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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Get Publish Within A Month

I want to write, all the time.  When I am not writing, I am thinking of writing.

I will send Episode 4 to the formatter this coming week, and will have Episode 4 Published around next week. 

Episode 5 & 6 are written and in editting mode. 

I am writing Episode 7. 

I would like to write one Episode a week..  that means I would be done writing 12 Episodes by Mid May.

I have upped my word count.  The more I write, the more I want to write.

When I first started this project,  I was thinking 10 Episodes in a year.  Then I upped it to 12, then I upped it to publishing one episode a month.

So now I am upping my word count,  I have them all plotted out and I just need to write them.

I think the more I write, the more I get excited.  I get more ideas, and want to get to those stories to write. 

I think that anyone can do what I am doing.  I am proving that it is possible to get published, and sell books while writing the next book. 

Join me on this adventure and get published within a month.

Step One:  Be willing to write 5,000-10.000 words in a month or less

Step Two Edit the story.

Step Three Format story to line up with https://kdp.amazon.com

Step 4 Set up account with KDP

Step 5 Up load file and hit publish button

It is that simple.  There is a learning curve, but you can be published within a month.

I am living proof.

I am publishing a short story every month this year
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www.amazon.com/dp/B00AZBO6XQ  Me VS Zombies  Zombies On Board

www.amazon.com/dp/B00BHRB9NW  Me VS Zombies So This Is Christmas

www.amazon.com/dp/B00BVI4YI  Me VS Zombies Taking Nothing For Granted

www.amazon.com/dp/B008Y5D2DA  Welcome To Zombie Zoo

http://sharonleejohnson.com

Leave a comment Let me know what you are working on.  Get Published This Month  What are you waiting for?????

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Print Books

I have 3 print books out:

Welcome To Zombie Zoo  www.createspace.com/3951775

Always & Forever  www.createspace.com3681119

My Bible--My God  www.createspace.com/3614885

Check out all my books at http://sharonleejohnson.com

Me VS Zombies will also be in print form at the end of the year.

Order Zombies on Board to see how I survived Zombies while on a charter fishing boat.  www.amazon.com/dp/B00AZBO6XQ

Ready for a Christmas story?  So This Is Christmas  www.amazon.com/dp/B00BHRB9NW

Taking Nothing For Granted  Think your life is bad, check out my Christmas  www.amazon.com/dp/B00BVIY4YI

It is a rough life out there surviving among Zombies  Check out my books and let me know what you think....Leave a comment

http://mevszombies.blogspot.com

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Write Anything

I felt that I was behind on my word count.  I needed to finish Episode 6 before the month of March was over.  I had no idea what was going to happen.  I sat in front of the computer.  I started writing.  I had no idea where the story was going, but I knew that I had to write this Episode now, or I would be behind.  I wrote the rough draft of Episode 6 in two days.  I wrote 6,000 words in two days. that is a lot for me.

Next Problem:  I have 6 more Episodes to write.  I have no idea what is going to happen.

Next Problem:  I have to come up with 6 new Titles.  How can I come up with titles when I have no idea what is going to happen in each Episode. 

I printed out a hard copy of Episode 6 and then turned off the computer.  I got paper and pen.  I know that it a bit out dated, but when I am stuck writing, I find that pen to paper I come up with ideas. 

That is what happened I came up with the titles for Episode 7 & 8.  I now know what will happen in episode 7&8, Also I know what will happen in the last Episode 12.

I am no longer blocked.  I can start writing Episode 7.  I want to have all 12 episodes written by July.  No Published, but the rough drafts of all 12 Episodes done by July.  Seems the more I write,the faster I write and my word count is going up.

March is almost over.  This is what I have done this Month

1.  Published Episode 3  Take Nothing for Granted  www.amazon.com/dp/B00BVIY4YI

2.  Editted Episode 4 Road of Destruction

5. Wrote Episode 5 Surviving Among Zombies & started Editting the Episode also

6.  Wrote Episode 6 All Is Lost

7 Worked on Plotting out the next 6 Episodes

8.  Purchased Book Cover for Episode 4

9.  April 2, I will sent Episode 4 to formatter

I am ahead of my orginal writing schedule and that is a good thing.  I am focused on getting these 12 Episodes published this year.  I want to see if I can do it.

