Monday, October 30, 2017

Working on new book of poetry and lyrics

I am working on my new book, which will have both poetry and lyrics in it. I already have some writings in it that have been already written but never published in my previous books. And I am writing new material as well. Have already written three new poems. 

Thanks to a friend of mine I also have a front cover image chosen for the book with a possible title of Frozen in Time.  I may end up changing my mind later when it comes to the title, and maybe even the front cover image, but at least things are moving along for me. I am not sure when I will actually publish the book. Would be nice to get it out there by the end of the year, but most likely it will be sometime in 2018. Once published, it will be my 11th book to-date.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

My Issues with Talking to People

Sometimes when I want to say something no words come out. I can be saying it in my head, whatever it is that I want to say, but the words don't escape from my mouth. And it takes everything I have to finally let the words out, if I am successful. Enough times I am not. That's not a good thing because it affects my life.

I don't want to sit there with people who are engaged in conversation and not say a word, or hardly talk at all. I want to be very active in conversations. And I want to have no problem speaking up and saying whatever is on my mind, whether it's in a conversation, to ask someone something, to resolve an issue I am having with something, or to stand up for myself, etc....  

I don't know why that is happening, but I think it can be fear of things like: getting made fun of, being ignored, hearing something negative from the other people, or hearing NO when I want to hear YES... It can also be me feeling like an outsider, like I don't fit in with the crowd of people I am with or the conversation I am being a part of. And it's not just when I am with strangers. It happens when I am with people I know and even those I am close to as well. I am much better at one on one conversations, can be very chatty in those, rather than those with a group of people. 

I don't want that to happen. I want to be able to open my mouth at any time, with no reservations or hardships, and be able to hold engaging conversations with people, where I am very active rather than sitting there hardly saying anything. I want to be able to stand up for myself too.

How do I change? How do I become this person? I think my life will improve if I change.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Putting Together and Publishng Poetry Anthologies

There are poets out there who dream of being published in a book and among other poets like them. That is why I have decided to put together poetry anthologies (to be published through Lulu) that give poets the chance to be published in a book and to share their creations with the world, hence making their dreams come true. I do not charge any fees for poets to be in the anthology. And poets are not required to buy the book they are in; though I do not get why someone that is in an anthology, would not want to own a copy.

I have already published and released a poetry anthology called Voices of the World that features poets from around the world, showcasing poems on a variety of topics, and am now working on publishing a second poetry anthology called Whispers in the Wind. This one will actually have a theme, which is nature poetry, and will also have poets from different countries participating. I love nature and am excited for the book's release. 

Friday, October 30, 2015

Dream of Publishing That Book? Do it Now for Less!

So you finally finished writing that book of yours and now you want to get it published. Piece of cake right? No. If you thought that writing a book was hard, actually publishing a book will be just as hard, if not harder.

If you want to publish your book, which is every writer's dream, you have a few options at your disposal. You can always find a traditional publisher, a POD (print-on-demand) publisher or do the book yourself through someone that offers self-publishing or POD services.

You can go through a traditional publisher. This will require writing a query letter and sending it to a publisher along with your manuscript. If you think that the first company you send it to will agree to publish your work you are wrong. You will have to spend a lot of time finding many traditional publishers and sending each of them your query letter (sometimes modifying it) and manuscript in hopes of getting published. You may even need to hire a literary agent to represent you and your book as many big publishers won't even look at your work without a literary agent.

If you go this route you will end up facing rejection after rejection (whether via a written response or no response at all). Then you may finally get lucky and someone will contact you back saying they want to publish your book. When this happens you will most likely be told to do edits on your book (especially if it is a novel or a memoir) before it will be published. The book cover and interior will be done for you. It will take a long time for your book to be published and finally released to the world. You will most likely not have a say in the matter when it comes to all aspects of your book including its release date. You will either have to go along with what you are told or go elsewhere to publish your book.

