|Posted by [email protected] on April 30, 2012 at 9:45 AM||comments (1)|
This week has been an eventful week. A few days ago I found out that my book has sold almost 3,000 copies, most of whic has been through Barnes and Nobel.com. I almost fainted as you could imagine, that is a big number for someone who has just started out her dream of being a author.
So this morning I decided to go to Barnes and Nobel's website and see if anyone had reviewed the book and I found this review posted on Dec 9th 2011:
Great story, but. . .
Overall this is an amazing book. Wonderful take on elvish legend and how it relates to human history, very creative. The visualization used in many instances is also wonderful.
I, however, took issue with the numerous grammar, tense, and usage mistakes. Isn't that why you have an editor? to make certain that there is a minimal number of mistakes? The writing, from an English language perspective is just horrendous. There is an excessive quantity of simple but highly irritating mistakes that fall in the line of,'She knew that they is going to need. . . ' These mistakes along with excessive changes in tense make for what would amount to an F in an English class. They make a wonderful story frustrating and hard to read due to the fact that oftentimes one must stop and think, "Ok, does she mean 'they are'? Is this supposed to have happened in the past or is it currently happening?"
Overall I LOVED the story line, however, I think Ms Taber is in desperate need of a new editor.
Upon seeing that review I knew that the lady deserved a response so here it goes.
I am sorry the poor editing of the Dark Realm made it hard for you to fully enjoy my story. I actually self published this book and did the editing myself. I'm fired. I apparently can tell a story but not edit worth anything.
For Book two I have enlisted the help of one of my dear friends who is planning on going to school to be an editor to do the editing so hopefully it will be better and easier to read for you. I am also going to have her take a look at the Dark Realm so that future readers do not have the same problem you experianced.
I am glad you enjoyed the story!
Thank you for your imput
Terri J. Taber
Remember Book 2 Magical Journeys the Air Realm comes out June 2nd!
|Posted by [email protected] on February 17, 2012 at 6:45 PM||comments (2)|
OMG! I can not believe it has been since early June that I have updated this. My life took a turn for the CRAZY the middle of June last year. My husband left me and I ended up moving back down to the states with my mom in Arizona. Even though since that tragedy jarred my life I am proud to announce that I have continued working on the series amidst the fallout of my marriage and I have an Important announcement to make!
THE AIR REALM IS COMPLETED!
The writing stage is over and I am already deep into the editing process. I have a set a release date of June 5th, my birthday, and also I chose June because it will be a new beginning for me without my husband.
As soon as I finished the second book I immediately contacted the artist who did the cover for the Dark Realm and set her to work on the cover.
This is what the wonderfully talented Leah Keeler came up with:
I plan on updating this more. Thank you guys for being patient with me. I will try to be more faithful with this blog.
|Posted by [email protected] on June 1, 2011 at 7:22 PM||comments (0)|
Well, I was on facebook today and I started talking with my friend Jen, who is a fellow author and has been published once before by an agent.
The main reason I went to smashwords was because I did some research back when I finished the rough draft of the Dark Realm back in August 2010 and there were not many agents that were 1, accepting queries for young adult fantasy, and 2, accepted email queries. Now, apparently, the world has changed drastically. The market is hard up for some good young adult books and the new digital age and green movment has spurnned on a whole bunch of agents opening thier doors to email submissions.
Armed with this new information, I have set to work on getting as many query letters that I can out there so I can get picked up by an agent and get my book out to the big name publishers. Including but not limited to, Scholasitc (Publishers of Harry Potter), Little Brown (Twilight) and St. Martin Press (House of Night).
Unfortunately, that means while I am looking I will have to take the book down from Smashwords and Lulu so that they don't think I am plagerizing anything. If any of you want to buy the book before I take them down let me know and I will be happy to leave it up until you can do so. If I do not hear from anyone by morning on June 3rd, I will take them down until such a time that it becomes a last resort and I am confident that no agent is interested in my work.
I hope you all understand that I am only doing this because I want what is best for my work so that it reaches as many people as possible and from what I have seen and researched the best way to achieve that is by going through an agent to be represented to the major book companies.
