Saturday, December 31, 2011

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Free Webinar: Creating a Book-Marketing Plan

If you are planning on releasing a book in the coming year, you should check out Brian Jud's webinar tonight:

How to create a functional book-marketing
plan for 2012
Sponsored by SPAN
Thursday, December 29, 2011 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM EST

 Here's a quick blurb on Brian's registration page about the event:                                  
"Make 2012 your year for success! During this webinar you will discover unique and practical ways to increase your sales through marketing planning. Brian Jud will show you how to create innovative strategies for creating and selling more books. Learn innovative pricing techniques. Find out practical things you can do immediately to arrange distribution into retail and non-bookstore markets. See easy ways to promote your books economically in a competitive environment. By the end of the webinar you will have a step-by-step, customized plan to sell more books throughout 2012."
It's a free webinar. Here's the link to the registration page:

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Have you been to your local library recently?

Have you been to your local library recently? If not, then go, quickly, and get your library card. I have to admit I'm a bit embarrassed that I was not a "card carrying member" either, at least UNTIL TODAY! Yes, I signed up at the local library today. And now that I'm looking at all the resources available at the library, I wonder why I didn't do this sooner.

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So check this out, while at the library, look what I discovered:

1. A book discussion group in town that I'd like to join. The first book is The Road by Cormac McCarthy and I've been dying to read it.

2. Since I needed a copy of The Road, I discovered that through the library I can download a  digital copy of the book (for free!) to read. Albeit, there are two people ahead of me who have reserved a copy (probably other Book Discussion Group members)...but I can dowload it right to my kindle. Nice!

3. I can even take my family to the Natural History Museum in NYC for free with a pass from the library. I just need to reserve it in advance. That is like nearly $100 in savings for a family of four! Cha-ching!

Wow - and those are the gems I've uncovered in only about an hour. Imagine what else I can discover the more I use the library.

So, go...get your library card, and found out what benefits await you.

Meanwhile, I'm heading back to the digital library to see what else I can download to my kindle.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Most Anticipated Titles for 2012

It's a new year and I am super excited about some books and movies releasing in 2012...and here they are, my list of most anticipated titles in 2012:
Enshadowed by Kelly Creagh, the follow-up to Nevermore, which I absolutely LOVED! (8/28/12 release)

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver, the follow-up to Delirium - another one of my favorite books (2/28/12 release)

Pandemonium (Delirium)
MOVIES  (adapted from books):
The Hunger Games movie (releasing in theaters 3/23/12)

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 (To hit theaters November 16, 2012)

The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey (to release December 14, 2012)

It's going to be a great year! What are you most looking forward to in 2012?

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Paring Down in 2012

With all the streams of information, it can all bit a bit overwhelming...not to mention time-sucking. In 2012, I vow to find a much more efficient way to deal with it all, to find a proper balance between writing novels and attending to all the other items like this blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

One of the things I'm toying with is updating the blog once a week, which will force me to prepare a more meaningful post each time. Also, I want to take the time to unsubscribe to all the excessive newsletters and updates I get for things I really don't have much interest in. So goodbye shopping club updates...hello fewer emails.

It's time to streamline my very limited time, and make the best use of my resources.

I'm still putting the plan together, so it's a work in progress. There has to be a proper balance, because in the end it's the writing that has to receive the most attention. Without that there is nothing.

Monday, December 19, 2011

The Time is Now

Grrrrr. I lost my momentum, and I need to get it back. Too many excuses. Too many doubts. Time to put the blinders back on and make it happen, and I don't want to wait until the new year. I can't wait for the new year. It's time to get back in the saddle and focus my writing, draft the next book, and get the current novel in the hands of the right contacts to get it on its way to publication. Now.

The time to do it is NOW.

Ok, I feel better already.

Monday, December 05, 2011

Book Review - Midnight Alley

Book Review - Midnight Alley (Morganville Vampires, book 3)   by Rachel Caine

Claire Danvers is back in the third installment of Rachel Caine's Morganville Vampires series, and here she is getting herself into even more trouble - but isn't that what she does best? In this continuation of the series, Claire tries to keep her obligations to both Amelie (the oldest vampire and ruler of Morganville) and her friends (Eve, Michael, & Shane) but somehow the lines get blurred and she risks not only her only life but the lives of those she cares about most.

Midnight Alley (The Morganville Vampires, #3)Midnight Alley reveals even more about the dark secret that haunts the vampire race, the secret that Amelie is trying to keep from everyone, including the other vampires. But Amelie  has a plan, and it involves Claire; intelligence can be deadly, as Claire is soon to discover.

I like the introduction of Myrnin (an older vampire & scientist) in this book, and I'm excited to see where Rachel Caines takes this story line later on.

Recommended for young adult readers with strong adult cross-over appeal. Parent note: recommended for YA readers on the higher age range as some of the Morganville novels deal with issues better suited for the older YA reader.