Lauren Burd is a wife and mother of two children. She's an anime fanatic,foreign movie freak, and a voracious reader. She is the author of Immortal and Forever the first two novels in the Immortal Trilogy.
I've had a lot on my plate with my family and took a break from the Immortal series. I've completed the first book in my next series Here After and will be sending it off to the editor soonThe good news is everything is finally running smoothly and I'm back to working on Eternity. I don't have a date set for release but I hope to have it out at some point this year.Thank you all for staying faithful to the series and for the encouragement.
In honor of Thanksgiving being this week, I thought I'd write a post on a few of the things I'm thankful for. I'm thankful for my family and for my day job. I'm thankful for my writing and the fulfillment it gives. I'm also thankful for the fans of my books and the motivation they supply for me to do my very best.
I hope you all have a wonderful holiday, and remember all of the things you have to be thankful for.
Thank you all for waiting patiently while I continue to work on my books. I just wanted to give everyone an update so you know where I am at with my current projects. I finished writing Here After and sent it to my editor on October 15, 2012. She's given me a a lot of feedback so I can make it the best that I am able for all of you. I am also working with my artist to get the cover art for Here After up and going, so if all goes well, I'll have a picture to post shortly. I will let you
Alright, before I post this I just want to make sure everyone knows this is for entertainment purposes only and will not influence my writing. With that said, I thought it would be fun from time to time to post a question about my books to see what the fans think. I know everyone will have different opinions and that is what makes this so fun. For scientific measure, I created a poll below so you can easily respond and we will be able to see the percentage of you who choose a particular answer.
So, I have been getting many questions about my current projects "Here After" and the third book in the Immortal trilogy, "Eternity". This post will attempt to answer some of those questions.
Update on Here After: I am currently working on it and have written about 42,000 words. The edit date I'm shooting for is September 24, 2012. If all goes well, I'm hoping to have it published by the end of October or beginning of November.
Most of you I’m sure have noticed that I’m not the best at keeping everything updated. In an effort to combat my much belated updates and correspondence, I have hired someone to help me keep everyone in the loop. If you have, any questions or comments feel free to post them here or on my Facebook account.
Thank you all again for your patience and understanding during this transition.
First, let me explain how I write. I, unfortunately, do not write with a plan or outline in place. This is against every writing rule I was taught in school and every one I’ve read since putting my fingers to the keyboard to begin Immortal in 2010. This means I throw out a lot of what I write. Immortal alone I started over five times and probably threw out 80,000 words.The reason I’m telling all of you this is three fold. 1) For those who are writing or aspiring to
Many things confuse me. Like why are people so obsessed with reality television? Why is it so important to have someone retweet your tweet on Twitter? Why does it feel like an earth-ending apocalypse if no one responds to your comment on Facebook? And how in the heck do you use Google+?
I know some of my questions may never be answered but these things throw me for a loop. I’ve tried (with varying degrees of success) to understand these questions. Some braver souls have even tried to expl
A signed draft copy of Forever. I accidentally ordered one to many copies. So rather than allowing it to sit on my on my bookshelf I decided hold a contest. I am afraid there is only one copy though given that it is a draft.
The contest is open to everyone with reliable mail service. This includes international readers. The contest begins on December 15th at midnight and ends on December 31st at midnight. All times are EST. The winner will be chosen via random.org a
I know everything is up and going on Amazon and Smashwords but I’m getting many questions about the release date on the Nook and other e-readers. The good news is Nook should be up within 24-72 hours. The bad news is that it may be 2-3 weeks before it is available on other e-reading devices like the Sony e-reader and iBooks.
Forever can be downloaded for other e-reading devices (besides the Nook and Kindle) on Smashwords. The paperback is ready to go through Createspace. It will soon be a
So a funny story for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
I uploaded the new version of Immortal some months back after editing was completed. It took nearly four days to go live on Smashwords and another two days before it was updated on Amazon. I don’t really know how long it took before Barnes & Noble got it up on their site but it took a few weeks.
The reason I’m telling you all this is that I set my release date for Forever as December 1, 2011. I didn’t want the formatting and upload t
I know everyone has been waiting for an update and I told you I would let you know milestones as I reached them. The suspense is over in some regards and just starting in another. Forever has been sent to the proofer (to make sure all my I’s have dots and those pesky homophones are found). With that said, I am setting the tentative release date for Forever as December 1, 2011.
