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Note taking for authors #chaptersummaries #amwriting

Okay, so I’m going to talk to you about something important today – note taking for an author. When one researches how to write books, one stumbles on so much advice that it feels like the universe is about to gang on that writer.

Please, don’t feel like that. I’m going to try to make things clearer and why a writer should do certain things. Have a cup of coffee, tea, soda, or water and remember to participate in the comment section. When I started blogging, there was participation and after a while most of us started to just like things. If you participate in this post, I’ll return the favor!

Let’s begin.

One advice that we hear again and again is to write chapter summaries. I have to say – I didn’t take it in the beginning. Yes, it’s a lot of work but if you’re writing a series, it’s a lifesaver. I mean come on, you just turned your characters inside your head into BEINGS that readers would want to root for! Your characters have birthdays. Birthdays mean zodiac signs and those mean that your character has special characteristics. If you have for example five characters, can you tell me you would remember each one’s birthday and characteristics? Probably not. So, why do you think you would remember what happens in a chapter? Write things down. Here’s what I do for my chapter summary:

  1. Character appearances: all characters that appear in the chapter and those that are mentioned.
  2. Locations: It could be office or Country, State, County, City, District, street address, park… anything. This is a great thing to track because in one chapter your character is in the park and in the next in an office. Did you have a transition? Does it make sense?  
  3. Time mentioned: It may not be important to some stories but to others, it’s a key to flow. I’m going to bring up my novella – Seven Hours: Challenge Accepted. Recently, I had an editor re edit it and resubmitted it to KDP Select. The novella needed a lot of work. Not only was it edited but I added about 5k words! I’m super happy I looked back. Back to the time thing. The key to that novella is time. Chanel has to take a pill every seven hours. So, I can’t skip a pill and if I do, it has to make sense. At one point it didn’t make sense!!! If I had chapter summaries when I wrote the novella, there wouldn’t have been a big gap. In conclusion for this point, even if you’re not writing a series, you still need chapter summaries.
  4. Main events: What happened in the chapter? What may you need in the future?
  5. Quotes for advertising: Memes and posters are like key to indie authors success… well part of it. This part saves time for the future when you’ll start thinking about advertising.
  6. What’s missing?: What can you add to make the chapter shine? A character? A description? Flow into the next?

As you can see, you don’t need have a chapter summary in paragraph form, although it’s a plus if you add one. Some publishing houses look for paragraph format summaries. And all those notes can help you write one.

What do you guys add to your chapter summaries? Are you going to start writing them? How useful are they to you?

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I’m always up for guest posting, author interviews, new readers and reviewers, and of course bookish events.

Ask me things in email and I’ll respond or I’ll blog my response!

Let me know if you would like to be my beta for my next work in progress! You’ll get mentioned in the acknowledgements! I always say thank you.

If you’re an author, I’ll be happy to help if you return the favor! We authors need to stick together.

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The Space Between Time Cover Reveal @rrbooktours1 @claidlawauthor

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Finally, the much anticipated cover reveal of The Space Between Time by Charlie Laidlaw! Just look at it! Totally worth the wait! It’s gotta be another hit. 

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The Space Between Time

Expected Publication Date: June 20th, 2019

Genre: Contemporary Fiction/ Dark Comedy

There are more stars in the universe than there are grains of sand on Earth…

Emma Maria Rossini appears to be the luckiest girl in the world. She’s the daughter of a beautiful and loving mother, and her father is one of the most famous film actors of his generation. She’s also the granddaughter of a rather eccentric and obscure Italian astrophysicist.

But as her seemingly charmed life begins to unravel, and Emma experiences love and tragedy, she ultimately finds solace in her once-derided grandfather’s Theorem on the universe.

The Space Between Time is humorous and poignant and offers the metaphor that we are all connected, even to those we have loved and not quite lost.

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Great news for book bloggers! There will be a blog tour for this amazing book running the entire month of June! Click here for more details!

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About the Author

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I was born in Paisley, central Scotland, which wasn’t my fault. That week, Eddie Calvert with Norrie Paramor and his Orchestra were Top of the Pops, with Oh, Mein Papa, as sung by a young German woman remembering her once-famous clown father. That gives a clue to my age, not my musical taste.

I was brought up in the west of Scotland and graduated from the University of Edinburgh. I still have the scroll, but it’s in Latin, so it could say anything.

I then worked briefly as a street actor, baby photographer, puppeteer and restaurant dogsbody before becoming a journalist. I started in Glasgow and ended up in London, covering news, features and politics. I interviewed motorbike ace Barry Sheene, Noel Edmonds threatened me with legal action and, because of a bureaucratic muddle, I was ordered out of Greece.

I then took a year to travel round the world, visiting 19 countries. Highlights included being threatened by a man with a gun in Dubai, being given an armed bodyguard by the PLO in Beirut (not the same person with a gun), and visiting Robert Louis Stevenson’s grave in Samoa. What I did for the rest of the year I can’t quite remember

Surprisingly, I was approached by a government agency to work in intelligence, which just shows how shoddy government recruitment was back then. However, it turned out to be very boring and I don’t like vodka martini.

Craving excitement and adventure, I ended up as a PR consultant, which is the fate of all journalists who haven’t won a Pulitzer Prize, and I’ve still to listen to Oh, Mein Papa.

I am married with two grown-up children and live in central Scotland. And that’s about it.

