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SHINE ON SELF-PUBLISHED AUTHORS SERIES

spotlightThis post is an invitation to self-published authors to be featured in my Shine on Self-Published Authors Series.
All you need is to:
– Have a web link to purchase your book/books.
– Have at least one digital photo of yourself (jpg, png, gif).
– Write your journey to becoming a self-published author and what you have experienced now that you have published. Give advice if you can and note any new projects you are working on. Also, include your contact information.
No less than 1000 words.
*Please have your work properly edited.

Only one feature will be posted per week.
If you would like to be a part of this series, please send the information requested to selimaandthemerfolk@gmail.com by July 20th, 2014.

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THE RIGHT INGREDIENTS

ingredientsAny person who is in command of a project, whether they be a chef, a project manager or a mom, will tell you that you need the right ingredients to have a favorable outcome and for the process to move along smoothly. Any project can be completed, but to have it executed with little to no mishaps or better than expected is where actual skill and knowledge are needed.

On Thursday, I cooked stewed beef, which I had cooked several times before. I added curry and coconut power, and it made a huge difference in the dish. It was my best stewed beef yet. My older sister had added those ingredients to some stewed pork she had cooked when she visited me a few months ago, and as little sisters do, I copied her.

My beef tasted good the way I use to cook it, but including my sisters ingredients enhanced the flavor of the beef significantly. The moral of my story is this:  most of us can do things on our own; however, the more knowledgeable you are, the better your projects will turn out. Connecting with the right people and freeing your mind to unfamiliar concepts can make a world of a difference in anything that you do. Never be afraid to learn something new.

NEW BOOK PROJECT: BOOK II OF THE SELIMA AND THE MERFOLK SERIES, CORALLIAN

New BookThis week we have two consecutive holidays in Trinidad and Tobago, today is Corpus Christi and tomorrow is Labour Day. Luckily, I do not work on weekends, so I’ll be home for four straight days. Among the projects I hope to begin/complete, I will start writing the second book to my Selima and the Merfolk series, which I have tentatively named Corallian. I won’t write every day, but I certainly intend to pen a few pages.

SATM is in production at this time, I see no reason to delay writing the sequel since I would like to have it completed or at least in the editing stage by Christmas. My ideas are fresh in my mind, and my fingers are ready to type, and quite frankly I need a distraction.

So, just as with SATM I invite you to join me in book II of my writing journey.

WHAT’S UP WITH ME AND MERMAIDS?

I thought this past post was a good companion for my ‘The Author’ post.

The Fairy - Quiet and Beautiful. The Fairy – Quiet and Beautiful.

Until I was seven years old, I lived in a small fishing village. They were the happiest years of my life.

I first learned what mermaids were when my grandfather told me a story about them. He said that there was a river at the end of Las Cuevas beach that the locals dubbed ‘The Ferry.’ Many years ago, people claimed to have seen mermaids when they sailed through in fishing boats or ferries.

According to the locals, the river was named ‘The Ferry’ because ferries frequently sailed through it. Papa called it ‘The Fairy’ and it became a fairytale for me.

My grandmother told me my second mermaid story. She said that in the forest, there was a river where a girl found a beautiful comb. When she combed her hair, she got terrible migraines. As soon as her grandmother saw the comb…

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PAGE UPDATE – ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hi everyone,

I have written a short ‘get to know me’ and later in the month I will add some photos.

https://vanessasalazar.com/the-author/

FYI YOU CAN NOW READ THE SYNOPSIS FOR SELIMA AND THE MERFOLK

SELIMA BOOK COVERHi all,

As I mentioned on the weekend, I will be updating my blog this week. I will periodically alert you when new information is added, and within the next few weeks the release date of my first young adult novel, Selima and the Merfolk will be announced.

Changes to the blog thus far:
– Selima and the Merfolk page (with synopsis)
https://vanessasalazar.com/book-1-selima-and-the-merfolk/
– Domain name is change to vanessasalazar.com
– New Theme

I invite you to read the synopsis, then take the poll below. Your participation will be greatly appreciated.

Please feel free to comment and share this post if you like.

DIARY POST 22: SELIMA AND THE MERFOLK IS IN PRODUCTION

approvedYesterday I spent the entire day at home. I wrote a bit, early in the day, then about 9 pm I started working on my book Project which took me into Tuesday morning. I am happy to report that Selima and the Merfolk is finally in production. My assigned Design Consultant has confirmed that my artwork and manuscript have been approved. I expect the proofs in a week.

Writing has been a very long road. I’ve finally put down the manuscript and now putting the book together feels like ten times more work. Printing costs are outrageous, so I anticipate that the book will be available online in hardcover, paperback and Kindle before physical copies are on sale in my country. I have been hunting for affordable quotations for several weeks. There is one quotation outstanding that I hope will be a reasonable deal. Now I understand why so many people do their printing in Asia. However, I am skeptical about quality and legal protection. Also, if there are any problems, it will take forever to resolve them.

All in all this is a great learning experience that will make the second book project easier. Next on my list is to prepare the trailer, invitations, website and an advertisement. As I’ve said many times before, my main priority is quality and affordability so if it will take a little longer to get it right then so be it.