Welcome to Jeanette Dover

Evil Alter Ego Press is delighted to announce the signing of Jeanette Dover and her debut novel, Finding Atlantis.

J.M. (Jeanette) Dover writes fantasy, penning short stories as well as middle grade and YA novels. Jeanette loves using both sides of her brain. Her past careers as a social worker, a fashion designer and an accountant prove she can be both creative and logical—sometimes strangely at the same time. Being a writer gives her a way where the two sides of her mind can play happily together. She lives with her husband and requisite writers’ pet (in this case, a loudly opinionated sheltie) in Calgary, Alberta.

We know Jeanette will be a wonderful addition to EAEP and we are already hard at work with her and her novel.

Finding Atlantis will have a Fall 2018 release.

 

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Six Writing Rules for Finishing your Novel

darulesWriting a book is something many people want to do. Some people actually start doing it and a few complete it. I am one of those few and, the biggest lesson I learned when I finished my first book was…

Wait for it…

…that I could actually write a book.

Please note, I didn’t say, “Write a good book.” Just that I could do it.

Since that first book, I have written seven or eight novels (four of which have been published) and a dozen or more short stories (several of which have been published, too).

I have come up with a concise list of rules that, when followed, will allow you to finish a novel (again, note I didn’t say, “Write a good novel”). Along the way to those rules, I have learned a few more lessons about writing (and finishing) novels. Let me begin with the five lessons before I give you the six rules.

Lesson 1

Writing a novel isn’t about being the best writer in the world. It also is not about having the best story idea. It is about sitting down and writing and not stopping. Not even when you are sick to death of the story and want to do ANYTHING but work on it. Persistence is the word here. To quote Galaxy Quest: “Never give up, never surrender!”

Lesson 2

Revision is not allowed. At least, not until you have a finished the first draft. That is not to say you aren’t allowed to have different/better ideas of how to tell the story. By all means make notes of how you want to see things changed in the affected areas of your novel. Just don’t spend time rewriting those areas until the first draft is complete. That can mean you change direction between one chapter and the next.

That’s okay. I’ve done it myself. The alternative is, you revise as you go and potentially NEVER finish writing. As an example, the first chapter of my first novel went through more than twenty iterations and took me over a year to write. When I finally settled on something and moved on, I discovered it wasn’t really the first chapter after all. A year wasted on something that ended up being thrown away.

Lesson 3

Writer’s Block is not an obstacle. There are times when you don’t know exactly how to frame a scene. That definitely happens. But, in the cases where you don’t know what to write and you sit twiddling your thumbs claiming to be blocked, you are wasting time. You KNOW what you want to have happen. You just don’t (yet) know how to write it.

That’s when you fall back to point form. List the who, what, where, when, why and how of the scene and move on. Chances are pretty good you do know what to write after the blocked spot. List everything you know for the scene/chapter and move on. Plenty of time to convert the bullet points into a workable scene later.

Lesson 4

You will come to a point where you hate your novel. Don’t worry. That’s natural. You’ve been writing and massaging the work for goodness knows how long and you are truly sick of it (I find I get there at around 60% complete). There are so many stories you want to tell. Why can’t this stupid one just be finished? That is when you are most vulnerable to temptation (and your novel most susceptible to being abandoned).

Gird your loins and keep at it. Do whatever it takes to keep going. Give yourself a wedgie. Promise yourself a reward. Deny yourself something your love.

Just. Keep. Going.

Whatever you do, do NOT go toward the new and shiny story. It’s okay to write the new idea down and put it aside. Just don’t spend ANY time on it.

Lesson 5

The Beginning, Middle and or Ending sucks. In fact, the entire plot seems to have conceived by a rabid squirrel. You feel you must have been brain dead when you were writing. Perhaps it would be better if you threw your entire manuscript along with the computer/tablet/phone/typewriter (yes those still exist)/word processor into a wood-chipper.

Fear not. There is a solution (hint: it isn’t a wood-chipper). The important thing here is, you have words on the page. Remember, what’s in your head but not written down somewhere is called a dream.

So, back to the solution. It is a single magic word: Revision.

That happens after you have finished the novel (see Lesson 2).

As Mur Lafferty has said in one way or another, “Allow yourself to suck.”

To Sum Up with 6 Easy to Remember Rules

  1. Never Give Up, Never Surrender.
  2. Never Revise while writing the first draft.
  3. There is no Writer’s Block; use bullets if necessary.
  4. Hating your work is natural. Get over it and fight through.
  5. Let yourself write like a rabid squirrel. Suckage is okay.
  6. Avoid Wood-chippers.

A New Chapter for Evil Alter Ego Press

mplestedWell, actually it would be more accurate to say, “A New Novel for Evil Alter Ego Press”, but the sentiments are the same.  In this case the new novel/chapter is The Fountain by Suzy Vadori.

When we formed Evil Alter Ego Press we always intended to bring in new, exciting authors. What we hadn’t planned is to find someone so awesome so quickly.

Suzy Vadori is, to put it mildly, a force of nature. She is a great writer AND she has a terrific handle on promotion and what is necessary to make a book successful. That is a terrific one-two punch any author would be fortunate to have in their kit bag.

View More: http://lydiamacintosh.pass.us/suzyHer debut novel, The Fountain is the story of Ava who moves across the country to go to the same school attended by her parents. She hopes to learn more about her mother’s past but is instead immediately embattled in a feud with another student.

When Ava discovers a deeply hidden school secret everything changes. Guilt drives her to try to fix what she has broken but nothing is ever that easy.

We at EAEP are thrilled to announce the release of Suzy’s debut novel. Today. December 8, 2015. We know Suzy will do great things, not just with this book, but with her future works as well.

And with this book release, we officially enter the next chapter of our journey as a publisher. Stay tuned. More is coming.