It’s beginning! I am proud to announce that the AMP program is about to take off. While we are waiting for our ‘classroom’ to be built, we are going to home school. There are still a few desk spaces left so if you are interested in exploring the world of writing, please contact me ASAP.
The reason I have begun this program is to encourage new authors in a positive and enjoyable environment where we will focus on your strengths, grow in your skills and talents, explore your own creativity, and give you direction towards being published with a reputable and experienced firm. Blushing Books has graciously offered us web space and author sponsoring so that you will always have someone available to support and encourage you. The editors and sponsoring authors will be working hand-in-hand with us to help make your publishing experience the very best one possible, and let you know that you are a valued and desired member of this community.
Not sure? Here are some questions that have been forwarded to me:
- I’ve never written anything before and I don’t know how to start. Will you or the publisher tell us what story to write?
I will be giving you creative assignments to help you explore your own creativity and imagination. We are artists—that means creating what comes from our hearts. You will learn to write what you enjoy, what you know, and what you want to explore. If you have the ability to fantasize, then you have the ability to communicate your thoughts and feelings through words. You don’t need someone to give you ideas or story outlines- you have your own! Just a side thought- I have found that nothing harms the creative process more than when you are told what to write and how to write it. I had that happen one time, and know several authors who have had the same, and it makes us question our own ability to create (and our publishers faith in our talent).
We often use the words author and writer interchangeably. But indeed both these words are quite different. A writer is a person who writes a book, article, or any literary piece, while an author is essentially the person who originates the idea, plot, or content of the work being written. The universal distinction between a writer and an author is the publishing. But it is more- as an author, we always look back on our published works even when writing new ones. Our books are our ‘babies’, born and raised through out own imagination, and we are always interested in knowing how they are received.
(Note: If you want to ‘ghost write’ (fill in the fat from another person’s per-written story or outline), I can refer you to a company that practices this, but neither Blushing Books nor myself advocate or support this activity.
- I don’t have a degree in writing. Do I need one?
I don’t have a degree in writing either , nor do most of the successful authors you read. Having a degree does not equate to having talent, so please do not feel that you are lacking. Talent comes from within and if you have a basic grasp of the language, then you can be successful. It might take some work for some people, but I will make it as fun and positive as possible.
- How long before I get published? Will the editors change my story?
Like everything else, there is a learning curve. The speed that your book is accepted and published will depend much on the work you put into it prior to submission. For Blushing Books, the average is about 2-4 months for a first piece if ‘clean’ (which gives you time to start your second!). I will teach you methods of self-editing, follow-through and evaluation, and you will be assigned an experienced author as a sponsor so that when you turn in your piece, it is as clean content wise as possible. Editors are not there to get you to write their personal stories or include their ‘kinks’ in your books. Their purpose is to help make your book as best as possible. I will also help you determine the accessibility of your work to the readers so that you can make the best choices for yourselves in your genre(s) of choice.
- Do I have to get involved with all the internet blogs, hops, spanking parties, contests, etc? I don’t have a lot of time or interest in some of these things.
This is a personal preference, to be honest. Even writing full time, I have very little time for ‘non-essential’ activities. I keep my blog with the help of several incredible people (family and friends), answer email, perform personal counselling and training online, participate in Saturday Spanks, and chat with the Blushing Authors Group. I have no time for anything else and have had to learn to adhere to my boundaries. It is up to you how involved you want to be, and I will try to guide you to different areas that can help you with your needs, as well as show you which ones to avoid. Your degree of involvement is dependent upon you and you should never feel obligated or forced into doing anything. We will talk about ways to present yourself in public forums, as well as discuss troubleshooting with difficult internet personalities, handling reviews, and the pros and cons of personal, face to face, interactions. I will say this- regardless of what you get involved in, remember two things. One- integrity is vital. Fans understand the need for anonymity but if they discover you have lied/made up something important to them (like your lifestyle), it WILL backfire. Be honest if that is something you are choosing to share. Two- take care with whom, and where, you do share personal information on the internet. Once it is there, it is there forever.
Please email me if you have any questions. If you are interested in the program, let me know and I will send you the AMP form that will help me get to know you and discover the best way to help you. Hope to hear from you soon!!