Wednesday, December 7, 2016

IWSG: December 2016



It’s time for another group posting of the IWSG: Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month and encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs.

IWSG is the brainchild of our noble Ninja Captain and leader Alex J. Cavanaugh

Our hashtag is @IWSG

The awesome co-hosts today are:

 Jennifer Hawes, Jen Chandler, Nick Wilford,Juneta Key, JH Moncrieff, Diane Burton, and MJ Fifield!

December Question: In terms of your writing career, where do you see yourself five years from now, and what’s your plan to get there? 

This is going to be short so I can spend time on more important things like visiting your blog. We're living in Bucerias now, have been here since Saturday, and my internet connection isn't hooked up yet. That isn't abnormal as things in Mexico are much slower than Canada. I'm sitting at an internet cafe with the morning sun beating straight at us. Lovely spot, but not great for working on a laptop. So as for today's question: my thought on where I'll be five years from now. ...

I have no idea. I'm not sure I want to know either. I've always felt that life should be an adventure. Of course I plan for many sensible things, but my career has been all over the place--a reality for most of us, I wonder. I'm happy at this precise moment and I wouldn't change anything. The only thing I can think of on the subject is I hope IWSG is still going strong in five year and I'm still here visiting you.
Have a happy IWSG day!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Today I'm Guest Blogging At ...

Thank you to everyone who participated in the MC Book Tours Virtual Blog Tour  for my third novel Mâtowak Woman Who Cries. The month long tour was a good reminder of just how wonderful our blogosphere is. Those who stepped forward to help me spread word of my newest baby, I am forever in your debt. When your novel is due to be released or you need a shoutout for a friend, please call on me. I would love to help. I can be reached at cluculzwriter at yahoo dot ca .

Today I'm at IWSG talking about the immeasurable value of my literary publicist at Mason Canyon Tour.  Hope you can stop by and join in on the conversation.

Before you go, the winners of the Rafflecopter for three free hardcopies of Mâtowak Woman Who Cries and one free ebook copy will be drawn on November 22, 2016. Shortly afterwards, I will announce the winners here.

Thanks agains.

Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends and family. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

IWSG: Book Release



It’s time for another group posting of the IWSG: Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month and encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs.

IWSG is the brainchild of our noble Ninja Captain and leader Alex J. Cavanaugh

Our hashtag is @IWSG


The awesome co-hosts today are:

Jen Chandler, Mary Aalgaard, Lisa Buie Collard, Tamara Narayan, Tyrean Martinson, Christine Rains, and me!

Please stop by and thank my other co-hosts for their time and effort. Thanks.






I'm feeling very insecure and have been for over a month. Why? It's not as if I'm suffering from one more rejection letter. I'm not! I have a new novel out, and I'm thrilled; yet, here I sit feeling insecure. 

I know you understand why. I'm presenting my newest baby to the world, and I'm worried that you won't like her. I fear that those of you who like me won't admit that you find her a bad read. Honestly, that's even worse than some stranger leaving a negative review. I can live with that. But can I live with my friends lying to protect my feelings? 

What am I saying?! My publisher likes my new baby. My publicist likes her. I LIKE HER! What is wrong with me!?  

To those who find the synopsis interesting and the cover fascinating and maybe are thinking, "I should buy this book" --in the words of author Roland Yeomandon't buy this book! You'll like it, then you'll have to read the prequel, and then my first novel, and before you know it, you'll leave an awesome review, and I'll end up thinking you don't mean it; you're just being kind! Heck--I already feel sick!

I could rant on, but you have blogs to visit, so I won't keep you. Before you go, let me announce publicly how happy I am that my novel has a home and is released on my granddaughter's 3rd birthday; which is obviously a good thing. 

Thank you to my husband, my best friend, and my family for loving me despite my writer's psychosis.  
Thank you to Dancing Lemur Press for producing a beautiful Mâtowak: Woman Who Cries novel.
Thank you to Mason Canyon for creating an amazing virtual book tour.  
Thank you to the following hosts for helping me spread the word of my new release: 


