Blog – Eva’s Byte #152: There’s More than One Way to Bake a Quiche!

Besides the myriad number of varied ingredients, there’s the option of crust or crustless. My quiche recipe, or rather, my protagonist Augusta Bergeron’s heirloom recipe she named “Quiche Simone,” is crustless. (Multi-award winning Contemporary, An Enlightening Quiche: An heirloom quiche recipe and baking rivalry turn up the heat in a mill town rife with secrets and scandals).

There’s obviously more than one piece of well-meaning advice pertaining to effective writing. I thought I’d include my own, along with “rules” I happen to follow based on my own preferences:

1 – First and foremost: Don’t become a “best-sellout” by playing it safe or following advice from so-called writing experts. Heed your own instincts.

2 – When sitting down to write, always reread previous material in the chapter. I find it revs one’s creative engine, while keeping focused on the plot. Plus, it’s “one” more invaluable opportunity to proofread, edit, check for inconsistencies, and enrich. Time consuming—sure, but it’s the closest thing to subjective perfection. Oh, and before I begin writing a new chapter, I read my WIP from the beginning.

3 – Avoid using the word “that”.

That’s all I got. I’m adding a few pieces of advice I happen to agree with wholeheartedly proffered by established writers.   You may not agree.  Hence, I’ll refer you back to no.1.

*Write a book you’d like to read. Don’t write for a perceived audience market.  It may well have vanished by the time your book is ready. (Hilary Mantel)

*Writing isn’t about making money…In the end, it’s about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well. (Stephen King)

*Work on one thing at a time until finished. (Henry Miller)

*Remove literary, grammatical and syntactical inhibition. (Jack Kerouac)


What works for you?


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Blog – Eva’s Byte #151: It’s a Sedentary Life!

Wonderful as it may be, this thing of ours—writing, has potential to wreak havoc on our health from sitting for long periods of time. Whether hunched over to finger dance on a keyboard, or tell a story using Dragon voice recognition software—we writers put our health at risk by “de-composing.” I pity those Indie authors raking in the dough from book sales, enabling them to afford a personal assistant who further aids and abets a sedentary lifestyle.

Chances are, we tend to nosh on junk food so as not to divert our rapt attention from the computer screen. This tends to pack on the pounds, predisposing one to become overweight which increases the likelihood for developing heart disease, diabetes, cancer, anxiety, depression, and dementia—worse than any writer’s block!

The buck doesn’t stop here, but this should be enough of a wakeup call for Indies to safeguard our health by making better snack choices and engaging in some form of regular exercise.

As the late, great Stephen Hawking is credited with saying, “Remember to look up at the stars.”

It behooves us to do so.

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Eva’s Byte #150: Book Badge Bling

Got bling?

No one ever said Indie authors “don’t need no stinkin’ badges” in furthering our cause of recognition in a polysaturated book market. (Misquoted line from the film, Treasure of the Sierra Madre, whereby the bandit leader, Gold Hat, actually replies, “I don’t have to show you any stinking badges!”)

I’m honored, proud, and thrilled to display every “stinkin’” merit badge on my book covers for my multi-award winning Contemporary, An Enlightening Quiche, and my recently published nonfiction memoir collection, 100 Wild Mushrooms: Memoirs of the ‘60s.

The purpose of this blog is to share news about the latest badge both of my aforementioned books received this week when the prestigious badge made its debut—IHIBRP (Indies Helping Indies Book Review Project) Recommended Read Award.

*In the words of author, historian JB Richards, the award’s originator:

“Are you an Indie Author with less than 15 Amazon reviews? If so, you may be eligible for my IHI Book Review Project! You’ll receive an IHIBRP Book Review that will be featured on my blogs at The Writers Block, Goodreads, and Twitter. Amazon “verified purchase” review, and a promotion of your IHIBRP review on Facebook and Twitter. But wait… there’s more—Should your book qualify as an IHIBRP 5 Star Recommended Read, you’ll earn an Award Badge which can then be affixed to the cover of your work to tell the world this is an exceptional read! The best part is, there’s absolutely no catch and no hoops to jump through—All I ask is that you pay-it-forward to our Indie community! Interested? Check out my award-winning IHI Book Review Project here!

