Wednesday, June 4, 2014

IWSG - and Write It Right


Welcome to the first Wednesday of the month when writers across the blogosphere share their ups and downs and come together for a virtual group hug. Thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh for setting this successful event up, and to all the admin who keep it running smoothly. Facebook IWSG has over 1K members now! Wow!

Okay, I confess ... I've been struggling to keep up with everything. Busier than a one-legged man in a butt-kicking contest. I won't bore you with the details, but believe me when I say, if I survive my to-do list this year without burning out, I'm taking a huge load off in 2015.

But we're all busy, right? I'm not special by any means. Being an indie author has opened up many doors, and while I don't have any astronomical sales to brag about, I've been able to connect with so many different people and the fact I can own the title of author has given me opportunities I didn't have before. That makes it all worth it.

I want to be careful not to overlook my wonderful writer friends, though. So for the month of June I'm opening up my Write It Right Review window all month long. What's Write It Right? That's where I'll read over your pitch, query, or cover blurb privately and offer feedback. Learn how it works by clicking HERE. (And don't worry ... I'm never too busy to help friends and I love doing these!)

So if you're feeling insecure about any of those, now is your chance to hit me up for a little support.

My Butterman sequel, Induction Day, is finished and in the hands of beta readers. I'm about to upload the prequel, Diary of a Teenage Time Traveler, to Amazon, and I'll be headed to Nashville later this month for a book signing and fun at UtopYA.

Also, I'm working on a mother's memoir for a local mom of a survivor. You may've seen me mention it before. Here's the link if you want to learn more about Queena and her story. I've been meeting with her mom while she relays events and I'm recording in the form of a memoir. I've never done a non-fic project like this before, but I've read lots of memoirs, so this is one endeavor that's taking me out of my comfort zone in a really demanding and uplifting way. I'll share more on that as I go. http://www.joinqueena.com/

How about some new releases??



Four brand new covers for S.J. Pajonas' Nogiku Series. I did a review on Removed a while back and it's full of awesome. Right now you can get it for only .99 and the novella Revealed for free! She's also got a GIVEAWAY happening so check it out ....



You can find Revealed: Part One: New Year’s Eve with Jiro and Mark on Goodreads You can buy Revealed here: - Amazon - Barnes & Noble - Kobo - iBooks

Also, Alicia Kat Vancil has released Beautiful Stranger. A novella in the Marked Ones trilogy. Isn't it striking?


We all have that one thing—that one thing we wish for on every first star of the night. Wealth. Fame. Love. For geeky artist Patrick Connolly, it is the attention of his beautiful and seemingly unattainable classmate Nualla Galathea. There’s just one problem—he’s got less than a snowball’s chance in hell, and that’s being generous.

However, when a heated argument erupts in the halls of Bayside Academy forcing Patrick and Nualla’s paths to collide, Nualla surprisingly jumps at the opportunity to be his date. Patrick may think his wish has just come true, but this gentle boy will need more than artistic talent to combat the deadly secrets lurking behind his dream girl’s veil of normality. Like the fact that she isn’t even human.


Find it on AMAZON and KOBO

And a BIG THANKS to all who participated in the How I Found the Write Path blogfest! It was a huge success and I'm still trying to get around to read them all. So exciting that it will soon be a part of a free ebook available to anyone! Be proud of your awesome work!


                                                            ^^ LOL... Isn't this guy great?? ^^

I'm so glad you stopped by. I'll be going on tour to do some guest blogging over the summer so if you'd like me to guest blog for you, let me know! Email me at pakazo77@gmail.com or leave your email in the comments and I'll be in touch. 

Is there anything you're feeling insecure over right now? Need an extra pair of eyes on your query/pitch/blurb? Or just tell me how you've been and what you're working on ....

29 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's going to be a great book when you and Carrie get it together!
Let me know when the prequel is available and I'll give you a shout out.
I just might take you up on that cover blurb critique...

