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January Style Edit

Forever editing….

Following a much needed breather and a very slow start to the new year, I finally plotted out 2021, which is already making my heart thump a little faster, knowing that I have some massive work ahead of me and I would like to complete my overhaul of my 2010 disaster by the end of the year or thereafter. After much reflection and pondering the various different ways that I can proceed, I know my frivolous, bouncing off the wall mind will never settle unless I fully perfect each and every novel. While some would say it’s a waste of time rehashing and editing over and over, it’s how I grow, learn and become better even if it doesn’t translate into success within the industry. Unfortunately, I feel as though I’m dealing with an absolute juggernut with marketing and social platforms since I have no interest or time to focus on that element.

On the flipside, I am very independent and enjoy formatting books, designing layouts, and making my own covers just to see what I can come up with. Obviously, if I want to reach out to agents or additional support, those elements of the book making process wouldn’t include me, and those are some of my favorite parts that I enjoy the most. So…. I’m stuck somewhere in between that makes no sense to me when everyday I see another new novel by another brilliant author. Since writing calms my wayward mind that rarely stays at a standstill, I will be restyling and rewriting some of my novels to better fit my current thoughts and style of writing. New titles. New copyrights. New ISBNs. New pen names. Few elements will remain the same but I can’t wait to share the outcome! Until then, styles, magazines, and fashion inspiration from my favorite directions! Coming soon, Too Cool ’82.

xoxo Paperwaif

  • View the latest style edit from Paperwaif featuring Too Cool '82, an upcoming style guide with brat vibes, snowflake tones, and and offbeat combinations of denim, glitz, and shifts.
  • View the latest style edit from Paperwaif featuring Too Cool '82, an upcoming style guide with brat vibes, snowflake tones, and and offbeat combinations of denim, glitz, and shifts.
  • View the latest style edit from Paperwaif featuring Too Cool '82, an upcoming style guide with brat vibes, snowflake tones, and and offbeat combinations of denim, glitz, and shifts.
  • View the latest style edit from Paperwaif featuring Too Cool '82, an upcoming style guide with brat vibes, snowflake tones, and and offbeat combinations of denim, glitz, and shifts.
  • View the latest style edit from Paperwaif featuring Too Cool '82, an upcoming style guide with brat vibes, snowflake tones, and and offbeat combinations of denim, glitz, and shifts.
  • View the latest style edit from Paperwaif featuring Too Cool '82, an upcoming style guide with brat vibes, snowflake tones, and and offbeat combinations of denim, glitz, and shifts.

Not just another paper doll living in a so-called world….

Coming soon, a mid winter style magazine dubbed Too Cool ’82. With My So-Called life vibes, brat style selections, and the simplest looks of all, stay true to who you are with that favorite ripped tee, the flannel shirt that you just can’t part with, and a handful of vintage pieces that just won’t disappear. The simplest snowflake of all….

Learn about Paperwaif Books, a collection of novels by Aryn Lane, author of The Valley Series and A Moment In Time. Currently sold at the Kindle Bookstore.

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Beginning with an unrealistic dream to a lifelong obsession with writing, designing, and creating, Paperwaif has become a creative outlet focusing on positive goals, style lines, and book vibes. Offering digital magazines and contemporary novels, Paperwaif’s story grows with each page turn.

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Style Files Edit

So obviously I am in the middle of updating my Style Files page, which I am very excited about since I did waste three years and too much money attending design school, though, you couldn’t have convinced me not to follow my absolute passions, even if they have tumbled me backwards, not forward. While not being a “look at me, look at me” style hog, my favorite pastimes have always been sketching new designs, filing those designs through my programs, and finally selecting materials to complete the product. Being me, I tend to obsess over my favorite parts – sketching collections & designing layouts – and often never make it to the final step, which obviously didn’t help while in school and working forty hour+ work weeks. Coming 2021, I will be making a better effort to actually finalize my styles while finishing my drafts for my latest sci-fi novels, Echelon Files, which have turned into quite a doozy with menacing oModels, a deranged doll doctor, paper doll followers, and a handful of anti-heroes that are confronted by Spines. Sadly, I cannot share my storylines since I am trying to become a so-called real writer who can be taken seriously by someone that matters. Perhaps, in six months, I’ll be back to doing everything myself like always, and I’ll be able to share my new book covers and stories to those few individuals who are interested in a sci-fi/horror series. Until then, it’s style, style, style! And more lookbooks! And if I can get my act together, possibly, a fashionably whimsy paper doll book! Almost forgot…. Moving! Onto pineapples, rainbows, and kona coffee…. xoxo Paperwaif:)

*Check out my latest style magazine, A Carolina Affair

STYLE IS

Browse Style Files from Paperwaif featuring style sketches, magazine pages, and design collections by Aryn Lane. Inspired by current trends, past moments, and new beginnings.
Browse Style Files from Paperwaif featuring style sketches, magazine pages, and design collections by Aryn Lane. Inspired by current trends, past moments, and new beginnings.