Should your book qualify as an IHIBRP 5-Star Recommended Read, you’ll earn an Award Badge which can then be affixed to the cover of your work to tell the world this is an exceptional read! The best part is, there’s absolutely no catch and no hoops to jump through—All I ask is that you pay-it-forward to our Indie community! Interested? Check out my award-winning IHI Book Review Project here!”

*The Badge is created by author R.M. Gauthier, courtesy of RM Designs, in affiliation with the IHI Book Project. It may not be reproduced or shared without the written consent of JB Richards for any purpose other than which it is intended in conjunction with her IHI Book Review Project.

For Indies, book badge bling enables our books to stand out in a crowded market.

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Blog – Eva’s Byte #149: Singin’ My Song

What’s your fight song?

From what I’ve gathered hanging around social media’s water coolers, most Indie authors have a playlist conducive to advancing their story writing—whether motivational fight songs, or songs complementing plot, theme, and characters.

It should go without saying:

Don’t quote song lyrics in your book. You can reference the song but not the actual lyrics. You can print a song’s title, there’s no law against that – though you might not want to use a song title as your book’s title as you can run afoul of trademark law.

Although I’d referenced several songs in my multi-award winning Contemporary, An Enlightening Quiche, one song predominated for its commentary on isolation, sexuality, and personal relationships, while capturing the irony and cynicism of my protagonist—“Closing Time” (2009) written and performed by Leonard Cohen.

Augusta: A vision of myself as a ghoul from Christmases Yet to Come appeared in the guise of a long-in-the-tooth trollop flicking fried dyed hair and wearing age-inappropriate, skintight attire tautly stretched over my butt of a joke. A comparable image satirized every night by Cohen at closing time inside the chamber of Chuggers put the fear of God in me.  

As I round the bend of chapter 4 in my Contemporary WIP, Aida’s Fishing Ground, a song illustrative of a bygone era alluding to what transpires in the present, and has far-reaching effects moving forward is “Fire and Rain” (1970), a folk rock song written and performed by James Taylor.

Since there are no guarantees in life for seeing that special someone one more time again—act accordingly.

In Real Time:

LIVE – 03/03 @ 8 – 9 PM EST: my author interview hosted by Yvonne Mason on “Off the Chain”:

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Blog – Eva’s Byte #148: Something’s Fishy!

Indie Authors require the patience and persistence of fly-fishing!

In Reel/Real Time—literally and metaphorically—I’ve been hauling bass since January along my WIP, Aida’s Fishing Ground, in the genre of Contemporary Women’s Fiction, set in Foster, Rhode Island.  Consequently, my novel trademark for integrating the locale’s historic landmarks, geographic entities, and regional culture is front and center.

I recently completed drafting chapter 3 (1807 words) which is devoted to one of the characters angling for bass in the Ponaganset River. At least two rules of thumb can be applied to an Indie author’s approach to marketing:

  1. While fishing, an angler must cross that fine line between spending too much time in one unproductive spot and moving on to another.

Comparably, an Indie author must evaluate strategies for their effectiveness in procuring book sales, staying the course with what works, and/or moving on to another strategy.

2.  Prior to fishing in a designated area, it behooves the angler to check the “fatty factor”—the detailed seven-day fishing forecast based on a 1 to 5 rating calculated per hour for every stream, whereby a factor of 5 indicates the fattest prospects for hauling bass or any other stock fish.

No such luck for an Indie author who must work all the angles to find his/her elusive readership with no guarantees for lucrative prospects whatsoever.

Best wishes to all Indie authors as we wade through social media on a daily basis in the hope of catching a sale through patience and persistence.

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Blog – Eva’s Byte # 147: Getting My Sass in Gear!

