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    How Much Does It Cost to Self-Publish?

    How Much I Spent Self-Publishing A Standalone Novel and a Paranormal Series The Cost to Self-Publish a novel varies from zero dollars to tens of thousands of dollars. It depends on your skills (how much of it you can do on your own), your network (what you can beg, borrow and steal), and the level of quality you are looking for. If money wasn’t an issue for me, I would spend at least 5000$ on each book I published, broken down as: Editing (Developmental, Copy and Proof): 3000$ Cover Design: 500$ Launch (Promo Sites (Bookbub), ARC copies and Giveaways, Amazon and Facebook Ads): 1500$ In reality, I have spent a…

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    Self-Publishing a Trilogy

    The Legacy launch went better than I could have expected thanks to all of you! I am so grateful to everyone who helped out with posting and sharing about the book, buying it, reading it, or just encouraging me in general. This week I have been trying to get words down for the milwordy challenge, and figuring out youtube videos, so I thought I would do a little two for one and write this post as an in-depth version of the youtube video that came out yesterday. If you’re interested in self-publishing, this is how The Owens Chronicles came to be 🙂 (It’s definitely not a how-to, but I am…

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    The Trilogy is Complete!

    How was everyone’s summer? I don’t know about where you are, but it is freezing where I am this morning. I am so grateful to be bundled up with a hot cup of tea and a fluffy blanket. I have been all over the place lately, visiting Montreal for Labor Day (and my nephew’s birthday <3), then being the COVID Health and Safety Coordinator for the TAWC Film Lab’s 2020 selection, Rainbow Baby. It was both the best and the worst idea to have me, because I take Covid extremely seriously. I followed the guidelines, and maybe went above and beyond sometimes. There were definitely a few people who were…

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    Halfway There <3

    We are halfway through February, which I usually consider the longest month of the year. It always has the least days, but it feels like it is especially cold and drags on forever before the arrival of March and spring and happier things. This year, for some reason, it isn’t that bad. Which is ironic, because February has more days than ever this year, with the whole leap year thing. I’ve done some odd jobs to make money, some more fun that others. I’ve had some fun nights out, like a preview screening for The Assistant, and sensory training for some potential background work. Maybe that last one isn’t exactly…

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    First month of 2020

    Almost every year, I spend the first few days (or weeks) of January planning. This year was no exception, as I broke down my goals and resolutions into monthly and weekly lists, researched acting classes and planned out my next two novels. As often happens, by the end of the month, half of it had changed. Here’s how I spent my first month of 2020.   Writing With the trilogy plotted in detail, my current task is to write it. It was hard to get started because another story was begging to be written, but I gave myself a few days to plot out that series, then hunkered down on…

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    2020 Resolutions

    Instead of a random list of resolutions for the year, I am going to share my goals in each of the important areas of my life, my WRAMPS, if you will 😉 WRITING Finish the Owens Chronicles Trilogy. Book One is already published, so I would like to write books 2 and 3, then edit them without a deadline looming so I can take the time to make them the absolute best that they can be.   Market and Promote my Books I dabbled a bit with facebook and amazon ads last year, but I would like to actually look into a course or something so I can figure out…

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    Looking back at 2019

    One of my favorite things to do at the end of the year is to look back on all of the awesome things I got up to over the past 365 days. I tend to not get anywhere near accomplishing all of my goals and resolutions, but instead of focusing on that, I celebrate all of the progress I made. And all of the things I didn’t even know I wanted on my list.   Writing This one is incredibly exciting, because I accomplished something that has been a dream and a resolution for as long as I can remember. In August, I published my first book, Shards of Glass,…

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    Thanksgiving Weekend

    The boyfriend was able to finish work early, so we left mid-afternoon for the 6-hour drive to Montreal, grateful we weren’t a part of the car crashes that delayed us, stopping a few times for gas and at The Big Apple for supper. Even though I told him a million times how delicious their apple bread grilled cheese with bacon is, he still chose some smoked pork sandwich and must have regretted it the whole time we were eating. On Saturday we had a First Aid Class at my grandparents’, so we would all know what to do in case something happens. The boyfriend was awesome and stayed for the…

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    ~*~ Full ACTRA Member ~*~

    Most of this week has been spent wearing my writer and producer hats. We had 3 production meetings for Little Bird (which goes to camera next week!), and I am pushing through a new draft for Prophecy (which comes out next month!). I also made time for a tiny but momentous acting task…   Getting my FULL ACTRA MEMBERSHIP!!! For the non-actors out there, ACTRA is the Canadian actors’ union (on the English side). There are multiple ways to join (background work, theater school, a role) as an apprentice, but then you need 3 credits to be a Full Member (unless you get in through a reciprocal agreement with SAG…

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    Montreal Sets and Little Bird

    Even though I was in Montreal last week, I still spent 3 days on set (okay, 2 days on set and 1 in holding). One of them (the day in holding) let me get so much writing done, while another transformed me into a cartoon. I have no idea how this will work or what I will look like, but I am excited to find out. After working for my uncle and spending the evening with my parents and brother, I spent my last day on set as an actor. I didn’t have any lines, but I got to catch up with friends, hang out with actors and act! I…