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Life Updates: Part 1

Hey family, friends, and fans!

I’ve decided to start a new blog series that I will update every once in a while called “Life Updates.” Creative, I know. But it most succinctly captures everything I’m planning on telling you in these posts.

This year I planned to post to my blog weekly. Yeah, that didn’t happen. Mental health issues got in the way, and I probably shouldn’t share the specifics, but when you’re in a 24-hour battle with your mind, it’s overwhelming to just get out of bed and do the things you need to do each day. Much less keeping up with writing goals and promises.

Mental health is something I have struggled with my entire life, but especially in the last eight years. It’s frustrating because I’m the only thing holding myself back from great successes, and I can’t win this battle because it’s a battle with myself. I don’t even know where to begin in order to fight back.

But I digress.

Mental health is the biggest player in why I haven’t written in a long while, or kept up with my newsletters, or any of the things I promised myself I would do for you, my readers.

You guys keep me going, coming back to my writing again and again. Your support means the world to me.

So that’s why I was blown away by the support on twitter when I participated in a pitch contest, just for the sake of seeing if I could and if I would get any bites. I posted four tweets about two different WIPs for #carinapitch, a romance press with Harlequin.

I didn’t get any bites, but I’m proud I did it. In case you wanted to see what I was working on, here are those tweets:

The mermaid prince committed a crime: he let a human know of merpeople’s existence by saving her life and bringing her down to the underwater kingdom. Now he has three weeks to make her fall in love with him, or face execution at the hands of his uncle, the king.

This is for my completed WIP Poseidon’s Pearl that just needs editing and to go through Write of Passion’s editing and publishing process before being published.

A legend in the pack foretells that a Siren will get revenge by killing the first human mate of the Alpha in 1,000 years. So when Flynn finds out he is mated to an observant human who may or may not be trustworthy, he must figure out whether it’s love or lies.

This is for my WIP that I am still writing called Betrayal. I’m only 30k words in and most of those I got a few years ago before I abandoned the project for a new, shinier idea, but I am getting back to it and I can’t wait to share it all with you.

I got a lot of retweets and some other people even said they thought my pitch was awesome! So thank you, all of you, for your support.

In case you want to follow me on twittter for more updates and interactions, I am @HayleyGAuthor. This also works for Facebook and Instagram, though I am not very active on either of those platforms right now.

That’s another goal of mine: to be more active and interactive on social media with all of you.

I guess we’re talking about goals, now, so I may as well lay mine out for all to see:

  • Write a blog post at least once per week
  • Be more interactive with you guys on social media (Facebook and Twitter to start. I’ll add in Instagram later.)
  • Write every day
  • Read every day
  • Set deadlines for my writing
  • Set deadlines for Write of Passion’s editing and publishing process
  • Make Write of Passion into a blogging site for writing advice and book reviews
  • Publish Poseidon’s Pearl sometime within the next year

I think that’s enough goals to work on for now.

Well, this has been a rollercoaster of a post. From lamenting my mental illness to the excitement and highs of a pitch contest, to goals. I’m a bit all over the place.

Thank you for sticking with me. Your support means everything.

Happy writing!

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My Newsletter Is Here!

Hello family, friends, and fans! 

It’s the last Monday of the month, so that means I owe you a newsletter. If you haven’t already signed up for my newsletter, you can do so here. You’ll receive a welcome message, though I can’t guarantee that you’ll receive this week’s update, as I am moving my newsletter to email sign-ups only. 

If you want an example of the kinds of things you’ll receive in my newsletter, you can check out my post: January 2020: Newsletter Example.

Again, you can sign up for my newsletter here

It’s once monthly, sent on the last Monday of each month. I will never spam your inboxes because I know how annoying that is an how cluttered everything gets.  

Thanks for supporting me on this journey to become an author! I can’t thank you enough for your support!

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January 2020 Newsletter Example

This will be an example of the content you would get in my newsletter which will go out every last monday of the month. 

Hello everyone! What a month this year has been, not only with current events (which I’m not even going to touch) but with personal lives, too. Is it just me, or has anyone else experienced the upheaval of 2020 first hand? 

All I can hope for is that 2020 is front loading the bad stuff so some truly great things will be coming up in our future. Life is a roller coaster: with every hill there will always be a valley. Let’s just hope that the hills match the valleys in sheer grandiosity and intensity. 

As promised, here are some updates:

Write of Passion Literary Journal is becoming Write of Passion Publishing Company! This decision was made when we split from Balance of Seven as a publication, and now have the freedom to go and become what we want. 