More Important, I want to show you that it can be done.  If I can write, edit, publish, promote, I am living proof that it is possible and you can do it also.

Have a question???  Working on writing a book..Leave a comment and let me know.  Together we can get published this year. 

My goal for this blog is to get you published.  You do not have to spend a lot of money to be self published.  I will show you how.   Get Published this year and see your dream become a reality

http://sharonleejohnson.com

Welcome to Zombie Zoo  www.amazon.com/dp/B008Y5D2DA



Monday, March 25, 2013

New Cover

Episode 4 of Me VS Zombies Coming In April

Zombies On Board www.amazon.com/dp/B00BAZBO6XQ

So This Is Christmas  www.amazon.com/dp/B00BHRB9NW

Take Nothing For Granted  www.amazon.com/dp/B00BVIY4YI

Road Of Destruction Coming In April

Welcome To Zombie Zoo  www.amazon.com/dp/B008Y5D2DA


Zombies are among us. It is a matter of time till you run into one

Friday, March 22, 2013

Beta Reader

Once you have written your story, you will need to let someone read it.  Someone that will be honest with you.  Tell you what they think of the story.  They are called Beta Readers.  Don't let your mother or close friend read it.  They will tell you that it is great, the best thing they read.  You will never know what a reader will think.

You can find beta readers on facebook, through your local library or a co-worker, just make sure they will be honest. 

If you choose a co-worker to read your story, be ready for her to tell everyone at work about your book and what you are writing.  The gossip mill will explode on your writing.  That happened to me.  I had a co-writer read my 400 page novel, only to be tossed in her trunk and thrown away when she cleaned out the car.  She never read the book.  She was an avid reader and I think she didn't believe me when I told her I wrote a book.  Then when I self published a paranormal romance Always & Forever  www.amazon.com/dp/B006M8PAOA   She bought on her kindle.  She then proceeded to tell everyone in the break room what she thought of the book. 

So my advice is Be careful who you let read your writing.  I am writing a zombie series  Me VS Zombies.  I let my boyfriend read my series.  He reads that type of book and he is totally honest with me.  Sometimes to honest.  He lets me know if I am going in the right direction or am way off base.

I think you need someone to read your writing, just becareful who you choose.

The first book I self published My Bible--My God  www.amazon.com/dp/B006N0ZDGW   My boyfriend didn't read that book.  He said he kept falling asleep when he was reading it.  Told you he was honest.  I felt that God was guiding me to write that book, so I listened to God.

You need to follow your gut also.  Do what you think is best for you and your story.

Sooner or later you will need to let someone read it before you release it to the world.

http://sharonleejohnson.com

http://mevszombies.blogspot.com

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Writing Tip Number Three

Write Fast.  You may have heard that some people write fast 3-6 books a year and some write one book a year. I am amazed at the authors that write three or more books a year.  I wonder how they do it.  Most authors write full time.  They don't have another job.  Still to me that is alot of writing, rewriting.  I recently read that one should get a book out every 6-8 weeks.  Not sure I am up for that.

Number 3 Writing Tip:  Write Fast.

I think I am a fast writer, though my word count says other wise.  So instead of thinking about writing fast.  I make deadlines for myself.  I schedule a time for my book cover.  I schedule when to send my file in to get formatted, then I have a deadline and I do whatever it takes to make that deadline.  I know that someone has made time for me, even though I am paying for their time.  I never want to seem unprofessional.

So it doesn't matter if you write fast or slow.  As long as you are meeting your own deadlines and you are happy with the results.  That is one of the perks of self publishing. You are in control of every aspect of your writing.  You have the final say. 

I want to write fast.  I want to write at least three books a year, but I know that may not be possible.  I have a job that pays the bills till my writing starts paying the bills. 