Oct 17 – Mojito With a Twist – Review & Interview
Oct. 18 – Rockin Book Reviews – Review
Oct. 19 – Medeia Sharif – Social Media Post
Oct. 20 – Patricia Stoltey, Author – Guest Post
Oct. 21 – The Silver Dagger Scriptorium – Review, Excerpt
Oct. 24 – Thoughts in Progress – Review
Oct. 25 – Hank Quense’s Blog – Excerpt
Oct. 26 – Books and Spoons – Review, Excerpt
Oct. 27 – Mel’s Shelves – Excerpt
Oct. 28 – Careann’s Musings – Excerpt
Oct. 31 – All the Doodles ‘n Scribbles – Interview
Nov. 1 – Ali – The Dragon Slayer – Excerpt
                Lisa Haselton Reviews and Interviews - Interview
Nov. 2 – A Bluestocking’s Place – Excerpt
Nov. 3 – Deal Sharing Aunt – Review
Nov. 4 – Writing in Wonderland – Feature, Excerpt
Nov, 7 – – Feature, Excerpt
Nov. 8 – A Holland Reads – Feature

FrumiousReads – Interview
Nov. 9 – Author Annette Drake – Interview
Nov. 10 – Bookworm 1102 – Excerpt
Nov. 11 – The Book’s The Thing – Guest Post
Nov. 14 – Christine Rains – Writer– Excerpt
Nov. 15 – Rosie Amber – Review
Nov. 16 – Bookjunkie’s Book Blog – Excerpt
Nov. 17 – The Girl With Book Lungs – Excerpt
Nov. 18 – Celtic Lady’s Reviews – Review
Nov. 19 – Brooke Blogs – Review, Excerpt
Extra Reviews – Stuart Aken

You can check out the giveaway HERE. It will begin Oct. 17 and end Nov. 22.
ABOUT THE BOOK:


A murder enveloped in pain and mystery…
Book CoverWhen Canada’s retired Minister of National Defense, Leland Warner, is murdered in his home, the case is handed to Corporal Danny Killian, an aboriginal man tortured by his wife’s unsolved murder.
The suspect, 60-year-old Sally Warner, still grieves for the loss of her two sons, dead in a suicide/murder eighteen months earlier. Confused and damaged, she sees in Corporal Killian a friend sympathetic to her grief and suffering and wants more than anything to trust him.
Danny finds himself with a difficult choice—indict his prime suspect, the dead minister’s horribly abused wife or find a way to protect her and risk demotion. Or worse, transfer away from the scene of his wife’s murder and the guilt that haunts him…
Mâtowak Woman Who Cries is available in eBook at the following sites:
The print copy is available at:

*ps. I have to add that while I felt this way on yesterday, already I'm feeling more confident. My insecurities come and go. Go figure.*




Monday, October 17, 2016

Mâtowak: Woman Who Cries Virtual Book Tour begins.



My virtual book tour for Mâtowak: Woman Who Cries begins today. I'm listing the dates and links below in hopes that you'll stop by, say hi, and wish me luck. That would mean a lot. Plus I'd like you to meet my hosts; they've volunteered to give a shoutout about my latest novel, and I am more grateful than I can say. Another reason why blogland is such an incredible place to hang out. 

As many of you know, I've been having issues with my dear ole Mac and internet connection problems, which have created a mild case of panic. Feeling a little overwhelmed going into this tour. Seems like a terrible time to be tooting my own horn and introducing you to my latest baby. But I am doing just that, and I hope you like my baby. 

Did I mention there are Tour-wide giveaways (US and INTL)? This giveaway is for three (3) print copies that are available to those living in U.S. only and one (1) eBook copy available international. 


Here's the link to the giveaway, which ends November 22, 2016 

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/019b32f8272

 My hosts and their links: (I'll be updating daily)

Oct 17 – Mojito With a Twist – Review & Interview
Oct. 18 – Rockin Book Reviews – Review
Oct. 19 – Medeia Sharif – Social Media Post
Oct. 20 – Patricia Stoltey, Author – Guest Post
Oct. 21 – The Silver Dagger Scriptorium – Review, Excerpt
Hearts & Scribbles – Excerpt
 Julie Flanders – Excerpt
Oct. 24 – Thoughts in Progress – Review
Oct. 25 – Hank Quense’s Blog – Excerpt
Oct. 26 – Books and Spoons – Review, Excerpt
Oct. 27 – Mel’s Shelves – Excerpt
Oct. 28 – Careann’s Musings – Excerpt
Oct. 31 – All the Doodles ‘n Scribbles – Interview
Nov. 1 – Ali – The Dragon Slayer – Excerpt
Nov. 2 – A Bluestocking’s Place – Excerpt
Nov. 3 – Deal Sharing Aunt – Review
Nov. 4 – Writing in Wonderland – Feature, Excerpt
Nov, 7 – – Feature, Excerpt
Nov. 8 – A Holland Reads – Feature
Nov. 9 – Author Annette Drake – Interview
Nov. 10 – Bookworm 1102 – Excerpt
Nov. 11 – The Book’s The Thing – Guest Post
Nov. 14 – Christine Rains – Writer– Excerpt
Nov. 15 – Rosie Amber – Review
Nov. 16 – Bookjunkie’s Book Blog – Excerpt
Nov. 17 – The Girl With Book Lungs – Excerpt
Nov. 18 – Celtic Lady’s Reviews – Review
Nov. 19 – Brooke Blogs – Review, Excerpt
Early Reviews – Stuart Aken
You can check out the giveaway HERE. It will begin Oct. 17 and end Nov. 22.


