Researching your book: Do you do it?


Do you research your writings of any kind? Whether it’s a short story, novella to a full size novel, do you research the piece? I am entering a short story in one of Writer’s Digest many contests. The only condition is that it has to be under 4k. Still there were a couple of sections that I did a bit of research to make it accurate.

For my children series I have notes coming out of my yang for each animal in the book to make sure they are in the region I am writing in. I have checked to make sure the scenery is how it’s suppose to be. I have pages of links that I have used to prove my research. Even though some people have told me that this genre does not need to be researched. This is such a huge part of the book. You get one big thing wrong and get the person who knows about it to read your book, brace yourself for that review.

I was reading a book for review and in it the author mentioned how his cockatiel could sing songs with 40 different lyrics. I knew that was inaccurate. I let it go. But every time he went to his office in the book this bird would sing.

I knew again this was wrong. How? I had at that point, and still to this day, been rescuing and adopting birds for over 15 years and of the ones with me were four cockatiels. While they can sing a multiple of songs and sounds I have never heard them sing the words to the song. I even contacted a breeder I knew who had been doing this for over 40 years and she laughed at me. It did ruin what was a great book.

You never know who reads your book. If your novel is one that would benefit from research,do it.


Writing Trilogies


When I first began to write I wasn’t thinking of trilogies. I still had to finish my first book. But from that came my second in the series. I am currently editing and revising the third one. I’m not sure if there will be any more after that but have a couple of possible directions I can go.

But now that I am writing in a new genre, which is YA, my thinking is different. My first NaNoWriMo win was with the manuscript called “Lost Faith” which at first was a stand alone. But quickly my mind went to trilogy. Why so quickly? The movies now a days seem to come in trilogies for this genre. Not only that but go to any bookstore and in this section it is trilogy galore. I even read in a few places that is what publishers are looking for. Whether that is the trend now or not I’m not sure. But my mind went there and so now that is what “Lost Faith” has become.

But with my Jasper series I wrote each one individually. With my YA I came up with a crazy idea. Why write one by one by one? Why not write this humongous novel where I would just have to divide into three?

Does anyone do it like this or not ? Am I nuts to try to do this? Probably so. Will it all shatter and I just go back to one at a time could happen. But for now I am going for the gusto.

Author’s Showcase


Last Friday a local library had their annual author’s showcase. With it being free for the writers I sign up happily. This was my second time for this event. It was a great chance to hang out with writers, friends who are writers and readers.

The weather held up and we had a nice crowd come to the event. With having Jasper’s canvas picture on my table it drew a lot of people to me. The event was only two hours but it went b y quickly. It was nice to talk to the community about my books and how I came up with the idea for them.I made some sales, woohoo, and all in all it was a good night.

Getting out into the public is not easy and on some occasions it can be a bit nerve-wracking. But the more I try the easier it does become. What was really nice is how my name is getting out among the community. Which is extremely helpful not to mention free and good publicity is always good.

I did forgot to have someone take a picture of me and my table, doh. But the night was fun, my table mate was a friend of mine so we did chatter a bit. The event helped Friends of the Library which is one I do support so it was a win win on a few levels.

So writers, get on out when you can in your community. Readers support your writers. If nothing else support your local libraries. They do so much for us and all of it is free to the public.