Dial up the style with waifly favorites ~

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When you just can’t achieve your goals or take two steps forward, and you feel so alone doing so while others smile, you’ll always know how many fails made you stronger…. Create your happy space.


Designing smiles, styles, and casually cool lifestyles ~

Browse Style Files from Paperwaif featuring style sketches, magazine pages, and design collections by Aryn Lane. Inspired by current trends, past moments, and new beginnings.
Browse Style Files from Paperwaif featuring style sketches, magazine pages, and design collections by Aryn Lane. Inspired by current trends, past moments, and new beginnings.

Smiling styles that make you feel deliciously content with rainbow tones, sugary vibes, and whimsically prints. Casually designed by a waifly mind with love, happiness, and sunkissed moments. Inspired by laidback lifestyles, free spirited ways, and every color of the rainbow. To loving the simpler kind of life….

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Remembering the grungiest, most musically inspired time ~

Browse Style Files from Paperwaif featuring style sketches, magazine pages, and design collections by Aryn Lane. Inspired by current trends, past moments, and new beginnings.

Turn back time to the nineties with timeless flannels, combat boots with socks, and those oh-so-comfy overalls that made your day feel that much better. Not just another girl….

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Browse Style Files from Paperwaif featuring style sketches, magazine pages, and design collections by Aryn Lane. Inspired by current trends, past moments, and new beginnings.

To be continued….

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Autumn Magazine Gallery


Trails to success….

WOMEN STRONG

Small business adventures with big ambitions….

A complete wall gallery of A Carolina Affair, a digital magazine featuring an east coast love affair, effortlessly cool autumn styles that smile, a DIY studio office for the self isolating homebody who loves a good design challenge, and a few beauty favorites for the girl on a budget; for those who love the turn of seasons, the crisp fall air, and strolls along the North Carolina coast, which oozes with lackadaisical tones. A Carolina Affair was inspired by Paperwaif’s love of whimsy tones, trails in the mountains, and the many casually warm styles that inspire homebody moments….

*More Paperwaif Magazines

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In This Issue:

Fall Styles, Travel North Carolina, DIY Home Studio, Masking Happiness, Cozy To The Bone, Icy Autumn Brews, Project Block


  • Learn about A Moment In Time, a young adult novel featuring an elite gymnast, an average boy, and an intruder from the past. Where did she go? Written by Aryn Lane, author of The Valley Series.
  • Learn about The Skyloft, a feel good romance novel highlighting ghosts from the past, new beginnings, and finding happiness. Written by Aryn Lane, author of A Moment In Time.
  • Learn about The Hardest Truth, a contemporary romance novel featuring a local beauty, a curious outsider, and a past accident. Written by Aryn Lane, author of A Moment In Time.
  • Learn about Hartland Gone, a contemporary romance novel featuring a shaky relationship and a surprising disappearance. Written by Aryn Lane, author of A Moment In Time.
  • Learn about Letters To Ashburn, a contemporary romance novel featuring two souls in passing. Written by Aryn Lane, author of A Moment In Time.
  • Learn about Never Forgetting You, a romance mystery novel highlighting a father daughter relationship and the close bond that they share. Written by Aryn Lane, author of A Moment In Time.

November Pop-up Sale Coming Soon!

The Valley Series: Adult romance novels with a teensy bit of humor

A Moment In Time: Young adult novel that runs off the rails

*Learn more about Paperwaif Books

View a collection of whimsy autumn images from Paperwaif featuring a friendly neighbor, cozy homebody styles, and the coolest October sips.

Paperwaif’s Story

Beginning with an unrealistic dream to a lifelong obsession with writing, designing, and creating, Paperwaif has become a creative outlet focusing on positive goals, style lines, and book vibes. Offering digital magazines and contemporary novels, Paperwaif’s story grows with each page turn.