The team wanted to become a publishing company and so we are currently ironing out the details of what that will look like. If you want to support us on this journey, we are looking into creating an Indiegogo campaign in April. 

The February Issue of Write of Passion comes out in a couple of days on February 1st, 2020. Make sure you go to writeofpassion.com and sign up with your email to get it sent directly to your inbox!

I will publish my first book, Poseidon’s Pearl (editing stage), on the tentative date of June 1st, 2020, through Write of Passion Publishing. This will be a test run of sorts to see how long it’ll take the company to get through the editing process, publishing process, and marketing process. The editing process is long and arduous for me, so wish me luck!

I am also working on several other projects, including a sequel to Poseidon’s Pearl with a couple of side characters from that book getting their own story (drafting stage), and a sequel to the Dragons Within short story (percolation phase). You can buy the Dragons Within Anthology on Amazon. The link is on my Publications page. I am also playing around with a contemporary romance idea of a girl going back to high school for a second chance with her crush (percolation phase). That one’s been bouncing around in my head for a while, but I seem to have a block whenever I sit down and write it, so it might never see the light of day. But we’ll see. 

I had to unblock myself from writing the sequel to Poseidon’s Pearl (tentatively called Poseidon’s Portrait) so I read Story Genius by Lisa Cron and followed her advice to flesh out my characters and their motivations. I think I will use this any time I am blocked. 

Books I am reading right now:

  • I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn’t) by Brene Brown
  • Silence (Book #3 in the Hush, Hush Series) by Becca Fitzpatrick
  • Write Naked by Jennifer Probst
  • Story Genius by Lisa Cron
  • Just Don’t Mention It by Estelle Maskame
  • Dare to Fall by Estelle Maskame
  • Circe by Madeline Miller

As it gets closer to launch time for Poseidon’s Pearl I will send you a link to Book Funnel with the first three chapters of the book, for your reading pleasure. I am also working on a short story prequel to Poseidon’s Pearl for my fiction writing class at school, so stay tuned for that to come out soon. 

If you want to get more monthly updates like this, sign up for my newsletter on the home page of this website, or click here. These updates will come every month on the last Monday, and will keep you in the loop with all of the things I am working on, thinking about, and planning in the many areas of my life. 

“The first draft is just you telling yourself the story” -Terry Pratchett

See you next month with more updates!

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Sorry I’ve Been So Silent!

I’ve been silent lately and focusing on several things in the works.

For one, I am getting a short story published in Balance of Seven’s new anthology coming out November 21st, 2019 called Dragons Within: Guarding Her Own. If you keep up with me on my social media pages, you’ll have seen a lot of the posts promoting that. If not, I hope you check them out!

I also have been editing my first novel, Poseidon’s Pearl, that I plan to publish in 2020. I’m still figuring out the self-editing process before I send it to the editor, so it may be awhile.

In line with that, I am working on a short story that is the prequel to that novel as a freebie for my newsletter. I haven’t gotten my newsletter up and running yet, but I will by January of next year. At least, that’s the hope. I will keep you updated on that, as well.

I have been struggling lately with keeping up with my writing, but NaNoWriMo has kicked me into gear. I am now working on a contemporary romance.

I am also experimenting with outlining my novels to an extent. It’s getting easier to outline rather than just sitting down to write without a plan. I am officially a plantser!

I am also keeping busier with a healthy lifestyle by exercising three times a week for 45 minutes each, eating healthier, and keeping up with all of my projects. Those include running Write of Passion Literary Journal, marketing for the Dragons Within launch on November 21st, schoolwork, my writing projects, NaNoWriMo, reading every day, and being an admin of the Creative Central Facebook Group for women and non-binary writers.

If you’ll notice, I am no longer a part of Functionally Fictional or Coffee House Writers. While it pains me to have to leave them, it was necessary for my mental health as I was running on empty for a long time and finally succumbed to burnout in May and have been recovering ever since.

You’ll notice I added a page with my publications (where you can find and order Dragons Within: Guarding Her Own) and changed the name of my posts page to “Blog.”

One thing I’d like to mention about Dragons Within: You can order it now through the 28th of November for only $0.99! We (the other authors in the anthology and me) are trying to hit bestseller status on amazon, so please order or preorder it when you can. Between now and November 21st would be best. You can get your copy through the links on the publications page.

Thank you so much for your support. I will try to be more active and post blogs more often than I have been. Maybe I should join Coffee House Writers again, just so I have a deadline schedule as motivation. Probably not. I already have enough on my plate. Besides, I don’t want to burn out again.

Again, sorry for the silence. If you are still here, thank you for sticking around. It means the world to me.