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NaNoWriMo19

So it's National November Writing Month and you want to give it a try.

Firstly, the website (https://www.nanowrimo.org/) should be your first resource.

When you're done looking there, come back and read me.







Ready? Okay, so it's National writing month. It's a challenge to write more. Whether you are a writer crafting novels or someone who just wants to dabble, it's all good. ALL ARE WELCOME!

That being said, as a writer, my post is going to be focused on novel writing.

I'm seeing my fellow writers posting their successes and failures on Twitter and the Facebook pages. Like, posts are ranging from "I'm in the fetal position, paralyzed by anxiety." and other posts that are like, "I just wrote 5,000+ words of my novel today!"

So what gives?

How is it that some people find that their words flow so freely whereas others are stuck in the first paragraph still?

Well, my theory is that it boils down to a few key factors.

1. Organization is key.

A Soul Reclaimed is now available!

At long last...

Despite the obstacles, setbacks, and delays, my debut book is finally available to purchase.

I don't know a writer who hasn't experienced at least some turbulence, but here is a brief biography of A Soul Reclaimed.

Three years ago I had a rather long and detailed dream and I wrote it down. Seems easy enough, but this wasn't my first novel. I knew I wasn't done.

Too shy and uncomfortable to look for beta readers, I found myself paying for what I thought was professional editing services. After about three months and a rather unhappy parting of ways, I got something of a line-edit for my first draft.

For those who don't know, the general process is Story Draft>Beta reading/developmental editing>Revisions>Developmental editing> Revisions>Editor/agent> You guessed it... more revisions>Editor/copy edit> Revisions

To the failed editor's credit, I didn't know exactly what I was asking for. I later found a wonderful editor w…

The Avid Reader: Blog Tour + Review + #Giveaway: A Soul Reclaimed b...

So Few Books ~: BLOG TOUR & AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Shayna Grissom f...

So Few Books ~: BLOG TOUR & AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Shayna Grissom f...: A Soul Reclaimed by  Shayna Grissom Publication date: April 1st, 2019 Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult Hell is divided into seven regi...

The Reading Faery: Blog Tour + Interview: A Soul Reclaimed by Shayna ...

The Reading Faery: Blog Tour + Interview: A Soul Reclaimed by Shayna ...: A Soul Reclaimed Shayna Grissom Publication date: April 1st 2019 Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult Hell is divided into seven regio...

Haddie's Haven : A SOUL RECLAIMED BY SHAYNA GRISSOM | REVIEW

Jazzy Book Reviews: A Soul Reclaimed by Shayna Grissom - Book Tour & R...

Jazzy Book Reviews: A Soul Reclaimed by Shayna Grissom - Book Tour & R...: A Soul Reclaimed Shayna Grissom Publication date: April 1st 2019 Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult Hell is divided into seven re...

A Dream Within A Dream: A Soul Reclaimed Blog Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway

A Dream Within A Dream: A Soul Reclaimed Blog Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway:   A Soul Reclaimed Author: Shayna Grissom Publication Date: April 1, 2019 Genre: YA Fantasy Description: Hell is divided into sev...

For whom the Bell Tolls - Game of Thrones Post

We're taking a break from the Blog Tour to discuss Game Of Thrones. I am a nerd, tis what nerds do. And please beware, this post is dark and full of spoilers. Everyone has their opinions on Daenerys. Either they say she snapped, that it was bad writing, that they had seen it coming, or that the show failed an otherwise amazing character.

We can compare the books to the show for missing context. We can look at the prophecy of the mad queen, but I have my own theory about what happened in last Sunday's fateful episode. Daenerys was the pride of her Khal. People shouted "Nissa" (mother) and rallied around her. People from all over the region gifted her. She was loved.

