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How to Destroy Your Writing Career


I have a tendency to download free first in series novels written by indie authors. I've found some really good authors that way, but I've also made a disturbing discovery. There are a lot of new authors who feel their first draft is good enough for publishing. When I (and I'm sure many other readers) come across books like this, I don't read beyond the first chapter, if I even make it that far.

I'm sure nothing I say will ever change the minds of people who don't believe editing can improve their work. But I also know there are a lot of new authors who just can't afford an editor. I was in that same position, and I know how difficult it can be. So here are some ideas to get around having an editor until you can afford one.

One thing you can do is join a writing critique group, or if you're uncomfortable with that, find other authors (through writing communities or social media groups) who are willing to beta read for you. I have about 6 beta readers to start with, and that really helped a great deal.

Of course, beta readers won't catch all your mistakes. They can tell you if things don't make sense if there are inconsistencies, plot holes and things of that nature. Some might even be able to point out grammatical errors, but they're not editors. You still have to use your best judgment and do some research if you're not sure their suggestions are sound.

I found that as time went on, I began meeting a lot of people with different talents. Eventually, I met Allison, and as it turned out we had talents that complement each other. She's good with editing, and I'm good with marketing and formatting. So we exchange our services for each other and it saves us both a lot of money.

This is ideally what a new author should shoot for, in my opinion. Put yourself out there and meet other authors who have talents that can help you and offer your talents in exchange. There are also great sites you can turn to like Grammar Girl and Grammarly, and Grammarly even has a free program you can download to help you fix the grammar errors that Word and similar programs miss.

So don't worry if you can't afford an editor at first. But don't forego the editing process either, especially when there are so many alternatives. Read books about writing and self-editing to improve your own writing and editing skills, get feedback from other authors, find willing beta readers and use their feedback, and get to know other authors. You never know who you might meet, and you'll be amazed at how your skills grow as time goes on.

And now for a little surprise!

I thank everyone for their patience while I was not well and having trouble writing as a result. It took a lot longer than I expected to finish with Episode 16 of my Shadow Stalker serial, but I'm happy with the result.

I've been wanting to write exclusive short stories for subscribers for a while, but I'm finding it's not going to always be feasible, especially when I'm not well, so what I've decided to do instead is offer our subscribers early access and one week free to all new Shadow Stalker (and future serial) episodes.

I didn't wait to publish Episode 16 since it's been so long, but instead what I'm doing as an extra special treat is giving you one week access to Episodes 13 through 15 as well. I'll be sending an extra email soon after this one with the special links (to keep it exclusive), and you'll have one week to use the links to download the books before they expire. They are available in multiple formats and should be easy to download right onto your favorite e-reader or reading app. So keep your eyes open for that! 

If you're not subscribed, you have a day or so to subscribe to get the email with the free links! ;)


The Bow of Destiny
By P.H. Solomon

Haunted by his past. Hunted in the present. Uncertain what is real. Athson has seen things that aren’t there and suffered fits since being tragically orphaned as a child at the hands of trolls and Corgren the wizard. When a strange will mentioning a mysterious bow comes into his possession, he’s not sure it’s real more

The Cracked Amulet (The Wefan Weaves Trilogy, Book 1)
By R B Watkinson

The power known as the Wefan, which weaves through everything animate and inanimate, leaks from the world, and Wealdan-bearers, those who can draw on the Wefan for their magic, are fewer and weaker than ever before. A new Priest-king rules in Mureck, and the Murecken blood-priests of the oppressive god Murak rise again to bring war to the lands of Dumnon. They search for those with Wealdan in their blood, for it gives them power. Power to twist, alter and control other beings more

Golden Dawn
By Aldrea Alien

Family and blood. After 1100 years, these simple words mean everything to Herald. His life has been ruled by keeping his siblings safe, keeping them from becoming prey whilst feeding on the weaker. His failures have been many and measured by those he has lost. People like his twin brother. There has always been another enemy more

Don't forget to keep your eyes open for the free Shadow Stalker Episodes coming soon!

Read on for a sneak peek of
Shadow Stalker: A New Emperor (Episode 16)

My heart pounded in my chest. It was the first time I would be presented to the Galvadi people as the delohi-saqu, and worse, I was completely naked. I spent the morning being instructed by Melan on how to play the role of the new emperor’s personal servant, which was a nice way of saying pleasure slave. Personal servants were considered subhuman animals. Animals did not require clothing. Makari absolutely hated the idea of me being nude in public, but Melan finally convinced him that it was necessary.

