• Blogging,  If we were having coffee

    If We were having Coffee – I would tell you my goings on

    Goings On-

    No, I did not work on any of my wips this week. I still did do some writing, with my weekly assignment for class. This term is Organizational Behavior and Fundamentals of Taxation. I never knew that doing taxes could be so interesting. I am already compiling a ton of deductions that I may be able to take in the coming year.

    Since I was not working on any of my manuscripts, what have I been doing?

    InDesign –

    I have played around some more with the Adobe software, InDesign. The more I use it and poke around with it, the more I like it. I can see that once I have mastered that program as much as I have mastered Microsoft Office we are going to get along really well.

    I am hoping to have my skills up to par by either February or March when I plan to tackle more of my backlist and get them transferred to Ingram Spark. With any luck, maybe I will have a new title to publish by then.

    School – Is going well.

    I am about to hit another milestone next month. I will be on the last leg of my bachelor degree. October will see me become a senior. Graduation for the Bachelor degree will take place in October 2019, but the official commencement will be May of 2020.

    I will then continue to complete a Master’s of Science in Accounting.

    Ten years ago, I never thought I would be learning to crunch numbers let alone go back to school. College was nothing more than a long-lost pipe dream that I had given up on, but things changed in 2016 causing me to see that it was possible to go back to school 30 years later.

    It has all been hard work, but well worth the effort. I feel so much better about myself. I even have a better understanding of people because of it.

    When I first started out with my education, I was pursuing an Integrated Study plan of Business and Social Services with the hopes of becoming an HR Manager someday. But several people pointed out to me that the job market for HR was too competitive, and my education could be a waste of my money. So I decided to change my education track to accounting which will come in handy as a writer. Who knows what might be waiting for me around the corner in the next five years? I certainly never suspected that I would be going to school five years ago.

     

    Keelaa B Publishing

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    Keelaa B models for the position of company mascot.

    I have created my publishing house. I am in the beginning stages and will continue to develop my marketing and business plan. The first step was to secure the company name, which I completed. Next, I will use my publishing house to publish my books, and as I gain more knowledge about using InDesign, I will be able to open my submission door to providing services to others to help them get their titles published with Ingram.

    The decision to go ahead with my own publishing company is an inspiring time for me. With only two years left of school, I am looking to get this company up and running by 2021, and I can’t wait!

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    What Karla Wants – Relaunch #Iamwriting

    I made the decision this past week to relaunch What Karla Wants with a paperback edition through Ingram Spark. Talk about a learning curve, the Adobe Indesign software is complicated to learn, but once mastered it will open up a whole new area for me in the world of publishing.

     

    I not only managed to make a cover using the Adobe software but also formatted the interior of the book. It did not come out exactly the way I wanted it, but it does look professional.

    There are a bunch of templates to choose from, but with more experience, I hope to be able to create my Interior templates.

    Most of my works have been moved from the KDP site. I have left the paperback editions, and I have only created one book so far on Ingram Spark. Eventually, I will have all my books through Ingram.

    I am also going with Lulu for the hardcover books only because the Isbns are free from Lulu. I think that if I can submit quality products to Lulu, the distribution channels will be more open to selling my works.

    All eBook editions are moving to D2D. Their distribution service keeps adding new venues, and their conversion service is easier to use than Smashwords. They also do distribute to Amazon Kindle but not to CreateSpace as a paperback. I already have that area covered anyways.

     

    From Print to Photography

     

    Mike likes practicing his photography skills. I have started a new line on Lulu that will put all those photos to good use by creating calendars for the coming year. I have yet to learn how to distribute them to bookstores. They may have to be a flea market and jobber product. You can find these calendars for sale under my calendar tab.

     

    NaNoWriMo is coming soon!

     

    I have a new title I am working on once again. I know that I said I would work on the other works in progress but one always needs a new title for NaNo. I have been plotting and planning but may wind up panstering this book. Maybe I will outline two chapters at a time, so I will still have some direction to follow.

