Monthly Archives: February 2014

Savannah, Georgia!!!

So, tomorrow I officially start a road trip with some other Sigma Tau Delta Alumni Epsilon members to Savannah, Georgia. The whole trip will take 18 hours but probably around 20 with stopping to eat along the way. We are driving from Wisconsin. Here’s the thing…

I LOVE ROADTRIPS!!!

I cannot wait. So, what will I be doing in Savannah, Georgia?

Well, Sigma Tau Delta is an English honor society that I was apart of while an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. I presented a panel on how to market your work effectively titled “If your book is really good, but no one knows about it, does it sell?” Now, I am not an expert on marketing but what I wanted to do is give advice and experience on what I did for my book, The Trials of the Core. Now, not only is this going to be great for the young English students (many of whom will probably want to write a book someday) but it’s also a great, subtle way of promoting and selling my book and getting more national exposure. I am excited to reconnect with people and make new connections that will hopefully blossom in the future years. And, another great perk of going on the roadtrip is that I’ll be out of this still-crummy Wisconsin weather for a little while.

I have been compiling a bunch of marketing things now for the past couple of days and I’m hoping the roundtable will go smoothly. It will be a chance for people to ask us questions and I am hoping that my team and I are going to be prepared to answer them. I had business cards made up so that if I couldn’t answer something or they wanted something specific they can email me at my publishing company’s email address which is another form of subtle advertisement.

Stay tuned for a review of how everything was next week sometime. Wish me luck!!!

 

P.S. Going to a convention such as this is a marketing tip in itself 😉

Keeping My Head Above Water

So, I am approximately three weeks into school and it is already taking a toll on me. I have to do so much reading constantly and there is so much analysis in that reading that I need to do. I am glad to say I am continuing to get good grades and am keeping my head above water, but it is hard and what sucks is that it never ends. I had plans of revising my story and getting it off to my Beta-Readers by the end of the month and that may be pushed back a little bit but I am definitely going to try and keep to the schedule since I know many people are anticipating the sequel to the story.

Here is my class schedule:

Special Education 205 = A have to read a chapter or two in the book every week. This one typically gets pushed to the back burner because the class is meant for Freshman and the teacher isn’t too hard so I’m not too worried about this course.

English 460 (Major Authors) = This is a course all about Herman Melville. Luckily there isn’t much to this class as far as homework goes and the dates the homework need to be done by. All of it (besides a research paper) need to be done by Spring Break though, so I have approximately a month and a half to finish the homework for that class. But, there is constant reading and discussing of the works of Herman Melville which isn’t the most exciting of authors.

English 369 (Multicultural Drama of the United States) = I have to read and analyze a new play every week in this class. On top of it every three weeks there is another analysis due that compares previous plays with a theory. Luckily my teacher likes me in this class.

English 405 (Shakespeare) = I have the same teacher for this class as I do above. But, just as in the other class I have a new Shakespeare play to read every week. Shakespeare is definitely not the easiest thing to read and when you have to understand and analyze it to, your head starts to throb. With these discussion courses, it is all about participation so I make sure that I come prepared with at least one idea per class.

Education as a Second Language 311 (Linguistics) = The professor here is teaching the class for the first time. This makes this class quite the joke and he makes things much more complicated than they need to be. Not only is it in the morning (so I find myself snoozing because linguistics isn’t the most exciting thing in the world), but the tasks he assigns are tedious. There is only one assignment per week and the chapters are small and easy to get through so I am thankful there.

English 310 (Young Adult Authors) = This is definitely one of the most interesting courses I will ever take. My teacher loves science-ficiton and fantasy and so she is always curious about how my book is doing (she happens to be my adviser and the head of the English Department). Score! However, there is one huge downfall in this class. I need to read a new book EVERY SINGLE WEEK. We will go through 10 throughout the course of the semester and these are full length novels. On top of all the reading I need to do, this is the biggest timesucker I have ever had. As far as homework goes, though, I have not received any besides to read the stories and come prepared to discuss and since it’s a discussion class a lot of my grade rests on participation.

So, there you all have it. My schedule and what I am going through with this 18 credit semester. Right now I am a week ahead of schedule and I am hoping to keep one week ahead of schedule but it will be no easy task. I have found that planning in my calendar for what I am to accomplish each night of the week has really started to help me manage it. For example, I have been consistently reading four to five chapters of Melville along with maybe 75 – 100 pages of my modern books per night in order to not have it all pile up over the weekends. Honestly, I am surprised I still get a workout in. But, alas, I cannot do as much writing or reading on social media as I want to. Hopefully I’ll get some time this weekend to do some writing and revisions in my story. I want the story to continue!

But, if you do not see me post as often as I want to, it’s because of my extensive reading. Actually, I guess because I read so much now, I can start writing reviews of these books for some of my posts. Perhaps I’ll do that! Until next time!!! Hopefully I won’t drown in the pages of text I need to read.