Blog Hop: The Writing Process


Joe Perrone Jr.

Thanks so much to Joe Perrone Jr. for inviting me to this Blog Hop on the Writing Process.

Joe Perrone Jr. was the first author to be interviewed on this blog!

Joe’s Bio: Joe Perrone Jr. worked as a sportswriter for the Passaic-Clifton, NJ, Herald News, as well as a freelance advertising copywriter. Joe was also a professional fly-fishing guide for ten years in the Catskill Mountains of New York, and has had several fly-fishing short stories published in the Mid Atlantic Fly Fishing Guide. The author is perhaps best known for his Matt Davis Mystery Series. Roscoe — “Trout Town USA” — serves as the setting for Joe’s books in the Matt Davis Mysteries series.

Joe’s Links: Website | Amazon | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

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The idea of this blog tour is to introduce readers to new authors. I have been asked to answer 4 questions about my writing process and then tag 3-4 more authors.

Here are my answers to the questions:


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1. What am I working on?

I am currently blogging about Singapore’s political history.

On the creative writing side, I most recently completed The Wilde Twins (a psych thriller series featuring serial killer evil twins).

I have several other projects to get to…

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?


The Wilde Twins (Trilogy) | Jess C Scott

I will let readers decide on that. I like to study the work of people whom I admire and learn from them (whether it’s to do with writing, or something else).

3. Why do I write what I do?

Because I enjoy original stories and seeking the truth.

4. How does my writing process work?

I usually have some kind of plan or (quite comprehensive) outline. If not I tend to waste a lot of time trying to fix details along the way.

Hot chamomile tea helps me stay nice and relaxed while writing/editing.

My Links: jessINK | Facebook | Twitter | Amazon | Goodreads

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Authors I have Tagged:

I’ve tagged fellow authors Maria Savva, Edward Giles Brown, Matt Posner, and Katherine Mayfield.

I’m very happy to introduce you to these authors, so hop on over to their sites and see what they are up to.

On Twitter, you can follow the various blogs in this tour via the hashtag #MyWritingProcess

maria_savva_hs(1) Maria Savva

Maria Savva lives and works in London. She studied Law at Middlesex University and The College of Law. She is a lawyer, although not currently practising law. She has published five novels, the most recent of which is Haunted, a crime fiction/psychological thriller. Far Away In Time is her sixth collection of short stories.

Maria’s Links: Website | Maria’s Writing Process | Facebook | Twitter | Amazon


(2) Edward Giles Brown

Edward Giles Brown is the author of 365 Days of Verse, a sonnet collection containing a sonnet written every day for a year, and The Sacrifice, a five act play.

He’s currently revising 365 Days of verse and will eventually release a single-volume second edition. He is currently seeking work in Hong Kong.

Edward’s Links: WebsiteTwitter | Amazon | YouTube | Writing Process

matt_posner(3) Matt Posner

Matt Posner is my highly motivated and industrious co-author on the book, Teen Guide!

This is Matt’s bio from the Teen Guide to Sex and Relationships page:

Matt is an NYC teacher who’s willing to make controversial statements that he thinks are in your best interest. In his own words, Teen Guide “explains what mature, adult sexuality is and provides a useful guide to entering that sexual world at the right time.”

Matt is also the author of the School of the Ages series (an urban fantasy for ages 12 and up).

Matt’s Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Amazon | Goodreads

Katherine Mayfield(4) Katherine Mayfield

A former actress who appeared Off-Broadway and on the daytime drama Guiding Light, Katherine Mayfield is the author of the award-winning memoir, The Box of Daughter: Healing the Authentic Self; Bullied (a guide to recovery for teens and adults who have been bullied); and Dysfunctional Families: The Truth Behind the Happy Family Facade.

She has written for numerous local and national publications, and appears regularly with the Portsmouth Athenæum’s Wednesday Writers’ Series in Portsmouth, NH. She teaches writing workshops and classes in Maine, provides coaching and editing for other writers, and enjoys using her acting skills and love of words to record audiobooks.

Katherine’s Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Amazon | Goodreads | Writing Process


Teen Guide: Blog Tour


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The Teen Guide blog tour kicks off today!

I will add the blogs Matt and I have been interviewed/reviewed/hosted at, along the way.

