OMG, maggicalExpressions is now on Facebook and Twitter

I’m not sure that this is a good thing or not but I have to protect my brand before someone steals it. Will it be addicting, or will I be able to manage it just fine. Time will tell. Oh My!

Feel free to share your comments to me on the pluses and minuses. Thx.

Check them out at:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/MaggicalExpressions/940816589307944

https://twitter.com/maggicalExpress

Finished the book this weekend

Received this note from my sister. If you knew her, you would know that she is a traditional, conservative girl. I love her and she loves me but we do look at life completely differently. One thing about her though. She always speaks from the heart and never, ever censors her words.

What follows are her words regarding my book.

‘The Taste of Honey’

 I found myself being drawn in as the story progressed. I really came to understand the society you depicted & at one point found my eyes puddling! For me to get emotional over a book means the book is ‘Very well written!’

Thank you for your support

I want to thank all of my supporters who reposted my last blog entry and comments on their Twitter and Facebook feeds. I saw an extreme spike in hits from numerous unique visitors over the past 48 hours.  It was great seeing the power you all have and I hope to continue to justify your support for me.

As a reminder, my book ‘The Taste of Honey’ is available in both paperback and eBook formats on Amazon. It is a mystery suspense fantasy thriller set a millennia in the future. My sister, a very traditional, conservative woman, told me that she finally began to understand the issues facing my characters and had tears well up in her eyes. Tears she rarely sheds when reading a book.

I hope you will check it out. I’ve included a link to the book page. I believe you will find it a good read. Thanks for reading this. You’re all the best.

Finished my draft of ‘Broken Steele’

Whew! This morning I finished my draft of my new novel, ‘Broken Steele’, book 2 in the ‘Mona Bendarova Adventures.  Next, I’m on to the arduous task of editing it and preparing it for publication. Yes, it’s true. I am an independent publisher under the brand ‘maggicalExpressions’.

First, I’ll be doing a once over edit looking for obvious errors and inconsistencies, which I am sure exists. Next I’ll be doing a more in-depth with my favorite person in the world, my partner Janet. She is quite good at helping me edit and was a huge help in preparing the last book for publication.  I’ll also be sharing it with one or two others who promise to help me edit it.

Which begs the question. To edit yourself or hire an editor? What do you think?

As an independent publisher who has yet to make his first million (alright, hundred) in royalties, I’d like to know. From research I’ve found all over the web, the recommendation is to not self edit but hire an editor.

Since I don’t have the money to do that, I have to resort to my own means to edit my books, and for that matter, design the book covers and everything else necessary to publish.

The second question that comes to mind is, if you hire an editor, how long does it take to get the book back and ready to publish? For that matter, does an editor format the book as well, or that still my responsibility?

What do you think?

Broken Steele, An inspiration I had the other day

I’m nearing the completion of the sequel to my first book, ‘The Taste of Honey’. The book, entitled ‘Broken Steele’, is due out in September.

Just the other day, I had an inspiration that will tie not only this book to the first but adds to the conflicts I’ve developed and I have a clear mind about what to do with books 3, 4, 5 and maybe more.

I’m so excited and can’t wait to get back to the writing. Just a few more chapters to go.