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Monday, February 17

Real-Life Memories in Flaming Crimes / Vlog

Welcome to a FLAMING edition of my vlog here on Write with Fey!

In the first video, I share the fiery memories from my childhood, which I added to Flaming Crimes.

In the second video, I talk about my first experience with fire.

In the second video, I read an excerpt.


Real-Life Memories in Flaming Crimes

Length: 12:59

My First Experience with Fire

Length: 6:44

Author Reading of Flaming Crimes

Length: 4:32


SHARE: Your experience with fire.

Feel free to comment on my blog and/or on these videos on YouTube. To go the video's YouTube page, click on the title located on the video.

Wednesday, February 5

Dear “I’m Still a Nobody” Author / IWSG

We recently had a poll up for our February/March 2020 fiction book selection demonstrating characterization. The top two books tied. Instead of the book club moderators voting for one selection, we've decided to do something different and have TWO book options for you to choose from.

The Lovely Bones

Chill Factor

Discussion Day is March 25.

You DO NOT have to read both books unless you truly want to.

As a matter of fact, you don't have to read either one, but as always we encourage you to try or to join in on the discussion regardless.

Having two options provides more opportunities for us to learn and expand our skills, and it allows more members to participate, so we are excited about this.

We won't do this every time with our fiction book reading period, but if voting is close, we may allow our members to choose which of the top two books they want to read.

We will have open discussions with a few optional questions for The Lovely Bones and Chill Factor on March 25. We will pay both books equal attention.

The Insecure Writer's Support Group is a safe place for insecure writers of all kinds.

Dear “I’m Still a Nobody” Author,

Boy, do I know how that feels. I have said these words many times. “I’m still a nobody!” I bet nearly every author has said that at least once. That phrase, that criticism, that expectation, that wish would lead me down the dark tunnel of depression again and again. But once I looked past myself, I realized that I’m in an ark full of authors who feel the same way, authors who are literally in the same boat as me.

Do you know the average number of books that are self-published each year?

There was a record number of over 1 Million books self-published in 2017, according to Bowker.

What about the number of new books published each year?

According to United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, 2.2 Million new titles are published worldwide each year, and that data is from 2013!

With that many books coming out into the world every year, plus more, no doubt, it’s going to be hard to get our books noticed. Yes, even if we have 10 books published! The market is over-saturated with books, and social media is full of authors posting promos, so that means most readers will not know who we are.

Now-a-days, authors who self-publish or who are published by small presses are known by much smaller numbers, most likely in the circles they network in (blogging, local writer meetings), groups they are members of online, and/or events they frequently attend as featured authors.

What I realized was that I needed to be thankful for the readers I did have because they are awesome and I wouldn’t be where I am without them (that’s why I created my Reader Group on Facebook: Fey’s Sparklers). I also get out more locally, which has gotten me new readers, plus more confidence through experience.

Saying you’re “a nobody” is highly negative, and the universe is listening when you say that. Instead, say “I’m somebody!”

While you’re at it, express your gratitude to the people who do know who you are (everyone who follows you on social media and everyone you know in real life).

And please don’t forget that you are in excellent company the next time you think you’re an unknown author. We can cry about it or we can accept it and move on (keep writing, keep believing, keep dreaming…and keep publishing). I hope you choose the latter. <3 

Please consider joining my Facebook group. I don't post daily. When I do post it's a contest to name something in a story, a giveaway, an update, or an announcement.

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Monday, January 20

A Man Like Donovan / Vlog

Thank you for stopping by for this vlog post on Write with Fey!

A reader of the Disaster Crimes series (Toi) asked me if there is or ever was a man like Donovan in my life. Here's my answer. ;)

A Man Like Donovan

Length: 3:47

Feel free to comment on my blog and/or on the video on YouTube. To go this video's YouTube page, click on the title located on the video.

QUESTIONS: Do you create your leading men/women after people in your life? Or do you invent new people?

Thanks for watching!

Wednesday, January 8

Every Author's Path Is Their Own / IWSG

The Insecure Writer's Support Group is a safe place for insecure writers of all kinds.

I wish my January post was cheerier, but I have some stuff I need to purge. Therefore, this is long. What can I say? I’m a wordy blogger.

Social media is TOXIC. (Raise your hand if you agree.)

