Wednesday, December 17, 2014

On the deck: Thirty!

I started a Goodreads account this year to get recommendations on books to read. At some point, I started keeping track of the books I've read. Well, most of them. ;) Some of them... yeah, we don't need to know what kind of free e-books I read. (And fan-fiction...)

ANYWAY.

I've read over thirty books (that I will own up to!) this year! I have an on-going list of books I would like to read. I KNOW I am going to read The Heir by Keira Cass. There's a new series that I began. Joe and I are done with Percy Jackson so we need a new series to read together. Any suggestions for books to read in 2015?

Monday, December 8, 2014

Where to go, what to do.

So. The novel.

I was chatting on-line last week with a friend who is a real, live published author. I got to beta-read one of her short stories and we were chatting about titles. She gave me some tips on writing a query letter, which I will totally take her up on.

But.

I've thought of offering the book on-line. Not through Kindle, but setting up something on a blog or such where I would post chapters a week and people could read it, much like the old newspaper serials. I'd much rather go through a traditional publishing house, as I don't know if I have the skills to self-market my book. Plus, at what point do I say, "this isn't going to sell through the traditional sites, I need to do this on my own?"

I honestly have no clue.

I need to think, think, think about this.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

SSS: A little more than six!

A little more than six sentences today. The main character's birthday is on Christmas because, well, why not? And what would be the biggest problems with a Christmas birthday? Joint gifts!

“Oh, did someone say heels?” asked my sister’s voice. I turned and looked at Lizzie, who was standing in the doorway, peeling off her gloves. Leaning over my shoulder, she scanned the list, her eyes lighting up. “Formal dresses! Emma, please let me take you shopping!”
“Tell you what,” I said suddenly, handing her the list, “surprise me.” 
“What?” 
“Consider it a birthday gift,” I said with a wave of my hand. “You love this stuff and I’m too busy to take off and go shopping. Get me whatever I need and what will look good on me. Dress, shoes, earrings, whatever. Go crazy. Call it my birthday and Christmas gift.”