Thursday, October 23, 2014

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Worth Quoting



If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style. The first greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they’re happy. – Dorothy Parker

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Another "DUH" Moment


Meet stupid response girl right here.  Yep. That's me. *waves*

Here's my latest DUH moment. 


My manuscript has been with publishers since April.  And I'm super impatient to have news -- positive or negative.  I just want things to move so I can organize my life and state of mind accordingly.   So, when my agent told me my novel was still out with several publishers, I freaked.  In my mind I was going,  Is this a good sign?  A bad one?  Is there anything I can do to make this go faster?  This is killing me!  Please help!  

Instead, I responded: Why are they so slow? Do they have a lot to read?

Um. Yeah, Katie.  They're editors at publishing houses.  If they don't have a lot to read something is really wrong.

No major damage done apart from a major mental eye roll on the part of my agent.  And a nice little facepalm to myself.  Again.

What's your latest DUH moment?

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Celestial Anthology

Woot Woot!  I've been waiting to share this news with you.  I was lucky enough to get an invitation to be a part of a short story anthology with nine other YA authors.  We had a common theme -- a comet -- and then were let loose to write a story about it.  What came out is ten completely different stories to entertain and make you think.

Right now it's an e-book, but in a couple weeks the paperback will be out if you have to have a hard copy.  Check it out and tell your friends! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NCN1O3E

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Even Cloudy Days...

Even cloudy days can be beautiful.  Here's to becoming adept at finding the light in all sorts of darkness.  Yeah.  I'm working on that.




Monday, July 14, 2014

Guess Who's an Indie B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree?

I opened my e-mail to some great news the other day: Untethered was awarded an Indie B.R.A.G. medallion! What does that mean, you ask?  The Book Readers Appreciation Group is an organization of readers around the world.  According to the website all books sent to them go through a serious selection process :

" ... an initial screening to ensure that the author's work meets certain minimum standards of quality and content. If it passes this preliminary assessment, it is then read by members drawn from our global reader group. They judge the merits of the book based on a comprehensive list of criteria, including;

  • Plot
  • Writing Style
  • Characters
  • Copy editing
  • Dialogue
  • Cover/interior layout
One final factor our readers use to judge a book is whether or not they would recommend it to their best friend.
On average, 50% of the books submitted to us fail to pass the initial screen and another 40% are subsequently rejected by our readers. Thus, only 10% of the books we consider are awarded our B.R.A.G. Medallion."

On their website they have a large list of books that have already gone through this process and been awarded a medallion.  Check them out and get some awesome indie books: http://www.bragmedallion.com/