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Novels, NaNoWriMo, and Me


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Having taken a short break from my blog, it is now time for an update.  I am currently participating in NaNoWriMo, which stands for National Novel Writing Month.  As part of this program, I have made a commitment to write 50,000 words during the month of November. Only three days into it and I am over 5,000 words.  Woo hoo!

I am simultaneously working on the sequel to Never Coming Back, which will be titled Never Forget, as well as the third book in the series, tentatively titled Never Give Up.  Additionally, I am writing short stories that will be offered exclusively through my new Members Only Writing Subscription.

Members Only Writing Subscriptions include a monthly newsletter, keeping subscribers up to date on the latest status of my writing, as well as my reviews of work from other authors of note. Additionally, members receive access to the new short stories, sequential scenes from Never Forget, and random scenes from Never Give Up.  Each piece will come with an Introduction, so readers will always know what type of writing they have received. Maintaining subscriptions for 12 months, or signing up for an annual subscription, entitles members to receive an autographed copy of Never Forget or Never Give Up once published.  Or the member can choose to receive a coupon for a free download of the book to a Kindle

If you are interested in signing up for a subscription, you can find all the details on the subscription page of my website, Jansen Books.

Other membership levels range from Introductory Membership (newsletter only) to Gold Membership (which includes having a character named after you!)

Thank you so much for being a loyal reader, and I hope you seriously consider signing up for one of my new subscription plans!  


Sara S. Jansen Book Signings

Never Coming Back Book Signing

Never Coming Back, a lesbian suspense/romance that takes place in Northampton, MA and the surrounding area, is now available in four editions (Kindle and Print versions of Never Coming Back and Never Coming Back: Special Erotic Edition).  In honor of the primary location in the book, I will be making my first appearances for book signings in Northampton, MA at the night club, Diva’s.  The first is this Sunday, April 14, for the T-Dance from 3:00-7:00.  I will also be at Diva’s for the After Pride Party on Saturday, May 4 from 5:00-8:30.  I will be selling the books for $10 each (tax included) and signing every one!

You might also see me walking around, or checking out the Pride and Joy booth, at the 32nd Annual Northampton LGBT Parade and Pride Event on Saturday, May 4. This year’s event will take place at the 3-County Fairgrounds. This year’s theme is “Our Journey is Not Complete.” Admission and parking are free.  This year’s lineup includes some awesome speakers, bands, and drag queens and kings, and will be ASL interpreted. They also provide a sectioned off Kids Area away from the stage area.

Then, after you are done at the parade/rally (rally ends at 5:00), join me at Diva’s for my book signing!  Hope to see you there!

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A Request

I haven’t written in a long time, and I know there’s no excuse. However, I have been working on my books. Yes, that’s right, books. I self-published my book, Never Coming Back, as both lesbian fiction and as erotica on Here’s where the request comes in. I have sold over 100 copies, but the regular version has only one review and the erotica version has only one review. If you read either and liked it, would you please review it for me? Amazon won’t promote your book if you don’t have reviews. And remember, 3 stars should mean it was all right. Unfortunately, the one reviewer I have on the erotica version didn’t understand that and gave me 2 stars for a mixed review. That brings down my rating. I appreciate all the reviews I can get.


You can find both here:

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Good News to Share

Lesbian Fiction.

Lesbian Fiction. (Photo credit: grapefruitmoon)


I just wanted to share that my new book, Never Coming Back, which I wrote during NaNoWriMo 2010 and published direct to digital with, just made it to #99 on the Bestsellers in Lesbian Fiction list and #17 on the Hot New Releases in Lesbian Fiction list.  I don’t know what drives the ranking, since I have only sold 12 copies so far (in 3 days), and I have no customer reviews yet, but it sure does feel good.  Basking in the feeling until I get bumped back down.


My work on the sequel continues…




Gaining Inspiration From Other Writers

Fingers Crossed

Fingers Crossed (Photo credit: Grace Miller)

Tonight I attended a talk called Come Out Writing, hosted by the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford, CT.  I would call the event a huge success, even though attendance was not ridiculous.  It was not an intimate venue, but the host, playwright Jacques Lamarre, made it feel that way. He did an excellent job moderating, with well-thought out questions. All of the proceeds were donated to True Colors, a non-profit organization in Hartford, CT that provides support, education, and advocacy for LGBTQ youth, adults, and families.  Participants included novelist, actor and filmmaker James Lecesne; poet and journalist Bessy Reyna; and authors Frank Anthony Polito, Tanisha McMillan, and Jennifer Lavoie.  Overall, it was inspiring to be a part of a conversation with some talented writers, hearing their unique and entertaining takes on being a writer, being gay (except for Jennifer), being a “gay writer,” as well as all the other labels we may or may not give ourselves (such as “Band Fag”).  I really enjoyed myself, and enjoyed meeting others in the audience as well.  Now… drum roll please… it is time to get back to writing the sequel to my book, and use their success as inspiration for me to keep going.  Onward, James!


Okay, Planning for NaNoWriMo IS a Good Idea…

English: Mark Twain House, Hartford, CT

English: Mark Twain House, Hartford, CT (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Once again, I have gone through the entire day being distracted from #NaNoWriMo writing by things like work, which pays the bills; the pets, who require sustenance and to relieve themselves; food, because I need sustenance, as does my daughter; my daughter, who, at 11, is not quite ready to drive herself to school; shopping, because I don’t have a grocery store that delivers to my front door;, which is where I track my book sales; social networking, which I mentioned yesterday; and even paying the bills, because it is the beginning of the month.  I’m sure there will be more soon, as life will do that to you.

What does that mean for your word count, you ask?  Well, it is not good.  But I am getting there.  I am adding to an existing book, so I was up until 3:00 this morning reading it over (again) and planning which way I want the characters to go right now.  I did some writing (and I admit, some editing, for shame), but not as much as I would like.

No, I can’t catch up tonight.  I am going to a writers’ function tonight in Hartford, CT called Come Out Writing.  It is at the Mark Twain House to benefit True Colors. It should be fun!

So, what do I have?  Well, I have this blog entry… I know, get down to writing my novel!  I will.  I promise!  I know we all took this challenge, but who is willing to personally challenge me, and themselves?  We can hold each other accountable each day!  Just let me know in the comments.  And happy writing!


Social Networking Thwarts NaNoWriMo Efforts

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Last night I had to decide if I wanted to stay up for the beginning of NaNoWriMo. Of course, LIFE set in… The administrative work I needed to complete kept me from writing a single word!  I guess that is why I see so many people saying they “plan” for NaNoWriMo.  My third year, and I still have not planned.  Maybe next year.  However, I am not giving up for this year.  Plan or no plan, I will keep going!  Of course, writing in my blog does not count toward my book, unless I am planning to write a book about blogging.  Well… no… Anyway, it was a good thought.

So, the administrative work I had to complete consisted of updating all of my sites about self-publishing my first novel, which I mostly wrote during NaNoWriMo 2010.  Between G+, Facebook, my blog, and all of the Author Pages you must update for all of the Amazon sites, it was overwhelming.  And I’m not even on Twitter yet!  I need to hire someone to manage my social networking for me so I have time to write!

What have I learned from this?  Planning is so important!  Had I planned properly, I probably would not have self-published on on Halloween, the day before NaNoWriMo starts!  I am so excited to have my book published, and I wanted to put that chapter of my writing to an end (no pun intended, really!), so I did it anyway.

I hope everyone that is taking this journey with me wrote more words than I did.  I will catch up with you though.  I promise!

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