You only have to do what is right for you.  Write fast.  Write Slow, as long as you are writing. 

Check out my website  http://sharonleejohnson.com 

Zombie Zoo
Episode 2 of Zombie Zoo
No Rules/No Laws  Zombie Zoo
A New Breed of Zombies
Frozen Zombies

Welcome to Zombie Zoo  All 5 Episodes plus bonus episode in one book  www.amazon.com/dp/B008Y5D2DA

Print Version www.createspace.com/3951775

Me VS Zombies:

Zombies On Board  www.amazon.com/dp/B00AZBO6XQ

So This Is Christmas  www.amazon.com/dp/B00BHRB9NW

Take Nothing For Granted  www.amanzon.com/dp/B00BVIY4YI

Episode 4 Coming in April

I am writing 12 stories in one year, publishing a story every month.  I will tell you how I am doing it.

You to can be publish this year

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Writing Tip Number Two

Writing Tip # 2 Do Not Pay For What Your Can Do Your Self.

I know that we all want to be publish, after writing the stroy of our heart.  Do not be decieved from websites calling themselves Publishing Company.  They will charge you for everything and you can do it yourself.

I had an experience from a website, that they said would publish my book.  They were going to put it on amazon for me and use create space for my print book.  Funny, I can do that on my own.  Plus They were going to take 60% of the royalities.  What??  That is crazy.  They had nothing to offer me.  I might have better exposure on their website, but it the contract, Yes I had to sign a contract.  It stated that they could take it off their website anytime they want.

When I put it on amazon it is up for as long as I want. 

Beware:  Before you agree to anything and before you sign anything.  Also, Do Not sign a fill in the blank contract.  Make sure you read the contract and you are sure you want to do it. 

You can write, publish and promote your books on your own, I am doing this and so can you.

I am writing 12 short stories in one year. I am going to tell you how to do it,

My series is Me VS Zombies:

Zombies on Board  www.amazon.com/dp/B00AZBO6XQ

So This Is Christmas www.amazon.com/dp/B00BHRB9NW

Take Nothing for Granted  www.amazon.com/dp/B00BVIY4YI

Road To Destruction Coming in April

Don't forget Werlcome To Zombie Zoo  www.amazon.com/dp/B008Y5D2DA

http://sharonleejohnson.com

http://mevszombies.blogspot.com

If I can write and get publish....You can do..  Follow my blog and I will tell you how I am doing it.  Have a Question?  Leave a comment and I will try to answer it. 

Writing and Publishing is not expensive. Don't listen to others who are charging hundreds or thousands of dollars.  You can write and publish on a budget

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Writing Tip Number One

If you are wanting to self publish your story, it is possible.

Tip Number One is that you do not need a book cover for an E-Book.  Though I would not recommend that it.  You do not need a book cover to publish your book on kindle.  You can always up load a book cover later.

For me budgeting is the number one problem I have, besides finding time to write, promote and edit.  All of this takes time out of our day and if you are working a full time job it is a lot harder to find the time to do everything.

I am self published writer.  I haved learned this process, as I went along.  I am going to share with you what I learned. 

You will not get rich quick, by publishing it yourself, but if you are a writer and want to make a career out of being a writer, I will tell you what I have learned.


I published a short story on Zombie Zoo  www.amazon.com/dp/B006K7CVLS  and all I spent was $10.00. 

I had a co-worker draw the cover.  I scanned the picture into the computer and uploaded it.  I paid someone to format my file and that cost $10.00  My short story was around 5,000 words.

Yes you can get publish today
Go to https://kdp.amazon.com  to set up your account. 

Check out my website  http://sharonleejohnson.com

I am here to get you published without going broke

Monday, March 18, 2013

Writing Schedule

I have learned that I can not schedule my book cover or my formatting at the last minute.  Everyone is busy and it took me 2 weeks to recieve my file back from the formatter.  It was not their fault, I learned to schedule a month a head from now on.

That gives me a dead line.  That keeps me focused.  That keeps me writing. 

