Word Counts 

WHO in the world counts words??? If you are a writer, you do. Why? Because depending on what you are aiming to write, your word count largely depends on it. For writers, the word length of your story can fall within a short story, a novelette, a novella or even a novel. 

I am working on my second novel now and I can tell you honestly that when I penned my first novel Poka City Blues, I did not pay attention to the word count until I completely typed the full story. The editing came a little later. Only then was when I really noticed it. I was amazed when I typed up my first draft because I did not realize how much I had written over a period of three months. I was too focused on making sure that my story made sense and that it flowed well. A word count was the furthest thing from my mind LOL. Hey, I am just being honest. 

Seeing that I like to write, writing a novel does not phase me. As a matter of fact, I prefer to pen novels. I guess what really helps me is my ability to type fast and how once I get a story or theme in mind, I let my fingers lead me. Any writer will tell you, once those creative juices start to flow, you hone in on it. I seem to get an adrenaline rush from mine KMSL! 

So go on, tell your story and do not let a word count hold you back. If anything, embrace it because in my opinion, a writing challenge or any challenge makes you a better / stronger person. 

Until next time… 

Writers are…

Writers! How would you, as a writer, describe writers? I am sure we would all have a difference of opinion, so I have posted mine below. Writers are… 

Alright writers, it is your turn. How would you describe writers? 

Until next time…

Reloaded 

Hey you! How’s it going? You made it through Thursday so that should count for something, right? Ah, there’s that smile I wanted to see. I knew you had it in you. 🙂 

I’ve been so occupied signing new copies of Poka City Blues (yes I sold what was left) that my poor little ole wrists are aching. It’s worth it though because writing is one of my favorite things to do. I’m cheering for all my fellow writers, authors, poets and bloggers because I know how hard writing can be. Don’t become discouraged and don’t stop writing because you never know what may come of it. Now how many times have you heard me say that? 😉 

To all the lovely readers and book worms, while I enjoy reading your emails about how much you enjoyed Poka City Blues, it would be even better if you also leave a review on my website and other outlets where my books are sold. As an independent writer, reviews are a must and they are a BIG help to independent writers as well. Please, continue to write me and if you can, leave a review. Whether you liked it or not, I want to hear from you. 

Until next time, HAPPY writing to all the writers, authors, poets and bloggers. To all the bibliophiles, HAPPY reading and reviewing! 

Pen It! 

If you have a story you want to tell, go on and pen it. It has been said that writing can be a bit tricky at times because you have to know what subjects to write about and which subjects to steer clear from. I do not necessarily agree with that notion because to me, that creates borders around a writer’s creativity. A good story in my opinion aims at the heart and mind of a reader so they can connect at all levels with the story that lies in the palm of their hands. To do that, you may  have to step out of the “safe zone.” 

I will admit, it can be challenging at times to decipher what tough subject to write about and how to write it. The last thing you want to do is offend a reader, but at the same time you do want the reader to “get the point” so to speak. To write a good story, you should not feel like you have to “tip toe” around certain areas or topics. Otherwise, why would you even bother to write? Writing for me involves writing about what moves me. Yes, I want you to laugh, cry and even get mad about the things I write, but at the same time, I want you to be moved and even challenged by the things I write. 

Penning a good story is not done solely to entertain a reader, but to also educate the reader in areas they may have little to no knowledge of. So go on, pen that amazing story of yours and write like there is no tomorrow! You and your future readers will be glad you did. 

Until next time… 

All That’s Left 

Good Evening and Happy Thursday to you! Guess what? Tomorrow’s Friday! I have been waiting on Friday and you probably have too. This has been a very busy week for me because I’ve been away training with my job, but it hasn’t been too busy to keep me or prevent me from doing any writing. Remember, I live by and operate by the 60/40 rule. If you don’t know what I’m referring to, just search for it on my blog. You’ll see what I mean. 

As an independent writer, one of the best feelings in the world is when you sell one of your books. Excitement and glee runs all through you and you can’t wait to ship your book out. You have to almost hold yourself back from racing to the post office. All I have is a few books left and I hope to be able to ship out more. That is, considering I get more book orders for more. 

Even if I don’t sell any more books for a while, I did good with the amount of books I have sold thus far. To say that I am honored and amazed would be an understatement. Words cannot express how grateful I am and how elated I am. I have no doubt (yes I’m claiming it) that I will sell all that’s left. I will go a bit further and say I will sell even more.  

Until next time…. 

Today’s the Day!

At last! I am finally able to sell paperback copies of my debut novel Poka City Blues! This has been a long time coming for me and I am grateful to each and every one of you. I cannot thank you enough for your patience and your support. As my blog is being converted (I purchased it so it will become my own domain), readers can purchase a copy of Poka City Blues here until the conversion is finished. All customers will receive a discount off their order in celebration of my novel’s paperback debut. Simply use the discount code DEBUT at check out. Spread the word because it will end on May 1st.

PCB Book Cover

Again, thank you all so much. I cannot thank you enough. I sincerely hope that Poka City Blues will continue to inspire many more. Who would have thought my little bitty ole ebook would slowly rise into something so meaningful? That just goes to show that you never know what may come of your hard work. Even if it looks like nothing is happening or will come of it, do NOT give up and most importantly, do NOT give up on yourself.

Until next time, happy reading!

Here’s Your Chance to Win! 

Hola Everyone! I hope that all of you had a fan-tabulous weekend! Mine has been super busy because 4/28/2017 is just around the corner. For those of you who are new to my blog, that is the day when readers will be able to order a paperback version of Poka City Blues. Just to give my new subscribers and followers a quick overview, Poka City Blues was initially released in 2015 as an E-book on Amazon. After coming close to winning a few awards in addition to receiving positive literary reviews (which you can read about on my blog), I started to receive inquiries last year from curious readers about releasing a paperback version. 

Needless to say, I was blown away by the amount of paperback requests because this is a raw and riveting story inspired by true life events. Let me be very blunt when I say Poka City Blues is not for the faint of heart. It will pull at your heart strings and it will linger with you long after you read it. I must admit, that was my full intention when I penned this story about my mother and father’s life and I make no apologies for it. 

Now that I have brought everyone up to speed, as promised, I am going to give away five signed copies of my debut novel Poka City Blues. Seeing how I like to keep things simple, all you have to do is email me at Bookinganita@gmail.com and tell me why you would like to win a copy of Poka City Blues and what you hope to gain from it. In the subject line type Contest so that your email will not be marked as Spam. As always, I wish all of you the best and I hope that I myself and Poka City Blues will not only inspire you, but many more to come! 

Until next time….