The Day Has Come!

black and white me     Well, ladies and gentlemen the day has finally arrived! Dying To Help: The Beginning Of The End has been released into the world! And I am very much torn between excitement and fear… There is no escaping it, this is a very emotional moment.

I have been working on this book on and off for just over a decade. I have watched it grow and change, the characters have developed into so much more than names and descriptions. They are a part of me, and me them.

It is actually also a sad time, this moment has been what I have been building to, yet now it is hear it feels like I am finishing something I have truly loved working on. Now I have to look forward to the future, the next project. Which in my case is the next installment of Dying To Help. But now this book is done, I feel a longing, this was my first story which came solely from me.DTH Complete Cover

 

Today however, has been something of an achievement. So far I have managed to spread the word on twitter, facebook, and also uploaded Dying To Help: The Beginning Of The End onto Smashwords and Goodreads. I must say it is very strange and rewarding.

The paperbacks will be avaliable in a few days which means another run through of finding the right places to advertise, in the mean time, I just cannot wait to see it in print!

 

You can get your copy from the following:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

Smashwords

You can also get in touch with me via the following:

l.mullerworth@gmail.com

Facebook

Website

 

Thank you for listening guys and dolls!

Louisa Mullerworth

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What Makes Us A Success?

black and white meMy apologies for the delay in this blog but I have been pondering something that I wanted to get right. I think I have finally got there… What makes us a success? Is it fame and world recognition? Seeing ourselves in the newspaper every other week? (Whether it is good or bad) I don’t think it is you see one of my favourite actors is highly regarded by those who know who he is yet to my knowledge has not been in a tabloid for ‘Bad Behaviour’. But then you see these actors and singers who end up in tabloids on almost a daily basis for something that doesn’t belong in the public eye. So how do they differ? I am sure they all make mistakes but how does one stay under the radar when the other ends up splashed as front page news?

I ask because I want the first life; the success without the tabloid sensation. I have so much respect for those who have achieved so much but have stayed humble enough to stay out of the ever pressing eye of the press. I have mentioned this actor before; Seth Green he has a remarkable track record of achievements and has worked with some incredible people.

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Seth Green

In Family Guy he is even humble enough to have the piss taken out of himself, he regularly goes to ‘Comic Cons’ and connects with his fan base yet stays away from negative sensationalism. He has created his own TV show as well as working with some of the greats in the business with his weird and wacky creation ‘Robot Chicken’. There is a lot to admire here. Don’t get me wrong I am a fan of his work but this is not crazed ramblings I actually admire the work ethic; it seems to me that he treats it like any other job and lives as normally as he can which is why it is as good as it is. He doesn’t seem to be using it as a golden ticket to fame.

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Robot Chicken Season 4 DVD Cover

There are so many authors out there who do the same; they do it because they love the work not for the recognition. And these are the people who are usually a success in one form or another because they aren’t just throwing out any old rubbish and hoping it will sell, they take their time and make sure it is right before they release. It takes president over everything else; if it is worth doing it is worth doing properly so don’t be fooled into thinking that this is easy or it is just sat at a computer coming up with stories; there is so much more to it than that… You have to create people and worlds plotlines people can buy into and all without the help of actors to give it life. And that is the easy part; once that is done you have to trust someone enough to edit your work, and then you market it. You spend hours doing things you aren’t used to and having to sell not just your book but your credibility as a new author. Set up book signing and research where to go to get the best exposure. Find out who will be best to print your work, learn how to create an ebook and get your book on places like amazon…. You have to do all this and more before the book launches. It takes a lot; you need the passion there and the right motive to do it. Not everybody makes it. Some break big others make a decent living; but if you are passionate enough then you will never stop trying.

I suppose the point I am making is in every line of work where you face the possibility of ‘fame and fortune’ you run the risk of catching the bug and loosing the reason why you started in the first place. No matter what you do; don’t lose that drive, that passion. It is worth more than all the money in the world; it’s your dream.

 

As always guys and gals if you are interested in my work or just want to get in touch here is how;

facebook; www.facebook.com/AuthorLouisaMullerworth

Twitter; @BabyMull

Website; www.lmullerworth.wix.com/louisamullerworth

Blog; www.babymull.wordpress.com

Email; l.mullerworth@gmail.com

The Importance Of Friends…

black and white meHello, I am struggling today; mainly because the topic I want to write about; how important friends and connections in the writing world are, is an extremely true and personal topic. Your friends are the ones who help you boost your awareness without having to be asked or asking for anything in return. They are so crucial to your success but beyond that they are the ones who love you enough to believe it is possible. So don’t ever take them for granted. You know what even that doesn’t give it justice… Hopefully as I go it will feel more and more like it does.
When I say friends are important in the industry and you are lucky enough to have or find these very incredible people I mean these are the people who have either done what you are trying to do or are doing it as well. You can help each other! Never underestimate the support someone can give you but also never underestimate the support you can give them.

