Making Changes…Yes, Again

Hey, my friends! I’m glad to see you back here for another one of my “what the Hell is Stephannie doing?” posts. LOL

I feel like these posts are coming too frequently the last two years, but that could just be me worrying that I’m annoying you all with that “I’m doing this! No wait. I’m going to do this. No, sorry, I changed my mind again. I’m going to do this.” and then deciding to do something completely different a few days later. I swear, I never have this much trouble picking out an outfit to wear to a party, but then that could be because I have two choice: formal or casual.

I do want to make a special shout out to my good writing friend, Ruth, who deserves some kind of award or at least recognition for listening to my indecision everyday and helping me decide what I should do.

Anyhoo,  to get back to the point of this post. I’m changing my mind again.

Seems every time I make a few decisions, live with them for a few weeks before announcing the shift, and then move forward with my choices, life throws me a little quirk.

In April, I decided that I would make my Stephannie name into a writer of YA. This was at the request from my lovely little daughter who wants to write books with her mom and didn’t like the idea of putting a pen name on the book with hers. I would do anything for my daughters, unless it’s dangerous and then we’d have to have a long talk about how hospital visits are not considered family fun time.

So I agreed to her request to change my writing course, waited some time before announcing the change, and then started to make talk a reality. However, after I went through the process of unpublishing all my old books, I noticed something that I hadn’t thought about when I decided to make the change to writing for a younger audience. The print books aren’t going to go away.  If I follow through with my plans I will have romances sitting on the digital bookshelf alongside my YA books. After some research, I found out that those print books will forever be there because Amazon won’t remove them.

And this causes a problem for me.

One of the main reasons I decided to divide my young adult fiction writing from my adult writing is that I’m uncomfortable selling books to children and having books with more erotic elements under the same name. Now, I’m aware that there are authors out there that write for both teens and adults under one name and it’s not a huge deal to them. Might not be for the parents either. But I don’t want a child to pick out my steamier romances thinking it would be a fun read. I would hope that parents would supervise their children’s reading books better, but I know from personal, childhood experience that  that isn’t always the case. My mom would be horrified at some of the books I read as a kid because an author wrote for both young and adult audiences.

So I’m going to be making some more changes, or change back what I had started to change in the first place, which is kinda annoying to me and possibly to you. Sorry about that. 😦

Anyhoo, the changes I’ll be making are to:

  1. This website. Until I get everything straightened out in my head, I’m going to be stripping this website to the bones, and then start redoing it. As I’m not sure how I want to handle the pen names and website(s), I’m not going to be doing much to it for a while. As I figure it out, you’ll start to see pages return.
  2. My Stephannie Beman author name. I won’t be writing Young Adult fiction under Stephannie Beman. This name will be returned to my more adult fiction that I was writing before I decided a change would be good.
  3. Pen Name for YA. After much discussion with my daughter, we decided that it will be okay if I create a pen name to go with her name on the covers of the YA series  we’re in the process of writing.
  4. Other Pen Name(s). When I thought I was going to be writing YA under Stephannie, I decided to create pen name for my Urban Fantasy and a pen name for my romances. I might or might not still do a pen name for my romances, I haven’t quite decided.
  5. My old books. Since I have all my old books unpublished already. I’ve decided to go ahead and rewrite, add some scenes to, or have them edited by the best Editor and Proofreader I’ve found to date before redoing the covers, blurbs, and in some cases re-titling them. This could take me awhile as summer as it is the busiest time of the year for me and I still want to write new books.

Sadly, many of my older books reflect my bad grammar and some of the editors I have hired in the past had worse grammar than I do.  Not only have I’ve been working on improving my grammar for a few years now,  but my Proofreader Lauralynn Elliott is really good about pointing out my grammar mistakes and why they are mistakes. If you’re looking to hire editors, proofreaders, or even  book formatting, check out The Forge, their work is impressive and affordable.