If you’d like to interview me / have me contribute a blog post and/or article, just contact me at missfey[@]

* Teen Guide to Sex and Relationships (info + author bios) @ jessINK *

* Submit  a question at the Teen Guide: Q&A blog (2013 +)

===Teen Guide: Blog Tour (2012)===

Jess’s Blog Tour

April 30 — Interview at Unwritten
May 1 — Official PR Release (PR Log)
May 8 — Guest Post at Maria Savva’s Blog (on the word “fag” + the mixed messages young people are receiving)
May 9 — Feature at The e-reader House
May 10 — Interview with Junying Kirk (“Let’s Talk About Sex”)
May 12 — Mention at Joseph Grinton’s Blog (“Eternal Youth…”)
May 13 — Guest Post at Katherine Mayfield’s Blog (“Rediscovering the Authentic Self”)
May 14 — Sex and Writing: Author Feature with Juliana Sliema (18+)
May 28 — Guest Post at The Fear Girls (“The Need for Self-Publishing”)
June 10 — Book Spotlight at Bookingly Yours
July 12 — Interview at The LL Book Review
Aug 14 — Interview at Blkosiner’s Book Blog
Dec 20 — Radio Interview with CK
Mar 26 — Interview at The Indie Spotlight
Aug 13 — Joint Interview at STOMP

Matt’s Blog Tour

Feb/May— Official Announcement + Excerpt (“Love vs. Lust”)
May 7 — Guest Post with Ey Wade
May 7 — Guest Post with Simon Palmer
May 9 — Interview with Katy Sozaeva (SotA series + Teen Guide mention)
May 10 — Interview with Osier Publishing (“Are You Shy On These Topics?”)
May 10 — Interview with Mande Matthews (“What’s controversial in Teen Guide?”)
June 11 — Feature with Revital
June 3 — Interview with Laurie Laliberte
Dec 20 — Radio Interview with CK
Mar 26 — Interview at The Indie Spotlight
Aug 13 — Review at Indybay (CA)

Trouble, Jess C Scott


SUMMARY: A poetry collection by author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott. Trouble showcases Jess’s penchant for “bending the rules”—read with caution.

* Most of Trouble features in Jess’s writing/illustrating portfolio, Porcelain (Trouble focuses on poetry, only). Trouble and Porcelain are low-cost introductions to Jess’s writing material.

GENRE: Poetry (50+ poems)

* NOTE FROM JESS: “Trouble covers a decade’s worth of writing. I will turn 24 in September 2010 — it is the writing process throughout my teenage years that has allowed me to create the work I’ve done (and continue to do) in my 20s, a process which Trouble offers a look at.”

* Note (Feb 2011): Check out Trouble on jessINK [Jess’s indie publishing division ;)].

Cover ‘Doll’ Photo by: r e n a t a

Media Mentions:
Press Page

* Trouble enters the Amazon Kindle bestseller lists
#5 in > Kindle Books > Fiction > Poetry > Anthologies — September 6, 2010
#62 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Poetry > Anthologies — September 7, 2010

Praise and Reviews:

“I abandon all ‘insistencies’ I’ve ever had regarding formal poetry.”
editor of The Moose & Pussy literature & art magazine

“…each word [Jess] writes is exactly what she wants to say and as a reader, it is very natural in terms of comprehension and flow.”
– loafhunter13 @

“Baudelaire was a dandy and a snob…he is inimitable and immortal. But he’s a snob. Jess is a treasure. So there.”
– Joseph Grinton @


» More Info on Take-Out @ jessINK (2011).


Branding Yourself


From my strategic marketing textbook:

“A good brand name can evoke feelings of trust, confidence, security, strength, and many other desirable characteristics.”
— Pg 86, Marketing Management (ISBN-10: 0-07-313763-4)

I’ve been doing the independent publishing thing for about a year (I can’t remember when I started exactly — May or June 2009). Throughout that time, I’ve observed many people, experimented with pricing, and have constantly kept a sharp eye on my work and “public image.”

Subconsciously, I’m always asking myself:

  1. Is this a book/piece of writing/project/product I can stand by, once I put it out on the market?
  2. (a) How is my branding image? (b) Is it what I want it to be? (c) Is it associated with quality?

I’ve observed (and/or hung out with) many people online — professionals in the traditional publishing industry (it is quite interesting to note that several of the top agents/agencies have extremely sparse websites/profiles — if they even have an online presence in the first place…), traditionally-published authors, both traditionally-and-independently-published authors, independently published authors, and paying customers.

I think many people have a tendency to go slightly haywire, when money is involved.

For example, the optimum selling price (thus far) for J. A. Konrath’s books is $1.99-$2.99 (he has determined this from past price tweaks, etc). Therefore, many indie authors think it is impossible for them to go higher than $2.99 (not all indie authors, but quite a few).

* Side Note #1: I like reading Konrath’s blog posts. Not so much the comments section — things can get quite ugly a little down the road (page on the computer screen, in this case), lol.

The thing is, I’m not too entirely sure that this would be the optimum selling price for every single ebook out there.

I’ve found that too much focus on price, leads to less focus on value.

I’ve found that too much focus on quantity, leads to less focus on quality. There’s an overemphasis on a novel’s wordcount, instead of the storyline — on the number of pages in a book, versus the substance/content of the pages — on the number of books one can get through (in the shortest amount of time, in some cases), versus the number of books that get through to you (the ultimate experience of reading a good book — “good book” being something that’s perennially subjective).

There’s a lot of noise, and constant chatter…which eats into production time. In my case, I may not be selling thousands of copies of my books yet (I’ll almost hit 200 this month — whether this remains consistent is something I’ll “wait and see”)…but they move every month, even if I don’t pimp/advertise/mention them anywhere.