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October Newsletter

Fashion Fables & Autumn Frames


Coming Soon

Around The Corner

*So bummed that the first winter storm is just around the corner and November isn’t even here.

*So missing the beautifully cozy cool shores of Emerald Isle and OBX when stress just rolled over my shoulders like the warm waves of the Atlantic.

*So missing the Smoky mountain trails where leaves remained whimsy until late November and hiking was a weekly adventure.

*So missing the ambiance, essence, environment, and the all around excitement that has inspired many novels, designs, and creative directions.

*So not happy with myself for not taking more photos at the time, yet I was so focused on enjoying the colors, road trips, hikes, and moments, that sharing just wasn’t important or interesting at the time.

*But now that I live in a place that doesn’t feel comfortable, inspiring, or exciting (just a personal sentiment since the asthmatic/allergy monster has returned at full force, turning me into a toxic, painfully foggy weakling who can’t stagger up the stairs without desperately reaching for inhalers; now I remember why the west coast and I are truly incompatible; sad sad:( But I have pieced together a whimsy fall magazine with the few photos of the east coast that I do have. Every time that I finally quit obsessing over my tragically failed novels & get back to sketching, framing, and styling, I always wonder why I’m not working for a magazine or company. I remember how much I love coming up with my own designs and color ways. Unfortunately, at some point in my life I thought it would be fun to write novels, and that was my first terrible mistake that led to years of discouragement. To more do-able goals & a new year full of colorful palettes! xoxo, Paperwaif

Paperwaif’s Story

Beginning with an unrealistic dream to a lifelong obsession with writing, designing, and creating, Paperwaif has become a creative outlet focusing on positive goals, style lines, and book vibes. Offering digital magazines and contemporary novels, Paperwaif’s story grows with each page turn.

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Home Office Edit


For the minimalist at heart….

Learn about Paperwaif's journey from an unrealistic dream to a lifelong obsession with writing, designing, and creating directions that highlight positivity, homegrown styles, and whimsical moments.

Paperwaif’s Story

Learn about Paperwaif’s journey from an unrealistic dream to a lifelong obsession with writing, designing, and creating directions that highlight positivity, homegrown styles, and whimsical moments.

Finally finished my home edit to include the perfect style studio and home office for the budding writer and designer who self isolates, locks the door and ignores the world, and stays up at all hours obsessing over failed novels, botched patterns, and those pesky details that derail a person’s success. While thoroughly discouraged and bummed with writing, emailing, and constant rejection, I finally decided to focus on something other than dismembered bodies, menacing mannequins, and the world plummeted to a humbling demise. From the other side, a simple but sweet home office now highlights my favorite pastimes. Since I am a waifly writer with little hope of actually becoming more than a basement dweller, I use whatever I can to create the look I want without spending much. Imagine old palettes and bookshelves, a twenty year old dress form, an Ikea desk that cost 50 bucks, and a trusty handyman that can construct anything (thank you by the way). Despite disliking pink, I went with a soft romantic shade that is barely visible in photos. Next, I added a couple of palettes, a mirror, light switches, a desk, and a few items from design school that I can’t live without. Obviously, not the upscale, sleek, in a city loft look that some may love. But for the middle-of-nowhere wallflower who loves an airy, minimal working space, this studio edit feels perfect for sewing masks, designing shift dresses, and writing yet another unsuccessful novel. To making failing look amazing…. xoxo Paperwaif

My Books

My Inspiration

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Paperwaif Style Studio & Home Office

A way of life….


  • View Rainbow Frames, a summer publication from Paperwaif. Featuring casually cool styles, a sunkissed road trip to Baja, and homegrown directions that smile and inspire.
  • Learn about The Skyloft, a feel good romance novel highlighting ghosts from the past, new beginnings, and finding happiness. Written by Aryn Lane, author of A Moment In Time.
  • Learn about The Hardest Truth, a contemporary romance novel featuring a local beauty, a curious outsider, and a past accident. Written by Aryn Lane, author of A Moment In Time.
  • Learn about Hartland Gone, a contemporary romance novel featuring a shaky relationship and a surprising disappearance. Written by Aryn Lane, author of A Moment In Time.
  • Nineties Noir, a digital publication from Paperwaif, featuring a Las Vegas moment, a romantic collection, and a new excerpt from Miss Mannequin.
  • Learn about Letters To Ashburn, a contemporary romance novel featuring two souls in passing. Written by Aryn Lane, author of A Moment In Time.
  • Shine On, a digital publication from Paperwaif featuring glitzy tones, celebratory styles, and a winter escape to a mo
  • Learn about Never Forgetting You, a romance mystery novel highlighting a father daughter relationship and the close bond that they share. Written by Aryn Lane, author of A Moment In Time.
  • Learn about A Moment In Time, a young adult novel featuring an elite gymnast, an average boy, and an intruder from the past. Where did she go? Written by Aryn Lane, author of The Valley Series.

