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Never stop chasing your dream

Hi Friends!

I wish I was writing today to share great news, but, unfortunately, that is not the case.

I'm writing to let you know that the publisher who picked me up is CLOSING THEIR DOORS.

Now, before you get angry or sad for me, know this: I will NEVER give up. I will NEVER surrender! This is my dream, my passion.

The reason behind this closure is a certain person (co-founder) not getting his shit together. That's the gist of it. Priorities change, I get that. People like to do things their way or the highway, totally understandable. I just wish I'd known what was going on behind the scenes before I signed on, because, apparently, this stuff had been going on for a few months.

ANYWAY, moving on.

I DO also have good news. I participated in a Twitter pitch party yesterday and an agent liked one of my pitch Tweets.

WTF does that mean? You're probably asking. The short version is: You tweet a 140 character line about your book with the appropriate hashtag to alert the age…

Being an Endeverite Part 1

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Hi friends!

In an attempt to start a blog series, I labeled this Part 1. We'll see how many parts I end up with, and if I can even keep track of them all.

As you know, I signed a contract with a small press called, Endever Publishing Studios. Though I was leery at first -- signing with small presses comes with a lot of anxiety, even established small presses -- but I felt like this was a risk I had to take for my novel, THE BLOOD OF SEVEN.

I'm glad I did. This publishing house is like a second family.

In this first installment of "Being an Endeverite," I'd like to talk about some of the authors. I'll have a separate blog series in which I interview them, but for now, this piece is about what I call the Short Story Prompt Challenge.

Each week, an in-house author at Endever challenges another to write a 1,000 word short story with a challenging prompt. Author Heather Eagar challenged me with the following message:

“Claire, I am challenging you! You get to write…

I'm featured on Endever Publishing's blog today!

FYI!

Check out Endever Publishing's blog today! I wrote a blog post with advice for new writers. This advice was also featured on a previous blog post I wrote, when I interviewed myself. :)

https://endeverpublishing.com/2017/06/07/the-veteran-writers-advice-to-newbies-claire-l-fishback/

Peace and Keep Writing!

Claire L. Fishback

Let me tell you about the week of May 8th and Other Stuff

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Hi Friends!

A lot has been going on the past two weeks. So, get something to drink, maybe a snack, and settle in. This is kind of a long post.

Let me start at the beginning...

In the beginning, God created... wait wait... not THAT far back...

Monday, May 8th.

Parts of Colorado suffered a horrendous hail storm that caused tons of damage. I work where the heart of the storm hit. So, yeah, my car was battered. All we could do was watch from the second floor of our building as hail stones larger than golf balls, and some the size of baseballs, destroyed our cars. I saw back windows get smashed, sunroofs, side windows, windshields. Dents galore.

For some reason, my feeble mind believed my car would be okay. When the majority of the storm had subsided, I gathered my belongings to head home. I got to my car, climbed inside, and gasped. My windshield was shattered. It hadn't caved in, but there was no way I could drive home.

I called Fishubby, he told me to call the insurance company. He&…

"Give yourself the freedom to fail." - Alison Levine

Hi friends,

I just attended a webinar for project management by the amazing Alison Levine, author of ON THE EDGE, who climbed Everest TWICE. Though she had to turn back a couple hundred feet from the summit in 2002, in 2010, she made it all the way to the top. She is an amazing speaker, and had so many great lessons, not only for a PMP like me, but for the writer in me as well.

The main takeaway for me was: "Give yourself the freedom to fail."

Failure is important in everything. We learn from our failures. Alison mentioned we have a lack of tolerance for failure in our society, which is a shame. Lack of failure inhibits innovation. It halts our ability to advance. Her example was, without the first guys who made it to the summit of Everest, the next people to try would not have had the knowledge to make it, too. Every time someone makes it, there are more lessons learned to share with the next teams who try.

