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Hello Dear Readers,

I’m in a second campaign to increase my followers, so if you like dark fantasy (or know someone who does), here’s your chance to win a great collection of Stephen King memorabilia!

It’s finally here! The Ultimate Stephen King Dark Tower Giveaway!

For one week only, you have the opportunity to enter to win a full boxed set of the Dark Tower novels, plus other books, the movie, and various collectible memorabilia worth over $250. 

You will be helping a small group of authors build their mailing list, but remember you’re always free to unsubscribe after the contest. I sincerely hope you’ll stay, as I want to share information with you about my upcoming novel, APEX, a sci-fi thriller set in rural Oregon. It won the Crypt TV horror contest on Inkshares and will be published this year. 
For an extra entry into the giveaway contest, you can follow me on Twitter, as well. 

Simply follow http://www.russellnohelty.com/giveaways/darktower2018/ to the site.

Cheers, Debbie

Exciting things are happening for APEX! I’ve tweaked the storyboard for my novel slightly to improve the science, and I’m very pleased with this version of the plot. I’ve also rewritten over 36,000 words, and I’m on a roll to finish up the rest of the rewrite soon, hopefully this month.

Be on the lookout for an email tomorrow about my first campaign giveaway to entice new readers to follow me and learn about my book. A group of fellow authors banded together to offer a collector’s set of Neil Gaiman books. The link is http://www.russellnohelty.com/giveaways/neilgaimanj2018/, if you’re anxious to go look RIGHT NOW, but it doesn’t open for entries until midnight Pacific time.

I’ve also been building my social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn, and there are many exciting blog posts and articles on https://deborahmunroauthor.com, so don’t be shy. Go take a look and tell me what you think. There’s a means to leave comments that will be posted on the page, too.

If you’re a Twitter user, you can follow me to get a second chance to win the Neil Gaiman books, too :).

Happy New Year, and I look forward to hearing one of you were the lucky winners of this fabulous set of Neil Gaiman books!

Cheers, Debbie

My first article on how to gain readers on social media is now on my blog. Check it out at https://deborahmunroauthor.com/2017/12/gain-readers-with-social-media/.

In addition, my first interview with avid readers, many of whom are fellow authors, is also available. This one is with Mike Rich, author of Skavenger’s Hunt (available on Inkshares.com and Amazon.com). Mike is the screenwriter for several popular movies, including Finding Forrester, The Rookie, and Cars 3. To read his insights, go to https://deborahmunroauthor.com/2017/12/interviews-with-avid-readers-mike-rich/

Feel free to subscribe to my website or just my blog, and also follow me on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook if so inclined. You’ll be the first to know about new content! :)

Cheers, Debbie

Exciting news! My new author website is now live! Check out https://deborahmunroauthor.com to see all the great content.

For the past couple of months, I’ve been working with my web designer, Mary Ann Aschenbrenner of Waterlink Web to create a fabulous new website to promote my book, tell you more about me as a person, share my other publications, provide interesting and meaningful content on how to use social media for marketing, discuss science related to APEX (https://www.inkshares.com/books/apex), and provide a portal to connect with me on various social media platforms.

You can even connect with me on my business website and LinkedIn to learn more about my professional life and research interests. So, don’t be shy, as I’m basically giving you permission to stalk me online (just not in person).

Currently, there are seven publications and three blogs posted on my website, and more will come every week. 

The ability to sign up for my blog is now live, and the ability to subscribe via email is coming soon. I’m also working with Christopher Lee, author of Nemeton (click on link to purchase on Amazon), to update my video trailer, and that will be online soon.

If you’re on social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or LinkedIn, please feel free to share anything you find interesting with your followers. Also, on the Home page, you can link to any of these platforms and follow me to get instant updates of new content.

As for APEX book news, my manuscript rewrite is coming along. I have reworked over 35k words, and I’m on a roll. Creating this website was a priority, as it’s important that I begin advertising well before my novel is released. I’ve tapped out all my friends and family, and now I’m launching into the great online unknown to find my fans and readers worldwide.

Thank you as always for your faithful support and encouragement! I continue to strive to provide you the best book I can possibly write.

You can send me an email using the contact page, or directly at dmunro@deborahmunroauthor.com. I’d love to hear from you.

Cheers, Debbie

Dear Readers,

Sorry it’s been awhile since my last update! To be honest, I haven’t been able to write for the past week.  Up until that point, however, I was able to rework about 22,000 words, I interviewed eleven kind volunteers about their reading habits and engagement with social media, and I got my web designer (Mary Ann Aschenbrenner of WaterlinkWeb.com) started on my author page. So, progress is being made!

I expect my website, Instagram, Twitter, blog, and Facebook pages will all launch in a couple to three weeks. I also intend to compile my research on how to build an effective social media presence into an interesting and informative article so that other authors can use it to increase exposure for their creative work. Many, many thanks to my volunteers! I gathered so many valuable insights into effective marketing from you, both what works and what doesn’t. I’m now motivated to implement my ideas and see how it goes.

This week, I’m traveling for work, but my evenings are free, so I hope to get back into writing and prepare some content for my social media presence, write my research article, and finish up APEX. Next month is NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month for those unfamiliar), and I’d like to use it for launching a new piece of writing, but if I need to use it to finish up APEX, so be it. It’s all good.

Cheers and stay tuned! Big things are underway!

Debbie

Are you my ideal reader? I’m looking for about 10 volunteers who would be willing to have me interview them about their reading habits and preferences. This may sound like an odd request, but I assure you it’s ah, normal, for engineers and scientists like myself. :) At least this is what I like to tell myself. My purpose in requesting volunteers is that I want to create a full social media presence and pitch my efforts towards people that are interested in books like mine or enjoy reading the same types of books that I enjoy reading (I’ve made a list of movies and books below that are similar to APEX, or that I simply love, as a reference).

