Sweet Love. Yes or No?

Good Morning AshleyNicole Book fans. Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving here in the US. For those of you shopping today, be safe. I know it can get a little crazy out there.
Before I start breakfast and get back to Christmas decorating I wanted to update you on some things.
First off, I haven’t forgotten about Women’s Island. Progress is slow going with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season but it is still progress 🙂
In other writing news, I have several new stories thanks to dreamcatch writing in the mornings. That is just more future books you have to look forward to. 🙂

This brings me to my main topic of the day. I’d really love your input on love. Love stories that is. There have been many requests from family, friends, and fans for me to write romance novels. I’m not into all that erotica stuff. I enjoy the simple and deep romantic relationships. Such as holding hands, kissing, and blushing. You know, the sweet stuff.
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There are currently six love stories in my novel stash but I have yet to decide if I will publish them. They are romances without the mature content. If I do ever publish my Sweet Romance novels I’m considering publishing under a pen name because romance even without erotica is definitely set apart from my other genres: Science Fiction, Paranormal, and Epic Fantasy.

Please Comment Your Input. I want your feedback.
1. Do you think I should publish my Sweet Romances in the future?
2. If yes to number 1, do you think I should write under a pen name?

Betas and Street Team!

BETAS!

It’s Wednesday August 7th and Women’s Island is now headed to my beta readers!  I’m going to be sending them Women’s Island in sections until we get through the full manuscript.  This makes comparing notes and making changes go more smoothly (in my opinion anyway).  Then when I am finished with the revisions it will go to my editor!!!!!  I’m so excited!  How about you?

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AshleyNicole’s Crew of Book Rebels
Book Rebels WANTED!

AshleyNicole is starting up a Street Team with members also known as Book Rebels.  If you join the crew you’ll get the chance to read her books for free in exchange for an honest review, win book swag, and get exclusive offers/insight only available to contributors and street team members.

A Street Team is a group of people that market a brand or product simply for their passion on the subject.  An author street team is a group of fans who love an author’s books and is willing to spread links on social networking sites, by word of mouth, and passing out coupons/bookmarks/etc…

What are some things a street team member might do?

  • Create and monitor a book’s Wikipedia page
  • Create and monitor a book’s Facebook fan page
  • Create and monitor a book’s Twitter fan account
  • Host giveaways, contests, or events featuring the author’s book(s)
  • Place bookmarks, postcards, or flyers in coffee shops, small book stores, libraries, and on bulletin boards anywhere for people to see.
  • Have author spotlight days on one’s book blog
  • Recommend the author’s book(s) to friends and other readers.

What do Street Team members get for their loyalty and determination to promote the author’s books?

  • Hear the earliest scoop on book related events and news
  • Receive exclusive offers and products related to AshleyNicole Shelton’s books
  • Signed Paperback Copies
  • Limited Edition Bookmarks
  • eCopies/books
  • T-shirts
  • Other awesome products

How do I become a Street Team member?

Email AshleyNicole directly at ashleynicolebooks@gmail.com  Be sure to put “Street Team Application” in the subject box so she won’t miss it.  Include the following in your email:

  • Name, Facebook profile link, and email contact information
  • Why you will make a good addition to the Street Team
  • What street team position(s) you’re interested in

What Positions are Currently Available?

  • Content Creator – Women’s Island Facebook FanPage
  • Host – Women’s Island giveaways, contests, or events
  • Blogger – Post author spotlights and/or participate in blog tours
  • Digital Artist – Digital art for promoting Women’s Island
  • Editor – Women’s Island Wikipedia Page
  • Fact Checker – Women’s Island Wikipedia Page
  • Tweep Promoter – Women’s Island Twitter fan account
  • Newsie – Deliverer of news for all things Women’s Island
  • Poster – Place Women’s Island paper promo for people to see.
  • Stocker – Visit local libraries; request them to shelve Women’s Island
  • Loyal Fan – Recommend Women’s Island (infinite availability *wink*)

Note:  If your application is approved AshleyNicole’s will send you a request to join the Facebook group. You may be required to accept the request if you are not added to the group automatically.

