Novel Publication – Phase Two – Self Publishing

Post Morten on first self publishing project.

The development of this blog, Novel Publication-Phase Two-Self Publishing,  took some soul-searching and a great deal of restraint. My “better angels” helped me stand back and observe the process and create this post-mortem.

The novel’s publication resulted in a case of “must do.”  A 2017 goal drove me to a deadline and in retrospect produced learnings for my next self-publishing project.

Multiple experiences with various formatting programs inspired confidence as I ventured into this new self-publishing program. I submerged myself into the new process knowing that the product assured support to its clients.

Ah assistance, now, a two and a half hour phone conversation with a consultant proved fruitless. The next day, I received an email with a list of participating partners who could complete paperback part of the publishing task. This “help” ignited my determination to solve my issue. I spent two days researching the formatting problem on both the publishing and the word processing sites.

An accidental correction on my word processing program uncovered the way to correct the publishing problem. Was it an answer to my prayers? Karma? All the good vibrations joining at one time? I didn’t care, all I knew is that after three days, the formatting problems was solved.

Lessons to Learned:

  • Read and re-read all the publishing program’s “how to.”
  • Make sure you know the publishing programs requirements.
  • Make sure your word processing program converts to the self-publishing program.
  • Prepare for set backs and  “re-dos” are part of the process.
  • Remember you are the publisher, you determine the deadline.

A Writer’s Proclivity

via Daily Prompt: Proclivity

Taking on this “Daily Prompt” jolted me out of my plan to ease back into my writing.
The word proclivity made me laugh. It strengthened the image of idiosyncratic writers. No two writers take the same mind trip as they work their craft. Each writer begins and ends using a mind set filled with unique peculiarity.

Some of us languor over dialogue, while others demonstrate an inclination for setting descriptions.  Some scribes show their druther with their fascination and ability to produce new worlds. Tenuous writers dig deep with voracity and mine for emotionalism.

Intuition lives in the psyche of all writers. We fixate on the minuscule and the universe at the same time.  Our lust for action and emotion in our stories elicits our hypersensitivity for surprise.

NOTE: I commanded Siri to find all synonyms for proclivity.  Can you find the proclivity synonyms sprinkled throughout this brief description?

Novel Publication – Phase 3*


My proofreader met with me notes in hand  and a two inch thick manuscript with yellow highlighted words and a questions written in the margin. She validated my locations. She felt one of my characters needed  to reveal her fierceness sooner.

Add to this my biggest supporter and critic, my husband, summed up the main character’s frustrations in two sentences. His observation stunned me.  His summation needed to be revealed by the character herself and in the right place in my story.

So, it was  back to the key board. Three days of intense editing and some long thoughts about my main character. I finished, two days before Thanksgiving.

It took three and a half weeks of reading, planning, and a very long conversations with the KDP representative before my book met the Kindle Direct Publishing requirements.* Take a browse through my newly published book Changing Habits.


* Phase 2  -My experience on Amazon’s self-publishing product is the topic of my next blog.

Novel Publication – Phase 1

…first draft complete in 30days..five years to consider publication

This week I sent my final re-write of my first novel to my proof reader.  Now, on face value this doesn’t sound like a big deal. It is a big deal because I started the first draft of this story riding across the country by car with my daughter to Maine. I completed the first draft in 30 days during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). It took me five years with help from my writers’ critique group, a professional editor, and several beta readers, to get this book in shape for a proof reader.

This is only one step towards the journey to publication. I went to classes on book covers, marketing your book, researched highways of the roads taken by my main character in the mid 1960s. Of course, clothing, automobiles, guns, restaurants, food choices, and hotels needed validation.

Warning: I learned early in my writing venture that even if you get an agent and an agent gets you a publishers, it can take from one to two years before your book is published.

The decision on the method of publication took me two years of agonizing research. The research and reading overwhelmed me:  traditional publishing and self-publishing, so many contracts with very fine print to read, talking to authors who published independently, talking to authors who retained agents, pitching my book, submitting it to publishers.  After much deliberation, I decided to become an ‘Indie Author.’

I’ll keep you posted on my progress.


National Novel Writing Month


I’ve Survived Filing Taxes

Like many of my fellow Americans, I hate doing taxes. Now, my life is better than most. I have a roof over my head and food on my table. I am a retiree. I saved diligently in a 401k for these “golden years,” but a severe medical event took me out of the work place and my savings ended up supporting my family as I qualified for disability. My husband is a teacher and we had three kids to put through college.

We are still paying a mortgage because we used the equity in our home through some of the rough spots


The reality of my out of pocket medical expenses, the taxes taken out of my social security check.

More than Ugly

Meet Jenica Aimes, a skinny high school redhead with the disposition of a sleep deprived honey badger, but she’s not one of your typical teenagers tired of being harassed.

Chase Raymond ‘s The Ugly Inside introduces Jenica Aimes. While the reader decides if they can relate to Ms. Aimes, they’re blown into an alternate reality known as ‘Leigh.’ The crafted details, descriptions, and settings of this fantasy engulfs the reader. This storyteller leaves you wanting to read the next page. Mr. Raymond’s writing skill immerses the reader into the story: watching the training sessions, experiencing the healing pools, feeling every blow of combat, and struggling to balance destiny.

If you liked Suzanne Collins and James Dashner’s books, you’ll find Raymond’s Jenica bewitching. She mesmerizes the reader. 

CAUTION: This book is addicting. Wow! This is one ‘hell of a read.’
I can’t wait until the next Jenica Aimes book is published.

This book is available in paperback or online or audio on 

Escape from the Fray – READ

Want to escape from the fray on television and radio? Try reading this book. The writer brings levity to the ordinary and sympathy to the sublime. You see a life in  a different perspective.  This pamphlet of anecdotal stories leads you to fresh and unique topics to talk about at dinner parties and family gatherings.

 MostlyAnecdotalStoriesbkcoverThis small book of stories is personal, humorous, with a peek into one man’s life. Between the covers of Norman Jenson’s Mostly Anecdotal Stories, is revealed the views of a young man, husband, father, brother, and a “birder.”
Written in the style of Will Rodgers and Garrison Keillor, Jenson spins his stories to fit an  action. A delightful book to read and a wonderful book to give to anyone regardless of gender or occasion.
A great book to download on your phone and read on the train, in waiting rooms or the porcelain library. 
It is available on Amazon both online and in paperback.

Caution: This ‘good read’ is better when the reader savors each story.