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I’m looking for readers interested in urban fantasy / paranormal  fantasy / romance / NA (New Adult) genres to read my book – for free! The only thing I’m asking in return is a fair review on Amazon and Goodreads. That’s it! You get a free book, and I get some feedback. Sounds good, no?

I can provide you a copy in either PDF, epub, or mobi formats. If you’re feeling especially generous, Siren Snow is also available for purchase on amazon in print or kindle editions. Just click-the-pic!

Baring that, let me know if you’re interested and I’ll get you a copy. :) Reblog or share this if you know someone who might be interested!

84 Twitter Tags for Writers

Twitter is kind of scary! There’s only about a berjillion hashtags, so it’s sometimes hard to know which to use. Some are obvious (#writer), but some are a little abstract. I did a little digging, and came up with a list of about 84 twitter tags common in the writing and indie writer communities. A lot of this comes from other lists, (specifically from Nadine’s blog) but I squished ’em all together in a list. Here we go!

 

 General Writer Tags

 

Indie

 

Genre

6 Things I’ve Learned As A Newbie Writer

So, I’m quickly closing in on my first ever publication date. (That’s crazy!) I started my first novel on December 9th, 2012 and finished it January 21st, 2013. It would have been sooner, but I am notoriously procrastinate-y. And easily distracted. And sidetracked.

Either way, there have been some rude awakenings and not so rude awakenings on my journey to self publication. I’m going to share some here, so maybe you lot can avoid them in the future.

6 Things I’ve Learned as a Newbie Writer

1. It didn’t take as long as I thought it would – Granted I took a little while to eck out my overall plot and stuff, the actual process of writing 70k words only took a little under two months. It would have been faster had I not piddled away my time on other stuff. Before I started this whole thing (the decision to write a book at all), I was under the impression it took years to write a novel. Years! Apparently, with some application, it can be done in months. In some cases, even weeks. However, it should be noted I (basically) had a month off because work was slow, and the semester was over. But still. If you’re thinking about writing a novel, just know you can do it in a timely manner with some application and dedication. It doesn’t have to take years. It doesn’t even have to take months.

2. Turn off the freakin’ internet – I can’t stress enough how easy it is to get distracted. If you’re serious about this writing thing and want to get this thing done in a timely manner, turn everything off. For seriously. Even your people. Send your hubby/wifey away with something entertaining, shut off the wifi/internet, turn your phone off, everything. If it’s there, you’re gonna use it. I simple thought like, “Oh, let me just check my author page likes, just out of curiosity” ends up as “I really should buy a new washer. I wonder what deals home depot has. *opens new tab*”  NO! BAD WRITER! STOP IT!

3. Music is invaluable – I think I’ve mentioned this somewhere before, but I’ll re-iterate. Music is awesome, and you should use it to write. Picture your scene like a scene in a movie. What would play in the background? Orchestral tension scary music? Some kind kick-ass rock anthem while your MC beats up the villain? Something sultry for that love scene? It totally works. I swear to jeebus. (This point is invalid if you’re the kind of writer that requires silence. Which is fine too. Silence is golden.)

4. You need other people – Don’t write your novel by yourself. I’m not saying you need someone to read every single word of your first draft, but at one point or another, you’ll need somebody. Make connections early on, especially with other writers. Engage in social media and forums. There are a ton of people who’ve done this before you, and they often have incredibly helpful things to say about whatever you’re doing. You’ll need to ask for feedback sometime before publication date anyway, so it helps if you already know some people. Plus, it’s just fun to make friends. Everybody likes making friends. :D I wrote my first novel along side my best friend Maegan, who was writing her novel at the same time. It’s pretty nifty to be able to pick someone’s writerly-type brain as you go along, but be sure you don’t let it distract you. (Thats happened.. >_> )

5. You’ll probably get the writer blahs. This is normal. There WILL be days when you want to quit. Don’t. There will be days when you want to scrap your entire plot and start over. Don’t. There will be days when you wont want to write at all. Write anyway. Some might say, on this last part, if you write during your writer-blahs, your quality will suffer. Yeah, probably, but it’s also likely you’ll discover what you

NO, I DON’T NEED YOUR HELP, YOU BASTARD PAPERCLIP.

don’t like about whatever part your writing. You may not be able to write the bad part into a good part, but you can make a note of it and come back during edits with a fresh brain. Speaking of edits, you’ll probably wanna quit during those too. You’ve been staring at this folder of chapters for 84578449435 days, and your brain is starting to melt out of your ears. That’s okay. Take a break for a little while, but don’t quit altogether. Push past the blahs.

