Monday, July 25, 2016

How To Finish A Novel

I've published 1 book, am editing a 2nd, and I'm writing 2 more-- Right now I feel like an expert on the art of finishing a novel. Though, to be clear, I am not. HOWEVER, I have learned a lot of tips and tricks that will help get you to the finish line.

For me, it's all about the numbers. Don't worry, no heavy math required. One of the first things I do when I start a novel is get certain number goals established. This is key in helping me get to the finish line.

So in this week's topic video, I lay it all out for you. Every number from how long your novel should be, to what you should be writing every day. I really hope this helps some of the buddy authors out there. -Lindsay

Wednesday, July 13, 2016


Just popping in super quick to let everyone know that my campaign to publish The Beauty is ending tonight at 2am EST. It's currently at $323, which is 40% of the goal. Just a little more and I'll have enough to pay for both the ebook cover AND the ebook formatting! If the campaign reaches around 50% - 60% of the goal, than I'll be able to have everything done with the ebook that I want-- fancy formatting and all! Woohoo!

Naturally the ending of the campaign has me really thinking about seeing The Beauty in print. Hence the picture in this post. I took the early font sketches for The Beauty and spent a little time with the filters in instagram. This one I thought looked like it could have been a photo of a title page in a book. Sigh. I can't wait to hold this book in my hands.

Editing is finally coming along at a good speed. I hope I can keep it up and in a few weeks I'll be ready for betas. Yes, I'm behind schedule. But I'm learning and finding a groove with my edits. This is a bigger deal than it sounds. Grooves are good; grooves equal consistency and consistency is how one finishes a book.

SO with that said, please check out my campaign. Share! Contribute! Be Awesome! -Lindsay Mead


Monday, July 11, 2016

The Reading Slump Curse

Today I'm talking reading slumps. I've been stuck in one for awhile and recent studies have been pointing to a reason why. See the video below. If you have any suggestions on what might help, please share in the comments!

On the campaign front: With only two days left to go, we've managed to reach 33%. It won't be enough to get the publishing all the way there, but it gets the ebook started and that's most of the battle. Not reaching my goal certainly slows things down, but its not the end of the world. I'm a determined person and I WILL find a way to get The Beauty published in every way possible. I'm also considering a "soft release". Which is to say that I might publish the book early without all of the fancy formatting that I had with The Beast. Once I earn enough money with those sales to pay for the fancy stuff, I'll update the file with the finished product. But I've never done this before and I don't know anyone who has. It's just an idea that I've been working on. Let's just hope I get a couple more contributions before the end.

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

If My Book Doesn't Get Funded

Last week I posted a reminder that my campaign to publish The Beauty was ending in 2 weeks (1 week now!). In that same post I talked about what my options are if I don't reach my needed goal. Somehow that resulted in confusion. So I sat down and tried to better explain it in a video. Posted below.

This video also marks my return to my author channel and sorta BookTube. I'll be posting every Monday about one topic or another. My hope is to keep the videos short and casual. I just want to have fun with it. Please subscribe!

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If you want to help me publish The Beauty, then click here and check out the campaign. All contributions of any size are helpful. So is sharing! Let your friends know about the series and if you run a blog or YouTube channel, I'd appreciate a post and would be happy to answer questions or anything you think your readers/viewers might enjoy. Let's go out with a bang!