Author Archives: raquellestepney

Journey Of A Writer

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Hello Lovely People,

I feel that aspiring writers should always keep a positive mind set. When I was younger I had a teacher that would always write quotes on the board and the quotes where uplifting and made you think beyond your present thinking. It actually inspired me to write my own quotes and I kept them in a book what ever came to mind. I had lost it.  I  see that quotes can be used for several things and I had hoped this inspired writers.

Writer

Xo,

R

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The Indie Way: The Legal S***! It’s The Business!

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Hello Lovely Beauties,

I hope you all are having a wonderful and blessed day. Today I will be talking about legal stuff some of the need to knows when it comes to the legal side of self-publishing.

Calling All Aspiring Writers & Newbie Writer & Seasoned Writers.

Things you should ask your self when you are going to self-publishing

  • Do I want to make writing just a hobby or a business, career?
  • Do I have all the facts about self-publishing?
  • If  I want writing as my career am  I doing everything  I can to make my self  well established Writer?
  •  When it comes to writing  as a self-published author is this career or just a business opportunity?
  • Since writing is my passion do I want my own publishing company  and do I need or want literary imprints? What is an imprint?
  • Do I need to worry about taxes when it comes to book sales? Do I need a DBA?

*Keep This In Mind Potential Indie Authors*

**Imprint is Not a publisher**

Imprint Example:

Bantam, Knopf, Doubleday and Random House are all imprints of Random House, Inc.

The Legal Side!

Here are some authors that know a little more than I do about it.

Imprints, ISBNs, and More!!

CreateSpace

Custom ISBN – CreateSpace $10 (CreateSpace Only)

  • Set your own imprint to be listed as the publisher.
  • Offered through an agreement with Bowker.
  • You choose your book’s imprint of record. If you select Amazon.com or Amazon’s European websites as distribution channels, this imprint will be reflected on your book’s detail page.
  • You can sell your book through Amazon.com, Amazon’s European websites, a CreateSpace eStore, and some* Expanded Distribution channels.

* Not eligible for distribution through the Libraries and Academic Institutions outlet.*

  • This ISBN can only be used with the CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.
  • Your book’s ISBN information will be registered with BooksInPrint.com®.

Custom Universal ISBN – CreateSpace $99

  • Set your own imprint to be listed as the publisher.
  • Offered through an agreement with Bowker.
  • You choose your book’s imprint of record. If you select Amazon.com or Amazon’s European websites as distribution channels, this imprint will be reflected on your book’s detail page.
  • You can sell your book through Amazon.com, Amazon’s European websites, a CreateSpace eStore, and some* Expanded Distribution channels.

* Not eligible for distribution through the Libraries and Academic Institutions outlet.*

  • This ISBN can only be used with the CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.
  • Your book’s ISBN information will be registered with BooksInPrint.com®.

LuLu

  • Lulu-owned ISBN: You can get an ISBN from Lulu for free in the Lulu Publishing Wizard. You will need to purchase a Distribution package to have your ISBN submitted to Bowker’s Books in Print and Nielsen Book Data (ISBN agencies).
  • Bring Your Own ISBN: Assign an ISBN you already own to your title. The imprint (publisher name and information) attached to your ISBN will remain the same and Lulu.com will not be listed as the publisher. You must be the owner of the ISBN and may not use this ISBN with any other distributor.
  • yourISBN*: This option is a service for Lulu to obtain an ISBN for you from the US ISBN agency using your registered details as a publisher. After you receive your ISBN, you may assign it to a project as a Bring your own ISBN.

YourISBN (US Only)

Price: $99.00

This service allows you, the author, to register to become your own publisher and purchase your own unique ISBN from the official US ISBN Agency. The publisher must be a resident of the United States, Guam or Puerto Rico to receive this service. When the yourISBN is purchased, we will contact you within 1-2 business days with a link to the service redemption form. After the form has been completed, it usually takes 1-2 business days to receive the ISBN via email.

What’s Included:

This service allows you, the author, to register to become your own publisher and purchase your own unique ISBN from the official US ISBN Agency. This ISBN is directly mapped to you as the official, registered publisher. The Books In Print database and others will show your registered details as publisher. You must be a resident of the United States, Guam or Puerto Rico to get this service. If you are purchasing YourISBN to apply it to a Lulu project, it must be a size that is eligible for GlobalReach.

