Monday, January 31, 2011

TONIGHT Webinar by Brian Jud

Writing a book is one thing...selling it is something else altogether. I'm always on the look-out for ideas in how to sell my book once it gets published and tonight there's a webinar that is sure to provide such information.

How to Negotiate Large-Quantity Sales
(For those who are not professional salespeople)
Webinar being held tonight by Brian Jud.

January 31, 7:00 - 8:00 pm Eastern Time
Here's the link if you're interested: sign-up

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Sharing Some Snow Pictures

Off the beaten path share some pictures of the snow over the last couple of weeks. Wow - has it been a snowy winter so far. And since I'm home watching the snow, I wanted to share some pics. Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Hidden Force Update

I am getting super excited the closer I get to the end of this round of revisions on The Hidden Force. It has been a very meticulous process, but it's amazing to see the nearly polished story finally taking shape. My husband has been reading the revised bits, and it's so encouraging to hear him get excited about the story. Trust me when I say that if something doesn't work, my husband does not candy-coat it. He's the best top-tier critique partner I could ever wish for.

I'll keep you posted the closer I get.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award - 2011

It's that time of year again...time for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest. In it's fourth year, the entry window to enter for 2011 started yesterday and ends either February 6th at 11:59pm or when 5,000 entries have been received in each category, whichever is earlier. There will be a winner chosen in each of two categories, general fiction and young adult fiction. The winners of each category get a publishing contract with Penguin Group (USA) and a $15,000 advance.

For more details, and information on how to enter, you can go to the information page at: Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest.

Friday, January 21, 2011

More Revising Tips

Yes, I have revising and editing on the brain. It's all I do in my spare time. In fact I only have 67 pages left to revise and then a few line edits after that. I see the light at the end of the tunnel and its exciting!

Earlier in the week I posted a link to an article about Edit vs. Revise, here's the link in case you missed it: Edits vs. Revise

And now today, I found another great piece about revising from Chris Baty. He's the founder of National Novel Writing Month, more commonly referred to as NaNoWriMo. Even though his event is all about writing a novel in 30 days, he knows the value in taking that draft and revising it. So here are his thoughts on the revision process: Tips From Revisionland

Happy weekend to you all and may your weekend be filled with time towards your writing projects.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

My Kindle - Opening Doors to New Authors

I am an avid reader. I told my husband the other day that there are worse things to be addicted to than books and ice cubes. He agreed. This was after I nearly dragged him up the escalator to "just glimpse" some new arrivals when all we were supposed to do was grab a quick cup of coffee in the bookstore's cafe.

So this brings me to my kindle. When e-readers first came out, I was one of those people that said, "I will never get one of those. How can you read a book on that thing?" Yep, that was me. And now, I've got one. And I use it.  I still believe there's nothing better than holding a book and cherishing its pages. But my kindle has a distinct purpose. It allows me the indulgence of finding new authors and books that I might never had access to before.

In the past I might jot down a book title, or an author's name, on a piece of paper and hope I might remember it when I went to the bookstore. I'd remember on rare occasions. With my kindle, I search online and download the title right away. Or download the preview to see if it's the type of book I might like to read.

So my kindle has now become a place for me to read new titles from new authors. Am I still buying actual books? You bet I am! For favorite authors, favorite titles, sequels, and books that catch my attention when I'm in the bookstore (yes I frequent bookstores just as much as before) I buy the book, the actual book.

So there you have. My kindle has already become invaluable to me. And instead of replacing physical books, it's enhancing my ability to find new books and new authors.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Edit vs. Revise

What's the difference between editing & revising a manuscript? Well there's a great post on Janice Hardy's blog today titled, "Edits vs. Revisions: One on One Death Match".

So if you're curious to hear her take on the subject, mosey on over to her blog. Here's the link: The Other Side of the Story

Friday, January 14, 2011

Powerful Stories - Sometimes in April

There are some stories that stay with you forever, and the film Sometimes in April is one of them. When it first came out in 2005 on HBO, I watched and cried, watched and cried, several times. This was the story that opened my eyes to the horrific atrocities that went on in Rwanda.

Sometimes in April
Some parts are hard to watch. The violence is not just implied in this movie, it's in your face and very real; it tears at your soul and makes you wonder HOW and WHY?

For some reason I've been thinking about it again, and after a quick search, I see that the movie is on DVD & VHS. I'm compelled to get a copy to watch it, again. Things like this should never be forgotten.

If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Social Media for Writers

Social Media - it's a must in the publishing industry these days for writers. So what social media are necessary for fiction writers and how do you divide the personal and private sides when online? This month's issue of Writers Digest has a great article titled, "The Price of Privacy" by Tim Beyers. I couldn't find the article online to link to it, except the issue order page which I've listed here:  Writers Digest But there's a quote in the article that defined it nicely: "The bottom line of social media is not to sell and promote books, but to create relationships with readers," Gardner says [referring to literary agent Rachelle Gardner].

I'd be curious to hear from fellow writers as to your strategies in social media and how you keep the public and personal seperated...

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Contest Alert - Seacoast Writers Association

2011 Seacoast Writers Association Contest
Deadline: February 1, 2011

Prizes are offered in each of three categories: poetry, short story, and personal essay. This is the 21st year the Seacoast Writers Association has held this contest.

For more details, go to their website at: 2011 Seacoast Writers Association Contest

Monday, January 10, 2011

This is It!

Hi guys! I feel like my New Year is just starting now...and I'm excited because 2011 is going to be amazing. I just feel it. I only have 69 pages left on this revision round for The Hidden Force manuscript and I'm feeling really good about how its shaping up.

How about you, how is your story shaping up? Yep...I'm talking to you.

Let's keep our fingers crossed together that 2011 will be the year to get published (or at least to find the rightly matched agent and the publishing process started).

Let's do this together!

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Sorry - It's been a crazy week

Sorry guys - I haven't been keeping up with the blog this week. It has really been a crazy week. Between a sick child, holiday transition, my grandpa with health issues, starting a new manuscript critique swap, freelance project transitions, and all of the usual life head is spinning. So bear with me. I'm hoping to be back in tip-top form for next week.


Sunday, January 02, 2011

Sample Sunday - Do You?

Sample Sunday:
Do You?
by Michelle Reynoso
Oblivious Driver  


Oblivious Driver

The oblivious driver,
not knowing there's a line of cars in back,
driving 55 in the fast lane.
move over
why do you hold us up?
why are you not aware of those around you?
why are you so self-absorbed that you cannot see?
oblivious driver

What are you thinking
when you look out
your rear-view mirror
to see cars
behind you?

What are you thinking
when cars
pass you
on the right side?
Do you not see
that you are in
the wrong lane?

Why are you so oblivious?
Is that just the way you are?
have you been drinking?
are you on drugs?
are you tired?
are you just oblivious?

I want to pull up beside you
roll down my window
ask you why,
why are you so oblivious?
I know
I won't get an answer
(photo credit: Michelle Reynoso)

Available from these retailers:
XLibris Bookstore (softcover/hardcover)
Amazon (e-book)