writinglife #writinggcommunity #indiesofinstagram #readers #readersofinstagram #joeypaul #cat #catsofinstagram #kitty #snuggles #pastacats #igauthors #igwriters #booksinprogress

Imposter Syndrome - The Creative Process


As someone who's been writing a number of years, has been published for a while too, I wanted to do a piece on imposter syndrome. Because I wanted to make it clear that it happens to everyone. It's not limited to writers either, though of course that will be what I focus on today. In case you've not heard of it, imposter syndrome is that feeling that you're faking it. That everyone around you is a professional and you do not belong. That people are gonna eventually find you out and expose you for what you are. It's common in writers and other creative pursuits, but it happens outside of that too.

So what can you do about it? I wanted to give you some tips to work through it. I've personally had trouble with it for the majority of my writing life, and even before that. It's part of writing life and I think the majority of writers and authors would admit to having it happen at some point in their career. It doesn't make you weird, it's just part of being creative.

One of the big things with imposter syndrome is that you're only in the position you are because of a mistake, whether that's a mistake made by readers, or an agent or publisher. Or even your own mistakes at thinking you could do this. The best thing you can do when hit with this kind of feeling is reach out to the people you trust and talk to them. This means fact checking. Did you land that agent by luck? Probably not. Do your readers love you work by some misconception, or is there more to it? Whoever it is you go to and whoever it is that you talk to, I guarantee they will be able to point out solid facts that will help bring you out of that cycle.

If you've fact checked, it might be a good idea to keep some kind of record of the good things people have said. I personally have a random good things folder on my computer that contains screen shots of nice reviews, of letters I've been sent, of fan reactions. I keep it so that when I'm having a moment of imposter syndrome, I'm able to remind myself of what people are saying. These are people who I don't know who have sent me random praise. And it helps so much! It can be the thing to lift you up when you have a bad writing day or even just when you feel like patting yourself on the back - which y'know, is okay to do!

This ties in to both points one and two, in that you'll need facts from friends and colleagues, but you'll also possibly need to do some digging for your own random praise. If you look back at where you started and look at where you are now this can be a big help with imposter syndrome. Because it reminds you that you didn't get here by accident, you worked hard and managed all your achievements because of that work. It can be a nice way to ground yourself and kick that gremlin and imposter syndrome to the kerb.

It can be an isolating journey being a writer. A lot of what we do can be done behind closed doors and in solitude. Some writers thrive better in that environment, but having said that, remember that you are not alone. This isn't some gigantic mistake that happened to you and put you where you are today. You did the hard work and you put in the words, the hours, the struggle of the journey. So give yourself a break, breathe and just remember that you're not alone and you will get there.

Imposter syndrome can be something that pulls you down, and it's never nice to feel like you don't belong. For a long time I didn't have a group of writers that I felt like I could go to with this kind of stuff. It's only been in the last 12 months that I've had that and I can't advocate enough for making the time to connect and find that group for yourself. You are working hard and you deserve to be here. Remind yourself of that and keep writing. Good Luck!

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Friday, 7 December 2018

From Joey's Instagram

This is my 1000th post on Instagram. And what better to share than my wheelchair all decked out for #Christmas! I have firefly lights on both wheels and they look amazing! 🎄🎄🎄 . . . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #indiesofinstagram #writinglife #joeypaul #wheelchairuser #oxygenuser #chronicpain

Review of Pearl's Number by Bethany Atazadeh

Evalene Vandereth’s adventure continues in the fast-paced second installment of the Number Series.

Evalene struggles to adjust to un-Numbered life, along with the rest of Eden. But the moment she learns her mother is still alive, it doesn’t matter anymore.

Discovering Pearl Vandereth was smuggled out of the country during a failed rebellion ten years ago shakes Evalene’s whole reality. There is only one thing she can do: find her.

