Saturday, September 27, 2014

So You’re Ready to Be Published?

Tips from Josephine Templeton
1.      Manuscript – cleanest version as possible! Which means:
a.      It’s NOT your first draft
b.      Run your program’s:
                                                    i.     Spell check
                                                   ii.     Grammar check
c.      Checklist
                                                    i.     Once I’m done with my first draft, I go through an End of Story checklist of things I know I need to watch for:
1.      Check for POV per paragraph
2.      Clean up chapter headings and make consistent
3.      Frequent words
4.      Etc.
d.      If possible, have a critique partner review
e.      If possible, have a Beta reader go through
                                                    i.     According to Wikipedia, a Beta Reader is:
1.      a non-professional reader who reads a written work, generally fiction, with the intent of looking over the material to find and improve elements such as grammar and spelling, as well as suggestions to improve the story, its characters, or its setting. Beta reading is typically done before the story is released for public consumption. Beta readers are not explicitly proofreaders or editors but can serve in that context.
2.      Elements highlighted by beta readers encompass things such as plot holes, problems with continuity, haracterization or believability; in fiction and non-fiction, the beta might also assist the author with fact-checking.
2.      Time to Hit the Internet – searching for the perfect publisher
a.      Mine are:
                                                    i.     Crescent Moon Press – (Scorned)
                                                   ii.     Whiskey Creek Press – (Convicted of Love & A Pirate’s Kiss)
                                                  iii.     Wings ePress (Forever Yours)
b.      Your search – Each publisher has different guidelines. FOLLOW THEM TO THE “T”.
                                                    i.     Genre – from romance to horror
                                                   ii.     Word Count
                                                  iii.     Format
3.      Develop a skin as thick as a dragon’s! 
a.      Remember that while your manuscript is being “judged”, you as a person are not!
My Favorite Books on Writing:
1.      The Successful Novelist by David Morrell
2.      The Fire in Fiction by Donald Maass
3.      45 Master Characters by Victoria Lynn Schmidt
4.      Writers Guide to Character Traits by Linda N. Edelstein, Ph.D.
5.      Dialogue by Gloria Kempton
6.      Getting Started as a Freelance Writer by Robert W. Bly

Enjoy the journey!

Friday, June 13, 2014

RT Convention Wrap Up & More

RT Convention in the Big Easy

The Romantic Times was a whirlwind event that was EPIC. I made a lot of new friends, hopefully new fans and brought home tons of swag (aka goodies).

On Wednesday, May 14, we stood in line for the Goody Room and Promo Alley and went to the RT Books Reviewed Welcome Party.  I went to the Rockin Street Teams panel and hope to do a short blog on that soon.

That evening was the event sponsored by authors such as Heather Graham, Eileen Dreyer, Jade Lee, Sabrina Jeffries and more ~ Pirates, Scalawags & More: The Krewe of Notorious Scribes took over the Grand Oaks Mansion at Mardi Gras World. At the Grand Oaks Mansion, we went to each author to get their letter on our “scavenger hunt” cards before taking a tour of Mardi Gras World and then dinner.

We saw Heather along the way ...

On Thursday, May 15, we checked in for the Pub Crawl, hung around Club RT for a bit and then went to Bad Boy Bingo. While neither Meredith nor I bingo’d, the winners received a prize but also had to read “naughty sections” from various sponsoring author’s books. A cover model showed up, and from that point on, the winners elected to have him read those sections.

The other evening events included Kensington’s Karmic Carnival AND the Pub Crawl!

At the first pub, Meredith turned around and demanded that I get my camera ready, and I’m like – why. “Just do it,” she smiled. A few more steps, and wala – Charlaine Harris! At first, Meredith slipped up behind the author of the Sookie Stackhouse (True Blood) series for a classic and hilarious photo bomb.


Then someone graciously offered to take our pictures with her.


Thus said, the evening began in high gear, and we were on a major rush from that point on. We met Christopher Rice ...

Larissa Ione ...

And many more wonderful authors, including our own Rhonda Leah.
After the pub crawl, we partook of desserts and drinks at the Samhain Saints & Sinners Party.

On Friday, May 16, we all attended the panel Some Assembly Required: The Whedonite’s Guide to Characterization (panel) and Avon’s Krewe of Muses, where we obtained books and had them signed by various authors including  Jeaniene Frost,  Kim Harrison and Kerrelyn Sparks.

Kim Harrison signing a book for Meredith ...

Jeaniene Frost signing one for me ...

That evening was Heather Graham’s Mardi Gras Magic & Mayhem, Dinner & Dance Party.  While we dined, Heather put on a dinner show and held a Costume Contest. Since I had dressed in costume, my angel patrol (Meredith and Nancy) encouraged me to enter. I knew I wouldn’t win because there were many stunning costumes, but I had fun just participating. My 15 seconds of fame in the costume contest line can be seen here It's the 3rd video from the top, and I am contestant # 38 and had a blast!