If you don't want to go through all this you can find publishers that call themselves vanity publishers, print-on-demand (POD) publishers, self-publishers or other such names who will tell you that they will publish the book for you. You won't even need to write a query letter. You will automatically be published. But whether the book will be exactly as you want it both inside and out remains to be seen. On top of that you will end up being charged an arm and a leg to make your dream a reality and there is no guarantee that you will get to keep the rights to your book either.

Another option for you to consider, and a better one for that matter, would be to publish the book yourself. Not only will you have total control over how your book looks inside and out and what the content will be but you will keep the rights to your book and you can do with it as you wish. You won't have to wait months or years for your book to be published and released to the world.

Of course publishing a book on your own is no easy feat.There is a lot that goes into getting a book published. Not only does publishing a book require a lot of expertise and knowledge but it also requires a lot of your time. It can be a very stressful and frustrating process figuring everything out and getting everything right... It may even lead you to give up and not publish that book.

If you think all hope is lost and your dream of being a published author will never be real don't be let down. I am here to help you publish that book. Being an author of 9 books, all of which I published on my own through Lulu (lulu.com) I know what it takes to get that book published. I now offer publishing services to aspiring authors or already existing authors.

No matter what type of book you want to publish, no matter the content, with my help your book will be published (through Lulu) and published in a short amount of time, being available for sale (on Lulu) as soon as it is published and available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble (online) in a short time frame. I will format your manuscript, work with you on the cover and publish the book for you. I can even help you proofread/and edit, if you want. And I do all that at a reasonable cost.

I have already published poetry books, short story books and a novel, and am working on more books as we speak. Some of the authors whose books I published include Barbara Kasey Smith, Regis Auffray, and Michael James Kaiser, to name a few.

Ready to publish that book? Let me take the load off for you. Just give me your manuscript and I will do all the work for you, working with you along the way to make sure everything is the way you want it to be.

The holidays are just around the corner and what better present to give yourself and your friends and family than your very own book. Don't hold off your dream of publishing that book any longer. Let me make that dream a reality and let me do it for less.

Check out my website for all the details and to see the books that I've already published for others.
Just head to Publishing for Less.

Looking forward to publishing that book for you and making it available to the world.

~ Lena Kovadlo

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Always Carry a Notepad

As a writer it is very important to have access to a notepad because ideas can come to you at any moment. If you are unable to write them down you will most likely forget them and will miss out on writing something incredible in the end.

It is thanks to my little notepad and pen that I ended up writing my novel. On the way home from the library a title unexpectedly came into my head. It was The Secret Life of Ashley Miles. It is this title that set me on the path to finally writing a novel, which I had wanted to do for a long time. I ended up publishing this novel in the end and I am very proud of it. It is inspired by my own personal experiences...

Get The Secret Life of Ashley Miles on Amazon  

So, if you are a writer be sure to carry a notepad with you wherever you go so you can write down your ideas whenever they hit you. You will be glad you did. And if you don't want to carry a notepad then make sure your smartphone has an app that lets you write. Don't want those ideas going to waste.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Helping Authors Publish Books

Having a book published and available to the world is a great feeling. I have published nine books of my own and am now helping other authors publish their books as well. I've already published books for a number of authors. Some of these are Michael James Kaiser, Nicola Ward, Regis Auffray, Barbara Kasey Smith and David Anthony Daniels. I hope that in the near future I get to do that for others as well.

I have created a website for my publishing services - Publishing For Less.

If you are an author and are looking to publish a book or know someone that does please visit my website for all the information. I am really looking forward to publishing your book and making it available to the world.


I’m a published author… Get your hands on my books at my storefront, on Amazon, at Barnes and Noble (online) and in many other places online.



Thursday, January 15, 2015

My Ninth Book Is Out - An Unforgettable Journey

I published a new book. It's my ninth book to-date. Title of the book is An Unforgettable Journey. The book is a collection of poetry, lyrics, and prose on different topics. I was planning to publish this book by the end of last year but didn't because I wanted to write more material for it. In the end I chose not to write any new material for the book so published it in January 2015 after making some edits on already existing items and removing some from the manuscript altogether. The book is only 108 pages but it is still a great book and I am proud of it. Right now the book is only available at lulu.com but will be available on Amazon and online at Barnes and Noble soon.

