July 20, 2013

All sorts of things going on

Posted in Books, Editing, Freelance Career, Personal, Publishing, Reading, Writing tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 3:56 pm by Christine Rice

Hi, all. I just want to provide a quick update. I’ve been working on my memoir, Freedom from Fat, and editing my other memoir, Chronicles of a Troubled Girl. Both are far along but still have a bit to go. The first draft of Freedom from Fat is not complete yet. It’s currently up to 46,000 words, but until I’ve reached my weight loss goals, I’ll still be working on it, because it chronicles my weight loss journey. I’m anticipating that I’ll be done with the first draft within one year. But sooner would be great, in more ways than one!

I’m currently on page 59 out of 230 in the editing/proofreading stage of Chronicles of a Troubled Girl, so I’m just about 1/4 through it. I only plan on doing one round of editing, since it is a compilation of journal entries and I want them to be as close to the original writing as possible. The entire memoir is 71,000 words.

Besides working on my books, I also have a freelance career during the week, and I focus on my health and fitness every day. I spend part-time hours working on all three aspects of my life. I like the variety, and they’re all important to me, so I have to manage my time to include them all in my life. I truly love writing books and connecting with my readers, working with my clients to help them with their publishing goals, and working out and eating healthy to have a healthy balance in my life. My weekends are spent relaxing, having fun, and doing housework. It’s quite challenging trying to fit everything in, but it’s the best way to live.

I have some book reviews I’ll be posting this week. One is How to Write an Essay, and the other is Wake up Successful – How to Increase your Energy and Achieve any Goal with a Morning Routine. Both are excellent nonfiction books that I’m looking forward to sharing with you.

So tell me how your life is going. What do you do for a career? What are your favorite things to do? What is your passion? I’d love to learn more about you. And let me know if you need help with writing or publishing, or if you’d like to be interviewed on my blog.

Above all, have a wondrous rest of your weekend!

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May 20, 2013

Great Blog Hop of 2013

Posted in Blog Hop tagged , , , , , , , , , at 7:00 am by Christine Rice

Hello everyone,

For a little fun today, I’m participating in a blog hop, which is an interview with myself about my soon-to-be-published book and some fun trivia about myself. I hope you enjoy it!

Book cover image1. Tell us a little bit about the book you’re promoting.

I’m in the editing stage of my memoir – Chronicles of a Troubled Girl. It is a collection of all of my personal journal entries from childhood, adolescence, and adulthood, from the ages of nine to thirty. That was a time in my life when I experienced a lot of changes – internally and in my environment. It reveals my thoughts, emotions, experiences, dreams, and wishes as an independent girl living a challenging life, while learning and growing along the way.

2. How did you come up with the idea for this book?

A friend mentioned to me that she was going to type up her journals. When I thought about what I had written in my journals, I thought it was a great idea to create a book out of them.

3. What can you tell us about your main characters?

I’m the main character in my book. In the beginning, I’m an innocent, carefree girl. But the story quickly takes a turn for the worst. I begin rebelling against my parents and I become angry and depressed. Eventually I move out, but then I find myself in another strict household that leads me to rebel even more. I experience mental illness, drug and alcohol addiction, and homelessness. Will things get better for me? You’ll have to read the book to find out!

4. What actors or actresses would play your characters if your book was made into a movie?

Lindsay Lohan would be a good fit for the part of myself, if the book was made into a movie, because she is troubled and rebellious and has addictions, but she’s really a good person deep down.

5. Give us a brief synopsis of your book.

Chronicles of a Troubled Girl is the story of a good girl with a strict upbringing that eventually leads her to rebel and experience addictions, mental illness, an eating disorder, and homelessness as she tries to find herself and learn what life is really about.

6. If you could live anywhere, where would you rather live?

A. Mountains
B. Beach
C. Country XX (I grew up in the country. I didn’t like it then, but I like it now. Ironically, I live in the city now, but I really enjoy the peace of the country.)

7. Which do you prefer?

A. Salty foods
B. Sweets
C. Both XX (Because each taste brings out the taste of the other.)

8. If you were stranded on a deserted island, what is one thing you couldn’t live without?

A laptop.

