Sing Me Home – A NaNoWriMo 2018 Challenge

I was challenged a few weeks ago by several of my author friends, to write a book in thirty days.  I love a good challenge.  NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) for 2018 begins November 1, 2018 and carries on to the end of the month, an annual writing contest.  I accepted the challenge, entered the contest, and as of today, I’m a week ahead of schedule with my preparations.  The book is outlined, characters defined, plot and sub-plot laid out, social media images created and applied, book cover and video trailer created, and I’m set, ready to rock and roll.  I have exactly 30 days to write this book, and hand in the rough draft of a minimum of 50K words.  I believe I can do it, if the phone doesn’t ring to beckon my attention, nobody knocks on the door, my chores are done, meals prepared in the fridge or freezer, and my husband agreed to hand me food and coffee for the entire month of November.  

You can find me on the NaNoWriMo website by searching for my ‘handle’ which is simple enough, considering I’ve used my full name with no spaces … or, you can click my name here and send me a writing buddy request … LailaDoncaster

Below is a short blurb about this new book, the cover image, and the book trailer as well … yes, I’ve been a busy bee, and I’m pumped!  

Cover Image for “Sing Me Home” 

Book Description for “Sing Me Home” 

“Passion for music put him in the wrong bar, on the wrong night.  Murder.  A life sentence for an innocent man.  His guitar sang death row to their doom.  Free in a world he knows nothing of, musical memories haunt him.  A cowboy’s song was all he needed to give up the ghost.  Sing Me Home, was his last request.” 

Book Trailer for “Sing Me Home” 

 

This project is scheduled to commence Nov 1/18 during #NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and will release to the public upon completion of the contest, as well as the editing, polishing, proofreading, formatting, and publishing processes. 

Canadian Traditional, Self-Publishing & Hybrid Publishers

Just some of the Publishing Firms I’ve found so far, and most are Canadian based – the majority of which are listed members of the Canadian Publishers Association – however, some may have offices located in other countries. Finding the right method of publishing, or publisher, is like finding a needle in a haystack. Be aware! Not all traditional publishers are the same, and they all have their own methods and procedures for manuscript submissions. I personally, chose to publish with a ‘hybrid’ publisher – Book Baby – because I wanted the control, ownership, and rights to my work, but I also wanted the best royalties available, as well as a distribution channel that reached the world. I got all of that, in one easy to use control dashboard, where I can do anything and everything an author would want or need to do to publish, promote, market, sell, advertise and offer discounts or coupons. I wish you all the best on your journey.

Flanker Press

University of Alberta Press

Formac Publishers

ARP Books

Boulder Publications

Essence Publishing

Signature Editions

Orca Books Canada

Coteau Books

McGraw Hill Educational

Talon Books

Dunburn Publishing

Great Plains Publishing

ECW Press

Breakwater Books

Palimpsest Press

McGill-Queen’s University Press

Brick Books

Book Thug Publishing

Invisible Publishing

Mansfield Press

TouchWood Editions

Arsenal Pulp Press

Ryland Peters & Small

Nimbus Publishing

Caitlin Press Inc

NeWest Press

Second Story Press

Guernica Editions

Douglas & McIntyre

The Porcupine’s Quill

House of Anansi

Heritage House Publishing

Goose Lane Publishing

Anvil Press

Hancock House Publishers

New Star Books

Playwrights Canada Press

Tradewind Books

Fitzhenry & Whiteside 

Austin Macauley Publishers

Pemmican Publications

Thistledown Press

Harper Collins Canada

Between The Lines Publishing

Inanna Publications

Barlow Books

Penguin Random House Canada

J. Gordon Shillingford Publishers

Cormorant Books

Turnstone Press

Coach House Books

 

All Music – Free & Paid

Looking for music for your book trailer, or perhaps just wanting to listen to something new?  Here are the best websites that I’ve come across so far, for both free and paid music.  Every genre under the stars, you’re bound to find that perfect tune.  I love music, it inspires me in my writing, and I’m forever searching for that one song that will make my stories and thoughts come alive with emotion.  Feel the beat, and go for a listen.  If you know of a great music website that I haven’t listed yet, please contact me.

BeatSuite Music

Epidemic Sound

DanoSongs

Incompetech

Digital History

Vimeo

Tune-In Music Radio

Free DP

BeatPick

Free Music Archive

Last.FM

Amazon Free Music

YouTube

BenSound

Audio Archives

Audio TUT

PublicDomain4U

CC Trax

Pure Volume 

MobyGratis

PacDV

Artist Direct

Free Soundtrack Music

MusOpen

SoundCloud

SoundClick

FMA – Free Music Archive

Noise Trade

MusOpen

Partners In Rhyme

Jamendo

ReverbNation

CC Mixter

Zapsplat – Music & Sounds & their Licensing Policy

Free Music – Public Domain

UnRoyaly – Royalty Free Music

Get Writing with Essential Software

Finding the right Software for the right job isn’t always easy.  If you can’t afford the Editor, Graphic Artist, are willing to generate those MOBI & EPUB Files yourself, wish to learn Screen/Script Writing, create FlipBooks or need help with your Writing Style, here’s the list.  I’m always in need of Software, and my searches are investigated prior to my purchases – get a trial version, always, before buying.  If you have found a great software package, and wish to add to this list, please contact me.

Final Draft 10 – Script/Screen Writing

Celtx – Script/Screen Writing

StyleWriter – Text Editing like a ‘hired Editor’

Microsoft Office – Purchase Word or ALL

Microsoft Office Manuals – Free Downloads

Grammarly – Cleanup Your Text

CoffeeCup Software – FTP & More!

Open Office – FREE Office Suite & MS Compatible

Adobe Photoshop – Create your own Book Covers

Calibre – Create ePub, PDF & Mobi Files

Google Tools – Analytics, Docs & More

Flash Book Maker – Create Flip Books

FlipBuilder – Create Page Flip Books

WINZIP – Zip your files for your Publisher

Opera – Web Browser

Opera – eMail Client & Handler

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