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I’m back! Well, kind of.

March 4, 2015

Whew, it’s been a while since I’ve uploaded a blog post, hasn’t it? The last entry I wrote was way back at the end of December, and I pretty much explained that I expected to be absent from the blog for a while due to the fact that it was the holidays, my dad was in town, and I was going to have a baby. Well, it’s happened: he’s here! This picture was taken yesterday morning when he turned eight weeks old. That’s right – it’s been eight weeks since I pushed this little man out of my body and into the world. Time flies when you’re waking up every few hours in the middle of the night to feed a crying newborn! (I’m not complaining, though, since pretty much everyone I know who has kids says Calvin is one of the easiest babies they’ve ever met.) Anyway, for those of you who aren’t privy to my social media networks, […]

RandomWritingBlogs

Hemingwrite is here! Well, almost.

December 17, 2014

A while back, I posted an article about some cool tech toys for the writer-types in your life. The top of this list was a cool little device called “Hemingwrite,” which is essentially a modern typewriter. In other words, a device strictly designed for writing to help keep writers from getting distracted (because God knows there isn’t a more distractible group of people than writers). Well, at the writing of that last article, the Hemingwrite was still just an idea – mostly. They didn’t have a release date or a price or, well, anything that would help would-be buyers of the device. Earlier this week (or was it last week? I can’t remember anything – I’m pregnant), I got an email from the Hemingwrite team announcing their Kickstarter (and their presale)! Check out the video and the link. They already have a ton of backers and most of their presale Hemingwrite rewards have already been claimed! Regardless, it’s something I […]

AmazonBattle

The war between Amazon and Hachette is over.

November 14, 2014

If you’ve been reading my blog at all for the past year, chances are you’ve run across at least one of the three individual articles I wrote about the online publishing battle being waged between internet-retailer-powerhouse Amazon and Hachette, a publishing house that was pretty unsatisfied with Amazon’s involvement and control of ebook sales and prices. The news of this legal tug-of-war broke, from what I remember, in May, so it’s been going on for six months. It started with Amazon intentionally delaying the sale or shipping of certain titles from authors under Hachette (and, I think, a few other publishers at first, too), upping the price on these titles, or simply refusing to sell them at all. This obviously pissed off a lot of readers–and, I imagine, the writers whose work was being kept from selling. After that, Amazon started offering certain Hachette writers all the profits from their ebook sales through the Kindle, which sounds like it should […]

RandomWritingBlogs

It takes more than a great story.

October 24, 2014

If you follow me on Facebook, you already know this awesome news, but I’m going to write an article about it anyway because I am SO FREAKING EXCITED. Yesterday, my cousin and critique partner officially signed on with an agent for her Young Adult manuscript! Wooo! For those of you familiar with the traditional publishing method, you know that the first big step to getting published is finishing your manuscript. The second (and equally if not more challenging) big step is landing an agent to represent your manuscript to the thousands of publishers out there looking for the next big thing. Many writers, myself included, are still in that “looking for an agent” stage. Hopefully, we won’t stay there for long. But my cousin has done it–she’s leapt up into the next stage of traditional publishing. From here, we wait to see if her agent can sell her book and get it put up on shelves nationwide. (Dude, I’m so […]

BookBlogs

Check this out: The Future Library Project.

September 5, 2014

We spend a lot of time working on our novels. It’s more than just the writing, which, in my opinion, is actually just ten percent of the work. There’s the planning, the developing, the rewriting and rewriting and rewriting, the editing, the revising, and the waiting on readers to get back to you so you can rewrite, edit, and revise. I’ve personally spent years of my life developing Martyrs, even though each consecutive rewrite probably only takes me a few months, at the most, to finish. It’s not something to take lightly, and completing a novel (especially completing a novel that you’ve rewritten, revised, and edited), is a huge accomplishment. So… How would you feel writing a book that literally no one would be able to read for over one-hundred years? That’s exactly what Margaret Atwood is doing. Atwood is an extremely accomplished author, publishing everything from poetry to nonfiction, audio works to fictional novels, since the 1960s. She’s won […]

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