Saturday, July 20, 2013

The Mess Welcomes Back Nonnie Jules

This Saturday we welcome back Nonnie Jules.  You may remember her from a few weeks back when she stopped by to discuss her book, The Good Mommies' Guide to Raising (Almost) Perfect Daughters:  100 Tips on Raising Daughters Everyone Can't Help But Love. Well, now Nonnie has written another book, Daydream's Daughter, Nightmare's Friend and she is back to talk to us about it as well as her writing journey.

Nonnie has been a great friend and a giant supporter on Twitter and I have enjoyed the friendship we have formed since her first time visiting The Mess.  If you haven't had a chance to meet and get to know this dear lady make sure you make the effort today after reading her post. You won't be disappointed.  Thank you, Nonnie for visiting us again here at The Mess.  We always enjoy having you with us.

And now...Here's Nonnie!


Good Morning,

Today is the kick-off to the STILL ALL ABOUT DAUGHTERS Blog Tour and I am so excited to be here at THE MESS with Robbie once again.  The last time I was here, I was promoting my new book,"THE GOOD MOMMIES' GUIDE TO RAISING (ALMOST) PERFECT DAUGHTERS", 100 Tips on Raising Daughters Everyone Can't Help But Love!  I am now coming up on my second release, a novel entitled "DAYDREAM'S DAUGHTER. NIGHTMARE'S FRIEND", due for release August, 2013.  So hence the name of this tour, Still All About Daughters.  And although I will make slight mention of my written works while I'm here, it's not the sole purpose of my visit.

I'd like to share with you all a bit of my writing journey thus far.  I hope that this will be helpful for someone who is just starting out and who has no idea where to begin or what it might take to become what I am:  a Published Author, who's very serious about her craft of writing.  It has been a roller-coaster ride for me, to say the least, a good one, but a ride nonetheless.  When I decided to become a published author, I thought I'd sit down to my computer, pen a short book, and joila', that would be it.  I never imagined that I'd be thrust into that which is Twitter-land, blog tours, book reviews, author connections, long days, sleepless nights, I could go on here, but I won't.  Suffice that to say, it was nothing at all like I imagined.  

This has been some learning process for me, as well.  I am one who has this brain that is so busy all the time, that when it comes to what I might call tedious things (translation "it looks WAY TOO HARD for me"), I become lazy in the mind.  For instance, when I first learned of the Kindle publishing process, the word "formatting" almost threw me into a tizzy.  Formatting to me would mean I would have to sit, think really hard and learn something new.  I always say to my daughters "I am too old to force my brain to work that hard, so make it easy for me."   And on their good days, they do just that.  But this was something new to them as well as the Mommy, and since I am the author, it was something that I would be FORCED to sit down and learn.  I will readily admit to having some major assistance in formatting that first book.  A really good friend of mine, who lives in another state, took on that task and made my life heaven in doing so.  I won't have it that easy this next go round because his busy schedule will not allow it, but I plan on taking the time to learn the process on my own, without it making me want to run and hide.   Formatting my novel and every other subsequent book of mine I have decided, will become second nature to me. 

Since I had never been a fan of social media, and I'm still no fan (i.e. Twitter, Facebook, etc), I hired someone to handle that for me.  He was my 'Social Networking Marketing Agent' and his job was to ensure that I had a presence in the social-media world and to maintain that world for me.  Well, that didn't work out so good for me so, I am now maneuvering it on my own.  Twitter has been a lot easier to learn, in my opinion, and even though I am fully aware of Facebook being a wonderful networking median, it is still very, very confusing to me.  The thought freaks me out but I know that eventually I will have to sit down and completely learn my way around there.  I feel a massive migraine coming on.  Could someone get me a Tylenol?

Recently, "THE GOOD MOMMIES' GUIDE..." was published in paperback.  That was a wonderful accomplishment for me! I took the suggestion of many other authors and I used CreateSpace to publish it.  It was pure heaven and certainly the easiest thing I have had to do since I became an author.  So easy, that I'm looking forward to the next time (I wish I could say that about my Kindle formatting).  But I've no doubt that what needs to happen for me, I will surely make happen for me.

