Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Decatur Book Festival Excitement

I am counting down until Friday, the day I hop on the road for destination Decatur Book Festival. Though I have been to many events I must admit that this one tops all the rest. The atmosphere, the people, and of course the sales! The people of Decatur, GA know why they are coming out and that is to buy books. I have my Erotic Fiction and YA all packed up and ready to go. I will find humor in the men sneaking peeks at my books and be surprised when the old couples purchase with a grin (they are my favorite). Events like these make being an author all the more enjoyable. Look out GA here I come.

Passionate Playmates,, Can You Keep a Secret? for my erotic titles and Unloved and The Baby Girl for my YA. I will also be passing out flyers for Rise and Fall of a Track Star. Yes, it is finally in the final stages of publishing!! I am even taking pre-orders from my website.

So if you are in the area this Labor Day stop on by and pick up a great read by yours truly along with books by your other favorite author.

Until Next Time,

Omegia Keeys

Monday, August 29, 2011

Humbled by Words

This morning started off rocky for me as most Monday’s do. I dragged, staggered around, and somehow managed to get my four year old together to make it out the door on time. Once the house was silent I patiently waited for my pc to boot up in order to check my email. The usual, spam, horoscope and oh what is that a message from the Passionate Writer Publishing editing department. Instantly I was in turmoil. What if the critique tells me to rewrite half my book, what if the editor misunderstood what I was try to convey with my story, what if…oh skip it I clicked on the message to open it and silence the uncertainty. What I read humbled me. I saw the words powerful, wonderful, touching, important book in the notes section. I had to reread the file name to make sure it was actually meant for me.
As a writer we all want our work to be accepted but never in a million dreams did I dare to think that I could move anyone. Write a story that one can enjoy, yes, but this…this was more than I can take. My sole purpose of writing my story was to help others and now I know it is possible. I thank my editor for showing me that I could. 
Here is a snippet of Rise and Fall of a Track Star.

“What the heck is wrong with you? She is a freshman and you’re a senior. A state champion senior.”
All I could do was shrug my shoulders. I was trying to catch my breath and he was stealing all my air. He couldn’t care less.
“Act like the star you are or get the hell off my track.”
I looked at him out the corner of my eye to see if he was serious. Vein popping out the middle of his forehead, nose flared—yes he was serious. More serious than the first day I stepped on this very same track as a Red Devil and he tossed me a shovel telling me to get to work clearing snow from the lanes of the track. It was the first day of the outdoor season and we were practicing no matter what. That was officially my first experience with him as a Coach, although he had coached me from my elementary days. He had also been my sister’s coach. I was there at all of her home track meets, running along with her on the inside of the field. I wasn’t trying to compete with her—no, never. I just wanted to experience what she felt, why she enjoyed it so much. There seemed to be some sort of freedom in it which I recognized at a very early age. He was there guiding her the entire way. He had become an integral part of my life, my second father. His name was Mr. Bennie Edwards.
I remained silent, fearful of my response. I was an emotional wreck. Here I was doing the one thing I loved yet I felt an emptiness; something was missing. That something was me. Someone had stolen me. Like a thief in the middle of the night I was stolen and what remained was just a mere shell of my former self.

Rise and Fall of a Track Star will be released sometime before the end of the year. 

Until Next Time!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Thinking About Being an Author?

Have you done your research? No, really have you done your research on how much hard work and dedication it takes to become an author? There is so much more to it than actually writing. If you are not someone who likes to put yourself out there then you may want to reconsider this field all together.

True story, I was at an event and an aspiring author approached me about being published. I asked if she had any marketing plans. Her answer was she would prefer not to have to deal with people. Really? I was a bit taken back because in order to sell you must market. Even the New York Times best selling authors must come from behind their laptop and sign books. She even went on to say she just wanted to make some extra cash. I didn't tell her she would probably fair better as a Wal-mart greeter but I did say how can you expect that if you don't want to promote? From the rolling of her eyes and annoyed look on her face I take it she didn't like that response any better.

