About

LadyKins

In looking at other blogs, I’ve come to realize that a short and sweet paragraph about who I am, while convenient leaves a lot out.  As a result, I’m going to fill in the details.

Who am I?

I am a writer.  That’s it in a nutshell.  I write because I don’t know how not to.  When I’m old, gray, and distinguished (say about 100+) I’ll be the one tottering around with a notebook, pen flashing furiously across the page.  I write when I’m watching TV, I write on my breaks, I write during lunch.  It’s who I am.  If I was to stop, I’d be lost.  I’m not published yet, but I’m working on it.  The written word is intoxicating to me.  It’s a fix that I’m always seeking, needing, and wanting.  Without it, I’d wither away into nothingness.

What do I do?

I’m a working Mom.  I have two adorable children who mean the world to me.  Without them, life wouldn’t be as bright as it is.  For work, I am a Web and Graphic Designer.  I’ve been doing it for 9 years now and it’s still fresh to me in some respects, in others, not so much.  Still I enjoy it and I suppose that is all that matters.

What do I write?

Everything….  Okay, I don’t write romance.  I don’t have that in me.  I write action pieces with a human element.  Occasionally I write a piece that focuses more on the characters than the action, but something is always going on.  I love science fiction, real world fiction, and fantasy.  I have the most success writing real world fiction because I get bogged down in the details for fantasy and science fiction.  My most common genre:  Thriller and Suspense.

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14 thoughts on “About

  1. Can definitely relate to you on the passion to write. Kind of takes over and before you know it you are eating, sleeping and breathing writing. If I can’t get to my laptop I get twitchy! 🙂

    • If I don’t write, I get cranky, depressed, and quite irritable at the smallest things. My husband will go to the point and suggest that I do just that so that I stop snapping at the family. Glad to see I’m not alone!

      Thanks for looking around!

      • Glad to see I’m not alone! Was thinking I might have to seek some sort of addiction help..! And even when I’m not actually writing, I’m constantly thinking about it and planning and blogging….never thought I would love something so much.! (apart from hubbie and kids of course – lol!) 🙂

      • I’ve been like this since I was 14, though in thinking about it (and looking at old school work), I’ve been creating characters and story ideas for long before that. The only help there is available to us are writing groups and getting published.

        I see by your blog that you do self-publishing. I’d love a list of resources that you may have about doing so as I might go that route. I’m looking into it.

        Thanks!

      • No worries, I’ll drop you an e-mail with my findings so far! Thanks for reading and I really am glad it’s not just me!! Best wishes, Jade.

  2. Hi, was going to drop you an e-mail and then realised I don’t have an address – oops! With regards to my resources I have found a book by Catherine Howard to be really useful, it’s called something like ‘Self Publishing for the Sane’ and is available on Amazon. She has a WordPress blog which is called Catherine, Caffeinated and I find her to be very realistic about what work needs to be done to get a self-published book to market.

    Other than that I’ve just been scouring the self-publishing sites so Amazon, Smashwords, CreateSpace and watching their videos and reading their tutorials so that I can get an idea about how I need to do it all. The main thing seems to be getting your manuscript formatted for upload so I’ve gone down the route of paying for mine to be done for me so that all I need to do is upload it without worrying about whether or not the pages will be in the right place etc. This is being done by my cover designer who is also doing my print layout for CreateSpace as part of the package. Obviously you can do it all yourself but as this is my first time I wanted to make sure that I got it right.

    All the advice that I’ve read seems to suggest that self-publishing is a very credible option these days and that it won’t stand in the way of any traditional deal, should you be lucky enough to secure one. The advice suggests that as long as you have a good cover and a good book, then there’s no reason why self-publishing won’t work.

    With that in mind I have paid for a cover design and the conversion and proofreading – the proof of the pudding from my point of view will be in a couple of weeks when it goes live.

    Hope this helps and if you have any tips to impart they would be much appreciated – you are a much more experienced writer than me!

    Best wishes, Jade.

    • Thanks for this! It will be helpful as I’ve come to realize that I need to research this option as I get closer to the end of my 5 year deadline I set for myself to go from wishing to doing.

      The biggest tip I have is to keep writing. The more I write, the better I get. The problem is finding the time, but I’m learning how to manage my time better so that I do get writing into my busy day. My other tip would be when your copy comes back from your proofreader, go through each suggestion and see why they did it.

      I have a wonderful proofreader who not only finds all my mistakes, but she explains to me why it is a mistake, how she fixed it or a suggestion of how to approach the problem with the copy. So that is my other big suggestion, get a reliable editor or someone who has an English degree to go through your manuscript to do the same thing. That way, you learn your personal problem areas and you can work to improve them.

      If there is a particular aspect of writing that you would like some advice on, let me know and I’d be happy to share. Whether in reply or as a blog post 🙂

      Thanks again for the information!

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