Posts in Rants + Raves

Bloom Where You are Planted

In the spring of 2017 I stopped doing book events cold turkey. Registering for these catch-all events, where you’re next to a woman who sells handmade jewelry or down the hall from someone who is selling purses, was too much for me. As a vendor, I didn’t feel as though my table was “special” and as a consumer, I would have been completely overwhelmed. After each event I began to feel like I had completely wasted, not only my money but my time so I stopped attending. A few months… Read More

My 5 Must-Have Writing Essentials

I’m a mood writer and that’s probably part of my problem. I can’t write until my environment is right. Usually, I go to Panera Bread and give them all of my money. I like sitting someplace where I can people watch, see outside, but people can’t see me. I’m a creep like that. Judge your mother. I have a specific seat and everything. If it’s taken, my Panera date is ruined. But it’s usually not because it’s legit the worst seat to normal people. For introverts like me, it’s the… Read More

2 Marketing Lessons to Learn from UO’s Recent Fail

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you and every other American has been trying to get their hands on the Nintendo NES Classic. If you’re completely unfamiliar with what I am referencing, it is basically a mini version of the Nintendo gaming system that you or your children most likely obsessed over in the 90’s. When Nintendo released the mini version of the console it sold out within minutes. Reliable gaming places all over the world such as, GameStop and even retail places like Target, Wal-Mart and Toys R… Read More

Black Twitter + #YAWITHSOUL

Last night, Justina Ireland, a YA author, tweeted this: [perfectpullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””] Starting to think that YA is super white just because no black girl would put up with these trifling ass boys. — Justina Ireland (@justinaireland) May 10, 2016 [/perfectpullquote] She remixed popular young adult novels with things black people would have said if we’d been present. *sips tea* She donned the soulful tweets #YAwithSoul and from there, hilarity ensued. Here are some of the greats from last night and this morning: [perfectpullquote align=”full” cite=””… Read More

THE PROBLEM WITH YA FICTION

So, you know how you can link your Goodreads updates to your other social media outlets? (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) Well, someone I follow on Twitter updated their Goodreads status. She-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named was reading a very new and popular young adult book, that I’d been meaning to read by the way, and updated her “currently-reading” status. She was 47% of the way through the novel and said that she was “bored with ____’s character”. No biggie, right? We all have our own opinions. Something in me told me not to click the… Read More

BEST BOOKS OF 2014

I know I fell off a lot with my book blog (December was a crazy month, judge your mother). But, I read a ton of books that aren’t shown on the review section. Some listed below I have reviewed. The link to the review is below the book cover. Here are 10 books I read in 2014 that have touched my heart, inspired me, changed the way I write/think/dream, and are all around awesome-sauce. (All of the books are YA (young adult fiction) unless stated otherwise). ♥ Sanctum – Sarah Fine Lela’s… Read More

I’M A REAL AUTHOR NOW…

I’ve been waiting for the day. Patiently. Just like this. It has finally arrived. I finally got a 1-star rating on Goodreads. First of all, I’d like to thank the Academy and all the little people who have made me who I am today. Haters Gon Hate I’d like to thank the random man who rated my book 1-star. It’s people like you who truly make me feel special. You took the time out of your undoubtedly busy schedule to rate (not review, because I’m sure that would have taken way… Read More

5 WAYS TO START YOUR BOOK

Out of all the questions I receive, the one I get most frequently is, where do I start? It usually goes a little something like this: Hi Necole! I’m writing a [insert genre of book] and I have no idea where to start! I’ve always wanted to write this book but I don’t know where to begin. So, here are 5 very easy ways to begin your book: 1. READ. There is no way (none. zero.) you can be a writer if you aren’t first a reader. You must be an… Read More

LOTS OF FOLLOWERS VS. LOTS OF INTERACTION

What is more important to have? 10K followers? or 10K “likes” or retweets? Here is what I’ve discovered about a.) building an author platform and b.) book promotions. Numbers DO lie. Especially on social networks. When you make a new page, if you didn’t jump on the bandwagon once the social network first started, chances are you don’t have a lot of followers. (That’s not to say that over time you may collect thousands of followers) But, what constitutes a lot, anyway? 1,000? 5K? 10? 30K? I’ve come to learn that… Read More

BAD REVIEWS AND HOW I HANDLE THEM…BADLY

So today, quite possibly, has been one of the most emotionally draining days in my little itty bitty author career. As you all know The Legacy has been on tour all week and has gotten so much attention from people who I wouldn’t be able to reach on my own. Shout-out to YA Bound Book Tours for making that happen for me! I appreciate that a lot. However, as new people read The Legacy, of course, there are new reviews. And I am that crazy author that Googles their name, searches on… Read More