Book Design: BuJo for Writers No. 4

Styling a book gives me tons of pleasure. It's a form of design that I never explored before. When I published the first edition of TIDES, I was happy with the result, but as I learned more, I realized that it could be done better. I found great pages online with tutorials on how to … Continue reading Book Design: BuJo for Writers No. 4

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Editing: BuJo for Writers No. 3

So you finished writing a story and are ready to make a manuscript to submit to publishing houses, or maybe you want to go the self-publishing path. Where to start and what to do? It's overwhelming without a doubt. I have cried and gotten angry. Have asked myself why am I doing this? The simple … Continue reading Editing: BuJo for Writers No. 3

Details and Timeline: BuJo for Writers No.2

In my previous post, we talked about how a little system in a bullet journal has helped me to keep track on the characters in a book. Another detail I find important to keep track of is all the locations that are mentioned in the storyline, especially if I made up a name. These can … Continue reading Details and Timeline: BuJo for Writers No.2

Characters: BuJo for Writers No.1

Nothing embarrasses me more as a writer than when a reader says: Sean? Wasn't he called Shawn before? My books have tons of characters with descriptions, occupations, and traits. When it comes to secondary and tertiary characters, I have a lot more. No wonder Shawn became Sean a few chapters further. Recently, I learned about … Continue reading Characters: BuJo for Writers No.1

TIDES

Receiving the printed final copy of your book has to be one of the most exciting experiences as a writer. My hands shake a bit from the emotion and the happiness of having my completed project in front of me. I treat it almost like a frail newborn, so precious. That is how I feel … Continue reading TIDES

Self-publishing and Me

The past year has been a period of intense learning and self-assessment. I realized that I can write stories, but self-publishing is another business. I love it. Producing my own books is the most enjoyable project I've taken. I get to plan, decide and perform every step, but as a rookie, I made many mistakes. … Continue reading Self-publishing and Me

Valentine’s Kitchen

Inspired by the people that help the less fortunate and expect nothing in return... Dammit! We are really starting to run low on supplies. Later on, I will have to do a run through the food banks to see what they can donate. "Alex? Are you here?" I hear my mom say from the kitchen. … Continue reading Valentine’s Kitchen