What Made Me a Writer~

3 April 2018

 

Hello everyone,

 

Once upon a time, I was twelve years old on a bright summer’s day. I wasn’t your average twelve year old, though. I had one friend who had just moved away that summer. I didn’t consider myself as very outgoing, and in fact, I was a very quiet and shy girl. Not unlike the average teenager then and even today, I tried to avoid household and for me, barn chores wherever possible. To normal outgoing teenagers who spent a lot of time at lakes, going swimming, or with hanging out with friends as often as possible, I didn’t prefer any of those options. Instead, I was perfectly content with reading. At that time in my life, I remember reading constantly – novels, magazine articles that piqued my interest, even obituaries. I was starving for knowledge and reading as much as possible was the only solution. When I wasn’t reading, I found random hobbies around the house, such as playing piano, recording songs on a cassette tape of myself singing (embarrasingly enough), and listening to my favorite CDs. Needless to say, if you can’t tell already, I was BORED. Bored, bored, bored. Most of the time, I became so bored that I willingly cleaned and helped my parents out with chores just to avoid the state of boredom. I’d go on walks with the family dog at the time, Pepper, and try to find ways to entertain myself. During the school year, homework obviously filled the bulk of my evenings. But despite that, my imagination was constantly flowing with ideas and the constant urge to do something wonderful and exciting with my time. Something I could use to pass the time and distract myself from how lonely I was, how unexciting I believed my life was, and how starved for attention I was. I needed to constantly do something useful and exciting.

 

I started reading Sweet Valley High books on the school bus to school and back home. I read and read and read. I thoroughly enjoyed the Sweet Valley High books, because they were filled with endless drama, intrigue, and suspense, not to mention romance. My mom had either a bunch of the little novels on the office bookshelves, and one day, after complete intrigue, I decided to read them.

Sweet-Valley-High-Books

Those books, I am happy to say, changed my life. These are the books that inspired me enough to be a writer. That summer day that I finished the last of the books in the series was the day I started to become a writer.

 

When I was at college, I complained to my class advisor that I simply could not get into the Mass Communications degree that I had taken up. I thought for sure that was the degree associated with writing. I kept telling her that I wasn’t enjoying the classes, I wasn’t doing well in them, and I didn’t want to learn any more about news reporting. I was even terrible at the photography classes. I was completely upset. But my minor was in English, and I have no idea why I chose that as my minor. I was completely blind to the fact that the minor I had taken up needed to become my major. When I mentioned to my professor, aka advisor that I really had enjoyed the Creative Writing class I had taken up, she asked me why that was. Gradually, I realized that I had taken on a completely different major than I should have from the very beginning – but as a degree in English (which I am quite proud of by the way), I chose it more so for the freelance writing aspect of it. I didn’t want anyone to tell me what to write or how to write it. I didn’t want anyone to constantly judge my writing – except when it came to literary agents and publishers. I wanted to be a freelance writer & author while retaining a secular job at working in an office, and that’s exactly what I did. So let me back up……

 

On that summer day, I finished that last Sweet Valley High book, and then thought to myself, I wish I could write a book. Well, friends, that’s what started it all. I started writing novels in notebooks at first before eventually converting to a computer and saving my stories on floppy disks! (Remember those?) And the very first book I started was called, “Life with Guarding Angels,” which is now called, “The Dead Sister”. It is essentially revolved around a love triangle that causes the guy of the love triangle to end up in prison for eight years.

 

Being a writer has taught me so many things. In 2014, I got accepted at a publishing company that later ripped me off two years later – so then, I learned the secret to doing much more thorough research of sending material to such companies. Send to literary agents instead. Through both college and personal experience, I’ve received countless letters from fellow authors, have learned how to have a website and how to maintain it, and the pros and cons that follow the world of writing. But I would never give up on it for the world. I love my writing talent that God has so richly blessed me with and I would never trade it for anything in the world.

 

This blog post today should inspire all of you to remain vigilant to your own passions, hobbies, and desires, not to mention your dreams. DO NOT EVER GIVE UP ON ANY ONE OF THEM EVER!!! God has blessed you with such things, and HE is the one who should daily be praised and thanked for such wonderful things in your life 🙂 My friends, I have loved my writing journey, and I plan to continue it the rest of my life, no matter where it leads me and no matter what setbacks come up along the way. 🙂

 

What will you do with your talents & dreams? Never give them up. Never.