     

    Until we meet again – Keep on Writing!

  • Blogging,  writing

    Trying to find a balance between work, school, and publishing

    Publishing World is always changing. Sometimes it is difficult to keep up with all the changes whether it is technical or business wise with publishing houses closing.

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    I’ve been away from writing and publishing for too long. My goal for the rest of the year and the coming year is to reestablish myself as a writer. It is time to say goodbye to writer’s block excuses and begin filling paper after paper with lists of this and that to give me jarring ideas for the stories that I have in progress. I need to clean up my to be finished pile and start publishing new stuff.

     

    Is this a Lack of Commitment?

    – Maybe

     

    Truthfully it has been lack of time.

    Class work eats up most of my free time leaving me with the need to use whatever little time I have left for some form of entertainment. That entertainment may come in the form of playing Sim City – my way of trying to learn about economics, World of Warcraft – for the adventurer in me, or attempting to create some craft project. Those craft projects never get very far before I give up due to lack of time and forgetting where I left off.

     

    So why the change?

     

    – School is not over yet but

     

    The publishing world is moving on without me, and I don’t want to be left behind or forgotten. Look at the changes going on with Amazon’s KDP and CreateSpace. I have used those sites for years to publish my works, but I don’t want to have to move everything and receive fewer publishing services. I want better distribution for my books.

     

    That is why I am moving my works, slowly, away from KDP and CreateSpace. I needed to find a better distribution program for my books which is why I started removing my Wings from Ashes series from KDP and CreateSpace.

     

    For beginners, I am using Draft to Digital for the eBook distribution. My books will still be on Amazon Kindle, but they will also be on Kobo, Barnes & Noble Nook, iBooks, and several other outlets. The print versions will be moved to Ingram Spark so that bookstores will be more willing to stock my books in their stores. However, because of the cost involved, this move will happen slowly over the coming months.

     

    In the meantime, I will begin plotting and planning as much as time allows. NaNoWriMo is right around the corner, and I want to be able to say done by November 30th this year.

     

    Whom do you use to publish your books?

    Are your books published with Ingram Spark?

    Just the print?

    Just your eBooks?

    Do you publish both formats with Ingram Spark?

    Please share your experience with me!

  • Blogging,  If we were having coffee

    If we were having coffee, I would tell you…. Summer is Almost Gone!

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    Hi There,

     

    So much time has passed since we last met. I’m still in school burying my nose in textbooks every night. I just finished learning about Investment Analysis and International Business. I can’t wait for the day that I can afford to practice buying stocks and other securities.

     

    It is so hard to believe that I have come so far in the past three years. The dream of having a college education is coming true. That goes to prove that one should never give up on their hopes and dreams, one twist to the future can change a person’s course for the better.

     

    Summer is Almost Over

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    I can’t remember when the last time summer was this hot for New Hampshire. Even the dog and cat are finding the heat uncomfortable. They have both discovered the table fan can provide some relief if they sit in the right spot on the bed.

    But our summer wasn’t just the heat, the humidity was unbearable and too much rain. Much of my garden felt the effects of the storms. I lost my entire crop of peaches this year to the chipmunks, squirrels, birds, and the bugs. The peaches were ripe almost a month too early. Not enough rain in April and May made the peaches small. Too much rain in July and August made them mushy.

    No worries though, I still have a past crop of peaches in the freezer. If you freeze the peaches with their skins intact, this will prevent them from freezer burn and are great for baking.

    Maybe next year I will try buying into a CSA and avoid the need to weed.

     

    NaNoWriMo is around the corner.

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    I have begun plotting. The goal is to plot out a story that will hold my interest long enough to write all the way to the end in 30 days. I have several unfinished manuscripts where I have hit the spot in the story and can’t decide what is to take place next. I don’t think it is a writer’s block that stumps me but time constraints and the desire to find fun things to do with my time other than writing.