6. (This is the big one) Writing a book costs money. – The old saying, “It costs money to make money” is unfortunately true. A decent cover costs money. Some forms of advertising costs money. Software to help you along the way costs money. Copy editors (sometimes) cost money. If you don’t want to do it yourself, formatters cost money. Beta readers (sometimes) cost money. Unless you have 8569454 friends in various fields that will do it for you for free, you’re probably gonna spend some money on something related to your book along the way. I spent $180 on my covers (ebook and print). I probably spent $50 or so on various how-to books for formatting and marketing. I probably spent more on various other things. I’m debating spending $75 to have someone format this bitch for me. You can spend money to have a smoother ride to publication date, or you can buckle up and take the bumpies for free. I can tell you already that this formatting this is a bitch. I’m starting to think that if I can just power through this first one and get everything right via trial and error, then the next ones’ll be easy and I’ll have taught myself a valuable skill, but… still. In most cases, you’ll spend money on something. Especially if you plan to make this a career. Hopefully it’ll start paying off when the sales come in, but one can only hope.

Flight of Fantasy Blog Award! YOU’RE tagged!

Woots! I’ve have been nominated for The Flight of Fantasy Award (created by the wonderful Sophie Tallis. Give her a follow!) I was nominated by both Maegan Provan (my book sistah) and Tricia Drammeh (our appointed book-mama). She’s been awesome, and Maegan and I are growing steadily under her tutelage. :)

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Here are the official rules for The Flight of Fantasy Award:

  1. Display the award logo on your blog.
  2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
  3. State 11 things about yourself (it’s a Spinal Tap thing!), including why you love fantasy and your first or favourite fantasy book.
  4. Nominate 7 bloggers for this award and link to them. (If you want to link back to me as well, that would be lovely but isn’t required!)
  5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.

My eleven random facts:

  1. I just had my wisdom teeth out four days ago.
  2. I got in trouble for reading during class in high school. (Better than getting in trouble for sleeping I guess.)
  3. I’ve always loved fantasy. Most of my childhood was spent dreaming, writing, or drawing myself as something other than human. I’m still disappointed I’m a human, lol.
  4. I’ve got a lot of favorite fantasy books. Epic fantasy type stuff, I’ve fond of Jim Butcher’s alera books. Other than that, I’ll read absolutely anything that’s modern fantasy.
  5. I recently got engaged to my boyfriend of ten years. (Wearing the ring since December 8th, 2012!)
  6. I become randomly obsessed with songs. It’ll get stuck in my head at random, and I’ll listen to it on repeat for a couple of days.
  7. I’ve always wanted to fly. You know when they ask you what super power you’d have? Mine would be to fly. How sweet would that be?
  8. I’ve always wanted to learn to play the cello, violin and piano. I played the flute in middle/high school though.
  9. My favorite food ever is orange chicken.
  10. A lot of the characters in my books / planned series are recycled characters from the MMOs I’ve played, or RP’s that I’ve done. (I’m a nerd, shut up.)
  11. I sing things to Maegan over skype between editing/writing.

My seven nominees for The Flight of Fantasy Award:

  1. Maegan Provan
  2. Tricia Drammeh
  3. Shelina Valmond, A Writer Inspired
  4. Cynthia Dumarin
  5. Dawn Chapman
  6. Everyone else! If you’ve read this, write fantasy of any kind, or know a blogger who deserves to be mentioned, PASS THIS ON. Seriously. Jump in, participate! YOU are tagged! :D

Bwahahaha, hilarity! The Publishing Process in Gifs

Check this out!

Me for a month and a half.

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

I’ve just been nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! Tricia Drammeh  has nominated me, so I’m throwing out some nominations of my own!

The Rules of the Award:

  1. Display the award logo on your blog.
  2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
  3. State 7 things about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 bloggers for this award and link to them.
  5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.