XoXo,

TTYF

R

The Indie Way: A Perfect Cover

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Hello Bonjour Lovely Readers,

Good Afternoon I hope all is having beautiful and wonderful Friday! I must apologize for missing last Friday!! Alot is going on and I have been under the weather at times. I keep moving forward! Thank You for your patience. To my fellow writers and aspiring writers two weeks ago I had shared some details on plots characters getting the next steps to getting your novel out line done I also gave a miniature blue-print that you can copy & past  to your word doc. You can modify to fit you.  I have not been a indie writer for long, but  I can show  and tell you things I am learning along the way. So, for the next couple of weeks I would like to share things I have learned along the way to my fellow writers. Each perspective is different and you learn from all of them. Today I decided to talk about the cover of your story or book. I think every author needs the perfect cover that fits.

Pre – Final Stages Leading To The Perfect Cover

Decide weather you want your book to be a freebie book. Decide which formats you want your book eBook, paperback, hardcover, or even audio books.

CreateSpace – Paperback (eBook (KDP)) & Lulu (eBook, paperback, & hardcover)

Audio Books – Learn More Here

I also believe that editing and interior formatting should be completed  FIRST before getting your cover completed. So when you are at the final round of edits I say that would be the best time you need to be working towards getting your cover done.  I give a week to two weeks in advance would be better for some so if problems  arise they have a decent time to be corrected. Flu/ winter season is not a great time for publishing book unless they are quick free eBooks. Books  that are light and that get you through the holiday season weather the editing, interior formatting,  and covers are good but can be completed in a decent amount time. You still give books to readers that love reading something good until your bigger literary works are finished.

For Eden’s Journey I will be doing Hardcover, and (free) eBook followed by a paperback.

Make sure you go with a cover designer that fits you and try to communicate regularly with editor and cover designer.

I am a firm believer in being loyal to cover designer that treats you well that’s why I love my cover designer of my first series Stephanie White of Steph’s Cover Designs. So with my big projects  and for bookmarks and banners I will go to her. For my small projects I  may choose different depending on the time and availability.   Keep all this mind when you go into your writing projects.

Below is a list of cover designers:

Morayne’s Arrow

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Hello Lovely Readers,

I hope you are having a wonderful and blessed day I am so sorry that I missed last Friday. I am making plans and working on projects remixing an old project and bring brand new things coming soon.

I have been working on a trailer for the short story I release soon just not in the way that you think.

Here is a treat! A teaser trailer I have been working on for Morayne’s Arrow – Book 1:  My Falling Stars mini series.

Morayne’s Arrow – My Falling Stars Teaser Trailer

https://youtu.be/u1cx0tGJpJ8

I hope you enjoy feel free to comment below.

XoXo

TTYF,

R

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Hello Lovely People,

I have you are staying  blessed and having a wonderful day. I have alot to catch up on since my computer screen is broken and temporarily using school computer. Which limits productivity since I am a commuter, but I will get every thing done, so while I am playing catch before spring break I am posting today instead of Friday! With that being said I hope this will help screen and story writers better plan out the novel or script.

3 Acts -15 Chapters * Can be  broken down  30 chapters  story or can be left as 15 chapter story. I use both depending on what I am looking for.

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NOVEL OR SCRIPT OUTLINE
**modify as needed**

