August 2018:Author Tips

I'm going to post some of the things I've learned about self-publishing, from writing to editing, to publishing itself. Plus, I'll share links to the many helpful websites and blogs I have found. 



Young Kelly McCormick

The next Woolaston Entertainment book to be published is nearly complete. Young Kelly McCormick, the fourth book in the Valentine Apart series, follows Kelly's rise within the Syndicate. 



The first and second published editions of Valentine

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What are people saying about Woolaston Entertainment Books?


Valentine:
Very good!!  Val is a “tough girl”; for the millennium.  It's refreshing to read a story where the characters, plot and dialogue are completely new .  I hope to read more from this author.  

---Elaine2013, bn.com


I joined Goodreads to get acquainted with some new authors and, I was lucky enough to win this book. Nicole E. Woolaston writes her heart out! If you like the idea of a woman, who doesn't take any crap, you will love her Valentine Series. She doesn't take any crap, yet, she is full of heart. This book is fast paced, with something always going on. I look forward to reading the next saga in Val's life.    -----Kathryn Green, Goodreads.com



 
Allan & Mac:
Let me begin by saying this story has some really great dialogue. Allan and Mac both work as hitmen, which is, a dangerous profession. But the light-hearted and sarcastic exchanges between them make you forget that they're being paid to kill people. Its the first in a sister-series to Woolaston's "Valentine" series, and its worth checking out. ---ebunny88, bn.com


I loved Mac she was so gutsy. She wasn't afraid to do her job. Love the black dress story.----jparris, woolastonentertainment.com

 

Love Mac's personality and the banal commentary while indulging in the least mundane activity. Keep it comin'!--- Jennifer, jukepop.com


 
Fortune’s Wing:
Really enjoyed this book. The author is very creative , and the dialogue is very well written. This is a must read.---Robert, goodreads.com


I had the pleasure to read an amazing book written by an amazing author. Fortune's Wing had me from the very first paragraph. It was well written and kept moving with great anticipation as to what will happen in the next chapter of the book. I can't wait to read the next book...and would like to see all of these characters come to life on the BIG SCREEN. Kudos to Ms Nicole Woolaston on a job well done. What more can I say: I LOVED FORTUNE'S WING!!! Now, I have family members who wants to read the book!!----Pam Coghill, woolastonentertainment.com

 
Our Lady of Righteous Rage: Extended and Uncensored:
While I enjoyed the previous version of this book, I have to say I prefer this edition. Uncensoring this story makes for much more interesting reading. The cursing isn't excessive, which is nice, but it suits the story and the characters. Plus, I really enjoyed the fake Rolling Stone interview at the end. If you haven't read the original version, its okay to start with this one. Personally, I hope the author publishes uncensored versions of all of her work from now on.  --Ebunny, goodreads.com


The censored edition of this book was good, the uncensored edition was even better. I think adding the swearing back into the dialogue, enhanced the overall "punk" feeling of the story. I hope Nicole Woolaston writes the rest of the Our Lady books in this way.  --RM1978, goodreads.com


What happens when you mix Cats with Punk Music?? Something freaking awesome is what!! ---Stephanie Young, goodreads.com

Read the full review here:https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1844311051?book_show_action=true&from_review_page=1


Amazon reviews are here! :https://www.amazon.com/Our-Lady-Righteous-Rage-Uncensored-ebook/dp/B01E1PZNUQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1498496313&sr=8-1&keywords=our+lady+of+righteous+rage+extended#customerReviews


​About Woolaston Entertainment​

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Woolaston Entertainment, was originally created in 1994, with the sketch of the first character, a black cat named Vanessa. From there, I began creating several characters, writing several books, and drawing a series of comic strips. The W.E. or "Woolent" you see today, was founded in 2009, with the publication of "Fortune's Wing". Today, Woolent is a collection of my writing, poetry, artwork, photography, and comics. This website is my way of sharing my creations with the rest of the world.



Welcome to week three of the Monday Blog for August. This week, I’d like to talk about something every story has in common: the beginning, the middle, and the end.

If you’ve ever taken any sort of writing class, then you probably learned all about this. Every story has a plot, and every plot has a beginning (the problem or something that needs to be accomplished), a middle (the steps being taken to solve the problem or achieve the goal) and an ending (the resolution: the problem is either solved or not solved). I’m going to use one of my books, Fortune’s Wing, as an example, in order to avoid any copyright issues, or misinterpretations of other writers’ work.

 
The Beginning
Here is where the reader learns about the story’s main conflict. In Fortune’s Wing, Fortune Oyama learns he is part of a prophecy to either save or destroy the world. He grows a single Left Wing on his eighteenth birthday, and must go on a quest to recover the Right Wing, thus completing the set. The problem: Fortune has one wing, and must find the other.

 
The Middle      
Now that it has been established, Fortune needs to find the Right Wing, it’s time for him to actually take steps to do so. Now, if Fortune could just go for a walk and grab the Right Wing, completely unopposed, the story would be over, and that would be that. The story would also be very, very boring. In fact, it wouldn’t be a story at all! A conflict of some sort is needed. Someone or something needs to try and prevent Fortune from achieving his goal. In this case, a set of sorcerers known as the Winged Seven, who also want the Right Wing, use their powers to try and stop Fortune from completing the set. The middle of the story concerns Fortune overcoming the obstacles the Winged Seven put in his way.

 
The Ending
How does the story end? Does Fortune get the Right Wing, or not? Spoiler alert: he finds it, but there’s a sequel, so you probably guessed that, anyway (plus it’s mentioned on the Book page of my website). Every story needs some sort of resolution, and it doesn’t necessarily have to be a positive resolution. I used to be a fan of happy endings, but now, as an adult, I’ve become more of a fan of realistic endings. Maybe the hero dies, but the world is safe and the bad guy is dead. Or, maybe the world doesn’t get saved. Maybe, a group of heroes die (if you’ve seen Avengers: Infinity War, you know what I’m talking about). Either the goal is accomplished, or it isn’t. If it isn’t, I think there needs to be a very convincing reason. Your reader has hung in there, with you, until the very end. If you’re going to disappoint them, at least make it worth their while.

Until we meet again (which will be next Monday)

 About Nicole

My name is Nicole E. Woolaston. I was born in Queens, New York, where I currently reside. I began writing books for myself in first grade, and continued to do so, even after I graduated from high school. Writing became my passion, after I read "Bunnicula" by James Howe, in second grade. When I learned animals could be used as characters through personification, I realized anything was possible in writing.  I published my first book, Fortune’s Wing, in 2009. Since then, I have continued to write the Fortune’s Wing series, along with the Valentine series, Valentine Apart, and Our Lady of Righteous Rage. I am also an artist: I have been drawing and painting since elementary school. I am a poet, songwriter, and guitarist as well. Hopelessly devoted to Green Day. My mother swears I have a great singing voice, though I beg to differ.

The second published edition of Fortune's Wing

Author & Artist: Storyteller & Writer of Unique Fiction Books