 

I hope everyone had a happy and fun Easter. God bless and take care.

 

JMK~

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A Soldier’s Unforgettable Journey

5 January 2018

 

Hello everyone,

 

I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday season spent with family and friends. WOW, I cannot believe it’s 2018 already!! What a year this is going to bring, and I cannot wait to see what God has planned for my husband and I this year! 🙂

 

So, as some of you may know, I am currently writing a WWII book about a soldier. His name is Peter, and today / this month, I plan to tell you all about him and this amazing story I will be writing & editing for the majority of this brand new year! May God be praised that He has given us another year – God willing – to live upon this Earth.

 

Well anyways, let me continue my explanation of this story, although of course I’m not going to give anything away. Peter enters WWII where he is thrust into action and drama that he’d much rather not partake in. He begins his story as a soldier living in fear – fear of dying and never seeing his cancer-sick mother again. She has leukemia, and he’d love nothing more than to be home with her, even though he’d already made a vow to serve his country. Peter is a fearful soldier, and after being thrust into an ugly, brutal, and bloody battle, his ranking officer, Glen, sees something shining out of him that might be worth fighting for within the cold, wintry wonderland of France at this time. Soon, Peter discovers that war, perhaps, shouldn’t have been for him, because he is constantly afraid of dying. Even more so, he’s terrified of never seeing his mother again.

 

Now before I go any further, let me just explain that this is a fictional story – obviously. Anything can happen in life, or even in war, so I don’t want to read any “oh, come on, that’s unrealistic,” or anything like that. Please, just use your imagination.

 

So, continuing on, Peter and his unit are ordered to travel through several different French towns to help civilians – protect them, provide food and shelter, and take care of any remaining wounded soldiers around the premises. But once they reach a certain French town, Glen has this crazy idea that perhaps, since they’re so far from home and so far from their commanding officers, perhaps it’s time to teach the French civilians a lesson for allowing the war to occur in the first place, even though this war is a part of several different countries total. Since he is their captain, he decidedly orders that they all partake of slaughtering the entire small town, and if anyone disagreed with him, there would be major consequences. But Peter, despite his anxiety about the war and being there in general, remembers that being a Christian also means that he had to do the right thing.

 

Glen had grown fond of Peter. But after Peter’s ultimate refusal to partake in this evil activity, his entire unit betrays him and leaves him for dead. But he doesn’t die, and the journey he undertakes gives him the strength, wisdom, and the guidance to make better and smarter and braver decisions in the future. This story is also gradually being researched by his future granddaughter, Janie Berg, whose grandfather is slowly wasting away from dementia in the nursing home. Researching her grandfather’s past may give her the understanding she’s always wanted to know about him and his past, as well as discovering clues to better understanding her future.

 

Since this book is currently in the beginning stages, any ideas you may have for WWII are welcomed. Regardless, I hope to finish this book by next summer, God willing, and begin the editing process then.

 

Let me leave with a final note: I know that most of you writers out there, if not all, are presently trying to partake in sending query letters to agents and publishers. What is my advice? No matter how many rejections you may get, even if you’ve gone above and beyond the call of duty in trying your very hardest to write the best query letter you can, don’t fret or worry. God has a beautiful plan for your life. Not only that, but don’t ever give up on your writing and on your passions in life, no matter how hard it may seem. When the agent rejections pile up and you feel at your wit’s end, don’t give up. Keep trying and trying and trying, and, first and foremost, don’t ever stop writing.

 

God bless you all! 🙂

 

JMK~

My Book Got a Bad Review – Now What?

4 August 2017

Hello everyone,

 

First of all – let me start off by saying that the best and happiest route in the publishing business is getting published through a literary agent. Then, the publisher they get for you should be the one doing the main promotions of your book. Doing so yourself is up to you. But if a publishing company tells you that you and you alone are responsible for promoting it, that just has red flags all over it.

 

Regardless, though – what happens when you do get a bad review? What should you do, if anything, and how should you react?

