IWSG Day- 5 Year Plan & Book Promotion

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Wow, it’s December, the final month of the year. And also the final IWSG of 2016 too. It’s been a great year, and turbulent as well. Still, I’m blessed to have and give much needed support through this writing community. All made possible by ninja extraordinaire Alex Cavanaugh. So thank you Alex and thank you Chrys, Stephanie, Quanie, Toni and Ula. Thank you to everyone I missed. Thank you for making 2016 a little bit better with your words of encouragement. With sharing our highs and our lows. Don’t think I can say it enough, but thank you. And Happy Holidays!

Don’t forget to check out our awesome co-hosts today Jennifer Hawes, Jen Chandler, Nick Wilford, Juneta Key, JH Moncrieff, Diane Burton, and MJ Fifield!

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December 7 Question: In terms of your writing career, where do you see yourself five years from now, and what’s your plan to get there?

Where do I see myself in 5 years? I have no idea. But I know where I’d like to be.

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What I’m Doing After NaNoWriMo


Hi I’m back.

And sorry I’m late with today’s post. But that’s been the theme for the past couple of weeks. Sorry, I’m late to wake up in the mornings. Sorry I’m late with catching up my word counts. Sorry I’m late to realize I started NaNoWriMo wrong (from the beginning and not the middle of the story). Sorry I didn’t give Harbingers of El Tinor my complete attention.

Sorry, sorry, sorry. I need to stop saying that.

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Happy Book Release Anniversary & Giveaway!

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Wow, do you believe that it’s been two years since Can You Catch My Flow? was published? I certainly can’t. But, wow, times does fly.

So to celebrate all weekend long Can You Catch My Flow? will be available to download on Smashwords for free with coupon code VC48X.

On top of that, I’ll be giving away 3 autographed print books. Just follow the link to the Rafflecopter giveaway!

Hurry fast, because everything will end in three days.

As they say all good things come in threes.


About The Book:

Debut poetry chapbook Can You Catch My Flow? captures the everyday ordinary events of the human condition in poetic snapshots. No matter the walks of life, the reader is sure to find themselves within the lines.


Lidy’s poetry reveals an understanding that deep meaning can be felt in the details. Her poetry portrays a range of topics from the pressures to conform to societal expectations, friendship, monarch butterflies, partying, insomnia, and the quest for peace…just to name a few. Enjoy!- Shelah L. Maul

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As a writer/reader how do you celebrate book anniversaries? Do you celebrate them? Do you celebrate a character(s) birthday? As an author how does it feel to return on the day of your book release?

When a Publishing Deal Goes South by Alex Cavanaugh

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 Guest blogging for me today is ninja extraordinaire Alex Cavanaugh, creator of the writing haven and community Insecure Writers Support Group.

Thanks again, Alex…

We’ve all heard of publishing deals that fell through. Maybe it’s even happened to us. While it’s disappointing, it doesn’t have to end in defeat.

Last fall, there was a call for anthology submissions. I wasn’t working on anything at the time and decided I could craft something to fit the theme. I’d written short stories that followed my novels and thought this would be a great opportunity to something that would lead into my trilogy. If people enjoyed it, then they would purchase the series.

So I wrote the short story, sent it off, and when accepted, I signed a contract.  Continue reading