Here is the cover, and I finished the edits and turned it into the editor last night. I have had a busy morning since I edited Ember one last time. I formatted it and hit publish! It feels good, and I will post the link when it’s live on the Amazon store!
I even made videos on the publishing process.
Formatting Ember with Vellum: https://youtu.be/AougvXQk-TU
Publishing Ember to Kindle: https://youtu.be/Ig4gbzX8Rvw
And here is a video of me editing Ember!
I hope you enjoyed a sneak peek, and I will post an excerpt and link when Ember is live!
I have wanted to try out this style for a while since I heard it’s basically like releasing episodes one at a time. I also have a project I can use it with, and I don’t want to publish on amazon at first. I’ll be publishing it to sites like my blogs, Wattpad, Radish, and others. It will be an interesting experiment to try too. I have been thinking about it for a while, and it’s something that I think would be fun doing. And while writing these stories I have discovered more stories to tell in the future of which I have written down for later. It’s fun going through the girls stories, and why they want to win Hyperion and Zephyr’s heart. Their pasts even come into play during the show, and these challenges are unlike any other, of course, it will be hard to come up with ones for everything. The first thing I am going to release is the girls stories. They are different creatures and come from different backgrounds. It’s a mix, and I’ll be able to show people different relationship stories that ended. I already have the cover for it too, and I’ll use it when I post new stories. I have finished a few, and I just need to type them up. Writing by hand helps keep the juices flowing, and it’s easy to finish once I sit down and get started. It’s also a new format to learn, and maybe if I like it I can continue to do it. I will definitely post my progress on my blog since I want to show people the process. I did base it off shows like Rock of Love, Flavor of love, Real Chance of love, and even The Bachelor. I am going to release the girls stories as I work on them to this blog, and I even got the cover. And hopefully when the girls stories are done I can release the episodes till it’s done, and then make a paperback out of it. It will be exclusively on Amazon for 90 days, and if there aren’t too many page reads I can release it wide. After writing for a while, and reading blogs/being in author Facebook groups you kind of get a feel for what to do. And I will be New York bound soon, and I’ll blog about it and take pictures. It will be fun to escape for a while, and I’ll be able to write and read on the way to and from New York! It will be an adventure since I’ve never been there!
Bloodlines follows fraternal twins Anso and Ava at the very start of magic itself.
When Anso discovers there’s something different about him, something inhuman, he knows he must keep it a secret. His father, his entire village would disown him, or worse. There’s one person, however, who he cannot hide from, his twin sister, Ava. Ava sees right through Anso’s distress and promises to keep his secret while yearning for a power of her very own.
As Anso explores his newfound abilities, he also finds a friend with a similar problem. Could there be more like him?
This is the story of how an ordinary boy became a legend, a leader, the sister who stood by him through it all, and the best friend who taught him to embrace his differences.
Fans of X-Men, Harry Potter, and The Mortal Instruments will enjoy this series starter.
C.L. Cannon is a wife, mother, book nerd, publisher, author, designer, editor, and just about any other thing with an -er sound at the end! She loves music, and frequently sings in the car, much to the dismay of the other cars surrounding her! Her favorite thing to write about is the relationship between friends, both romantically and platonically. She’s also a huge anglophile! She enjoys networking with other authors and making new friends!
School is over leaving me to focus on finding a full time job, and it also means I can focus on other projects. AngelWtich rough draft is also done, and since it was by hand I have to put all the changes in the word doc. I also pulled Tales from Behind the Counter from Kindle Unlimited and I left The Killer Contract Agency there since it might do better. I’m at a cross roads in my life since I’m out of school it gives me time to focus on the stuff I want to do. I’m also uploading gameplay videos to a separate Youtube channel then my author one. My plan is to write books full-time and make Youtube videos full-time too, but those take time.
Life after college is way different when you are used to going to school. You now have the option of just working and that is it. It’s also hard to get a job right out of the gate too. In the meantime I’m just applying places and hoping something comes up. The other thing going on is my boyfriend Chris and I are doing gameplay videos together. I play hidden object games, horror, and roleplaying ones. Even a few first-person shooters like Bioshock.
I have time to do more Youtube videos thanks to school being done, and time to read and review my favorite books. I also sent A Witchy Beginning to readers to see if it really does need to be new adult instead of young adult, and they said it doesn’t need to be changed. I won’t and when I get the feedback I will go over it again. It may actually be closer to publication then I thought. I’ll update my blog more, and let you know the progress of my books. I’ll also tell you the story behind AngelWitch too.