I’m not going to reiterate about what’s been going on with Romance Writers of America or comment on the authors involved or the shit-storm that followed. What I will say is that I’m glad I never had the money to join RWA (I always wanted to because wasn’t it what all romance authors did?), never had the money to enter their RITA competition (and I had really wanted to enter Tsunami Crimes for years), and never had the money to join a chapter (because I’d found a local one). Yup, I am glad!

On to another topic…

Recently, in our own FB group, I saw a post about the daunting statistics of signing with an agent, and the comments took off to say things like “trad querying is a waste of time” and how you realize what a “bullshit racket it is and self-publish.”

Comments like this bother me, but I never respond because social media drama gives me anxiety. (I’m even nervous about this blog post.)

(Let me add that, no, this blog post is not just about that one FB post. It unravels into something bigger because these things have been on my mind for a long time.)

I am querying. I will always query. I’ve chosen the path to traditionally publish long ago. I don’t think it’s a waste of time or a bullshit racket. Yes, it’s hard and the statistics are depressing, but I chose it for myself. And I do want a literary agent. I fully believe I’ll find the right agent for me when it’s the right time, so I’m not going to give up. By the way, I have been published by small publishers without needing an agent.

Every author’s path is their own. (Read that again.)

One may choose to self-publish. Another may choose to query. And yet another may try out both. All paths are valid. You’re not stupid for picking one over another.

We’re not all self-published authors in IWSG.

There are traditionally published authors here. (And hybrid authors, and let’s not forget writers aiming for publication. Even writers who don’t ever want to publish.)

IWSG is for every kind of writer/author.

And it’s the same with the publishing world. There’s room for us all.

Now that I’ve said all of that, I will state that I understand indie authors get frustrated because of the bad rap they get from self-pubbed books that haven’t been edited or are just plain bad. “So, then all self-pubbed books must be horrible, right?” That’s an awful stigma to fight against, but I’ve seen countless indie authors shatter that assumption. Indie authors are coming out in force. They are dominating in many ways. And that’s fucking awesome! (No, I did not want to bleep that out.)

I totally get the “I just want to get my book out there” mentality to self-publishing. That’s why it’s so great. Writers have that choice. Many authors who have self-pubbed tried querying and realized it wasn’t for them, or they knew right off the bat trad publishing wasn’t the way they wanted to go because they wanted full control and all royalties.

I’m aware that indie authors get flak by many, and it’s horrible. It needs to stop. It’s harder to get into bookstores if you’re self-pubbed, to get reviews, to get sales. (All of that is true for authors of small publishers, too.)

I am in awe of every indie author because I, personally, could never do it. I am friends with countless indie authors (many in this awesome group), and I admire them so much.

Indie authors are NOT less than authors who trad pub or who have agents.

Let’s flip the coin now…

I’ve seen indie authors say nasty things on social media (to their indie friends) about traditionally published authors or those who want to get an agent.

(If you’re an indie author, you may not notice this, but it happens.)

I’ve read comments saying trad authors are stupid to give up their royalties and full control. I’ve also seen them knock down writers who want agents, basically laughing at them like, “Does she hope to become the next J.K. Rowling?”

Who cares if she hopes for that? Hope fuels us!

And, no, a writer is not insane for hoping to one day sign with a big publishing house. And writers are not traitors for signing with big publishing houses (or agents). I’ll admit right here that I dream of both.

I am published by small trad publishers. I chose this path because I don’t have to pay for edits, cover design, or formatting. I wouldn’t have a single book published if I had to. THAT’S THE TRUTH!

The differences between self-publishing and trad publishing with small publishers stop there. I am in the same boat as indie authors. I have to do all the marketing myself. I  struggle with sales and reviews. And I will honestly say that it annoys me when I see social media comments stating it’s only hard for indie authors. No, it’s not. Or that certain things that happen only impact indie authors. No, it doesn't. They forget, or don’t realize, that small trad pubbed authors feel it, too. The book stuffers and scammers are in the indie author world, but that also hurts authors published by small publishers and, whether you believe it or not, big houses.

How we publish doesn’t matter! The only thing that matters is that we get there!

I’m in the belief that we’re in this together, no matter the path we choose, but there’s clearly a lot of division (maybe not here but on other social media platforms), and it makes me sad.

Let’s NOT bash the paths to publication that aren’t our own.

Let’s NOT bash authors who aren’t in our publishing communities/circles.

Instead, let’s remember that EVERY AUTHOR’S PATH IS THEIR OWN, and that we are, indeed, IN THIS THING TOGETHER!

I love you all!

Let’s do even better in 2020!



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