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limboOh, look it’s Zombie time! What’s that? You guys haven’t seen this cover in a little bit, have you? Well, I wanted to give a small update on what I’m doing!

I’m narrowing down the novel that I really wanna go forward with. It’s a toss up between my fantasy novel Cerulean Darkness and Limbo! The thing about Limbo is that I need to finish it.

_> Yeah. I did like 50,000 words, but it’s not done. Oopse.

So, I’m going to be prodding to get it finished. At the same time, I want to finish my rewrite of Cerulean Darkness. Once I’m all done, I’ll do some edits and then look for beta readers. O_O It feels crazy, but I really wanna crack down on getting these things done and getting things going. There’s an odd urgency to me now, a desire to feel like I’m accomplishing things.

I’m going to ride that as hard as I can and get this done. I’m excited.

What are you all working on? I’d love to hear about it! Let’s work together!

Until then, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

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P is for Publishing, and I’m not exactly an expert on this. So, I’m not going to talk to you about i as someone who knows what they’re doing… but instead, as someone who is searching for the answers.

When I first approached writing and getting something published, I had it in my mind that the only way that I would try to publish was traditionally. Of course, when I first wanted to publish, publishing through Amazon wasn’t even a thing. There have been a lot of bounds and leaps in the Publishing World that makes it a lot easier to get your book out there than it used to be. Whether it’s through Amazon, or the smaller publishing houses that are now popping up everywhere, you have more options.

However, through my research, what I’ve learned is that even if you do self publish, you’re going to have to do so much marketing. What I’ve learned through my research is, even if you publish traditionally… you’re still going to have to do marketing.

My research is what led me to my blog, what led me to my Twitter… what led me to my (used to be completely about writing until Fallout overtook my life) Tumblr. It’s what will eventually lead me to a youtube channel, once I can afford a proper camera (any help or suggestions there are appreciated <3). It’s what led me to make my Patreon.

I decided that I needed to have a social media presence of some sort before I even thought about publishing. What I want to try is going through the traditional venue, and if that doesn’t pan out after trying for a few years, I’ll self publish. Regardless of what I do, I want to get my name out there first, so that I am capable of telling people about my book, and the fact that it exists. Basically, what I’ve learned is that you need to be fully capable of marketing yourself, because there are a million and one books out there, and yours (no matter how amazing) will be one amongst those million. So, establish yourself – get a blog, get a youtube channel. At least get a circle of friends that will know about your novel and be able to spread you around by word of mouth. I’ve tried to make as many connections as I can, and I’m still striving to do that while I edit my (what I hope to be) debut novel.

It’s about loving and caring for your baby through all the processes. You are your best advocate, and you can recruit more!

As far as information on publishing, I’ve found some really good youtube channels to help with that, as well as Google articles. Check out channels like BookishPixie and Jenna Moreci. There are dozens of good youtube channels out there for people both traditionally published and and self published (the two people I listed are as such, in order). The point is, I’ve realized that there are a lot of amazing writers out there, and I’ve realized that the writing community is one of the most caring, giving, and lovely as far as wanting to help each other goes.

So, when it comes to research, always turn to the people who are willing to help you.

The only other advice that I know to give (because I’ve honestly just learned a lot of what I’ve learned through research – my point above) is to try to get published in magazines, newspapers, whatever. Get your name out there. Build yourself a reputation! You can do it!

Of course, the most important thing to getting published is to finish your novel – and I don’t mean just write it. Edit it. Get it Beta’d. Get it edited again. Maybe do another round of Betas. Polish that baby until it shines, because whether you go through traditional or self-pub, you want to give it the best chance possible.

For this blog, I’m really leaving the comments open. I implore everyone who has tips and advice to comment it below, and I’ll add it to the body of the blog. ❤ We should all pull our resources to make this easier for each other. You’re all amazing, you’re all writers! You deserve to be heard!

Until Q (oh dear, what is Q gonna be?),

Author Amanda McCormick

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So, yet again I’ve been a little swept up in being busy. The good news is, I should actually have a little bit of time to work more on personal stuff now. I’m really excited about that, and I am hoping to give you all weekly updates on my novel. I really need to crank myself up into getting something or another edited and polished so that I can at least try to get an agent.

I think one of the real struggles of being a writer is getting the nerve to send off that very first submission out there.

I also thought about attempting to submit short stories to some magazines and whatnot… but we’ll see.

Anyway, as far as what I’m going to be doing… I have thought about starting out with some livestreams on twitch. I figured that writing and getting to talk to some of you guys while I do it might be a little bit of fun. You can catch when I am going to be doing that if you go over to my Twitter – alert though, I will be using it for both writing and playing video games. :3

Other than that, I am going to be getting back to some writing prompts and trying to get my facebook writing group active again!

My upcoming blogs are going to be a new tour of my writing space, some book reviews, and my thoughts on the whole Fifty Shades of Grey thing. (Beware xD).

I’m sure I’ll have more to be writing as well… I wanna get back into writing tips, tricks, and advice. So now is where I leave it open to you… is there anything that you guys want to see?

Specific writing prompts?




Let me know!

Until next time, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Goodness, I have been gone for a bit. What was my absence over Christmas turned into my absence over being sick after Christmas. For that I apologize, but I am back now and ready to once more begin giving you regular blog updates!

As far as what I’ve been doing… yes, I’ve been sick. I also managed to get a hold of an adorable new baby…. and by baby, I mean baby rat. And by adorable, I mean super adorable.

DRAVENHis name is Draven, and he’s my writing buddy. We all need a mascot. Mine just so happens to be fuzzy and love giving me little nibbles when I don’t give him enough snacks!

