Thursday, December 15, 2016

Cover Reveal and Writing Advice

I've very excited to welcome the dynamic writing duo Jess Haight and Stephanie Robinson. Welcome ladies! 
They are going to talk about their paperback cover reveal and give us some great writing advice!
Ladies, take it away.....


Happy 1st book birthday to THE SECRET
FILES OF FAIRDAY MORROW
! It's been a year since the
mystery of the Begonia House was revealed to the world, and now the paperback
will be available January 3rd, 2017. The new cover stays true to Fairday's
snazzy style, sprinkling in a few added charms. Can you spot the differences from the hardcover? ;) 


Catch the book trailer to find out about the mystery...




Planning to pick up the
paperback?
Pre-order
a copy
and you could win a $50 VISA card to treat yourself after
the holidays. Contest is open to all! For more details on how to enter,
click
here.

For more information about the book, visit the DMS
at
fairdaysfiles.com

Writing advice from Stephanie & Jess 


Stephanie: Read as much as you can! Reading helps spark your imagination and
allows you to picture stories in your mind. Writing will come much easier if
you already have words swirling around in your mind. Growing up, I kept a
diary. I wrote in it every day from the time I was in 5th grade until I was
about 30. When I want to remember what it was like to be a certain age, I can
go back and reread what I was thinking. Sometimes I am a little embarrassed by
my thoughts, but they help me go back in time.

In school, I never liked editing my work, but now I embrace the
edits. I know that it's impossible to look at your own writing through fresh
eyes and the edits are what makes the writing sparkle. They may be a lot of
work, but they are well worth the effort. 




"You miss 100% of the shots you never take." ~ Wayne Gretzky



Jess: My advice to people who are interested in writing stories is to
develop your unique style. Reading what you like will help improve your craft.
I am a visual person, and I like to to draw. Stephanie and I will discuss a
chapter, and then I’ll come up with an illustration that helps pull the idea
together. 



My most important piece of advice though, is to enjoy yourself! As
a creative being, it’s not about the end goal, but more the process of your
work. The successes and failures are all bunched together with each step, so
relax and let your imagination soar! Creating worlds and characters is magical,
but it takes time. 



"Whatever you do, make good art." 
~ Neil Gaiman












38 comments:

  1. Thanks to the ladies for their great advice, and good luck with the paper back launch. Hugs, Valerie

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    1. Thanks for supporting Jess and Stephanie, Val.

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    2. Valerie-Jael, Glad you enjoyed the advice and thanks for the good wishes. :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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  2. Thank you to both the stars from DMS.
    And hooray for Neil Gaiman (who is one of my heroes).

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    1. Thanks for supporting Jess and Stephanie, EC.

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    2. EC- Thank you so much! Love that your a Neil fan. :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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  3. I've pre-ordered the paperback and can't wait to get reading! Good luck with the lunch, I hope you sell a squillion copies!
    Thank you for sharing the post Sandra. :-)

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    1. Barabara- We'd love to sell that many too! We are thrilled to hear you pre-ordered the paperback. Don't forget to enter the contest to win a $50 Visa card. Thanks for the good wishes. :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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    2. Hi both, I've entered, thanks so much. Barbara

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  4. Happy first birthday to the book, hope the paper back will be a success.
    Yvonne.

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    1. Yvonne- Thanks so much! :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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  5. Like the ideas offered, I have been reading more than writing. have a bunch to proof, but find other things to do outside rather than get to it.

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    1. Outside sounds like more fun:)

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    2. Thanks, Out on the Prairie. :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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  6. Congrats to Jess & Steph! Great advice, too. That Wayne Gretzky quote was hanging on my cubicle wall when I landed my agent...I would always look at it when I was considering an opportunity!

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    1. Stephanie- How awesome that your a fan of that quote too! Thanks for the good wishes. :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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  7. Wise words, ladies! I like the editing part the best as well.

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    1. Thanks, Alex. Loved hearing your favorite part. :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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  8. Yep, very true, have to enjoy ones self indeed. Editing ugg, but must be done haha

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    1. Pat- It definitely does! :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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  9. Wonderful advice! I never really understood how anyone could be a writer if they weren't a reader first. Congrats!

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    1. Cherie- We not understand it either! :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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    2. Woops- meant don't understand it either. :)

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  10. Congrats to both Stephanie and Jess. I hope your paperback is a success.

    So glad you shared your thoughts with us. Wise advice, regardless of the genre.

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    1. Bluebeard and Elizabeth- Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for the good wishes. :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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  11. A wonderful post! Thank you ladies! Congrats to you both!!!

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    1. Thanks, Magic Love Crow! :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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  12. Sandra- Thanks so much for hosting us on your blog! We really appreciate you celebrating with us. :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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  13. I didn't like revising when I was in school either but find it priceless now. And yes, always enjoy yourself. If it isn't fun, it's not worth persisting, right? Great advice, Jess & Stephanie!

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    1. Claudine- It is amazing how time can change our perspective on things. :) Fun is definitely important! ~Stephanie and Jess

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  14. These are really terrific tips. My favorite thing to do is edit. I write "long" and while it's good to get everything down, not everything is worth keeping!

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    1. Jeanie- We are so happy you enjoyed the tips. Editing isn't always easy, but it does make all the difference. :) Awesome that you love editing!
      ~Jess and Stephanie

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  15. Congrats to the paperback and the tips given. I love the quote from Gretzky

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    1. Birgit- Thanks! Glad to hear you are a fan of the quote too. :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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