Steady, Sharp, and Quick

Word count for today: 1,203

I worked on another lab scene today. The detail was fun and unexpectedly broadened the plot a little. I’m looking forward to adding to the following scenes from it. Tomorrow I’ll be adding a lab scene and a cavern dweller scene to the manuscript. These two scenes I think will really add to the plot and let you get to know the characters more.  I’ll be trying to post my word count daily until I send it off to my beta readers. Try being the operative word.  For 1k Likes on my Facebook Author Page I promised you all a teaser.  So here is a mini-teaser before I get back to writing or get some sleep. Which ever comes first 😉 Enjoy!

Women’s Island Mini-Teaser

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Glass doors slide open admitting an old man with smoky gray eyes dressed in a lab coat.  Despite his advanced age his hands are steady, his eyes are sharp, and his mind is quick.  A content smile slides onto his face as he walks to the center of the room.  On the examination table his subject slumbers in a medically induced coma.  The young female, a breeder, is the ideal vessel for birthing more intelligent, stronger, and longer living men. She has been his project since she was just an embryo in her mother’s womb.  “Won’t be long now my pet.  Soon you can begin the fertilization stage.”  The doctor brushes a strand of hair away from her face, knowing he shouldn’t be attached to his projects in such a manner.  But pride in his work is an emotion he can’t push aside.  An apprentice rushes into the room, making the doctor step back, his silent adoration now disrupted.  The young man hands him glass card before dismissing himself just as quickly as he arrived.  Accepting the message a holographic missive appears in the air from congress approving his proposal for a study to cure diseases and breed the next generation of men.   It states they are so impressed with his presentation they are not only granting permission but funding as well for his female species studies.  The doctor turns back to his female subject and begins his routine vitals check with a smile on his face.  “I hold the future in my hands,” he whispers.

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Mini-teaser from Women’s Island
ⓒCopyright 2012, 2013 AshleyNicole Shelton

Writer’s Retreat

When my AshleyNicole Books Facebook page reached 1k likes I was going to share a teaser from Women’s Island.  Then we had all those storms so I was delayed in posting it.  While I was without internet for those extended periods of time and then on vacation with my family I continued to work on my manuscript.  Getting lost in the world of Women’s Island I began imagining finishing it for my beta readers by the beginning of August, working every free moment to accomplish that goal.  Then yesterday one of my team asked me when I was going to share that teaser I promised…  I’ve been so wrapped up in finishing the book I forgot about the teaser.  But have no fear, I’ve got something better than a teaser now that you’ve had to wait so long.  I’ll be sending the book to my beta readers!  And then my editor!  And another round for good measure.  That means I could have Women’s Island published before October even gets here!  Fingers crossed this can be accomplished.

To keep you occupied while I’m working, I thought you might enjoy this post about Famous Writers’ Retreats.  My favorite retreat is probably “London” by George Bernard Shaw simply because that’s an ingenious way to keep people from interrupting your writing.  However my favorite location would be that of Beatrix Potter!  I love the beauty and quiet of the country side and it’s in the lake district.  Maybe one day I’ll have my own unique retreat…  Until then I’ll stick with writing where ever and when ever I can.  Now I need to stop waisting my time on blog posts and get back to writing my book 😉

Thank you everyone for your continued support!  You’re awesome!
Have a great day!
~ AshleyNicole

 

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New Portland

This past Thursday the Facebook fan page AshleyNicole Books exceeded the 800 fan mark!  I was going to share a teaser before dinner to celebrate the increased fan base but when I tried to get online I realized the storm knocked out our internet.  Now that it is back up I’ve decided to share the revised beginning to Women’s Island.  This isn’t the whole of the first chapter but a good teaser of it.  It’s bound to change again once it goes to the editor but I hope you’ll enjoy it.  You may notice the present year has changed from 2029 to 2035.  The reason for this is after doing some fact checking Senator Andrew Chamberlain wouldn’t have the chance to be elected until the year 2030 in the state of Maine (fictionally speaking of course *wink*) so I have altered the timeline a bit.  Thank you and I hope you all enjoy the teaser.

