COUNTING DOWN THE STORM A Novella by D. Ryan Leask
For two days the storm has taken over the city, and two people's lives. A man convinces himself that his life is worthless when his lover leaves him for another man. Alone and depressed, he allows his life to sink into the bowels of civilization. When a wife and mother discovers that her husband is having an affair she abandons logic and gives in to the perilous abyss of jealousy and revenge.
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Monday, June 10, 2013

What If…

I am a writer and a full time stay at home parent. Many of you are the same or perhaps, as I was before, a full time office droan. It's a tough life working, parenting and trying to squeeze in a few moments of writing. Even if you are a full-time published writer unless you are very fortunate (I hate to use the word lucky), chances are you desperately need to supplement your income. Balancing life, money, time is always impossible. It seems like what we value most, time, we have to constantly trade in for money which in turn means less time, not only is it less time, it's generally less time not when it's convenient for us but when it's convenient for our bosses, clients or other people.
The internet is full of "opportunities" as you've noticed from the your spam folder and pop ups, promises of making thousands in your spare time. It sure would be nice but being dubious is a light word for how you feel about these I'm sure. Perhaps you've heard of multi-level marketing, home sales etc. that seem like pyrimid schemes (which are illegal by the way) and have been equally dubious due to past experiences or having friends realize they make no money selling Avon or Mary Kay or Candles or what ever. I hear you I was the same but (and this is the part where if you've read this far you'll want to tune out, please don't)…
Maybe, just maybe, some of these are legit.
Just over a year ago I met with a lady my wife works with and another gentlemen to discuss helping us with our finances. I was impressed. They had access to products we couldn't get on our own, were able to shed light on things we didn't know and really helped us with our financial goals. The lady my wife works with is a wonderful person and trust wasn't an issue. With little to no effort on our part (which they were happy to let us decide our own level of control) we were on our way.
Lately, as many of you know, I lost my job, half by choice, half by no choice. I knew when I left I wasn't going to go back to the grind, I wanted to stay home, raise my kids and write. Reality has since sunk in, without one of use pulling in a mid six figure salary it's not possible but making up that difference isn't really either when you factor in daycare etc. I thought about working part time but that is a bad time for money trade. I thought again about my financial advisors and what they did, sure they traded time for money but on their terms. I reluctently went to an information session ready to see that it wasn't for me, what do I know about money? Is it going to take me years of tremendously hard work just to get a small paycheck? They got me, I "drank the punch." They made no illusions of easy money or not having to work hard to get started but they also showed promise of really caring about their clients (which I already knew) and their recruits. Mentorship, training and coaching were the most important things for getting someone started. Perhaps they were blowing smoke but it was worth looking into.
Now, I hope that this support is across the board but I know that just like any job there are bad bosses and bad collegues who could care less about others but in the team I knew there was none of that, no cut throat no clawing your way to the top on the backs of others, just a positive atmosphere that, despite my attempts to see through, I got caught up in. I've joined. Am I scared? Damn right, it's taking a chance, leaving my comfort zone and knowing that I have to push myself and my company past the negative stereotype of seemingly similar companies before I can even start to show what we can do to help. I am going to bust my hump doing it too, why, because I believe in it. I think many fail at these types of jobs because they don't believe in their product, they think the money will come easy with little effort and they can't get past the awkward stages of getting started.
The company I'm working with is a Fortune 500 company who sponsers race cars, they are nolt a scam, they are not just out to get more people to give them money, they are out to help people and keep their profits rolling in by keeping customers happy and coming back and referring their friends, don't get me wrong, they are about making as much money as possible but perhaps they've seen what we all know, you can make $100 by tretchery and deciept or you can make $95 honestly and morally and sleep at night.
The company I work with is World Financial Group, if you want to join my team or see if I can help you (especially if you live in Calgary or even Alberta) please feel free to contact me, I will do everything I possibly can to help you.

Dennis R. Leask
Associate Member
World Financial Group
dennis_leask@yahoo.ca
On twitter: @DRLeask (This is a great way to contact me)

Monday, March 18, 2013

I am going to get a children's story published… PVII

I haven't posted my latest note on this. I have sent it to an Agent!

Danielle Smith with Foreword Lit! I really like this agency and I hope that I at least get a personal response.

Have you ever heard of Query Shark?

Before you ever send a query letter read every letter posted on this site. It will really help.  I did it although, funnily enough, I took none of the advice except for writing a query letter that entices even if it does break all the rules.  That is more for me. Thanks to a good friend who said:

"You're funny in your tweets. Be funny here."

So I wrote my query letter like my character from "My Baby Sister's An Alien" had convinced me it was a true story and it was my duty to make sure I spread "the truth."

Hopefully it works.

Thanks for reading!

Monday, March 4, 2013

WTF Amazon? Self Published Author has to supply refund cause she is now trad pubbed?

FURTHER PROOF THAT AMAZON IS THE DEVIL

Author Jamie McGuire is being forced to provide refunds + cost differential from her self published book because a traditional publisher is now publishing it. For no reason Amazon has been encouraging customers to get a refund on Beautiful Disasters even though you can still get the version they paid for and it is past the time they are supposed to be able to get a refund.

Please read the two blogs below for more details!

Jamie McGuire beautiful disaster emails
*****Update
Self Pub Authors

I still don't like you Amazon!

Thanks for Reading