Monday, March 11, 2013

Monday Mishmash 3/11/13

Happy Monday! Here's my mishmash of thoughts:

  1. Kindle Daily Deal!  Touch of Death was selected to be the Kindle Daily Deal today! I'm beyond excited. For today ONLY you can get Touch of Death on Kindle for $1.99! Yes, I said $1.99! Squee!
  2. School Library Journal  Touch of Death got a great review in the March issue of the School Library Journal. :)
  3. Happy birthday to my dad!  Today is my dad's birthday. If you're reading this, happy birthday, Dad!
  4. Drafting put on hold  I've had to put my WIP on hold for the time being. I have client edits and edits on my own books to get through, and unless I give up sleep completely, I just can't draft a new book right now. :(
  5. Giveaway  I'm participating in the Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop on Friday. My post will actually go up on Thursday since they like them up early, so check back for a giveaway for some great books.
That's it for me. What's on your mind today?


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  2. You sound very busy. Last week my children were off school ill with slapped cheek so this week is a massive catch up on all fronts, writing included. A client has requested that I alter one of my scripts to suit their planned production so that's my priority this week.

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    1. Good luck, Fi. I have a sick puppy at home and she's keeping us up at night. And I have three edits to work on this week. Busy, busy, busy!

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  3. Today I am still crossing fingers that my agen is reading and liking my new book!!!

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  4. Wow! That's fabulous news, especially about the review. Could you put in a link to it? I hope you can find time to get back to drafting your new WIP soon. :-)

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    1. The review is in print and online but you need a subscription to access it. I'm trying to find out if I can post just the review itself. Hopefully I'll be allowed to.

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  5. Thanks for the heads up on the special pricing of "Touch of Death".

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    1. You're welcome. I'm really excited about it. :)

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  6. So exciting. Congrats about the Kindle deal and your book being reviewed. I so hope you can post the review! Happy Birthday to your Dad.

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  7. Congratulations on the daily deal

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  8. Congrats on the Kindle deal, today! That is really cool. I'll seek it out and spread the word.

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  9. That's great news Kelly!
    I don't have an e-reader, but wonderful deals like this make me want to get one.
    Congrats on the review!
    Remember to pace yourself (re: New Year's resolutions) and rest when needed!

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    1. Thanks for the reminder, Michele. I'm under deadlines for three books right now. It's crazy!

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  10. Yay... you get em, Kelly! Congrats on the Kindle thing. Happy birthday to your dad.

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  11. Happy birthday, Kelly's dad! :)

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  12. The Kindle Daily Deal = Awesome! I need to get some major editing done myself, but my muses want to work on blog posts.

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    1. Good luck with the post and the edits.

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  13. Congratulations on the Kindle Daily Deal, Kelly! Today should be a very exciting one for you. Enjoy watching your sales figures. :) I'm really happy for you.

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  14. I'm going over to the Kindle Daily Deal right now and sending the word out to the twitter verse. Congrats!

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    1. Thank you so much, Patricia! I really appreciate it.

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  15. It's nice to hear that you're human and require sleep like the rest of us. :) I don't know how you get it all done.

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    1. I think I might be in over my head this time. LOL

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  16. Congrats on the SLJ review! That's wonderful.

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  17. Congratulations on the KD Deal! And happy editing. :)

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  18. Congrats on the Kindle Daily Deal and the review. You deserve it.

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    1. Thank you, Ednah. Sweet of you to say. :)

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  19. Just grabbed Touch of Death and congrats again on the excellent review. Hopefully both will give you a big boost in sales and word of mouth.

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    1. Thanks, Angelia! I really appreciate it.

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  20. Sometimes life just gets so crazy busy, you want to scream, right? Hang in there, you'll get back to your WIP :-)

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  21. I need to write lesson plans but want to write, so I'm being productive by doing neither. In the meantime, I have to figure out how to balance writing lesson plans/giving feedback with drafting/editing.

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    1. Balance is tricky. Right now I'm balancing a client edit with three deadlines for my own books. I had a mini-freak out this morning when that all came knocking down my inbox door. I'm breathing normally again now and plowing through.

      Good luck with your lesson plans and your writing.

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  22. Just back on the net again, in time to catch up with you Mishmash. First and foremost- Happy Birthday to Kelly’s dad! Surely you are too young to be a granddad, and the proud father of such a talented daughter- but the clock, it ticks away… Keep getting younger!

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    1. Thank you, Mirka! My dad usually reads my Monday Mishmash posts so I'm sure he'll see this. :)

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  23. Going over to get my Touch of Death. Yay!

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  24. I will be getting Touch of Death. At that price I can add it and just in time for baby!

    Question - and maybe this is best for an email. BUT since you are miss edits - when do you decide on clients stories that removing dialogue or words is simply removing "wordiness" over a characters personality?

    Good luck balancing everything!!! Repeat after me - "You are superwoman."

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    1. Aw, thank you, Michelle! :) You're so sweet.