Thank you for sticking with me through all of this. The book will be out soon, I promise. I am done writing it, I just need to get it properly promoted by a professional.
|Posted by [email protected] on May 23, 2011 at 9:50 PM||comments (0)|
Sorry about not posting a blog yesterday, loyal readers. I have been really busy with some projects that may delay the release of the Air Realm. Originally I was planning maybe a January 2012 release for the second book. I recieved a tip from one of my good friends of DeviantArt and they told me that BioWare, the game company that makes the Dragon Age and Mass effect games, is hiring for eviromental aritists and character designers for the upcoming games, Dragon Age 3 and Mass Effect 3. And they don't even require a degree. I have the skills to be an awesome character artist but I didn't have the funds to finish school. So my main focus right now is getting my art portfolio in order so I can apply for that job but as soon as that is done I will be sure to get right back to work on the Air Realm so that you all don't have to wait too long for the continuing story of Jason, Melissa, Jonathan, and Dawn.
If you are curious about my artwork you can check out my deviantart site at Gentlefoot.Deviantart.com
|Posted by [email protected] on May 21, 2011 at 8:53 PM||comments (0)|
I woke up the morning and I had a message on Facebook from a young woman who knows my oldest friend. Aparently my oldest friend had told this person about my book and this website. She told me that I should expand my site more to keep the readers on the site as long as I can so they get hooked. She showed me some ideas on her own author page. I added some short little descriptions and pictures of each of the main characters, hereos and villians. I also added a map of Iriana that is available exclusively in the hard back edition of the Dark Realm. Available: Here
As I was writing the bios I realized I had not actually written them out before. I had to think back to what I had written in the book to get them to work. I even had to invent new characters so that it didn't seem choppy. Ahhh The life of a writer.
As always I hope you enjoy this blog: Tell your friends!
|Posted by [email protected] on May 20, 2011 at 6:23 PM||comments (0)|
Many of you may not know this but back in 2008 I had my very first novel, The Magical Land of Dina and the Crystal of Life, published by PublishAmerica and it didn't do very well. It was my first book and I was very young when I wrote it. Myself and my family both agree that I have matured as a writer and I have high hopes for the Magical Journeys series.
The reason why I bring my first book up is because I loved the characters and as I was finishing up the last of chapter five last night, I had the best idea. Why not bring the main character of my first book into the Magical Journeys series? The Air Realm is basically going to revolve around the mystical creatures that ruled the air. The Harpies, the Gargoyals, the fairies, the gryphons and the dragons. The main character of my book was named Gisidra Layona Eli, she was apart of my life for many years so last night I gave her a complete overhaul. Instead of her wings changing depending upon what she needed them for she now has only gargoyal wings, the harpy in her is portrayed by brown and black feathers in her black hair and her hands and feet are formed into a human like eagle talon. She is the ruler of the Air Realm and is Melissa's oldest friend.
Well there you have it, the preview for the day. If you want more you will just have to wait until I finish writing it
Until later, my friends.
|Posted by [email protected] on May 19, 2011 at 5:26 PM||comments (0)|
I spent the day yesterday formatting my book for an e-book and no sooner had I finished i put it up on smashwords.com and now it is available for purchase on that site and someone has already bought a copy of it. Also while I was formatting it I made a quick decision that I will also make it available as a hard cover at lulu.com
Here are the links:
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/60388" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Smash words
Now comes the daunting task of promoting the book. And don`t worry, I am still hard at work on t he Air Realm, I have almost completed chapter 5.
|Posted by [email protected] on May 19, 2011 at 5:25 PM||comments (0)|
Today I was talking to my dad about different publishing options for my upcoming novel: Book one in my Magical Journeys series, the Dark Realm, and I finally opened myself up to the idea of e-books. I have been resistant in the past towards e-books because even though I am only 22(23 in June) years of age I am set in my ways when it comes to literature and the written word. I love to curl up in a blanket next to a fire or a space heater and read a good book.
I can never get used to the thought of doing the same thing but with a cold electronic device that doesn't have the musky smell of all the places a book has been. I told my dad that I sound like an old woman complaining about the price of gas or something like that. I guess I will always be like that, but what I realized today is that even though I don't like those "new fangled" e-reading machines, the market is changing towards the way of the e-book and if I want to get my work out there, I must go with the flow, as it were. I have spent a lot of time and effort creating the world and story that is in my novel and I don't want to see it become a flop just because I don't want to upgrade to what is becoming the new format for literature in the world.
Traditional hard copy books have been around for centuries and have been mass produced since Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press around 1440(I can't believe I remember that from high school.) They have had a very good run but maybe it is time for them to step aside and give the new guy a chance to make history. In any case it will definitely save some trees if we no longer need them for book pages.
That is why I am starting the process to format my book so it can be sold by Smash Words press and it can start to be read by the people of the world.