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.
Like books, music, paintings, and photographs, video also falls into the public domain and/or copyright protection. Please be sure to check and double-check that you have the appropriate license and usage rights prior to downloading and/or using any video for any of your projects. This list will continue to expand as I find more websites offering free & paid video, so please check back often. If you know of a great website, please let me know.
Public Domain Review
YouTube & Creative Commons
Wikipedia Sound Files
Choral Public Domain Library
Vimeo Creative Commons
Videvo & Videvo’s Stock Footage
NASA (SoundCloud) & Usage Guide
National Park Services
Finding the right WordPress Plugin for the job you need to do can be a trying thing. Here are just some of the best Plugins I’ve found so far. When I’m ready to use one of these Plugins, I will update this list so you can see what I’ve done with it and how it’s working for me. If you are using a Plugin that really works for you, please tell me about it so I can add it to the list. I do hope you find the right solution to what you’re looking for.
Copyright Proof by Digiprove
WordPress Search – “books”
WordPress – Amazon Book Store
My Book Table by WP Bookstore
Novelist by Nose Graze
Author Showcase by Claire Ryan
Easy Slider by Matthew Ruddy
EasyRotator – Slider Plugin – DWUser.com
Post Series by Miks Latvis
Organize Series by Darren Ethier
Google Doc Embedder by K Davis & D Lester
Print, PDF, Email by PrintFriendly
DownloadMonitor by Never5
WPLike2Get by Markus Drubba
Sociable by BlogPlay
Social Warfare by Warfare Plugins
WordPress to Twitter by Joseph Dolson
Twitter Widget Pro by Aaron Campbell
Facebook LikeBox Widget by S A Wu
Facebook Like Box by Vinoj Cardoza
AMP for Mobile Pages by Automattic
WP Customer Reviews by GoWeb Solutions
Revive Old Post – Auto Post to Social Media by Revive Social
Testimonials Widget by Axelerant
Events Manager by Marcus Sykes
All-in-one Event Calendar by Time.ly Network Inc.
All In One WP Security & Firewall by Tips & Tricks
Subscribe2 by M Robinson & T Lakhani
Web Forms by AWeber
S2 Membership Framework – by WebSharks, Inc
Jetpack by WordPress
MailPoet Newsletters by MailPoet
Yoast SEO by Team Yoast
Glue for Yoast SEO & AMP by Joost de Valk
Contact Form 7 by T Miyoshi
Disqus Comment System by Disqus
Amazon Link by Paul Stuttard
Image Widget by Modern Tribe, Inc.
Video Sidebar Widgets by Denzel Chia
Mail Munch – Grow Your Email List by MailMunch
Google Analytics for WordPress by Monster Insights
Broken Link Checker by J Elsts & V Prelovac
Akismet Anti-Spam by Automattic
Smush Image Compression
Search All Plugins by WPMU DEV
As an author, it’s important to be visible to the public as much as possible, and Social Media is the key. So many tools out there, to get you connected, but also, and more importantly, for your readers to connect with you. No matter what your genre, there is a Network waiting for you, and with an open mind all of these Networks can provide you with stepping stones to success. Know of another great Network? Let me know!
Wikipedia – Social Networks List
Amazon Author Central
Shopping for the lastest eReader, or eReading App? Perhaps you need an update for your eReader? There are many options out there, and this list will help you find the right one for you and your budget. With so many eBooks out there, and many websites offering free ebooks, this is the starting point. The more we read, the more we learn – authors must read every day, to expand our writing style and word skill. If you know of an App that’s not listed here, please let me know so I can add it to the list.