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Monday, September 21

Dialogue Advice / VLOG + 2 Picture Book Giveaway!



Thank you for coming to a vlog edition of Write with Fey!

This is a PowerPoint presentation with audio that focuses on dialogue. Do you need help creating realistic dialogue for your characters? What about dialogue tags and grammar? Check out this video for advice.

Enjoy!

Dialogue Advice



Length: 15:25

Monday, September 14

Mayan Folklore / Guest Post / Bubba and Squirt's Mayan Adventure by Sherry Ellis


Join me today for author Sherry Ellis’ MC Book Tour for her latest release, BUBBA AND SQUIRT’S MAYAN ADVENTURE. 

This is a delightful juvenile fiction story that readers of all ages will enjoy. I had the pleasure of editing this story for DLP and highly recommend it for all kids, parents/guardians, grandparents, and teachers.

◊ Genre: Juvenile Fiction
◊ Publisher: Dancing Lemur Press
Release Date: Sept. 7, 2020
◊ Print & eBooks
◊ Paperback: 96 pages
◊ ISBN-10: 1939844703
◊ ISBN-13: 978-1939844705

Wednesday, September 2

Writers. Should. NOT. Tell. Other. Writers. What. Tense. Or. POV. To. Use. It's. NOT. Your. Choice.


Before I get into my IWSG post, I have another book release coming up fast. FROZEN CRIMES is coming out this month on the 30th! And I'll be doing another blog hop. :D

(I know, I know. I just asked for sign-ups for the Keep Writing with Fey blog hop. I hope everyone enjoyed that one and will want to have even more fun with this one. I won't be doing book blasts, just this blog hop and 10 guest posts.)

PRE-ORDER LINKS: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / iTunes

Monday, August 24

QUIZ: Are you a Light Influencer or a Dark Influencer?/ Influenced by Patricia Josephine / Guest Post


Please help me to welcome Patricia Josephine for the release of her new collection, featuring THREE intertwined short stories: Influence of Love, Balance of Love, and Revelation of Love. I had the honor of working on two of these stories and enjoyed them immensely. The characters are great. (Patricia creates such fun characters that linger with me long after I've read her stories.) And I love concept. I can't help but wonder if the angel and devil on my shoulders are getting it on. *wink*

Monday, August 17

Against All Odds / Why I Write Historical Fiction / Jacqui Murray (Guest Post)


Xhosa’s extraordinary prehistoric saga concludes, filled with hardship, courage, survival, and family.



Why I Write Historical Fiction

By Jacqui Murray

 

Wednesday, August 5

Don't Make Light of Another Writer's Plight / IWSG + Keep Writing with Fey BLOG HOP



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


August 5 Question - Quote: "Although I have written a short story collection, the form found me and not the other way around. Don't write short stories, novels or poems. Just write your truth and your stories will mold into the shapes they need to be."

Monday, July 27

What Should You Know About the Writing Life? / Vlog


Thank you for coming to a vlog edition of Write with Fey!

In this video, I discuss what you should know about the writing life.

Enjoy!


What Should You Know About the Writing Life?


Length: 5:15

Tuesday, July 14

Write a Letter to Your Fear / Except from Keep Writing with Fey



Below is an except from Keep Writing with Fey: Sparks to Defeat Writer's Block, Depression, and Burnout, which is AVAILABLE TODAY!

BLURB:
Catch the sparks you need to conquer writer’s block, depression, and burnout!
When Chrys Fey shared her story about depression and burnout, it struck a chord with other writers. That put into perspective for her how desperate writers are to hear they aren’t alone. Many creative types experience these challenges, battling to recover. Let Keep Writing with Fey: Sparks to Defeat Writer's Block, Depression, and Burnout guide you through:
· Writer's block
· Depression
· Writer's burnout
· What a writer doesn’t need to succeed
· Finding creativity boosts
With these sparks, you can begin your journey of rediscovering your creativity and get back to what you love - writing.
BUY LINKS:
Amazon / Nook / iTunes / Kobo

Wednesday, July 1

Keep Writing with Fey is COMING! / IWSG


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


Keep Writing with Fey will release on July 14th! 