Other things she said that resonated with me are:

Fear is okay. Com…

My Experience with Kindle Scout

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Hi friends!

Last Tuesday, I announced to you all that my book, THE BLOOD OF SEVEN, was not selected by Kindle Press, despite all the hard work I put in marketing it and getting the word out.

Today, I'd like to write about the experience, start to finish. I'll do all I can to keep any bitterness from creeping in, but I apologize in advance if it does. :)

If you want to know what Kindle Scout is, go here to learn more.

Step One: Create Your Submission

I crafted all the parts of my submission in Word so I could keep an eye on the character counts. YES, CHARACTER counts. Not words, letters and spaces and punctuation. The only exception from this character count "rule" was the title. The one liner, the description, the author bio, and the answers to the questions I chose all had character restrictions.

I get it. Kindle Press wants to know if you can succinctly define your book in all its parts and pieces. Once I got it whittled down to the bare minimum, I plopped the tex…

THE BLOOD OF SEVEN was NOT chosen

Hi friends,

So, I just got word that THE BLOOD OF SEVEN was not chosen by Kindle Press.

BUT IT'S OKAY!!!!

No need to send sentiments and sympathy. I'm good with this. It was something I tried, and part of me always felt it was a desperate measure.

I've already submitted it to a small publisher here in Colorado, and I plan to pitch it again at PPWC at the end of the month. I have options. And, now that I know I have a wide support group, I can only visualize success at this point!

Onward and upward!

I'm also nearly 40,000 words into the new novel, PHOTOS IN DARKNESS.

Stay tuned for more!

Peace and Keep Writing,
Claire L. Fishback

“Do your art every day, no matter how crappy your day is.” ~Ksenia Anske

Hi friends,

The quote in the title of this blog post, and at the start of this Tiny Buddha article resonated with me today.

I love how the author of the article described himself as having a "rich inner life" as a kid. I was like that, too. I'm STILL like that, actually. You should hear the voices in my head, and ride the trains of thought that go every which way. It's like Jim Henson's The Labyrinth - the part in which Jareth is walking around on stairs upside down. Sometimes it gets darker and sucks me into an abyss in which I can't control where my thoughts go. In those times, I have to literally physically shake my head to jump off the dark pathway into the light.

I was told once that I have a very free associative mind, as I'm sure most creatives do. Sometimes I forget where my initial thought that led me down the tunnel started from, and sometimes I can trace it back. Usually when I voice the final thought out loud to Fishubby, I have to retrace the …

Chapters are up!

Hi friends!

As promised on my lovely (read: goofy) Facebook Live video, I have uploaded readings of the first two chapters of THE BLOOD OF SEVEN to YouTube. You can access them at the links below!

I wanted to also take this time to send out a sincere and gratitude filled THANK YOU to everyone who has nominated my book so far. I'm back in the Hot & Trending status as of sometime yesterday. Let's keep up the momentum! Five days left! Let's do this!

I did both of these readings in one take, so please excuse any pauses, flubs, or "wrong" way of saying the dialogue. I hope you enjoy them! I do voices... and it's fun.

Chapter One
Chapter Two

Feel free to leave a comment here or on my YouTube channel to let me know what you think!

And... yes... don't forget to NOMINATE my book! http://tinyurl.com/TheBloodofSeven

Peace and Keep Writing,
Claire L. Fishback

LS Hawker Asks the Author this time!

Hi friends!
I had the pleasure of being interviewed by LS Hawker, author of three Harper Collins/Witness Impulse thrillers on her blog this week! Check it out!
http://lshawker.com/claire-fishback-interview/
And, if you enjoy thrillers, consider buying her books, available from all book sellers, but I've linked to Amazon below, for ease of access. :)
THE DROWNING GAME They said she was armed.
They said she was dangerous.
They were right.
Petty Moshen spent eighteen years of her life as a prisoner in her own home, training with military precision for everything, ready for anything. She can disarm, dismember, and kill—and now, for the first time ever, she is free. Her paranoid father is dead, his extreme dominance and rules a thing of the past, but his influence remains as strong as ever. When his final will reveals a future more terrible than her captive past, Petty knows she must escape—by whatever means necessary. But when Petty learns the truth behind her father's madness—and her …

Ask the Writer: An Interview with MYSELF!

