STATUS REPORT # 110

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Well my dear followers I’ve FINALLY did it. I’ve completed the making the suggestions given to me by the marvelous line editor who I’d gotten from CreateSpace. This is a lesson I’m going to remember, from now on I’m going to use a line editor instead of a regular to review the manuscript for all my future romance endeavors. The only thing I’ll need to do going forwards is to increase my promotional endeavors to raise the necessary funds to pay for it; that is unless some rich relative dies and leaves me the funds [the problem is I’ve got no rich relatives] and only other way is for me to hit the lottery big enough to cover the expenses, even it’s only one endeavor at a time.

Yesterday, I submitted the parameters I’d like to have for the re-edited manuscript for what had been my debut romance novel, a MG/YA Paranormal entitled “I Kissed a Ghost.” Once the wonderful folks at CreateSpace tell me the parameters are okay, I’ve got to correct the line spacing on the manuscript the line editor had made her suggestions, as well as deleting the suggestions she’d made. With this done, it’s one more run through the manuscript to see if everything looks okay, rename the file again [want to keep a record of everything] before downloading the final manuscript file to CreateSpace. There are a few more steps before I’ll be able to release the revised edition of my novel.

With this off finally off my mind I can return to my two current WIPs, an adult Contemporary romance, with a paranormal element [no ghost] running through the storyline, entitled “His Darkest Secret.” My second WIP is a MG/YA Urban Fantasy novella entitled “The Secret of the Well”; which is a stand-alone sequel to my debut novel, where I need to slightly increase the romance aspect for the storyline.

Going forwards, hopefully I’ll be able to set up a regular schedule for the diverse types of posts I do each week. I would also like to start interviewing my fellow romance authors for my two blog sites. If you’re interested send me a DM through my Twitter account [ http://www.twitter.com/MyPenNameOnly ].

Please DON’T be shy, I’d love to read any feedback you might have regarding my posts. The weekend is almost here, so, have a GREAT WEEKEND with your families. !!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

O X O X O X

Robin Leigh

 

STATUS REPORT # 109

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It’s happened before, and it’s happened again, my best laid plans have gotten shot down. I did so much want to have the re-editing process of what had been my debut romance novel, a MG/YA Paranormal entitled “I Kissed a Ghost”, completed by now, along with its release. Now I estimated I’ll be finished with this endeavor before the end of the week. One thing arose with what the line editor, who’s done a marvelous job correcting and smoothing out the manuscript, wound up finding a “non-forgivable” which I’d made which involved a time factor. This caused me needing to rewrite several preceding sections of the manuscript. This error had a ripple effect since she also found subsequent sections continuing the error I’d made, each requiring a re-write of what came before/after the offending section. I now need to do another double check to see if I’ve made all the suggestions she’s made.

Another issue I needed to deal had been my “daughter,” Kathryn Heart, who’s is my erotic side and needs to be able to promote herself and her endeavors. Naturally, she’s interest in more and more erotic writing endeavors, which involves a great deal of time. With her needs being satisfied at least for now, I can return to concentrate on my own writing endeavors.

I don’t know I’ve done it, but I’ve written about another 16 reviews since my last Status Report, and I’d love for you to check them out. Who knows, you might be able to find your next book to read:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/profile/A19QLCLVPLZH0B

I’d love to read some feedback from you, my blog followers, so I will know you’re alive. I would also love to start interviewing my fellow romance authors, so DM me on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/rlmorgan51

So, have a GREAT WEEK my Dears with whatever you’re doing.

O X O X O X

Robin Leigh

STATUS REPORT # 108

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With my usual voracious desire to read/review books, and with my cutting back on the original goal I’d made for myself for this year’s GoodReads Reading Challenge from 200 books to 150, I felt the need to switch gears to make a concerted effort to concentrate on my reading/reviewing of books. The end result of doing this is that according to GoodReads I’m 5 books ahead of schedule with a total of 86 reviews being written. For those of you who don’t know me, I post all of my reviews on: GoodReads, LibraryThing, Amazon-UK and of course Amazon-US where I’ve got 550 years posted so far. So, if anyone is looking for a book to read or to give as a gift you’re welcomed to check all my reviews out at:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/profile/A19QLCLVPLZH0B

Starting this afternoon, my main push going forwards will be completing the second-go-around for the line edits I’d have received for the manuscript of what had been my debut romance, a MG/YA Paranormal entitled “I Kissed a Ghost.” I hope to complete this process by Wednesday, which will be followed by my quickly updating the copyright and other introductory pages. This will allow me to submit the now completed re-edited manuscript to CreateSpace with my instructions regarding setting up the interior pages of the book.

It’s easy to image how anxious I’m getting to see this process completed, so I can get back to work on my other writing endeavors, including that of my steamier, erotic side.

STATUS REPORT # 107

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I’ve finished my first round of reviewing the edits for “I Kissed a Ghost” as well as the line edit suggestions which had been made by the editor this past Wednesday. With my concentrating on handling this as well as promoting my steamier, erotic side I had no real time to devote to the reading/reviewing of any books. This had caused me to fall behind with my original goal of 200 books for the 2017 GoodReads Reading Challenge, which has resulted in my lowering my goal to 150 books.

On June 28th I received a surprise email from Amazon informing me I’ve been awarded an Enthusiast Badge for my reviews for True Crime novels. Enthusiasts are customers who frequently share engaging and high-quality content on Amazon related to the interests they’re most passionate about. Since I had no idea Amazon gives out a badge like this, I feel relatively honored that Amazon had chosen to give me it. The badge is now part of my Amazon profile. While True Crime novels is one of my favorite genres to read/review, the ones I love to do even more are most of the romance genres followed by children’s book.