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Teaser from upcoming Women’s Island

 

Senator Andrew Chamberlain is a tall, strong man.  Everything about his appearance is a look of success.  From his serious but friendly eyes, and blonde well groomed but slightly disarrayed hair to his broad shoulders and defiant stand.  He has always commanded attention and carries the properties of a good leader.  But today, he is on his way home in New Portland from Washington, D.C. and has disturbing news to reveal to his wife.  When Andrew was elected as a senator of Maine in November of 2030 he never thought his country would fall this low.  When he began his campaign he saw his country as one technologically advancing to a world that cures cancer, solves the economic and environmental problems of the world, and justice treats everyone fairly.  The dream of being a part of the government to take his country to the next level was what drove his determination to be elected.  Now, five years later, he realizes his country is not what it seemed.  In hindsight, there were signs of society changing for the worst while technology and economy rose, but once he noticed, it was too late.  Ever since he has been fighting with his political strength, trying to open the eyes of the other men in government, but today, was the greatest failure so far.

The hydroshuttle stops, allowing Andrew off several blocks from his home.  Too lost in his thoughts, he ignores his surroundings, walking on autopilot to his home, his wife, his children, and the horrific news he must share.  The heart-wrenching plan he must put into motion.  Tonight maybe the last moments he will ever share with his family.

 

ⓒ Copyright 2013 AshleyNicole Books

Fighting Back – Women’s Island Teaser

In honor of reaching 700 likes on the AshleyNicole Books Facebook page I am sharing a teaser from Women’s Island that I hope you will enjoy 🙂

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Hunched over the desk sits a man fighting a war inside, trying not to lose himself and remember what side he is really on.  His hands clench the disheveled hair atop his head, inflicting a slight of pain so he knows how to separate what is a nightmare, and what is real.  Digging his elbows into the top of his desk, Senator Andrew Chamberlain raises his head, not bothering to fix his hair at the sound of someone knocking on the door, “Enter.”

Officer Fremont comes in and quickly closes the door behind him, “We have received news of your wife.”

Andrew’s voice comes out level and monotone, “Only of my wife?”

Fremont drops his head, “It may not be her, just a woman claiming to be.”

Clenching his fists, “Where?”

“She’s in Kentucky.  No one knows which direction she came from, only that there were a lot of explosions one week before they found her.  The explosions were all near labs in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.  Something triggered a chemical reaction within the water pipes.”

“How were only the labs affected?  What does that have to do with my wife?”

Fremont shrugs his shoulders, “The labs that were affected ran off of their own nuclear power plants and somehow, that small difference in the water, maybe the radiation, triggered the explosive reaction.  The one lab in Kentucky managed to only have minimal damage but the others will be out of commission for a while.”  Fremont sits in a chair across from Andrew, “As for your wife, if it is her, she admitted to blowing up the facilities and demanded to see you.”

“And what would you advise?” Andrew asks, wondering why his wife would blow up labs, and where his children could possibly be.

“I would advise, you go see this woman.  And if she is your wife, find out if your children are safe.  Keep in mind; they have her at a lab.  And if you don’t want anything bed to happen, you need to get there quickly.”

Andrew jumps out of his chair, realizing what Fremont is insinuating.  “We need to go.  We need to go right now.”

“Slow down Senator.”  Fremont pulls back on Andrew’s shoulder making him realize he had been racing for the door.  “They are already getting a jet ready.  We will be there soon enough.  I promise.”

“I never thought I’d admit it, but I think I’m going to need you around for this,” Andrew says looking at the firm hand holding him in place.

Fremont suppresses a laugh, knowing Andrew is being serious, “Don’t worry.  I’ll help you keep your sanity and remind you what side you’re on.  We will protect her and your children.  There is a lot you’re going to accomplish in this war, and I’m going to be there to help you do it.”  Fremont drops his hand to his side as Andrew turns around.

“I thought you knew which side I was really on.”

Fremont laughs, “Don’t start doubting me now Andrew.  Don’t you see what it would mean, what you could do?”

“No Fremont, I don’t.  What wonderful bout of destruction do you imaging I could unleash as the leader of such a war?”  Andrew forces himself to pace the room and hear Fremont’s plan before he takes violent action.

