How to Make an Author Smile

Earlier this week, I trudged to my mailbox.  There, amid the catalogs for clothes I don’t need and the flyers for food I don’t want to eat was a white Tyvek envelope, bearing my name and address.  Inside the white envelope was a manila envelope.  And inside the manila envelope was a *huge* sheet of paper, with a lovely message from Mrs. Lese’s third grade class, thanking me for helping them to celebrate their “Reader...

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Simon and Schuster, Barnes and Noble, Me and You and Others

So, first it was a story in Publishers Weekly; then, it was a story in the New York Times:  Simon & Schuster and Barnes & Noble are in a power struggle.  As a result, authors — myself included — are being badly hurt.  The details are murky.  Neither side is sharing detailed information, but it boils down to this: Barnes & Noble is dying on the retail vine; they’re desperate for every red cent of cash that they can...

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Drive-By Posting

I have a houseguest and a family commitment today and it’s going to rain and, and, and, so I’m just going to make a quick post here this morning… Yesterday, I discovered a new review for DARKBEAST and it truly made me smile.  Yes, the review was a positive one, and that made me happy.  But what I really loved was the name of the reviewer’s blog:  Bibliophile Support Group.  I would *so* sign up for that one, if it met in...

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DARKBEAST — Good News!

So, in all the craziness of last week (end of year!  start of year!  finishing manuscript!  living life!), I got fantastic news about DARKBEAST!  My middle-grade traditional fantasy novel, written under the pen name Morgan Keyes, has gone into its second printing! (This means that the publisher has almost sold out of the initial print run of the hardcover novel.  They see sales continuing strongly enough in 2013 that they’ve decided to...

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Novel In 12

In celebration of today’s date (12/12/12 — in case you hadn’t noticed 🙂 ), the Washington Post is hosting a challenge for people to describe novels in precisely 12 words.  (Yes, that link opens to an annoying Flash display — blame the Post, not me.) Over on Twitter, I pitched in for DARKBEAST:  Girl saves raven best friend, flees home, finds friends, fights for truth. #Darkbeast #NovelIn12 So?  What about it?  What...

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