Joey Paul

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Joey Paul is a multi-award-winning indie author, exploring young adult. She has released sixteen books so far, with two more due out in 2020. Her current works include the "Dying Thoughts" series, which is eight books, the "Lights Out" trilogy, the "Cramping Chronicles" series, as well as several standalone novels. She writes across genres, with crime, mystery, paranormal, sci-fi and dystopian being the ones most frequently on her list. She is writing her next two books at the moment, having recently finished her last two.

Joey is disabled and a graduate from The Open University with a BA (Hons) in Health & Social Care. When not reading medical textbooks, she enjoys reading crime novels, medical dramas and young adult novels. When she's out
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Joey Paul I'm an indie author, and I have a similar process to traditionally published and other indie authors. This is going to be a long answer, so I'll try t…moreI'm an indie author, and I have a similar process to traditionally published and other indie authors. This is going to be a long answer, so I'll try to condense it.

When I write a book, it takes me anywhere from a year to two years to finish it. I usually write two at the same time, as that works for me to keep the ideas fresh. Once the book is finished, it is filed away and not looked at again until about a year before publication. Usually, since I have more than a few books written and in 'stasis', it's about two to three years. That time is getting shorter, but for the basis of the question I'll leave it as two years. I do this because getting time away, focusing on a new story and letting it sit for a while helps with the editing process, or at least it helps me to get some distance from the story itself and look at it again with fresh eyes.

Once that two years pass, I start the editing process. I read through it, and make changes, rewrites, corrections and all of that before it's ever seen by anyone else. This usually involves a fourth or fifth draft before it goes to my editor. She then takes the book and does what any editor should do, and pulls it apart. If I plan to publish a book in the summer, as usually I do, this process starts in October of the previous year. It has to be with my editor by January and then we'll go back and forth until we get a final draft. That process takes until about April or May time.

In May, I'll then take the final, or at least "almost" final draft and send it off to my proofreader. My cover artist will have been working on a cover since the October time, and I'll start doing things like getting the paperback as ready as I can. By about June time, the book is locked in and final, having had both editing and proof reading done. I will then set a release date. Usually about July/August time.

Once I have the final draft, I set up getting it ready, formatted and all of that for Kindle and the paperback version. This means getting the proof done and sent to me for the paperback and setting up the pre-order function for Kindle. While doing this, I also release the previous year's release on all e-book sites, so that gets done along with it. When the book is locked in finally, that's when I let the paperback publish and let the Kindle version go out as well.

It's a long process, and it's pretty normal for most authors, indie or otherwise to go through a similar process. Now, I know a lot of authors who do more than one release a year, and I've been asked why I don't do so, the short answer is that I can't. My health issues make even sticking to this process hard. It is possible for me to have more than one book in the editing process, and it is possible for me to release all the books I've finished up until my current WIP, but I choose not to so that when, not if, but when my health causes a delay, I don't end up disappointing my readers. It's just the way I do things!

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Joey Paul I have been writing since I was 19 and had been retired from my job for medical reasons. For a long time, writing had been an escape for me during my …moreI have been writing since I was 19 and had been retired from my job for medical reasons. For a long time, writing had been an escape for me during my school years and it became that even more so once I was faced with a lifetime of being sick, in pain and unable to hold down a more conventional office job. Life pretty much inspires me to keep writing. I always find more things I want to explore, more places I want to take my characters and more plots that need to be teased out of my mind and put on the page. I have people I look up to as writers - Sue Grafton, Harlan Coben, Kathy Reichs and Sophie Kinsella, to name a few - but I also have people in my every day life that inspire me to keep going. My best friend became my carer when I got sick and having now been friends for over 20 years, she is the closest person to me. She sees me through the ups and the downs, and she's the one who takes what I've written and makes the awesome front covers. She inspires me to keep going whether it's through making me a cup of tea, or helping me work through plot holes and writer's block. Her daughter, now eleven, also inspires me. She's always been someone who loves being creative whether that's drawing like her mum, or writing like me, and it's because of her that I keep doing what I do. I am very lucky to have the people in my life that I have, and I keep going for them, but also for myself. I love writing. I love every aspect of it to varying degrees, and I have so many stories to tell that I just can't imagine doing anything else.(less)
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Review of Magical Miri by Debra Kristi

There are the witches of the Quarter, and then there is the unwanted magical bloodline. The family so secret, even its youngest members are unaware. That would be mine.

“Magick runs in your bloodstream.”

Grandma always told us we came from a powerful bloodline. A bloodline derived from one of the strongest witches in New Orleans past.

Mom disagrees. Had us believing it was nothing but lies.

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