Author: Cassie

Edits Back!

Oh my goodness y’all I got my edits back from Anne Victory!! You have no idea how excited I am to correct all my mistakes lol. Even though the turnaround was surprisingly fast my anxiety had started to attack. I had decided that they were probably going to tell me that it wasn’t ready to be published and needed a ton of work. All of which I have heard happens from editors, though, never to me. Thankfully, that is not what they said, at all.

Cue brief period of relief before diving in to see exactly where I fucked up.

One of the things I love about them is that they include resources where I can get better, so I thought I’d share these here.

Understanding English Grammar, Eighth Edition

http://www.chompchomp.com/handouts/commatip07.pdf

https://www.dailywritingtips.com/the-royal-order-of-adjectives/

I promise, I will try to read them and implement them, but I’ve read a few grammar books at this point and only so much sticks at a time. Maybe one day…

Alright, I’m back to edits and working on the sequel!

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Editing

So I’ve done what I can with the book I was writing. It is now in the hands of the amazingly capable and talented crew over at Victory Editing. Until they send it back I’m going to work on the next book. The fun never ends!

Before I do that, though, I thought I’d write a bit about my editing process. It’s been pointed out that I have issues with commas. I either use too many, or not enough, and basically, I’m very aware that with a gun to my head I would not use them correctly. There are typos and I will use the wrong word, even when I know what the right one is, and sometimes I’ll use an incorrect spelling. It’s madness! So I hire editors as well as go through several rounds of drafts and my own personal edits.

A good editor, like Victory Editing, is expensive. They are definitely worth the expense because I can always tell that my words are so much better once they’ve gotten their hands on them. Occasionally, their tips and tricks even penetrate my thick skull and I learn some things.

However, I am not always in a position where I can afford the services of an excellent editor. I have a couple other options that I’ve used, some better than others, some I will never use again. At a minimum, though, I try to at least get a proofread done, as well as all the things that I do myself. In a perfect world, I would do more, and if I ever win the lottery I will be going crazy, but until then I do what I can.

Because of this, though, I often struggle with self-doubt, with whether or not my books are worth reading, worth buying, or worth even finishing. I’ve written several books in the last two years, and it’s because of that self-doubt that I haven’t published anything. I think I’m probably always going to feel like what I’ve put out there is not good enough or that I could have done more. Maybe not, but we’ll have to see.

Alright, enough reflection!

I am currently reading Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente, it’s highly entertaining but not really a fast read for me. Incredibly creative and I end up getting lost marveling at the words.

I finished watching Good Omens (FREAKING AMAZING) and haven’t really picked up anything else. Really need to finish the last season of Supernatural…

I have also been sucked back into The Sims 4. E3 revealed the upcoming expansion and everything was on sale so I thought I’d give it another shot.

Almost two years

It’s been almost two years since I published a book. During that hiatus in publishing I’ve written 6.5 books. They are all in various stages of readiness, some of them need some serious work. Some I thought were ready to publish, though, not under Cassandra Logan, but upon further thought I decided they just weren’t there yet.

I toyed with launching two different pen names. I love writing Sci-Fi romance, but I’d also love to write just Sci-Fi and Paranormal romance and Urban Fantasy and, oh yeah, Paranormal Cozy Mysteries. I am not wanting for ideas. In fact, my ideas folder and notebooks are positively bursting and if I could learn how to not need sleep I just might be golden.

When I started publishing, way back in 2012, I had zero kids. I now have two. Two young children are a lot of work. They’re also emotionally and mentally taxing. My time to write shrunk from whenever I wasn’t working my “real” job to stealing minutes whenever the kids were distracted.

That worked surprisingly well when I just had one, but with two it has been much more difficult. I found myself overwhelmed with depression and anxiety, often not able to do much outside of taking care of my kids, and that not as well as I would like. After breaking down, I finally took the advice I’m quick to give to people and I sought help.

It’s been about nine months of working on my mental health and I’m finally feeling able to do everything that I once did. However, I’ve learned some things along the way.

My husband is an amazing man and a great father, and I need to utilize his skills more often and not try to take on everything without help. Help is good. Help makes life manageable.

I need to make sure I’m taking time off for me. This is a difficult one, even if you don’t have kids. It’s very easy to get wrapped up in working, then taking care of your home, and taking care of your friends and family. All of that is fine and good, but I can’t let it push me to the point where I break because I haven’t been looking after myself.

This is all advice that’s already out there. Advice I’ve read from several people I respect, but apparently it was a lesson I had to learn the hard way.

Anyway…lol

Writing update! I should be finishing my rough draft for the first book in my new series, Course for Adventure, this week!!! Then I’ll take a couple passes in editing, then ship it off to an actual professional editor. While they’re working on it I will start the next book. My hope is to be ready to publish on August 5th, 2019. We’ll see how long editing goes, though.

I’ve been watching the newest season of Lucifer on Netflix and holy shit it’s really good. I love the shorter episode count cause it means they’ve been flying through things and each episode has more of an impact.

I read the J.D. Robb book Leverage in Death and its mind boggling to me that almost fifty books into the series and I still love it. Roberts has got some serious skill and I am envious.

