Hello November!

 

October was an absolute madhouse in my little corner of the world. “Hello, November. Please be nice.”

I am currently working on the first full-length novel of The Cove series. If you haven’t read the first two novelettes, don’t fret, you still have time. While you don’t have to read them first, it would most definitely help to have some backstory on a few of the characters ahead of time.

This morning as I worked on the storyline of the chapters I previously wrote, I was laughing and crying. Not because of the storyline, but because of the writing itself. Let me explain. When I first started this gig, I was pretty positive I would join the ranks of standard romance authors. When I released All I Will Ever Need, I had three other stories going on my computer, two of which were for a pen name. My plan was to write ‘clean’ novels under my real name and edgier stuff under a pen name.

Plans changed! All I Will Ever Need, was well received, and I felt it was easier to write ‘clean’ than to write edgy. I had been working on edits for Soul Bound to Scotland and another book for the pen name but somewhere in there, I decided to write a short story I could sell for.99¢. A little something to get my name out there.

Escape from Covenant Cove was supposed to be a story of two people who lost each other and found each other again. Which, it is but somewhere in the two days I was writing; the story took on a sci-fi twist with some minor religious insertions. I liked it and twisting this story. Unfortunately, if you have read All I Will Ever Need, you will know, that Escape from Covenant Cove is in no way similar.

After Escape went up, I went back to Soul Bound to Scotland, with a new vision, a new purpose. I didn’t want to be a romance writer at all. I want to write stories that twist religion and science. Where characters have an emotional dilemma where they need to find their ingrained faith to solve their problems. “HOLY COW!” That was a mouthful.

Soul Bound received a facelift and a twist.  The only problem adding a major plot twist in the middle of a story… it is hard to tell someone what the story is about without giving away the spoiler. If you can’t tell the readers ‘why’ they should buy this book, it won’t sell. (I am still working on that)

So back to my work in progress. Soul Bound went out, and this story was calling me. I had twenty-two chapter written, but again, it was not R.L. Dubbert material. Then the lights came on. I could twist this storyline into the Major storyline for Escape from Covenant Cove. Then my husband’s auction business got busy, and I had to take a break from writing. However, in the middle of helping him out another storyline jumped into my head. As soon as I got home, I jotted down notes. The plot of this new story fell in line with what I was trying to write. So, I did something I hadn’t done before. I outlined the story, incorporating the twenty-two chapters I already had written. Thirteen pages and seventy-two chapters later, I had an epic-story.

The story is so long I pulled some minor information from it to write Betrayed by Covenant Cove. So now I have two teasers to a major battle that will play out between the forces of good and evil.

Back to my ‘laughing and crying’   I have learned a lot about writing since April 2018, when I first began. If you are a writer, you will understand. If you are considering writing, research. Dialog has to be formatted a certain way, passive voice indicators need to be eliminated, and there are certain words you need to remove from your vocabulary, such as, just and that, which I overly use. There is a bunch of other stuff I won’t go into but going back over my previously written chapters, it appalled me. However, I was glad to know I had learned and could see the problems now. Second, as I previously stated, originally this book was slated to be a romance, a little edgier, with a shade of science fiction. Yeah, it will not be that at all now. I had to delete several paragraphs because they wouldn’t be suitable for all audiences. Don’t get me wrong, they weren’t “EXPLICT”, but they definitely limited my audience.

My goal for The Cove series is to make it clean and suitable for fifteen to ninety-five and I want this work to be appealing to both genders. When I was much younger two series came out, Left Behind by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins and The Mega Millennium series by Paul D. Meier and Robert Wise. I liked the books so much I have read them multiple times. That is my goal for The Cove series, not that I in any way compare myself to these authors, but that is what I envision the style to be, coupled with some influence of Stephen King’s The Stand.

I hope you enjoy it!!

Again, if you haven’t read the first two, click the links in this post to find the two novelettes and be sure to follow me to keep up to date on what is going on. Send me an email request to be added to my mailing list for exclusive offers or follow me on Instagram, Facebook, Amazon Author Central, Goodreads, or my website.

As always, Happy Reading!!

R.L. Dubbert

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More than I expected

When I set out on this journey I was under the false impression you could write a good book, throw it out to the masses, and reap the rewards. Being new to this world I didn’t expect the rewards to be huge at first, but figured I would build my fan base over time.

It has been just over a month since I released my first book, All I Will Ever Need and I have learned so much. Writing, even editing the book(s) is easy, the hard part is marketing.

Trying to convince people, especially people who don’t know you, to take a chance on a new author, is a daunting task to say the least. Self-published authors end up spending a lot of time on this task, rather than writing.

Aside from the promoting, there is a whole new language you have to learn. I don’t have a mentor so some days I feel like I am out there flopping around like a fish out of water. Everybody speaking (Or writes) in acronyms that were foreign to me. WIP’s and ARC’s. Which I finally figured out are Work In Progress and Advanced Reading Copy.

Someday’s I wonder if the Pandora’s Box I have opened on myself is worth it. Then I come across a quote from another author or the character’s in my head start screaming to be written and I pick up and start again.

Bottom line, yes I would like to make a steady income from my writing and I remind myself, ‘You’re just getting started.’ I will keep trudging through the myriad of ‘How to’s’ and ‘Why you should’s’ picking and choosing the ones that fit my situation and what I want to be as an author. Because one thing I have learned, as with a lot of things, One Size doesn’t always fit all.

Everyone have a great day and Happy Reading!!!