update – October 2019

Hi there!

First of all, huge congrats to my friend and fellow author Jason H. Abbott, who just published his first short story! It’s called Angel, and is the PERFECT spooky read for the season! I encourage you to check it out!

It’s been a rough year, but rest assured I’m still trucking along on Book 5. Work on this book currently consists of revisions and complete rewrites of several POVs, including Kali’s. The discovery draft took me far afield of how the story is supposed to go, so I’ve been reining it back in slowly but surely. (The changes are for the better, I promise!) K.M. Weiland’s site, Helping Writers Become Authors, has been extremely helpful in untangling these pesky plot threads, particularly her series on story structure.

At this point, all of my books have been reformatted and given shiny new covers, thanks to Fiona Jayde. 😍 I keep the posters in my office to remind me that there’s more to life than being a cog in someone else’s machine.

Picture of all three Catalyst Moon book covers on a wall in the author's office.
I never get tired of looking at these.

One day, I hope to be self-employed as an author/editor, but that’s a ways off.

Book 4 is with its second round of beta-readers. If you’re interested in getting a sneak peek (and giving feedback in return), drop me a line: lauren@laloga.com

Also, all three Catalyst Moon books are now available at multiple retailers, including Barnes & Noble, Apple (iBooks), Kobo, and more!

I’ve been wanting to “go wide” for a while now, so this is a huge step forward! The downside is that I had to pull the ebooks from the Kindle Unlimited (KU) program on Amazon. Some indie authors believe one can only succeed in KU, but I’m uncomfortable with the idea of exclusivity, especially when giant corporations are involved. I may not make much money going wide, but right now, it’s worth it to not have all my eggs in one basket, so to speak.

Future Catalyst Moon plans include audiobooks, some sort of wiki/manual for the world, and a short story collection, among other things. I’ll also be attending Infinity Con Tally in 2020, so I hope to see you there!

Until we meet again, take care and stay awesome,

Lauren

on Inkitt…again

So I did a thing. An indie book author/blogger I’d been in contact with earlier this year recently reached out to me, and I shared my experiences publishing with Inkitt. You can read about it here.

I debated sharing this in my author-sphere because, frankly, I want to move on from Inkitt and everything having to do with them. It’s been a shitty year (and then some), and I just want to get past it all. But I also think the interview is important, because as Inkitt is growing, they’re reaching a wider audience and gaining more and more authors. If you’re considering working with them, I’d give this interview a read first.

Thanks for reading, and stay awesome,

Lauren

Update – June 2018

Hello there!

After three rewrites, two beta-readers, and countless revisions, Catalyst Moon: Storm (book 3) is with my publisher! I’m still trying to figure out when it’ll be released, but I anticipate late autumn/early winter. (Hopefully sooner, but it might need more work than I realize.) I feel pretty good about this one; it’s always tough for me to gauge a book’s quality so close after an editing pass, but my gut says it’s in decent shape, so I’m going with that.

While I wait for Inkitt’s editors to look over book 3, I’m revising book 4. It’s written, but rough, though I’m happy to say that I don’t anticipate needing to rewrite this one. (Hopefully I didn’t just jinx myself…) Then I plan to finish the Rook novella, (which you’ll hopefully want to read after you read book 3), and THEN start writing the discovery draft for book 5. I took a long hard look at my outlines and notes today, and realized that I probably won’t be able to wrap things up in book 5, as was my original plan. I’m gonna need book 6 as well. I had considered this, and started planning for it prior to book 3’s last round of edits, but was hoping that wasn’t the case any longer. (Sometimes ideas need time to simmer.) While this isn’t bad news, (especially if you’re enjoying the story), it does put the other books bubbling in my brain on the backburner. (What’s with all the cooking metaphors today?)

I hope to have book 4 to my betas by the end of summer, so I can get cranking on book 5. I don’t see why that can’t happen, but life sometimes has other plans. At least I know one thing: I’ll be writing. 😉

Take care and stay awesome,

Lauren

Author Interview – Emily Ruben

Hi there!

Writing is a solitary endeavor. However, we writers are all part of a thriving community of wonderful authors working to share our stories with the world. In an effort to strengthen that community, I’ve reached out to fellow indie authors of all genres in a series of interviews I’ll be posting intermittently.