My no-nonsense, minimal approach for shining at a book signing:

I’m ready to rock n’ roll, packin’ pulp fiction and nonfiction for a massive book signing event with 49 other local authors. Having received a gracious invitation to participate in the 3rd annual “Book Lovers Author Expo” hosted by the Cumberland Public Library on Saturday, February 17th, 1-4 PM EST, preparations are underway.

My “sass” is in gear for keeping things manageable—and real! Although you’re apt to find me greeting patrons of the literary arts wearing my signature-signing leopard attire, I don’t cart in bling—high-rise book posters, decorative lights, lamps, giveaway gadgetry, etc.—all of which strike me as pathetic ploys to get noticed.

Books should speak for themselves! What a novel idea, eh?

Getting my sass in gear is all about adhering to the KISS method: keep it simple, stupid! That said, this is the stuff I roll with, self-contained inside my cart, to an author event:

Boxes containing just enough books cuz you’ll be lucky to sell one, if any at all—10 – 100 Wild Mushrooms: Memoirs of the ‘60s because they’re lightweight at 230 pgs.; 5 each – An Enlightening Quiche and Once Upon a Fabulous Time because each book is a heavyweight, over 500 pgs.  Inside each book, I’ve enclosed a book card.  I’m carting three different kinds of signing pens corresponding with titles and totals.  From past experience, I’ve learned to keep these undercover, as some folks think nothing of helping themselves to a pen without feigning the slightest interest in my books.

Acrylic easels to display each book title: Sticking out of each title, a black oak tag bookmark with a typewritten price tag adhered; a larger easel for displaying my author photo and tagline: Eva Pasco – Rhode Island Author – Incorporating historic landmarks, geographic entities, cherished institutions, and regional culture.

Takeaway Flyers with pertinent information about my books, buying links, and websites.

A plastic container with individually wrapped candies. This has potential to give pause for engaging with someone standing in front of me.

Seeing I have no interest in getting a Square Credit Card Reader, and deal strictly in cash, I am prepared to make change.

Even though refreshments will be provided, I won’t leave home without snacks and bottled water. In for the long haul, I’ll have a few sharpened pencils and crossword puzzle books to keep myself occupied.

Getting one’s sass in gear is by no means a precursor to book sales. However, it does enable me to move through crowds and set up shop with the greatest of ease.

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Blog – Eva’s Byte #146: Special FEB Feature – “All about Love”

Looking for “love”? You’ll find it in an exclusive anthology of romantic poetry and novel excerpts from authors across the genres.  Turn the pages of ALL ABOUT LOVE—a Valentine’s Day Special Issue Magazine. Concept, design, and cover by Erika M Szabo—author, artist, graphic designer at Golden Box Books Publishing, where you’ll find this collection:

*Read and enjoy poetry and novel excerpts contributed by each author.  Click and enter to open your heart to the possibilities:

My author contribution is from Contemporary Women’s Fiction, An Enlightening Quiche.

On the subject of LOVE in this week’s blog, I couldn’t resist sharing two of my favorite quotes from my all-time favorite book and film about doomed romance:

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë – “My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath: a source of little visible delight, but necessary.”

Casablanca – “Ilsa, I’m no good at being noble, but it doesn’t take much to see that the problems of three little people don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world.”

Besides the invitation to read our romantic excerpts in ALL ABOUT LOVE, which hopefully will strike your fancy to acquire the book(s) from whence love springs eternal—comment by pasting your own favorite “love” quote from book or film.


Blog – Eva’s Byte #145: More Guts than Glory!

“More Guts than Glory”—the Indie Author Story!

Will I become a best seller? Will I get rich?

Que será, sera

Whatever will be, will be The future’s not mine to see

(My spoof of “Que Sera Sera,” a song first published in 1956, written by the songwriting team of Jay Livingston and Ray Evans; sung by Doris Day)

With electronic self-publishing, it’s become easier to be an author. This has made it harder than ever to sell a book. While it takes guts to write and publish a novel, it takes even more guts to strategize a marketing plan in the hope of enticing potential readers to purchase an eBook generally retailing from $.99 – $4.99. For the time being, a sporadic sale here and there may feel glorious, but I aspire to more. So, I pound the cyber pavement on social media every single day in my quest for glory.

