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A new year at!

August 22, 2014

So, I’m not going to lie–it’s been nice having a bit of a break from writing for my blog all the time. But now, as I promised, I’m going to let you know what you can come to expect from I spent this week cleaning up my house for a barbecue I’m having this weekend, working more than I want to admit I was working, and planning the new schedule now that I’ve finished my insane mission of writing one blog every day for an entire year. I’ve put so much work into this site, I can’t just let it fall to the side, can I? I came to a few conclusions (with the help of my husband and my Google Analytics account), and I’m excited to share them with you. So, starting on Monday, August 25, this is how things will look around here: Three-Day A Week Schedule So, while I’m not going to do a blog every […]


Thank you, Robin Williams.

August 12, 2014

I’m not one to obsess over celebrity news. In general, I don’t care a whole lot about that side of things. The vast majority of what we hear is tabloid bullshit, steeped in half-truths and gossip. Actors and actresses live such a vastly different life than the one my family and I can expect to live–a live of fame, fortune, and the tragic misfortune of having cameras and microphones shoved in their faced all the time–that I can hardly relate. As much as these “news sources” try to make these people relatable to me, they simply are not, and I simply don’t care. That is, except in extraordinary cases. Robin Williams is one of those cases. Today, I’m taking a break from writing about my life or about writing, because today is a day to honor one of the most amazing men out of Hollywood I’ve ever seen. Robin Williams was more than an actor and a comedian. He was […]


Okay – we’re going to talk about Amazon again.

August 10, 2014

Amazon is at it again, this time asking people to send emails to Hachette directly, asking them to decrease their eBook prices to $9.99, a number Amazon is convinced will be better for everyone involved. If you haven’t been keeping up with the news–or you haven’t read the two articles I’ve published on my own site covering the matter–here’s a quick rundown for you. Amazon is in a big battle over eBook prices with publishers, specifically Hachette. Basically, in the course of this whole thing, Amazon is delaying shipping of certain hardcover books, not carrying books at all, and even going up and over Hachette’s head to try to make-nice with the authors represented by the company. It’s hardly a surprise that none of the big names in the publishing world have given Amazon’s new eBook subscription service, Kindle Unlimited, their blessings (or rights to use their books). So, that being said, Amazon is now not just trying to address […]


The Amazon-Hachette battle thickens.

July 9, 2014

Remember a while back when I posted that article discussing the ongoing war between Hachette Books and Amazon? If not, you can go read the article here. If you do remember, or simply just don’t want to go back to reread another one of my blog posts, I’ll summarize it for you: Basically, Amazon and various publishing houses (most specifically, from what I can tell, Hachette Books) disagree on Amazon’s pricing for eBooks. Amazon wants to do things a certain way, and some publishers don’t really like that way and would rather maintain control. At least, that’s the gist I’ve gotten without actually reading through legal papers I simply don’t have the patience to decipher. While they’re figuring stuff out, Amazon has pulled some pretty dick moves, like carrying a small supply of hard-copy books from Hachette to basically ensure that they can’t be reliably ordered online, to delaying shipping of Hachette books, to even refusing to carry certain hard-copy […]


How is the Amazon battle affecting authors?

June 11, 2014

If you’ve been following publishing news, this is probably nothing you haven’t seen. This article came out on May 23 of this year, and it’s been sitting on my bookmarks bar for a while, waiting for me to read so I could decide if this was worth talking about or not. This might be old to some of you, but it’s still something I think we need to explore. Apparently, Amazon is in a battle against publishers, authors, and hard-copy books. Of course, this comes from a biased viewpoint–one in favor of traditional publishing and hard-copy books over the eBook craze, but it’s hard to ignore the fact that eBooks are the new way of the publishing industry, whether you go through a big-name publisher or attack it on your own as a self-published author. Either way, your book will end up online, and the most likely avenue has been, until recently, Amazon. For the vast majority of its time […]


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