“Cocooning, The Butterfly, is as deep a metaphor as the author’s bravery in exposing her emotions.” Review by R. Lawrence ~ British Columbia, Canada
Many reviews come in, and many are received by email. Thank you, Mr. Lawrence, for contacting me with such praise and a humbling review.
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.
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.
University of Alberta Press
Orca Books Canada
McGraw Hill Educational
Great Plains Publishing
McGill-Queen’s University Press
Book Thug Publishing
Arsenal Pulp Press
Ryland Peters & Small
Caitlin Press Inc
Second Story Press
Douglas & McIntyre
The Porcupine’s Quill
House of Anansi
Heritage House Publishing
Goose Lane Publishing
Hancock House Publishers
New Star Books
Playwrights Canada Press
Fitzhenry & Whiteside
Austin Macauley Publishers
Harper Collins Canada
Between The Lines Publishing
Penguin Random House Canada
J. Gordon Shillingford Publishers
Coach House Books
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.
Tune-In Music Radio
Free Music Archive
Amazon Free Music
Free Soundtrack Music
FMA – Free Music Archive
Partners In Rhyme
Zapsplat – Music & Sounds & their Licensing Policy
Free Music – Public Domain
UnRoyaly – Royalty Free Music
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