Freelance Writing, Editing, and Formatting

Hello, everyone.

I’ve been doing well and have been quite busy with my freelance writing, editing, and formatting career. I recently did some work on my website. I added two new pages (“books” and “testimonials“). I also did some minor adjustments throughout and to the “services” page.

I’ve also been in touch with clients I’ve worked with in the past. It was a pleasure to reconnect with them. I’ve also been doing several book formatting projects and a cover design project, which has been fun. I love working with clients and doing what I love to do – write, edit, and format for others – because I like to help people and I love being involved in the publishing industry. I also love connecting with other writers and authors on Facebook and Twitter.

What have you been up to lately? What goals do you have and what have you accomplished recently? Feel free to include links to your writing, career websites, and social networking pages in the comments below. I look forward to hearing from you.

Have a joyous day!

Christine

Interview with Michael Brookes

Michael Brookes is an Executive Producer with a leading UK games developer. Working in games and writing are two of his life passions and he considers himself fortunate to be able to indulge in them both. He lives in the east of England, enjoying starry skies in the flattest part of the country. When not working or writing he can sometimes be found sleeping, which is good, as that is where many good ideas come from.

Christine: Are you solely a writer or do you have multiple occupations?

Michael: I have a day job as an executive producer for a video games developer. I write in my spare time. I consider myself fortunate that I can devote so much time to two of my life passions.

Christine: What is the title of your most recently published novel and a description of it?

Conversations in the Abyss


Michael
: Conversations in the Abyss is the sequel to the 5-star rated supernatural thriller The Cult of Me. Here is a description:

Stealing Lazarus’s miracle gifted him immortality. Combined with his natural ability of invading and controlling people’s minds this made him one of the most dangerous people on Earth.

But the miracle came with a price. His punishment was to be imprisoned within the walls of an ancient monastery and tormented by an invisible fire that burned his body perpetually. To escape the pain he retreated deep into his own mind.

There he discovers the truth of the universe and that only he can stop the coming Apocalypse.

Christine: Where can we find your published writing?

Michael: My books are all available from Amazon:

An Odd Quartet
A collection of four dark short stories:
www.amazon.com/An-Odd-Quartet-ebook/dp/B009QJMMPC

The Cult of Me
A supernatural thriller – the first book in ‘The Third Path’ trilogy:
www.amazon.com/Cult-Me-Third-Path-ebook/dp/B008O7ZVXW

Conversations in the Abyss
The sequel to The Cult of Me:
www.amazon.com/Conversations-Abyss-Third-Path-ebook/dp/B00BCP08JU

Christine: Do you formally plan out your novels before you write them? Why, and how?

Michael: Yes, I’m a great believer in planning before I start writing the first draft. I tend to start by writing a single line summary of the book. I then sketch out the characters and develop a chapter plan. I don’t start writing until I’m happy with the chapter plan.

The good thing about having a decent plan is that if I get stuck, I can skip to the next bit and carry on.

Christine: What are your strengths as a novelist?

Michael: I focus on the story. For me, the story is the most important part of a novel. Once you have the story, the characters and plot follow. And one of the great parts of writing is that I can constantly improve. In fact, that should be every writer’s goal – to get better.

Christine: What marketing techniques do you use to promote yourself as a novelist and your novels?

Michael: This is the part of self-publishing I haven’t mastered yet. I write a regular blog and post on Twitter. I also participate in communities, like Goodreads and the Kindle Users Forum. I’ve tried various paid advertisements as well.

Christine: What do you like to read?

Michael: Science fiction by Ian M Banks (especially his culture series) is my favourite type of read. I also enjoy horrors by authors like Clive Barker and Stephen King. I’ve recently expanded out into reading other indie authors’ work.

Christine: Do you find you “mentally edit” other writers’ works as you read them? Does doing this help you or bother you?

Michael: I do find myself doing this. For the most part it doesn’t bother me, but on a few occasions where the book really needed an edit pass it can be quite distracting.

Christine: Where can we find you on the Web?

Michael: You can find my blog at: www.thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk. And you can follow me on Twitter here: @TheCultofMe.

Thanks so much for joining us today, Michael!

Seven/Seven Blog Challenge!

Hello fellow readers and writers!

I was graciously asked by B B Shepherd to participate in an author blog challenge. It’s called the “seven/seven blog challenge” and it sounds like a great opportunity to share my work-in-progress, Chronicles of a Troubled Girl, with you! Before I do, here are the details of the blog challenge:

1. Choose seven lines from page 7 or 77 of your current work-in-progress.

2. Invite seven other writers to post the same and link back to you.

3. Mention and link back to the person who nominated you.

Here is a little background on my book: Chronicles of a Troubled Girl is a compilation of all of my journal entries from childhood to age 30. It shares my thoughts, emotions, and life experiences during a rocky time in my life. So, without further ado, here are seven lines from page 77 of the first draft of Chronicles of a Troubled Girl:

What I think I am living is really just a long dream my soul is remembering. But how do I know anything about life? What am I supposed to think of life? How am I supposed to perceive it? It is so complicated and I may never even find out in the end.

Who are the intelligent ones? Who is real? Who are my friends? These are all unstable, because they are always changing. I think something is something, but it turns out to be another, so I never know what I am facing in life. I hate instability. I want little or no pain. I am killing myself. Who am I? Who are these people around me?

The first draft of this book has been completed and next I’ll be proofreading it. It won’t be long before it’s published! I’ll definitely let you know when it is!

So far, Amanda R. Dollak will be participating in the challenge. If you would like to participate too, comment below and I’ll add a link to your blog to this post.

Have a great day and keep writing!

Christine

Review of “Schoolyard Bullying”

Schoolyard Bullying

Schoolyard Bullying by Pamela “Penlady” Jones is a nonfiction book about child bullying for parents and children – for both the bully and the one being bullied. It provides a realistic view of bullying’s effect on children, why children bully others, and how parents and children can resolve the issue of bullying.

The book is conveniently broken up into several informative sections, so that if you wish, you can read only the parts that apply to you, but I recommend reading them all to gain a broad perspective of the impact child bullying has on all parties involved. The book provides details on what child bullying entails, what a child bully is like, how to recognize child bullying, what online bullying is all about, and more topics to help people deal with child bullying in a positive and effective way.

Schoolyard Bullying is a great resource for parents, teachers, and children alike. It explains what adults and children should and shouldn’t do if a child is being bullied. It also covers how a parent should handle the situation if their child is the one bullying. The book provides many helpful suggestions for combating child bullying. Lastly, there are helpful resources in the back of the book for support on stopping bullying.

I highly recommend this well-rounded, succinct book full of helpful tips and information for everyone who is exposed to bullying. Even adults who are being bullied – or are a bully and want to stop – will benefit from this book. You will be glad you picked up this book, because it will help you resolve your bullying situation.

You can get your copy for Amazon Kindle here. Enjoy!