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A Blogging Fool: 5 Reasons Why I Write & Post Daily

If you’re familiar with this website then you know I blog five days a week and re-post during the weekends. It can be a hectic schedule and for many authors there is the legitimate question of why even do so since it can take away from valuable time writing books. Now I don’t advocate that everyone should blog as much as I currently do since everyone is different. Likewise, I may find that I need to adjust my schedule in the future for various reasons. However, I thought I’d share why I post blogs so frequently at this time. Here are 5 reasons why I blog on my current schedule:

1. I enjoy blogging. I didn’t think that I would like hosting a blog but I’ve found that I like it very much. Therefore, I want to blog as often as I’m able.

2. I write a blog post because it’s a great creative outlet. I’ve found that I often generate fiction and blog ideas through writing my posts as well as other writing outlets. It keeps my creativity active.

3. It keeps me motivated. Rather than feeling like a drudgery or a waste/drain of writing time, I’ve found that writing posts actually keeps me motivated and enthused about writing as a whole. As such, I’ve begun to receive requests to write guest posts and interviews for other blogs which is very beneficial to my author platform.

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4. I can write ahead of my schedule and adjust it as needed. I write as often as I can, sometimes several posts a day depending on my schedule and the number of ideas I have. This allows me to stay ahead of my schedule most weeks. If something happens, like being sick, then I’m not under pressure to post or suspend my blog. There’s less stress. In fact, I was sick several weeks ago and really didn’t feel well for a week but I was so far ahead I could just rest. My main problem since then has been getting back in the creative flow.

5. Yes, it’s a marketing tool but this reason is the least of my reasons. However it’s one way to get content in front of readers. As I mentioned above, I’m now receiving requests for guest posts on other blogs. This great for expanding my visibility. My novel is not due out until later in the year but blogging serves as a foundation for marketing toward the launch.

How often do you write blog posts? Why do you post on your current schedule? Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. I’d also love to connect with you over social media so check my Contact page for that information. See the News page for announcements and remember to sign-up to receive news and posts by email. I’ve added a new sign-up tab on my FaceBook page to simplify the process. New followers can download The Black Bag via free coupon today! Also, the cover of my book, The Bow of Destiny, was revealed recently so take a look.

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Updated: 4 Reasons Why I Published a Short Ebook

With The Black Bag released almost a year I wanted I’m re-sharing why I choose the timing. This story has been published in other venues over the last few years and serves as a resource for my author platform so here are four reasons why I chose to publish it last year well in advance of The Bow of Destiny.

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1. For the experience – I wanted to learn more about actually self-publishing and what better way than to format the text and create my own cover. I used Mark Coker’s Style Guide in working through this small project and found it very helpful in understanding all that goes into finishing a product for release.

I’ve learned a lot about self-publishing a book over the last year which has been very beneficial.

2. For the exposure – as an author there are several ways I gain exposure. The first is by beginning to identify my platform with a product. Next a title available during crowdfunding is helpful as a finished product to offer in a reward package and a tangible example of my writing for prospective supporters . Lastly, having a product available is great for extending the reach of my platform during pre-marketing The Bow of Destiny which can be shared on social media, especially Pinterest where a visual representation can be displayed.

Self-publishing a short book gave me access to such venues as Rave Reviews Book Club and having an author page on Goodreads.

3. For promotional value – As I note above, this short story can be packaged a reward in crowdfunding. Also the ebook can be used as a giveaway during pre-release orders and early after the release of The Bow of Destiny.

As you’ll see below I’m going to release at least one short story as an ebook this summer that’s related to my upcoming novel due out in Sepetember.

4. Finally, it serves as a small income stream when not being used for promotional purposes.

UPDATE: This short story e-book was released last year, 6/24/2014. During that time I’ve learned a lot about self-publishing. I plan to release another short story entitled, What Is Needed (though I’m toying with a title change). This new story is related to my novel, The Bow of Destiny, due out in late September (2015).

Have you self-published a short story? Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. I’d also love to connect with you over social media so check my Contact page for that information. See the News page for announcements and remember to sign-up to receive news and posts by email. I’ve added a new sign-up tab on my FaceBook page to simplify the process. New followers can download The Black Bag via free coupon today! Also, the cover of my book, The Bow of Destiny, was revealed recently so take a look.

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Fantasy Authors Unplugged – Featuring: Harmony Kent

This is continuing feature on Archer’s Aim – Fantasy Authors Unplugged. I hope to frequently share an interview with a fantasy author. If you have authors to suggest and/or questions you’d like to see answered then leave a comment or send me an email. If you are a fantasy author and would like an interview please let me know and we’ll plan one that fits your schedule. Today I’m interviewing Harmony Kent, a British fantasy author who has also written in a few other genres.

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Q. What’s the plot of your latest fantasy novel?

 

Elemental Earth Cover for KindleA.My latest fantasy novel is a Young Adult fantasy, and is the first in what will be a series. In Elemental Earth, we are introduced to 15-year-old Sarah, a teen with a rocky home life, and on the fringe of things at school. She has become disinterested, disillusioned, and angry. On a personal level, she is attempting to work out who she is, and what her relationship to her life is, as well as having to deal with her feelings of inadequacy.

Everything is mundane until a new girl shows up at school: Imogen. It’s hate at first sight, and when she sends Sarah notes that disappear as soon as they’ve been read, Sarah just gets more annoyed. Who is this girl, and what does she want with Sarah?

