Sunday, March 22, 2015
This is a transcript from my YouTube video.
This week I wanted to get everyone's opinions on self-publishing. For a year now I've been trying the traditional publishing route. I just really wanted to stay away from self-publishing. It kind of freaked me out and it wasn't really something I was interested in. I'd heard a lot of stories about how it's not really the best road to take. But lately I've been thinking about it and I realized all of these stories I hear that it's not the best way to go have all been the people who've done traditional publishing. Whether they be authors who have done it this way or they are the agents and the editors and the publishers themselves.
So, it kind of got me thinking... is this really a bad chose to take? I thought, Maybe I'll just publish my novella that I wrote. Then I thought, Well, maybe I should publish my novel. I've been trying to get it published for so long. I know some people say, "Well, if the agents and the publishers are all saying no then its probably no good and you should scrap it and start over again."
I've scraped a lot of books. I've started some and realized these are no good and I have finished some and realized these are really no good. But this [novel] I feel like is GOOD! Its different and maybe that's why a lot of the agents are thinking, Thanks but, no thanks. But, I think its different in a good way. There's no apocalypses, there's no war.... Not really. There's still war; it's the bad guy and the good guy and they're fighting to try to get their way, but that's just the typical antagonist/protagonist fighting. So, there's no actual, physical war. Its not dystopian (I already said that) and it's not a paradise. Its set in... today. I would say its a contemporary fantasy (like a world within world type of thing) and I LOVE stuff like that!
People just don't seem to understand, or don't seem to want to understand, or they just don't care. I've been thinking about it and I don't want to scrap it. I want to publish it, but it's been a year now and no ones wanted it. So... I'm thinking maybe I should self-publish.
Would this be a good idea? Has anyone else self-published? What are your thoughts on that? If you have traditionally published how did you go about doing that? How long did it take you?
I'm considering self-publishing my book. I'm nervous about it, but, sometimes you gotta get out of your comfort zone. You just gotta go for it, right? You gotta do what scares you and hopefully it works out. You gotta always hope for the best. You've gotta exhaust every single possibility and then exhaust every other possibility after that. Just keep exhausting all the possibilities because you should never give up. You should never give up on your dreams. I'm definitely not going to.
I hope that other people can give me some advice. I hope maybe I helped you to not give up and to always push forward.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Sarita C. Waldorf: What's up everybody? Welcome back to my blog. I am super excited because today I have the honor of introducing a character I haven't yet published. She will one day be in a novel/short story that I am SUPER excited to start. With all my current projects she is just waiting in the wings, but I just HAD to give you all a taste of her. I introduce to you... Rachael Knowles!
Rachael: Hi. It's nice being here.
Sarita C. Waldorf: It's great to finally introduce you to my readers.
Rachael: Well I am amazing so... you're welcome.
Sarita C. Waldorf: You are amazing. I just think you are so funny.
Rachael: That is my place in the wolf pack.
Sarita C. Waldorf: Well I have some questions for you, are you ready?
Rachael: Bring it on!
Sarita C. Waldorf: Well this story has a lot of music in it. Bands and music festivals... What's your favorite type of music?
Rachael: I mean...if I could get in a time machine and go back to when listening to 70s/80s music was cool, I would.
Sarita C. Waldorf: Oh man, I love the 80's. I was born in 1989 so I just made it! The 80's rule. Okay, speaking of music festivals, there is one near where you live, in London. Do you like living in a high tourist location especially when something like a festival draws in large crowds?
Rachael: It's great! Except for all the high tourism. *Laughs* No, I don't mind too much. I don't go into London too often anyway. I'm more focused on university but when I do go into the city I ignore all them extra bodies.
Sarita C. Waldorf: What are you studying in school?
Rachael: I study Economics/Business and being a popstar. Half of that is true.
Sarita C. Waldorf: Which half?
Rachael: Guess you'll have to figure that out.
Sarita C. Waldorf: I guess so. I bet you're secretly doing all of the above.
Rachael: You got me. I'm a genius!
Sarita C. Waldorf: How do you get to school? And, what's your dream car?
Rachael: I use the train mostly. And sometimes a cab. Oh, I would love a car. Every time I tell someone what my favorite car is they think I'm lame. But, I drool every time I see a Dodge Challenger or a Chrysler 300. YouTube "Breaking Bad car scene." That scene had me screaming "OH MY GOD! MY CARS!"
