Posts Tagged ‘Shattered Souls’

Hi Guys

I have been super busy working on Hell Hath No Fury and Poisoned By Blood Book Three, I have the sequel to Twisted Coven is planned out and ready once I have the other two squared away.

Today I wanted to talk about the pluses of having a support network around writers, whether they be signed, freelance, those wanting to write and those who were still deciding if they truly want to be a writer.

By nature the world or writing isn’t an easy one to be in. It is fought with judgement and angst. You may be told no 20, 100, 300 times before being signed, J. K. Rowling was rejected 12 times before the Harry Potter series was signed, Stephen King’s Carrie was rejected 30 times before being published. It’s part of the job, perseverance and willing to listen to feedback are the best thing’s for a writer to have in their back pocket.

I have received some negative feed back and attention and I’ll show you a few examples and tell you on how to deal with them.

First a review from Shattered Souls

bad review 1

I have redacted the name to protect the person in question. This was a bad review in a sea of four and five star reviews. I was upset when I saw this, I will admit that I did shed a tear but I realized that it was merely a troll, a person who was out to hurt as troll are. You can do nothing about trolls, nothing but ignore them and move on.

Here’s a review for Spilt Blood

Bad review 2

This review is constructive, meaning that instead of five words with no true meaning and are not the slightest bit helpful. They give pointers on how the books going forward can be improved and how they can be better. They advise the use of Beta readers, which is now something I do now. They do question the main characters age state that it would be better if she was older, this is something I debated on this as I wrote the book but her age is important further in the series, in book four. The comment about the ‘rushed’ feel of the book, that was purposeful as their is a serial killer around and they are hunting him before he kills too many people, they don’t really have the time to do much else. Though I think I could have done a bit more character building and relationship building.

Authors are, by nature, solitary nature and we like to work in our own cocoon but we do need a good network of support around us. I am extremely lucky that my Mum and Dad (Stepdad) have always been there, pushing me to be better. I have an awesome husband who believes in me even when I don’t believe in myself. I have an awesome publisher with Vamptasy Publishing, the website is being updated at the moment but it does show several of our awesome writers on their. I also have several fans although I’m only a beginner in this job and they are loyal and that is astounding to me. Having people around to help bring you up when you get that rejection letter or that bad review helps.

While I was lucky to get a yes early on and I love my book home and I would never change that ever in the world and I only hope that one day all authors find their book home.

Thankfully there is no negative review of Dark Side of Humanity yet nor has there been any for Twisted Coven yet, not on Amazon anyway.

I have a lot of things going on this year and I am hoping that my books grow in strength and that those who love it continue too do so. I have a group of people who seem to love my books and people that are happy to share my books on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

I am hoping to do a Facebook ad this weekend to help promote the books a little. I am busy, two book releases this year with more going on that are working on in the back ground hence why I’ve been quiet.

My main peaces of advise are as follows:-

  1. Take on the constructive criticism and use it going forward with more books and any re-releases.
  2. Let troll reviews slide off your back and move on.
  3. Make sure you have an awesome network around you.
  4. Don’t let rejection stop you.
  5. Learn, learn and learn. Read, read and read. Write, write and write.

I also know I need an editor as my dyslexia makes things hard work and tricky to do and I quite often miss mistakes, that’s another good thing about beta readers, they help with the process and help make things more coherent.

If there are any subjects you want me to take on please let me know and I’ll see what I can do.

Happy Writing

Simone

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Hello guys

 

So summer’s on its way out and the nights are becoming longer and longer but the best news is that Halloween is getting closer to, that and winter solstice is near too.

I have been thinking about a few things of late including why I became a writer. The truth is I never set out to be an author. I used to write, as a child, to express my fantasies about my favourite TV show characters paying special attention to Michael Shanks, Tom Welling and Nick Lea to name but a few.

During my time at University I began writing a book on child abuse, types, how to investigate and so on. During that time I got the idea for a novel originally titled Blakesmith Catacombs, now titled Twisted Covern. When I moved to York I started a writing class and my teacher told me that it was worth publishing.