Hunting down a cold trail, she travels to the Divided States from one territory to the next. But she never expects such an advanced nation to be so uncivilized. Between liars sending her in the wrong direction and hostile citizens, Evalene fears she’ll never locate her mother. And secretly, she’s terrified Pearl may not want to be found…

My review: 5 stars
I read the first book in this series recently and was super excited to be able to pre-order Pearl's Number. I read it almost as soon as it was out, and I was so happy with where the story started. It picked up with Evalene and her friends about six months after the first book ended. With the knowledge that her mother is alive, what can she do but go look for her. The story was a page-turner, bringing you from chapter to chapter, wondering whether she and her friends will survive, if love will bloom, and all that has happened, can it finally come together? Overall, an engaging, fast read, and very much enjoyed! I do recommend it!

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Thursday, 6 December 2018

Author Tag: The Winter Tag - Collab w/ Dal Cecil Runo [CC]

A Winter tag by myself and Dal Cecil Runo! #Authortube

DAL'S CHANNEL: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFR5phjFlbMiTpoRiNBMJ2Q



ICE: Which of your characters is likely to slip and slide?
SNOW: Which of your characters would be the first out there to build a snowman?
FIREPLACE: Who likes to snuggle up with a book and a nice warm fire?
HOT CHOCOLATE: Wwho takes charge of what to do on a cold day?
SNOWLFAKES: Who doesn't mind the cold and who would prefer to live on a tropical island away from it?
HOLIDAY SWEATERS: Who would wear the most ridiculous holiday sweater?
PRESENTS: Who buys the most thoughtful presents?
BAH HUMBUG: Who doesn't celebrate or get into the season and why?
YULE: Which two are most alike, but wouldn't agree with you saying so?
MOTHER IGGY: Who would be the mother figure, the wise mentor or just the mamafriend in your story and why?
MISTLETOE: Who is a double edged sword type of character? Healing to some and posionous to others?
LONGEST NIGHT: Which character is more likely to withstand all the downs of an antagonisitic force and still keep up hope for the brighter days?
NORTHERN LIGHTS: Which character is the colourful spirit who lights up everyone else during the dark and longer nights?


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HOLLY DAVIS: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ghQE8qqXNh6rswrG5zZfQ

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From Joey's Instagram

Happy December! Time for the Winter Tag by myself and @dalcecilruno. Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/JoeyPaulOnline or the link in my bio! ☃️☃️☃️❄❄❄ I tag: @writehollydavis @kimwritesbooks & @_brookepassmore . . . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writersofinstagram #authortube #lovemyjob #ilovewriting #igwriters #igauthors #writingtips #writinglife #joeypaul #smallyoutuber #readers #readersofinstagram #bookworm #writingcommunity #indiesofinstagram

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

From Joey's Instagram

#Repost @mcfrank_author (@get_repost) ・・・ #repsearch I N T E R N A T I O N A L . VALID THROUGH February : I am looking for reviewers for our new author-reader group called #thebookrobinhoods which includes almost 500 authors and bloggers. Looking for hundreds of free books to review and promote? Looking for new readers and reliable reviewers for your book? This is for you! . TO JOIN: . 1. Repost with full caption 1. Follow @mcfrank_author 2. Tag at least 3 readers/writers in a comments. (mention if you are a reader or a writer in the same comment) 3. You will receive a message with *super secret* instructions 📚🙆 . I will be doing #shoutouts of the joining members once a week! Good luck! 📖❄☕ . 📓LOOKING FOR AUTHORS too. Follow the exact same rules and please mention that you are an author (you will receive a different *super secret* message ☕ ) . Please note that comments in the style "I'm both a reader and a writer" will be rendered invalid at this time. Thank you. . . . P. S. I am of course an author of the Book Robin Hoods so if you join, you can request ALL my books for review *wink 😊 #justsayin . #books #read #reader #writer #bookworm #literature #bookish #bookishfeatures #bibliophile #bookstagram #booklover #booknerd #bookphotography #bookaddict #repsearch #ireadya #romancebooks #booklover #bookaddict #repsearch #thebookrobinhoods #writersofinsta #writersofinstagram #mybookfeatures

From Joey's Instagram

#TEASERTUESDAY Cat doesn't realise how much trouble she's in. 😧😧😧 Buy here: www.books2read.com/INAR . . . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #books #igreaders #igauthors #igwriters #INAR #bookboost #bookworm #amreading #readersofinstagram #yalit #reading #writinglife #joeypaul #bookcommunity #writingcommunity #indiesofinstagram

Monday, 3 December 2018

Networking With Other Authors - The Creative Process


I talked a few weeks ago about all the hats that an indie author has to wear (found here) but while talking about that, I touched on the fact that other authors are not your competition, whether they be indie or traditional. I wanted to broaden the scope on that and talk about it a little more without bogging down one post, so that brings me to today's discussion. Part of being an author is networking. And while the word itself, at least to me, feels like it has some negative connotations, it's not a bad thing.