Sarita C. Waldorf: I'll have to do that. I'm probably the only person in the world that hasn't seen Breaking Bad. I'm sure that your taste in cars and shows make all the guys love you. When you see a cute guy how do you react?
Rachael: It's important to get their attention, so I always like to just punch them in the face.... I'm kidding! Sort of.
Sarita C. Waldorf: You don't like men?
Rachael: Oh I love them! I sometimes feel like I'm one of the guys. I'm not in a relationship at the moment. Maybe that'll change someday.
Sarita C. Waldorf: Are you the leader of your friends?
Rachael: I wish. Bow down to your Everlasting Leader!
Sarita C. Waldorf: Oh man I just love you, Rachael. You always make me laugh. You are so confidant.
Rachael: Eh, that depends on who I'm with or the situation. I'm confident when I should be! Otherwise, you can find me under my rock.
Sarita C. Waldorf: Good to know. I'll have to find your rock and bedazzle it.
Rachael: That sounds freakin' AMAZING! Let's do it!
Sarita C. Waldorf: Okay, okay, okay, I hate to have to end this but our time is almost up. But I always have to end my interviews with one important question.... What is your favorite color?
Rachael: RED! No doubt. Red all the way.
Sarita C. Waldorf: I'm glad I asked. *Laughs* Thank you so much, Rachael. I can't wait for my readers to learn more about you and one day read your story.
Rachael: This was fun. I enjoyed this, Sarita. Now let's go bedazzle that rock!
Sarita C. Waldorf: Right on. Thank you to my readers! I hope you enjoyed this interview and love Rachael Knowles as much as I do.
This character, Rachael Knowles is inspired largely by one of my real life best friends... Rachael Knowles! She is truly funny and such a light. I love that she's letting me use some of her wit to help bring my fictional Rachael to life. I love you, Rachael!!!
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Sunday, February 8, 2015
Sarita C. Waldorf: I have some very exciting news! Today I have a special guest interview. I'm pleased to introduce, straight from New Tuscany, Juliana Russo! How are you today, Juliana?
Juliana: I'm great, Sarita. Thanks for having me.
Sarita C. Waldorf: I'm happy you're here. Did you know that you're my first character interview on my blog?
Juliana: Really? I'm honored. Thank you.
Sarita C. Waldorf: Pleasures all mine. I'm excited for my readers to get to know you a little better. So, let's get down to it. First off, how do you pronounce your name?
Juliana: I get this a lot when people read my name. It's Juli-aa-naa.
Sarita C. Waldorf: Beautiful name. I love it. So you live in a world that's completely frozen. Snow all the time. How is it living in such a frozen world?
Juliana: To be honest I don't have an answer. That's all I know. To live in a warm world seems so bizarre.
Sarita C. Waldorf: I can understand that. I'm from Texas so snow is practically foreign to me. Okay the, can you tell me what its like living alongside mechanical animals?
Juliana: The Anichanicals are great! They are quite expensive, though. My father gave me mine for my eighth birthday. I could hardly believe it. When I say they are expensive I mean they are expensive. My father was a wealthy man but... they are expensive.
Sarita C. Waldorf: *laughs* I'm guessing they are expensive. *both share laughter* Tell me more about your parents. What is your relationship with them?
Juliana: My parents disappeared when I was young. I still don't have a clue as to what happened to them. But I loved them. They never told me I could not do something. I loved history and the idea of animals... can you imagine a world with living animals? It is mind boggling. Most kids didn't think twice about them but I did and my parents were proud of my wonder. My father gave me books. Tons of books. I love books.
Sarita C. Waldorf: We share that interest.
Juliana: That's great. Books are my entire life. Books about anything, but my favorite is science. Biology. History. Okay, I don't think I have a favorite. Anyway, I am grateful to have had parents who praised my curiosity, even when it got me into trouble.
Sarita C. Waldorf: Did you even get other kids in trouble?
Juliana: Oh yes. My dear friend Nathaniel was always getting me out of trouble. Not that he didn't like helping cause the trouble.
Sarita C. Waldorf: Are you and he an item?
Juliana: Nathaniel? Oh God no. No, he's my friend. I'm not interested in anyone. My job and hobbies keep me busy.
Sarita C. Waldorf: What is something most people don't know about you?
