My Journey Into Self Publishing Captured Lies

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Glenna Mageau, Award Winning Author, Speaker, Writing Coach

I wrote Captured Lies many years ago. I had originally written it as a romance. I truly thought that was how you were supposed to break into being published. Some of the authors—Sandra Brown, Jayne Anne Krentz, Nora Roberts…—that I enjoyed started their writing and publishing career, so I’m assuming that’s where it came from? I’m not sure but I knew I really liked the story I had written I just wanted it to be a suspense/thriller. That was what I was into reading and wanted to know if I could write one… although I truly wasn’t sure.

Anyway in late 2010, I decided that I wanted my novel to be published, so I ripped it apart and rewrote it. I totally changed it up so that it was no longer a romance, although a tiny part of that stayed, and wrote it as the suspense/thriller I wanted it to be. Then sent it off to a traditional publisher. I think my fingernails were still attached (figuratively at least). Wow was that hard to do. That fear of not being good enough, not being interesting… Anyway I had sent it so it was too late. Gulp!

And then I waited… and waited… and waited… Which was a good thing because the nerves started going away and the annoyance started creeping in. Finally I emailed, yes they’d received it and it was in the slush pile—that didn’t sound very promising. Then at 6 months I emailed again, my story was next on the list. When I hadn’t heard back at 10 months I emailed them again. Yes, they were interested, yada-yada but… it would be another 2 years until it was published. That was all I got out of it.

What! I was ready to be published now. It taken a lot of nerve to send them my book and now I had to wait. I’m a doer so when I see something that needs done, I do it and get it done. Waiting I don’t think is my strong suit. I thought about it for a short period of time and then I pulled my novel from the publisher, it was one of the big six. Had I made a mistake?

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I truly didn’t want to be stuck in can’t

I knew nothing about what I was doing. I went online and figured out how to convert my book into an ebook, how to upload to Amazon, Kobo and use an aggregate for the other ebook sellers. It was so much work and stress. Thankfully some wonderful authors gave me some tips and guidance as to things I needed to do… like marketing. Marketing? Don’t I just have to publish my book and people will find it?

Nope. It doesn’t work that way. But we won’t talk about marketing today, we’re going to talk about taking that leap.

 

If I hadn’t taken the leap and published Captured Lies, even though I knew it wasn’t quite ready—it needed more editing—I would not have 5 books published with my six coming out. I wouldn’t have written 20 books. I would not have gone back and had Captured Lies fully re-edited, a new cover created and published it in paperback.

I would not be where I’m at and able to take my love of writing and teach other women how to get over the hurdles holding them back, if I hadn’t jumped. I made a lot of mistakes. I’ve had lots of positive and some negative comments along the way. I learned that I could decide to let the negative beat me up or I could see if I could learn from it and get better and move forward or stop.

I am so excited to finally be at this stage of my writing career.

I just received my 100th review on Captured Lies and I have a 4.4/5 rating on Amazon.

This is the new version of Captured Lies which is now out in paperback.

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She was kidnapped not once but twice and now someone wants her dead!

 

I started out just like you, interested in writing, wanting to write but not really having a clue how to go about and make it interesting or something that others would want to read.

One of my goals is to make sure that you don’t make as many mistakes as I do and to provide you support and guidance to keep going.

“You’ve got to take the leap to get where you want to go!”

if you don't writing will be that thing buzzing around your head

Write, be brave… the journey is worth it.

 

Where do you want to be with your writing? Are you writing for yourself? Do you want to share your story with others? Family? Friends? or do you want to publish it and put it out to the world?

It really doesn’t matter, what matters is that you write, it truly is the only way to get better at it.

 

Helping Women find their voice through writing.

Exercise and Writing Need to Go Hand in Hand

Write for the Love of it!

Exercise and Writing Need to Go Hand in Hand

Glenna Mageau, Award Winning Author, Speaker, Writing Coach

Exercise and Writing need to go hand in hand.

We write when inspiration strikes us. We sit down and we either grab a pen and paper or we tap away at our keyboard. The ideas start to flow and we write… and we write… and we stare off into space… and we write… and we…

The thing is that we forget about time. We sit and sit and sit. And of course write. The writing part is fabulous, the sitting in one position for a long time… not so fabulous. In fact I bet when you go to move, your body starts to complain, immediately. The trouble isn’t so much that we sit for a long time, although do make sure you take regular breaks, it’s what we do when we aren’t writing that matters.

 

Could it be our hips?

In an interview (for the Women Writes Movement Members) I did with Doree Blake (writer, nutrition and fitness professional), we talked about writing and exercise for writers and authors. As I also have a degree in Kinesiology, I was very keen to talk to her. One of the key things that Doree mentioned was that some of our problems come from our hips being out of alignment. Our body is one big, beautiful functioning unit and when one thing is out of alignment it really can throw off the whole body. And the hips can often be the culprit. 🙂

I’m pretty active.

For years, I have always done stretching, movement, and exercise to ensure my body will allow me to sit and do things like write 55,000 words in 21 days. If you want to know what sore, aching muscles are, I highly recommend doing this. 🙂 My forearms, hands, shoulders and back bothered me by the end of this and that was with ensuring I was following a good exercise program. One thing that I had forgotten though, was that our bodies are a whole and I had been focusing on stretching out my hands and arms and shoulder and doing strengthening exercises, which are all good but my problem probably didn’t solely stem from those areas. As Doree mentioned in the interview I did with her, many of our problems come from problems in our pelvic area. It was one of those light bulb moments. I had been able to sustain what I was doing because of exercising, movement and stretching but I hadn’t been addressing what might be the key issue.

Sitting is okay but…

if we don’t sit properly, have the proper posture, ensure that we are doing exercises, movement and stretching to keep our bodies functioning optimally while away from writing, then we are likely to feel the aches and pains of sitting for long periods.