Setting:
Currency $:
Main Characters:
Hero(s) –
Villain(s) –

MP: MAIN PLOT POINT
SP: SUB-PLOT POINT
CH:CLIFFHANGER

ACT I – BEGINNING

Chapter 1: Opening Conflict . (Intro Normal Life ~ Who is the Main Character, place, time, world. I Know What I Want ~ What do they want in life, goal, dream.)
SETTING:
MP:
SP:
CH:
Chapter 2: Protagonist shown in daily life before the transformation. (I’m Getting What I Want ~ What’s their plan, how’s it happening right now? Inciting Incident ~ Their plan is ruined by something outside their control)
SETTING:
MP:
SP:
CH:
Chapter 3: Opportunities for change. (I’m Not Getting What I Want ~ They take in what’s happened, reacting emotionally. Why Did This Happen ~ They examine their process and consider how to get back up.)
SETTING:
MP:
SP:
CH:
Chapter 4: Resistance to Opportunities. (Enter Exotic World ~ Because of whatever happened in 4, they are thrown into an EW. I Wanna Go Home ~ They are in shock, wanting or trying to get back to the old world.)
SETTING:
MP:
SP:
CH:
Chapter 5: Point of No Return – Opportunity Accepted. (I Can’t Go Home ~ They come to the conclusion, that they can’t go back, and look around. Woah – WAIT ~ They become distracted by the new surroundings, then remember their goal.)
SETTING:
MP:
SP:
CH:

ACT II – MIDDLE

Chapter 6: Entering the New Situation.(Enemy Enter ~ They discover the new antagonist, that will keep them from their goal here. What Now ~ Depressed about enemy, personal goal, but wondering what to do)
SETTING:
MP:
SP:
CH:
Chapter 7: Meeting Allies, Enemies, Romance; Transformative Experiences. (This May Work ~ They explore, make friends, maybe unwillingly. Consider options for goal. This Isn’t So Bad ~ They’ve accepted the new world, the friends, the goals, enjoy themselves.)
SETTING:
MP:
SP:
CH:
Chapter 8: Problems bring them together. (Enemy Strikes ~ The enemy threatens their new world/personal goal/something. Main Character Fights ~ The recovery and Main Character decides they won’t stand for this.)
SETTING:
MP:
SP:
CH:
Chapter 9: Problems drive them apart. (Who’s With Me ~ Main and supporting characters, band together to take a stand. Gear Up ~ They plan and prepare, for journey/battle/some stand, considering what they know.)
SETTING:
MP:
SP:
CH:
Chapter 10: Crisis Hit. (On The Road ~ They push through, band together, solve problems, put aside differences. Enemy Plays ~ The enemy plays at their weak points, threatening their bond and stand.)
SETTING:
MP:
SP:
CH:

ACT III – END

Chapter 11: Terrible Secret Revealed/Attack Start. (We Can Do This ~ They come through, feeling beaten, but band together and agree to push.They push themselves to be the best they can be and continue on toward the final)
SETTING:
MP:
SP:
CH:
Chapter 12: All Seems Lost.( The Enemy’s Lair ~ They arrive at the enemies front yard, planning, training, observing. Crisis ~ They move their plans to action and things don’t go as planned. Their lowest point.)
SETTING:
MP:
SP:
CH:
Chapter 13: Self-Sacrifice/Symbolic Death. (What Went Wrong ~ Main Character considers their fault, discovering it was their first prob. Can’t Give Up ~ They make their plan for their final ditch-effort to take down the enemy.)
SETTING:
MP:
SP:
CH:
Chapter 14: Final Showdown. (Climax ~ They put this final plan into action, it seems to be going well. We Can Do This* ~ They in almost shock at their success continue pushing through in a daze.)
SETTING:
MP:
SP:
CH:
Chapter 15: Conclusion/Epilogue. (Victory ~ They defeat, save, and/or reach their final goal, being victorious. Notable lesson. Resolution ~ Wrap up the loose ends – go home/review lesson learned/reconcile relationships.)
SETTING:
MP:
SP:
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I hope this helps.
XoXo
R,
TTYF

 

 

Lock In! That Novel ~ Writing Plan!

Accessorizing! Attributes Of The Characters! The Essentials!

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Hey Lovely People,

I hope everyone is enjoying there Friday! Today’s is for aspiring writers for books or screenplays! That need help with story and character development. I decided to give tips on writing that has helped me and that I have gathered for you!!

Above all else be creative!

     1. Setting & I.S. (Initial Scene) – Action!

  • Where do your character(s) exist?
  • Ex: My Story – Eden’s Journey: character Eden Everson: was born in Crescent Hills, Skiania. Planet: Saletheia.

