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Selling your Books in Unusual Places

This is a guest post by Jordan Mierek.

One thing I looked forward to greatly, in my dream of becoming a published author, was to greet my fans. I wanted to have lively conversations about the characters and maybe help a few aspiring authors make their dream a reality.
It seems only natural to me that I go to as many events that I can and set up a booth for selling my books. I like to do this with other local authors. We each have our own genres, so we aren’t “competing” at all. What’s great is that more people can find a book they like with the wider variety.
A marvelous location for a vendor booth has been local Renaissance Faires. I bought a red tent, the other authors help supply tables, and we set up in a U-shape. 
Costumes are a must for Renaissance Faires. The other authors and I have gone out to buy fabulous ensembles. Costumes aren’t just for Renaissance Faires, though. I wear one at every book signing I do, be it at a library or a convention center. People will come up to me …

Big Little Lies | Liane Moriarty

“They say it's good to let your grudges go, but I don't know, I'm quite fond of my grudge. I tend it like a little pet.”
Genre: Chick lit thriller Number of Pages: 460 Perspective: Third Location:Australia
Big Little Lies is the story of a public school in Australia. The moms (and some dads) deal with the craziness of lies, drama, gossiping, bullying, accusations, violence, and eventually a murder at a school event. For a complete summary, you can go here.
Usually, hyped-up books fail to impress me, but this book was awesome, and it won my Best Book Award! It was a really long book, but it is a quick-read since you won’t be able to put it down! This book actually reminded me a lot of one of my other favorite books, The Supreme’s at Earl’s All-You-Cat-Eat. You have the three very different friends: one with a strong, no-nonsense personality and an extremely supportive husband; one who is gorgeous, but is hiding a dark secret; and one who struggles with cruel men. Both books al…

What Fuels Creativity?

This is a guest post by Belinda Bennett.
Writing is very much like painting, it requires a certain amount of artistic skill and an understanding of how to colour characters and settings to make them ‘real’. It is an art form in its own right, of course, but the similarities are striking. In the same way a painter is captivated by a certain landscape or figure, the writer is inspired by what they see, hear, feel and, yes, read. Inspiration truly is everywhere, all around us, from news reports to personal experiences.
I have always been inspired by human emotions and the frailties in our make-up. Raw emotion can lead us astray when we are under pressure. Anger, hate, love, weakness. Strong feelings. Like some authors are drawn to the blood and gore of war in an action sense, I am drawn to the tragedy of war. I don’t see victory as a theme, just the cost of winning in human suffering.
Something as mundane as raking the lawn or doing the weekly shop can inspire me. I have even been known …

The Margin Project -- Making Reading a Social Experience

In high school, I remember having to write in the margins of books to prove to my English teachers that I was actually reading and responding to the text. I was always a fast reader, so I became annoyed with having to stop my reading to write my thoughts. But this past year I became intrigued with the idea of using writing in the margins as a social process. 
In the book Life by Committee, the main character gets old books from thrift stores with annotations. She reads those writings to feel connected to whoever read that book previously. It’s like your own private book club. 
Not even a week later, I noticed that my local public library has something called the Margin Project. It was started by Jen Malone as a way for people to share the reading experience. She says it started because, “in late 2013, a number of 2014 debut authors began sending advance copies of their books ‘on tour’ via mail to each other, in order to help spread the word of their upcoming releases. As great as it w…

Naming a work of Fiction - WTF do I call it?!

A Writer's Guide to Law and Lawyers

This is a guest post by Karen A. Wyle..
The theme of this post could be: what goes around comes around, hopefully to the benefit of my fellow authors and would-be authors.
As a child, I fully intended to become a novelist (make that a "famous" novelist) as soon as possible, preferably at a younger age than ever before achieved. That dream suffered various blows as I got older, starting with the realization, at age ten, that a girl in England had had a novel published at age nine; continuing with the humiliation I suffered when a well-meaning teacher read parts of my first attempt to our fifth grade class; and finally, the climactic realization that I had no idea what to write about and found the act of writing a form of torture. I gave up on writing fiction by my junior year in college.
What was an English major to do? I had no clear calling to the teaching profession, nor were my parents eager to fund a graduate degree in literature. I still had some lingering attraction t…

Q and A with Author Julie Long

What was your biggest inspiration while writing your book?
Okay, right here on the first question it’s going to become readily apparent that I have trouble making decisions and narrowing to single answers. To me, nothing seems that simple! I had two initial inspirations that led me to write this story:
The basic idea of “guy pursues the simple life only to find out it’s complicated” was inspired by a high school friend of my husband’s. He moved from Southern California to Minnesota and married a Midwestern girl. They soon split up, however, and I started hypothesizing that maybe what his wife liked best about him was that he was from California. If so, their story would represent a certain irony: His biggest desire was to settle in the Midwest and hers was to leave it. He wanted a Midwestern girl and she longed to be anything but. Character conflict. 
Then I started thinking what else could thwart someone’s goal of returning to The Simple Life. And I naturally thought of my old hometo…