“You could destroy the government’s power over women,” Fremont smiles mischievously.

Andrew stops in shock facing Fremont, “Come again?”

“Honestly, how did you become a senator?”  Fremont shakes his head.

“I have an intelligent wife to fill in the blanks for me,” Andrew states mournfully, worrying if she is alive and safe, or being tortured in a lab states away.

Fremont just nods and continues, “If you are the face of the war, if the government believes that you are on their side, then you can lead them away from the real path, away from the real haven of the women.”

“And how would I know if I am leading them away?” Andrew asks.

Fremont smiles, “Women are smart and strong.  They know the chances of getting caught, and when they are interrogated, they know when to give the false bust close to the truth information, so the government never finds their trail.”

Andrew shakes his head, “Cressida told me the truth when I interrogated her.”

“She told you a partial truth.  They did go through the sewers and onto a logging road, but they didn’t go north towards Canada.”  Fremont sits back down feeling that this conversation is going to be longer than he thought.

Andrew drops his head in thought and suddenly snaps it up to look at he’s only trusted friend, “That’s why Mercy blew up the labs.  So that no one would know which direction to find Luke and Christian.  The only reason she would have done that was to protect them.  And the only reason she would need to protect them is because they are safe.  My children are safe.”

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Welcome New Fans

Well so far my dream to be an author has been quite a journey.  While I have been busy with life in general and working on the Women’s Island project, my fan base has been increasing.  I have all of you to thank for your continued support through the project and spreading the word about my pages.  So thank you all so much!  Today I have over 1,800 followers across WordPress, Facebook, and Twitter.  That’s almost 2k fans!  Thank you for those who have stuck around and thank you to the new fans for following me.  I can’t wait to hear what you think about Women’s Island once it comes out ❤

With all the new recent fans, I’ve decided to create this blog post to introduce myself and maybe reintroduce my stories and website to the fans who’ve already been following.

First things first…

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My website has a new look 😉  I know, I change the colors and banner a lot but I like to keep it up to date with the theme of the holiday, season, etc…  Hope you like it.

Next, I’ll share with you a little bit about myself.

AshleyNicole Books

My name is AshleyNicole Shelton.  I am a full-time mother and a part-time writer.  So far I have three free companion stories available for download.  This year you can expect to see Women’s Island, a dystopian society novel about love, family, survival, and equality, in both eBook and paperback editions.  On the side I enjoy reading, drawing, and photography.  Places I am in my element for writing are: coffee shops (even though I don’t like to drink coffee), forests, mountains, and beaches.  My favorite colors are purple & green and my favorite foods are salad & chocolate.

Ready to Start Browsing?

You may have noticed that my blog title isn’t AshleyNicole Books.  The name of my blog is actually The Artistic Persuasion while my website is AshleyNicole Books.  Click here to find out about my blog name!

Want to know about my published stories and my publishing plans for the future?  Then check out my Novels page.  And don’t forget to check out my book pages Women’s Island, The Gifted Series, and Deathly Vortex.

Are you interested in being a writer?  Check out my Novel Insanity Challenge for motivation you might find helpful or inspiring.

Looking for other authors to read and support?  I have a page titled Authors of Note that lists some of the authors who have made an impact on my journey in the writing world and also have great publications of their own.  I will be adding more to this page soon so be sure to come back again for more authors.

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Thank You!

Thank you everyone for stopping by, your support, and interest in my stories.  It really means a lot to me that you all encourage my writing.  Have a great evening/morning/afternoon!

Women’s Island Movie Deal

Releasing a Secret

Okay… I’ve been keeping this a secret long enough and now that fan base has exceeded my expectations I’d like to announce it officially. A screenwriter ran across my Women’s Island project and loved the story idea so much he asked to have a meeting with me, my agent, and some producers. I was so surprised, especially since the book hasn’t even been released yet but I decided it was worth going to the meeting. It was an amazing experience and I couldn’t be happier with the results.