More At Paperwaif

  • Rainbow Frames
  • Nineties Noir
  • Shine On
  • The Valley Series
  • A Moment In Time

An Autumn Studio Edit

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Autumn Splunking


Wonder, wander, & wish….

Wonders in the middle of nowhere….


A walk along autumn lines….

Autumn frames from the greatest place….

Imagine, capture, and remember those moments that inspire….

Just another autumn fable for a not yet written tale….


2021 And Beyond ~

Although loving the barely-there autumn season that just doesn’t live up to three years ago, I can’t wait to quickly move forward to 2021. 2020 was quite the letdown in so many ways in spite of coming to the conclusion that the west coast and I just aren’t compatible. When your asthma, allergies, bellyaches, headaches, and horrific outcomes become a daily thing, I believe it is time to reevaluate directions. When the water you’re drinking is now on your list of allergic items, something is clearly not working! Pain aside, I really wish I could share and promote my latest work since writing and designing is how I spend the tinsy amount of time that I get to myself. Unfortunately, my interest in social media and blogging fall short of the supposed requirement and I have chosen to follow a very emotionally cruel path of rejection, frustration, and torment. If you want to feel like the most insignificant individual at every turn, please follow your dreams of becoming a writer, designer, etc. because you will rarely feel good about yourself or your work, and at the end of the day, you will still be an unaccomplished, penniless wannabe who is looking up at those who made it, especially if you’re only a waifly 5’3. Obviously, it’s not for the lighthearted and I learned very early on to build a wall around myself- thank you high school, Louisiana, & Vegas. Suppose there’s always next year…. Until then, watch for A Carolina Affair, an autumn magazine featuring homebody styles, a walk along the east coast, and a brand new office design. Now, onto finishing part two of Echelon Files! Thank you for the support, xoxo Paperwaif

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Autumn Fables & Fall Trails

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Waifly Photoshoot


SELECT. STYLE. SMILE:)

WAIFLY STYLED BY A TRUE WALLFLOWER

Since writing is currently in the dumps and every idea that I have has already been done fifty different ways, I have been leaning and dreaming of the better days when styles, designs, and creative lines inspired my every whim. It’s so much more pleasant playing stylist, pinning patterns, and imagining the many different directions that a few shades can create. A true wallflower for life, being locked away with only my imagination, some tools, and a dream to believe in is my happy place. Although bizarre and unusual to those who don’t understand, I find comfort in having passions that I can’t ignore despite still having to attend to the daily headaches that we all dislike. Whether it’s two a.m. or five p.m., stories, styles, and designs are always on my mind. Wish I could flick the switch and not care at all since it’s so abnormal and strange to some. But some of us have to be the dreamers that obsess over every detail I suppose…. To mix-it-up styles, layers of dusty tones, and those fall favorites like flannels, cardigans, and casually cool slip dresses.

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Styles & Stories Delivered

  • View Rainbow Frames, a summer publication from Paperwaif. Featuring casually cool styles, a sunkissed road trip to Baja, and homegrown directions that smile and inspire.
  • Nineties Noir, a digital publication from Paperwaif, featuring a Las Vegas moment, a romantic collection, and a new excerpt from Miss Mannequin.
  • Shine On, a digital publication from Paperwaif featuring glitzy tones, celebratory styles, and a winter escape to a mo
  • View Style & Twine, a digital publication from Paperwaif featuring a northwest road trip, a collection of wildflower styles, and quaint, beautiful garden nursery in the heart of Washington.
  • Learn about The Skyloft, a feel good romance novel highlighting ghosts from the past, new beginnings, and finding happiness. Written by Aryn Lane, author of A Moment In Time.
  • Learn about The Hardest Truth, a contemporary romance novel featuring a local beauty, a curious outsider, and a past accident. Written by Aryn Lane, author of A Moment In Time.
  • Learn about Hartland Gone, a contemporary romance novel featuring a shaky relationship and a surprising disappearance. Written by Aryn Lane, author of A Moment In Time.
  • Learn about Letters To Ashburn, a contemporary romance novel featuring two souls in passing. Written by Aryn Lane, author of A Moment In Time.
  • Learn about Never Forgetting You, a romance mystery novel highlighting a father daughter relationship and the close bond that they share. Written by Aryn Lane, author of A Moment In Time.
  • Learn about A Moment In Time, a young adult novel featuring an elite gymnast, an average boy, and an intruder from the past. Where did she go? Written by Aryn Lane, author of The Valley Series.

