New Author Services Available!


NANOWRIMO PARTICIPANTS GET 25% OFF

BOOK COVERS AND TRAILERS!!!

If you would like to inquire about my services in bulk as a cover artist or technical writer send an email to thecva at gmail dot com for your free consultation and price quote. I also have other services that I provide such as copy editing, desktop publishing, typography & graphics design as well as web research and technical writing. I also do freelance content articles and web site content.

Book Covers: NANOWRIMO $37.50
$50 CAD per cover with one revision at any time after mock up phase.
Ask me for my full portfolio
Limited portfolio: http://s1181.photobucket.com/albums/x438/TheCVA/Book%20Covers/

NEW SERVICE! Book Trailers : $100 CAD NANOWRIMO $75.00
All trailers come in 360P HD
The duration of trailers is between 1 minute and 1.5 minutes long.
I take no responsibility for copyrights and royalty use photos or music.
Client is to provide the photos and music for the trailer.
Example work: http://youtu.be/Q63MCD6cQ40

When submitting for trailers please provide:

A synopsis of the book
A general plot line
Author name
Title

If you are not sure about music and photos I can make suggestions.

Content Articles :
5 articles of 500 words or less for $5 CAD
5 articles of 501 to 1000 words for $10 CAD
5 articles above 1000 words for $45 CAD

Copy Editing :
Articles – $2 CAD per 250 – 500 words
Articles – $1.50 CAD per 1000+ words
Manuscripts – $2 CAD per 250 word page
I don’t do non-fiction manuscripts or screen plays.

I will consider memoirs.

Email me with your submission RE: Publishing Services (service required)

Example subject header:

RE: Publishing Services (cover art, trailer)

thecva at gmail dot com or send me a nanomail

NOTE:
I require a full contract to be signed digitally by my clients.
With larger projects I require a 40% non refundable deposit.
I take money transfers, online banking, interact and AlertPay.

Thank you for your interests in my work

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NaNoWriMo Rebel


 

I’m a rebel. No doubt about it. Definitely a rebel. Thank you to Pax for the awesome NaNo Rebel stamp. It was nice of Pax to take the time to make this cool little graphic.

What is a NaNo Rebel? Well, according to the Rebel forum we are people who don’t quite conform to the standard rules of NaNoWriMo. They don’t call it cheating, it isn’t. There are those of us that just don’t fit the definition of what the rules are – such as those of us who write non-fiction, e-books self helps or finish off an old NaNo project in the current NaNo competition (like me). I started in 2009 and life just took me over, being a mom and wife with a full plate I couldn’t even get past the first week of NaNoWriMo.

This bothered me, an unfinished project. I’m never one to leave something..unfinished. I can’t, I’m a perfectionist that way. I can’t help it and I need to finish what I started two years ago. NaNoWriMo is for everyone and the environment of the competition is what some of us more established authors need to kick us in the pants or push us over the edge to finish a current project.

Some of us rebels don’t validate, some of us do. It’s up to the individual according to the NaNo Rebel forum and team. I plan on validating because I plan on writing more than 50,000 words if I can manage it. So, are you a NaNo Rebel?

 

 

Writing As A Career


It’s no easy task making writing a career choice. The publishing world is a difficult one to break into but not an impossible one. Now a days there are many different ways to publish your work. From content article writing to e publishing and self publishing venues. It’s a rather large industry in this day and age, so many options to be had. Being passionate about your work is the key to success. Writing every day is also key to success. It doesn’t matter what you write only that you practice your skills every day. It’s that old adage “use it or lose it”.

Here are a few tools for you writers out there:

Writer.com – portfolio and email for free. You have a whole network and community of fellow writers to help you with critiques and guidance.
NaNoWriMo – Take the challenge, it’s free, it’s fun and it’s great writing practice.
Storymind.com – Freebie writing courses, valuable on an authors budget. Especially a budding and new author.
Poynter’s News University – Not all the courses are free but the ones that are not are pretty nominal fees. Almost all the courses are webinar or self propelled courses. They are a very good source of writing practices and standards.
Problogger.net – Great source of freelance blogging gigs and jobs.