So it is the middle of March.  I just published Episode 3 of Me VS Zombies  www.amazon.com/dp/B00BVIY4YI   Take Nothing For Granted

I have Episode 4 ready to publish the first week of April.  I have the formatter and book cover scheduled for that week.

I have Episode 5 Written in Editting Mode

I am now writing Episode 6, hopefully to be done by the first of April.

I feel that I am a head of schedule.  I want to keep it that way. 

I plan on having all 12 short stories done by July.  Writing 2 episodes per month.  yes they will need to be editted but they will be written.

I feel that it is good to have a schedule.  Knowing where I want to be in a certain month.  Makes me want to write when I get up and throughout the day.  I am surprised how fast I am writing.  The more I write, the faster ideas come.

I have no idea what is going to happen in Episode 7-12.  I know that while I am writing Episode 6 ideas will come. 

I also have to be prepared for when my computer will crash or act up.  While I was blogging, my computer shut down for some reason. it does that once in awhile.  So all I can do is keep writing

Check out the three Episodes of Me VS Zombies

www.amazon.com/dp/B00AZBO6XQ  Zombies On Board

www.amazon.com/dp/B00BHRB9NW  So This Is Christmas

www.amazon.com/dp/B00BVIY4YI  Take Nothing For Granted

Welcome to Zombie Zoo  www.amazon.com/dp/B008Y5D2DA  E-Book

Print Book  www.createspace.com/3951775

http//sharonleejohnson.com 

http://mevszombies.blogspot.com



Sunday, March 17, 2013

Episode 3 Me VS Zombies



www.amazon.com/dp/B00BVIY4YI



ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY

Episode 1  www.amazon.com/dp/B00BAZBO6XQ  Zombies On Board

Episode 2 www.amazon.com/dp/B00BHRB9NW  So This Is Christmas

Episode 3 www.amazon.com/dp/B00BVIY4YI  Take Nothing For Granted   


Welcome To Zombie Zoo  www.amazon.com/dp/B008Y5D2DA


Episode 4 Coming in April

Take Nothing For Granted

Episode 3 of Me VS Zombies  Take Nothing For Granted is at www.amazon.com/dp/B00VIY4YI

ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Me VS Zombies Take Nothing For Granted

Episode 3  Me VS Zombies Take Nothing for Granted  Coming This Weekend. 

Check out Episode 1 & 2

Me VS Zombies Zombies On Board  www.amazon.com/dp/BooAZBO6XQ

Me VS Zombies So This Is Christmas  www.amazon.com/dp/B00BHRB9NW

Me VS Zombies Take Nothing For Granted  Coming This Weekend

Welcome to Zombie Zoo  www.amazon.com/dp/B008Y5D2DA

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Encountering Problems

I have encounter problems with attempting to publish a short story every month

Problem #1:  Book Cover

Problem #2 Formatting

I am having someone do my book cover and someone doing my formatting.  I am waiting on them.  So if you want to publish quickly, and are having someone do things for you, you may have to wait a bit.

I am not complaining.  I am happy with the people who are helping me with this process.  This is one thing that you have to deal with. 

I am not waiting for them to do their thing, but I am not sitting around, I am continue to write.  I have total control over my writing and as long as I keep up my word count and have the writing side on schedule, then everything else will fall into place.

If you are writing and want to publish at a certain time.  Make sure that you have your book cover and formatter lines up a month or so in advance. 

Right now I am waiting for my formatter to send me the file.  That is what I am waiting for to be able to publish my third story. 

If you are able to do your book cover and your formatting, more power to you, then you will have total control of your publishing.

What problems have you encountered while self published???

My facebook page is www.facebook.com/pages/sharon-lee-johnson/140014492748141   Stop by and say Hi!

Me VS Zombies www.amazon.com/dp/B00AZBO6XQ  Zombies On Board

Me VS Zombies  www.amazon.com/dp/B00BHRB9NW  So This Is Christmas

http://sharonleejohnson.com

Welcome To Zombie Zoo  www.amazon.com/dp/B008Y5D2DA


Monday, March 11, 2013

Plotting While Writing

I am writing 12 short stories this year.  Have I plotted out all 12 stories?  Nope.  I am plotting as I write.  I usually plot out my stories before I start, but with writing 12 stories, I am just writing till I finish.  I have a rough outline and that is it.