In addition to not reading/reviewing any books, I’ve also fallen behind in posting several types of entries I should be posting on a regular on-going basis. Once the Fourth of July holiday is over, and I handle certain personal issues should as medical, I’ll be starting my second round of reviewing all the edits I’ve received for the book I’ve mentioned above. Once this is completed, and I’ve revised the copyright, title, acknowledgement/dedication pages I’ll be able to start the interior formatting process with CreateSpace. And after receiving/reviewing the proof copies for the book, I’ll be able to do a KINDLE conversion, etc. I anticipate that when everything has been said and done, I’ll be releasing the revised, improved edition of my debut romance novel in about three weeks.

STATUS REPORT # 106

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Having received the file containing the new edits for “I Kissed a Ghost,” this past week, I’ve been quite busy slowly making all the suggested changes. I’ve already completed the grammar, punctuation, etc. corrections; and have begun the line editing suggestions made by the editor who had worked on my book. In this sort of editing, the editor concentrates on telling authors where they need to consider making chances to enhance and improve the consistency of what they’re saying, enhance what they’re saying and how they’re saying it, as well as the flow of ideas within the storyline. This I quickly began to realize is something which can’t be rushed through as you need to think whether you want to consider the suggestions being made; and then, how you’re going to go about making it. Given the rate I’ve got through the chapters I’ve already done, I envision my being to finish this re-editing process by the end of the month. I just hope I won’t have any other priorities get in the way, like they’ve already done. BTW – as of the writing of this entry, I’m about 20% finished.

My completing the GoodReads reading challenge has fallen behind so much, and with my wanting to complete all my writing endeavors by the end of the year, I’ve decided to reduce my goal from 200 books read/reviewed to 150. I extremely doubt I’ll be moving these endeavors into the next step of self-publishing, that of being edited, due to the lack of funds, especially since I’ve already gone into a little debt with this editing. If anyone is interested in helping me raise the funds I need, and if you’ve got KINDLE Unlimited, just download my book of 100 Flash Fictions, “Micro Fiction – An Anthology,” and go through the book. If you can leave a review, it would also be greatly appreciated as well.

STATUS REPORT # 105

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Due to my involvement with several endeavors, I haven’t really read/reviewed any books for the past 6 – 8 weeks. In addition, during the past month [May 8th – June 7th] I only read eight books, which coincided with Amazon not making any changes to its Reviewer Ranking. So, now I’ve got 534 books reviewed on Amazon with an Amazon Reviewer Ranking of 2,258. When I check GoodReads for this year’s reading challenge, I’ve only read/reviewed 70 books out of my goal of 200 books for 2017; which according to GoodReads makes me 17 books behind schedule. This will now cause me to concentrate most of my efforts in the reading/reviewing of books.

What I did during most of this time had come to get the funds I need to have my debut romance novel, a MG/YA paranormal novel, “I Kissed a Ghost,” totally re-edited. Although I didn’t have all the necessary funds in place, I’m having it done anyway; which is why I’ve removed this book from being available on Amazon in all of its formats.

After taking a few days simply to rest, I’m back; and one of first things I’m doing is getting the word out that I’ll be donating a portion of the royalties I received for my second book, “Micro Fiction – An Anthology” for June 2017  to a local animal where my dear OH and I had adopted a cat to replace the second of our two previous cats; this one had died at the age of 20 [and had been diabetic for over 7 years.]

If anyone is interested in supporting me in this endeavor, here’s the link for the book. The book is available as a paperback, KINDLE, and KINDLE Unlimited [and I received royalties for each of these formats]. I would appreciate any support you can give.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00QH15K4M

Hopefully, I’ll be able to get back to completing my manuscript of my adult Contemporary romance, “His Darkest Secret,” which is about 85% completed. I’m in no real rush as I would need to get the financing for the editing, etc to get it self-published. Once this manuscript is completed, it’s on to my MG/YA Urban Fantasy entitled “The Secret of the Well,” which is a stand-alone sequel to “I Kissed a Ghost.”

None of this includes any of the endeavors, my erotic self, is working on. In the end, I can only pray for an upsurge in the sales of my books, or win several lottery drawings where I don’t have to pay any taxes.

Regardless, I love writing romance and interacting with my followers, since this gives me, as a Senior Citizen [66], something to do each day besides watching cable most of the day with my dear OH with whom I’ve been married for 23 years [no children = 😦 ]

Here’s hoping you’re having a GREAT WEEKEND with your families.

 X O X O X

Robin Leigh Morgan

STATUS REPORT # 104

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AT LONG LAST my new computer is FINALLY up and running like a charm. I just added my last missing program the Adobe Reader late last night [Thursday, May 25th].

 

My KINDLE for PC reader APP how has its library totally restored and I can get back to my reading/reviewing of book; and according to GoodReads reading challenge I’m now 11 books behind schedule to meet my goal of 200 books by the end of year. Which means I’m going to have to put my reading speed into high gear.

 

Not having worked on neither of my two current WIPs means a quick re-read so I can get up to speed. I’m going to first work on my adult Contemporary romance. “His Darkest Secret” which if everything goes well, and provided I’ve raised enough funds, I’d love to start the self-blished by the end of August of this year.

 

With the above off my mind for the time being, I can begin to return to a routine of posting entries for the categories I’ve done in the past.

 

And lastly I really need to coordinate everything I’ve got to do with my steamier, erotic side, my “daughter”, Kathryn Heart as she has different things on her plate as well.  

 

 

 

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