Monday, September 12, 2011

KICK START MONDAY: PILOT

Welcome to my first blog in, well, a long, long time! I've been so excited while planning this - and I promise to have some interesting things to share with you over the weeks.

So, here I am, introducing my fresh foray into regular blogging! I'm literally turning over a new page, making a clean start - both as a fiction writer and a blogger.

This shall be the weekly blog schedule: I will blog every Monday, Wednesday and Friday as follows:

Kick Start Mondays - Mondays are the days so many people hate because they have to return to the drudgery of a routine life. For writers, Mondays may mean the start of a new chapter or scene, a need to drum up fresh inspiration. But Mondays don't have to be boring! In this blog I will share my experiences, ask for feedback, and share some motivation and inspiration so that we can all be the best we can be all week long! Who knows, I may even throw in some eye candy every now and then :-).

Rev Up Wednesdays - a weekly booster shot for inspiration ...This is going to be interesting! On Wednesdays I'm going to be posting author interviews with some amazing writers. Whether they're NY bestselling authors or extremely talented self-pubbed or e-pubbed authors, they all have something truly important to say. Their experiences are those all writers can relate to but what's great about these individuals is that they weren't afraid to take the plunge and follow their chosen path. These authors will share in candid terms how they have "made it", and you will see that the journey of a writer is not all glam and roses. It's hard work!

Wrap Up Fridays - This is when I'll blog about my week, my WIP, and discuss writing related stuff. Hope you will be able to share yours with me too, by giving feedback :-).

With these blogs I hope to connect with many authors and aspiring writers from around the world. Our journeys may be different, but the motivation that gets us there is the same. In my mind, there is no difference - it doesn't matter whether you are a literary writer, a romance writer, a mystery or thriller writer, a poet, a novelist, or a non-fiction guru. We are all on a boat, crossing the ocean of corporate interests, wading through the murky waters of the publishing world, seeking the Holy Grail - seeing our book on a shelf (a real or virtual one), with a beautiful, intriguing cover and our name printed across it. Isn't this the ultimate goal? To be known, to give hours of pleasure to our readers, to inspire others and let them look into our souls, so they can see a glimpse of us through our work. This is what we strive for every day.

So to those who are still plagued by self-doubt, I kick off this first blog by sharing a quote by an inspirational writer, Lynn Andrews, who wrote a book called "Writing Spirit" - a book every writer should own. In the final pages, she writes:


Agnes Whistling Elk said to me so many years ago that we are all called and we are all chosen, but so very, very few of us have the courage to follow our dreams. You are a writer; you can't but follow your dreams if you are to be true to yourself.(p. 226)

And being true to yourselves, I add, means not shying away from hard work, and toughening up when it comes to rejections and closed doors. Keep your heart and mind open, give all of yourself to your craft, and claim the success you deserve. Success may not come in the form of a neat looking publishing contract from a NY pub house, but the market today offers many wonderful possibilities. Authors have the power to make change. All they need to do is be aware, and open their arms to opportunity.

Now, on a final note -

I'm so excited about the first author interview next Wednesday! Here are some hints as to who it's going to be: Her Roxbury House trilogy holds a place of honor on my bookshelf. She is super cool, has a beautiful smile, loves animals (her pets often feature in her stories - just for this, she has my love!) and lives in the city that never sleeps.

Between 9/12 and 9/26 her publisher will be giving away a copy of one of her books - VANQUISHED (the first in her "Men of Roxbury House" historical trilogy) as a free e-book download across various platforms. This author knows her history, and her writing is haunting, evocative and passionate. She is one of three founding authors for Lady Jane's Salon, Manhattan's first and only reading series devoted to romance fiction. She describes her stories as "sexy, sophisticated reads." Her books are published by Medallion Press, Carina Press, and Harlequin (Blaze imprint). Also, on her website it is stated: "A segment on NBC’s Today Show included [this author] gamely suggesting that romance novels "would make great how-to books for men." Roving reporter Mike Leonard then filmed himself sitting on the edge of his hotel room bed, ostensibly reading Tempting from cover to cover."

Lots of clues! Can you guess who this mystery author is?


~ Angela ~ No Rules. No Formulas. Just Love.
"Mile High to Heaven" and "Mr. & Mrs. Foster" available at Whiskey Creek Press Torrid.

15 comments:

Tanja said...

Hope Tarr?
I love your blog!

RowenaBCherry said...

This is blogspot? My goodness your blog is soooo pretty! Is this a custom design, or does Google offer bouquets, now?

Hope Tarr said...

Congratulations on your new blog, Angela!

Julia Smith said...

Lovely start to your fresh blog, Angela! Can't wait to meet all of your Rev Up Wednesdays authors.

Angela Guillaume said...

Hey girls, Hope, Rowena, Julia, so lovely to see you here. You too, Tanja, and of course, you guessed it! x

Lynn Spangler said...

Love the look of your blog. It's beautiful! Great work!

Angela Guillaume said...

By the way, Rowena, I used a template that I found on the web and customized it myself. Have to remember where I got it - I'm sure I'll find that info somewhere. If you need links, let me know and I'll look around. Thanks for the compliments!

Lynn - appreciate your kind words, and great to see you here!
x

Zee Monodee said...

WTG girl! Your blog rocks, and I can't wait to read more about your journey of writing. And Hope Tarr on Wednesday - woot!

You done awesome, girlie! I have no doubt whatsoever that you'll keep this up. :) XOXO

Angela Guillaume said...

Zee, my girl! Great to see you here because it's not a party without you :) xxxx

Cate Masters said...

Welcome back Angela! What a pretty blog design! Makes me want to redo mine. :) Looking forward to your posts!

Hubert said...

Guess I'll be visiting frequently ...!
Congrats, Angie! ;-)

barbara huffert said...

Thanks so much for letting me know you've launched the new blog. I love it!

Maria Gauci said...

Love it!! Looking forward to Wednesday's ....

Tami Brothers said...

Love it Angela! I think it looks great.

Angela Guillaume said...

So great to see all of you here! And thanks! Until tomorrow.... :) x