Author Raven West

A New Road to Publishing Fame and Fortune?

There has been so much going on in my life after I completed the first draft of Vashti’s Daughter back in February, I had to take a break from the writing world.

About a week ago I had some free time (about 10 minutes) and read through comments on the Women’s Fiction Writer’s Facebook page. There was a mention of a new form of publishing – digitally – through a company based in Singapore called Good Novel.

After doing some investigation to see if it was legit and didn’t charge anything, I decided to sign a non-exclusive contract with all four of my novels and as of last week I have 300 subscribers!

AND I’ll be getting PAID ( a whopping $50!) after I’ve posted the completed novel Vashti’s Daughter – which will also motivate me to edit each chapter thoroughly beforehand.

I’ve created a temporary cover for the book – (photo was taken by my daughter from her work window – she’s a pilot with United) but I’m not going to focus on that until the entire novel is posted.

The publishing world has changed SO much over the years. Vashti’s Daughter is set in 2017 – much of the facts are current – others not-so-much, but in the end it’s a really GREAT story!

Another writing site I’m also posting 3 chapters a week is Wattpad. Whether or not this will result in any income is questionable, but my novels are now on a variety of sites and are being read Internationally!

It’s fun to write, it’s also a great deal of fun to discover new ways of getting the work out there for more people to discover. Enjoy!

It’s Time for a LES MIZ Revolution!

IF I could only SING, I’d form a PROTEST flash mob and change a few words of the great Les Miserable song: “Do you Hear the people sing, singing the song of ANGRY men (and women) It’s the music of a people who WILL NOT WEAR MASKS AGAIN!”

WTF? We were PROMISED if we got the vaccine, we could THROW AWAY these ineffective, anti-social, suffocating POS, but because of a few A-HOLES who won’t, WE ALL HAVE TO SUFFER!

They say “don’t you want to protect other people?” HELL NO – it’s their choice not get the vaccine and possibly DIE. It’s NOT my responsibility to be forced to put a piece of cloth (made in CHINA BTW) over my mouth and nose just so THEY don’t get sick! It’s called thinning the herd.

We, as FREEDOM loving AMERICANS should exercise our RIGHTS to make our OWN choices – NOT be mandated by a few power hungry, control freaks who demand unquestionable submission!

With NO END in sight at this rate we’ll be covering our faces from the time we emerge from the womb – ENOUGH IS ENOUGH – GET THE GOVERNMENT OUT OF MY FACE and give us back our SMILES!

ONE DAY MORE????!!!!

HOT off the Press!!

I’ve always found it much easier on the eyes to read a printed page and not stare at a computer screen, especially when it comes to reading a BOOK… or the first draft of what may, someday BECOME a “real” book!

Here’s the “pitch” for my 97,000 word best seller to be:

Vashti’s Daughter – A book publisher discovers a mysterious manuscript and learns she’s the reincarnated daughter of a Persian queen from 366 BCE. Risking her company and romantic relationship with the author, she breaks a centuries old curse that finally brings her true happiness and changes the world’s view of a biblical heroine.

Search Vashti, you’ll get over 2 MILLION results on Google alone! That translates into 2 MILLION potential buyers of my novel when it’s published (Literary agents, are you listening?)

I’d call it the “DaVinci Code” for Jews, only no one is murdered and the book of Esther is in the Christian Bible (in Writings) as well as the Jewish Tanakh, while the “code” was about Jesus, so us Jews really didn’t get it.

Though it’s fiction, I have several real people throughout the book, including Dr. Jim Tucker, an authority on reincarnation who was recently featured on a Netflix special “Surviving Death”, and actual locations and events that lend it credibility.

In addition to reincarnation theory, and the publishing industry, there is also the Catskills, Syracuse University basketball, a bit of Star Wars, an archeological dig in the city of Qumis in Iran, astrology, tarot, Kabballah, even Alexander the Great, although I have no idea how he ended up in the story, but it all fits.

What started out as an idea about two people who knew each other in a previous life, became a 50,000 word National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in 2011, has grown and changed and evolved into something quite extraordinary.

Coming to a bookstore, or a Costco, or a Walmart, near YOU!

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