Today, please give a warm welcome to fellow Inkitt author, Emily Ruben!

Thanks, and take care,

Lauren


Author name: Emily Ruben

Title of current project: The Bucket List

Blurb: Leah thought that the turmoil in her life had come to an end. That is, until the boy-next-door who’s just moved in, turns out to be none other than her old childhood best friend, Damon.

Rekindling their friendship, the two become inseparable and life seems perfect, until Leah learns a tragic secret; Damon is terminally ill and has only one more year to live.  

Leah and Damon decide to embark on an adventure to have the time of their lives and cross out every to-do on their ‘Bucket List’. With the clock ticking and time precious, will they be able to complete every goal before time runs out?

Please tell us about your current project! What inspired you to write it?How long have you been working on it? How has the current iteration changed from your original intent?

My current project is my second published book called “The Bucket List”. It came out on Amazon a few weeks ago. I don’t really know what inspired me to write it, I think the idea just came on its own. I remember sitting on my bed and typing the first sentences “I never thought someone would move in the house next to ours. I mean, I knew someone would eventually but I never expected it to be him. Damon Hollins”, and then it was as if inspiration was coming in waves so I developed the idea of Damon’s sickness, him and Leah writing down a bucket list and soon enough I had a plot.

I was 17 when I started writing the book. I remember it was on vacation and I was supposed to study for my final high school exam but I had to write this idea down so exams came second. I wrote about 20 chapters then put it on hold because another idea came to me so I finished another book first before going back to “The Bucket List”. I finished it on January 1st 2015, so about a year and a half later. At the end of 2016, I rewrote some chapters and Inkitt offered to publish it, which was honestly a dream come true for me.

I actually stayed pretty faithful to the original idea I had when I started writing the book. I knew right away how I wanted the story to end. The only thing I  figured out along the way was the things in the bucket list that Damon and Leah would choose to do.

What character(s) do you enjoy writing the most? Why?

The character I enjoyed writing the most amongst all of my characters is Finn Evans (in I Was A Bitch, my first published novel), because the lines I gave him sometimes made me laugh, and because I think he’s a pretty dreamy character, one I’m pretty sure would be difficult to encounter in real life. In my second published novel, The Bucket List, it has to be Jenny or Seth, they’re both pretty crazy and I found it funny to toy with their weirdness.

What are your aspirations and goals as an author? How long have you been writing? How did you get started down this path?

My first original goal was to get one of my books published and I had the chance to be able to fulfill it. My new goal now is to organize a book signing to meet some of my readers, I think it would be the coolest thing.

I’ve been writing for … well, ever. As long as I could hold a pen and form sentences, I’ve always been inventing stories. I started writing them down with my childhood best friend when I was 7 or 8, and wrote my first story alone when I was twelve and got access to a computer.

What are some valuable lessons you’ve learned along your writing journey?

Hard question… Maybe that your writing matters, if only for just one person and that if you want something in life, you have to find a way to make it happen. I wanted to get published ever since I was twelve, I actually sent my first book to a French publisher (since I used to write in French, which is my mother tongue). Then Wattpad came along and I got to share my stories with readers who were so nice and so supportive it just made me want it more. And in the end, I got very lucky to win a contest on Inkitt and be able to fulfill my dream earlier than I would have expected, at 20 years old.

So I think, if it can happen to me, it could happen to anyone. No one should give up on their goals.

What’s your next project?

My next project… I’ve recently started writing about three different stories because I have inspiration for more than one. They’re very different so I’m waiting to have more time to see which one I commit to so that I can finish it. So, I sure hope I will finish one of the three stories I’m working on, but it all relies on my inspiration so there’s no certainty as of right now.

Where can readers find you/your work?

You can find my books on Amazon by just typing my name Emily Ruben and the title of my books (I have two published : I Was A Bitch and The Bucket List). Otherwise, you can click on these links:

I also publish some stories on Wattpad when I can, I have one short story that’s finished called “How Did We Get Here” on there. My wattpad is @Emiisotherside

I’m also on a lot of social media :

Twitter @Emiisotherside  

Facebook 

Goodreads 

Thank you so much Lauren for inviting me to take part in this author interview!