UPADTE: See Ya Later!

Hello, friends!

I know you haven’t heard from me in a long time… after another long break. I’m honestly not sure who’s still around, but hey! I appreciate it.

First update: You are now admiring my blue hair

It kinda looks black here, but under the right lighting I look like an anime character and it’s great.

Second update: I am really taking a big long break this time. A really, really long, possibly-forever break from blogging.

I’ve had a lot of fun blogging and sharing my ideas and lists and random thoughts with you guys, but it just isn’t something I’m enjoying any more. Not only that, but being November O’Malley just stopped being fun. This name is tied to a few leaps-and-falls, failures I’m grateful to have and to have learned from. Since I first started this blog in 2017, I have learned so much about not only myself but all of you! I’ve learned how to write articles, create compelling reviews, and how to pick myself back up again even when the chips are down.

I will never forget these lessons and I will take them with me on my new journey.

What is this new journey you may ask?

I am trying a new kind of writing – playwrighting!

I’m about halfway done with my very first draft, a musical about one of my favorite musicians of all time and how he navigates the overwhelming world of the 1970s London folk music scene – to tragic results.

Theatre to me has always been a special kind of magic, the near-miraculous ability to suspend disbelief, tug at heartstrings, and bring stories to life with little more than a few costumes and some music.

I am so excited to share this new step forward with you all, to sort of rise from the ashes of a few forgotten novellas to make something magic.

So here I am. Something new.

I am

Alanna O'Malley

And this isn’t “goodbye”. This is “catch you on the flip side” (which is what I say only when I want to achieve peak cringe so treasure this.)

GO FOR LAUNCH #8: NO SUCH THING AS “NO GO”

For those of us who don’t watch a bunch of space movies just to yell at the inaccuracies, before flinging random things into space, everyone has to vote: GO or NO GO.

So if Michael Bay has taught me anything, it’s that when a meteor is plummeting towards earth, you are creating the most epic PowerPoint presentation of your life, and it’s also Halloween, there’s no such thing as NO GO.

You put on a kicking soundtrack and get s^$*%& done.

So I am pleased to announce that I haven’t slept in approximately three weeks, I think something’s on fire, it’s Halloween, I’m inexplicably listening to Aerosmith,

AND INTER_LINKED IS LIVE.

This is it friends and fans. We’re here. It’s happening. This is real life (probably).

And it’s all thanks to YOU.

My friends who I bothered for opinions and ideas, my beta readers for helping corral my runway sentences, my family for listening to me talking about it at every holiday with minimal eye rolling, my first Patrons who have made me more money on my writing than I have ever earned ever (sixes of dollars!) and my supporters on Twitter for cheering me on.

I couldn’t have done it without you.

So what are you waiting for?!

Get reading!

Book Marketing 101 – How to Find Your Audience When You Think Your Book Appeals to Everyone

If there’s one thing I hear a lot from writers it’s that some folks think their books are meant for eeeeverryyooone.

And that’s just not true!

Some people just don’t like long books, or short books, or books with romance plots that can be described in a Euclidean form.

Triangles are SO last decade!

So you need to find your audience. Find your readers, find your fans.

And here’s how:

Find Your Comps (And Not Just Books)

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Discovering your comps, or “comparable titles”, is a major step forward when it comes to defining your audience. Not only is it required for most query letters (yeah, that’s what those book titles at the bottom of those things are for) but it also helps you find your people and figure out how to appeal best to them.For queries, you generally want your comps to be books, but for marketing exercises and brainstorms they can be anything you want!

If you’re writing something fun, inoffensive, kid-friendly, and friendship-themed, you could put down Avatar: The Last Airbender, Steven Universe, or Gravity Falls. Fairy Tale-inspired works can be compared to books like Gail Carson Levine’s and Three Dark Crowns, but you can also think about Once Upon a Time or Shrek films, or The Stinky Cheese Man.

Create-A-Reader

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Many big brands like Lululemon have created “personas” for their ideal customer and detail their whole lifestyles from their average income to their relationships and hobbies. While it may seem a little silly – and no, you don’t have to give them goofy names like “Ocean” and “Duke” – it can be helpful to get into the mindset of your future readers to find out how to catch their eye. 

Mine are named Aurora and Apollo (Because Space) and they are twentysomethings who like media that makes them think and like to dream about the future.

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Yours may be older or younger depending on who you’re looking to appeal to and while their salary might not matter a whole lot, they’re exactly the kind of people who’s days your looking to brighten with your wonderful stories.

Look to Your Current Fans

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Everyone remembers who their first real “fan” was. Maybe it was a parent or a sibling, maybe it’s a friend from college, maybe it’s someone you met on Twitter who was just REALLY into it. Even though you’re just starting out, you’re bound to have a few who are already watching your career with great interest and can’t wait to hear more from you.

So look closer. Who are they, what ages and genders? What things do they like and what do they watch and read? What made them so interested in your work in the first place (and being related to you carries less weight than you think – ask any author you know if their relatives read their stuff)?Finding the answers to these questions can help build your roadmap to audience success!

How are you going to reach out to your audience?
Mention it below in the comments!

If you’ve made it this far, you’re already a welcome member of my audience! Come join me!

inter_linked The Series is the fun, sarcastic story of a girl and her android.

Follow the adventures of Anny and WISR as they try to help every robot they can, while the hardest part of the journey is putting up with each other.

Absolutely free to read:
www.interlinkedtheseries.com

The 28-Day Challenge + !FEBRUARY WRITING CALENDAR!

Science says that it takes 28 days to make (or break) a habit. Supposedly. Most psychologists actually ditch this idea and say it’s nonsense, but whatever. It takes a long time, and you can definitely keep on track long after this month is over anyway.

The point being: there are 28 days in February!

So now is the time to make or break, to really get it going, to make your goals a reality, to make your to-do list a to-DONE list.

Many of us are doing a 200-word challenge. Now, I like this one a lot because 200 words is fairly easy to churn out, even on a bad or busy day, but it adds up quick. Even if you take a whopping ninety days off, you still have 50,000 words written in time to pretend to win at NaNoWriMo.

(not that I condone this behavior but you could totally do it, just saying.)

So without any further ado, I present to you my fantabulous, fresh and fantastical, handmade with love February Goal Calendar.

It is packed to the brim with goal suggestions, mini celebrations, and encouraging goodies, and has a word count tracker to keep you going!

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Click this image to go to my Google Drive for this and other awesome worksheets!

Keep me updated how you’re rocking your goals!
Share your calendar with me on Twitter or below in the comments!

Let’s do this!