A book Doree mentioned that she found incredibly helpful is: Pain Free: A Revolutionary Method for Stopping Chronic Pain by Pete Egoscue.

Exercise doesn't have to be boring

I recommend getting out in nature to rejuvenate yourself.

Doree gave a few simple exercises to help with hip realignment, here are a couple of those that you can do regularly:

 

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Lay on your back on the floor and put your legs up on a chair so that your knees are at 90 degrees. Put your arms, palm up, out to your sides. Relax your body.

 

 

 

 

Wall Sit – it is a really good exercise to realign and strengthen your hips. If you’re like me you kind of groan when you hear this exercise because when I was in school this was used as punishment. Who knew what they were really doing was giving us a great exercise to keep our hips aligned and our bodies healthy. Start with doing it for about 10 seconds. Each day make the time a bit longer. Soon you will be able to do it for a minute and you will see the benefits.

 

 

 

One of the key issues that writers often end up with is wrist pain and for some carpal tunnel syndrome. Our hands, like our body are meant to do a lot of things but they too need to be taken care of. Doree had spoken of Pete Egoscue and his book, so I looked up his website. He has some really great information on his site. And I found this article: 3 Exercises to Eliminate Wrist Pain about realigning shoulders and hips, especially for writers. It has some simple but really good exercises.

“Exercise and Writing do need to go hand in hand.”

Exercise, Movement and Stretching are the key to Writing.

 

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Glenna Mageau, Award Winning Author, Speaker, Writing Coach

It’s a Day to Honor Women

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Woman, You are Beautiful

It’s a Day to Honor Women

Glenna Mageau, Award Winning Author, Speaker, Writing Coach

There’s one thing I know…

Women are beautiful, on every level.

Women have so many gifts and talents and are truly inspiring.

 

I have had the amazing pleasure of interviewing women over the age of 70, who stepped outside the norm for their day and age – they worked or got educated.

Now today that doesn’t sound like much. Women get educated and work all the time. Women now hold jobs from cashier to Prime Minister to running their own successful businesses. Women are getting PhD’s in every faculty. Women are holding down important jobs. But it wasn’t always this way. And if it weren’t for the women before us who did try something different then we’d all still be locked in roles where we weren’t always respected or honored.

Today is International Woman’s Day.

It is a day to honor all women – past, present and future. Women are making amazing changes in the world. We are starting to see our value and therefor each other. We are starting to lift each other up. To be there for each other. To see the good in each other even when we don’t always show up that way.

Women supporting women in going for their dreams, is one of the greatest gifts of our day.

It is a day to honor each other and ourselves. Recognize all that you’ve done. Recognize all that you want to do. And know that it is possible.

Women honor who you are

You inspire by being you.

What did I learn?

 

The truth is that everyone has a story. Everyone has been through some hard times. Everyone has had some good times. It’s what you focus on and hold onto that matters.

And every one of the women that I interviewed had wanted something different, so they found a way to make it happen. Some had support to do that and some didn’t.

“Women are the gift of change.”

Women are fascinating. They are strong and independent, they are soft and loving and everything in between.

But…

We forget our value. We forget to honor ourselves and who we are.

The one thing that each of the women I interviewed had in common was that they didn’t see what they had done as anything special or outside the norm. But it truly was. Some had to overcome some incredible odds to do what they did.

Just to give you an idea of why it was something pretty special:

– in the early 1950’s 24% of women were working

– only 20% of those attending post secondary were women. For an example: My mom graduated from University in 1951, 1 of 2 women in a class of 126

Now imagine this:

– they had no cell phones
They had to find a phone to use and then they couldn’t use it often as it was too expensive.
And some of the families didn’t have a phone either.

– they didn’t have emails.
To keep in touch they sent letters that could take weeks or months to arrive.

– they didn’t have transportation
They had to rely on trains, buses and even horse and wagons.

– they didn’t have supports
Sometimes they were very isolated, no one to ask for help, no or little resources to do their jobs

What I love about the times we’re in, is that anything is possible.

Today, it’s time to stop and thank all the women in your life, all the women who have come before you and all the women who are currently in your life.

Each one of us has lived with and struggled with our own beliefs of not being enough.

But it’s time to change that and to know that what you do matters. Who you are matters.

 

We are enough…

 

If there is anything that you spend time on today – focus on how you show up. How can you brighten someone else’s day today?

I’d love to hear what you do.

She Believes… in Herself!

Write for the Love of it!
She Believes… in Herself

 

Glenna Mageau, Award Winning Author, Speaker, Writing Coach
She takes a step… and then another…

She leaps…

She works hard…

She inspires…

She gives freely…

She dances…

She follows her dreams…

She forgives…

She stands her ground…

She heals…

She takes the challenge…

She climbs…

She gives her shoulder to cry on…

She flies…

She dusts herself off and keeps going…

She lives…

She is discovering her true potential…

She believes…

She chooses her destination…

She dreams…

She sheds her tears…

She smiles…

She is grateful…

She laughs…

She is capable…

She believes…

She is strong…

She loves…

She is beautiful, smart and worthy…

 

She is a woman!

Beautiful, smart, funny, inspiring, gifted…

She is You!

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She… is a woman.
“She believes… in herself!”
Glenna Mageau, a prolific writer and award-winning suspense/thriller author. Having written most of her life, she is on a quest to inspire women to find their voice through writing. Writing is an amazing gift but it pulls and pushes at the same time. It pulls you to want to write but it also pushes you away. At times, it can feel daunting and you may find you become proficient at procrastination. I can help you to get started and keep going so that you get your story, your message written. Step into your gift of writing, I’ll show you the way.

 

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