How Not to Write a Novel

From personal experience. (Sobs quietly over her smoothie.)

1. Re-start it once a year for three years.

2. Decide to switch main characters more than once.

3. Write it all on your phone and lose a significant chunk when your toddler gets the app open.

4. Get distracted by new shiny ide- squirrel!

5. Have a baby. (Actually this one I recommend. It just delays the writing a TINY bit.)

6. Tell your sister or your best friend the whole idea and lose all motivation.

7. Swing wildly between manic confidence and utter revulsion in what you’ve written.

8. Take three years to write it.

9. Get feedback on early chapters and lose all motivation.

And 10. Blog about writing instead of actually WRITING! 🙂

 

The Officer – coming June 28

Summer is here! Do you have a good book to read?

Well, I’ve got one for you! The Officer is almost here. Eleven science fiction stories examining the duties, challenges, and downright chaos of authority in strange places. It’s available for pre-order now, and drops on June 28.

From the back cover:

“Being an officer means balancing many conflicting demands. Making the wrong decision can have serious consequences. It takes a special kind of person to cope with the responsibility.

The stories are:

Duty by Alasdair Shaw
Patchworker 2.0 by M Pax
Totaled by Benjamin Douglas
Lucky Star by A R Knight
There Comes a Time by J J Green
Red Fortitude by Eddie R Hicks
Pithos by Mark Gardner
A Step on the Path by Tom Germann
Rituals by Rick Partlow
First Generation by Adrien Walker
The Grape Thieves by Corrie Garrett ** That’s me! 🙂

Summer Anthologies

Dean Wesley Smith calls summer ‘the time of great forgetting’ because it is so easy to get busy around the end of April and forget all about our New Years goals until September! (In my case, this goal is writing.) In an effort to stave off the forgetting, I decided to submit new short stories to a couple anthologies this summer.

I just found out that my short story, The Grape Thieves, was accepted. Woohoo! I am excited to work with Alasdair Shaw (author of the Two Democracies series) and the other nine authors who contributed to the anthology. It will be titled The Officer, and include eleven stories between 3-7k words. Similar to The Newcomer. Perfect for your lunch break or just as a compact evening read.

Looking forward to it.

Do you have any plans to avoid the time of great forgetting and make the most of your summer?

Corrie

Christmas Mega-Giveaway!

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Science Fiction and Fantasy Promotion
3-4 December 2016

This monthly event is on again this weekend. Over 100 authors have made their books FREE.

The best part: this promotion is NOT limited to Amazon only. There are pages for books on Kobo, Nook, Google Play, iBooks and Smashwords.

This month, we have a contest to win $100 towards your Christmas bills. Get extra entries for referring your friends. Details on the page.

Click on the link above, or go to pattyjansen.com/promo!

Instafreebie promotion!

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There’s a great little site called Instafreebie where you can try out new authors for free. It’s similar to finding free ebooks on Amazon, but it’s more helpful to the author, besides offering Nook, Kobo, etc. I’m part of a big science fiction and fantasy promotion where you can pick just one book or all of them! I submitted a new Christmas fantasy romance called That Christmas You Remember. Enjoy!