9. Choose one of these books:

A. Pride and Prejudice
B. Alex Cross
C. Twilight XX
D. Snow White and the Huntsman
E. The Shining

10. Which word most suits you?

A. Crazy
B. Funny
C. Carefree
D. Studious XX (I love to learn!)
E. Anxious

11. Tell me something about yourself that might be funny to others (other than writing)?

My legs extend past the straight point of the knee (in other words, they straighten further than straight), and so do my fingers at the knuckles. Not really funny, but weird :)

12. Which group of words best explain what you are like?

A. Fly by the seat of your pants
B. Drama queen
C. Don’t sweat the small stuff XX
D. Footloose and fancy free
E. Too tightly wound

I enjoyed the interview! Thanks for joining me today to learn more about me and my soon-to-be-released book. Please check out these other wonderful authors who are a part of this blog hop:

Katie McKnight- www.writergirlkatie.wordpress.com
Bonnie D Tharp- www.bdtharp.com
Divon Delgado- www.divonville.com
Cinta García de la Rosa- www.authorsyouwanttoread.wordpress.com
Tracy Kauffman- www.tracykauffman.blogspot.com
Julianne Grider- www.jpgrider.com/jps-blog.html
Ruthie Derby- www.madisonpost.wordpress.com
Catalina Egan- www.4covert2overt.blogspot.com
Jack Strandburg- www.jstrandburg.wordpress.com
Kathryn Williams-Platt- www.kathrynwilliamsplatt.blogspot.com

Have a great day!

April 23, 2013

Cover Reveal

Posted in Books, Publishing, Self-Publishing tagged , , , , , , , at 1:52 pm by Christine Rice

How are you all doing today? I’ve been enjoying the spring weather and trying to get outside as much as possible. Some news: I’m pleased to announce that my book cover for Chronicles of a Troubled Girl has been created. I won the free cover design on a giveaway courtesy of ErmisendaDESIGN on Ermilia Blog. I am very pleased with the cover and I think it represents my memoir very well. None of my published books have people on them, but I knew the cover for Chronicles needed a teenage girl on it. If you like my cover, visit ErmisendaDESIGN and contact Ermisenda for your own book cover. You can also visit Ermilia Blog, where she has giveaways and free book covers. Take care!

Book cover image

January 23, 2013

First draft of “Chronicles of a Troubled Girl” finished!

Posted in Books, Editing, Publishing tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 8:57 am by Christine Rice

The day after my last post, which was about how I hadn’t worked on my manuscripts in a few months, I resumed working on my work-in-progress: Chronicles of a Troubled Girl. I wrote for one to two hours a day most days, and I’m happy to say that I finished the first draft the other day! It feels great to have completed the writing part of the book project.

The next step is to edit. Since it is a compilation of my journal entries from childhood to adulthood, and I want the book to be as accurate of the times as possible, I will not be doing a lot of editing. I will just review what I have written for spelling and grammar. Since I did that as I typed the journals, there will not be much editing to do. It will be a fairly quick review process and I will only need to go through the manuscript once, since I am also a professional editor.

Lately, I’ve been trying to spend less time on the computer since my body has been feeling stiff and uncomfortable when I sit for too long – due to previous leg injuries. But I’m sure I will begin editing soon. And since my last post motivated me to finish the first draft, I am hoping this post will inspire me to begin editing. I will just need to spend less time online each day so that I’ll be able to spend time editing the manuscript, and I’ll only be able to work on it for an hour at a time so that I can get up and stretch my legs.

I am looking forward to editing Chronicles of a Troubled Girl and moving on with the publishing process and getting it out to the public. I will not be doing a blog tour, since it is a very personal memoir. I prefer that people I know, and those I announce it to, will be the first to read it, and I will allow word-of-mouth to be the main method of marketing.

I hope you all have a joyous day. Happy writing and reading!

October 20, 2012

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop!

Posted in Books tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 3:16 pm by Christine Rice

Okay, it’s time to take a break from working to get back to blogging :) I have been tagged by Katie S. Pendergrass for The Next Big Thing Blog Hop. The “rules” are to answer 10 questions about my work-in-progress. I have two work-in-progresses, so I will choose Chronicles of a Troubled Girl for this blog hop.

1. What is the working title of your book?
Chronicles of a Troubled Girl: A Collection of Journal Entries

2. Where did the idea come from?
I got the initial idea – to type up all of my journal entries – from my friend and colleague, Katrina Rychling. She said she was planning on typing up her journals, and that gave me the idea to type up and publish mine.

3. What genre does your work-in-progress fall under?
Memoir or compilation.

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I would want to be the main character, which is myself :) There are a lot of other people in my book and it would be wonderful if all the original people could play the parts. I’m sure that won’t happen, but I can dream, right? ;)

5. What is a one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Chronicles of a Troubled Girl is a compilation of the author’s journal entries from age nine to age thirty that demonstrates her struggles during childhood, adolescence, and adulthood.

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I will likely be self-publishing it.

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I started writing the manuscript at the end of January and I am still working on it. I am 4/5 finished with it. I took a few months off due to publishing and marketing my other book and because of other work responsibilities.