Hi friends,

Instead of obsessing over my Kindle Scout campaign (which is going awesome, by the way), I decided to dedicate today's post by answering a few questions about myself. It only makes sense since I tend to talk to myself, and answer myself's questions, when I'm alone (I SWEAR I'm talking to my dog). I do hope you find my answers interesting.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I honestly cannot remember a time when I didn't associate myself with the title of WRITER. I penciled my first story at the age of six. SIX. At that age, my stories were about pets and animals getting into some kind of shenanigans. I remember writing a story about my family and using photos to illustrate. I also drew some of my own illustrations. I think it helps to have various creative outlets. When one well dries up, I have another well to pull from. If I'm not writing, I'm painting. I got really off track here!

What book are you reading now?

I recently finished C…

Kindle Scout - Help a Writer in Need (with a couple mouse clicks)

Hi friends!

TODAY IS THE DAY! My Kindle Scout campaign for THE BLOOD OF SEVEN has launched!

This means I need your help! As you may recall from my previous posts, Kindle Scout is a sort of crowdsourcing approach to publication based on reader nominations. The more nominations I get, the higher the chance Kindle Press will consider my book for publication.
On top of that, when it gets published, you get a free copy*! *With this free copy, I hope you'll read it and leave a glowing review. :)
Where to go: http://tinyurl.com/TheBloodofSeven What to do: Read the book info and excerpt, then click NOMINATE! What ELSE to do (if you feel like it... which I hope you do): SPREAD THE WORD! Friends, family, co-workers, distant relatives, pets, strangers!
What people are saying about THE BLOOD OF SEVEN:
"If you enjoy genuinely creepy tales involving ancient tomes, mystery cults, and secret knowledge, look no further. Claire L. Fishback delivers a brave new voice in horror with this modern-day take …

The Blood of Seven Kindle Scout Campaign Launches Friday, February 24th!!!

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Hi friends!

Remember my last post? I thought I was desperate to think about submitting my book to the Kindle Scout program? Well... I did it.

After reading a BUNCH of blog posts about different peoples' (I never know how to punctuate the plural of people's) experiences, I decided to take the risk and submit.

And now... my book, THE BLOOD OF SEVEN, has been chosen for a Kindle Scout campaign!

SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!

Now that that... and the celebratory cabbage patching... are out of the way, here's what you can do to help me.


I'll post another post on launch day with the live link to nominate my book. I'm also going to send out an email to my entire contact list (well, not the whole thing, because there are people in there who wouldn't give a rats ass about this whole thing).

Here's where you come in, my faithful fans and followers! When the link is live, if you would be so kind as to click it, then click nominate? I mean, obviously, you'll want to…

Kindle Scout - Am I desperate?

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Dear faithful followers,

I know I begin every post this way, but IT HAS BEEN A LONG TIME. I really ought to get better at keeping up with my blog.

The latest news is such:

Evil Never Sleeps has one last agent who is looking at it. All others have rejected it, including Pandamoon publishing, who I thought for sure would be a shoe in. I don't know why. I just had  high hopes.

So, one last agent who has taken almost a year so far to look at it. In the meantime, several people have read it and LOVED it. I'm not ready to take the self-publishing route just yet, but there is this thing called Kindle Scout that has intrigued me enough to start the submission process.

First step, create my book campaign. I actually painted a picture of my book cover for this, because I couldn't find anything free or cheap on the internet that I could muck about with in PhotoShop. I painted the painting, plopped it into PhotoShop, adjusted some levels and whatnot, and added the text. This is what i…