Learn about Paperwaif's journey from an unrealistic dream to a lifelong obsession with writing, designing, and creating directions that highlight positivity, homegrown styles, and whimsical moments.

Paperwaif’s Story

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Rainbow Frames Magazine

Rainbows Pressed…


PAPERWAIF SUMMER PUBLICATION

Rainbow Frames Magazine

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FEATURED IN THIS ISSUE:

PROJECT BLOCK

SUMMER STYLES

YUMSHINE DRINKS

IN THE GARDENS

STORIES DELIVERED

BAJA WANDERLUST

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Up Next: July newsletter & Rainbow edition book covers!


Rainbow Frames, xoxo….

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Rainbow Frames Gallery

Creating smiles & style….


PAPERWAIF SUMMER PUBLICATION

Rainbow Frames Wall Gallery

A page gallery of Rainbow Frames, a digital publication from Paperwaif inspired by vibrant, colorful hues, coolly styled tones, and at home moments. Featuring a last minute road trip to Baja, homegrown directions that smile, and a collection of deliciously light drinks, this issue is fun, lighthearted, and whimsically created from a designer’s perspective but a writer’s mind. Keeping it cool with rainbow vibes and sunkissed views….

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Up Next: Rainbow Frames Digital Lookbook & Paperwaif book sale!


To new creative directions….

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February Newsletter

MOVING ON WITH POSITIVE NOTES


Paperwaif Notes & New Beginnings

Paperwaif Notes Video

Starting over once again- seems to be a not so productive pattern of mine since one side of mind is a perfectionist, the other side a complete free spirit- I have decided my novels, website, and style directions need reconstructing before I can move forward with new projects, so I have already begun to fully rewrite my stories with different characters, backgrounds, settings, titles, and even pen names. I was not satisfied with my original ideas and have had nearly a decade to knit pick every little detail of my story lines and writing style and grow as a writer. I would like to put my best foot forward starting today and can’t wait to finally share novels that I am content with. This time around, I’ll be sharing ideas and excerpts as I go- my prior novels were so embarrassingly wrong that sharing just felt utterly humiliating. Hopefully, this bizarre path will some day make sense and create a body of work that isn’t a complete dumpster fire. Moving on to pineapples and rainbows….

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SNOWFLAKE TONES AND PAPER DOLL FRAMES

Too Cool ’82: A So-Called Life

A late winter fashion magazine featuring so-called styles, snowflake tones, and brat inspired lines that embody simple lifestyles. Inspired by my nomadic on-the-go life, my obsession with a minimalist mindset, and my love of feminine but edgy collections.

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STYLE FILES


Learn about Paperwaif Books, a collection of contemporary novels by Aryn Lane, author of The Valley Series and A Moment In Time.

PAPERWAIF’S BOOKS

Learn more about Paperwaif Books, a shelf featuring a collection of contemporary novels and a young adult love story. Coming up…. Completely new rewrites to satisfy my vision for my novels and a new horror science fiction novel, Miss Mannequin: Vallan Files Part One.

VIEW ORIGINAL EDITIONS

Learn about Paperwaif's journey from an unrealistic dream to a lifelong obsession with writing, designing, and creating directions that highlight positivity, homegrown styles, and whimsical moments.

PAPERWAIF’S STORY

Beginning with an unrealistic dream to a lifelong obsession with writing, designing, and creating, Paperwaif has become a creative outlet focusing on positive goals, style lines, and book vibes. Offering digital magazines and contemporary novels, Paperwaif’s story grows with each page turn.

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Self Publishing Gunk

More than frail paper dolls….

So You Want to Write A Book

Self Publishing And Independent Challenges….

Obviously I have not been interested in posted lately and my latest style magazine, Too Cool ’82, is dragging along since I like to try new ideas that require some research and I don’t like sharing until the pages are exactly how I want them. And I have one too many things going on personally, including a move across the ocean, mental breakdowns, complete frustration, and all around disgust of my current loves- writing and designing. Don’t even get me started on social media and the fact that I lack any interest in sharing or becoming a ‘star’. Suppose I should have been a truck driver.

