Good Day at the Tax Office

Published February 7, 2016 by Lisa Powell

Everyone thinks their books will change the world. But what about inspiring
others? Being an author/writer is more than just writing. It’s about
inspiring others. Here’s my story.

I went to get my taxes done, I know everyone groan, I use the same person
every year he is in his late 70’s. He was talking about writing a book a
couple years ago. I told him I was a writer/author and we talked for a
while. The next year he was contemplating about the different avenues in
which to publish and how much it cost. We talked more. This year I go there
and he smiled. ‘I published my book.’ He went over to a drawer and pulled out
his book. He tells me, if it wasn’t for me, he would have never taken that
first step and published. It’s a boy scout book, with camp fire spooky
stories. With all the legends and how the camp came to be. He was a boy
scout at this camp. The camp is still open today, he made is money back and
all proceeds go to the camp. He wrote an inscription to me and handed me the
book. My husband was so proud and I was almost speechless. My books may not
have changed anything, but being a writer did plus he saved me money on my
taxes, *grin* That was a great feeling, me inspiring someone. Someone who
indeed is very profitable in selling his book.

I guess it stems back when I first started out looking for answers, before I
published. I asked an indie author a couple questions. Someone, everyone
loves and I to loved her books. But she got snotty with me and made me feel
like an idiot. Well dah! I have never done this before, I don’t know what I
am doing. I don’t buy her books anymore either, just because of that fact.
So at that point I decided I would never do that to someone else if they
asked for help or information. And it has paid off.

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Book Format Nightmare!

Published January 28, 2016 by Lisa Powell

There are several different avenues out there to publish your books. You would think they would at least follow the same format, but nooo.. Each site has its own way. Why? To confuse the author who is uploading their book. Each cover specs are different, each table of contents are different. When you first start out you don’t know where to go or what to do. You try going with the obvious, but they don’t have the options your looking for. Once you upload your book you can’t delete it, which I think is ridiculous, even if you don’t publish through them. It sits as a draft. Then you go through another site, you follow their specs, but your book keeps getting rejected for premium. In order to fix the problem you have to go through the whole uploading process again, instead of just fixing the interior or exterior. It’s frustrating and takes up time.
Then you go to another site. Everything passes YA!, If there is a mistake somewhere, you only have to fix that part and not go through the whole uploading process. But the downside is, it takes longer for your books to get distributed to certain channels, ugh. So you sit back and weigh your options. Do you want it to take longer for your books to get distributed? Do you want to go through the whole process of uploading if you have one to many spaces after your title? You keep getting rejection notices in your email to fix the problem? It’s up to you. I made my discussion.
I am going with one site. I went and changed all my books to that site. I opt out on sending my books through certain channels so some of my books links won’t work after 24 hours. Besides no matter how much advertising you do it seems one site gets more sales than the other. They still get distributed all around it just takes a little longer.

Rambling On, Can’t Sleep

Published January 6, 2016 by Lisa Powell

Can’t sleep,

Have you ever had one of those nights where you were so tired but couldn’t sleep? Your body is exhausted and you fall into bed? Your mind keeps you up. You’re thinking in circles such as. ‘Should I make a blanket for so and so? I wonder if those clothes will fit him? Oh I know what I forgot to do! Damn people upstairs don’t they know it’s after midnight! Oh That’s a great idea for a book! I could have my herorine and hero….’ Your mind starts playing a scene in your head. You are tossing and turning. Now you have to pee.

You lay there for a few seconds then you go back to. ‘What color blanket should I make? Damn I have to pee.’ So you get up and pee. You go to the kitchen get a drink, sit down at the table. You lite a smoke. Yeah I smoke, big deal so I am inhaling poisonous substances into my body. You can’t smell it from where you are, so quit your nasty thoughts and leave me alone. You put your smoke out, take another sip and go back to bed. You lay there and you start thinking of what you have to do in the morning when you get up. ‘Sleep go to sleep!’ you cry in your mind. You turn over trying to get comfortable but nothing seems to work, ‘damn!’ You get up, grab a book, turn on the computer or TV. Next thing you know it’s 4 am. Now you have a headache and your back is aching. You take some aspirin and go back to bed. You just fall asleep. “Honey it’s time to get up.” A voice from the doorway calls. You snap! You give that death look to scare away whoever just awoke you.  They don’t know why you’re so grouchy. You dread getting up because you have to get ready and take that wonderful ride to the grocery store.