    I tend to cycle through various hobbies before finding my way back to writing. The ultimate search for creativity drives me to the final point. So I am making lists of everything about my characters.

     

    Next Writer’s Conference is December 8, 2018 – NHRWA Winter Frolic 2018

     

    I miss going to Writer’s Conferences, this event I’m looking forward to that will feature two speakers.

    Kristen Higgins for Character Development and Damon Suede for Plot

    This is a one-day event at the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside, Portsmouth, NH.

    A registration fee of $140 is open to the public but does have limited seating.

     

    Link for those who are interested can click here for more info.

  • Blogging,  If we were having coffee

    If We Were Having Coffee, I would tell you… 4th of July Holiday was The Hottest

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    Good grief!

    I have longed for summer to start for the past six months but all that heat at once was not on my agenda. We have no Air Conditioning in our home due to the cost of the added electricity on the bill. The fans did run all week long, and they didn’t seem to help much with the high humidity. After taking Monday and Tuesday off and having Wednesday as my holiday, I could not wait to get back to work and find relief from the humidity by hiding at the office and enjoying the perk of office air conditioning. I didn’t want to leave work because the humidity was unbearable.

    They always say, be careful about what you wish for because you might not like what you get. I wanted summer to arrive since winter is not one of my favorite seasons. I was when I was a kid; I don’t know what I was thinking back then. I remember spending hours out in the snow, sledding and making snow forts. Now I can’t spend more than 5 minutes in it before I am freezing.

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    Short Summer Break from School

    This past week was my big summer break from school. I finished up American Studies which was the study of the American Family from the Puritan Era to Contemporary 1980’s. I guess we do not need to study families of today because we are busy experiencing today’s concept.

    I enjoyed the class. We did have to read My Sister’s Keeper and Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. Harriet Jacobs story was interesting and saddening. The treatment of women, both slaves and white women during the 1800’s was horrific. The rape, emotional abuse, and physical abuse they had to endure while trying to keep their families together was the theme of the book. White women had to deal with their cheating husbands who tried to excuse their behavior by blaming the need for their infidelity on keeping the slave stock breeding. It must have been hard on the wives to see so many slave children running around with faces similar to their husbands and the knowledge of how they came to be. Black women put up with torture as well. The 1800’s was a very trying time to be a woman.

    My other class was just plain fun. Fundamentals of Music focused on the theory of music. It was one of my easiest classes. Not sure if this was because I had six years of band experience with clarinet lessons the main reason why the course did not appear to be that difficult for me.

    Next term, which starts this Monday, my classes will be Investment Analysis and International Business, marking two terms left until I begin my Senior year. If all goes well, I will have my bachelor’s degree by October 2019. Woot!

    I have come so far and worked so hard to get here. The plan I have for when the schooling finishes is to write book after book after book since I won’t know what to do with myself when I don’t need to study any longer.

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    The Garden

    The plants are growing. Tomatoes have set fruit; the beans are loaded with flowers and setting their pods. The zucchini is getting big, and I see many buds coming. Our cucumbers are vining, and the peppers have also set fruit. The grapes have gone wild with vines going everywhere. I chopped back the vines in late spring, and you could not be able to tell now if you were to see them.

    We have peaches, apples, and some cherries. Three cherries out of twenty I guess is not a bad ratio when the birds are added to the equation. Now if only I can keep the apples on the tree this year we will be looking great for the fall. We are in the middle of a drought here in New England just like last summer. Last year, all the apples dropped from the tree before August because there wasn’t enough rain.

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    Plotting and Pantstering

    More brainstorming is needed even though I am off to a good start with the current ms. The story is stalling already, and I am dissatisfied with the direction the story is heading. I fear it will need many revisions before it resembles what I was hoping to achieve.

     

    Well, off to enjoy some more sunshine before the humidity comes back for Monday and I become too busy to enjoy the sun because classes will start again up then too.

     

    Until next time, bottoms up!

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