Nevertheless, I thought I would compile a list of the things that I have learned from being in the creative dumpster for over a decade while I continue to focus on my many rewrites. If someone would have given me a breakdown of the good, the bad, and the ugly prior to trudging down this unbearable path that has left me addicted, stressed, and waifly made, I may have run the other way. While loving writing or designing- the ideas just have to get out of my head or I’ll drive myself insane- it is not my life. My life is moving around, traveling, catching a sunset on a mountain top, and taking care of others 24/7, which obviously leaves little time to truly focus on my professional goals that others appear to achieve easily. Having done self publishing the most difficult way possibly, while still looking at agents, I have learned a few things from myself and others. I have never been a social person in any form, social media included, so jumping into something like writing seemed like a good fit until I realized how much time was spent on getting noticed through social channels, ads, etc. While some individuals may love that part, I began to wonder at what point do I finally get to go back to writing. A few things I learned along the way…..

  • Do thorough research on everything from social media to formatting an e-book before even starting your outline for your story
  • Make a decision upfront- self publishing or reaching out to agents. This was something I wobbled back and forth on for years since the logical direction pointed toward agents, but be prepared that 99.9% agents with dislike your work no matter what and you will see the exact same response on your e-mail nearly every single time. If your goal is to have your work in the stores with movie deals and others fawning over how amazing your book is, then an agent may be the way to go. That was never my intention- I just wanted to write stories and design covers and share them with those who might be interested. I went to school for design, which I love more than anything, and I fell into writing books by way of compromise even though I love piecing together stories, so I don’t have the degree that people want to see. I’ve never had the financial means or support to attend a prominent school or schools, and my dreams of working in the fashion industry were dead on arrival and flushed down the drain when I came to accept that life is truly unfair and I was going to have to put others goals and happiness above mine just so we could survive. Choices can make or break you.
  • Kindle, iBooks, Kobo, Smashwords, or…. Again, before posting your novel anywhere do your research on every outlet out there because they are different and offer different directions. Kindle seems like an obvious place to start since they offer certain things, which I did, but I don’t think I would have gone that route again, especially if you’re writing novels in certain genres like romance or thriller/science fiction. Unfortunately, I’m not interested in historical romance or anything more specific. On Kindle alone, there are million upon millions romance, thriller, and fantasy novels, which make it nearly impossible for your work to be seen unless you have really great marketing skills and a large following. And there are a lot of other options out there, including your own website.
  • Don’t waste a ton of money on ads. Yes, the exposure can help for certain individuals or work but not necessarily. You may just be dumping money that could be better spent elsewhere.
  • While you may stress about certain aspects of your book, possibly your cover design or the perfect sentences, many readers aren’t focused on the two words in your 300 page novel that didn’t make the spellchecker. This was a part that I struggled with everyday. Instead of focusing on my storyline and jumping right in, I would get bogged down with every sentence or word that irritated me, and time would be wasted on many rewrites. Just stick to your story and don’t obsess or you’ll drive yourself insane.
  • Start your story with your very first word. This was an issue that troubles me today even as I try to avoid the easiest writing trap. Readers are intelligent and don’t need everything to be explained. I am very introverted and spend 99.999% of my life in my mind and not talking out loud, so when I first began writing I had a lot of inner voices and explanations about what was going on or what a particular place looked like. While I like to paint a portrait through my storylines, readers may not want every detail to me known. Leave some mystery. Don’t try to explain every character and background in the first chapter- It’s just too much to take in and doesn’t leave anything to the imagination.
  • Simple glitches…. Names that are too alike. Starting sentences with So, Then, Also, etc. Cover designs that are too busy or don’t represent your story. Separating perspectives. Go with shorter chapters- I’ve heard this many times from people who don’t have the time or patience to read thirty pages in one sitting. Make precise timelines, so the reader doesn’t have to wonder what or when something has happened. While agents will claim to hate this or that, there are millions of readers out there and rarely are they alike. Ignore the negativity, the disappointing comments, and trudge forward with what you know and love.
  • Expect to hear how amazing everybody else’s books are, though they know you also write books but won’t give you the time of day because you’re not on a celebrities book club list. And expect the comparisons to keep coming. If you choose to write contemporary novels and write about what you know- which I did because I felt it was the simplest place to start when I had no formal background- get used to those around you comparing every little detail of your novel to your life and not being so kind about it. Expect and understand that others, even those close to you, have no idea how many hours you work, stress, cry, and thoroughly breakdown because your work just isn’t good enough, yet you’re expected to smile when others easily reach their goals. Expect that others who don’t even write books or other works, will get labeled ‘writer’ when you can’t even get acknowledged as someone who works at all.
  • Be prepared that no one will care about your work that took you months, possibly years to perfect and share with others. While you may feel passionately about certain things and love what you do, others might not care at all- they may not even consider your passions and jobs that you put so many hours and effort into, a ‘real’ job. Most days you might feel like you’re on an antisocial introverted, writer’s island that others can’t relate to. But…. If you love to write, write. If you love to design, design. If it didn’t work the first time around, try again, and if you need to rewrite the entire book just to be happy, then rewrite it. Maybe you’ll never be world famous, well respected, or even sell a copy but at least you tried.