1.  Waiting for Episode 3 to come back from the formatter

2.  Episode 4 is finished.  It is in Editting Mode

3.  Episode 5  is half finished.  Will be finsihed within the next two days.

4.  Will start on Episode 6 Tomorrow.

5  I upped my word  count and will write 2 episodes per month. 

6.  By August, I will have all 12 Episodes written.  Will need to be edited and published. 

7.  I am pushing myself this year, to prove to myself that I can make it as a writer.

8.  I have no idea what will happen in Episode 7-12  I am looking forward to see what Summer Morgan does and how she finds her way to the bunker.

9.  If I can do this, so can you.  Join me this year and get published this year.  I will tell you what I know. 

10.  Let me know if you are up to this challenge.  It will take some effort.  It will take some time.  If I can get published, so can you.  What are you waiting for?

11.  Leave a comment and let me know what you are working on.  If I can help you, just ask.

Me VS Zombies Zombies On Board www.amazon.com/dp/B00BAZBO6XQ

Me VS Zombies So This Is Christmas www.amazon.com/dp/B00BHRB9NW

Welcome to Zombie Zoo  www.amazon.com/dp/B008Y5D2DA

Get Publish This Year!

http://sharonleejohnson.com

Writing Can Be Lonely

I have been sitting in front of the computer for the past 6 hours, alone.  Writing. No one around.  No one to talk to.  Writing is a lonely business.   I have my characters to keep me company.  For me, it is hard to connect with other people.  If I am not working, on my days off I am writing. Not everyone cares that I write.  So I don't have much common with other people.  I have accepted that.  I am a loner.  I need to write to reach my word count.  I want to finish my books.  If I don't write, my books will not get written.

I am having a hard time balancing my writing time and the time I promote my books.  I have not figured out how to balance that.  I need to write.  I need to promote my books. I have a full time job.  I do the best I can. 

I don't have all the answers.  I am learning as I go.  Follow me as I write 12 e-books this year.  I will write and publish a short story e-book every month.  Learn how I do it.  Wanting to be publish.  It is no longer a dream.  It can become a reality.  I am living proof.

Me VS Zombies  Zombies on Board  www.amazon.com/dp/B00AZBO6XQ

Me VS Zombies So This Is Christmas  www.amazon.com/dp/B00BHRB9NW

Me VS Zombies Take Nothing For Granted  Coming in March

Me VS Zombies Road To Destruction  Coming in April

Me VS Zombies City of Zombies Coming in May

Me VS Zombies All is Lost  Coming inJune

Welcome to Zombie Zoo  www.amazon.com/dp/B008Y5D2DA

http://sharonleejohnson.com

http://mevszombies.blogspot.com

Tell me how you handle writing when you are feeling alone

Monday, March 4, 2013

Cover # 3




Me VS Zombies Take Nothing For Granted  This is the book cover  What do you think????

Me VS Zombies Zombies on Board  www.amazon.com/dp/BooAZBO6XQ

Me VS Zombies So This Is Christmas www.amazon.com/dp/B00BHRB9NW

Me VS Zombies Take Nothing For Granted Coming Soon

http://sharonleejohnson.com

Welcome To Zombie Zoo  www.amazon.com/dp/B008Y5D2DA



Writing 12 stories this year and publishing a story every month.,  Follow me and learn how I am doing it.

Taxes

Don't let anyone tell you that you can not claim your writing on your taxes. 

Start saving every reciept that is connected to your writing. 

I recieved 2 1099's from amazon.  I then decided to claim my writing on my taxes.  I did have a loss so I did recieve a refund. 

Find a tax person that takes is a professional and doesn't put your writing down.

