Wednesday, February 1, 2023

IWSG Post and Book Covers


I have a lot of plans for 2023. Both personal and professional, and luckily for me I’ve started putting the plans into action. I did a 21- day Yoga challenge from January 2nd to 22nd and trust me, it was wonderful. I feel fitter and more flexible. I feel it’s time for me to explore and do many different things in life. I’m excited about all the things I want to do.

I can’t believe that we are already in the second month of the year. It’s time for another IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group) post. IWSG was started by Alex J Cavanaugh, the author of amazing books :  CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars. He has also been instrumental in building the wonderful IWSG website.

The awesome co-hosts for the February 1 posting of the IWSG are Jacqui MurrayRonel Janse van Vuuren, Pat Garcia and Gwen Gardener!

February 1 question - If you are an Indie author, do you make your own covers or purchase them? If you publish trad, how much input do you have about what goes on your cover?

So far, I have been traditionally published and all my publishers have taken my inputs into consideration regarding my book covers. In fact last year I wasn’t happy with two of my book covers, the publishers obliged by getting a different cover done. A cover is the first thing a reader sees, and a bad cover will never attract a reader. I’m lucky that my publishers/editors take my opinion regarding my book covers and that we are on the same page regarding book covers.

What about you all?



Wednesday, January 4, 2023

My January IWSG Post and Words of the Year


Welcome 2023. I have big plans for you. Happy New Year to all of you.

I’m excited to see what 2023 has in store for me. 2022 was super in many ways. I had four books released last year and I signed contracts for a few more. I’m hoping this year will be even better.

Its time for the first IWSG of the new year. I thank Alex J Cavanaugh for starting IWSG and providing us writers with a platform and a place to hang out online. A man of many talents, a warm and extremely helpful human, Alex is a rockstar in many ways. He has authored some amazing bestsellers:  CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars. He has also been instrumental in building the wonderful IWSG website.

The awesome co-hosts for the January 4 posting of the IWSG are Jemima Pett, Debs Carey, Kim Lajevardi, Sarah Foster, Natalie Aquirre and T. Powell Coltrin.

January 4 question - Do you have a word of the year? Is there one word that sums up what you need to work on or change in the coming year? For instance, in 2021 my word of the year was Finish. I was determined to finished my first draft by the end of the year. In 2022, my word of the year was Ease. I want to get my process, systems, finances, and routines where life flows with ease and less chaos. What is your word for 2023? Why?

I have two words for 2023. Conquer and Explore. Conquer my fears. And Explore new terrain, both personally and professionally. I already put the process for both in motion, in the last month of last year. Looking forward to seeing where this takes me.

What about you all? What’s your word for 2023. Or like me do you have two words?





Wednesday, December 7, 2022

My December IWSG Post and Holidays


We have reached the last post of 2022. For me it has been a fantastic writing year as I have 4 books published this year and have signed several more contracts for next year. Touch wood. Next year I hope to start querying literary agents for my new books which I hope to finish writing by mid 2023.

Its always fun to do the IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group) Post on the first Wednesday of every month. IWSG was started by Alex J Cavanaugh, he is the author of Amazon Bestsellers: CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars. Do visit the IWSG website for some amazing articles on writing and publishing.

The awesome co-hosts for the December 7 posting of the IWSG are Joylene Nowell Butler, Chemist Ken, Natalie Aguirre, Nancy Gideon and Cathrina Constantine.

December 7 question - It's holiday time! Are the holidays a time to catch up or fall behind on writer goals?

Holidays are a time to catch up with family and friends for me. I seldom achieve my writing goals during the holidays. Nowadays, I’m trying not to stress too much if I don’t meet my writing target for the day, because even when I don’t write, I’m still working on my book, but in my mind. One good thing that has happened from the last few days is that I’ve started digging into my extensive TBR pile and enjoying disappearing into another writer’s story world.

What about you all? Are holidays a time to catch up or fall behind on your writing goals?

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in advance.