I GOT MY FIRST MOVIE DEAL

I never dreamed my writing would actually become a movie. If any of my books did, I thought it would be one of my series, but I’m glad Women’s Island will have the chance to make such an impact. Most of the casting has already been completed and the script is going through edits as we speak. The movie will come to theaters Fall 2015! I’m so excited!
Thank you all for your support. I hope you will love the movie as long as the book. I better get to bed. I have a production meeting in the morning.
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APRIL FOOLS!

It would be awesome if my novel Women’s Island gets a movie deal but I don’t see that happening in the foreseeable future.

***Disclaimer – I do not own the images used to make this movie poster and the actors did not consent to play a part in the movie. It was simply for April Fools Day purposes.***

 

Seriousness

Women’s Island is getting closer to being publication ready.  In the meantime I recently got in the Cavern Dweller bookmarks and can now take orders from those of you who would like to buy t-shirts and/or autographed bookmark sets.  For more information on buying Women’s Island products, send me a message by clicking the “Contact” tab from the menu at the top.

imPRESSive Update

This idea of imPRESSive came from a similar documentary appearing on YouTube called Becoming YouTube, which talked about YouTubers and the different elements of YouTube. So, I thought that I would start a documentary blogumentary about WordPress, and the different elements it involves and provides.  You’ll find me quoted once in each episode so be sure to check it out 🙂

Webisode One – Blog Names and URLs
So basically, blog names and URL’s are usually quicker to make and helpful in the long term if they have a personal connection. For example, mine derives from the fact that I love psychology and thought – provoking things, and some can come from some small things in people’s lives. But with people using pseudonyms rather than their actual names, but why is this the case?
“Just like book titles, a blog name needs to catch the readers attention, intrigue them, make them come visit your page. And a URL needs to be easy to remember and spell so access to the site isn’t difficult.”-AshleyNicole Books

Webisode Two – The Blogger Persona
What should the perfect blogger blog about?
“I personally enjoy blog posts about book reviews, giveaways, fiction stories, and survivor stories but I think everyone is different. But you can count on one thing for sure. As long as you are writing about what you love, there will be someone who loves to read it.”-AshleyNicole Books

Webisode Three – Stats and Attracting Views
Do you consider yourself “stat-obsessed”?
“I look at my stats every now and then out of curiosity, wondering where in the world my page has been viewed but other than that, no.”-AshleyNicole Books

Webisode Four – Blog Conferences – Where Are They?
Have you ever heard of WordCamp conference by WordPress?
“Nope, but I’ll look it up later now that you brought it up.”-AshleyNicole Books

Webisode Five – Akismet and Spammers
Why are spammers common on WordPress, and why do you rarely see them on Blogger and other famous blogging sites?
“Honestly, I don’t think they are more common. I’ve tried several different blog site and WordPress is by far my favorite. My twitter on the other hand, that gets a lot of spam!”-AshleyNicole Books

Webisode Six – Freshly Pressed
Have you ever been Freshly Pressed and would it make you feel more pressure to reach your readers expectations?
“No I haven’t but if I ever am, I would probably take more time editing my posts than I do now.”-AshleyNicole Books

 

Have a great April everyone!

Kidnapped

Yesterday I was working on a Women’s Island scene where my characters are reading a news article and although they don’t have “newspapers” anymore, I decided to type up the article for fun and inspiration as if it were a newspaper.  This is just for fun and I used the image I found of Chris Evans for The Next Big Thing Blog Hop to play the part of Senator Andrew Chamberlain.  I hope you’ll enjoy it.  I put a faint watermark all over it.  So hopefully no one will think it is a real article about Chris Evans being a senator who’s children were kidnaped…  Anyway, here it is.

DISCLAIMER: The newspaper image above is not a real article.  The image of Chris Evans is not owned by or claimed by AshleyNicole Shelton, WordPress, Twitter, Facebook, or any other website this newspaper image appears on.  You can find the original image of Chris Evans by clicking here or typing this into your address bar: http://www.fanpop.com/clubs/chris-evans
The rest of the image was made by AshleyNicole Shelton using Microsoft Word and basic image editing.

The Revolution TimesA just-for-fun Newspaper Article set in the world of Women's Island by AshleyNicole Shelton.

The Revolution Times
A just-for-fun Newspaper Article set in the world of Women’s Island by AshleyNicole Shelton.

