My Journey Into Self Publishing Captured Lies

Write for the Love of it!

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.

 

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Skydiving and Writing – It’s all about Focus

Write for the Love of it!

Skydiving and Writing… It’s all about Focus

Glenna Mageau, Award Winning Author, Speaker, Writing Coach

Skydiving and writing, don’t really sound like they should have much in common should they?

In fact, I think they do. They both take a lot of courage to do, they are incredibly rewarding, they are scary as all get out and they are truly all about focus.

I learned a lot from my recent skydiving adventure. I’ve been fascinated with the sport for a long time and it was sort of one of those things you say, ‘I’d like to do that one day’, but really don’t have any intentions of doing it. Well my daughter is the one that got us all to go up and jump out of a perfectly good plane. 🙂

When she approached us with the idea that all four of us should do that for our birthdays, as we want to create adventures and experiences rather than give gifts, I was a bit hesitant. I said, if everyone is a go, so am I. I guess we all had the same thought because we all said yes. Gulp!

There were a few places to choose from but we wanted someplace that would give us a good view of the ocean, mountains and just a less busy area. We chose Skydive Vancouver Island at Qualicum Beach. I highly recommend them. Not only are they well trained and know what they are doing but they love doing what they do. They make the experience awesome for every person, no matter how many times they do the same jump. But I guess that’s the thing no two jumps are the same because they are jumping with someone different each time.

The pictures and video are a hoot.

The pictures and video they take of the whole adventure are so cool and a good reminder of what you really did. It goes by so fast. The flight up is pretty cool because as you climb to 10,000 feet (yup we jumped from that high up – eek!) you get this incredible view of the island, the ocean and some of the mainland, we could even see a bit of Mount Baker in Washington. Then when you get to the height, the door opens and the first few seconds are a bit scary but it goes so fast you don’t have time to think, you just have to go with it. Then you free fall. It is so unbelievable. You feel weightless and free. Then the chute opens. That’s when the magic happens. You get time to breath, relax and take in the amazing view. And those crazy guys let you hold and steer the parachute (don’t worry their hands are right there, it is safe). My favorite part was doing spins. What a hoot.

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The flight up… Still happy

So how is skydiving like writing?

 

They both are about overcoming fear. And as much as we think the fear is different, in many ways fear is just fear. It’s what we tell ourselves that matters.

My son even said when we got back on the ground, that the fear he felt just before leaping from a perfectly good plane was the same fear he felt before going and writing finals at University. To him it felt exactly the same. Not what you’d expect right? I mean one is kind of death defying and the other, merely a grade.

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The door opened, holy crap…

“Fear is what we make it.”

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

 

Not quite the facelift I was imagining…

 

Why am I passionate about you writing?

I’m not suggesting that everyone go and skydive. 🙂 Although it is quite an experience. But I do suggest that you start to look at what you’d like to write and what is really holding you back from writing. What is it that is showing up that is keeping you stuck? Keeping you from following through and doing it?

I know that it is easy to come up with reasons (excuses) why it isn’t happening but if writing is truly something you are drawn to and you really have a story to write, then do it. Do not let all the reasons for not doing it get in your way. I talk about what is really stopping you and how to overcome it here.

The reason I am so passionate about your writing and getting your story written? Not to put a really heavy on you but I’ve had a few people pass away in my life. They left this world with regrets with things they had wanted to accomplish but didn’t. In fact just recently a dear friend of mine died. She was so full of life, so funny and had such a quirky way of looking at the world. She was one of those people who approached life with humor and didn’t take too much of it serious. Losing her reminded me that life is meant to be experienced… the good and the bad.

 

Now I can look around. So cool.

 

The truth about writing and about skydiving, it is about focus. If you focus on all that can go wrong and how scary it is, then it keeps you from doing it. If you focus on all the positive and what it will give you, then you can move forward. You can experience it fully.

I truly believe that where we feel fear is the direction we need to move in. It is where we will find our greatest gifts.

 

Keep your focus on moving forward. Write for the love of it… the rest is merely an adventure.

What adventure are you willing to take with your writing?

 

I made it! A few quirky things happened (I’ll share those later) but it was unbelievably amazing.

 

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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

Simple Words Sometimes Difficult to Spell

Simple Words Sometimes Difficult to Spell

Do you ever have where you either write a word or go to write one and realize that either you can’t remember how to spell it or you seem to be constantly misspelling it? It happens all the time to me but lately its not so much the forgetting how to spell something – although that does happen – but its the misspelling simple words.

Fiction is a word that for some reason I have been spelling as ‘fictoin’ a lot lately. I don’t know if my fingers are going to fast and that’s why but it has become a regular occurrence. The other one is really a creation of my own fault. I love using the play on words, so I often on purpose will put ‘write’ instead of ‘right’. For example – ‘The Write Catch’, ‘The Write Way’… etc. The problem with this is that I now find when I’m writing an article or in one of my novels, I use ‘write’ for ‘right’. Usually I catch myself write 🙂 away. But sometimes it’s not until I go through the information later that I find what I’ve done. It’s a bit frustrating.

I don’t know if it’s just because I am more focused or its an issue. I know that I’ve really become aware a lot more of the differences in spelling from Canadian, United States and Britain – same words but different spelling. A topic I’ll discuss another day. It does however add that other layer of confusion as to how words are meant to be spelled. For example, when I was writing this, I wrote mispelled with one ‘s’, wrong it says it needs two s’s – misspelled. I don’t know that I use that word a lot but I think I’ve been misspelling it for a long time.

What words get you?

 

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