I initially spent obscene amounts of time on: (1) product description/s, and (2) my blog designs/websites (even those that are not as fully customizable as those on Why? Because these are the FIRST IMPRESSIONS a potential customer/reader has of me/my work — people I don’t personally know — that I may never have any personal, direct contact with — but who may check out my other work, if they happen to like one of my works.

I know having an online presence is paramount these days. If one desires to “be a brand,” one needs to have a Facebook and Twitter account, and blog/website, etc. Still, I think it’s quite interesting how the line between socializing (purely for leisure), and networking/marketing can be blurred. Not that it’s wrong. But the really, really great business people [who can (literally “adjust themselves to your personality” so that they can) sell you any-thing (these things are way more interesting than the actual theories one would have to learn as a “psychology student”)] know that at the end of the day — there’s still a product to be sold.

A Lexus doesn’t come cheap — that is part of the company’s branding, and they justify this branding with their “pursuit of perfection” (official slogan) and the luxury/prestige associated with owning one of their cars. Linking this to pricing (for ebooks, specifically):

  1. There are people who’ll snap up any $0.99 ebook, because “it’s cheap.”
  2. There are also people who’ll not look at any $0.99 ebooks, because “they’re cheap.”
  3. The reasons classics last (not just books but art, film, music, etc) is because of their timelessness and excellence.
  4. “Instead of stubbornly attempting to use surrealism for purposes of subversion, it is necessary to try to make of surrealism something as solid, complete and classic as the works of museums. ” — Salvador Dali

* Side Note #2: I know my thoughts can appear disjointed, but I come close to what I’m trying to find, via “seeking order by disorder.” My journal entries also tend to be more “disjointed,” than what I write fictitiously (just saying).

As a writer, I have always concentrated on the storyline, and the characters. Also, I never do the same thing twice. Of course, there will be certain recurrent themes and elements which appear throughout the poems/short stories/novels I produce — but I suppose I’m inspired by some form of change and challenge. Churning out the same thing over and over again is stale for me. It might work very well for other writers (and their paying customers / target audience), but if it doesn’t work for me, I’m just going to be making my own life very difficult if I try to be something I’m not. The whole experience wouldn’t be very pleasurable as well (I know; I’ve done so in other departments in my life).

I am what I am. I’m true to myself. I write because it’s what I love to do.

And I’ve found that what I value — what I tear my hair and eyeballs out for, what I rack my brains for, and what I bleed myself dry (at times) for —  is what my target audience appreciates, too.

I dedicate a lot of time and attention to include some level of style/substance in my material, which is simultaneously not so far-out/high-brow as to alienate/confuse the reader. It’s a balance that takes skill and effort, which I continue to cultivate with each new project. My aim is to offer quality, without being completely elitist.

I do these things, because my books + writing are part of who I am.

And because all this, ladies and gentlemen = My Brand.

* Unrelated Note: Two of my favorite magazines = National Enquirer (one issue ~$3.50) + Psychology Today (~$2.66 per issue, with 1 year subscription / 6 issues per year).

Of Book Covers and Rankings


1. (re: Book05) I’ve switched the character’s name back to his original name [Chester T. (a.k.a. Chas-ti-ty) Adamski]. “Chester Evans” was…a little too goody-sounding (no offense to all the Chester Evans’s out there!).

2. Since 4:Play crosses so many genres, I’ve plucked out Wicked Lovely, and compiled some of the GLBT ones together, and will see how they go as $0.99 downloads. Kinda amazing that I took one year (since publishing 4:Play…almost) to try this out.

3. The Devilin Fey managed to go below #3K in the paid kindle store (overall) recently. I think I put it up sometime in early June.

4. I don’t know how long the novella / any of my (current and/or future) books will manage to *stay* below #5-10K in the Kindle store. However, I think I’m just going to continue focusing on the characters/story…basic business rule is to add value to the customer / provide them with something valuable. I don’t want to waste too much time “checking on my stats” and “checking on my sales” etc etc when that time could’ve been spent writing/exploring something new, lol.

5. I think book covers are just as important (if not more important, in some ways), than the actual content. Because the book cover IS the first impression — I can spend an awfully long time fiddling around with font choices, colors, etc…lately, I added two thin black lines onto the cover of 1: The Intern, which made such a big difference. I also spent the past few hours coming up with the covers for the two $0.99 downloads mentioned in point #2. They should be available over…the following week.

6. Almost-ready cover for Wicked Lovely:

wicked lovely

Photo by D Sharon Pruitt

7. More books = more work. More sales = more fun.

8. Have a whole load of tweaking to do (I like to “prep” things instead of just uploading the eBook onto Amazon and leaving it there — I’ll have some ways and means of presenting it as best as I can to potential readers/buyers)…

9. …before I can finally get to: (a) tweaking 1: The Intern (b) starting on my summer marketing course, yikes!

10. I’m so tired [but will keep going].