Here are a couple of examples of what I mean….

Hayley Barlow (Author)
Hayley is a wonderful and strong woman who does so much herself; mother, self employed in two businesses and bless her heart not too well. By my accounts she is a superhero!

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Hayley Barlow

And to top all this off she is always running blogs, facebook events and helping someone… I try and help where I can but I don’t think I do her justice; so here is how you can find Hayley and please do she is a talented Romance author and a truly astonishing person!

 

 

 

‘Lust Or Love’ on Kindle/Paperback; http://www.amazon.co.uk/lust-love-Part-1-beginning-ebook/dp/B00IHQKL3U
TWITTER; @MUMMY2BB
Facebook; https://www.facebook.com/h.barlow32
Good Reads; https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7858281.H_Barlow
Blog; http://hayleyb32.wordpress.com/
Publisher’s Book Bio; http://www.npuniverse.com/books/lust-or-love/
Publisher’s Author Bio; http://www.npuniverse.com/authors/h-barlow/
Review By Alina Popescu (Author); http://alina-popescu.com/lust-or-love-by-hayley-barlow-blog-tour-review/

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Shane is not only a fabulous friend and fellow author but he also runs a Publishing Company named Nocturnal Press Publications. Up until I decided to go independent he was my publisher and he still supports and helps me with my marketing and I try and help out as much as I can in bringing awareness to the company. So if you love to read Fantasy then please do check out Shane’s own release ‘Last Child Of Asgard; Delta’ or if you love reading in any fiction genre NPP will no doubt have a book release you will love!Nocturnal Press Logo

Facebook ; https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Last-Child-of-Asgard/375635192463652
Publisher Bio; http://www.npuniverse.com/books/the-last-child-of-asgard-delta/
Facebook; https://www.facebook.com/NocturnalPressPublicationsLtd
Website; http://www.npuniverse.com/
Twitter; @nocturnalpress

I could just go on with lists of other people… There is one more I would like to make special note of, there is a review there by Alina Popescu, and she is another wonderful author. I would keep my eye on her and check out her releases! #Justsaying

These are the people who have been kind enough to help me and over time have become friends. They are wonderful and I thank each and everyone of them from the bottom of my heart. I will add more to the list as the week progress’s please do have a look.

First Week Indie….

Well this week has been a hell of a week; since going indie I have been working solidly on marketing as well as setting up my business bank account, revamping my website www.lmullerworth.wix.com/louisamullerworth

In fact since my last blog my total weekly to do list has grown to an overwhelming length. Some of which will have to be taken over to next week but the majority is internet marketing, updating spread sheets, sending out promotional material to different people on request, researching marking, setting up with Amazon, and still finding time to write…. I have to admit though; I love every second of it! I get to design my own adverts so I can tap into that side of my creative nature, I am using my honed admin skills to keep records, and it gets me out the house more. Into Hinckley, Leicester, or even just down the street to the post office I am out and about rather than sat staring at the computer or telly.

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I have found drive I didn’t know I had! Don’t get me wrong it is hard work all day from 9am to 6pm but it is worth it. I am building towards something great and I have so many plans for the release my head might explode… None of this could be possible though without my incredible husband and my wonderful mum, they are my rocks. This morning for example, I really wanted a lie in would have done as well if Sid hadn’t of refused to turn the alarm off forcing me to do it. (And get out of bed in the process) he knew I was tired but would feel awful if I slept in. As for my mum, well she sends me messages speaking in affirmatives “When your world famous, you’re certainly putting the work in.” Who could go wanting with support like that?

This week has been a little bit more trying though; I wasn’t feeling all too hot on Monday my six year old trusty printer gave up on me to which I replaced (£89 lighter), managed to get the new one up and running only to realise the dog had escaped, half an hour of searching and panicking later he came home. Needless to say we weren’t impressed. By the time four came and went I was ill and curled up in bed. I still have no idea how I managed to get work done, I did through some miracle I got some writing done and designed a flyer add. Not bad for a day when nothing was working.

Then on Tuesday I woke up to find my Gmail account had a virus which was trying to infect my phone and Nexus. Half tempted to go back to bed I rang Google and they charged me £49 not dollars; pounds to fix it. An hour later it was being done and an hour after that it was all clean and deadly internet virus free (thankfully)… By midday everything was running smoothly again and I had flyered most of Hinckley and was heading home. Wednesday went like clockwork which was lovely but Thursday was the day I sorted my accounts with the banks…. I cannot begin to explain the trauma. Bank A was awful, Bank B was heaven… I am now banking with Bank B, big surprise.Add Flyer 02

I will be honest I am not used to being so very public; I am naturally borderline hermit. Happy to sit and type away a story but there is a part of me that needs them to be read, otherwise where is the point? I write to bring a little bit of solace to people, to those who find it in places where the imagination can create just about anything! So I have to break away from my hermit nature to tell those people my stories are here… It is taking some getting used to.

