Saturday, March 16, 2019

Where Are My November Earnings?

I previously contacted Virily about my November earnings not showing up. I did not get a reply from them to any of my inquiries. I tried contacting them again today but received an error message when submitting the form on their website. I tried doing it more than once and got the same result each time. I am assuming the form never went through.

If the reason why I do not see any earnings for November in my dashboard is because I did not earn over 200 virils that month, though I believe I did, they should at least reply to me, letting me know that is the case. Not responding to my inquiries is very unprofessional.

Earnings for other months show up but not those for February. I am assuming that it takes a while for February earnings to show up and that is why I do not see them yet. I do have a feeling that perhaps they will not show up just like the November ones., but that remains to be seen.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Another Earnings Site Might Be No More

I used to write for a site called Niume. The minimum to get paid there was only $10. Earnings there for me were slow. I managed to get to about $7. I was excited about finally reaching $10 and getting paid for the first time. Then the site decided to discontinue its earnings program so I never got to the minimum. On  top of that the site chose to shut down and of course the earnings I did accumulate were never paid me. Maybe it was because I never reached the minimum but something tells me I wouldn't have gotten paid either way. 

Bubblews was also another site I used to write for. I actually reached the minimum a number of times  there and had gotten paid each time, except once. Then the site went downhill and closed its doors and whatever earnings I had - they were below the minimum - vanished with the site.

Now there is Virily - a site that seems to be going down the same path. Minimum there to get paid is $10. I am about three bucks away from reaching it. However, virils (the points earned there) and the $ equivalent earnings are not updating. And the site is not responding to my inquiry about it. Others  are facing the same issues with no response either. Looks like the site will be no more as well as the earnings I worked hard to get. 

Monday, December 10, 2018

A Must-Have Inspirational Book - Life Lessons: Everything You Ever Wished You Had Learned in Kindergarten by Donnalynn Civello

I don't usually buy self-help books. And I don't really read them either. But when I saw Jeannie Mai (from The Real) talk about one of these books on Instagram something drew me to it and I wanted to check the book out. 

My first thought was to see if my local library (or any other branches) had this book. Unfortunately, it was not available there. Neither was it available at another library system in NYC. This meant that if I wanted to read this book I had no choice but to buy it. I didn't want to spend a lot of money on this book and hoped it wasn't expensive. I looked for it on Amazon and turned out it wasn't expensive at all. It was even on sale and had free shipping. So, I instantly got a copy and even later got a copy for my mom. 

The book that I got is called Life Lessons: Everything You Ever Wished You Had Learned in Kindergarten by Donnalynn Civello. It's a self-book that I believe is worth to have on hand. It's not the kind of book that you read, forget about, and never re-read again. It's a book that you return to time and time again. That's why I am glad it wasn't available at the library as now I have it in my home and can turn to it whenever I need to, whether it'd be to read a certain chapter or page, or to read it in its entirety.

Life Lessons: Everything You Ever Wished You Had Learned in Kindergarten is an eye-opening, educational, and inspirational book. It teaches us things about life, helping us understand why things happen the way they do. And it lets us know that we are not victims of our own lives. Everything that happens in our lives on a daily basis doesn't happen to punish us. It happens for a reason and it does to teach us something in life - whether it'd be one lesson or many lessons - and to help us improve and become better versions of ourselves. 

Life is full of ups and downs. When you learn how to deal with them in a more successful and positive way you will be able to adjust them to your own advantage that will benefit you rather than harm you and do it in a way that can prove to be effortless. 

Also, everything happens in its own time. And when it does that's when it was meant to happen. So, if something you want to materialize right now doesn't that doesn't mean it will never happen. It just means it's not time for it yet. It will come to fruition at a later time.

While reading Life Lessons: Everything You Ever Wished You Had Learned in Kindergarten, there were things in the book that I already knew and understood but there were things in there that I wasn't aware of. They were eye-opening to me and I will try put these things to use in my own life. Maybe coming across this book wasn't an accident. Perhaps it was meant to happen. And maybe it will help improve and change my life for the better. 

There are a lot of life lessons in Life Lessons: Everything You Ever Wished You Had Learned in Kindergarten and I think that everyone can benefit from this book in some way. Many questions you've wanted answers to will be answered. 

If you have not heard of this book my suggestion is to check it out. The book is affordable and you have nothing to lose by getting a copy. I think Amazon is the best place to get it. Click on the link below to look at the book and perhaps buy a copy.  

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Two New Books I Am Working on

There are two new books that I am working on at the moment. One is a book of poetry and lyrics that I finally finished writing for. Now I just have to proofread and edit the content, which is a time consuming process and not something I am in the mood for right now. But if I want this book out there soon I have to get myself into it. I had previously created a cover for the book and had a specific title in mind but I am not sure if I will be going with that or if I will come up with something entirely different. I will have to decide that as I go along. 

Another book I am working on is a book of limericks, which will be a first one for me. Unlike my other books this one will be smaller. It will feature four limericks per page. I already have some limericks written, which is good. And I have already written some new ones as well. There is still a lot more to write.

Though limericks are very short poems they are actually harder to write than other types of poetry because they have to be fun pieces, not serious, emotional and/or gut-wrenching ones that I prefer to write. But I like the challenge and writing them is fun. Not sure when I will finish writing everything. I have to be really inspired with these to write them. At least that is what it seems like so far. I hope I manage to do this by the end of the year but I am not in a rush. I am going to take my time with this one. I want the book to be a great one.  

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Update on My New Poetry Book

So this new book of poetry and lyrics that I am working on was originally supposed to be titled Frozen in Time. And I had already created a front cover for it. But now I am thinking that I will go with a different title. I am just not sure what that title will be. Of course, I may end up changing my mind and, if I do, I already have something to work with. 

Though I have some previously written pieces already in the book, most of the new stuff is something I've written from the prompts that I post every week on my Facebook writing group Creative Writers Spotlight. I wanted to challenge myself, and so that is the reason I am doing it. So far, it has been going quite well on that front. I am enjoying the writing and find it pretty easy, for the most part, to bring these prompts to life in poetic form. 

It would be awesome to have this book out before the summer is over, but I definitely want it to be out there before the end of the year. I don't have a whole lot more left to write as I want to keep this book under 130 pages. So, it shouldn't be a problem to finish everything by the end of summer. I just have to be consistent and keep on working on it on a regular basis.  

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 previously 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 ( 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.