It’s Another New Year!

Hello all! It’s a snowy Sunday afternoon here. And for the first time in years, I can sit at my desk and watch it snow! It’s really coming down. We have about a foot or so now, which is making going out for my little Rat terrier mix, Kai Cei, really an adventure. She had to swim through the drifts to find her spot this morning, but then couldn’t get turned around to come back, so my son waded out to rescue her – in his bare feet, no coat. Kai Cei’s going to be 13 in a couple of months and isn’t quite as spry as she used to be. She and I have a lot of walking to do to shed our extra pounds.

It’s coming down in big flakes right now, and no sign of stopping. I’m loving it. But my poor husband is a nervous wreck imaging our power going down for days. It’s happened before, and we got through it just fine.

I am sadly behind in all the things I had wanted to get done in the past two years. I’ve also had some issues with the site, which I thought were taken care of, but I see they aren’t fully yet. Couldn’t get into my dashboard until today when I finally asked for help. I know . . . very sad.

Also, I’ve been trying to decide what I should actually do with this site as I have NovelsByNeenah.com which I’ve been able to post to more frequently, but not as much as I should. I have seven sites and they all need some TLC! Can’t grow a readership if they all quit coming for lack of something new to read!

In my defense, I’ve been trying to finish some writing projects. I write under other aliases in other genre, so have a pile of stories to finish. And many others to start! I’m also learning more about cover design as I have been doing my own covers from the beginning. They may not be perfect yet, but they are 100% better than they were in the beginning! I’ve kept some of them in a special folder to remind myself of just how far I’ve come.

I’m presently taking two courses. One given by Stuart Bache who is a British cover designer to many famous authors including Mark Dawson and Stephan King. The other course, I just enrolled in yesterday. It’s one of Derek Murphy’s courses. Why two courses? Each guy has a different way of presenting things. Derek has a way of talking fast and repeating himself, but he’s a fount of wisdom on many levels. So, I’ve enrolled in three of his classes. I’ll be checking those out later today. I’ll post here what I am learning and what I think of the courses.

I’ve gone through Stuart’s cover design course a couple of times – you get lifetime access in both cases – and now just have to practice the techniques. They both work in Photoshop. I work in RealDraw Pro V and Paint5hop Pro 2019. RD V is the easiest of them to create a cover in. But there are things it can’t do, or I haven’t figured out how to do in it, that PaintShop does better. Actually, I use a lot of different tools in my cover creation process. In another post, I’ll talk more about them.

I’m also taking some courses in self publishing and figuring out ads for authors, as well as other means of getting my stuff out there. Would be nice to see more reviews going up in all the places a review could go. So, I need to figure this stuff out.

I may try doing Kindle Select with Stormi’s story at least for the first three months and this time, make use of all the tools. I’ve gone wide with Thomi and Joleigh, and I don’t want to unpublish them from all the avenues I have them in. So, from this time forth, I will go exclusive with Amazon for a few months with anything new that I publish, and then go wide. Wide, meaning that I’ll publish them in all the other places an author can publish. Right now, my short story Ride ‘Em Tough is the most downloaded story I have out there. It’s free everywhere except Amazon, where it’s .99 as Amazon doesn’t let you go permafree without a fight. It’s also free on my other site if you wished to check it out.

Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll see you next time. Hoping much sooner than last time!