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Suzy Vadori’s Inspired Writing Episode 4 – When can You Call Yourself a Writer?

I meet people every day (mostly online this year!) who want to write a book. Some have an idea, some have started writing and maybe got stuck partway through the process, and some have completed works that have yet to be published.

But many are reluctant to call themselves “Writers”. Is there some secret rule or certification you need to use this title? How does one get from “Aspiring Writer” to “Writer”?

In this week’s Inspired Writing Episode, I talk about when you can call yourself a writer. Hint: you may be one already.

Suzy Vadori’s Inspired Writing Episode 3 – Behind the Scenes Look at Live Events as an Author

There’s nothing I love more than meeting readers and talking books. And while there have been less opportunities to meet readers in person in 2020, I’m thrilled to be at Millarville Christmas Market this week.

Writers ask me a lot about the events I do, so this week my Inspired Writing Episode is dedicated to giving you a look behind the scenes of my planning for these events. In this episode I share

  • What I talk about with readers
  • When an author should consider doing events AND
  • My checklist of things I bring to events so I’M PREPARED FOR ANYTHING!

So far at the market I’ve met thousands of readers, braved a winter storm (my booth is outside!) and used up two pens signing books that will make their way into readers’ hands this Christmas. I can’t wait for what this next weekend will bring.

Get the exact Packing List I made for Millarville Christmas Market 2020

Happy Writing!

Suzy Vadori’s Inspired Writing Episode 2 – Is Social Media a Waste of Time for Writers?

Now, more than ever our world is moving online.

I am so grateful for my online communities. I think of my network as my coworkers, and when I take the time to connect online I feel like I’ve been out in the world, even if I haven’t left my house or even my desk all day.

But I am all too aware that access to everything at my fingertips can be a HUGE distraction, which if left unchecked can hurt productivity.

So, how much is enough? Is there value online for writers, or is it just a distraction?

I made this week’s episode to share with you 3 destinations online I’ve found ways to

–          Learn more about writing and the publishing industry

–          Connect with other writers and share tips

–          Connect with readers

Check out this week’s episode above.

Happy Writing!

Suzy Vadori’s Inspired Writing Episode 1 – How Beta Readers can Save Your Book from Disaster

Is your Manuscript ready for early readers? Get the inside scoop on how I use Beta Readers. What are they? What’s their job? How do you find them?

And as an added bonus, I’m giving you the exact questions I asked my Beta Readers for The West Woods, Book 2 in my award winning The Fountain Series. You can use these questions with your own Beta Readers, or tweak them to make them your own.

Yes! Send Me Your Beta Reader Questions!

Happy writing!

Book 3 in The Fountain Series is Finally HERE!

BOOK 3 OF THE FOUNTAIN SERIES- ORDER NOW
 
Help Wall of Wishes hit the bestseller lists by ordering personalized, signed copies for yourself or that avid reader you know! Available until Thursday, June 25 from Owl’s Nest Books (*EDIT*: The site currently says sold out because the books are set aside to be signed! But go ahead and order!)
 
Thank you so much for your support, I couldn’t do this without you, my readers, and I can’t wait to sign your name to one of my books. 📖✍️✍️
 
I’ll miss celebrating this book with you all in person, but we’re still having a launch party – Pandemic-style! Join me on my Facebook Page each day this week 5:30 MDT to check out amazing events and chats.
Monday, June 22, 2020 LIVE at 5:30MDT- Stark Productions with Mark Leslie Lefebvre interviews Suzy Vadori about the business side of writing.
Tuesday, June 23, 2020 LIVE at 5:30MDT – LIVE on site at Owl’s Nest Books in Calgary, with store manager Stacey Kondla to talk about the challenges indie bookstores face during this pandemic
Wednesday, June 24, 2020 – Suzy Vadori appears on GoIndieNow (prerecorded) with Joe Compton, to discuss her writing career and all her projects
Thursday, June 25, 2020 LIVE at 5:30MDT – Join us for a fun filled evening of talking about YA books, complete with an interactive trivia game. Chances to win $150 CAD in gift cards for Owl’s Nest Books, redeemable from anywhere in North America.
We’re to have a blast, I can’t wait for you to see what we’ve got planned. 💜💜💜
 
To kick the week off, here’s me out in the woods, reading from Wall of Wishes!
 