Last, but not least, I am still playing Civilization VI. I’m actually feeling pretty happy because I beat my first immortal game. Next stop deity! Probably not anytime soon though.

Move Update

It’s been a month since I moved and I’ve learned a lot. Namely, moving with children is infinitely more difficult than moving without them. At this point we’re mostly unpacked, still have quite a bit of disorganization, but I’ve started writing again. I’m nervous, excited, scared, happy, and just a myriad of emotions right now. I’ve printed off calendars, organized everything I need, and working with my husband I’ve set aside time dedicated to just getting the words down. I’m curious to see what happens since I’ve never actually done that before. 10+ books written and this will be the first time that I haven’t stolen time in the middle of the day in between everything else to get the words down.

I’m honestly not sure how many of my readers remember my books, but I’m hoping that I haven’t been completely forgotten. More importantly I hope that I’m able to still write a story I feel worthy of publishing. We’ll see!

Part of getting back into this will be writing, at least, a monthly blog. I’m going to try and give updates into my progress, little bits about what is going on in my life, and what I’m currently watching (Legion Season 2), reading (Wedding Cake Crumble by Jenn McKinlay, and playing (Civilization VI on steam). I thought this would be a good way to connect with my readers.

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New Series

It’s been a while since I’ve written on here, longer than I realized, actually. Life has been…life, so I thought I’d share the idea I’m about to start working on.

Side note, I’m not abandoning the “Twin Moons of Andove” or the “Nians on Earth” series, but I feel that they’re both at a good resting point and before I jump back into them I’ve got another idea I’d love to explore.

What I’d like to write is a series with one couple per book that takes place on a space cruise ship. Think Love Boat… in space lol.

When I wrote “The Fringes of the Universe” series I was inspired by Jane the Virgin and soap operas, thus the titles. I tried to throw in as many soap opera tropes as I could, and there were a lot, I had so much fun writing it but it was not a favorite with my readers. I’m a little afraid that’s what’s going to happen again, but the idea of Love Boat in space has been pounding at my brain for so long that I just need to get it out and hopefully my readers will enjoy.

I’ve poured over the Love Boat Episode Wikipedia to get title ideas, since I’m in the middle of a move and not able to write. I’ve got a list of potentials, which is a relief because titles are something I struggle with every time. I’ve also got notes written for characters and the series as a whole. I’m still trying to figure out the partners the women will end up with, do I want to go with cyborgs or time travelers? Both have their pluses…

What I do know is that the series will be called Course for Adventure (see what I did there?) it will be set about 200-400 years in the future, and Humans, Nians, Andovians, Venedians, and more will be there.

I’m really excited to get started and I’m going to try to update my blog throughout the process. We’ll see how I do lol

Bare Naked Chest

I’m a fan of the male form. Sexy abs, large muscles, naked skin, I love it. However, there’s an awful lot of it when you look at the covers of most Romance books. Which is why when I first published my Twin Moons of Andove series I decide to show that my books were romances with a more feminine title font and went with an image of space instead of naked, male chest.

I quickly realized that I needed chests. Naked torsos were what everyone else had, and if I wanted to sell, which I did, I needed some abs on my cover.

I might have gone overboard.

Now here we are a couple years later and there are even more naked male chests than ever and I’m starting to wonder if it’s time for a change. Something simple, something that still shows that this is a Sci-Fi Romance, but that isn’t embarrassing to be caught reading.

Covers are difficult, if you’ve never had to deal with them before it might not be that obvious. You have to have something that clearly conveys your specific genre. Branding, both series and author, is very important as well. Covers can range from free if you do them yourself to well over a thousand dollars. I’ve paid a couple hundred for covers before and been happy, but I’ve also been just as happy with covers I’ve spent a couple dollars on that I’ve made myself.

Unfortunately, right now, I do not have the money to pay a professional, so I’ve been working on possibilities on my own. I’ve come up with one I really like, but before I go changing things I wanted to ask my readers, the people that have already paid for my books in all their naked male chest glory, what they think. Here is the current cover for Abducted and the one I’ve been working on. What do you think? Which one do you prefer?

 

Current Cover

Possible New Cover

 

 

 

Search for Tomorrow

Happy Book Birthday!

Wow, it’s been a while. I went from publishing a book about every forty days to it being over a year since my last new release, not counting “The Fringes of the Universe Prequel.” I appreciate everyone’s patience and while I’m still not up to my previous output, I don’t expect it to take nearly as long to write and publish my next book.

I had been hoping to wrap up Jutel and Kisho’s story in “Search for Tomorrow” but so much happened that I wasn’t able too. My goal is to secure their happily ever after in my next book, tentatively titled “Edge of Night.”

Some of you might have noticed that “Search for Tomorrow” has a different book cover than “Guiding Light”, that it actually looks closer to the original “Guiding Light” cover. That is because the current “Guiding Light” cover was created by the wonderful people over at ebookindiecovers.com and while I’d love to get them to make “Search for Tomorrow’s” cover I just don’t have the funds to right now. Hopefully, in the future I’ll be able to get a pretty matching cover.

I hope you all enjoy the story. I’ll post back here and on Facebook with more updates.