While there’s no substitute for determination and guts to gain a foothold in this vast arena, opposing forces place obstacles along an Indie’s untrodden path to glory:

Facebook changes in displaying content mean that fewer people are seeing organic posts. As pay-per-click ads become more expensive, most Indies won’t have the means to compete. Therefore, it behooves Indies to rethink 2018: author groups and genre co-ops.

Despite setbacks, I’ve got the guts to persevere. Besides my inner drive, I credit my close-knit, author support group—the Indie Fabs, for their unwavering support and encouragement (Aliya DalRae, R.M. Gauthier, JB Richards, Lyra Shanti, and Joanne VanLeerdam).

I also take to heart stories of former struggling authors whose guts helped them attain glory (“The Writer’s Odds of Success” by William Dietrich, published by The Huffington Post and updated May 4, 2013):

Stephen King’s first big novel, Carrie, was rejected 30 times. He tossed it in the wastebasket, but his wife fished it out.

John Grisham’s first novel, A Time to Kill, was rejected 12 times, and he unsuccessfully tried to sell copies from the trunk of his car.

Judy Blume, who has sold 80 million books, got nothing but rejections for two straight years.

J.K. Rowling, the first author billionaire, had Harry Potter rejected by a dozen British publishing houses, and reportedly got into print, for a £1,500 advance, only after the eight-year-old daughter of a publisher pleaded for it.

“No guts, no glory!”

What would you title your life story?


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Blog – Eva’s Byte #144: My January Thaw

In my neck of the woods we’ve already experienced that mid-winter rise in temperature which occurs in January. An Indie author, I’ve experienced my own mid-winter spiritual rise through an increase in production for my WIP: Contemporary Women’s Fiction—Aida’s Fishing Ground.  What may have started off slowly at the beginning of 2018, gained momentum from mid-January.

Every Indie author has his/her signature style, writing goals, and work ethic.

Adhering to my author signature of incorporating historic events, geographic entities, and regional culture pertaining to my native state of Rhode Island, I’ve conducted plenty of research on the rural town of Foster, which is wending its way through the novel.

Striving to blur the lines of demarcation between fact and fiction, this week, for the juncture of chapter 2, I found it necessary to research “fly-fishing” even though my novel is not about “fishing” per se. Another one of my author signatures is that of creating a book title with multiple meanings.

During my January thaw, I’ve managed to draft the prologue, chapter 1, and the beginning of chapter 2 at 2,416 words.

While other Indies are probably dancing circles around me for daily word input, steadfast in their goal to publish a few to several books this year, I’m resolute in “angling” my way.

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Blog – Eva’s Byte #143: R-r-roar!

I’m an Indie author, hear me r-r-roar!

I’m resilient

I’m invincible

I’m an indie author

(Inspired by “I am Woman,” a song written by Helen Reddy and released in 1972)

The onset of the New Year has granted me reason to roar:

An Enlightening Quiche, in the category of Contemporary Women’s Fiction, is one of the judges’ finalists in the 2018 Golden Book Award contest. Anyone who has read my book, or any one of the featured finalists, you’re welcome to add a comment in contribution to the “Readers’ Choice Award” contest.

A recent review for An Enlightening Quiche was published in January’s issue of Indie Publishing News, Issue 20.

An excerpt:

Most writers put words together in an attempt to create an understandable story. Few writers are considered artists who bombard the pages with vivid colors of vocabulary. Eva Pasco is an artist. Her book, “An Enlightening Quiche,” is a gallery in a novel.

I’m looking forward to an upcoming interview conducted by speculative fiction author Bryan Aiello via his “Stories on Creativity” podcast on January 19th @ 8 PM EST.

Hear my r-r-roar for laying the foundation of my WIP in the genre of Contemporary, Aida’s Fishing Ground! Having written the prologue, I’m underway with chapter 1.

May every Indie author have something to roar about to stave the anguish over sluggish, sporadic, or stagnant book sales.


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