Let me explain. When someone talks about "networking" they usually mean using someone else's connections to further their own goals. It's not a bad thing, when done right, but so often it feels like it just isn't done right. It feels like too many people are seeing this opportunity as a way to push down their fellow author and lift themselves up in the process. There has been a lot of talk recently about issues in the writing community as a whole, part of that has been the reason for some of my recent blog posts. I want to both address those issues and also point out other ways that we can turn the process around and make it a positive experience for everyone involved.

So what am I talking about? Quite simply networking should be something that helps both authors. It shouldn't be a case of using someone for what they have and then walking away. I've explained this before and I will again, a reader can be a fan of several different authors, hundreds even and while they may not buy your book at the same time as someone else, there's no reason for them not to later. Using another author as a stepping stone is what puts people off. That level of toxicity in the writing and author community is what pushes readers away. I feel like it's something that we need to be talking about, but also learning from our mistakes and moving forward.

And I'm not innocent in that. I've made mistakes, as I've talked about before. But I've learned from them and I'm moving forward. When it comes to making author friends, I no longer worry about the indie/traditional divide. I just wanna read good books and help authors. It's one of the reasons for my Friday posts, so that I can shine a line on people who write amazing books. I don't have a problem with who's published by which route because we're all out here doing what we do because we love telling stories and we love writing. So when I'm looking to connect with other authors, I'm doing so in a way that allows us both to shine.

Now we're coming to the end of the year, and I know I'm looking at the goals I set myself last year and I'm realising that in that time, my whole outlook has changed. When I sat down to make my 2018 goals around this time last year, I put the one on there that's always on there. To keep up with author contacts and make new ones. I did do that this year, but my eyes were also opened to the idea of having a writing community. It started at the tail end of 2017 but this year I have made actual friends, have found people who completely get me, get why I write, love my stories and are helping me grow. And I'm doing the same for them.

And it's great, it's amazing because I've finally got to a point where I'm realising one key fact: being an author doesn't have to be isolating. It doesn't have to be me vs them. It's about having a community that works together. You don't have to be alone and you don't have to be isolated. You do have to be thinking about lost sales because another author you know did well this month. There are more than enough readers to go around. I know that this year I have felt so much more connected to the reading community, but also the writing one, because I've networked, but not in the way where it's a negative thing, in the way where we all win, where I've made friends and I've read amazing books. I have a CP who writes bloody amazing books and loves reading mine. I've made connections with readers because of my Friday posts and because of the community I'm a part of.

So when you're thinking about how to do things, how to reach out in the author community, be aware and remember that it's not you vs the rest of us. It's all of us, doing what we love and having fun doing so. You don't have to be alone, whether that's on Twitter or Youtube or Tumblr or Facebook. You can be an author and have a group of people who get you, who want to know what you're working on and who cheer you on every step of the way. And you can be part of that group for someone else. You just have to remember that it's not a competition, it's a collaboration. And everyone wins.

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Sunday, 2 December 2018

From Joey's Instagram

#Repost @_megan_tennant (@get_repost) ・・・ It's officially #indiecember!! Don't know what that means? Indiecember is an indie author focused reading challenge built on the standard bingo board format. To claim a square you just have to leave an Amazon review for an indie book during December! Everyone who gets bingo can claim an entry to a huge giveaway going down on January 2nd (more info on that in a week or so). Q: are you participating in indiecember?! I'm playing flush style. Want to learn more? There's a video on my YouTube channel (Cloud Kitten Chronicles) and you can also see megantennant.com/indiecember. Give indie authors an amazing gift this holiday season whole simultaneously knocking out your Goodreads reading goals! In honor of Indiecember all of my Bookstagram posts will be indie books this month!! And I'll be trying to post at least two images a week. #indiecember #indieauthor #selfpublished #bookstagram #booklove