*Just a few things I’ve learned from going it alone on the dark, cold isolating road which doesn’t always inspire. My opinion only.

*Paperwaif Books

Coming Soon: Too Cool ’82

Too Cool '82, a style magazine from Paperwaif featuring chameleon hearts, creative directions inspired by the brat life, and simple styles that inspire casually cool tones.

NOT JUST ANOTHER PAPER DOLL

Just around the corner, Too Cool ’82, a style magazine from Paperwaif featuring brat life inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and simple designs made for a frail paper doll with snowflake goals.

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  • Too Cool '82, a style magazine from Paperwaif featuring chameleon hearts, creative directions inspired by the brat life, and simple styles that inspire casually cool tones.
  • Too Cool '82, a style magazine from Paperwaif featuring chameleon hearts, creative directions inspired by the brat life, and simple styles that inspire casually cool tones.
  • Too Cool '82, a style magazine from Paperwaif featuring chameleon hearts, creative directions inspired by the brat life, and simple styles that inspire casually cool tones.
  • Too Cool '82, a style magazine from Paperwaif featuring chameleon hearts, creative directions inspired by the brat life, and simple styles that inspire casually cool tones.
  • Too Cool '82, a style magazine from Paperwaif featuring chameleon hearts, creative directions inspired by the brat life, and simple styles that inspire casually cool tones.
  • Too Cool '82, a style magazine from Paperwaif featuring chameleon hearts, creative directions inspired by the brat life, and simple styles that inspire casually cool tones.

CHAMELEON HEARTS

A glimpse at Too Cool ’82 styles made for the chameleon at heart. When you’re used to blending in, wasting away, and fading into the shadows like a flaky wallflower that just can’t become anything more….

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  • Too Cool '82, a style magazine from Paperwaif featuring chameleon hearts, creative directions inspired by the brat life, and simple styles that inspire casually cool tones.
  • Too Cool '82, a style magazine from Paperwaif featuring chameleon hearts, creative directions inspired by the brat life, and simple styles that inspire casually cool tones.
  • Too Cool '82, a style magazine from Paperwaif featuring chameleon hearts, creative directions inspired by the brat life, and simple styles that inspire casually cool tones.
  • Too Cool '82, a style magazine from Paperwaif featuring chameleon hearts, creative directions inspired by the brat life, and simple styles that inspire casually cool tones.
  • Too Cool '82, a style magazine from Paperwaif featuring chameleon hearts, creative directions inspired by the brat life, and simple styles that inspire casually cool tones.
  • Too Cool '82, a style magazine from Paperwaif featuring chameleon hearts, creative directions inspired by the brat life, and simple styles that inspire casually cool tones.
  • Too Cool '82, a style magazine from Paperwaif featuring chameleon hearts, creative directions inspired by the brat life, and simple styles that inspire casually cool tones.
  • Too Cool '82, a style magazine from Paperwaif featuring chameleon hearts, creative directions inspired by the brat life, and simple styles that inspire casually cool tones.
  • Too Cool '82, a style magazine from Paperwaif featuring chameleon hearts, creative directions inspired by the brat life, and simple styles that inspire casually cool tones.

TOO COOL ’82 STYLES

Inspired by my nomadic lifestyle from coast to coast to island paradise, Too Cool ’82 is a collection of rough & pretty dresses with a hint of grunge and tones of whimsy ombres. Made for the delicate flowers who love the shadier side of life.

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