What It’s Like to be a Writer

There are many kind of writers. Novelists, mystery writers, autobiography writers, just to name a few. I’m a short story writer who has written a mystery and is writing another one. In case you didn’t know, it’s highly unusual for a short story writer to write a mystery.

I once had a friend who said I was lucky to be a writer. Well let me tell you if you enjoy solitude then you will be happy as a writer. It’s just you and your imagination sitting in front of the computer, trying to write. Words don’t always flow. When that happens, I pick up a book and read. Reading for me is inspiration. And of course I read a book that’s similar to what I’m writing.

When I’m writing I’m in the zone. The zone is like none other. You forget to drink, you forget to eat, you forget everything but the document in front of you.

I once wrote a screenplay. Difficult when you are not accustomed to writing a screenplay. It requires a certain format. I spent hours trying to format the screenplay, not hours writing it. Seems to me that I was spending more time formatting than writing. So I gave it up.

Now that I’m writing another mystery, I’m reading mysteries. I’ve read Lee Child and now I’m reading Sue Grafton. Sue Grafton is kind of funny, making her books enjoyable.

As I said, no matter what you write, you need to read that kind of book. I’ve taught creative writing and the people in my class never read the kinds of book that they liked to read. It was frustrating, but it turned out a few of the people in my classes actually had writing talent.

I don’t intend to teach anymore. It infers with my writing. And I plan to someday be a full-time writer.
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Sue Powers is an accomplished writer. She has written a mystery, She’s Not There, that will published soon and is writing another mystery.

My Brother Richard

I wrote a mystery that my writing group disliked. My writing group only accepts and critiques literary works, and the mystery I wrote isn’t literary. So they rejected it.

But there are people to whom I value their opinions. And they liked it. So I decided to self-publish the mystery. But when I went to self-publish my book, it wanted me to embed my fonts. I have no idea what that means, so my brother took over. My brother is an environmental engineer and quite brilliant (he got a 100% in math on his GRE plus he now has a PH.D.) So I let him take over, fully confident he would do the right thing.

Now I’m waiting, as there were changes to be made. His wife is reading my mystery and the changes I made. We’ll see what she thinks. Meanwhile, I’m writing another mystery. This one involves a murder where the first one involved a missing person. It requires a lot of reading.

So I’m reading Tripwire, by Lee Child. I’ve gotten ideas from this book, and now I’m just curious how it ends. There are other authors I could read, but I want to finish this book first.

Here’s hoping I finish my second mystery and it is good enough to be self-published!
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Sue Powers is an accomplished short story writer. She has a book of short stories entitled A Surprising Measure of Subliminal Sadness that is seeking a publisher.

Why I’m Reading Tripwire

Tripwire is a book by Lee Child, a book in which someone gets killed. Now, why am I reading this mystery?

The reason is because I’m writing a mystery about a murder and I need information to write it. Reading is the best thing to do if you’re a writer. If a writer doesn’t read, how will the writer learn to write? Of course reading for pleasure is very enjoyable. I often just read just for pleasure.

But back to Tripwire. So far in this book, Jack Reacher has flown from Key West to New York because a private investigator was asking about him and then the P.I. got killed. In NY, Jack’s met an old friend, Julia, with whom he knew since she was fifteen. At that time, he restrained himself from kissing her. But now that they are both in their thirties, and she’s a lawyer, he is still restraining himself, mainly because he believes she thinks of him an uncle or brother.

But he’s wrong, though he doesn’t know it, at least not yet. I’m only on page 129 and there are 400 pages to this book. I hope he finds out.

In my mystery, we find out pretty quickly, just like Tripwire. But I have a tons of character interaction, while Reacher basically is running around and getting into car accidents.

I’m also trying to add humor to my mystery, but it’s difficult to include humor inside a mystery. I know that at least one writer does it easily, but for me, it’s hard.

In my first mystery, She’s Not There, it seemed easy to add humor. But for this mystery, I simply can’t see how to do it. It’s like all the humor inside of me is not coming out in this mystery. I’m writing it anyway, humor or not.

She’s Not There I’m self-publishing with the help of my brother. He’s embedded the fonts so I can self-publish this mystery.

Anyway, watch for She’s Not There. It should be self-published by the end of April 2019.
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Sue Powers is an accomplished short story writer. One of her stories was published by Saturday Evening Post. Those who live on the east coast know that magazine and think of it as a prestigious magazine. She’s also published many other short stories. She’s now written one mystery and writing another.

My Mystery

I wrote a mystery that my literary writing group told me wasn’t very good. But when my friends who are mystery readers liked it, I began to think maybe it wasn’t so bad. Then one friend told me she was infatuated with my characters and another said it was going to be great. Well that really put me to thinking about self-publishing this mystery.

Self-publishing isn’t easy. Did I want to put my mystery in Kindle? Have it be a paperback? Hardcover? There’s Ingram Spark and Create Space (Amazon) – both offer self-publishing.

To gain more information, I joined Ingram Spark’s blog. Their first blog was about ‘metadata,’ which they said I need it for my strategic marketing plan. (As if I have one.) Metadata is about the title, subtitle, price, publication date, ISBN and any other information so readers can find your book.

Your metadata should be as descriptive as possible, including elements such as what genre the book fits into, who is telling the story, and keywords or information that will appeal to the intended audience.

Specific descriptive information that includes terms like “beach read,” “Italian cookbook,” or “authoritative biography” will help put the book title on the radar of readers who are looking for a certain kind of book.

Now I have to join Ingram and create a name that is NOT Indie. So I’ve been thinking about names. SJP Words; SJP Bookworm; SJP Woodworks; SJP Press (sounds like I’m a publisher). The reason I need a name is because people might have questions or God forbid complaints. That way they can contact me.

I also need some ISBN numbers. One for Kindle, Nook and other readers. Another for softcover. And the last for hardcover.

Plus I need a good book description so readers will know what the book is about. In my case, it’s just about a woman who disappears. It just so happens that the woman is the ex-wife of a mobster and someone is following one of the people who are investigating.

All this just because I wrote a mystery.

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Sue Powers is essentially a short story writer. She often asks herself what business does she have writing and publishing a mystery? Yet she has – it’s called She’s Not There ( see photo above.) And she’s writing another mystery!

How to Spot a Scam

Want to know how you can smell a scam from a mile away? And I don’t mean by heading over to the Google to punch in “Is (such and such) a scam?”

Because like attracts like, indeed you’ll find some people calling (such and such) a scam.

More than that, they’ll trash the heck out of it, then try to sell you on joining their down line on some pyramid scheme.

Here are a few questions you can ask yourself to cut through the B.S. and tell if it’s a scam or not.

1. How long has that business been up and running?
2. Do they have a money-back guarantee?
3. Do you have PROOF that it works before you buy?

Keep these in your back pocket. They will help you expose a scam.
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Sue Powers has had many short stories published. She’s also written a mystery, She’s Not There, that will published soon. She’s also writing another mystery.