Indy Author story… by Emily Guido

My only sister, Connie, loved soap operas like “All My Children” and especially, “Dark Shadows.”  The fondest memories I have are watching the soaps with her while she talked about the hunks on the screen; of course, I was too young to know what she was talking about.  However, it didn’t matter; we were together, my sis and me.

“The Light-Bearer Series,” would have been loved by Connie, who passed away at 16 of Leukemia.  She would have relished all the romance, vampires, and gorgeous hunks. 

That week, I could not type fast enough.  I didn’t sleep for two nights and stayed up on a writing binge.  Little did I know a week later before Thanksgiving 2011, I would have 100,000 words plus!

I dived into the icy abyss of rejection.  I properly sent off requests to about 97 agents with no bites except for one, and he wanted a lot of money to publish “Charmeine,” in the $3000 to $7000 range… no way!

For writing this wonderful, fun and heart-wrenching novel, “Charmeine”, I was depressed as Hell!

My blood ran cold thinking NO ONE was going to read this great love story, “Charmeine.”

Kibitzing about my woes with a big glass of wine at a dinner with my two gal pals, one said, “Emily, you should publish “Charmeine” yourself as an eBook on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.”  I just rolled my blood-shot, wine-induced coma eyes and took another big swig of wine shaking my head.  I went to bed, snuggled close to my husband, and grieved because it seemed “Charmeine” was dying before she even had a chance to live.

I awoke with a cup of coffee which my wonderful husband had made in expectation of the 1812 Overture going on in my head.  At my laptop, an email flashed and an author gave me some very good advice.  All of the heat and fury started right there!

Charmeine” and the whole “The Light-Bearer Series” needed:

1. Copyright;

2. Royalty paid book cover

3. ISBN number.

4. I had to learn how to put “Charmeine” in all different formats (i.e. ePub, HTML, MOBI, and PDF).

5. Last but not least, I had to really EDIT “Charmeine” to a fine point.  Editing… the bane of my existence… I’m not an English person, so editing to me is like psychological torture.  Making judgments on what will stay and what will go, rearranging content or correcting glaring grammar problems is just about the worst pain there is.

6. Social Network… network, network, network… Facebook Author Page, dot.com, Goodreads, Twitter, Linkedin, Klout, Google plus… ect. Did you ever feel dizzy where the room kept spinning around? To self-promote “Charmeine,” it felt that way. It is unbelievable how much social media you really need to do!   Self-promotion is very hard and since I can’t pay for it; it is like a part-time job for me.

7. Get as many people to read and REVIEW your book.  Beg, plead, borrow or steal for reviewers in YOUR SPECIFIC GENRE!  If you get a reviewer who has never read Paranormal Romance… of course, they are not going to appreciate the genre!  However, if you should get a review, you are NEVER to respond unless to say thank you.  Even though your blood is BOILING MAD you can never say anything in rebuttal!!!!    Everyone is different and has their own opinions.  Be fair and put on the THICK SKIN!

8. I had to make Book Trailers for “Charmeine” and for “Ransom.” 

Charmeine Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JI1YlLgjSI&feature=channel&list=UL

Ransom Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RiRUz_dxwnw&feature=channel&list=UL

My first hurdle was the U.S. Copyright website; just to navigate it was extremely confusing.  I had to wait, gnash my teeth and wait some more for “Charmeine” and “The Light-Bearer Series” copyright.

I have yet to figure out how to afford actual paperback copies of “Charmeine.”  $8.00 a copy just to print is a pretty hefty hit to my pay-check to pay-check pocket book!

I sent my passion, my obsession really, my novel “Charmeine” off to Amazon and Barnes and Noble with a click of an “ENTER” button…  

Promptly, I wrote the second novel in “The Light-Bearer Series” called “Ransom.”

In conclusion, if there is anything I learned as a new ‘indie self-pub’, is to carve out uninterrupted time to work on writing and editing.   Do not multitask while writing!  You cannot think of deadlines, email, Facebook, a blog or Twitter.  Take time out for yourself and get exercise.  I have to time manage everything so I can keep my head clear and focused.  I couldn’t let publishers, and/or reviewers discourage me.  If I get a ‘no’ from an inquiry from a website, I go on to the next.  However, I learned I had to be choosy.  You have to stick with the Genre which focuses on your writing.

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Battle of the hot geeks

Hey all hot, cute, girly geeks!

Today is battle of the hot geeks and I found out I was right in my last post on Spiderman! Tobey Maguire is definitely a Hot Geek. To make it easy for you guys, I created a poll via

http://poll.fm/3rz9k. Check it out and vote. You can give your own answers or vote for the available answers. By next week the result will be out and the answer with the most votes is the winner. Also, the author of the answer gets to do a guest post on my blog & a I will post something promoting their blog & content 🙂

Get Polling!