Juliana: That I secretly write poetry.
Sarita C. Waldorf: Oh really?
Juliana: Most people know I love to study and go on adventures by myself but sometimes when everyone is asleep I like to write random words down. Most of my poems don't even rhyme. I just like putting my thoughts on paper.
Sarita C. Waldorf: That's great. I love words. They bring me peace.
Juliana: Peace and happiness. That's hard to find for me these days. I've had a good life growing up with Nathaniel and his father but it is hard not having parents. It's had not knowing what happened to them.
Sarita C. Waldorf: Have you even tried searching for them?
Juliana: I've never seen another city outside of New Tuscany. I would love to someday travel the world but it's not easy at the moment.
Sarita C. Waldorf: Where would you like to travel?
Juliana: I goodness, there are so many places. I'd say New Paris first. There are so many reasons why but, I mean, it's such a lovely city. Who couldn't want to visit New Paris?
Sarita C. Waldorf: I know I want to visit Paris. I wonder what it's like during the Freeze.
Juliana: My world and your world are very different.
Sarita C. Waldorf: True fact, Juliana. Okay, I have to wrap things up but before you go I have a very important question for you.
Juliana: I'm all ears, Sarita.
Sarita C. Waldorf: Here it is.... What is you favorite color?
Juliana: *giggles* Oh thank you for asking that. This is investigatory work. I'd say my favorite color is green. I love green probably because the world is mostly white and the idea of rolling green hills sparks something in me. Oh yes, I love green.
Sarita C. Waldorf: Thank you for being here, Juliana Russo. This has been a blast.
Juliana: I'm happy I was able to answer your questions for your readers. I love being a part of Sad, Brown Eyes.
Sarita C. Waldorf: Thank you. And thank you, readers, for tuning in and learning more about my character, Juliana. She was a joy to write and I hope you all enjoy reading her story.
Monday, February 2, 2015
Being a writer is hard work. No, I mean like it kind of sucks sometimes. If I had known how difficult it was I probably wouldn't have dreamed of becoming one. When I was a young teenager I wanted to watch the first Harry Potter movie which, at the time, was the only Harry Potter movie. My dad told me I needed to do something else to "stimulate my mind". I was thirteen and wanted to fill of Potter for the week so you can imagine I wasn't to pleased. So, in my passive-aggressive way of getting even I decided to read the book instead! How shocking! I sat in my closet and opened to a random page. That was the moment everything changed for me. I loved the way the words flowed together an dhow it almost felt like a song. It inspired me.
After my first attempt at writing a novel (longhand on loose leaf paper) I learned I had, well, a lot to learn. Fast forward eight years and I'm still learning. I have come a long way. I've read countless books of all kinds, attended book festivals and conventions, written and re-written and RE-written, and have received heartwrenching rejections from agents. By now I would have given up, but I can't.
My current novel I am trying to publish is titled Fitzgerald. I started writing the book from an old journal entry I wrote in my creative writing class. The teacher projected a painting on the screen of a child in a closet with toys lining a shelf. A light shining in the room cast the toys shadows on the wall, making them look like scary monsters. With this picture we were suppose to write a story or poem or anything that inspired us. Never did I think that page and a half journal would one day inspire an entire novel. Things about it have since been tweaked but that's what happens when you're a writer.
The book is a Young Adult take of "the monsters in your closet". In my novel, there are monsters in your closet, just not how you expected. Do you like evil queens, worlds within worlds, mysterious strangers, and sassy side-kicks? If you answered 'yes' to one or more than my book is for you.
I'm not a one trick pony, however. I love writing YA fantasy (all types of fantasy) but I also love Sci-fi. Even though I'm focusing on getting Fitzgerald published that doesn't mean I haven't written other things. I have the classic alien Sci-fi and also Steampunk. I even have a romantic YA book that is my most realistic book to date. Writing is my passion and even though I may not be recognized by the literary world yet that doesn't mean I'm not going to be. My plan is to push on, get noticed, and get published. I'm not even looking for money. I'm wanting to share my talent and have people say, "Now this girl can write!"
If you would like a taste of my writing style before my novel, you can read my novella, Sad, Brown Eyes, here on my blog or on Wattpad. http://www.wattpad.com/story/22263714-sad-brown-eyes.
Thank you so much for your support of me and my work. I hope I can publish my novel soon for you to further enjoy.