Use (and thank) the People around You!

Yesterday I finished my re-read of my ebook, The Shadow. Now,  I need to send it off to my “editor”. I put that in quotations because she isn’t really an editor, but she should be. She’s amazingly smart and can edit a book like nobody’s business. I’m so glad I have her as my personal editor and as one of my best friends.

Anyway, my point is, writers should utilize the people around them. Not just family, but friends too. These people want you to succeed. They are pulling for you so don’t be afraid to reach out!!!!

My family will have a big section in my acknowledgements, but my Editor will also have a section just for her. I have to get started on that soon. For one thing, I hope to have my book completed, ready for release, before the year is out and secondly, it’s going to be hard putting into words what everyone has done to help me.

Thanks y’all,
Amanda

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Giving Thanks

I know it isn’t Thanksgiving, but I had to take a quick second to give thanks to God. I know I can do that on my own time, but hey, this is my blog and I like confessing with words, both verbally and written. He has blessed me so much with not only the art of writing, but with great supporters.

My family, all of them, have always supported my writing. I have a great husband, while not a big reader, is so encouraging. My mom has always pushed me to publish my works. My friends, especially my personal Editor, are without a doubt the best in the world.

It’s just amazing to have so many people love me and love what I do.

And, thanks to all my blog followers. Your likes and comments are very much needed and appreciated!

Amanda

The Cover Art

The Shadow ebook cover by Mahdesigns

Art by Mahdesigns

Here is my cover art everyone! I have to say that when I saw the final product my heart did the happiest little jig in my chest! When you get a chance, please check out Mel’s (The Artist extraordinaire) page. If you need an artist, please let Mel know! Go like her page on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/meldigitalartist and you can also find her on deviantART at: http://mahdesigns.deviantart.com/

The Title is….

When I first started writing my book, I had the name picked out. It felt great at least having that completed when I was still unsure of exactly where my story was going. Little did I know how wrong I was with that title. When did it hit me that I had the wrong title? When I hired the artist to work on my cover art. When I sat at me desk to read through my book just one more time and was working with the artist I realized the title just wasn’t going to work for a number of reasons. Let me count the ways.

First of all, I had pulled the title from a piece of music that was inspiring. The song really was something that I loved to listen to and for a while I thought that the song embodied what my book was about. Then the more I read, the more I listened, I knew that the title just wasn’t what I was going for. While it held some resemblance to my story; it didn’t capture what I wanted it to.

Secondly, I felt sort of like a cheat. Haha! I was reading the title and thinking that I was getting out of naming my book too easily. The title, just like the story, should be something that comes from my heart. I shouldn’t depend on someone else’s words to tell me how I feel about my book.

Lastly, the title wouldn’t mesh with the other two book titles (this is a trilogy) so I had to start from the beginning.

Again, I read the book wondering in the back of my mind what I wanted to name it. Other authors can relate to the fact its like naming your child. You want it to be special and to have meaning. So, without further ado, here is my title and brief synopsis of what my story is about. I really hope you all like and are intrigued enough to look forward to the release.

The Shadow
by A.G. Porter

Rayna Stone is an eighteen year old girl from a small Alabama town that just wants to save a little money to help her mom pay the bills. In order to do that she has to find a summer job. The problem with that, the only place that is willing to take her is the upscale golf resort of The Landing. This was not her idea of a summer job, being around snobby, rich folks, but when she meets eyes with the owner’s son, Ian, she starts to see the brighter side of things. That is until she’s seeing things that she can’t quite explain and having dreams that are haunted by a being she calls The Shadow.

The Shadow brings her dreams of death and horror. It isn’t long before Rayna realizes the deaths she sees are really occurring and begins to try to figure out who is behind these sadistic crimes. Quickly, Rayna’s gift begins to grow and soon she not only has dreams, but visions and can feel the emotions of those around her. She knows that this killer is slowly moving their way closer and closer to her home town. With the help of a few trustworthy friends, Rayna and her new abilities are the only weapons strong enough to stop this murderer. That is if The Shadow doesn’t consume her first.

P.S.
The cover art is almost done! Yay! I can’t wait to share it.

 

Title, Title, where for art thou, Title?

I think I’m just a bit closer to a title for my book, but it may not be for a little while longer. Ugh, I can’t believe this has been so hard for me. Is it just something I’m going through or do all writers have issues with titles? I want it to be just right for the story, but for reasons unknown nothing seems to fit.

On another note, I thought I’d share just a small paragraph from my novel. I just liked how this flowed. Let me know what you think:

“It was one of those rare moments where he was open to me. I could feel the very beat of his heart in my mind; I could feel it in my soul. His thoughts circled around me and the way he wanted to reach out and touch my skin with his fingers. My heart felt like it was on fire realizing that Ian was falling even harder than he had anticipated. I was doing the same.”

Writing and Music

It really is such a beautiful day today. The only bad thing about this is I have to get in the mind set of a depressed and stressed out 17 year old. This is the voice I have to get into. Its hard for me to do that when the good Lord’s sun is shining so brightly! 🙂

So, I have to lock myself in my room and listen to soulfully, sad music. Its not really sad, sad music. On my play-list today is Three Days Grace and Adele. Both artist have some foot thumping and fist pumping music, but they both also have those songs that cut you to the core.

Three Days Grace has songs like, Last to Know, On My Own, and Take Me Under that has inspired me to write some of the trials my characters go through. Adele helps with the love loss and heartache with songs like, Rolling in the Deep and Don’t You Remember.

I find inspiration from other artist like Evanescense, Breaking Benjamin, Jason Mraz, and The Killers. On my lighter days I like listening to, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, and Rascall Flatts. It just depends on my mood, my surroundings, and who I feel like listening too.

Officially Untitled

My first book ever. I have actually had it finished for quite some time now, but have been reading and re-reading it. I’ve also had a friend (one who is super smart and an Grammar Queen) to read and re-read it for me. In addition, I have found an amazing artist to create my cover art. (check her out on facebook and deviantart.com: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/meldigitalartist?fref=ts)

So why am I so stressed? I can’t find a title. For years I thought I knew what to name my trilogy. Now, I’m unsure, really unsure. I don’t know if its because I am getting close to publishing (self-publishing) it or what. I wonder, fellow writers, should I go with my first selection or try to find something else? I am stressing over this because I can’t come up with the last book title. The first two seem to mess so well, but I don’t know what to do about the last one. I don’t want to have the first two be perfect and then the last one just be…blah.

Any advice?

Much Love, Amanda

Wonder by A.G. Porter

Looking and wondering, what have I become?
Wondering and wondering, what have I done?
Can you ever look at me again?
Will I ever be alive within?

Looking and wondering, where am I going?
Wondering and wondering, is my pain showing?
Will you ever love me again?
Can I ever be free from sin?

Looking and wondering, what light is that?
Wondering and wondering, how I made it back.
You will always love me for me.
In your grace I will always be.

Bathroom Project + Rain= ???

First of all, I’m almost finished with Marketing Strategy class (Yay!) so I should have more time to dedicate to writing for at least a week before my other class starts (Boo!). That puts a warm fuzzing in my heart. 🙂 Today, however, is Remodel the Bathroom Day. This should be interesting as its 9:20 AM and my husband is still asleep, I’m sore from doing photo shoots all day Saturday, and its pouring rain. I’m not sure how much we will get accomplished today, but I’m about to find out!

On ward and Upward,
Amanda