Teaser from Women’s Island
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Fremont pulls out a transparent, holographic card from his pocket before he begins swiping and taping away at the surface.  Finally he finds what his is looking for.  Holding the card parallel to the floor an image projects into the air above them.  It is the front page of an electronic newspaper.  Andrew’s picture is in the center while the headline reads, “Senator’s children kidnapped by wife.”

“Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord” – Colossians 3:18 – There is one woman, who did not follow these wise words.  Just two short weeks ago, Mercy Chamberlain kidnapped Senator Chamberlain’s three-year-old son and six-year-old daughter, a terrible transgression punishable by death.  Since then he has be doing everything he can to get them safely back home.  He is heart broken and thirsty for justice.  After many hours of finding evidence on Women Rebels, Senator Chamberlain followed a trail, hoping to find his children and sadly the evidence has gone dry.  But he has not given up on them.  He will find them and bring the kidnapper to justice.  His assistant released a statement this morning that Senator Chamberlain has vowed, “I will not stop at finding my children.  It has come to my attention, that there have been many instances where women are kidnapping their children at the insistence of the Women Rebels.  Because of this, I will not stop, until we bring these children home safely.  I don’t know why it has stayed quiet for so long, but I will make sure, the issue is quiet no more, until the children are returned.”  Such motivating words, but he does not have to do this alone.  Help Senator Chamberlain’s cause to stop these rebellious and traitorous women.  Wives, you can start by submitting to your husbands as the Lord demands and keep your children safe at home.  Able men, go to the closest recruitment office, and help those who have been victimized to get back what is rightfully theirs.  Bring home the children, safe and sound.

ⓒ Copyright 2013 AshleyNicole Books

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Now, which side do you think Andrew is on?  Do you believe the media, or do you think Mercy knows her husband as well as she believed she once did?  I’m really getting excited about Women’s Island (more so with every word I write) and I hope you all will enjoy it as much as I do.  Have a great day everyone!

2013 Hopefuls

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A great idea that I wanted to try too.  Thank you M.S. Fowle for posting this.

“For this New Year I am not making resolutions. I don’t believe I’ve ever made a resolution before. They just feel like promises I won’t keep or will eventually forget. So, for 2013, I will be making Hopefuls for this year. It feels like a lot less pressure, if you ask me. I’m still setting goals for myself, but I’m not going to beat myself up if I don’t achieve one thing or another.” ~ 2013 Hopefuls & The Coffee Quiz

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My Hopefuls for 2013

 1.    Publish Women’s Island.  Obviously I really want this to happen and I am pretty sure it will.  I just have to work really hard, and hope I get enough time to finish it.  Still, a year is quite reasonable, so I’m not too worried about this hopeful not happening.

2.    Reach 600 Downloads.  Last year I reached 583 downloads for The Blind Lily on Smashwords.  So this year, for Women’s Island, I want to reach 600 downloads.  I think with enough social media promoting I can make it.  Plus Women’s Island will be professionally edited and my cover artist did and amazing job!

3.    Finish My Secret Project.  I have a project I am working on for fans of The Blind Lily.  I think you’ll really be excited about it once I share it with you.  I’m hoping to spread the word about it in August.  So keep a look out for news on the surprise.

4.    A Book Signing.  This hopeful is a little far fetched but I’d really love to have a book signing at a local bookstore.  If not this year, I can always move the hopeful to next year, but until January 1, 2014 arrives, I’m going to keep hoping and shooting for that goal.

5.    Have a Successful Blog Tour.  This hopeful is very vague and general.  I just hope that my blog tour for Women’s Island is fun, reaches a lot of readers, and helps build my audience.  If those three things are met, I’ll consider it a success.

6.    Print Women’s Island.  Once Women’s Island is published in eBook, it shouldn’t be too difficult to publish in paperback.  The reason for this hopeful, is because my first attempt to publish a paperback book, did not go well.  It was my crash course into the self-publishing would and I don’t want that to happen again.

 

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I’m sure I’ll come up with more as goals are met and opportunities arise, but for now, I think I’m pretty happy with my Hopefuls.  What are your Hopefuls for 2013?