Pre-Orders of The Wayward Wife {Available Now!}

Hey Writers and Friends,

I’ve been a busy little bee lately! The Wayward Wife is now featured on my author website: Tanefa Wallace

The Wayward Wife is also available for pre-order on Amazon to be released on May 1!

The Wayward Wife NOW AVAILABLE

I am also looking into partnerships for exposure and looking for blogs to do a virtual book tour once it is released in May.

It really is a business this book thing of mine and I just want to do it The Write Way!

 

Write on!
Tanefa Wallace
Writer/CEO
The Write Way Publishing

 

 

…Da-Da-Da-DAH! The Cover of The Wayward Wife {Fiverr ROCKS!}

Fiverr

Hey Writers and Friends!

First let’s get into this whole Fiverr situation! I am an artist and I am sensitive about my ish – E. Badu/FatBellyBella said it best and it is ever so true in the case of the cover completion! Couple that with a Graphic Designer who is overwhelmed and that adds up to 3 revisions!

Now, I realize that my GD was on the opposite coast early. He seemed to respond when I was about to go to bed! That clued me in to the fact that he also probably did this Fiverr work in his spare time after work. That was all good with me! Just keep that in mind when/if you order from Fiverr – your connection may not even be in America! Pay attention to who you book and where they are!

He was very understanding and assisted me in coming up with the best cover by linking me up to his source for pictures, Dollar Photo Club. It’s an amazing site where I saw some great shots to use for some other books I have in mind so check it out and join!

I am going to show the progression of the cover from his initial submission to the final that I am going to be using.

Take 1

Sample_Cover

I liked this but wanted a little more of a curvaceous, sexy title font so…

Take 2

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This was still not exactly what I was looking for it just seemed to casual of a font to be the title in my opinion so…

Take 3 and the FINAL Cover for The Wayward Wife!

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This one I absolutely loved… I just think it says all I want it to and draws the potential readers’ eyes!

Let me know what you think! Ask me any questions you may have about the Fiverr process and let me know your thoughts on the covers. Which one would you have chosen?

Write Life,
The Write Way Faye

Excited Beyond Words {Fiverr Cover in the Works}

Hey Write Way Writers,

I am getting my cover done today and it’s been all day with excitement building and of course, it’s late.

URRGGHHH! I know it’s going to be so hot I won’t be able to stand it, but I am freaking out over here!

Oh wait, you want to know where I am getting the cover created huh?

Okay… I am using…

Fiverr

I don’t know if you have ever used Fiverr before, but it’s a cheaper way to get things done. A lot of things… But let’s focus on Graphics and Design! The person I chose had a cover similar to what I was going for with The Wayward Wife so it was easy to choose.

Here are a couple of ways to select a great Fiverr creative:

  1. Check their ratings within Fiverr
    1. There is a rating system within the Fiverr hierarchy if you will.
      1. You will want both a Top Seller and Featured Creative if possible
      2. If not both, one will do
      3. There is also the level 2 Sellers who are trying to make a name for themselves in Fiverr universe, they may be hungry to get your job done well and quickly
  2. Read their reviews
    1. I cannot stress this enough READ THE REVIEWS!
      1. They will tell you about how the person communicates with their customers (canned responses suck!) and how quickly they work
      2. If they have a lot of reviews that will tell you that they are really a worker bee
  3. Converse with them directly about the project
    1. This was a caveat for me recently
      1. Speaking English is important to me
        1. It’s my first language and the one I write in, so it’s important to me that we are able to converse via Fiverr mail
      2. Do they understand the job?
        1. This goes to the first thing – Speaking English well.
      3. Can they actually DO the job!?
        1. No, really. Can they?

All of these things helped me tremendously in choosing the graphic designer I chose for my recent cover. Whenever I receive it, I will pleased I am sure.  It also clued me in on how jacked up my previous cover was. I mean hey, I am growing and learning! No judgement please!

Anyway, the wait on this project leads me to another thing about Fiverr that I like – If they are late, I can request my money back from Fiverr and cancel the job. I am being patient with this guy because I like his work and am willing to work with him because he stated he was having some issues with being extremely popular (another way I know he’s good…). He had put himself on vacation (which I admire), so he didn’t take anymore clients while he worked on his backlog, which now unfortunately includes me!