I have two opportunities for you if you'd like to help with my release.

1. Blog Hop

Share your story about writer's block, depression, and/or burnout and how you overcame it or what you are currently doing to heal.

Monday, June 15

Bad Things Must Happen / Vlog + LOST HELIX by Scott Coon


Thank you for coming to a vlog edition of Write with Fey!

In this video, I talk about how bad things must happen to our characters.

Enjoy!

Bad Things Must Happen


Length: 3:44

Wednesday, June 3

Meet the Flutters from BAD FAIRY by Elaine Kaye / IWSG


PLEASE HELP ME TO WELCOME MY MOM, ELAINE KAYE, FOR HER DEBUT MIDDLE GRADE BOOK BAD FAIRY!

AVAILABLE TODAY!

Title: Bad Fairy
Series: A Bad Fairy Adventure (Book One)
Author: Elaine Kaye
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Fantasy Middle Grade
Length: 66 pages
Age Range: 8-12

BLURB: Thistle Greenbud is not a bad fairy. She simply doesn't like rules, and it's just her luck that her homework is to create a new rule for the fairy handbook. But first, she has more important things to do. Like figure out how to get back at Dusty and Moss for playing tricks on her.

Before she can carry out her plan, though, disaster strikes and she finds herself working alongside the very fairies she wanted revenge on. Can they work together and trust each other, or will things go from bad to worse?

BUY LINKS:

Monday, May 18

Why Did I Write a Prequel to 30 Seconds? / Vlog


Thank you for coming to a vlog edition of Write with Fey!

In the first video, I reveal why I wrote a prequel for 30 Seconds.

In the second video, I give a reading of 30 Seconds Before.

Enjoy!


Why Did I Write a Prequel to 30 Seconds?


Length: 5:09

Wednesday, May 6

NOT INADEQUATE / A Post about Self-Defense and Abuse / IWSG


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


Can you help share the details about my mom's debut middle grade book Bad Fairy on your blog or Facebook? The post won't include an article but rather be a book blast consisting of the cover, blurb, links, excerpt, my mom's bio, and a giveaway. Dates June 3 - June 30.



***This is long. Feel free to skip the excerpts.***

Someone once said that Beth Kennedy (in Hurricane Crimes) wasn’t a very adequate self-defense instructor and all because Donovan had bested her a couple of times.

Friday, April 24

Murder, Just Because by Yolanda Renee



It’s a pleasure to be participating in author Yolanda Renee’s MURDER, JUST BECAUSE Blog Tour through MC Book Tours today.

Yolanda is offering an awesome tour-wide international giveaway. More information on the giveaway is listed below.

Monday, April 13

5 Secrets about 30 Seconds / Vlog


Thank you for coming to a vlog edition of Write with Fey!

In the first video, I share 5 secrets from 30 Seconds.

In the second video, I give a reading of 30 Seconds.

Enjoy!


5 Secrets about 30 Seconds


Length: 7:57

Wednesday, April 1

COVID-19 and Authors / IWSG


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


I came across a post talking how people were saying this is not the time to promote books (unless they're free). The creator of the post said authors had apparently received direct messages telling them they shouldn't be promoting a product right now.

This is so wrong.

While it's true that sales may tank because people aren't buying as many books right now due to money concerns or stress, authors need to keep promoting. Promoting our books during this time doesn't mean we're being insensitive. Rather, we're doing what we have to do for our careers, our sanity, our happiness. It is more important now than ever to keep doing normal tasks.

Social media feeds are full of posts about the virus, shelter-in-place orders, worries, lay-offs, bare store shelves, and politics. We need to see bright colors and pretty covers in our feeds. We need to share excerpts/quotes that make readers laugh or swoon. When readers see book promotions, they are relieved, happy...it's a bit of normalcy in this stressful time, and reading is an escape for them.

