Merry Christmas

Posted by Chad Swayden on December 20, 2014No Comments

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. To all you writers out there, enjoy the season, enjoy time with those you love. Writing is a very solitary thing. It’s lonely. The time you have with your spouse or children or parents or friends, you’ll never get it back.

January 2nd, go back to writing. The day after Christmas, take an hour to yourself, in between leftovers and write something but then go back to playing games, playing with toys, laughing with your kids. It means more.

The days are long and years are short. Remember that. Take the time, especially now during this wonderful season and spend it with those you love. It’s time you’ll cherish and never get back. The writing can wait.

Merry Christmas.

Read, Read, Read

Posted by Chad Swayden on May 14, 2013No Comments

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Read, read, read.

As writers you hear – read – that all the time. And I agree but it might be for a different reason than you think.

I read for enjoyment. I want to be taken away to a distant land, space, a crime scene or different part of the country. Personally, reading the financial section of a newspaper is the equivalent of poking me in the eye. I don’t like it. I hold firm to the rule: reading is for pleasure.

So I read some of my favorite authors to simply escape. Read, read, read. Lately I’ve been working on a Young Adult sci-fi. It’s fun, packed with adventure but there has to be a break where I turn on my Kindle or find my page in a paperback and read for enjoyment. It’s a time to recharge. It’s a time to stop thinking about plot or grammar or all the problems I have with a character.

You just have to let yourself be taken away every once in a while. For me it’s a daily thing. I have a full time job so I get in as much of my writing as possible and when the brain says no more, it’s time to read. And the next day I feel better about my writing and myself. It’s almost like I’ve recharged my creative batteries.

Right now I’m trying to decide what to read next. Will it be the new John Sandford thriller, staring Lucas Davenport. Love those books. Or will it be this new author I found? His name is Jason McIntyre. Don’t know. But the main purpose of choosing a book to read, read, read, for me of course is to escape and recharge.

What are your favorite authors?

Time

Posted by Chad Swayden on April 11, 2013No Comments

time

Time. Where does it go? I don’t have enough and neither do you. Unless you’re filthy rich and have people doing all sorts of things for you and in that case, you’re not reading this. The people who are doing all the things for you are.

Anyway, time is the issue…actually discipline might be. I’m married, two children, my wife works, I have a job, kids are in all sorts of activities, dinners need to be made, lunches fixed, dog walked, laundry folded, dishes washed. When on earth will I get to do my writing?

Do I do it between laundry loads while the dryer is on spin cycle? Do I write a page and then vacuum the living room, trying to accomplish everything? And when do I fit in date night? Because that’s MUCHO important!

I really don’t know. I don’t know how to do it. How to deal with time? How to be disciplined in all aspects of life in order to accomplish all this stuff.

So I need your perspectives. I need your ideas. All you out there that are writers and have jobs and families and spaghetti to cook, let me know you tricks and secrets. I think all of us want to be Stephen King or Dean Koontz where all you do it write, have lunch, write some more, watch the evening news, write and then go to bed and read. But we aren’t them. So how do you manage time?

NOTE: I’m just a lowly author with a job, trying to earn enough to buy a happy meal. Maybe a steak. I’m not a professional on editing, grammar, websites, how to…whatever. I’m just trying to post some thoughts, have a discussion and most importantly, learn from others that are just like me.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

What’s the best way to generate sales?

Posted by Chad Swayden on July 1, 2012No Comments

What’s the best way to generate sales of my newly published digital book?

I don’t have a clue.

Let me first start this post by stating that I am a newbie at this digital, internet stuff. I’m still trying to figure out my smart phone which is waaaaaaay smarter than me.

But when I knew my book was going to become a reality, I decided to tech up. So I’m a member of Facebook. I also have a Twitter account. But by having them, do they equate to sales?

The Facebook account lets all my family and friends know that they can buy my book. Great tool and easy. I like.

Twitter. Not so sure. I’ve been trying to generate followers and follow others. And when I look at all the twitter posts, it’s a bunch of little advertising campaigns. Cool but if I have a thousand followers, aren’t they doing the same thing I am, collecting people with the hopes of someone buying a book? Does it work? Is there a way to find out?

Like I said from the beginning, I have no idea and I’m just learning this stuff. But that’s all I have, Facebook and Twitter. Is there something else out there that will help promote my book? Funds are limited – my boys are eating and eating and eating. So I really can’t afford to pay for an advertising campaign.

Let me know what you think? If anyone else is in my position – an author with one book out there – what have you done? Do you tweet often and with each tweet, change it up a little with the hopes of generating some sales or is there a marketing service out there for first-timers?

Let me know and have an awesome weekend!

Why am I doing this?

Posted by Chad Swayden on June 5, 2012No Comments

Why am I doing this?

FREEDOM.

This is my very first blog, post, writing…whatever. So if there are issues or I seem to ramble, please forgive. Everyone’s gotta start somewhere.

I was trying to think of something to write about and I’ve been thinking about how Amazon and really, ereaders have brought about this freedom of sorts. 

Like a lot of writers, I had dreams of making it. I write fiction and I was going to be the next Stephen King or John Grisham. I was going to get a New York agent and then multiple publishers would fight over me. Sort of like being a stud in high school and all the girls are fighting over you to go to Winter Ball. I wouldn’t know about that, but it seemed like a good analogy.

But alas, I could start a sizable fire with all the rejection letters and emails I got. Ten years is a long time to accumulate the word no, sorry and not for me but thanks anyway.

My very first brush with publishing success was at the hands of Publish America. Let me say that it was not at all what they claimed nor what I expected. But more on Publish America in another blog. There just isn’t enough time nor space here.

Since that brief moment of happiness, I have no idea how many queries I’ve sent. How many lists of agents did I make? How much postage did I go through? And how many emails simply got deleted without even sending me the customary form rejection letter?

Now I must admit that when I read some stuff I sent out years ago it makes me cringe. I’ve learned a lot since then. My writing has improved. Which is a good thing but now with Amazon putting both feet into the publishing arena, it has brought about freedom for those like me that couldn’t even get a toe, let alone a foot in the door.

Amazon, as well as the Nook and IPad has given me the opportunity to allow someone other than my wife and parents to read my story. And that is freedom. There is finally a way for us little people to get our stories out there. And those stories that we’ve sweated over and worked and worked and worked deserve to be read.

Where will any of this go? Don’t have the faintest idea. I have dreams. Right now they are in the infantile stages but they are still coming about. They are being realized. And that, is freedom.

And it is sweet.