I want to know what makes my ideal reader decide to buy a book and what would compel them to join my mailing list, follow me, write a review, or share/post something I wrote. I’d also like to know what incentivizes them, such as what kind of a giveaway or gift would entice them to join my mailing list, read my email newsletter or blog, or follow me on Twitter or Instagram or Facebook or my website. None of these are developed yet, by the way, so stay tuned!  :)

I believe it’s important to pay it forward so if you are one of my volunteers, know that I will post your interview as part of a blog or article along with a shout-out about your writing efforts, if any. You don’t need to be a writer to volunteer, of course, as strictly readers are fabulous for my needs, too!  In addition when I launch my media presence, I will provide all of the information that I’ve learned to anyone that wants it so they can replicate my efforts for their own personal gain. 

If you’re interested in helping me out in this way, please direct message me or send me an email at debmunro18 at gmail.com.

Thank you all for your continued steadfast support, and please wish me luck as I launch myself into the social media world and beyond!

Cheers, Debbie

Book and Movie List similar to APEX below:
Jurassic Park 
Rise of the Planet of the Apes 
The Fly
Spiderman
Wonder Woman
King Kong
Godzilla
Independence Day
Alien 

Books and Movies I Loved not similar to APEX:
All the Pretty Horses
Snow Falling on Cedars
One True Thing
The Grapes of Wrath 
Wild
The Glass Castle
The Horse Whisperer 
Clan of the Cave Bear
Secondhand Lions
Shawshank Redemption


Dear Readers,

Ready, set, GO! I have the green light to proceed with rewriting the manuscript. It’s taken a few storyboard drafts, wrong turns, and vision corrections, but we finally have a version of the story that both Inkshares and I are excited about. I think you’ll all love it, too. I was travelling for business the past week and a half, but now that I’m back at home, I can’t wait to get started.

Of course, there’s still much to do. I don’t have an estimate on how long it will take to rewrite the manuscript, as I intend to do much of it from scratch using all the great new story telling skills I’ve acquired, but I’ll have my older manuscript copies open for direct reference. There are about 300 pages and 80,000 words to compose, but I plan to keep at it daily and I hope to do 2000 words per day (40 days and 40 nights…hmm). Once I’m done, I will submit it back to Inkshares for the development edit, and there will be at least one round of edits at that point, maybe more. Then it goes to the copy editor. Then…actually I don’t know what the next steps are after that, but I’ll keep you posted!

Cheers, Debbie

Hello Dear Readers,

Progress! I have been working through the storyboard for APEX with Inkshares, which has taken several iterations, but we’re getting very close to a final version. Then, I’ll get the green light to proceed with rewriting the manuscript. 

It’s been an interesting and enlightening journey. I started this novel about nine years ago, then abandoned it at about one third done when my personal life became a chaotic mess for a while. When I tried to pick up the story again a few years later, I found that I couldn’t, that I’d lost my motivation and discipline to write daily, so I applied to the Stanford Online Writing Certificate program. It’s a two year, intensive program on fiction novel writing, which taught me a ton about the craft of writing. In the process of taking these classes, however, my book was heavily influenced by what I was learning and the opinions of my instructors and peers and thus changed dramatically (including POV characters, backstory, and motivations).

Now, with the help of Inkshares, all of that influence has been stripped away and I’m back to a version that is strikingly similar to my original story. I don’t regret a single tangent that I went on, as each taught me something valuable, and the overall quality of my book has improved from everything I’ve learned, but it does make me laugh to realize, "Huh, this is what I intended to write back in 2009!" Being in Stanford’s program is what allowed me to finish my manuscript and improved me as a writer overall, but I now know my own instincts for storytelling are what I should follow when I write.

When I’m given the go ahead, I’ll be excited to dive in and get this story written in its new, old version!

Cheers, Debbie

Dear readers, 

I am making good progress on my novel, and I’m excited by how it’s coming together. The process of editing takes a long time, but I’m happy to report that my storyboard is almost finished. The editor and I have agreed on the story except for three items where I have additional work to do: I need to strengthen the storyline of one of my key characters, I need to tighten up the action scenes in a couple of crucial places, and I need to work on the theme. Obviously, the theme is the most challenging of these three. However, I am in agreement on what needs to change with the theme and how it needs to be improved to make it consistent with the overall plot. My goal is to make these edits to the storyboard by the end of the week and get the green light to proceed—and then I will begin rewriting the manuscript. Hopefully with all of this pre work, the rewriting will not take that long. I’m excited to get this book into your hand as soon as possible, but I also want it to be the best book it can possibly be.   

Dear Readers,

I have been working through several different potential versions for my story for the past couple of months, and I’m pleased to say that I’ve worked out a new story board and plot line that I think is great. My daughter, Amanda, has been a huge help--listening to version after version and asking questions that come to her mind. She’s also great at suggesting "what if?", making me think about my characters and story in new ways. This has allowed me to fix major plot problems and fill gaping holes, which has created a stronger draft.

I’ve submitted it for review and should hear back in the next couple of weeks from Inkshares. They’ll likely have edits and revisions for me to consider, and then I’ll plow back into the writing and redo the manuscript. This shouldn’t take long, as I have the whole story envisioned from start to finish, and I have at least 50 percent of my original manuscript I can tweak and use.

Many thanks for your continued support! We’re one major step closer to having this book in your hands!

Cheers, Debbie

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