The process I took while publishing my first novel, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, is detailed here as well as some helpful tips for writers and authors.
The way life used to be
The love you took from me
As the year comes to a close, I think about how far I’ve come this year and how far I have to go….
And that isn’t a complaint, it’s just a fact. It seems to me that the more we do, the more we have to do. The more you accomplish, the more you want to accomplish. I’m sure it’s a spiritual law here that I’m neglecting to name.
I pushed myself all year to finish writing, editing and to publish my novel. And it has been a long, long process. Then, when it was time to publish, I did all of the formatting myself. The e-book formatting and now the actual print book format. And if you know anything about publishing, you will know that it isn’t easy. I taught myself through reading manuals and watching videos on YouTube and Literature & Latte’s website. (I used Scrivener for this process).
And it was very difficult because first, I’m a newbie and then second, because my book is very, very long. In fact, I had to stop the process for a month or so and re-edit my book to remove about 100 pages. And the book is still 600 pages.
It’s been a learning process all the way around. I’ll probably blog about that in the new year when it’s all said and done.
Until then, I’m going to enjoy my Christmas holiday…It is my favorite season, after all…
Flyy Girls is an ode to flyy girls from around the way and now being highlighted here in the Blazing Words series.
Why I Smile, a poem, is being showcased in this edition of the Blazing Words series.
My poem, Park Avenue, is featured in my Blazing Words series. This poem was inspired by my childhood growing up in the city.
Blazing Words features my poem, Abuelito, dedicated to my paternal grandfather who was from Puerto Rico.
Short Fiction, Happenstance, is highlighted in the Blazing Words series.
Blazing Words series returns with a short fiction piece, Hailing A Cab.
The Blazing Words series returns with one of my favorite poems, Music.
I wrote this poem back in college. I shared it with my creative writing class a few years later and all my classmates seemed to enjoy it. It combines my feelings about music and the role it plays in our lives. It is still one of my favorite poems.