When she meets a boy much older than her, she agrees to go on a date with him out of a sense of rebellion. But he isn’t all he seems, and she ends up being kidnapped. The rescue party isn’t what she expects: a platoon of earth gnomes.

Garl, the king of the gnomes, has to be my favourite character. He has sass in buckets, and I love him to bits. He plays a pivotal role in bringing Sarah out of herself and helping her to adapt to her new life in an alternate realm of reality. Sarah continues to rebel, and resists the role everyone seems to be trying to pin on her. Meanwhile, her best friend is missing and big trouble is brewing. If only she’d stuck to applied math and the odd pillow fight.

Q. How do you balance being a multi-genre author?

 

A. Being a multi-genre author just kind of happened. I didn’t plan it. But then, I’ve learned not to spend too much time on plans: they’re just subject to change anyway. All we can do is to give life our best guess. The key is adaptation and flexibility. Going with the flow holds true in my everyday life as much as it does in my writing.

I suppose that my being a multi-genre reader has influenced my writing greatly. All of my books have an element of magic or the fantastical, except for my latest book, Finding Katie, which is my only book to date that is based wholly in what we call reality. The possible downside to being a multi-genre writer is that my readers can’t put me into any one box. However, on the plus side, they are also guaranteed surprises.

For me, the important thing is that no matter what I write, I pull my reader out of their seat and into the book. For some readers, genre is all-important, but there are more multi-genre readers out there than I had ever imagined.

Q. What are your fantasy genre inspirations?

 

A. My inspirations come from the classics such as Tolkien’s The Hobbit and Anne McCaffrey’s Dragons of Pern. I also fell in love with Guy Gavriel Kay’s The Summer Tree when I read this as a young woman (yep, I can just about remember then!) Basically, anything with magic in, or an alternate reality, piques my interest. Any book that allows me to forget I’m reading is an inspiring read. Lately, my top genre has become science fiction and dystopian fiction … especially when the book has elements of the two. I do have to confess to being a fan of the Harry Potter books (ahem); but no, I won’t admit to how many times I’ve read them

Q. Are any of your fantasy characters inspired by anyone in real life?

 

A. Characters in my books tend to be an amalgamation of lots of folks in my life. I haven’t, as yet, based a character on one person in particular.

Q. What’s the name of your latest project?

 

A. The name of my latest project is When Shadows Fall, and it is to be a sci-fi/dystopian novel.

Q. How have you changed as an author since you first self-published?

 

A. My writing voice is much stronger. I am much more confident than I ever was. Since I published my first book, I have undergone a steep learning curve in all areas of self-publishing. One thing I hadn’t expected was how much I would come to enjoy designing book covers and making book trailer movies.

Q. What are your most and least favorite activities as an author?

A. My least favourite activity as an author is the marketing and sales side of things. It just is not my forte at all. My favourite activity is writing when the characters have taken me over and invaded my mind. When that happens, they write the book and I just follow along for the ride. Of course, it’s not always so easy, but that’s when it feels truly great. I think the plot twists in The Glade take the readers so much by surprise, because they took the author by surprise too.

Bio:

Author photoIndie Author Harmony Kent has written a number of books. The Battle for Brisingamen, her first novel, is a work of fantasy fiction and was approved by Awesome Indies within weeks of its release. Her second book, The Glade, shows her equally at home in the realms of mystery, suspense and thriller – with a dash of magical realism. This book has also been approved for the Awesome Indies List. The Glade was awarded the IndieBRAG Medallion in July 2014. Harmony’s third book (Elemental Earth) is Young Adult Fantasy Fiction, and was published 31st July 2014. With more books already in progress, she is well on her way to being a firmly established multi genre author. As well as being an avid reader and writer, Harmony also offers editing, proof reading, manuscript appraisal and beta reading services.  As well as reviewing and supporting her fellow indie authors, Harmony works hard to promote and protect high standards within the indie publishing arena. She is always on the look out for talent and excellence, and will freely promote any authors or books who she feels have these attributes.

Well, that’s the official biography… Harmony also has violent tendencies and forced me to add a not quite so official version…

Harmony Kent is famous for her laughter, and has made quite the name for herself… she’s also, um, a writer… and fairly well known for that too. She lives in rural Cornwall with her ever-present sense of humour and quirky neighbours. She is single and not admitting to her age.

Here are ten things she thinks you ought to know about her …

  1. Born in 2013 (at least the author was …)
  2. Really boring
  3. Has absolutely no sense of humour
  4. Biographer is a compulsive liar
  5. Reads … a lot
  6. Writes … even more
  7. Completely sane(in)
  8. Neighbours are nuts
  9. If you’re feeling extra brave she’s around
  10. Online …

You can connect Harmony and view her books via the following social media and book links:

Website  Twitter  Facebook  Goodreads 

Amazon US Author Page  Amazon UK Author Page  4Wills Publishing Author Page: 

Thanks to Harmony for being featured today in Fantasy Authors Unplugged. Please take some time to visit this award-winning author’s pages to learn more about her fantasy books. If you’re a fantasy author and would like to be interviewed for “Fantasy Authors Unplugged” just contact me via email or one of my social media channels and we’ll set one up.

Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. I’d also love to connect with you over social media so check my contact page for that information. See the News page for announcements and remember to sign-up to receive news and posts by email. I’ve added a new sign-up tab on my FaceBook page to simplify the process. New followers can download The Black Bag via free coupon today! Also, the cover of my book, The Bow of Destiny, was revealed recently so take a look.

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