Confused

Published December 31, 2015 by Lisa Powell

Ever try figuring out something and you think you have all the sudden you were wrong! Well I tell you that’s how I feel about this site, pages, post, menus. The categories I get. But man I try and make one thing happen and it’s wrong. I don’t want that to be my MAIN page but it is. I try and change it but it won’t work. Then some how I end up with something in my menu I don’t even know how it happened. Ugh, I guess it’s tutorial time. Wait maybe later.

Ramble for the day, The Grocery Store

Published December 31, 2015 by Lisa Powell

Okay so we head out for the grocery store. You grab your list, purse and phone. You look around make sure everything is off. Your car is running (husband waiting for me.) Close the door it’s locked. Hurry up get in the car and you’re off. You rattle off what you have to do, Bank, Meijer, Kroger, lottery tickets and tobacco store.

So you get everything done, except the grocery store, it’s always last. People are crazy in parking lots! Don’t they know how to drive in them or what!!! So you find your spot and park. You go through 4 shopping carts and finally find one that all the wheels work properly and not pulling one way or another. You grab your list and start shopping.

You go down an aisle pick up what you need, you continue on when Bamm!! Two people are stopped, in the middle, blocking your path. Each one going in a different direction. They are chatting up a storm talking about God knows what. You say ‘Excuse me.’ They give you the evil eye like ‘how dare you interrupt us.’ You’re like ‘exchange numbers and move on. It’s a grocery store not a speaking convention.’ They stand there you look behind you and more people are coming so you can’t turn around. They finally move with, ‘I’ll call you or nice seeing you again.’ If you want to chat in a grocery store move over so people can go by! What’s so difficult about that?

So you continue on your journey. You are checking off items as you’re picking them up. Just like a parking lot people are doing 100 and don’t look and almost crash into you. There are intersections people! Most of them blind spots. If you can’t see what is coming down the other aisle, proceed with caution!! There could be a kid that is crossing your path and wham! You just hit them! COMMONSENSE!

Now you go to grab your’s last item, go figure top shelf way in the back. What the hell!! Why do they need 7 ft. shelves anyway? How is a 5 ft person supposed to reach that? Where in the heck is the stock person? So you step on the bottom shelf and stretch as far as you can trying to get your item. Think anyone will help? Only when my husband is with me are these items easy to get, for him. I should start taking those pincher, grabbers things with me.  Finally you’re done shopping and time for check out. At Kroger’s, where I am, it usually goes smoothly. But the baggers need some work. They place all heavy items in one bag and they hardly ever double bag. Those bags break! When you have glass items I want double bagged! If you say something they act like it’s to much trouble. If you bring your own bags! Nightmare! They try and stuff everything heavy in one bag even if you bring more. I am not She-Ra!

Okay so you’re checked out and you load everything into your car. BACKING OUT! PEOPLE: We can’t see when there are two vehicles on each side of us! You start backing out slowly drivers and people can see you are moving, trying to back out. Do you think they will stop and wait? NO! it’s like ‘Hit me. I want to sue.’ And if you don’t see them, they blown their horn and give you dirty looks, but yet they saw you long before you saw them! You feel like you have to get out of your, stop traffic and guide the driver out, just like traffic control. All to back out of a parking spot.

Finally you make it home. Carry everything in and put stuff away. Then you realize you forgot what you went to the store for in the first place. Damn it!

Getting Started

Published February 6, 2014 by Lisa Powell

Getting started as a Indie Author can be confusing, I know it was for me. There are so many different sites to upload your work to. So many different specs, each site requires, it can become overwhelming. If you ask other people about them, everyone has different opinions about things, so still you are confused. Then the hardest part promoting your work, getting a fan base, selling your book. Again, so many websites out there, blogs, tweet, facebook, free website. The list goes on on on. Soon you will have all these blogs and websites going on you will get confused. Oh and don’t forget about all the groups you will join. Most the people in these groups are very helpful and nice. But sometimes by the end of the day you just want to pull your hair out if you have any left. Being an Indie can be tough, but once you start selling and get that fan base, it will be worth it.