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Happy Monday! How was your weekend? If you didn’t know, I spent three wonderful days in St. Louis, Missouri at Penned Con. It’s a conference for authors, bloggers, and readers with proceeds benefitting Action for Autism. I caught up with friends, made new ones, purchased new books, and recruited more authors for author spotlights.

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Let’s see how I did with my goals during the shortened work week.

1) LAST WEEK’S PROJECTIONS:

*Finish rough draft of Rebel. 6,929 words to go. Didn’t finish. I have about 5,000 words left to go.

*Continue revision on ReleaseDid a little more work. Waiting feedback.

*Continue researching for NaNoWriMo project. Made more notes.

2) THIS WEEK’S PROJECTIONS:

*Finish the rough draft of Rebel.

*Research new project under new brand. [More on this in a minute.]

*Plan NaNoWriMo project.

*Map out new marketing plans.

A few things…

If you’re not a newsletter subscriber (and why not?), you don’t know about the new brand I’ll be introducing soon. I’ve decided to add paranormal/supernatural adult romance (18 years and over) to my arsenal under the pen name Nadirah Foxx. For now, excerpts and short stories will be available under a password protected page on this site. If you’re interested in accessing the page, just send an email to sfbenson@authorsfbenson.com. Mention Nadirah Foxx access in the subject line.

Second, Regress: the Alliance Chronicles, Book One is out of Kindle Unlimited exclusivity (as of 9/27/16). I’ll be expanding the distribution for this and future books. So there will be some new marketing plans constructed for all of my books.

3) A FAVORITE LINE OR PASSAGE FROM MY STORY THAT SUMS UP WHAT I WROTE/REVISED:

“You’re not alone, Tru.” Ko’s voice floats in from the hall. “Stop acting like you have to be the heroine all the time.”

I sit up and state, “Sometimes you have to be brave even when you don’t feel it.”

[Rebel: the Alliance Chronicles, book three]

Sometimes you have to be brave even when you don’t feel it. There’s a lot of power in that statement. You’re being brave when you step out of your comfort zone and choose to make a friend or a connection. You’re being brave when you take a risk and do something for yourself even if it seems scary at first. You’re being brave when you stand up for your beliefs.

This writer’s life is about being brave. Even if the words come easy, querying agents and publishers is scary. It doesn’t get easier just because you decide to do it yourself. You become your own publicist and publisher. You have to be willing to take a risk and try new things. More importantly, you have to be willing to admit when things don’t work.

4) THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I FACED LAST WEEK: Going with my gut. In The Alliance Chronicles, Tru Shepard is notorious for having her ‘inner voice’ tell her what to do and she ignores it. I tried hard to ignore mine. It was practically screaming at me, but I wanted to walk away from what it was telling me. I’m not at liberty to divulge the details. Just know that I received confirmation that my gut was right. So I made a decision, which I think will be very beneficial and even necessary, based on my gut reaction. Word to the wise? When your gut is telling you something sit down with someone you trust. Talk it out. Weigh the pros and cons. When you do make that decision, no matter what it may be, you’ll feel better because you approached it honestly.

5) SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WIPs: Last week I told you that it was my characters that I love. Another thing I absolutely love is the setting of the Alliance Chronicles. I’ve tried hard to embed little nuggets of Michigan throughout the story. I LOVE MY HOME STATE! Can’t say it loud enough or often enough. My mother doesn’t get it. To her, Michigan is just another state. To me, it’s so much more.

Maybe being a Girl Scout and camping influenced my love for Michigan. Leaving the state when I wasn’t really ready to years ago might be another factor. Whatever the reason, it’s true that there’s no place like home.

News…

I’ve mentioned my news with the Nadirah Foxx brand. I don’t have any dates, yet, for any releases.

How am I feeding my soul this week…

I’m finishing up Aria Michaels’ Ballistic. I have a new ARC by Jolene Buchheit up next.

That’s it for this week.

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