A murder enveloped in pain and mystery... When Canada's retired Minister of National Defence, Leland Warner, is murdered in his home, the case is handed to Corporal Danny Killian, an aboriginal man tortured by his wife's unsolved murder. The suspect, 60-year-old Sally Warner, still grieves for the loss of her two sons, dead in a suicide/murder eighteen months earlier. Confused and damaged, she sees in Corporal Killian a friend sympathetic to her grief and suffering and wants more than anything to trust him. Danny finds himself with a difficult choice-indict his prime suspect, the dead minister's horribly abused wife or find a way to protect her and risk demotion. Or worse, transfer away from the scene of his wife's murder and the guilt that haunts him...




Publish Links for Mâtowak: Woman Who Cries


Barnes & Noble

Amazon US

Amazon UK

ITunes





Monday, October 10, 2016

Ask PZM: Oct 2016 - UPPING OUR GAME AS WRITERS

Q.  Do you think continued learning is necessary for writers throughout their writing lives?

To answer this question, let me begin with a true story.

Several years ago a fiction writer I knew had several of her books traditionally published.  Then somehow her new book proposals were not getting the traction her previous book proposals had gotten.

I suggested that she consider taking a writing class or two to help her go to the next level of writing.  The writer did not like my advice and I am not sure she got subsequent traditional publishing contracts.


My personal viewpoint is that writers – just as people in all different fields – should never stop learning. And we should definitely have an open mindset to tackling new things – see a favorite nonfiction book of mine titled MINDSET: THE NEW PSYCHOLOGY OF SUCCESS by Carol Dweck for the concept of an open mindset to being willing to fail at new tasks.


What does this have to do with book marketing?

Improving our writing has a great deal to do with book marketing.  As authors marketing our books we have to compete with an enormous number of other books in our same genre, writing style, historical or contemporary period, etc.  This means we need our books to be the best they can in order to stand out in the sea of other books.  And in my opinion being the best means continuing to improve our writing as well as exposing ourselves to new ideas.

(I recently joined a book club that meets twice a month because I wanted to be required to read books outside my comfort zone.  Who knows how this exposure to new ideas may impact my writing?)

When I first started learning how to go from newspaper writing to fiction writing, besides taking writing courses I bought several Writer’s Digest books, which were tremendously helpful.  Such nonfiction writing books as these can often be borrowed from public libraries in physical or ebook formats.

In researching for this post I discovered that Writer’s Digest now has a subscription platform for writing video tutorials – see https://tutorials.writersdigest.com – and I plan to soon check out this opportunity.  (First I have to complete watching the https://www.masterclass.com online fiction writing course taught by James Patterson as well as complete the eight-week screenwriting class with http://coreymandell.net/ , which requires reading the book MINDSET before the first class.)

Sometimes even the smallest nugget of an idea can improve our overall writing.  For example, Corey Mandell talks about creating stakes that matter, and I am now engaged in doing the homework for his class to work on this aspect of writing.

And remember the free dialogue “tutorial” that is available for all writers – eavesdropping in restaurants and other public places.  While this eavesdropping is NOT for us to copy the dialogue exactly, the purpose is to stimulate our minds to think of new ideas and ways to express those ideas.
In the comments below, add your best tips and techniques for continuing education for writers throughout their writing lives.


Phyllis Zimbler Miller (@ZimblerMiller on Twitter) blogs on book-related topics at www.PhyllisZimblerMiller.com and her fiction ebooks on Amazon can be read for free via a Kindle Unlimited monthly subscription at www.amazon.com/author/phylliszimblermiller and her nonfiction ebooks on Amazon can be read for free via Kindle Unlimited monthly subscription at www.amazon.com/author/phylliszmiller