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Book Review: Bloodline Origins

Book Title: Bloodline Origins bloodline

Book Author: Juliana Foos

Rating: 5 Dragon Paws 5-paws

The book totally makes up for the cover. It’s a long read but very satisfying. Very impressive. It twists together vampires, aliens, and more. There’s blood, romance, feuds, distant family members, etc. Lots going on with lots of point of views. I loved the take on how vampires came to be and how one becomes a vampire. It’s different.

For 18+. It could potentially be an amazing movie.

Book Review: In the Pursuit of Charity

Book Title: In the Pursuit of Charity  purt

Book Author: Alexandria Sure

Rating: 4.5 Dragon Paws 5-paws

I have a signed copy and I bought the ebook.

This is an interesting novel about college kids. It’s about an athletic and a *big* girl. It’s about him trying to gain her attention and to keep it. The reason it’s 4.5 dragon paws is that I don’t know how to feel about the ending. On one hand, I get it and on the other, I wanted something else. Maybe there will be a book 2?

It’s very well written and it was interesting getting inside a guy’s head. Refreshing. It was also great to see him not carrying about her size and being confused. At other times, I felt like he was an idiot and it was good to see that he understood that, too.

This is a contemporary romance novel and I actually recommend it to 15+. It could teach some guys how to treat girls. Sure there’s bad language in it since it’s college but there’s bad language in schools nowadays.

 

One of my author best friends is starting The Embers We Seek serial series – A fairytale #retelling @acaciakparker

Congrats to Acacia for starting a new project. I read some of it and I gotta say, I’m impressed. Acacia is a fantastic author and I have reviewed one of her books on my blog – Book Review: Delightfully Witchy (Witches of the Lazuli Birthrights Book 1).

Join me in reading her new series! 

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The Embers We Seek

Publication Date: May 30

Genre: Fantasy/Myth Folklore / fairytale retelling / romance

Publisher: Acacia Parker

A fairytale retelling in a land of magic and war, see Cinderella like you’ve never seen her before.

As Captain, Wren is sworn to protect the soldiers she leads into battle, which includes preventing a potential massacre in an upcoming campaign that could mean the end of the war in Heros. But defying orders from her Lord could mean a noose around her neck…

If she gets caught, of course.

Accompanied by men and women willing to accept the risk, Wren knows they need a miracle to overpower the sorceress who controls the magical creatures surrounding the city of Eius—one grand enough to win Sortis the victory they’ve been after since the War of Giants began.

There’s always a price to be had where magic is involved, though. A price she doesn’t realize until it’s too late.

One that might just cost Wren her life.

The Embers We Seek is a serial series, meaning a new episode of 8 – 15,000 words will be published in the last full week of every month. Cinderella’s tale will be completed in ten episodes.  

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About the Author

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Acacia K. Parker has never been the shy one. With her father having served in the Air Force for twenty years, she’s enjoyed homes in many different states, as well as an eight year stint in Germany (and no, she doesn’t speak German, even though she really wishes she did). The odd encounters with various strangers and places morphed her brain from normal to quite unnatural, and what better way to tame the voices in her head than to become a writer?

Oh, and she’s an artist, too, although getting their faces down on paper only shuts them up for so long (but it certainly helps).

When she isn’t falling prey to the voices, Acacia enjoys jamming out to her favorite Spotify playlists, spending time with her husband, drinking wine, and hanging out with her two writing buddies, Boomer and Sookie (think eighty-pound Golden Retrievers).

You can check out more on Acacia’s website, or proceed to stalk her on all her social media platforms (the choice is yours).

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The Scented Bones Book Blitz – still time to enter the giveaway!!!

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Congrats to Me on the re-release of my novel, The Scented Bones! At the bottom there is a chance to win a signed copy of the book!

The Scented Bones e-book coverThe Scented Bones (The Svabodina Case Files #1)

Publication Date: February 25th, 2019

Genre: Paranormal Forensic Fiction / Strong Female Protagonist / Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Churchell Hill Van Cleef Publishing Inc

Angel Svabodina is a rookie forensic anthropologist, enjoying the beginning of her new career. That joy comes crashing down when she figures out the skeleton she’s working on is not human and then it vanishes.

She throws herself fully into the case without thinking about the parties involved, a psychopomp associate, and paranormal mafia families made up of vampires and werewolves–or the consequences.

When she sees there’s no avoiding the inevitable, Angel has to suck it up and work with the werewolves to solve the case but can she trust them?

Werewolves and witches are in a centuries-old feud, but that doesn’t stop the shivers running down her spine from one wolf in particular. Rights and wrongs become blurred, as she is tormented by her past and accepting who she truly is while searching for the skeleton. What’s more, nothing comes for free, including information. To get what she needs from the werewolf don, Angel has to meet with the fae queen. Can she meet her without repercussions and solve the case?

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About the Author

Angelina Kerner

ANGELINA KERNER is an author of paranormal and lighthearted romance. She’s the wife of a photographer/physicist, and the mother of a cute little toddler, but she’s also been a dancer, a psychologist, an anthropologist, a geographer, a dreamer, and an adventurer. She does her best writing while being bothered by her cats, taking care of her son, in dressing rooms while waiting for family to try on clothing, and at home in sunny California. Angelina loves to play goddess-dragon matchmaker, transporting readers to a place where young goddesses have lovable flaws, the Fates plan to dethrone, the universe is endless and untamed, and dragons roam free! She also loves to write carefree romance where one can finish reading with a smile.

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