Cover Reveal – Book 3 in The Fountain Series – Wall of Wishes

It’s finally here! I hope you love this cover by Aurora Award finalist Jeff Minkevics as much as I do. It’s the perfect cap to my debut series. Thank you to my amazing readers for waiting patiently (and some not so patiently) for this final installment.

Due to Covid 19, we have delayed the launch of this book, hoping to hold an in-person launch in the fall, but are working on virtual ways to celebrate! Stay tuned for pre-order details. 

Thank you so much for your continued support of this series, I’m thrilled every time I hear from a reader, keep it coming!

-Suzy.

Wall of Wishes Cover Final

Get Signed Books to Your Door, Raise $1000 for Kids Help Phone!

December is my favorite time of the year. It’s also a good time to remind ourselves that not everyone has the support to make the holiday season great, especially youth. As many of you know, the past few years I’ve delivered signed books in December for people on your Christmas list. (Thanks to the orders that started rolling in before the campaign even started!!)

This year, I’m thrilled to be teaming up with Kids Help Phone and fellow author Adam Dreece’s Books for a Good Claus campaign this month to raise funds to keep phone lines open 24/7 for youth to call, so that someone’s always there to listen. So that their December can be as great as mine.

You can get involved by having signed books delivered to your door for yourself or avid readers on your gift list. We will donate $5 from each book sold on our site booksforagoodclaus.com. Please consider buying lots, so we can reach our goal of $1000 donated! We have awesome books from tween to adult, in romance, steam punk, thriller and science fiction. Follow the link to see the books, ask us if you need recommendations!

If you can spread the word by sharing this post, that would be a big help. If you have a way to share the press release, please contact Mickey Mikkelson of Creative Edge (mickey.creativeedge@gmail.com) THANK YOU!

Press Release 

LOCAL BEST-SELLING AUTHORS

DELIVER BOOKS FOR A GOOD CLAUSE

Calgary, Alberta: Searching for a unique gift for an avid reader on your holiday list? This December you can get a signed copy of a best-selling book delivered right to your door, while supporting a great cause, Kids Help Phone.

Local Calgary bestselling authors Adam Dreece and Suzy Vadori are launching the third annual Books for a Good Claus campaign this December. The pair are teaming up with their combined Young Adult, Science Fiction and Romance books to raise funds and awareness for Kids Help Phone’s 24/7 counselling, information and referral services. As a charity, Kids Help Phone relies on the generosity of donors during the holidays to ensure that young people have a trusted place to turn to in any moment of crisis or need. A generous $5 will be donated to Kids Help Phone for every book sold on their site, booksforagoodclaus.com, between December 3rd and 23rd.

“Kids Help Phone is excited to partner with two community-focused authors on this timely campaign,” says Sylvia Whitworth, Director, Alberta and NWT, Kids Help Phone. “In 2016, we saw a significant increase in young people reporting neglect in their family relationships, during the holidays. Hundreds of young people reach out to us every day for help…and thanks to supporters like you, we are always there to answer.”

“Kids Help Phone is excited to partner with two community-focused authors on this timely campaign,” says Sylvia Whitworth, Director, Alberta and NWT, Kids Help Phone. “In 2016, we saw a significant increase in young people reporting neglect in their family relationships, during the holidays. Hundreds of young people reach out to us every day for help…and thanks to supporters like you, we are always there to answer.”

Both Dreece and Vadori have delivered books to Calgarians each December since 2015, supporting several local charities:
“My daughter inspired me to start my writing career, and being a strong parent and mentor is at the center of me as an author,” says Adam Dreece. “It’s awesome to be teamed up with Suzy and Kids Help Phone, and being able to not only inspire and engage kids, but concretely support them when they need it most.”

Finding that they had their community focus in common, this year the two authors are joining forces, hoping to raise more than $1000 for Kids Help Phone during their campaign.

“I write for tweens and teens, and explore themes of friendship and rivalry in my books. I’ve been amazed at how the readers I meet open up about their own experiences when given the chance,” Suzy Vadori shares. “Kids need to know that someone is always there to listen. Kids Help Phone provides such a crucial service. I jumped at the chance to get involved with Adam and Books for a Good Claus. Every youth that needs to talk deserves to have somewhere to call.”