 

Well, the first thing you should remember is that the reviewer doesn’t know you personally and is not criticizing your life, your personality, etc. They’re simply telling you what they think about your book. And doing so doesn’t mean that you wrote a terrible book. Your book is awesome no matter what! Don’t forget that – YOUR BOOK IS AWESOME NO MATTER WHAT! You put your blood, sweat, tears and valuable time and resources into this masterpiece. So yeah, when a bad review occurs, it hurts. But don’t focus on the bad – focus on the good. If such popular authors as JK Rowling and Kate Morton and Stephanie Meyer gave up on their first book due to bad reviews, think how different we all would be! Harry Potter would never be finished! Of course it’s difficult to believe, but I’ve looked on Amazon, and such famous authors DO get bad reviews. And yet, their publishers and agents still sell thousands of more copies of their books! And why is that?

 

BECAUSE OF THE GOOD REVIEWS!!

 

See? The good reviews are what really matter. And then there are the bored bad reviewers – those who haven’t read your book but they just wanted to leave a cruel review. I’ve known people like this, because they’ve admitted on their review that they didn’t even like my book. Such people are heartless and cruel, and have no other time on their hands other than try to get you upset with such awful reviews. Once again, ignore these people and simply focus on the good reviews. These are the ones that truly matter and also the ones that will get you incredibly far in life, where you will sell hundreds of thousands of books, because people love reading good reviews!

 

Of course, it isn’t supposed to be about reviews or how many books you sell. It’s really about making a true difference in the story you’ve told. SOMEONE NEEDS YOUR BOOK. Don’t forget that. You will change someone’s life with your book one day.

 

And you know what? All that hard work will pay off and will be so incredibly worth it. Never give up! Never surrender.

 

Have a good week! 🙂

 

JMK~ 🙂

 

 

Offering Editing Services 

Hello everyone, 

Beginning today I’m offering editing services for anyone who needs something edited! 😀😀 Please share this among yourselves, and let me know if you have questions! 🙂 

Editing Services

Are you looking for a professional to write and edit something of yours? A poem, short story or manuscript or any other documents? Are you on the verge of sending something into a publisher and need another’s eye about what you have written? You’ve come to the right place! I will edit and proofread your documents while providing free feedback and criticism to you at a single cost.

Why Me? 
I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with an emphasis on Writing. I also fourteen years of my own experience, including college, to professionally give you a good writing and editing approach.

How does it work? 
You contact me via email or social media with your attached document you would like edited. If it is a short story or manuscript, I will provide free constructive criticism in comments throughout the work. Constructive criticism is nothing personal against you or your work, but something critics give on a regular basis. It is not mean feedback, but honest, creative, and direct feedback. I will give you honest and creative approach that will be most beneficial to you and your work. Examples of things I’d comment on is research done for something in the story, or POV aspects.

What do you look for when editing?
Sentence structure, grammar, punctuation, spelling, POV within paragraphs, and that the paragraphs are indented correctly. When editing, I will also determine what readers would like about certain parts.

What is the cost?
Manuscripts; books of poetry or short stories – $50
Individual poems or other documents- $20
 
How do I pay?
Through PayPal, find my account under name Jenna Kinzler (brown hair with black sweater and scarf), and send to this account. Otherwise, I can give you my address and you can send a check. 
 

How long will it take? (Depending upon project):
Manuscripts- 2-3 weeks
Other – 3-5 days

Exceptions
I will not accept material about or eluding to the erotic or sexual nature which includes bestiality, rape, incest, or alternative lifestyles. Also, please only submit works that carries as little profanity as possible. If you have any questions about these, since there may be exceptions, please contact me. It is better to ask questions than to miss out on an incredible opportunity for your work to be edited professionally.

Need more info?
Please contact me via one of my social media pages seen here, or by my email: books_jmg@yahoo.com.  

Thank you! I look forward to working with you all! I promise you it’ll be a rewarding and exciting experience for both of us! 

Why Not Writers’ Forums?

March 4, 2016

Hello everyone,

 

It’s great to get advice on your writing, isn’t it? I find it exciting when somebody reads your writing and compliments you for how good it is. I like the comments that really help you with your writing that pesky book, such as, “This scene should be a little stronger here” or “the method you used to write this scene should be used also in this other scene,” stuff like that. The more helpful comments, the greater your writing will be.

