How to Write in Different Genres and Juggling Multiple Careers
by Jennifer Conner
Right now, in this time of Covid, we are lucky if we can keep our heads from blowing off, but writing helps keep our brains embedded in our cranium for a few more days.
I am a writer, but also a publisher and owner of Books to Go Now and help side manage a book cover design and formatting company, Romance Novel Covers Now.
Books to Go Now: Where readers find great new authors. Accepting most genres for submissions. http://bookstogonow.com/
‘Romance Novel Covers Now’ creates eye-catching, professional romance book covers that will help your indie author/self-published book stand out from the others. They are professional and easy to work with. Books to Go Now uses them for all their covers. Thousands of professionally designed ebook covers or the full-wrap for paperbacks. 3D covers, book ads, and formatting also available. http://romancenovelcoversnow.com/
Over the last fifteen years, I have written in many genres. I write the story that comes to me and I don’t write to the curve. The problem of writing to the curve is that the curve has moved on by the time you finish the book. I started writing professionally about thirteen years ago when I won a few national contests and got a one on one with a big house publisher. This opportunity went nowhere when I was told there was no such thing as a bikini barista (there are three in my hometown still). I decided that I needed to do this on my own and take many of the authors I knew with me.
I started my book publishing company, Books to Go Now, in 2010. We now represent hundreds of authors all over the world and thousands of titles in eBook, Paperback, Foreign Language and Audiobook.
We help authors on their journey and help them along the way. Writing is a self-isolating thing and we need support from others. We encourage our writers to write what they are passionate about.
I have written in Romance, Holiday romance, erotica (light), horror, historical and paranormal in books. My newest release, Fighting the Fire, a paranormal romance, is listed HERE.
Top Amazon Reviewer: “Ms. Jennifer Conner has written a page-turning tale with plenty of twists and turns. The story has mystery, suspense, Indian paranormal flare, a hot firefighter, and unusual fires. I enjoyed the story; I loved the chemistry between Cy and Mia and how they work together to overcome issues.” — Redrabbitt Reviews
“This was an intriguing and unique paranormal romance that definitely held my interest from beginning to end. I highly recommend this one if you like an exciting paranormal romance.” — Just My Opinion Reviews
With her pyrokinetic powers, Mia Koda has always thought she was a freak. Since she was young, she could start fires with her mind. These powers are now growing out of control.
Firefighter Cy Brennon’s main goal is to make sure everyone caught in a fire comes out safely and alive. When he breaks into a burning house, the last thing he expects to find is a beautiful young woman, untouched by the flames, in what he can only describe as a “fire-free zone”.
Pulled together after the fire and their similar tragic childhoods, they search to discover more about Mia’s Native American roots, and the powers she has always feared.
As dangerous passion builds between her and Cy, Mia begins their journey. These long-hidden secrets will help Mia to better understand her powers, as she and Cy leave their childhoods behind and learn to reach into the hidden corners of each other’s hearts.
But is Mia starting the fires or is there something sinister lurking in the shadows of the past?
When I helped out and started managing some of the site for Romance Novel Covers Now, I’ve learned more about the tracking of the designers and the clients to help authors find the perfect cover if they decide to self-publish. During Covid, we’ve helped them design a new website to match more clients to their services. They are branching out to more custom covers, formatting, author ad blocks and pretty much anything authors need.
In the last few years, I’ve expanded my writing to include screenwriting. I have transferred a few of my books into scripts and then written a few new stories. One I did was, Winning Love for Valentine’s Day www.canva.com/design/DADUITXvcn0/view, with my friend and co-writer Angela Ford.
Then I decided to switch hats completely and write a horror screenplay, Starvation Heights.
STARVATION HEIGHTS was inspired by real-life events of a local lore story and house just up the road from me. It is a HORROR – Feature about a reality T.V. show that films at a haunted sanitarium where patients starved to death, but the ghosts are the least of their worries.
It’s Hellraiser for a new generation meets Hell House with Greek cults and a dose of insane local history thrown in.
Here is the link to the PITCH DECK VIDEO for STARVATION HEIGHTS. https://www.canva.com/design/DAEArZYfvrY/ICNmoN753noAFUN72as7Zw/watch?utm_content=DAEArZYfvrY&utm_campaign=designshare&utm_medium=link&utm_source=publishsharelink
Even if you have kids and a full-time job, if you are a writer in your heart, carve out that time in your day, even if it’s only ten minutes. You’ll feel better when your head hits the pillow. You will be character plotting instead of counting sheep with plot ideas binging around.
Having been around the writing block a few times, I would love to hear from you if you are a new writer and have questions. I love helping others along on their writing journey. firstname.lastname@example.org
♥♥♥ Nice! Your paranormal romance looks like quite a read!
Thanks for stopping by with your fascinating guest post, Jennifer! Awesome to have you here!
Jennifer Conner is a best-selling Northwest author who has eighty books in print, ebook, audiobook, foreign language, and screenplays. She writes in Romance, Horror, Paranormal, and Historical. She has hit Amazon’s top fifty authors ranking and her books have been #1 in sales. She was a finalist in multiple writing contests and recently, her screenplay, Starvation Heights, was chosen as the winner of the Oregon Screamfest and a finalist in the Austin After Dark Film Festival.
Jennifer is an Associate Publisher for the indie traditional publisher, Books to Go Now, which resides in the Seattle area. They pride themselves in helping new authors get their foot in the door with well-edited manuscripts, professional covers, and platform uploads.
She lives in a hundred-year-old house that she grew up in. Her semi-small town holds an interesting mix of resident hillbillies, yuppies and Navy Seals. And, of course, Seattle, only a few miles away, is the birthplace of Starbucks so coffee is always on the checklist. She blows glass beads with a blow torch (which relieves a lot of stress and people don’t bother you). Jenni watches and reads all genres of movies and books, and loves to lose herself in a good plot.
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Jennifer-Conner/e/B0042850FG/
Thanks again, Jenni! We hope to see you back on ILRB sometime.
Happy reading, everyone!
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