This post was meant to encourage, not discourage, so I hope in my pointing out my trials that I am not causing you to think twice about getting into this wonderful world of writing.   None of this is really as hard as I've made it out to be, I'm just an old dog who doesn't even like hearing the phrase "new tricks." I'm sure that it will be a lot easier for the lot of you.  Being an author is not an easy JOB, and for those who think we're at play, I suggest you TRY to walk in our shoes for just one day.  They're some really big shoes, let me tell you.  This job is not for the faint of heart and unless you're planning on using it as a hobby or past-time, get ready for some long hours, sleepless nights, frenzied days, deadlines, and again major hard work!  It doesn't stop once you've written the book, now you have to promote it, which is why I am now the Blog Tour Queen.  

It might appear to you that I'm here merely giving you tips and you don't see this as me 'promoting'.  Well, anytime that I can get face time with an audience like you, I am promoting me and my work.  You probably didn't know my name before you got here.  Now you do.  And before you leave, you will know the title of all my work, past and present, you will know how to contact me should you have questions about anything that I've written and you will also know how to connect with me via social media.  This is all promotion, even though it doesn't look like it.  You'll learn.  

Robbie reminded me a few days ago that I had scheduled this stop here at THE MESS previously but of course, it had slipped my mind.  Since I had already filled each day of my tour with other stops, I asked Robbie if I might be able to get on his calendar for next month, since I have another tour planned then as well.  He was very apologetic in letting me know that his August calendar was already full.  But being the promoter that I am, I immediately let him know that I would keep the date that I had scheduled with him, and just add another day on to my tour.  There was no way I was going to pass on an opportunity to get my name and my work in front of an audience.  I suggest you tuck this tip in your arsenal of tips which you will surely be building, and make it a priority to remember.  Never pass on FREE publicity!  NEVER! Even though out of it you may not get one sale of your book, you have still gotten your name out there, which is very important in this business.

I am going to wrap it up here at THE MESS but you guys, I have so enjoyed all of you.  Robbie always has the best audience and I will attribute that to him being THE BEST as well.  

My parenting book "THE GOOD MOMMIES' GUIDE TO RAISING (ALMOST) PERFECT DAUGHTERS" is now on sale thru Amazon Kindle (and you don't have to be a Kindle owner to get this ebook) for only $2.99.  The link there is www.amazon.com/dp/B00CP62O56.  The paperback can be found for purchase at www.createspace.com/4355124 for only $11.99 and let me tell you, word on the street is, this book makes the PERFECT baby shower gift!  So for those of you who have mommies-to-be and new mommies in your life and you don't know what to get them, this is the gift.  This book is becoming a world changer.  If every parent had this tool in raising their daughters (and I've been told these tips are being applied to sons as well), we have the potential to leave a much better world for our children and their children.  So much of the news we here today is bad news about something that our kids have done. Teach them early.  Raise them up right, and we have done a great service to them and society.

If you enjoy good reading on a variety of topics, please FOLLOW my blog,WATCH NONNIE WRITE! at www.nonniewrites.wordpress.com.  I'm told it's very informative, enlightening but most of all entertaining.  Sometimes my filter is definitely switched to the OFF position, but I wouldn't have it any other way, neither would my readership, which by the way keeps growing.  

I am on Twitter @nonniejules and on FaceBook (Nonnie Jules).  Don't miss the highly-anticipated release of "DAYDREAM'S DAUGHTER.  NIGHTMARE'S FRIEND"August 22, 2013.  You may find an excerpt athttp://wp.me/P3sUCq-gj.  This is one woman's story story you want to follow til the very end.

Thanks again for allowing me into your heads for a bit, and all my love to Robbie Cox.  He is a MESS, isn't he?  But a good ole' mess!  Bye for now!

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1 comment:

  1. I always enjoy being at The Mess! Robbie, thanks for always being there when I need you. So, when are you going to make an appearance at my place? But then again, when you get as BIG as you are in this business, I guess you don't need to blog hop like us little people, right? :)

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