I live at home, and I’m going to school full time, and I work retail during the weekends. There is a 3 hr gap in between classes, and I use that time to write more. Whenever a class is cancelled like it is today I use that time to write. I always bring my current stories with me wherever I go to work on them in between. I have an Ipad, Smartphone and two laptops. I always keep the latest copy on them and I work on it in between. I have Friday and Saturday off so in between the Southern Women’s show tomorrow and picking up the camera Saturday I will work on my novel. I always have Mondays off so I work on it then as well as filming Youtube videos. I’m working one day this week which really doesn’t bother me. I need the time to write my script for broadcast, and I’m also done with camera work except for my project. Yay! I hated camera work because getting people to be in front of it was a pain, and they kept rejecting it saying they were busy and had to go to class. I’ll also be doing a Youtube video on it for fun since I got it. School is almost over my last day is May 3rd, and my last exam is May 10th. Not too far away…That means I’ll have Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday off to do whatever…Writing will be a priority since I want to take this seriously and I really want it to be my job. I love every aspect of it even the formatting and doing it all by myself. I’ll probably make a better tutorial and film about my experiences self-publishing. I’ll do that this summer. I want to pass on what I know, and it’s really not that bad…I have a desk in my room that I write at and sometimes I do it sitting on my bed. I find the time since I want to write full time which means this summer I need to come up with a plan. I’m weird when it comes to the writing process because I do it by hand with a pen and paper then I type it up. It’s a lot of work so I’m trying to type as I go instead of doing it all at once. I would not change it for the world. It helps me destress and keeps me busy. It’s also a good form of therapy and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I was depressed for a while and lonely getting used to the fact that my boyfriend is away, but after ward I started to get my groove back. I can’t wait to start writing more because of all the plans I have.
Here is my list of works in progress…
AngelWitch is almost done as far as rough draft wise, and I plan on finishing that first. Then Scarlet book 2 is halfway done followed by some of book 3. Still planning out Fur and Fang of Love. Behind the Counter is going to be a collection of stories about my time working in retail, and I’ll have to go through the notebooks for it. Some are at various stages like I’m waiting on a few betas for book 1 in the Scarlet series. I hope to be done with those by the end of this year if I’m lucky. That and I’m going to make a post about audiobooks and where to buy them since I’ll have them out too.
Unfortunately, I didn’t make the goal of getting to 50,000 words by the end of the month. It’s okay though since I was more distracted with school coming to an end and the release of my novel. There is a book blitz going on which is awesome since I’ve never had one before. I’m also on my last week of school which is awesome since it means I get 5 or 6 weeks off of school which means Monday, Tuesday, and Thursdays will be free days. It’s going to be exciting since I can film more videos and make my #Booktube channel take off more. I’ve been bad with that and writing since I really need to do well in school. Once it’s over however it gives me a ton of free time to write. I’m on a roll with #AngelWitch and going to write a story with Midnight Starr which will talk about how she goes to a family reunion and then tries to bust Viper he evil ex-fiancee. It’s her then fiancée and it’s how it unravels and leads to her auditioning for Fur and Fang of Love. I really missed playing in my worlds. It kind of sucks when you let everything distract you from something you love doing. I love to write and I can’t imagine a better career for me. I plan on writing and publishing more too especially when I have more time. I plan on making a video about my book as soon as I get a copy so look for that, and there will be more #Booktube videos as I decide what tags to do and organize my books to do them. I’m definitely going to work on my room over break to organize my books to do videos on my favorite ones. It’s time for me to get my butt in gear when it comes to certain things. I hope I can do it, and that’s all for now.
I have been absent from the blog getting school work done, and working full 8 hour shifts which is something I am not used to. I have learned to never give up my dream of wanting to be a full time writer. I am working in retail, and it has its upside and downside, and it is teaching me how to deal with the general public and difficult people.
In between all the working and school work like studying for tests I have almost finished with round one rewrites doing a little when I can. I have a few other main projects I am working on like redoing my young adult novel in third person, and changing things around to make it more unique. I still have the second killer book to do. I am publishing a paperback when the first retail story is done. It will have the first killer story, Obsession Spell, Donnie’s Untimely Demise, and the first chapter of the killer book. I plan on taking the blog more seriously by reviewing writing and indie publishing ebooks like these:
Crafting Novels & Short stories From The editors of Writers Digest.
Becoming an Indie Author by Zoe Winters
500 More Ways to be a Better Writer by Chuck Wendig
How to be a Writer In the E-Age by Catherine Ryan Hyde and Anne R. Allen
The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing by Marilyn Ross & Sue Collier
The Breakout Novelist by Donald Maass
500 Ways to Tell a Better Story by Chuck Wnedig
The 90-Day Novel Unlock the Story Within by Alan Watt
The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing by the Editors of Writers Digest
Everyday Writing by Midge Raymond
The Fire in Fiction by Donald Maass
Hooked: by Les Edgerton
I have many more books to read, and I plan on reviewing them since I don’t see a blog that reviews them that much. I read ebooks in my spare time, and I will record my thoughts on them.
Any good writing books that you have read lately to put on my to be read pile?