 

In 2014, I had just finished writing and editing my book The Magic Suitcase and was ready to publish it. While looking for information online about writing a query letter, I came across these writing forums. The name of it should remain silent. I thought that it’d be fun to submit query letter to fellow writers on the forum and get fun writing advice on it like the examples I stated above… Boy, was I wrong!

 

Now if you are a member of a writing forum and found it good use to you, that’s fine. But to all the writers out there who are looking to publish your book and need advice: WHATEVER YOU DO, DO NOT BECOME A MEMBER OF A WRITER’S FORUM AND SUBMIT YOUR WORK THERE. I’m stating this from experience. In 2014, when I was ready to “post” my new query letter for my book, a query letter I worked my hardest at, I couldn’t do so until I had commented on at least 60 posts.

 

Now how stupid is that. You want your query letter to be criticized but you cannot be a part of the writing forum process until this rule is reached? So here I found myself wasting hours of time, precious hours of my life, commenting on posts until I was able to submit my query letter to the fellow writers of the world. Then, not only did I receive feedback, it was NEGATIVE FEEDBACK. There’s nothing worse than writers telling you that you’re an awful writer and the book, which is a fantasy novel, sounds unrealistic. Of course it’s unrealistic – it’s fantasy. You don’t see dragons and magic suitcases in every day life, do you? No. Then, one of the people who’d commented decided to follow me on Twitter and was both very cruel and rude to me and one of my good friends. I ended up having to block them. That same query letter, by the way, is the same that got me a publishing contract!

 

Boo-Ya!

 

A couple weeks ago, having forgotten all the bad news about writers forums, I went back to it. Oh, and by the way, there’s no possible way to delete your account in writers forums. I even messaged the administrators of the forums requesting both information on how to delete my account and also requested they delete it themselves. No answer whatsoever. I looked everywhere in Settings and there’s no place where you can delete it. The only thing left to do is make myself invisible, so the rest of my life, I’ll have an unused account on there.

 

Anyway, I temporarily went back to it, which was a stupid idea. The only thing I’d wanted to do was submit a post advertising my services, since I’d found a thread where you could do so. I’d read the guidelines: “Editors, if you would like to offer your pay services, please post it here.” So I did. The first person who commented was making fun of my post instead of asking about my services. When I had mentioned my professional credentials, they had said “I don’t think you have the capabilities of a professional editor. You’re certainly not acting professional.” And they went line by line from the post I’d published, criticizing every little thing I’d said. Furious, I marked the comment as “harassment.” I did this twice, hoping that the administrators would remove the post so that other people could benefit from my services. Instead, the administrators ignored my “harassment” flag and removed MY post. They’d said, “Please stop soliciting on our website!” Uh-hello? That’s exactly what you’d wanted me to. It’d been quite clear in the post guidelines.

 

Writers, if you want your work to be edited or another person’s opinion on it, make sure you submit it to somebody you trust, even if it’s only a query letter. If you submit it to beta readers, make sure that the beta readers are not found through writing forums, for that will only get you into trouble. Writers, take my word for it. I’ve seen members on these writing forums where their profile shows they’ve had 5,000, 10,000 or more posts. These people have nothing better to do all day every day than to go on a social media website, which is essentially what it is, and criticize other people’s writing in an ugly way. They will make fun of you and threaten you and no matter how much you mark it as harassment, the admins will not take your side. They will see you as an uniformed newbie who knows nothing about writing forums.

 

Folks, life is too short to be wasting your life that way. There’s really no point when your writing is amazing as it is and deserves so much better than that. Submit it to people who you trust who will give you positive feedback and criticism, and not say you’re a terrible writer or don’t know how to write a query letter or other writing work. There are tons of writers out there who get published every day without the use of writing forums. It’s a cruel service, it gives you absolutely no benefit, and it comes with a terrible price. Please, please, please. You’re a wonderful writer and your work is amazing no matter what needs to be changed and no matter what these mean people from forums think of it. Don’t become a member of these forums. Not doing so will give you far better and far more rewarding results.

 

Hope you all have a wonderful week.

 

JMK~

 

 

Now Offering Editing Services

Now Offering Editing Services

Attention, attention! Attention all writers! 