And now, before I return to writing, if anyone still wants to know what my pen names will be, please sign up for my pen name newsletter. I’ll only send it out when I’m sure what my pen names will be, and that I won’t be changing my mind on it. I promise. 🙂

Wishing you all the very best,

April 2017 Reading List

The last few years I’ve been gravitating more toward shorter fiction. With a busy schedule and my habit of reading every book I read to completion, the shorter work feeds my reading addiction for the day but also allows me to do the other things I need to get done daily. Most the books this month are serial fiction of novella or short story length.


Ripple Effect: Episode 1 & Episode 2 (A Dark Hitman Erotic Romance Series) by Keri Lake

I haven’t gotten around to reading the other two books in the series, but I do plan to finish this 4 part series. Now a moment of warning, these novellas are a little more on the darker side of life and have an unrepentant hitman as the hero…anti-hero? who is in lust with the heroine who hasn’t had the easiest life.

Anyhoo, while I found the excerpt on these books interesting and different, I bought them mostly for research for a character I’m working on and research on serial fiction. And while I still find the characters fascinating and would love to pick the brains of the author who wrote them (albeit not literally pick her brains because that would be gross and bloody), I would not suggest these books to everyone because like I stated above they are very dark, both in characters and in themes.

I occasionally enjoy darker fiction, but I’m more interested in the changes happening in the two characters and wondering where the story is taking me. Although I do have an inkling, I really want to see if I’m right about it or if Keri is going to throw me another strange twist.

How to Write Serial Fiction & Be Ready to Publish it in Less Than 24 Hours by C.R. Meyer

If you are a frequent visitor to this site you may have noticed that I’m on a serial fiction kick lately. The biggest reason is that I want to experiment with the medium because as a reader it’s the type of books I like to read and as a writer I have hundreds of ideas roaming around my head and not enough time to write them. I’m also a writer who loses interest in a book if I have finished it within a month or two.

How to Write Serial Fiction & Be Ready to Publish it in Less Than 24 Hours is one of two books on the subject of writing serial fiction that I picked up last month. Now if you are interested in writing serial fiction and willing to part with your money, then I would suggest this for the fundamentals on writing serial fiction that it has, but if not you can find a lot of the same information in this book online.

Just steer clear of anyone who suggests chopping a novel into smaller chucks. True serial fiction is where each book tells it’s own story, novel chapters have a hard time doing and your readers will feel cheated if you do this.

The Debt Collector (Season One) by Susan Kaye Quinn

I ran across this serial while researching how authors write serial fiction. These are 9 short stories about a debt collector who collects debts in the life energy of the people he is sent after.

It was really interesting to see the change in the main charter Lirium as he comes out of his selfish world to help those who can’t fight back and moral dilemma of a world where “your life-worth is tabulated on the open market and going into debt risks a lot more than your credit rating.”

I’m looking forward to reading the second season. 😀

Writing Serial Fiction in the Real World: A Simple, Tongue-in-Cheek Guide to Writing & Publishing Episodic eBooks for Profit on Amazon (Book 5) by Robert C. Worstell

This is not a bad book on writing serial fiction but it was kinda bare bones advice. The bulk of the book was about publishing to market and making a profit from writing serial fiction. At this point I didn’t find the information that helpful because I have no intentions of writing to market. I’m writing for myself and hoping that by sharing the stories that others might like my stories as well.

That said, there was some great advice in the book about creating a publishing schedule and promotion that I plan to use later.


Keeping Track!

This year one of my goals is to read at least 50 fiction books & 5 non-fiction books. So far I have:

January 2017: I read 5 fiction books and 1 non-fiction book.
February 2017: I read 7 fiction books and 2 non-fiction books.
March 2017: I read 12 fiction books and 1 non-fiction book.
April 2017: I read  11 fiction books and 2 non-fiction books.

Total Fiction read this Year: 35 books.
Total Non-Fiction read this Year: 6 books.

I hope you had a happy April and wishing you a better May!