   2. Become the Reporter! Paparazzi! W.W.W.W.W. H. ( Who, What, When, Where, Why, & How)

  • Schooling, Job, Purpose and Mini Bio. Biographies of your characters help you know your characters inside and out. Schooling and job can be included in this, but the purpose of the character depends on the grand scheme of the story. When you decide if you are writing a novella, novelette, novel, epic/ series. The purpose of each character can vary on which type of story or screenplay you are writing.
  • Ex: Eden’s Journey is Book 1 in  the Keepers of the Gates series. Each book will have a different main character. However the world is the same as well as some of the characters. It that a different part of the Salethia will be featured  and different country in the world will be the main setting. In EJ the MCs are Eden, Hanzi,Toph, Kai, Kat , and few Capitol characters. The minor characters are just important as major characters. whether its soldiers, royal guards, or rogue militia in the government planning a coup behind castle walls all are key to how your story will move forward. However, the main characters for each book in the series is a different gate keeper.

      3. Hero(s) & The Villain(s)

  • Make sure that the hero is clearly distinguished from your villain(s). Give them attitudes, habits, mannerisms, give them  a profile. Hobbies, favorite food, interests, favorite hangouts in the world you created. Who are that characters allies and enemies? Give them a past a detailed background. (Mini biographies are imperative and beneficial)
  • Supernatural/Fantasy/Paranormal Stories Only: Give your characters special abilities understand their abilities inside & out. Do some research for weapons, currency, and  supernatural creatures of the world you are creating.
  • Ex: Book l Valhalla Legacy – Entrapment all my main characters have profiles and mini bios. The villains that are crucial to driving the story have mini bios.
  • Book 2 Valhalla Legacy – Trials of the Lost: villain character: Ezra Kingston aka Bren backstory will play a major role in book 2. (Spoiler Alert!)

4. Define The Goal:

What goal(s) is your hero trying to reach? What will  be the  pitfalls that tries to to stop him/her from reaching the goal/mission?

Ex:

 Entrapment: the hero(s) goal are to save the world and keep an apocalypse and time loop from coming by maintaining the harmony and balance of the world.

Eden’s Journey: Eden has a choice to make about her own fate and protecting the peace and a friend while trying to find the culprits behind the attacks and the uprising across Saletheia that could lead to a world war.

Rumor Mill On The Gossip Path To Bullying

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Hello Gorgeous People,

I hope you are having a wonderful and beautiful day. I hope you are setting goals and going after them. Have faith and push forward with courage. I have going tackle a sensitive and enlightening topics today. Rumors, Gossip, and Bullying.

I don’t like bullying  I was bullied alot in my past and sometimes now in adulthood. That may be the reason I hate rude disrespectful people.  It is the main reason I want to own my my on business so I can be my own boss. I will not tolerate bullying from employees on one another or disrespectful  rude in the office or toward me for that matter. This rule will be above all others in whatever business I decide to open. I was even bullied by people who I thought were my friends that’s why I don’t trust people worth a grain of salt and these days you can’t afford to trust anyone completely. I fought every year up to seventh grade and I made a promise to myself I will not fight or result to violence unless absolutely necessary. I will use words to solve my battles. So,  far I haven’t  had to use violence except once or twice since then and I am 26 years old. Increasing your wisdom will take you farther than becoming a victim or spread rumors/gossips.

One thing it did help me with is book writing and becoming a stronger person. I had false rumors spread about me because they were either jealous or just didn’t like me. People that or being bullied ignore the bullies every misguided wrong that is turned toward you there is a thousand more turned toward them they are just using misdirection, so eyes will be on you instead of them. Remember  the problem is not with you its with them. I talk about the green eyes monster and  more in  the encouragement section of my book Rhythm of the Garden.

Victims: Ignore the false rumors you know who you are and what kind person you are. Bullies tend do thing because they can’t tackle their own inner turmoils so they attack someone they believe to be weaker than them. They fear you because you choose to be ok with who you are flaws and all and some people cannot handle that. For them it is to either be a follower or dominate others. You have the power within you to be brave in the face of adversity and move forward with courage you are stronger than you know the moment  it changes is when you give in and believe someone else’s false thoughts of you.

Bullies: Being a bully will not solve your problems. Find the cause of the real reason you are angry, bitter, jealous, fearful, or feel the need to dominate others. These are just symptoms of the real problem. Once you find the cause that will be the first step in a positive direction for your life because new peaceful solutions will begin to open up to you, so you want spread your negativity to others. You have the power within you to transform your being into a  decent humble human being.

XoXo,

TTYF

R