 Tobey Maguire.

 Daniel Radcliffe

 Ian Harding.

 Glee star Darren Criss.

Choose wisely ;). Till Next Time

Camgal

Spiderman.

Hey everyone!

I actually wasn’t going to post on any blog today but I’m sort of having an emotional break down, so writing is the only way I can get through & past it. Bear with me.

I watched a lot of movies and programmes today and I found myself crying. I Never Cry! While watching anything…at first I thought I might have been getting soft because I was no longer in an environment that required me to act tough but that wasn’t it. I’m an emotional mess right now and I don’t know what to do about it. My doctor says emotional stress, I say I need a total change of scene and that is what brought me to write about it.

I want to talk about a Hot Geek who some people may call Cute. Our Friendly Neighbourhood Spider-man 🙂 Now this dude was a geek! I mean Peter Parker but as Spider-man, he was super, and guys went green with envy because of the way he made their ladies swoon over him. My favourite & worst Spidy/Peter Parker moment was when he put on the black spider-man suit.

 Although I admit he looked really bad ass in the suit, it had made him a jack ass and that was not cool. Red Spidy might have been a geek and soft but at least he was a nice guy & a gentle man. He treated ladies with respect especially M.J.

 The chemistry between the co-stars was awesome and I enjoyed every minute of it.

Quotes.

Black Spidy.

  • (To Mr. Ditkovich, corrupted by black suit) You’ll get your rent when you fix this damn door!!!!
  • (After he has thrown Harry Osborn through the glass windows of his mansion) Stings, doesn’t it?
  • (To Harry, corrupted by the black suit) I’m done trying to convince you.
  • (To Harry, corrupted by the black suit) Look at little Goblin Jr. Gonna cry?
  • (To Eddie, corrupted by the black suit) You’re trash, Brock.
  • (To Eddie, corrupted by the black suit) You want forgiveness? Get religion.
  • (Corrupted by the black suit, Peter asks for entrance to a club to a female bouncer) Find us some shade. Thanks, hot legs.

Quote Source. www.en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Spider-man_3/

Spider-man.

Peter Parker: Flint Marko. The man who killed Uncle Ben, he was killed last night.
Aunt May: Oh, my. What happened?
Peter Parker: Spider-Man killed him.
Aunt May: Spider-Man? I don’t understand, Spider-Man doesn’t kill people. What happened?
Peter Parker: I, uh… He… he was… I thought that – That you’d feel… He deserved it, didn’t he?
Aunt May: I don’t think it’s for us to say whether a person deserves to live or die.
Peter Parker: But, Aunt May, he killed Uncle Ben.
Aunt May: Uncle Ben meant the world to us. But he wouldn’t want us living one second with revenge in our hearts. It’s like a poison. It can – It can take you over. Before you know it, turn us into something ugly.

Aunt May: How’s Mary Jane?
Peter Parker: I don’t know.
Aunt May: I never heard from you. Did you ever propose?
Peter Parker: You said a husband’s gotta put his wife before himself.
[puts the ring in her hand]
Peter Parker: I’m not ready.
Aunt May: But what happened? You seemed so sure.
Peter Parker: Yeah. I, uh… I hurt her, Aunt May. I don’t know what to do.
Aunt May: Well, you start by doing the hardest thing: You forgive yourself. I believe in you, Peter. You’re a good person. And I know you’ll find a way to put it right.
[places the ring on the TV]
Aunt May: In time.
 
Quote Source: www.imdb.com
 
There’s definitely a difference. Everyone has a dark side & that dark side causes dark days. Share your thoughts;)
 
Love Camgal .
 

 

Hot Fictional Guys

Hello again to all you Hot, Cute, Girly Geeks–Cara here. How have you been?
I’d just like to start by thanking you all for the positive feedback you kindly gave on my last post. I was both shocked and excited by it and couldn’t have been happier. So thank you! I hope y’all enjoy my future posts too!

So last night (well 2 a.m. this morning if you want to be specific), I finished reading Sweet Evil by the talented Windy Higgins. The book was amazing and I hadn’t been able to put it down from the start. Whether this was due to the enthralling story line or the believable and greatly written characters, I don’t know—I’m going to guess it was a splendid mixture of both! But the main catch in the book was Kaidan Rowe. Hot, sexy, and swoon-worthy in every way, this guy had me squealing and making me feel how Anna (the leading female protagonist) must have too!

