Writing Novels: Writers Work Wonders

We’re almost ready to publish our first novel. I must say, writing is hard. I certainly respected anyone who could write a book before, but now that I’ve done it myself, I bow down in supplication. Many writers I work with say that editing is hard; I find editing easy. It’s the writing that’s hard.

I will say that there are certain types of scenes I discovered were more fun than others. Action scenes were fun. I was filled with trepidation about writing my first sex scene, but once it was done, I was actually pretty happy with it. However, for authors of erotica, I take my hat off to you. How you manage to write several sex scenes and keep them fresh and exciting is a true talent. I mean, let’s face it. Sex is sex. It’s pretty much the same thing, just with minor differences. Being able to keep your readers engaged speaks volumes.

And while I don’t bat an eye at editing swear words, as I was writing, I found myself hoping my mother wouldn’t read what I’d written. I don’t use a lot of swear words in real life, but I did add a few here and there in the book where they seemed warranted. Do the rest of you worry about that? Maybe it’s a first novel type of thing.

Anyway, I want to tell all you writers out there that I understand what you have gone through to create your book. The long hours. The characters that seem to run away with a scene. The long nights trying to solve an obstacle that has stopped the story cold. You’re all awesome.

Shhh! Can’t Keep it a Secret!

Okay, I wasn’t going to post about our unpublished bundle sale, but dang it, I want to share the opportunity.

I don’t know exactly how long we’ll keep doing this special, so if it sounds good, jump on it, okay?

Normally, I charge by the word count when I edit or proofread. Not with this bundle special. This is why it is such a good deal.

In this bundle, you get the opportunity to have your book:

  • Line edited
  • Formatted as an ebook
  • Adorned with a book cover all its own
  • Free half hour chat with John Rakestraw on publishing, marketing, etc.

That’s right… all three services for one price. Just what is that price, you might ask? I won’t make you scroll down and sign up before I tell you… I hate that. :(

All this for only $650.

That’s right… just $650. Considering that some books cost that much or more just to edit, this is a real deal. Invest in your book and get it the polish and prep it needs to face the world.

Contact me using our form in the menu above and mention our $650 special, ‘kay?

If you act NOW!

We will throw in our Phone Consultation; How to Market, Brand and Start Your Platform for FREE!

That is a $97 bonus for FREE!

We truly want to help you. Right now my wife and I are going to offer you a FULL HOUR consultation; that is one-on-one, we want to help you develop your story idea and help you learn how to market, brand and start your platform.

What would YOU like help with?

  • Traditional Publishing vs. Self-Publishing: Figure out which one is best for you
  • Book Concept: Figure out which book idea you have that has the greatest potential (or, improve your existing book premise so it becomes even more marketable)
  • Author Platform: Insider secrets to quickly improve your exposure and credibility Should You Try to Get Published? On a scale of 1 to 10, I’ll tell you what I think… and recommend your next steps

Plus there’s more for FREE…

These consultations are normally hundreds of dollars, but right now, for you my friend… all this, for FREE.  And (as an added bonus) I’m including, for FREE, 4 interviews with a friend of mine, writer and SEO expert David Amerland. He gives you FREE advice about how to best set yourself up for better placement on the search engines. That’s 4+ hours’ worth of training and consulting…


But you have to sign up NOW.

This deal can expire soon…  it’s first come, first served.

Plus, I will record our consultation as an mp3 sound file and send it to you on a thumb drive (flash drive). That way you will have access to our talk anytime you feel the need.

Another FREE Bonus!

You’ll Want To Turn Your Book into a Business: Discover how to leverage your book into new, multiple streams of income.

Hurry before this deal goes away!

The fine print: Offer valid on books that are 85,000 words or less. Longer books will cost a bit more. Contact me for a quote. Books should be in good shape; don’t send a book that needs major work, because all this offer gives is line editing, not full content editing. Books with tight deadlines will have a rush fee added to the total. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other special.

Snow Talk

It’s mid-March, and they’ve been talking snow. Woke up this morning and they were announcing the Oregon coast is pretty much snowed in. This is a rare event. Not much fell here in the valley, but we’re surrounded by the white stuff if you drive out of town. The hills are covered. So how does this relate to writing?

Snow may be rare where you live, or you may get inundated with the stuff every winter. Either way, it transforms the landscape. Plants and cars become white lumps that could be hiding anything your mind can cook up. The lighting is different as it reflects off the snow, giving a clarity during the day that often isn’t there. At night, it seems to glow, making the world seen more magical. Or dangerous, depending on your perspective. It sparkles as light reflects off the surfaces of lots of tiny ice crystals.

Writing can get to be the same old grind. It can be a challenge to make it new again. When you need to boost it up a bit, think of the snow. How can you change the lighting on your writing to bring clarity? Can you make it sparkle and glint in the light? Maybe you need to hide some everyday things under a big blanket of imaginary snow to make them more mysterious. Partially reveal something instead of going all the way. Don’t be afraid to leave something for discovery later in the story.

Literary snow can change your world, even if it is only for a little while. Use it to change your style, to bring a different look to your story.