A chain was attached to the recinder like a leash and Makari led me out onto the dais. I was flanked by Melan and Galin. Galin’s hand tightened around the back of my neck as Makari stepped up to the podium, and he guided me to the ground in the submissive position used by the Galvadi people when they are being punished. For a slave, it was a position used for waiting as well, and slaves waited a lot. For once, I was somewhat thankful. I didn’t think I’d be able to handle watching thousands of people staring at me. At least this way I could pretend no one else was there.

Read more!

At the moment I'm working on Shadow Stalker Episodes 17 and 18. I want to have them both written before the end of the month so I can focus on the Part 3 pre-orders, which start on the 31st of August. I'll be offering the book at a discount while it's on pre-order so it will be the best time to get it.

After this, I'll be working on Part 4 (Episodes 19 - 24) of the Shadow Stalker serial. I'm hoping to have them all completed before the end of the year so that I can set a release schedule for those episodes.

Then I can spend the early part of the year working on my new series, A God's Deception. I'm really excited about getting started on that.

I also wanted to let you all know about another series I'm working on under a pen name. I decided to use a pen name because it's a genre that would draw a different kind of reader. With my dark fantasies, I want to keep my writing suitable for all readers. Under my new pen name, I'll be writing thrillers (mainly paranormal thrillers) that will have themes that may not be suitable to the same audiences because of strong sexual themes and graphic scenes. 

I will make some announcements about those stories as they come up, but I'll eventually set up a separate newsletter specifically for updates on those. I'm planning to write an exclusive novella that introduces the series (but is not necessary to understand the will be a standalone) that will only be available to subscribers. More on this soon!

Since the Shadow Stalker serial is going to be free to all subscribers now, it doesn't make sense to keep giving away free episodes.

For those who have already been chosen as winners for this giveaway, I'll be giving you all a free, personalized and digitally signed edition of Shadow Stalker Part 3 when it goes on pre-order. So you'll have the book three months before anyone else.

Also, once the print version is ready in November, you will go into an exclusive draw to receive a free signed print copy of the book.

For those who haven't won this particular giveaway, I'll still be doing giveaways of my new releases, for subscribers only. I'm also working on putting together swag I can give away as well. If you have ideas on the kind of swag you'd like, contact me, and I'll see what I can do to accommodate you.

Now Available!
Into the Shadow Wood
By Allison D. Reid

Once a proud member of the Sovereign’s prestigious personal guard, Einar has lost everything: his home, his Sovereign, and his purpose. Most of his closest friends have either been killed in battle or executed. His friend Nevon died trying to fulfill a dangerous oath…one that Einar disagreed with, but now feels honor-bound to take up in his stead. The quest plunges Einar into the depths of the dark and twisted Shadow Wood, testing the limits of his strength, his beliefs, and his sanity. What he finds in the Wood is far more ominous than anything he’d expected. If he’s not careful, Nevon’s fate might end up being his own.

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Our weather-worn tents were nestled into a small clearing, like growing things that had sprung up out of the ground. There were so few of us left…so few. Remaining were the stubborn, the desperate—those who, like me, simply couldn’t let go. Something was still driving us to fight—to hope—in spite of the brutal truth that we had lost. What are we still doing here? This decision to go on is folly. Alaric’s words echoed in my mind. They rang no less true now than they had in the heart of the Shadow Wood.

Keep reading the Sneak Peek!

I just read an article, Maverick women writers are upending the book industry and selling millions in the process, that validated a lot of my feelings about where the publishing industry is headed, especially in regards to self-publishing. In fact, I was just speaking with my husband this morning about a lot of these things before I read the article. So it came at a really good time.

The first issue has to do with claims that it’s better to be traditionally published because they have more experience and know what readers want. Of course, I’ve never believed this, but I didn’t have evidence to back me up. The only evidence I’ve ever had was my own experiences and the experiences of other indie authors I know.

The subject of the article is a romance author, H.M. Ward, who suspected if she took her stories (which featured a “nice guy”) to a publisher, she’d be told, “Nice guys are boring”. I mean, I’m not a huge romance fan ...keep reading
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