Hello everyone! I will now be offering editing services for those who need it. It will be beneficial for writers, because not only will they receive the same constructive criticism that publishing house editors would give, you’ll also meet a new friend: me. Not only am I willing to work with you on a business sense, but I am here for you to offer writers advice like how to overcome writers block, publishing info, etc, all for free. The only cost is if you’d like something of yours edited.

Please see below for details that are also on the “Editing Services” page above!

Are you looking for a professional to write and edit something of yours? A poem, short story or manuscript or any other documents? Are you on the verge of sending something into a publisher and need another’s eye about what you have written? You’ve come to the right place! I will edit and proofread your documents while providing free feedback and criticism to you at a single cost. 

Why Me? 

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with an emphasis on Writing. I also fourteen years of my own experience, including college, to professionally give you a good writing and editing approach. 

How does it work? 
You contact me via email or social media with your attached document you would like edited. If it is a short story or manuscript, I will provide free constructive criticism in comments throughout the work. Criticism is nothing personal against you or your work, but something critics give on a regular basis. I will give you honest and creative feedback that will be most beneficial to you and your work. Examples of things I’d comment on is research done for something in the story, or POV aspects.
I will edit the following for free before you decide to accept my work: the first chapter for manuscripts, the first paragraph for poetry and one page works, or the first page for anything else. 
What do you look for when editing?

Sentence structure, grammar, punctuation, spelling, the same POV within paragraphs, and that the paragraphs are indented correctly. 

What is the cost?

Manuscripts, book of poetry or short stories – $50
Individual poetry, short stories- $20
Other documents – $20

How long will it take?
Manuscripts- 2-3 weeks
Other – 3-5 days 

Exceptions
I will not accept material of the erotic or sexual nature.

Need more info?
Please contact me via one of my social media pages (seen in the About /Contact Jenna tab above) or by my email: books_jmg@yahoo.com.  
The most beneficial way you can help me in this process is to share this information with others. Share it on your social media pages, and if you know of someone looking to edit anything of any kind, please tell them about the services I offer! 

Thank you! I look forward to working with you all! I promise you it’ll be a rewarding and exciting experience for both of us! 

Worry Less, Pray More!

Hey, everyone,

 

I didn’t know what to write for a blog topic this week, which is why it’s taken me several days longer to actually write this. So I apologize for that, haha.

 

Today I want to discuss something that is very much a part of my life, but I wish it wasn’t. Worry. You know why suicides occur in the world? You know why anxiety feels sometimes uncontrollable? You know why anger management happens so often in the workplace?

 

Well, it’s because of stress. Stress and anxiety aren’t positive topics for a reason. They feel like they attack and control you just by saying them out loud! Let me tell you how unhappy God feels when His creation is worried over something in which you have no control. Fearful? Be courageous; do something spontaneous. I deal with anxiety on a daily basis, but instead of listening to music, eating a million pieces of chocolate in a single day, or sulking in front of the television, use one of my suggestions.

 

I start my day this way: I wake up to my alarm. Fix my cats breakfast, because if I don’t they’ll break down the door and thus wake up my sleeping husband, LOL. I then walk like a zombie back to the bathroom to get ready. After getting ready, I tiptoe out of the bedroom to fix myself some breakfast, catch up on some housecleaning, read the Bible, watch Youtube videos, and catch up on my daily Garfield comic. I get my breakfast, consisting of coffee and also cereal or oatmeal, and sat at the couch and take care of that with my cat Lefty on my lap. I leave for work in my car listening to my favorite oldies radio station’s headline news. Then, I shut off my radio as soon as music starts playing.

 

Obviously not because I love music – I LOVE music!

 

But because it is a distraction to something far more important: giving all my concerns for the day to God. I pray hard and fervently while I drive, and then do the same at the end of the day.

 

Prayer lessens worry, everyone. I can’t promise praying will make your worries go completely away forever. I can’t promise life will always be sunshine and flowers. But if you give your life to God and pray to him constantly, remembering him as soon as a grievance turns up throughout the day, then you will be happier in the long run. Praying gives you comfort and strength for whatever lies ahead. Praying is the solid hope we must have and do have in the Lord to keep on going and that wherever God leads us, the destination will be just as amazing as his Bible promises.

 

Hope everyone has a safe, fun, and happy weekend!

 

JMK~