Well I think I have nattered enough for one day, the next blog will be posted next week on Wednesday. Until then my dears thank you for reading and as always if you are interested in any of my writings then please do let me know.

You can get in touch via;
Email; l.mullerworth@gmail.com
Facebook; www.facebook.com/AuthorLouisaMullerworth
Twitter; @BabyMull
Website; www.lmullerworth.wix.com/louisamullerworth
Blog; www.babymull.wordpress.com

Writers Block; The Brick Wall Of FRUSTRATION

When asked; what is the hardest part of writing I will always give the same answer; WRITERS BLOCK! It is by far the most frustrating thing about the job. Especially when working to a deadline; I always set myself deadlines and most of the time will meet them. But when writers block hits it is like running into a brick wall. One minute everything is flowing; your fingers can’t stop the idea’s and words are flowing that well then out of nowhere it just goes and you are left staring at a screen and everything you have written just doesn’t look or sound right.

For any other author/journalist or any other form of writer who has experienced this; as I am sure you have in some form or another I am willing to bet you will agree that when this happens it feels like you could scream or cry, or in some cases both. For me I don’t know which is worse, when you are just starting a project or finishing it. Either way I have personally spent days looking for inspiration in some bizarre ways.

Take for instance when I was writing Mistol A New Beginning; at the time I was living in a studio flat, a good sized one granted but after a while even a good sized studio flat can turn you stir crazy. Especially as when I write I rarely leave home. In fact it got to the point that the artist who was working with me at the time would bring me in supplies. Now I don’t do drugs (I think they are a waste of time), and bar a stint when I was younger I don’t as a rule drink (maybe one every now and then) but I do have my vices. I do smoke and I do drink coffee (more so when I am writing). In fact at one point whilst writing Mistol several people mentioned I had dropped a lot of weight (mainly as my diet had consisted of Caffeine and Nicotine for about four months) NOT something I would suggest! In any case back to the writer’s block… I remember about halfway through the first draft I hit the block and I was heading towards a deadline I had a month to finish the next four chapters and I had only done one. Not too bad, couple of days and I could shake it off and keep going. Two weeks later I was banging my head against an actual wall; my daily deadline was 1,000 words a day, weekly 5,000 words which gave me two days to step away from the computer; it also meant that if I was under by a couple of hundred here or there I could make up for them. By the third week I was sat in the bathroom writing just for the change of surroundings. Still nothing came. I was in trouble; so as a last ditch attempt I did something that others may find strange.

Now again; this will sound strange but after three weeks of nothing I started talking to the characters. I would sit on my bed with a pen and pad and ask them where they saw the story going. I grant you that most of it was mapped out for me as I was rewriting it on behalf of a family who lost their daughter. She was the one who wrote the original manuscript. Which made it harder as Bannesa wasn’t there to give me direction. So as I spoke essentially to myself and jotted down notes of what I should have included, changed and taken out (baring in mind I wanted to keep it as close to what Bannesa had written as possible) I slowly began to build up the next chapter. After a couple of days of this I had the next chapter plotted out and was back at the computer, needless to say I did not make that deadline despite working eighteen hour days for the next week.

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Book Signing; In Memory Of Bannesa Rose Ayers

There are so many ways to tackle the block you have to find your own way. For me it is completely embracing the story; completely living it, allowing myself to be drawn in. For others it may be stepping away from it. It’s just a wall in your mind, there are so many ways to break it down, and so many people who have been there and can help. Just ask them; myself included.

Welcome to the weird and wacky.

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Louisa Mullerworth – Author

Hello and welcome,

My name is Louisa Mullerworth; I am an author currently working on a Science Fiction novel. This is my second book the first being a fantasy written for and originally by a young woman who died before she could finish it.

‘Mistol A New Beginning’ http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mistol-New-Beginning-Louisa-Mullerworth/dp/1456796232/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1368106136&sr=8-1&keywords=mistol+a+new+beginning

Writing full time can be an anti-social job, not to mention it can cause you to loose a few marbles along the way. (Don’t get me wrong this doesn’t always happen and sometimes writers stay perfectly sane), in my case however I get gripped in my work and tend to loose myself in it. This isn’t a bad thing; more fun than anything else. 😉

So this Blog will be a mix of; random thoughts, recommendations for unwinding, the odd riddle, and the occassional column, not to mention snip bits from both the published book (Mistol) and updates and teasers for my work in progress ‘Dying To Help; The Beginning Of The End’.

So ta ta for now,

Louisa M Mullerworth.