Anyway, as to what you can be expecting over the next few days – I am currently in the process of finishing up a novel by an indie author John Needham. I will be doing a book review on that soon, and then scrambling to get caught up on the other book reviews that I need to complete. I’m going to try to get back to that – I think my target goal on those is to review a book each week, unless it’s something massively long that needs two weeks.

Other than that, I have done a few revisions on my NaNo Novel from 2013, as well as some more writing on my novel from 2014. I wonder, would you guys like to see little excerpts from those? Let me know!

So, I will be posting blogs about writing, about reading, about all of the things. I have certainly missed the input and feedback, as well as the community here, and I’m glad to be back!

PS: Bully me into making another vlog!

Until next time, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

So, National Novel Writing Month has come to an end. It was a great experience, and I have to say that I love this time of year so much! (Even if my husband misses me.)


I was pretty pleased with my effort. I managed to get 62,000 words – it’s not as much as last year… but then again, I also had to start over half way through so that I could change my perspective from third to first. Honestly though, I love NaNo, and I love everything that it stands for.

I always make at least 1 or 2 new friends during NaNo, and I really do think that’s one of the most important things for a writer. Having people who understand, who will encourage you? You can’t get anything better than that.

Honestly though, I’m really excited for the months to follow. I will be finishing up my NaNo novel through December, and then I’m going to pick either Limbo or Cerulean Darkness to edit… it’s time for me to at least try to get published, hm? Maybe I’ll post snippits from both and have you guys help me to decide! Honestly, I just like having a goal set… and I think that I should be able to get Limbo done this month! I’m excited! Expect little parts of it posted!

Also, I was thinking of doing another Scrivener tutorial for how I do my novels – I’ve had a lot of people ask? What do you guys think?

So… how was NaNo for you all? How many words did you get? What was the best part?

And honestly, I wanted to take this moment to congratulate everyone on how much they’ve gotten written. This month isn’t just about winning… think of how many words we finished together? Go us!

Until next time, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

So, first of all, I’d like to give a huge thank you to my NaNoWriMo theme song. xD

Anyway, I really have to say that NaNo was a bit of a task this year. Between worrying about my poor pup and having to deal with the fact that I forced myself into a rewrite half way through…

Well, let’s just say that last year went a LOT smoother than this year.

Still, I managed to win with a few days left over. The difference between this year and last year is that I didn’t finish the novel. Last year, I wrote 90,000 words and completed the novel. This year, I am far off from that. It’s a much more complex story, and something that I haven’t worked with as far as writing goes. Still, I’m proud of it, and it’s something that I’m going to continue on.

I’ve really enjoyed NaNo this year, however – it’s been great to spend time with my friends, encourage them, and know that my words can help to make a difference. I love that I can give someone advice or encouragement and it helps them to get along with their story.

You guys have been amazing – you’ve responded to blogs, messages, etc. I love your enthusiasm and help! Over the next month or two, I will be finishing the novel that I started, and then I’m going to chose if I would like to edit it or the NaNo project from last year. Either way, i’m going to start polishing it up and getting it ready to query. Any tips/tricks/advice on that would be forever useful!

As it is, I had an amazing Thanksgiving, and I hope that you all are as well. I’m going to be doing some writing sprints/word wars on my twitter @EgoDominusTuus over the next few days to help my friends who are straggling to finish up their wordcount. if you’d like to join in, I’d love to have you there!

Otherwise, I hope your day has been great, and I hope your writing is flowing as smooth as the turkey gravy!

Until next time guys, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

So, I’m trying to work myself up to submitting some short stories to Calls for Submissions. I have a site that I’ve heard good things about (yes, it’s for erotica… shame on me for writing my romance smut), but I thought that it would be a good way to kind of test the waters and stick my foot into the pool that is rejection, rejection, rejection… and then one day an acceptance. Not to mention, I thought it would be easier than preparing myself completely for a novel. If I can get a few things published, it might be easier to find an agent, to do what I want to do, etc. So… a call for submissions is calling my name!

In other news, having a combined Scrivener document for all of my work is coming in rather useful. It’s helping me to keep things organized, and I’ve realized that having an organized desktop on your computer is just as important as having an organized writing space.

Honestly though, writing has been a bit difficult as of late. We’re preparing for a move at the end of June, getting the house we’re currently in on the market, etc. I’ve never understood the people who thought that you could write all the time, any time, and still produce something that is 100% your best work. I can promise you, if my heart isn’t in it, my concentration… if I”m too busy thinking about the photographs that are going to be taken of my room someday in the next week… yeah, my writing isn’t going to be the best that it could be. Still, the message of the blog today is to not let that get you discouraged. If you can’t write your best, if you only manage to get a few hundred words out and you aren’t fond of them at all… you still wrote for the day. It still counts. You don’t always have to turn out something that is your 100% best work. All that you have to do is turn out something so that you brain continues to think, “Hey, I need to write.”

Of course, heh, I have to tell myself this exact same thing sometimes when I’ve only churned out 1000 words in an hour as opposed to my usually 2-4k. I have to tell myself this when I’m afraid that my work just isn’t good enough… and I have to tell myself this when I’m so worried about getting boxes to move that my story falls as flat as folded up cardboard. As writers, we aren’t always going to turn out our best… but any words that we get out are still amazing. Even if we aren’t telling our stories to their full potential, we are telling them; we are doing something that not very many people can do and do well.

Besides, making our writing beautiful… well, that’s what editing is for, right?


Your friendly writer,

Amanda McCormick