      I think for your edit question, I need more specifics. Usually, dialogue is a great way to show personality. Feel free to email me if you have a specific question. I'd be happy to help.

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  25. Sounds like your week has started great. I'm off to see about your book. Congratulations on the review. Happy birthday to your dad.

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  26. I just bought "Yes! You Can Learn How to Write Beginning Readers and Chapter Books" by Nancy I. Sanders.

    I'll probably buy her first book in her "Yes, you CAN" how-to series, eventually...

    I still find writing for readers younger than 8 scary, but I HAVE to get over it, if only to expand my range of my eventual readership. Wish my luck, Kelly, I WILL NEED IT. Especially for writing nonfiction, which you know is HARD for me.

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    1. I have one of Nancy's books. It's the one about actually making money writing. LOL

      Good luck, Taurean. Oh and where's your blog post about your book contract? I know you posted about it other places but I never saw anything on your blog.

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    2. Oh, I know I've dragged my feet on that. I put in on hold when I was trying to move my blog from Blogger to Wordpress, so I can better customize it and make my minimalist layout more interesting.

      But I was having so many technical nightmares last month, plus getting sick, and minor contract issues (Which I'm waiting to hear back on) got in the way.

      I'll post it about it soon. I still want to move my blog to Wordpress. But it'll have to wait.

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    3. I understand. I'm looking forward to your post.

      Do you really like Wordpress better? I have a Wordpress account, but I don't like it as much so I don't use it. The Scene13 Blog I'm part of uses Wordpress and I find it has a lot more restrictions than Blogger. Just my experience though. I know a lot of people who like Wordpress.

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    4. Well, I've found it would be WAY easier for ME to customize the look of my blog, and I'm trying to get to a point where I have a clear path for future readers to find me.

      I've heard so often Wordpress is easier to customize, and better optimize for search engines, and the only way it would be WAY harder is if you built it all (Layout, HTML/CCS stuff) which I won't do anytime soon.

      Despite what some writers advise (Have an "All-in-one" package)I have to separate it out-

      -My overall author image

      -My focus on Animal Fantasy

      -My interests in books and writing OUTSIDE Children's and YA, eventually I will branch out into adult fiction.

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    5. Oh, another aside, the "limited access" thing might be because you're not the sole owner and operator of that Scene13 blog.

      The owner of the admin account (The one who pays for the domain and hosting) always has the most control. On Blogger, the people I intended to be my co-bloggers during my long hiatus (Before life hit them HARD, too!) had the ability to post and edit their own posts, but full control of the blog was still mine, and they'd have to consult with me for any major changes they'd suggest.

      If you're one of the co-admins of that blog, ask your co-admin if there's an error inadvertantly giving you limited control on your end.

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    6. I've heard Wordpress is better for creating a website with a blog. I guess I haven't figured it all out yet. I have my website though and I don't plan to change it because that's a lot of info to move. So I'm happy with my website and this blog. Now if either Blogger or Webs.com go away, I'm in trouble. ;P

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    7. Good point, Taurean. I didn't think of that. Thanks!

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  27. Congrats on the awesome review! How exciting!

    Good luck with all the editing and writing work. I do agree that sleep is not something that you should give up. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. Thanks, Jess. I'm trying to get my rest while still getting everything finished on time.

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  28. Happy birthday to your dad! Just got back into town from an amazing culture adventure in Jacksonville Beach, FL!

    Missed my blogger friends. :D

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  29. Happy Birthday to your dad for yesterday.

    Good luck on all your edits. You'll do just great. I'm sure you don't have too much to do on your books.

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  30. Congratulations on the Kindle deal and the great review!

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  31. Happy birthday to your dad! And yes, you need sleep! xoJ

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    1. Thanks, Jodi! I slept through 3 alarms this morning, so I guess I was tired. LOL

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  32. Congrats on being a Kindle Daily deal and on getting a great review from the SLJ. Sounds like a great start to the week :)

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    1. Thanks, Nickie! I definitely think so. :)

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  33. I saw the daily deal. That's awesome. Great exposure.

    Happy birthday to your dad.

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  34. Great mishmash of thoughts, I hope your dad had a good birthday!

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  35. Happy belated bday to Ms. Hasway's dad.

    My Wednesday thoughts: behind a tad on my week (interviewing for new job takes up precious time, too much). Working on WIP. Had my first poem accepted for pub, nice since I don't consider myself a real poet. I discovered yesterday my novel made it to the quarter finals of the Amazon book contest. Surprised as I had forgotten to check when they announced the first round of winners. Freakier was reading the reviews. Strange reading what others who I don't know, talk about my characters. Had to have a glass of wine. :-)

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    1. Congrats about the poem and your novel, Brenda! That's great!

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  36. Great news about Touch of Death. I bet you're squeeing up and down the street or from the rooftop. Or maybe both, just don't jump off the roof to run down the street screaming you excitement. Congrats!

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