February 24, 2012

The books are coming along…nicely

Posted in Books, Personal, Writing tagged , , , , , , at 6:49 pm by Christine Rice

Hi everyone,

I thought it would be appropriate to give you an update on the books I’m writing. I am 1/3 finished with the freelance writers book and I am 1/7 finished with the journal entries book. The second book will probably be at least twice as long as the first book. I’ve written further in it and I started it later in the year. I find it easier to write more when I’m typing and editing than when I’m writing from scratch. However, I feel prouder about the first book, because it is more challenging for me and more universally acceptable.

Even more exciting is that I have improved my working titles. I have recently come up with: New to Freelance Writing Guide: What to Expect in Your First Year and Chronicles of a Troubled Girl. I’m not ecstatic about the titles, but they are sufficient, at least for now. I definitely felt troubled growing up. I was always at odds with my parents, feeling like an adult and not wanting to listen to what they told me. I was rebellious and unique. I had negative mental health experiences and overly controlling parents, plus there was drug addiction and alcoholism in my immediate family. Throughout it all, I was trying to develop my identity and be happy.

As far as freelance writing, I have learned a lot about the field while working nearly full-time the entire year, and I am coming up on one successful year in April. I have experienced so much that I feel compelled to share what I know, while believing that it will help people have a realistic and hopeful outlook of being, or becoming, a freelance writer.

I should be finished with the two books by the end of this year. In fact, at the rate I’m going I will probably be done much sooner, and that’s exciting!

February 19, 2012

Review of “The Indie Journey”

Posted in Book Reviews tagged , , , , , , , , at 2:50 pm by Christine Rice

The Indie Journey is a book for self-published authors, and for those who are interested in learning more about self-publishing and how it differs from traditional publishing. The book is very convincing that self-publishing is a better method when it comes to happiness and success, which are the main goals of taking the indie route in publishing. The author stresses that success is not based on income, but rather, the ability to follow your dreams, work from home, do what you love, and share your happiness with others through your books.

The Indie Journey provides both the pros and cons of self-publishing and traditional publishing; however, its focus is on self-publishing and it voices a preference for self-publishing. The author reveals his own projections, realistic yet astonishing, of the publishing industry in the near future (from 2011, when the book was published, to 2020). There are a lot of projections in this book, which is in-line with its message that it’s best to be flexible and go with the changes in the world, or even, to “create” the future by being unique and starting your own path.

The Indie Journey tells you that self-publishing brings authors and readers closer, by eliminating the corporate publishers, and it allows all writers to be published, which they are so entitled. The book speaks of the future of the publishing industry, which the author says will change like everything else. And the message I get from the book is that it is not correct to hold onto old-fashioned ways just because they (i.e. traditional publishers) exist, and especially if the future is moving in a different direction; rather, do what your instincts tell you, regardless if it is “accepted” or not, as the most successful people in the world start the trends, instead of follow them.

The Indie Journey will change, or reinforce, your perspective on self-publishing. It is a bargain at $2.99. You can download your kindle copy here. Happy reading!

February 9, 2012

Two books for 2012

Posted in Books, Publishing, Writing tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 10:50 pm by Christine Rice

Hello all,

I want to make it official….I am writing two books right now and they will both be published in 2012. There is also a publication calendar on the right side of the page that shows a countdown for it.

The one I started first, which was in the beginning of January, is a reference book for freelance writers new to their career. It includes and explains everything I went through and more in my first year as a freelance writer, but the focus is on the reader. It’s educational, informative, and interesting. It covers everything that a freelance writer should expect in the first year of their career.

The second book, which I started at the end of January, is essentially, a compilation of all of my journal entries from age 9 to age 31. I am editing them as I type them. I am hoping that after editing again, after all the journal entries have been typed, the book will be a look into the inner workings and life adventures of a troubled, yet special, girl.

I have not named either book yet, but I will eventually, of course. So, there it is. My personal and professional goals for the year. I hope you will be here to cheer me on :)

February 6, 2012

“Essays for the Soul” is FREE on Amazon this week only!

Posted in Books tagged , , at 2:06 pm by Christine Rice

Hi, everyone!

There is currently a promotion on my ebook, Essays for the Soul. It is FREE on Amazon Kindle right now through Friday, February 10th! Just wanted to let you know so that you can get your own copy while it is completely FREE: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0071LW88I

On a side note, there are going to be lots of posts this week, so stay tuned :)


February 5, 2012

Review of “Get Between the Covers”

Posted in Book Reviews tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 9:27 pm by Christine Rice

Get Between the Covers: Leave a Legacy by Writing a Book (2nd ed. 2008) is made for all those who are contemplating writing and publishing a book and those who are certain they want to write a book, or have already started, and want to learn about the ins and outs of book publishing. This book motivates writers who want to be authors and it encourages writers to follow their dreams of publishing a book. The main viewpoint of the authors is that there are millions of people who feel they “have a book in them,” but only thousands of books are published each year; so the book’s purpose is to get more people to write that book that they have in them.

The book’s content is not focused on one means of publishing, but rather, it reviews them all. It is very educational about different aspects of the writing and publishing industry, and is an overview of the entire book writing process; but at 356 pages, it explains a lot, and also refers the reader to additional research materials.

It has a preface, introduction, five parts, and appendices. The preface introduces the book and explains how it is different from the first edition. The introduction was written during the first edition and provides research and statistics that support why the book is important and needed by society, explains what types of readers the book is geared towards, describes how the chapters are set up, and provides a brief biography of the authors.

Part 1 is about the book writing process. It is motivational and informative and includes chapters on time management, writer’s block, and editing, as well as several others. Part 2 is an overview of the publishing industry; it includes information on traditional publishers, literary agents, and booksellers. Part 3 goes over the “paths to print.” It explains the different types of book publishing, allowing the reader to decide which method is best for them. Part 4 educates the reader about editors, marketing, and rights and contracts. Part 5 wraps it up with suggestions on rejection and acceptance. Lastly, the appendices cover how to navigate Writer’s Market, and they provide resource links and suggested reading material.

Do I recommend this book? Definitely. It is very helpful and informative for authors, and those who want to write a book, which is where I’m at right now. If you are interested, Get Between the Covers is available in paperback on Amazon for only $6.91! Click here for the link.