So, now, you will wait with bated breath with me.

Until I receive this cover,

The Write Way Faye

Copyrights and Barcodes {It’s a Business Man, but Am I?}

Hey writers!

I am filling out copyright information and investigating the ISBN and barcode shakedown. And, I do mean shake down!

I mean, it’s $125 for one ISBN and $295 for 10! C’mon man. That’s unfair in terms of a self-publisher who only has need for 3-5 ISBNs. Then you find out that the barcodes are $25 a piece. Really? They don’t come with the daggone barcode? Of course you have to buy them separately. Why would they give them to you with the astronomically priced ISBNs when they know you have to buy them in order to be in the Barnes & Noble?

It all had me briefly wondering if it would be easier to go with someone half-cocked publishing company who purchases them by the thousands for a penny a piece and would bundle it all up for me and tie it with a pretty pink bow.

I like pink.

I like bows.

I like uncomplicated and inexpensive too.

What do you like?

How are you getting your work out there? Are you going with the CreateSpace option and opting in for them to do all of this heavy lifting for you? Smashwords style? (Been there, done that…) What about self-publishing and handing the hard labor (aka the business side of it all) to small imprint?

I would really like to know what you are doing or thinking of doing or even just what would you like?

Write more,
The Write Way Faye

The Game

Hey Writer…

I have a couple of questions for you:

When you are a writer, which do you focus on: the art of writing or the publishing game?

What I am finding is that sometimes you may have to do some things you aren’t interested in, to get what you want done.

The Game.

What’s hot in literary circles right now?
Is that what you’re writing?
If not, what are you willing to write what is?
Do you have a platform?
Will people purchase your story?

These questions are real to the writer, but they are not really about the art.

I just had a conversation with an up and coming area writer D. Watkins and he made me really begin to reevaluate where I stand in this business – because at the end of the day, that is what it is! He challenged me with doing whatever it takes, to do what I want to do eventually.

He asked me a question I want to ask you, Writer:

Are you willing to write whatever will get you in the door?

Well, are you?

Let me know.

Happy writing,
TheWriteWayFaye

QUERY TIME! {Agent Search & Critique Conundrums}

Hey Writer,

The Wayward Wife is now done and I am in the process of having my query critiqued by industry guru Anita Mumm and Mumm’s the Word! She is such a wonderful woman and has been extremely helpful in her critique of letter. I am actually considering having her critique my first 3 chapters as well so when I get an agent to ask for my work I am totally confident in what I send.

I took the time to look at a few of the books I love the most and the books that are similar to my style to find an agent. How? Well, my good friend Sheri Booker, told me to peruse the acknowledgements of those authors and glean the names of their agents! Such a great & illustrious friend! {Go buy and read her memoir – 9 Years Under… You won’t regret it!}

Although I must add, my writer’s group, Charm City Writers, does a great job with novel critique. The thing is that it’s only 15 pages at a time and this would be much more in one cohesive and continuous critique. I say that because my group only does 15 pages per month. Its great copy editing practice but for a whole novel… Well, you do the math. (I love words for a reason…)

Write ON!
The Write Way

{Perfect Pitch} Fun Friday!

Furiously preparing for my Practice Pitch tomorrow at the Maryland Writers’ Conference, I am so stoked to be sitting down with Jessica Sinsheimer an agent with Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency! She seems amazing and really down to earth. Well, from what I can tell of her Twitter feed and posts on various other websites. (Stalk much? Not really…) 

Any who, this will be the first time I am even in the room with an agent of any sort and there will be tons of them at this conference! I am super excited because one of my new friends, Ernessa T. Carter, the writer of 32 Candles, is someone Jessica pulled out of the slush pile!

Talk about serendipity…

Well, here’s a look at my hook for The Wayward Wife:

When the head Deacon’s wife has more skeletons and secrets than those coming to get salvation early Sunday morning, dreams are shattered and unhealed wounds begin to ooze all over their perfect lives. © T.S. Wallace

I can’t wait to talk to her about it and get some awesome feedback. She’s been on twitter posting some really lame, really short, query letters and I am glad to say mine isn’t short…

Let’s just hope she thinks its something either she can work with or that someone out there in agent land will want to take on!

 

Happy Writing!

The Write Way Faye