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.

 

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Skydiving and Writing – It’s all about Focus

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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.

 

Join me for The Write Workshop

Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017

10:00 – 2:00 p.m.

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Exercise and Writing Need to Go Hand in Hand

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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

The Dreaded Question – What is Your Story About

The dreaded question - what is your story about
What’s your story about?
I think there is one question that really throws most authors.

The dreaded question, ‘What is your story about?”

I don’t know about you but I used to stumble through that with something like: “uh, it’s a suspense/thriller. This woman got kidnapped when she was a baby and now as an adult she’s trying to figure out the truth…”
the dreaded question, what is your story about
How do you keep it short and interesting?
I always felt unprepared.
It’s sort of interesting but not really. I always used to do was start with, I write suspense/thrillers or I write romance. I’ve learned not to do that, unless they ask that specifically. The reason I suggest that is because there are amazing books written in every genre but sometimes when you tell someone the genre, you may lose them. They may say, “Oh, I don’t read suspense/thrillers. I don’t read that kind of story.”

I know for me, if you asked if I read dystopian novels, I’d say no. But the truth is that I’ve probably read at least twenty in the last two years alone. They wouldn’t have been my choice to read but the authors did a very good job on selling me on what their story was about. I thoroughly enjoyed each one but I would not have sought out a dystopian type novel to read.

 

So what do you say, when someone asks, ‘What’s your story about?”

 

There are three elements that really make a fiction book blurb compelling – setup, capture, intrigue.

Setup is the underlying theme or problem throughout your story.

Capture is the heart of your story – where the protagonist is, where s/he wants to be, the hurdles s/he has to overcome, what brought them to this point, etc.

Intrigue is where you use the climax and ending to pique curiosity – you hint at who wins, who loses or what might happen…

So when someone asks what is my story about, I use the setup, which I tend to write as a bold statement, and then the intrigue. Anytime you are talking about your book, you want the other person to leave being curious. You want them to wonder what happens? What is going on for your protagonist? What will happen to your protagonist? Where does the story go? You want the other person to care.

So how do you use, Setup and Intrigue?

So the setup would look something like this:

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

and the intrigue would be something like this:

     Can she unravel 30 years of secrets, lies, and deceit, to find the truth?

When you put them together:

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

     Can she unravel 30 years of secrets, lies, and deceit, to find the truth?

“Setup and Intrigue work well
to grab attention and pique curiosity.”
Keep it short and punchy.
It’s short, simple, clearly states what is going on for the protagonist, and really it is telling the person that it is a suspense/thriller without actually saying that. It will grab people’s attention, even those who don’t read my genre.

So the next time someone asks you what your story is about, you will have a short, punchy comeback that will intrigue them.

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!

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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.

 

Write for the Love of it!

Make Your Book Covers 3D – To Grab Attention

A 3D Book Cover will grab more attention.
Your book cover not only needs to look professional but it needs to really grab the reader’s attention.
You know when you go to a library or a book store and pick up a book. There’s nothing like holding a real book in your hands is there? I love the feel of a book. And the look of a book.

When you see a book, what is the first thing that you do? You pick it up and look at the cover. So the cover needs to look good. No question about that.

But things have changed. People are more often than not, looking at books on the internet – whether to buy a paperback, ebook or audiobook. So not only do you need to have a cover that gives a hint about what your book is about but it needs to pop. It needs to stand out and grab attention from the other millions of books and the other billions of images.

Images are a great way to grab attention and your book cover is no different. But having a book cover, gives you an advantage. You can make the book cover image look like a book. Often when you get your book cover it is 2D. They are flat pictures. They look like this:

Which doesn’t look bad but it doesn’t really stand out and give the impression it’s a book (unless you stop and read what’s on it). Right now it is just another picture that could be skimmed over. And I don’t know about you but after all my hard work of writing a book, I want it to look like one, even if it is just an ebook.

I found this program that changed that flat, 2D picture into a 3D picture. Look at what it does to it:

 

       
The two on either end were created with this program. The image in the middle, I used the book I created using this program, and then added it to a marketing banner. The 3D book image on the banner it looks more appealing than if I’d put a flat picture.
 

