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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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Happy Thursday

The weekends almost here and I’ve been a busy bee.

I can tell you that Dark Side of Humanity is live. It resolves the cliff hanger ending from book one and deals with Petra and the threats that surround her.

Twisted Coven, book one of the White Witch Trilogy, is going to the editor today and i have decided to take a little break. I’ll still be doing promo for this realease, my other books and the release of Twisted Coven next month.

Please feel free to review any of my books and I hope to share with you Hell Hath No Fury and then continue the series I’m already in the of writing and I have somw surprises in store with those books and you’ll be surprised by where the book lead too.

This year is going to be a big one. I love sharing my books with everyone and I am honoured to be published by a company like Vamptasy.

Have an awesome day

Simone

Hello guys

It’s Saturday again, time seems to fly by, it really does. I’ve been busy the week with promotion and writing Dirty Little Secret, the sequel to Spilt Blood and I can’t wait until it’s done. Once I get a little sleep I’ll be back on the writing train. I love the feeling of writing and creating a new world, I really do. A world where I make the rules and people are those I create with issues I create. There is,  and I’m being honest, a part of me in all my main characters. Joslyn is a strong independent women with a darkness festering inside. She’s a mage with power untapped.  The bit of me she has is the realization she is that she doesn’t realise her true potential or think of the worth she has. Yes, I’be had self image issues my entire life.

Love you all
Happy writing

Simone

Hello guys,

Happy New year, I hope your holiday celebration went well and that you were spoilt by those around you. I got writing stuff, best thing for me and some cool things from my bestie.

Spilt Blood was released on the 29th and I have been working hard on Promotion and it has already yielded results, it’s reached my highest ranking so far and I hope to get it higher. I have a 3 star review with some worth while feedback. I have another coming over at some point and I have requested one from the Nerd Girls.

I need Beta readers, that I know, I have one but I need more, will ask my fellow #onehouseunited authors their ideas.

Here’s the Amazon links for my book, go check them out, they’ll keep you hooked. I hope!!

http://smarturl.it/Souls
http://smarturl.it/SpiltBlood

Reviews welcome!!

Here is my favourite poster so far that I’ve made for Spilt Blood.

book one poster 5

Stay Tuned

Simone

Hello reader

I have been hard at edits as my baby is now with the editor and I have the cover and I am in love.

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What do you think, beautiful isn’t it.

Last weekend I did a post boost on my Facebook page and it helped with my ranking on amazon so I’ll be doing it for the Spilt blood release.

I’m in love with the series and I think think you guys will fall in love with it too.

Starting work on book two soon and submissions for a few anthologies so my brain is still hard at work.

Happy writing

Simone

Hello Reader

I hope that you had a spooky Halloween. The <a title=”Vamptasy” href=”http://www.vamptasy.com/&#8221; target=”_blank”>Vamptasy</a> <a title=”CHBB” href=”http://www.crushingheartsandblackbutterfly.com/&#8221; target=”_blank”>CHBB</a> Halloween event went well and there was plenty of fun to be had, hope you managed to make it.

So as most of you know I have a book due for release in just over a month and I have something to share with you. I have made a trailer about the book and I’m going to share it with you. between now and the release date I’ll also be sharing a few little samples of the tale and posters I am making to go with the release.

Spilt Blood.

Let me know what you think

Happy Writing

Simone

 

 

Hello friends,

This morning I teased that I had some news to share with you. I can now reveal that I have had my second book signed with my publisher. It is titled Spilt Blood and is set for publication in December ready for Christmas. I am still working non edits and preparation for it to head over to my beta readers.

I’ll keep you all up to date. It is one of a series titled ‘Poisoned By Blood’ and I am looking forward to seeing how it is received, and I will soon crack on with the sequel. I am so excited and happy. I have several works to share on here once they are ready and tease you with books from some of my author friends.

Hope your all doing well and have a brilliant summer.

Happy Writing

Simone

Hi Reader’s

I am working on some mini prose to share with you guys. I’ve finished the first proof read of ‘Spilt Blood’ and I’m a quarter of the way through edits.

I’m looking forward to sharing it with you. I love this new series and the main character will give your brain whiplash.

Happy writing

Simone

Spilt Blood

Posted: April 10, 2014 by Simone Young in Current and Active Works
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Hi

 

As most of you know I have been working on book one of a series and I can happily announce that I have finished the first draft of book one of Poisoned by Blood book one Spilt Blood has been completed, now I’m working on the proof reads and a friend has offered to check it and with my English before I submit it to the guys at Vamptasy.

There’s at least another five or six books that are part of the same book series and with each book I’m hoping to share a short related to the book series.

A teaser, its got vampires, mages/witches, orcs, shifters (wolf and other creatures) and may other mystical creatures. As well as some hot steamy action between a mage/witch and a mage/witch/vampire.

Stay tuned for more news.

Happy writing

Simone

Hi

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