8. What other books would you compare this story to within its genre?
Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl.

9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Katrina Rychling. Thanks, Katrina!

10. What else about your book might pique reader’s interest?
There are journal entries about my experiences in a mental hospital and with being homeless.

Those are all of the questions. Now I will choose some people who I’d like to hear about their work-in-progress: Charlene Truxler, Dew Pellucid, Russ Meyer, Theresa Leschmann, and Karen Elizabeth Brown. The “rules” are to answer the same questions, but about your own work-in-progress, and to tag people you know who are authors or writers and possibly working on a manuscript. Have fun!

October 16, 2012

Interview with Olga Vannucci

Posted in Interviews tagged , , , , at 1:46 pm by Christine Rice

Today I will be interviewing Olga Vannucci, an author I met on Book Blogs. Olga Vannucci was born in Italy, lived in Brazil, and came to the U.S. to attend Brown University.  She lives in rural New Jersey with her beloved son, George. She is the author of Travels With George. Let’s start the interview.

Christine: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Olga: When my American son was seven years old, I realized suddenly that I hadn’t been back to my native Italy in ten years, so I went, and took him along. Then I went four more times, and I wrote a book about those trips – a mix of travelogue, personal history, and little anecdotes – in Travels With George.

Christine: What prompted you to write about your experiences in Italy?

Olga: What possessed me? I am a very shy and private person, and I have no idea what possessed me! I think I felt that what I had to say was a little bit different in that I’m both an Italian native and a tourist. What I find interesting is that my friends who have read the book say it sounds just like me. It’s written in the present tense, so it feels like you are along and I’m talking to you.

Christine: What did you find valuable in the experience of writing a memoir?

Olga: One was finding out more about myself. There’s nothing like having to express a thought to help crystallize it! The other is hearing from others about the things that spoke to them in the book, and they range from the more profound to the totally mundane situations. Women will focus on the mothering aspects of the book, dealing with my son. Men enjoy my description of how Italians give directions: they start from a place you’ve never heard of, proceed vaguely, and stop well before your destination. Apparently that’s happened to others…

Christine: How long have you been a writer?

Olga: For about 20 minutes. It feels that way. I’m still getting used to considering myself a writer because this is my first book. I love when people tell me they can relate to something I wrote about, and then I feel like a writer.

Christine: Are you solely a writer or do you have multiple occupations?

Olga: I have a full-time job that involves numbers rather than words. I’m divorced and I write on Sunday afternoons when my son is with his father. I have carved out that time. Having said that, I go through phases: sometimes I write manically and sometimes I set the writing aside for a while until I’m excited to go back to it. It seems to work as a method, at least for me.

Christine: Do you formally plan out your books before you write them?

Olga: I am not a planner at all, things just evolve in my head. That’s how I conduct my life and how I write. With this book, I let it evolve, and then I wrapped it all together around my values, with each of the five trips representing a value, and also at the end I bring back some of the thoughts from the beginning. I tried to really write what was in my head rather than packaging it too neatly.

Christine: What marketing techniques do you use to promote yourself as a writer and your writing?

Olga: Early on, I had an opportunity to read from my book at a gathering of 150 women through an organization called “New Act Women in New Jersey.” If you are as shy as I am, I would not necessarily recommend this large an event. I was extremely nervous, but it went really well. Once I realized it was working – that the audience was listening and responding – I relaxed. I sold a bunch of books right there, and it was a great way to put myself out there and to get an instant response. I realized that my book had appeal, which, as a first-time author, I didn’t know until that point.

Christine: Are you traditionally published or self-published? Why did you choose that path?

Olga: I went with self-publishing because I didn’t have the patience to pursue other publishers. What I like about self-publishing is that it’s all mine – I created the book cover, I chose the font, I am doing all my own promotion – and it’s been incredibly fun and very rewarding. Overall, I’ve been amazed by the options and opportunities – there are so many different ways you can go – and also by all the positive responses and encouragement. It’s a very positive experience.

Christine: What do you like to read?

Olga: I love to read travel memoirs and books about exotic places. I am inspired and awed by writers who put themselves out there, who are able to observe and interpret very different situations, and who can be funny too. Two books I have loved recently are Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller about growing up in Africa, and Running Away to Home by Jennifer Wilson about Croatia.

Christine: Where can we find you and your book?

Olga: I have a small site at www.olgavannucci.com and a Facebook page that I update fairly regularly with pretty pictures of Italy that can be reached via www.travelswithgeorge.com. My book is available on Amazon in both the printed and Kindle versions at www.amazon.com/author/olgavannucci.

Thanks so much for joining us here today, Olga. I wish you continued success with your book.