And for people to say that only free eBooks are the ones that should be promoted right now is short-sighted and unrealistic.

A lot goes into planning a book's release. Authors can't just postpone the releases of their new books. They may lose money or their publisher may not allow it, and no one knows when this situation will end. Many authors rely on publishing for income, which is likely not great to begin with, and to have to delay releases for months could hurt them. (If authors are able to delay their releases with ease, they're lucky but...still stressed and worried.)

Also, authors can't give away all of their books for free. It's wrong to claim that authors should be providing free products or nothing at all during a time when everyone is suffering. Even them.

Authors are doing what they can. They are providing happy places and worlds readers can escape to. They are offering 99 cent sales or marking their eBooks as free for a limited time.


Facebook meme.

No one should be telling authors 99 cents sales aren't enough.

Or we're capitalizing on the pandemic when we offer 99 cents sales. (Traditionally published authors can't mark their eBooks as free as easily as others can.)

Or that all of our books should be free.

Or we shouldn't promote our books, unless they're free.

Or we can't celebrate our new releases and post about them.

NO ONE should be ridiculing authors during this difficult time when we're suffering, as well, and trying to do what we can for readers and for ourselves.

Don't forget... we're small businesses being impacted now, too.

(This is a tweet that was shared widely on Facebook.)

Authors:
1) If you want to promote during this time, do it! But treat it like a normal promotion, not related to what's happening in the world. (I do caution against promoting just because people are stuck at home.) If you have a new release, shout it from the rooftops and don't stop.
2) If you want to mark your eBooks as free (or 99 cents) to help others out during this time, definitely say so. That's wonderful and will be appreciated by many readers.

I marked all of my mom's picture books to free for this reason. With all the kids not in school, Sammy the Teddy Bear wanted to make sure parents and children would have stories to read.

TIP: To get Amazon to mark your eBooks to $0.00, you first have to mark them as free elsewhere. Doing this through Smashwords (if you're there) is super easy. When you do this, other retailers are notified. Within hours your price is dropped. The best way for authors to get Amazon to drop a price to free is through this KDP link. Click on the "pricing" and then "price matching" options and follow their directions to send them an email. I never have a problem doing this for my mom's eBooks.

SIDE NOTE: Right now, I’m not offering 99 cents sales on my series because, after seeing a post by another author, I wondered if people would want to read about natural disasters during a pandemic. Would it be too much?? As it is, I don’t promote during real natural disasters. I especially avoid promoting the book in which the disaster appears in. As you can imagine, this is tough, and not something I anticipated before I started this series, so while this situation is new for most authors, this is something I deal with several times a year.


Until next time...

Stay healthy, everyone!


Monday, March 16

Do I Need a Website / Vlog + Gabe's Guardian by Beverly Stowe McClure


Thank you for coming to a vlog edition of Write with Fey!

In this video, I discuss an important question that many writers ask "Do I need a website?"

This is a video from 2017, but still worth watching. :)

Enjoy!

Do I Need a Website?


Length: 7:46

Wednesday, March 4

Dear Author with No Reviews / IWSG




We've decided to do something different and have TWO book options for you to choose from. You DO NOT have to read both books unless you truly want to.

The Lovely Bones
Chill Factor
Discussion Day is March 25.

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.


Join the book club: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/214387-the-insecure-writer-s-support-group-book-club 


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

Friday, February 28

About Us by Elizabeth Seckman / Free eBook!


Elizabeth Seckman has a new eBook and it's FREE!


Blurb:

Hayden Matthews isn’t looking for love—she’s trying to get as far from it as possible. She's already wasted eight years in a failed marriage and is ready for a good life. A peaceful life. One where she can raise her daughter to be strong, independent, and happy. But to make that happen, she must fix her own life first.

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.

Enjoy!



Real-Life Memories in Flaming Crimes


Length: 12:59

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.

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

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.

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