What. A. Whirlwind. After months (years, including the writing) of self-reflection and improvement, research, preparation, social media building, and promo my book release date has come and gone. Was it everything I’d hoped it would be? Well, I had researched enough not to expect too much, so yes! In the end I was so glad… Continue reading A Debut Author’s Reflections on Her First Releases – Jen Crane
A writer can learn a lot about herself while writing and preparing to publish novels. I, for example, have learned my neurosis knows no bounds. I have chosen to take the sound advice of successful authors like Sylvia Day, and hold on to my first book until I can release more in the series. Sylvia’s… Continue reading Perfecting (or overthinking) the Self Published Novel – Jen Crane
I’ve mentioned before that my first two books will release October 6th. I’m self-publishing and loving it, though the mountains of new information and abilities I’ve gained in this process cannot be overstated. From typing those first words into Scrivener to uploading to CreateSpace, there are a million processes in between. Also a million rookie… Continue reading Self-Publishing Lessons Learned by Jen Crane
I held a cover reveal for my first book last week. As is maybe the nature of most things in life, I didn’t know anything about book covers, much less cover reveals until I needed one. But I did need one, and here’s why. I’ve worked hard at learning the craft of novel writing, and… Continue reading Pimpin’ (a book) Ain’t Easy by Jen Crane.
Is it just me, or are there some seriously great book-to-primetime TV series out there right now? And if you’ve been watching, wow. Nail-biting season finales, right? The Starz series Outlander follows very closely the popular Diana Gabaldon series of books. HBO’s Game of Thrones is one of my personal favorites. And then of course… Continue reading Jen Crane – When Author And Reader Expectations Don’t Match Up
Oscar Wilde said “experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.” I am really experienced. This week I changed my pen name. After months of working to build name recognition and a social media presence, it’s all gone. Gone! I plan to publish two novels in the Descended of Dragons series this October. I… Continue reading Mistakes. I’ve Made A Few. By Jen Crane
I have been blogging for a while now, both here on the Diamond State Romance Authors blog and my own. But I had yet to build a website. Why did I wait so long? Well, until now I was in the beginning stages of becoming a novel writer. I didn’t yet have a manuscript in… Continue reading Creating An Author Website