As a little treat, I am also posting the cover for Forever. I hope you all enjoy it. And I look forward to your fe
This may seem like a no brainer but I have to learn everything the hard way. This is the thing I regret the most and would change if I could. I honestly thought that when I released Immortal it was the best it could be. There were, however, some glaring errors in the manuscript and those reviewers or readers who threw their hands up and quit reading I apologize.
Earlier this year I decided to correct this issue. I hired a professional ed
This one is a little tricky. Immortal is the first book I have ever written. I knew from the very beginning it would be a series. I never dreamed how long or difficult writing a series could be. Writing the second book, Forever, has been a learning experience on the scale of writing a first book.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not advising anyone not to publish until the entire series is completed. Just be prepared for the fact that
There is a lot of debate about self publishing or indie publishing. The tide has changed with the success of authors such as J.A. Konrath and Amanda Hocking. This has given some validity to the act but there are still some who think it could be a fluke. After much research and inner debate I decided to try my hand at it and though I have not (as of yet) had the success of the above mentioned authors I am still doing far better than I could have ever dreamed. With this success I have run in
Okay, let me first say that I am sorry I have been absent for so long. I feel like a really bad friend or relative who avoids everyone when they don’t have all the answers or in this case when I haven’t met everyone’s expectations (even my own).
Now for the second part. I know everyone is waiting for Forever and I am still working on it. It has been two steps forward one step back process. I hoped, and truly thought, I would be able to write more while I was working full time,
You’ve finally committed. You started writing your novel. Everything is going great. The plot is coming together the characters are awesome and connect with each other and you. Then the unthinkable happens. Nothing at all. That’s right you’ve spent weeks months or even years and now you’re stuck right in the middle of the story. You know where it should go, but you can’t see how to get it there. This is not really the same as writers block though you could say they are cousins.
You’ve promised yourself you won’t look anymore. That is easier said than done considering every time you click the link it is the first thing you see. It is also everywhere you see your book like a shining beacon right next to your cover. And every time the number grows your stomach clenches tight and you hope the news is good. I’m talking about book ratings and reviews. There is much debate amongst authors as to the proper to way to respond to these ratings and reviews. Some t
I’ve been debating about what my first blog entry of the New Year should be. I wanted it to be something inspiring but real. I just couldn’t come up with anything until a conversation with my husband.We were talking about finances. Not an uncommon topic after spending a little too much on the kids at Christmas. He said (jokingly), “You need to hurry up and make me rich.”
My reply, “It’s not about the money. Money is just a perk.” As I heard the words reverberate in my head it struck a cho
It’s the end of another year. So much has happened I can hardly believe that only twelve months have passed. The beginning of the year was slow but busy. I was in school, working on my first novel, and working full time. In May I completed my first novel Immortal. I spent the next several months editing it and trying to find and agent. I honestly didn’t spend as much time and energy as most do on this process. In September I decided to try my hand at self publishing. I mean wha
I try not to end up in this funk, but about once a week it creeps up behind me and sinks its teeth into me. I’m talking about self doubt. I know logically I shouldn’t feel this way. I’ve hit many milestones I thought completely unattainable in a matter of months. That doesn’t make it any easier or make it go away faster and logic doesn't mean anything to that tiny voice whipsering 'you suck.'
As writers and artist in general it can be hard to overcome the self doubt. The voice in the back
I’ve made the choice. I’ve written the scene. It fits. It feels right. I feel awful. We all feel something for our main characters as we write them love, hate, annoyance. They grow in our heads from a mere idea until they take shape and have desires and wills of their own. Sometimes I feel like an overbearing mother telling them they are going to do what I say. They simply look at me, cross their arms, stamp their feet, and tell me no. The problem comes when they start telling you that it is tim
“The characters are flat and lack personality.” “I loved the characters and can’t wait to see how they grow.” “The story is not original and goes nowhere.” “This book is a great read with a plot twist sent me for a spin.” “Way too many descriptions.” “I wish the author would have given more details.” Okay, I’m paraphrasing a little, but I hope you get the point. I love getting reviews and emails about my novel (even the one and two star reviews). I’ll admit the lower reviews sting a little, but
I love writing. Guess that is pretty obvious considering I have completed one novel, and I am hard at work on the second. Getting to write is much easier said than done. Writing creates a unique set of problems. One, it is a singular and isolating event. It takes you out of your environment and off to some distant place or another life in your head. In this way it is very similar to reading, though when reading you don’t have to worry about how that last word was spelled or if you used the