More than anything, she won everyone's love. When she came to Westeros it was a different story. She was totally out of her element. People feared her, and I think that, compounded with the massive losses she took to try and win their love, took its toll on her emotional state. On the eve of …

Queekie Girl Reads: A Soul Reclaimed by Shayna Grissom (Excerpt)

Queekie Girl Reads: A Soul Reclaimed by Shayna Grissom (Excerpt): Hell is divided into seven regions. The first region is designated for the purest of souls, the seventh is for the evilest. There was once...

Living in a Bookworld: Blog Tour: A Soul Reclaimed by Shayna Grissom {Pla...

Living in a Bookworld: Blog Tour: A Soul Reclaimed by Shayna Grissom {Pla...: Author: Shayna Grissom Title: A Soul Reclaimed   Publication date: April 1st 2019 Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult Book Syn...

I Smell Sheep: Exclusive Excerpt: A Soul Reclaimed by Shayna Gris...

I Smell Sheep: Exclusive Excerpt: A Soul Reclaimed by Shayna Gris...: A Soul Reclaimed by Shayna Grissom April 1st 2019 Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult Hell is divided into seven regions. The first region is ...

GoodReads Giveaway!

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Enter to win an advance copy of A Soul Reclaimed! Goodreads Book Giveaway A Soul Reclaimed by Shayna Grissom Giveaway ends April 13, 2019. See the giveaway details at Goodreads. Enter Giveaway

PreOrder: A Soul Reclaimed

On Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Soul-Reclaimed-Shayna-Grissom-ebook/dp/B07MTP7H84/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=a+soul+reclaimed&qid=1552005157&s=gateway&sr=8-2

(More outlets to be determined!)


Thank you to all the people who have been along for the ride.

If someone told me five years ago that I'd be a business major who's job was a full-time author that makes her money by selling cakes...

Well, not sure what I'd say.

Policing minorities in YA

In the second time this year, a YA novel has been put on hold at the request of the author due to social media blowback. More or less, people were offended and then a pile-on ensued. The authors decided the best course of action was to pull their debuts rather than "cause harm."

The first novel was Blood Heir by Amélie Wen Zhao, and now Kosoko Jackson's A Place for Wolves.

You can read more about these authors Here and Here.

What is this? Why would the writing community go from pushing the controversial envelope to pre-censuring novels?

There is a lot at work here, but in my opinion, it boils down to policing minorities.

Agents and Editors have been demanding diverse authors. It's no coincidence that a Chinese Immigrant and a Black Queer author were targeted. Zhao's book was a six-figure deal, Jackson was a well-established sensitivity reader (someone who looks for discrimination in books), these were people that many would be jealous of.

Once the idea that PoC …

Blog Tour!

With the release of A Soul Reclaimed fast approaching, I'm gearing up for a blog tour!

I'll be out promoting my book on other people's blogs, on NetGalley, and GoodReads.

For firsthand knowledge on giveaways and the story itself, sign up here:

http://xpressobooktours.com/2019/02/19/tour-sign-up-a-soul-reclaimed-by-shayna-grissom/

The Beta Reading Commandments

There are several processes a book goes through before it hits the shelves. Beta reading is probably one of the most important steps. It's also one that new writers avoid.

Beta reading is when a writer has an early draft of a manuscript critiqued and reviewed. It's generally agreed upon in advance just what kind of feedback the author needs, and is usually done as a manuscript swap with an author with a similar word count.

It's important because it gives the author insight on what needs to be revised. As an author, we think we know what needs to be revised, but just because we can see it in our minds when we read it, doesn't mean the readers will.

As a new author, I struggled with this. I didn't mind criticism. I simply lacked the network. It's not easy recruiting beta readers. They are not always easy to find, dependable, or very good at giving feedback.

Here are some tips that I found helpful:

For brand new writers, I would recommend sites like scribophile. …

Pre-Order (eBook) time!

The eBook version of my novel, A Soul Reclaimed is available on Rakuten Kobo for Pre-Order here!

The official release is April 15th.

I also want to take the time to thank everybody who is supporting me as an author and this project. I have so many stories I want to share with the world, but the publishing industry is a slow one!