Michelle Proulx - Author

michelles magical mini weekend blog tour

Having finally awoken after a very late night of the Game of Thrones board game and a tad too many cookies for my poor stomach to handle, I am now pleased to announce that Day 2 of my magical mini weekend blog tour is officially under way! My wonderful and artistic friend Celeste DeWolfe has conducted and posted an author interview with me (featuring different questions from yesterday’s interview, so stop panicking!).

Click here to soak in the majesty of the interview! (or just read it – your choice)

Theatrics aside, thank you again to both lovely ladies who participated in my impromptu and slightly disorganized blog tour. Virtual cupcakes all around!

Unrelated link of the day:

Theories about popular shows, movies, and games

Unrelated image of the day:

 

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Today I am re-blogging Michelle Proulx’s Magical Mini Weekend Blog Tour – Stop #1…

Michelle Proulx - Author

michelles magical mini weekend blog tour

What up, my home-skillets! Sorry, I get rather gangster on the weekends. Anyway, just popping in to remind you that today is Day #1 of MMMWBT! (Terrible name!)

Today’s stop belongs to the incomparable J.R. Wolfe. She has very kindly posted a review of Imminent Danger, as well as hosted an author interview with me in which I divulge the sordid details of how I played Donkey Kong Country in Astronomy class instead of listening to my professor. Gasp!

Check it out the review/interview here!!!

Thanks again to J.R. Wolfe for participating in/inspiring/forcefully starting this mini blog tour!

Unrelated media of the day:

For all you Game of Thrones fans out there, here is a musical recap of Daenerys Targaryen’s adventures in Season 2:

Secondly, for all you Next Gen/X-Men fans, Patrick Stewart displays his finest acting skills:

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Author Interviews & Guest Bloggers…

You have all heard me ask questions on this and thanks to all of your help, I am making it happen. I have already done two author interviews that I will be sharing with all of you very soon and I have one other blogger that will be sharing an article with us.

I want to try to keep things interesting for everyone. I am very lucky to have such amazing fans/followers, whichever you prefer. So I figured that the key will be to keep all of you and not lose you due to boredom. So I will do my best to keep you all interested.

A writing blog has so many directions that it can take. It can post writings of a particular genre, or give writing tips, or tips on absolutely everything after you have done the writing. There are just so many. The one thing that I am excited about, is that I have interest in all of it. I don’t want to focus on just one direction; I want it all. Now ain’t that just like a woman? ha ha

Anyway, I hope you all stay happy and continue to give me feedback on what you like and maybe even what you don’t like, as long as you are nice and don’t make me cry. 🙂

 

February Writing Competition

(my apologies for sending this post right after the other one, but I will be away from my computer until tomorrow night. I wanted everyone to be ready for the two-week competition)

Valentine’s Day Writing Competition is under way! I want everyone to enter to win. It is free and it is for absolutely any genre. So easy and so much fun!! Show me what you got.

Rules: Please have it somehow be about Valentine’s Day in any form you would like. Keep writing to 1000 words or less. Post the story on your own blog or Facebook page, or wherever else you want it and then come here and write the title, genre and your link directly to the story. (If you do not have a blog or whatever, then please just post it in the comments, but not erotica please. As much as most of us enjoy that, my site isn’t restricted, so I wouldn’t want the younger ones to stumble onto it without warning.)

Take a few minutes to read through the stories and give a thumbs up to the ones that you would like to see win. You can “like” any of them, but only the “thumbs up” will count as actual votes.

This is for fun, but do also keep in mind that we are offering small cash prizes for the most votes. Poetry, romance, fiction, YA, erotica (with a warning in the title, genre and link comment) mystery, horror or absolutely anything you want. Just write something and tell us where to find it. I will do my best at spreading the word for all of you to help get as many votes as possible.

I won’t be near a computer until tomorrow night and I will be very excited to see who has participated!! Make me proud!!

Agents and Publishing…

What a brain over load!! I found a new website, well, not new, but new to me, that has a ton of information for writers. ( http://www.writersdigest.com ) And while looking through there, I found a section on literary agents and publishers.

I have been researching all through this stuff and my mind is spinning. I have been doing self publishing because of all of the talk about how hard it is to get an agent and to be published. But in all of this reading, it seems as though it is easier than I thought. (not to actually be accepted, but the process in itself)

Is it just me? I guess I never did the proper research and just went by what I was told. But I mistook people saying how hard it was, thinking they were meaning the whole process, not just getting accepted. I am still in the research process, so I am sure I will discover more, but my question to all of you is where does the money come in?