Now don’t get me wrong, like I said in my last post, I fall in love with all the guys I read about in books. However the extent to which I crush varies and depending on the impact they make—they need to make a hot and sexy impression in order to stick in my mind!—I just casually move onto the next book. Maybe the majority of the boys I read about all just have so much in common that they’re practically all the same, but occasionally you do get the odd one who will make you wish they were real and yours to kiss all the time! The ones that you still think about months after you’ve finished the book!

Needless to say this is the impression that Kaidan has left me with, and as I read his and Anna’s story, I found his ways reminded me of one very gorgeous lad who has captured my heart as well: Patch Cipriano.

These bad boys try and give the impression of being all hardened and impenetrable to love, not revealing their feelings and acting as though their flirting and rare kindness is not to be taken to heart, but really that is their true self and I know we all love them for it. I like to see guys pretend that they’re not falling in love, but all the while knowing they are—it’s written in their expressions, the way they steal a look at the girl they like, how they smile, and behave unusual to their friends when they’re around. It makes me all giddy inside to know that their shell has been cracked by that one special person. How sweet!
Unless you haven’t read Hush, Hush or Sweet Evil, or any book where a boy has had this same effect on you, then I can’t explain it any better for you to understand. You’ll have to read it to know what I mean. The feelings you are overwhelmed with are amazing—but that kind of makes me sad as their source is fictional and they . . . sadly don’t exist.

But seen as, to me at least, both Patch and Kaidan are these rare exceptions where a boy so unreal (in a good way of course) has been written, it makes me think that it’s a very hard task to accomplish; creating such a sexy bad-ass lad who actually has the heart and soul of the most wonderful male on earth—otherwise there would be so many more of them, right? So they must be very complex indeed.

This being the case, I have to wonder what it takes to bring such a boy to life on paper. There must be some special magic involved, otherwise how would the entire world come to love them and why aren’t there more?! I don’t know what it is, I suppose it’s just the talent and craft of the writer, but I now find it a personal mission of mine to write a boy like this of my own, no matter what it takes.

What I’d like to know from all of you hot geeks is whether these are the traits you find appealing as well? Are these the kind of boys you like to read about? What makes your heart race, your lips turn up, your eyes widen with emotion? Let me know, I’d love to hear your answers.

It’s just occurred to me now that it might in fact be that the guy goes against his natural instincts or his purposes that has brought him into the story. In Sweet Evil, Kaidan was the Neph of Lust, and he found it difficult to control his temptations when with Anna, but did—to an extent, hehe. Patch was supposed to make Nora his sacrifice in Hush, Hush to become a human, but fell in love with her instead and couldn’t go through with it. Yum!

It’s going to take a lot of hard work to make a smoking hot guy like them but I’m sure gonna try. I just have to come up with a whole new book idea first and see what happens from there.

Thanks for being great and reading this post, I sure hope you enjoyed it.

Have a fantastic and geeky weekend, all!

Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/_CaraWhite_

Peace. Dream. Love.

–Cara

P.S. I told you my next post would be shorter! x

Geek Charming

What’s up Hot Cute Girly Geeks! Don’t worry I didn’t forget the guys 😉

Today, I watched In Time starring Justin Timberlake & Amanda Seyfried for the first time. Talk about Snap, Crackle, Pop! I urge you to go watch it if you haven’t because that’s not my topic for this post lol.

Alright. Onto Geek Charming. When Disney first released this movie I could have sworn I would never watch it. However, one day as I was doing my regular channel surfing & could find nothing interesting on I decided to watch Geek Charming which turned out to be Geek-tastic!

Geek Charming Poster Dylan Schoenfield is a Diva as defined by self-professed film geek Josh Rosen. Dylan is a popular girl, with popular friends & a popular boyfriend and though we get the idea that to be that popular you have to be either a bubble head or an air head, what I saw was fake. Yes! In that movie popular was fake. The people she surrounded herself with were fake & she was even worse because she was better than them.

Josh rescues Dylan’s Serge Sanchez bag from the fountain which she mistakenly tossed it into and as a reward he convinces Dylan to let him make her the film of his movie.

Things go up and down but where I’m sure a lot of people hit a bump was when Dylan’s dimwitted super dumb air head meat head boyfriend dumped her in a class through a note….when Dylan couldn’t even read the note properly!

As popular, pretty, rich & intelligent as Dylan Schoenfield was she didn’t know the meaning of self-respect. Before you go changing yourself for others to accept you be sure there is nobody who would take you just the way you are. Through Josh, she learned to see how perfect she was with all her imperfections. She was not fake but she was good at it. She learned to live & learned to keep it real.

If you’re going to be hot/cute/girly/boyish or an overly intelligent person > Geek< remember to be yourself as well. Be positive, happy, friendly, nice because once you’re positive, you’re happy. When you’re nice to someone, you’re happy. When you’re friendly and real, you will definitely be happy because it all starts with you.