The point is if the above mentioned is you then you seriously need a reality check. Being an author is a job and to be even a mediocre author you need to put in some work. If you get up and go to some form of a workplace on a daily basis I am sure once you get there they expect you to do some type of work to get a paycheck, right. Therefore why not think the same applies to being an author. You worked hard writing it so why not work hard letting people know it's out there? 

If you have no idea were to begin your marketing career try something simple as setting up your own book release party. It doesn't have to be any place big. Coffee shop, library, your living room (Pampered Chief can do it why not you?) or any place you fill comfortable with. Show people you are proud of what you have done. If you can't toot your own horn, why should they? 

Next, which you should have done way before the book has been published make yourself known on the internet. Don't bombard people with your book but ease it on them. Make sure you make comments on other people's postings. Comment, do not advertise unless your topic fits what they are saying. Pay attention to what works for others. Now I said pay attention, not email them with a list of question and irritate them until they remove you from their list. Yes, I have deleted several. Networking must be a give and take. 

Last but not least support people. If you see someone asking for a review help them out. If you don't have time to read their book you can at least rate it. You can not become successful thinking it's all about you. The only thing you will become successful at is being a jerk or user. 

Now, my intent is not to discourage but to encourage you to wake up and make your passion a priority. Take your writing seriously or no one else will. 

Until Next Time

Omegia Keeys

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Cyber Bullies Gone Wild

I thought I had heard it all when Rebecca Black decided to home school because of bullying until I actually Googled her name. Not only was the poor girl picked on at school but some of the comments left online were enough to make me blush. Why so angry over a song dedicated to Friday? I may never have the answer but I do know that cyber bullying has gone way over and beyond what any at school bully could ever accomplish.

At my son's orientation into his new school there was a 15 minute discussion dedicated to cyber bullying. The school stated matter of factually that whether in school or out of school it will not be tolerated. They recognize how harsh words and threats on a computer impact a child's overall well-being. Therefore, they are taking a stand. I say bravo for them an commenced to deleting my son's Facebook account for the umpteenth time. Oh the constant battle. His older cousins think it's cool but I surely don't and make it a point to reprimand the little smart mouths I catch using profanity and other things on his page and theirs.

When did kids become so cynical? No let my clarify. When did we as a society become this way? I can barely read yahoo news or the local news online without people trying to bully other commenters online. Do people somehow get braver behind the pc? For some reason Surrogates, Bruce Willis's movie, keeps popping in my head when I see people loosing there mind on the keyboard. People who normally wouldn't burst a grape if they saw you in person are somehow transformed into Mega-tron once they boot up. Well I say stop it. You, yes you meany, are the reason why these kids are loosing their minds. They are immulating adult behavior. 9 times of 10 the apple doesn't fall to far from the tree.

My take on it is worry about you and quit worrying about what others are doing. Is it hurting you that someone has a different opinion than yours? Dresses differently or looks differently? If the earth shook, lightning struck, or Armageddon happened we are all going down together. Try being nice you may just feel a little better. And in the mean time pick up a copy of Unloved. It may just make you feel a little bit better and if it doesn't well hey you just donated to charity and I thank you.

Until next time!


Long Time Coming

Over the past two years I have debated back and forth on doing a blog. The problem wasn't actually doing it more so than what to do it on. The main issue was I didn't want to pigeon hole myself in. At first my reservations were because I only had Erotic Fiction books published, then that was all people would want to hear about so I waited. By now those that know me know I am probable about as versatile as the young teen who loves to change the color of her hair on a weekly basis. Yes, I write erotic fiction but it does not define me. Neither does the Young Adult or Non-Fiction--albeit the Non-Fiction is my own story, but one that is my past. I am no longer that person of long ago and probably not the same as I was just last year. Therefore why should my blog be? I am forever changing and evolving so should my blog. I can be hot and spicy on a post and then informative on the next. You may even get to take a journey with me as I go through finishing off a manuscript or two. So for those who stop by, I thank you and enjoy!

Until next time.