Self publishing has no up-front costs and from the looks of it, sending your work to an agent doesn’t either. When and where does the up-front costs come from? I am just curious.

I will not be near a computer until tomorrow night, but I will be curious to see what you all think. Thank you and have a great night.

Oh gosh – PS-The writing competition starts tomorrow. I have only changed one thing. Instead of it running through the entire month, I think I will have it end on Valentine’s Day instead.

My Secret Success…

You all have been so great and helpful to me, that I thought that it was my turn to try to share something useful and hopefully helpful with you. I am not just referring to my writing, but to life in general.

When I put my mind to something, within reason, I focus on it and I practice it until I perfect it. I choose my battles. I have the right attitude. What? Did she just say attitude? Yes, yes I did. Attitude is half the battle.

Positivity is very powerful. I can’t express this enough. I read a book years ago that helped me keep the right attitude. I had a lot going on in my life and I wasn’t feeling very positive at all. But, I took the advice of a friend and I read, “Today Matters” by John C Maxwell. It reiterated what I already knew and got me back on track. This book still sits on my desk to this day. I don’t even need to read it again, just seeing it sitting there is a great reminder.

I used to write articles and business crap, but I really didn’t like it. Once I discovered that I love to write from my imagination, I blossomed! Seriously, if I have to “research” something to write about it, I am probably not having fun. Unless of course, it is something I want to know more about.

This attitude change really affects my writing, which also affects my success. People don’t buy as many of the books that I wrote without passion, but the ones that I had a blast writing sell the best.

I used to think that for me, writing is writing, but that is so far from true. I get rid of all of the negatives out of my head and I take on the day as if I am already a millionaire. Am I? Absolutely not. Do I believe that I will be some day? Yes, actually. I do.

The power of belief is so strong. I live and breathe belief and positivity.

In my life I have other things that I consider my successes. My marriage for one. I have been with my husband for over twenty years. My children are amazing. They are great, considerate and kind young adults. I didn’t get lucky, I did a great job raising them.

Nobody can take your positive attitude away from you. It is yours to do what you want with. Use it wisely.

I want you all to have a great day and really think about the things that you just read. No excuses.

My Freelance Ride…

Hey Everyone,I have decided to fill you all in on what I have done / am doing for freelance work, and which ones has made me the most money.

About a year and a half ago I was new to all of this and pretty clueless. I started a personal blog http://mycrazyfamilylife.wordpress.com and just used it like a diary. I had no idea what I was doing…at all.

One of my followers introduced me to http://www.examiner.com . I applied and was accepted. My follower earned $50 bucks and I was on a path to earning some money.

I learned from Examiner about another writing site, Yahoo! Contributor Network, so I started writing for them as well. (no $50 referral bonuses there though)

Money was slow, so I was still looking and I found http://www.freelancer.com . Boy, I kind of hit the jackpot with that one. I was making pretty good money writing different types of things for different people.

I then found http://www.elance.com and that looked a lot like Freelancer so I just looked…never did any jobs.

Now that I was getting the hang of “ghost writing” I was taking on more and more jobs. One day I sat back and looked at how many hours a day I was working and what I was getting paid. It made me pretty sad. I started feeling that I was worth quite a bit more for the time I was putting in.

I then realized that all of my ghost writing was being sold as ebooks everywhere and were selling like hot cakes!! Are you serious? My actual name wasn’t on them anywhere, hence, “ghost writing”. That was a little depressing.

I decided that if I am writing them, then I could find a way to publish them too. I did research and more research and found great information on it, and just as I was about to start the whole process, I found http://www.booktango.com . That was the best site that I have found to date. I write stories (the only requirement is that they need to be at least 2500 words or more) , I pick a cover and BAM, it is all published on all of the big sites like Amazon.

I write the story once and have residual income. The checks just keep coming in. I absolutely love it. So, since it takes like three months to get a check, I did some more research and found http://www.fiverr.com . I set up a gig to write 500 to 800 words for a personal story and have made decent money doing that. It is still not real-time affective, but they are quick and easy stories and I just love doing them. The experience in itself is priceless.

So that is where I am at. I am now writing my first novel to have self-published and am hoping that it will take off as well as some of my other short story ebooks.

That is it, you now know where I have been for the past year and how I have earned money. If you have any questions at all, just ask. 🙂