NaNoWriMo Starts Sunday


Well, NaNoWriMo is now upon us in full force. I’ve got my idea, I’ve got my title. I switched over to my genre from a YA idea I had because I had a dream about a story that wanted out of my head. I’ve done that before, dreamed the entire contents of a book in my sleep. The story is screaming out and stopping all work on current WIP’s.

It wants out like a rat in a bucket on fire. What better way to let it out than with NaNoWriMo? I’ll be doing the book cover eventually in spare time, I need a visual representation of the book (I’m oddly backwards that way).

Good Luck to all my NaNoWriMo buddies!

Ron Hubbard Writer’s Anthology & Awards


http://www.writersofthefuture.com/rules.htm#writers

Those are the rules for the Writers of The Future contest. They happen every quarter and I’ve heard pretty decent reviews over at the Absolute Writer’s Forums about the contest. I am planning to take a crack at this contest myself along side my NaNoWriMo attempt.

Some say over loading yourself with projects is a means to failure. I’m more of a “I work better in chaos” type of gal. I like multiple projects with many overlapping deadlines. Keeps me on my toes a lot of the time and keeps me focused and driven. I think it has a lot to do with being a mom of five kids, a mom of three that are high needs and special needs. Chaos should be my middle name really.

I digress though. The break down of the contest goes like this :

Entry Dates: OCT 1 – JAN 1 – APR 1 – JUL 1
Genre: SCI FI – FANTASY – DARK FANATSY
NO ENTRY FEE\RETAIN RIGHTS
L. Ron Hubbard’s
WRITERS OF THE FUTURE
CONTEST
P.O. BOX 1630
LOS ANGELES, CA 90078
Black on white paper – double spaced – numbered pages
cover page with author, address, phone and email – word count. All pages with title and page number.
#10 busines envelope, return SASE. 17G word count max.
Quarter prize – 500, 750, 1000
Annual prize – 5000

Website: http://www.writersofthefuture.com

Entry Dates: OCT 1 – JAN 1 – APR 1 – JUL 1

Genre: SCI FI – FANTASY – DARK FANATSY

NO ENTRY FEE\RETAIN RIGHTS

L. Ron Hubbard’s

WRITERS OF THE FUTURE CONTEST

P.O. BOX 1630

LOS ANGELES, CA 90078

Black on white paper – double spaced – numbered pages

cover page with author, address, phone and email – word count. All pages with title and page number.

#10 busines envelope, return SASE. 17G word count max.

Quarter prize – 500, 750, 1000 USD

Annual prize – 5000 USD

I hear it’s an award that garners a lot of respect from fellow writers, publishers and agents. It’s like the sci fi version of the pulitzer prize in some ways. Lots of advantage to taking a crack at this contest, the money isn’t the main goal personally, it’s the idea of having my work published in one of their respectable anthologies that appeals to me the most. Even just completing something that someone took the time to look at regardless of acceptance or not is more appealing to me than anything else. I hope I do win, but if not – I’ve taken a step closer to writing because I like to write.

NaNoWriMo


NaNoWriMo is coming up in November! Last year I had contemplated joining but life did a dirvish around me and left me with no time to participate last year. This year however, I will be taking a crack and Young Adult for the genre and the novel is called These Chains of Mine.

http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/user/493314

The synopsis is written, the outline is being done and the cover art is completed. Here’s a little taste with the mini synopsis of the project at hand.

These Chains of Mine is the story of a young man recounting his troubled childhood and the abusive nature of a spiteful step father. The story touches on ethnic issues, child abuse and the repercussions that enfold. From his childhood to his young adult addictions as an alcoholic and drug addict to suicide attempts and the recovery afterward the story takes a journey into the seedy underbelly of the ripple effect of child abuse and racism from the first person point of view.

Support NaNoWriMo in it’s 10th year and visit them! http://www.nanowrimo.org/