Adam and Suzy are getting into the holiday spirit by personally delivering signed books to Calgarians’ doors. Signed books can also be sent nationally and internationally, for a nominal shipping charge. The delivery campaign runs from Dec 3-24. To order a signed book for someone on your Christmas list, visit booksforagoodclaus.com

Kids Help Phone is Canada’s only national service offering professional counselling, information and referrals for young people 24/7 by phone, Live Chat and the Always There chat app. Through its free, and anonymous service, young people can connect in both English and French for the support they need, in the way they need it most. Please call 1-800-668-6868, we are always open.

The West Woods is Coming!

I am thrilled beyond belief to be able to share the beautiful cover for The West Woods!  Designer Jeff Minkevics gave this story the perfect mix of fantasy and mystery.

The West Woods is Book 2 of The Fountain Series, a prequel that takes place the year before The Fountain. It’s Courtney’s story – how she came to be the hardened person that she was in The Fountain (hint – it has to do with MAGIC!). It also answers lots of questions about the St. Augustus campus, the connection between the school’s founder and its teachers, and more.

This book was so much fun to write. Courtney has a softer side. She has amazing friendships that came to life in this book. There is still magic, and romance, of course – but the friendships that developed in this book were amazing to write.

Today was a super fun day – COVER REVEAL DAY!  With dozens of YA Book Bloggers helping to spread the word about The West Woods by participating. The count down to the launch has begun – officially launching September 22, 2017.

I hope you love The West Woods as much as I loved writing it. Stay tuned for more details of the launch, with contests, blogs, reviews, and of course, a terrific launch party.

Thank you to all my readers, I couldn’t do this without you.

GoodreadsThe West Woods Cover Reveal - Suzy Vadori Aug 8 2017

Two Years an Author – What’s it Been Like?

This week marks two years ago that I sold the manuscript for The Fountain to Evil Alter Ego Press, finding myself in the ranks of Author overnight. How time has flown! As I’m preparing for the launch of Book 2 in The Fountain Series, (THE WEST WOODS), people keep asking me, “How’s it going?” So, I thought I’d share with you all how it’s going, and what it’s been like.

It’s going GREAT! I love being an author.

Here’s some stuff I’ve learned…

Writing a book is just the beginning. Becoming a writer is much like starting your own business – no rest for the wicked. There’s writing, there’s editing, then… there’s sales, marketing, promotion, events, media, and more writing. Phew! Luckily, I like it all. No complaints.

So many people are writing a book! It never ceases to amaze me how many people I meet are working on writing their own book. My advice to each and every one of them? Keep at it! Finish it! It can be a scary thing to put your writing out into the world. But if you love it, it’ll show, and you’ll find readers that appreciate what you’ve written. If I can help you in any way, I will, just ask.

The writing community isn’t nearly as daunting as I’d feared (sorry for letting your secret out, y’all). What a welcoming crew. As the publishing industry continues to change, no one author can possibly stay on top of it all by themselves. I’ve been very lucky to be part of many writing communities who have helped me at every step along the way. The most successful authors I know are the ones that are the most giving with their knowledge – they’re the ones I hope to be like someday.

There are many different ways to make a career out of writing. Many writers, like me, have a day job that they love as well. But the most surprising thing I’ve found is that full-time writers make a living many different ways, depending on their skill set and interests. Writing and selling books is only a part of what they do best. Teaching, coaching, editing, freelance, technical writing and more, this group is certainly creative, and inspiring.

Readers are amazing! This has been the most thrilling part of the whole ride – having real live readers experience The Fountain and ask for more. I thank them all for the feedback, reviews, and for sharing this journey with me.

What’s next?…

I have all of you to thank for reading and supporting and sharing my excitement. For all of you (okay, and for me too), I’m planning a huge party this September (2017) and you’re all invited. Whether I see you every day, haven’t seen you in a while, or you’re a reader that I haven’t met yet, I hope you’ll celebrate with me and let me buy you a drink (or a “Fountain” Mocktail for the kiddos!). Celebrate the birth of my second book, as well as celebrating reading, writing and doing whatever it is in life that we love. See you there!

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