Palessa’s on a writing break, in theory…

Here we go again...sorta 😸

This is me on a writing break…writing. It’s a sickness.😐 Actually, I’m outlining a story that’s been in the back on my head for a couple of years now. Mel is a minor character from #UnchainedHearts that hit me, especially during that last scene. Then as I read and recuperate from burnout (yep, Sandro burned me out and he’s still not done yet 🙅 ) Mel’s story is hitting me. So I’m outlining, sleeping on it, waking up with it, researching it with hopes of sharing Mel’s story in late 2017 *fingers crossed* as I have some Baxter-related news on the way🙄
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So That Ugly Draft with That Elkanah Guy is Done!

Sooo this happened  last night. I was going to crop and cut because it’s messy and ugly but then I thought, nope. This is writerlife.This is how my process rolls. My initial thoughts are messy, imperfect, incomplete,…  I call this an Ugly First Draft (#UFD) for a reason. I don’t know when I’ll get around to first edits as I have other stories pending want to figure out this new series a bit more before I start the process of getting it out. But Elkanah’s story is out of my head. One more step before I can put it to bed completely until it’s time.

For those who try to read my not-so-great scratch 😁 it reads:

“Because of the losses he bared and what the pain of that made him do, maybe the stain on his soul from all of it was enough.  Maybe justice was the images he could never forget. Only Elkanah Bennett knew for sure and for Sheriff Thaddeus Johns, that was as good as it got.”

I am contemplating another story I’ve had on the back burner for a while… I’ll keep you posted! 

Good Grief, I’m at it again! 

Meet Elkanah…sorta

Took a bit of a break but this UFD (Ugly First Draft) of this story in a series I haven’t even fully discussed yet is pulling me. I was inspired by a song and this Orelle series was the perfect place to put it. I look forward to sharing this series with everyone around 2018 (yep, it’s like THAT. If I can do it sooner, I will) as I have to get moving in some other serious historical research that’s been waiting for me since late 2014! 😵 😵😵

Yeah, author problems, right? Well, back to it.

Back online after two months offline PLUS I penned some ugly first drafts!

Pic of Ugly First Draft (UFD) of Fortune's Smile by AuthorPalessa #Palessa

Some people swear that they can’t live without their tablets/laptops/computers but when you’re forced to do just that, life has a funny way of going on anyway. My tablet died in June. And affording a new one was a bit of a challenge so I had to wait. 

Life, however, roped me in and dragged me down into a whirlpool but things managed to work out and I’m here. Still standing and, hopefully, a bit wiser. While all that was going on, I rediscovered the “old school” way of writing. That was how I used to do it and I have to say it felt like I was going back to my roots.

It. Felt. Great.

I was a lot less judgemental and the idea flowed so much better. I enjoyed writing these stories and the process in general. Of course, it’s a bit more work because I have to now transcribe what I’ve written but I’m good with it.

So, in my offline time, I wrote out Fortune’s Smile and Fashion House,
two standalone stories, plus I outlined a story for a new series I hope to release 2017/8. 

Plus, I’m planning to release something special for the Baxter Family Saga before I get Baxter 4 ready (😩 yes, yes, I know. There wasn’t supposed to be a Baxter 4 but Quinn made a liar out of me. More about that later)

So, as I play a monster game of Catch Up as well as some other pressing personal business, I will be trying to get my self-publishing ducks back in a row. 

I will keep you all posted.

My Permafree Experience: a Guest Post by M T McGuire

Really great take for authors on why you should make younfidst book permafree and how it will help the others. Excellent!

Nicholas C. Rossis

Few Are Chosen cover | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksIf you read the cool comments under my posts, you may remember a dialogue I had with author M T McGuire, where I offered her a guest post spot if she’d share her experience making her book, Few Are Chosenpermafree

She not only came through, but has written one of the most comprehensive, honest and fascinating posts I’ve ever read on the subject. I hope you find it as interesting as I did!

My Permafree Experience

Hello everyone and thank you, Nicholas, for inviting me here today. I’m going to talk about permafree books, or my permafree experience, to be precise.

So, Permafree? that’s like Born free, right?

Not exactly. In case you’re new to this and don’t know, a permafree book is free to download from all the major retailers. In my case, the book we are looking at started as a nascent kernel of…

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How to Tame Amazon’s Algorithm to Increase your Sales Rank

A really great article for those of us who want a better “understanding” of how Amazon’s Algorithm might work. Has some great takeaways.

Nicholas C. Rossis

Amazon | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Image:

When I launched Honest Fibs the other day, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that with just a couple of dozen sales in a few days, it had reached the phenomenal sales rank of some #40,000.

This got me thinking: how is that even possible? I don’t think any of my older works have performed so well, even when they sell bigger numbers – say during a promo.

Then I came across a great resource, courtesy of The Passive Guy: an educated guess as to how Amazon’s ranking algorithm works, by John Doppler of Self-Publishing Advice. I examine his points here and look at how you can use them to increase your own sales.

Amazon’s Sales Rank

As a closely guarded secret, Amazon’s sales rank remains a perpetual source of confusion and myth. Authors find themselves asking questions like this all the time:

  • “Why…

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