I have an enevelope next to my computer and put the reciepts in the envelope.  When I went to do my taxes I didn't just throw all my reciecpts at him.  I printed out all my dectuctions to make it easier for him and I could see what I had and how much. 

Is your writing a hobby or a business.  I am in this for the long haul.  My writing is not a hobby.  I am selling books and I deserve to call it a business. 

Start taking yourself sersious.  You are a writer.  Start acting like a writer. 

So I am very excited about this new turn in my life.  I now tell everyone I am a writer.  I have my tax returns to prove it.

Things you can deduct on your taxes.

1.  Internet
2.  Computer and repairs
3.  Supplies, ink, paper
3 paying someone to edit, format, book cover
4 writer's conferences
5 travel expenses.
6.  ads, promo. business cards
7.  print books you buy/inventory
8.   writing courses/workshops
9.  Lunch with other writers
10.  Office furniture

Check with your tax person, before claiming any decductions.  You need the reciepts to claim any decductions.  Start saving all reciepts and you can sort them out later in the year.

While you are getting your taxes this year, talk to your tax person and ask what you need to do next year.

You are a writer.  Start acting like a writer.

http://sharonleejohnson.com
 

New Month New Outlook

I just e-mailed my third episode of Me VS Zombies to the formatter.  This is a new month and I have a lot planned for this month.

Main Goal:  Write Episode 5 & 6    Edit Episode 4   Publish Episode 3

The person that does my book covers, her computer crashed. Haven't heard from her for awhile.  I am still moving forward.

I am picking up my taxes.  This is the first year I am claiming my writing on my taxes.  I am very proud of myself. I recieved 2 royality checks last year and that makes in official that I am a paid publish author. 

I will be posting what I am doing everyday with my writing.  It might make you all out there, start writing or raising the bar for yourself.  I know that other writers have raised the bar for me. 

What are your goals for the month of March???

Me VS Zombies Zombies On Board  www.amazon.com/dp/B00AZBO6XQ

Me VS Zombies So This Is Christmas www.amazon.com/dp/B00BHR9NW

Welcome To Zombie Zoo  www.amazon.com/dp/B008Y5D2DA

http://sharonleejohnson.com 

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Uping My Word Count

Where did February go???  I thought I writing and moving forward, next thing I knew, It is March.

New Month New Goals.

This is where I am at so far.

1.  I have Episode 1 & 2 written and punlished.  Zombies On Board  www.amazon.com/dp/B00AZBO6XQ   So This Is Christmas  www.amazon/dp/B00BHRB9NW

2 Episode 3 is finished.  I will send to Formatter Tuesday morning.  I want to go over it a few more times.

3.  The person that does my book covers, her computer went down.  At this moment I do not have a book cover for Episode 3 Take Nothing For Granted.  That is not stopping me, still moving forward.

4.  Episode 3 Road of Destuction, rough draft is fisnished.  I will be editing it and rewriting it this month.

5.  Started Episode 5 City Of Zombies. 

I feel like I didn't get very far in February.  So I need to up my word count.  I plan on writing Episode 5 & 6 this month.  Even if I have to do it in long hand.  I have the next two episodes plotted out so I am going to write them in long hand and work on Episode 4 on the computer. 

Writing 12 stories in one year is not as easy as I thought, well to be honest, I didn't give it much thought.  I just decided to do it.  I also work a full time job.  Neddless to say my house needs a good cleaning.

I get up early before I go to work and try to get something done on the computer.  I have to admit that the promotion side is being neglecting.  That is okay for now.  I want to prove to myself that I can do this. 

I do hope that you are following my progress.  I know that I need to blog more.  I need to keep you all up to date on my progress, I promise I will do better.  I feel that I am better organized.  I know that I am not, but I think I am and that means I am trying.  That is all I can do.

Don't give up on your dreams.  You want to write.  It all starts with one word at a time.  Tell me about about your word count.  How many words did you write this month?  What are you working on.  Have a question.  Ask, 

Welcome to Zombie Zoo  www.amazon.com/dp/B008Y5D2DA  

http://sharonleejohnson.com

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Witht help of God