I’m a published author… Get your hands on my books at my storefront, on Amazon, at Barnes and Noble (online) and in many other places online.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Update On My Bubblews Redemption

The Bubblews redepmtion that I had made on June 30th is still nowhere to be found. I have written Bubblews about it, as they requested members with missing redemptions to do, and I even filled out the form for the missing redemption on their site. So far, there is no progress. It just says investigation pending... I've yet to get a response from them and the money has yet to be seen.

I did receive my next redemption, which I had recently made. The money was sent to my PayPal account but this time I was charged a fee for it. All my other Bubblews redemptions never had a fee. This current one does. I wonder why this is happening when it didn't happen before. Why do we all a sudden have to pay the fee when we didn't do that in the past? What changed?

I haven't written anything new on Bubblews because I was waiting to see if I would receive payment for the last redemption. Since it takes about 30 days to receive payment, if not longer than that, I haven't written anything for way over a month. Wonder if I should get back into writing there or simply forget about it until I get the past redemption that they owe me for.

I do have just under three dollars in the Bubblews bank right now. I can probably still reach the $50 minimum without writing anything new but the way things are going it will take a very long time for that to happen since to make these two bucks and change took way over a month. And that's because I haven't been active on others' posts or writing anything of my own.

I’m a published author… Get your hands on my books at my storefront, on Amazon, at Barnes and Noble (online) and in many other places online.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Waiting on my 6th Bubblews Redemption

Since the end of July of 2013 I have been writing for a new website called Bubblews. There people write posts on any topic they choose in a minimum of 400 character length and then earn by people viewing those posts, liking them, and commenting on them. Once $50 in earnings are reached people can redeem those earnings.

In the time since joining Bubblews I have written over 100 posts and have earned over $200. I've had five successful redemptions and didn't have to wait long to get my earnings. I have made my 6th redemption on June 30th and have yet to receive an email saying that my payment is in progress. I don't see any pending transactions/payments from Bubblews in my PayPal account either. I hope this doesn't mean that they won't be paying me. I have not violated any rules. And my posts are all over 400 characters.

At first I thought of waiting until I get my payment before writing new posts but then I decided against it. By not writing anything new I am missing out on new earnings and am increasing the time it will take to reach my next $50, which is something that I don't want. I have already written three posts and will be writing more. Hopefully, I will be able to do a post a day, if not more than that. I shouldn't have a problem writing posts as technically I can write about anything no matter how silly or stupid it may be. Of course, I don't want to write something stupid, even if it will earn me something. It has to be something that interests me or that I wish to share with others.

I’m a published author… Get your hands on my books at my storefront, on Amazon, at Barnes and Noble (online) and in many other places online.

Received Hard Copy of My Debut Novel...

I have just received a hard copy of my debut novel The Secret Life of Ashley Miles. It feels so good to hold it in my hands and to know that the book came to life by me. The book cover, the interior design, the story - it was all done by me. I feel as if I've achieved something major and I feel very proud of myself.

Now that I have the book I will read it from start to finish as if I am a reader not the author of it and see if there is anything amiss that needs to be corrected. It may be typos, minor tweaks in the wording or storyline. Once that's done I will have to make those changes in the manuscript and then re-upload my file to Lulu. This will of course mean having to buy another copy of my book because I need to have the latest copy of it before I can approve the book for distribution. I will then give this current copy away to someone.

I have already started to spread word about my novel but will really start doing it once I have a final read through of the entire book, make the needed changes and re-upload the latest file to Lulu.

I hope my novel will do well out there. I've spent a great deal of time on it and hope my hard work pays off.


I’m a published author… Get your hands on my books at my storefront, on Amazon, at Barnes and Noble (online) and in many other places online.