Julie Flanders said...

I remember reading about Queena on your site and I know that memoir will be amazing. And how wonderful that you have your prequel ready to go! Hope it brings you lots more readers.

cleemckenzie said...

I figured you had your hands full, or, as you say, your leg busy. I've been by and seen you're off and busy elsewhere. Good luck. Don't go bonkers.

Jackie said...

Awesome! I think I'll check out Write It Right soon! Thank you!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Hugs Pk! You're always a good friend to have, even when you're busy. Best of luck surviving 2014!

Chrys Fey said...

I think you do deserve a break. Try to relax whenever you can, you don't want to burn out sooner than the New Year. Hugs!

lifepostbrainhemorrhage said...

I think what you're doing is amazing! Just please don't burn yourself out. :) Have a beautiful day! Eva

Miranda Hardy said...

Wow, you are one busy bee. Good luck with your goals, and projects. Seems like you'll be busy for a while.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I'm all with you all being too busy. It does get crazy. Good luck on your tour.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Please tell me 2015 is going to be less busy. It's so crazy now.

S.K. Anthony said...

You're amazing with everything you are doing for yourself and others, best of luck. And thank you for what you do for the writing community. :)

spajonas said...

I honestly hope I even make it to 2015!! The summer is going to be ultra busy for me. It's a good thing I have the kids signed up for lots of CAMP :) Lol.

Thanks so much for showing off my new book covers today! I never tire of seeing them.

sydneyaaliyah.com said...

Looking forward to the sequel to Butterman. Your right, we are all overwhelmed, but still manage to get it all down.
One project at a time, one task at a time.
Good luck.

William Kendall said...

You're keeping exceedingly busy!

shelly said...

Yup. I'm super busy, too.

carrieannebrownian said...

You've got quite a bit going on!

My insecurity this month is that there are crickets chirping since my release last month. Only two sales. I just don't have enough connections in the blogosphere to arrange big blog tours, release parties, or giveaways.

Emma Adams said...

Thank you for the opportunity with Right it Write! And good luck with everything! :)

Barbara Watson said...

The memoir project sounds great! All best with it.

Lexa Cain said...

Promoing and writing is exhausting. You've accomplished at least twice what I have, and I believe that it will pay off for you. Alicia's cover is lovely! What a great idea about silhouettes!

Vanessa Morgan said...

Congratulations on getting so many things done. Nice.

Misha Gericke said...

You're always welcome to guest post on my blog. mishagericke(AT)gmail(DOT)com.

The How I Found the Write Path blogfest was awesome. I'm glad I took part. :-)

D. U. Okonkwo said...

Excellent. It sounds like a super fun contest. Will have to take part next time.

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hey, PK,

Sounds like your life is a whirlwind! All good thing though. CONGRATS!!!!

I'm playing the waiting game now.. querying... NOOOO. LOL.

Have the condo on the market. IT NEEDS TO SELL. I found the perfect proper in HYDE PARK and I WANT IT! Only a block form the bay front! Keep your figures crossed I get a buyer before my dream place sells!

Sending you a CYBER HUG!!! Have fun in Nashville!

jamieayres.com said...

I'd say you're one of the busiest people I know! Can't wait to meet Superwoman (YOU) in Nashville! I might run my cover blurb by you for 18 Thoughts--your insights are priceless :-)

Michelle Wallace said...

When I read the Queena story on your blog a while back, and then you mentioned the word memoir in a post thereafter, I put two and two together!
Sounds like a real challenge... but a worthwhile one! It's good to stretch the non-fiction 'writerly muscles' too!

Jay Noel said...

Yes...busy! My post today is just about how darn busy I'm going to be this summer, and looks like you're in the same boat.

Thanks for opening up Write it Right for your buds. Actually, thanks for ALL you do.

Jennifer Ruth Jackson said...

Please take pictures of your book signing.
What kind of swag are you going with?

Nigel G. Mitchell said...

Amazing covers!

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