The class opened something in my head and soon I was over run with ideas. Red Eyes and Shattered Souls were originally submissions for anthology’s but were release on their own and now Spilt Blood has been signed.

I have fallen in love with it and the reviews I’ve had have pushed me forward.

Happy writing

Simone

Hello reader,

Well it’s been a busy week and I have a lot more to do yet. I have received a review of Shattered Soul’s from an author friend of mine and I am humbled by that and the other two reviews I have received, one from a friend and another from a fellow author. I am currently dancing around my house.

Review help me learn and good reviews help keep me going. I am super happy.

here are the links to my three reviews.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20939701-shattered-soul?from_search=true
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Shattered-Soul-Simone-Young-ebook/dp/B00IPO2HKO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1404999884&sr=8-1&keywords=shattered+souls+simone
http://www.amazon.com/Shattered-Soul-Simone-Young-ebook/dp/B00IPO2HKO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1404999884&sr=8-1&keywords=shattered+souls+simone

I am also waiting to hear back from my publisher about Spilt Blood and if she likes it. I’m nervous and excited. Hope to share with you more soon.

Happy Writing.

Simone

Two Five Star Review

Here is the two five star reviews for Shattered Souls, please read, review and share with your friends.

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Little old me again. I’m sat writing book one of the ‘Poisoned by Blood’, and I am enjoying the tale it really does have a mind of its own. I have done a guest blog for my publishing company Vamptasy and I have been working on little teasers for here. Prose and flash fiction.

I have had a few more reviews from ‘Shattered Souls’, several of my friends have read it, one wanted a sequel, another loved it as she hated the main character and loved the ending. It has only been good things. It’s spurring me on to get ‘Spilt Blood’ done.

One of my friends was describing to another how I plan every story. I used to just let it flow but that caused me to waffle on and go off point. I was doing a writing course with my local college when one of the tutors taught me how I could plan out the tales. She is shocked that each idea has it’s own notebook and its own detailed plan. I was just glad that she liked the end product. I have been asking for as much feed back as possible to help with future books.

Stay tuned, there’s a lot more to come.

Simone

Another Great Poster

Posted: March 29, 2014 by Simone Young in Current and Active Works
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Another Great Poster

Hi,

Here’s another poster generated by one of my dear friends and publishing sister. I love her work, she’s done the others I’ve posted. I love it

Happy Writing

Simone

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So, the books been on sale for nearly two weeks now, the ranking changes daily but that’s good, means its selling. I’m super excited as days within it going live I got a five star review. I tell you, I couldn’t be happier if I tried.

If you buy the book please leave a review and let me know what you think on here and on Amazon.

I’m still marketing the book and the guys over at Vamptasy are great and help with everything, and my editor, she’s brilliant and understanding. Bless her. I tell you, I can’t wish for more in a publishing company and the other authors I work with are all very talented and we help each other where we can.

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Stay Tuned and Happy Writing

Hello readers

I have the cover for my book with the release date of March 1st.

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I’m also wanting to share the tale of how I became a part of the publishing company I am.

Around 18 months ago a writer friend who owned her own publishing company asked me to send in a tale for an anthology to be printed for October 2012. I did and the piece was puslished as a standalone and was on sale for four weeks and all proceeds were donated to charity. Only days before the release I found out the owner of Vamptasy was married to my cousin.

Vamptasy Publishing was sold to an American buisness woman, the pervious owner still works for the company as a writer and design’s covers.

Last year, I submitted Shattered Souls for a different anthology but it was too long and not ideal for the anthology however the head of the company agreed to publish it.

I feel honoured to be a part of the company and I am proud of all the authors who are a part of the same company. It truely is a blessing.

I have various projects on going and I am keeping myself busy.

Stay tuned to learn more about the release.

Happy writing

Simone

Hello readers

I am so happy that I can share this. On March 1st I have a book titled ‘Shattered Souls’ being released via Vamptasy Publishing. I am still bouncing. There is an online book release happening on Facebook during which there will be games quizzes and fun, there will be prizes and such too.

Head over to the Facebook event page and join in the fun. Keep your eyes pealed for news on the cover reveal and more prose that are waiting to be written.

Happy writing I’m still bouncing

 

Simone