Many more posts like this about inner beauty/being happy with oneself/self-respect & it’s value can be found on www.whatyouwerentsureof.wordpress.com

General poems, reviews, random posts I’ve done that tell you about me can be found on www.camgal.wordpress.com

Thank you for being a wonderful audience 🙂 Bless you all.

– Camgal

 

Request?

Hello my lovely Hot, Cute and Girly Geeks! (and boys)

So I was in my bathroom putting on my gameface, getting ready for this evening’s activities here in the household when I had an idea.
On Youtube, where I spend most of my days, I follow numerous amounts of so called Beauty Gurus. Now, I’m no beauty expert but I do buy and use make-up and other beauty related products. The closest I’ve ever come to actually doing anything beauty related is by doing hauls on my second channel. (Hauls are were you show your viewers what you got at a store.) Some might see this as bragging but I don’t, and it’s not what I do  in my videos. I also tried to start a beauty blog, but I ended that chapter very fast.
Anyway, back to what I wanted to ask you. I’m going to a wedding tomorrow so I will be doing a full face of make-up on myself and I will be fixing my hair. Would anyone want me to film me doing this? I could also do an everyday look instead if that would interest you more.
This might not seem as geeky, but it is definately girly, cute and hot. Also, it might help if you are a younger geek struggling to get into make-up or it might give fellow girls inspiration!

Let me know in the comments if this sounds interesting or hit me up on twitter!

Keep rocking that geek
xx Zandrina

Camgal>Guest Blogger

First of all. I would like to give a special Shoutout to Mendy for inviting me to guest post. Lots of Love & I wish you a speedy recovery.

Secondly. Salutations to all the Hot, Cute, Girly/Boyish Geeks out there. I am so thrilled to be posting here. It’s an honour really.

Okay. My name is Ifeoma, I’m 17 and I’m a Nigerian 🙂 I go by the name camgal on most or all of my posts but feel free to address me a either. Basically, I love writing, sports, & reading. Shakespeare is still my role model when it comes to writing, diction & style. I love novels by Anne Rice, Sidney Sheldon, Wole Soyinka & recently found author Emily Guido at www.emilyguido.com :). I juggle my love for celebrities and their roles between sleeping and blogging/writing. I love my family. We are just four & Catholic. I tend to ramble a lot when doing this sort of things, so I’ll tell you one more truth. I’m not really good at intro’s so if you’re interested in knowing more about me you can visit my blog at www.camgal.wordpress.com . I had something exciting lined up for this post as I racked my brain over what I was going to put.

So…what does camgal have to contribute to the hotcutegirlygeek blog? Let’s see.

I love seeing hot & geek in the same sentence because those are two words I personally would never use in the same line but if we think about it abstractly, people have used them more frequently than they realise.

Geeks are perceived to be overly intellectual and my definition of hot is a modern day vampire ;). Where can we find these two? Movie roll please.

  Yes, it’s the characters from My Babysitter’s a Vampire. Ethan the geek meets Sarah the hot fledgling/vampire. I saw this as classic because her Vampire essence made her stronger than him & he was not intelligent enough to read the bold sign that said “Too Hot to Handle”.

Though this is just one example and there are tons more, this is my favourite. Now Girls & Geeks I need you to do me a favour & do not hold back your thoughts.

 This is Ian Somerhalder! Vampire Diaries heart-throb Damon Salvatore. This is a topic that has been & may continue to be debatable.  Is Damon hotter, cuter & more of a bad ass than Joseph Morgan’s Klaus?

  

I’ve done the figures, compared personalities, movies>previous>recent>future< and I’m still stumped! While that is all good, another puzzle is…if Claire Holt & Kate Beckinsale’s characters Rebecca & Selene were to have a throw down, who would win? Verbally, Physically? Let me know what you think.

 We have Underworld’s Selene Vs.  Pretty, British, tough talking  Rebecca from the Vampire Diaries….Sizzling. Guys feel free to give your opinions as well.

Alright, I believe I’ve doodled & dabbled enough. I’m really all about reviews and expressing myself in as many possible ways. I write poems, I write songs, I write books and I’m currently working on one. You can Check out my completed blog book..The Blog Diaries on my website www.whatyouwerentsureof.wordpress.com From Where was the bend? to Revenge is Sweet and the final book Chyna Vs. Hampton to Don’t judge me because you can’t.

The Novel i’m currently working on is entitled A year in June. It’s genre for now is Romance. You can read the synopsis on www.camgal.wordpress.com/coming-soon/. I really hope I didn’t bore you lol & once again I would like to thank Mendy so much for this wonderful experience.

– Camgal