So, here are seven things about me:

  1. I’ve always wanted to be a novelist, and only recently found the cajones to jump in and do it.
  2. I’m engaged to my boyfriend of 10 years. (I know, right?)
  3. I used to live in Texas, and I miss my Momma. (And her sweet tea.)
  4. I’m seriously hooked on MMORPGs. I spent 7 years on World of Warcraft, and have recently moved to Guild Wars 2. (I also really love Minecraft. Stupid endermen. >:I)
  5. I love modern fantasy stuff, especially shifters, despite my first book being about Witches.
  6. I’m learning ASL (American Sign Language.) I want to be an Interpreter (if the book thing doesnt work out… maybe even if it does. Sign language is beautiful.)
  7. I’, writing my first book alongside my best buddy Maegan P. (We trade chapters and gush about each other’s characters… great fun!)

My nominees for the award:

  1. Tricia Drammeh (Thanks for the nom!)
  2. Maegan Provan (<3)
  3. Kate Jack
  4. Cathy Givans
  5. Nathaniel Tower
  6. Steve Vernon
  7. Robin Tidwell
  8. Cynthia Dumarin
  9. Jessica Schaub
  10. Anna Roberts
  11. Tessa
  12. Kyrsa Lee
  13. J. Koe
  14. Jack Harper
  15. Shalina!

Go check these people out! Pronto! (Printo? Haha, book humor.)

Marketing is nuts.

Or maybe it’s more like networking. I’ve spent a good hour ‘liking’ facebook pages in exchange for likes on my own page. Which is perfectly fine, of course, and fair. It’s just time consuming.

I’ve heard from a lot of authors that they spend a ton of time marketing and networking, and I believe it now! Phew! I have so much more work to do, but it’s a start. I’m hoping I’ll be set up with an audience come launch time (which is fast approaching as I’m going to go into overdrive and try and finish Redhaven draft #1 this week).

Alot of my networking attention has been on Facebook so far, because twitter kind of perpetuates itself. Just go on a follow spree, @ some people, retweet and play nice, and you’re all good. Facebook ends up with a lot of spam.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my fellow writers. I just dont like them pushing my longtime friends under all thier posts. I know thats what they have to do, but…  still. If you’ve found out I’ve hidden you, don’t be offended! So far it hasn’t been too bad.

ALSO – WTF! I go on my liking spree, c&p’ing the thingy I was supposed to, and then facebook is like “you do dis too much! tori. stahp. tori shahp! I temp ban you!” Wtf, facebook. I’m not a spammer. :I

But I’m gonna eat now and go to bed, and start super-writing tomorrow morning! HEE-YA!

 

If you need some facebook page like love, check these thingies out:

 

http://www.facebook.com/events/483081188395794/

 

http://www.facebook.com/events/366534543443030/

 

http://www.worldliterarycafe.com/content/facebook-likes

Vlog #6

 

Some random stuff this week. Nothing too terribly exciting, besides word count and some book recommendations.

‘The Claiming Words’ by Tricia Drammeh – http://amzn.to/URuCEh
Tricia’s Facebook Page – http://on.fb.me/UDuu6a

‘Marked’ by P.C. Cast + Kristin Cast – http://amzn.to/VN8hnc

Jim Butcher  (Seriously, just read everything) – http://amzn.to/UOGVxp

REDHAVEN::

The first three chapters are up, in all of their rough draft glory. Figment sort of ate my formatting, but you can still read it well enough. It hasn’t been edited, so there’s probably some typos, but put it up mostly so I could share it around.
http://figment.com/books/489229-Redhaven

On Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/authorvictoriabarrow

Keep updated with the blog:
https://authorvictoriabarrow.wordpress.com

Pinterest Board of Inspiritation (Because why not):

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Just my luck.

I get five uninterrupted days to write and my wisdom teeth decide NOW is the time to totally attack my face and keep me up all night with excruciating pain. Seriously. My ear is killing me, because my teeth are doing some weird shit to my jaw which is doing weird shit to the rest of my face. Fuck you, wisdom teeth!

I’m probably going to have to get them out, which is going to hurt even more, and I’ll probably be totally zonked out for like, 2 or 3 days, which is highly irritating because I planned to finish Redhaven #1 this week. Five whole days! BLAH.

This is bullcrap. T_T

This is how I felt about writing about a month ago

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