Your book, whether an ebook or paperback looks more real to the reader when it’s 3D. It looks like a book they’d pick up at the library or book store or it gives the sense of what it would look like on their ereader. It definitely brings it to life and makes it stand out more.

What a difference, right?
To make these ebook covers I use this program Ecover Authority

It’s a web based graphics application that easily lets you create 3D covers without having Photoshop or any other photo program. It truly is easy to use. There are a number of choices that you can choose from: paperback front and back book covers (in different sizes and facing different angles), hardcover book covers (in different sizes and facing different angles), ereaders, tablets, computer monitors, TV screens, etc. You simply choose the one you want and then you either upload your picture or you choose a background that they have.

 

(*affiliate link – means I get paid a commission if you buy through my website)

 

Here are a few of the options I’ve created, using their backgrounds. You can use this program to take your PDF giveaway or one that you have for sale or a course and turn it into something that looks more like what it represents.

  

(just the book part or CD’s were done with Ecover Authority not the boxes they are displayed in. I wanted to show you some of the variety that is available.)

 

               

 

 

“If your book covers look like real books, they are more likely to grab attention.”
Make your book covers stand out on the Internet with 3 D Covers.
So as an author, I suggest you give your book that extra pop that will grab a reader’s attention.
Why not write a synopsis?
An easier way to write
a compelling
fiction book blurb.
What is so important about opposites?
Yin and Yang will make all the difference.
What will grab the reader?
A simple layout that is key.

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Writing Tips from Authors – Interview with Laurence O’Bryan

 

I’m thrilled to have been able to do this interview with Laurence O’Bryan – Author, Marketer and founder of BooksGo Social.

Laurence shares some interesting tips about his journey of becoming a writer – some things that worked and some that didn’t. Research is important but Laurence goes above and beyond to do his.

His tip for new authors – Get connected. The Indie Community is amazing, so reach out. BooksGo Social is a great place to start. There are approximately 15,000 authors on their facebook group that share information about their journey with writing and reach out to get help. It is a very inspiring and supportive community.

Check out the upcoming Dublin’s Writers Conference – June 23 – 25, 2017 in Dublin, Ireland.

Laurence O’Bryan

Author, Marketer and founder of Books Go Social.

I was first published by a school newspaper when I was ten, for a short story about aliens getting lost.  The Istanbul Puzzle was my first novel to be published (Jan, 2012,) The Jerusalem Puzzle my second (Jan, 2013,) and The Manhattan Puzzle my third (Aug, 2014.) The Nuremberg Puzzle (April, 2016) is the fourth novel in the series.

In 2007 I won the Outstanding Novel Submitted award at the Southern California writer’s conference. I missed the award ceremony and only found out after it was over that the agents and editors attending had picked me out from over 300 unpublished novels submitted.

The Istanbul Puzzle was also shortlisted for Irish Crime Novel of 2012. It has now been translated into 10 languages.

I am on the committee of the Irish Writers Union, and I host a”live” crime writers’ group in Dublin each month. I also promote and support other writers through my site BooksGoSocial.com.

My research has taken me all over the world, from San Francisco to deep in the Arab world. I still enjoy looking at the stars, and listening to the stories of strangers.

What keeps you going?

I know it’s a cliche, but I dreamt of becoming a writer when I was a child telling adventure stories to friends on my street. Two of those friends committed suicide before they reached the age of 21. Ireland was a place of repression, secrets and shame back then. It still is. I dedicate my writing to their memory.

My motto? Not All Who Wander Are Lost – Níl gach uile fhánaí caillte.

BooksGo Social is a good way to get your book out there and get it found. If you go there to use their services, mention that I sent you and you’ll get 10% off. Or contact me and I’ll give you the discount coupon.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas.

It’s hard to believe that 2016 is coming to an end. The year went by so fast. I hope it was a good year for you. It was an interesting year for me. I started a lot of new ventures that I’m really excited about.

May 2017 be filled with love and laughter and bring you one step closer to your dreams.

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