Heather and her fantastic dragon ...

Beth Ciotta ...

 Elle J Rossi standing sassy ...

Alexandra Sokoloff ...

Connie Perry and Alexandra ...

Saturday, May 17 was the Giant Book Fair. I considered my participation as a success. I sold 4 books and passed out a lot of promo items.
After the book fair, we went to a session entitled: Get Your Tiara On. Meredith, Nancy and I enjoyed a bit of down time making tiaras, sipping tea and eating cookies!

One of the last events of the day was the FAN-Tastic Day Party. Ever been to a white sale? Well, this is similar except that everyone attending was happy and polite and not one bit mean or grumpy! Authors passed out the swag (books, bookmarks, mirrors, pens, and more), and one lady from Australia took as much of my stuff as I could give her!

The last even of the RT Convention that we attended was Harlequin’s Dance Party. We didn’t stay long as we were all tired, but the room decorations and sweets were a nice treat.

For insight as to RT’s panels, workshops, etc, visit

Congratulations to the winner of my blog contest.  Cristy Cundiff won The Scorned Necklace. A huge thank you to all who signed up for my “once in a blue moon” blog!

Enjoy the demon wings!

PS - Holy halos, I'm so excited to announce that I will be at the following upcoming events this fall.  Check out their respective websites:

1. Heather Graham's Writers for New Orleans August 29 - 31
2. Anne Rice's UndeadCon Oct 30th - Nov 2nd




Wednesday, May 14, 2014

RT Convention Update

Hello from the Big Easy!

We arrived at Meredith's on Monday and spent the day getting settled in, rearranging vehicles, and catching up.

On Tuesday, I went on Heather Graham's Creepy Tour.  Our mule, Dixie, and her very knowledgeable driver picked us up at The Marriott ...

and brought us to ...

We paid respect to Marie Laveau ...

And many others.

After the cemetery, our tour guide drove us around town to various points of interest ... one being the parking lot that Nancy's car had been in at that time ...

And then after many turns, I recognized the area where Meredith's car sometimes stays.  I found this quite amusing!

Here are some interesting pictures I took along the way:

This is the Backstreet Cultural Museum ... and photobombers (and authors) Beth Ciotta and her sister, Elle J Rossi :

We arrived at The Court of Two Sister's for lunch, which has a special meaning for me as a scene from Convicted of Love takes place there.

Where I proceeded to have Crawfish Eating 101 at my end of the table. My students did very well, and one even dared to try the juices in the crawfish head.

We toured the Williams Residence museum and ended at Pat O'Brien's for a complimentary drink and a visit from a very curious neighbor ...

Thank you, Heather Graham, for a wonderful day!

Well, the hour is late, and I need some sleep.  I will post more later!

Enjoy the demon-wings!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Scorned Necklace Giveaway

Sign up for my blog by May 31st, and enter to win a necklace!


Go to my website at and follow by email.


Enjoy the demon-wings!

Josephine Templeton

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Authors Row at Jones Creek Library

Hello, fellow journey companions!
I hope you get the chance to join me and many other authors this Saturday!


    Veronica Brown, Phil Elwood, Arlene Messa writing as Anne Clayre Mason/A.C.Mason, Michael Verrett, George R. Coates, Thomas Med Hogg, Debbie Knatt Jones writing as Damaris, David Vince, Monique Moliere Piper, Catherine Plantago, David Earle, Marvin Anderson, Josephine Templeton, Adraine Conrad, Sheletta Matthews, Yvette Brunswick, India Quiett, Chrystal Ellis, Desiree Cart Dugas, Jamie Mayes, Christee Atwood, David Atwood, James Landry, Deborah Lynne, Allyn Stotz, Ava Leavell Haymon  Poet Laureate, State of Lousiaiana, Wendy S. Russo, Celeste Goodwin, Michelle Lesley, Margaret Chaney, Michelle Hirstius, Denise Dagash, Shirley McCoy,  Tonia Askins,   Khalif Birden,  Nancy S. Brandt, Steven Brandt, Bonnie Lynne, Caleb Doutrive, Lynn Shurr, Jennifer Carwile, Katie Wainwright, Leo Honeycutt, and L. A. Lewis.                     
See you there!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Book Cover Contest

I want to take a moment to congratulate the winners and thank everyone for voting for Scorned.  While I didn't win, it was fun to participate.  There were many beautiful covers in the running.  For a look at the winners, please visit

Enjoy the Journey!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Scorned & Book Cover Contest

Judging for the Readers' Choice Award in Houston Bay Area RWA's 2013 Judge A Book By Its Cover contest is now open.  The Readers' Choice winners will be featured on HBA RWA's website at

Please help me out and vote for my book cover of Scorned, which is in the Category: Science Fiction/Fantasy/Paranormal.

The following link will take you to the Readers' Choice page.  Follow the instructions there to vote on all the covers.
Thanks for your help!

Enjoy the journey,

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