1/30/15

The Sweet Sixteens Group

It's official, I made it in!

For those who don't know, this is a group of 2016 debut authors. It was formed to help celebrate, brag about and spread the word for these exciting new YA and MG stories coming to you next year.  Currently the Sweet Sixteens are doing some fun interviews with our upperclassmen the Fearless Fifteeners. We'll also be introducing Sweet Sixteen authors as well.

With each step on this road to publication, my circle of writer friends grows. I feel honored to be taking this journey with so many talented debut authors. If you have the time, scroll down the Sweet Sixteen authors' page  where you can check out my author profile and add a few sweet debuts to your "to be read" list.

1/23/15

Fancy New Face


So how do you like it? After selling my book I decided my website needed a facelift. I was going for a Free People kind of look. I designed my own logo using the amazing graphic design program Adobe Illustrator. There was a huge learning curve from PC's Paintbrush to Holy-Crap-This-Shiz-Is-Pro program but wow, it was worth it.  The graphics are TEN MILLION times more amazing through this program and I'm only an amateur. I can only imagine what I'll be able to do in a couple of years with this program. Found some free social media icon buttons in watercolor too. They didn't have a Goodreads button so I had to create one.  I also updated and added new pages (now that I'm a fancy author.)

On my "about me" page I added some personal photos. Other than my bio and this "dotting the i" section I do about myself (which is umpteen thousand years old) I don't know what should be on my about me page.  Any suggestions? If you know some clever ways to talk about yourself I'm all ears.

I also added a "books" page! I'm still in disbelief that I've sold my book. As the year moves on with editorial letters and cover designs and ARCs I'm sure this disbelief will continue.  Don't forget to add my book to your Goodreads list.

             

In all my facelifting, I created an author Facebook page.  Right now it's just my face plastered next to a banner announcing my book.  I'm sure as I have cover reveals, contests, book launches, signings, etc. I'll post those things.  What else do you post on your author page?  Just book news? Do you post your blog posts? Any personal info?

What else should I add to my website now that I'm all Fancy McAuthor Fancypants? (My official new title, btw.)  Thanks for stopping by to check out the new threads.  All in all, I'm kind of loving my new look. 

1/18/15

Music Downloads - "Let It Go" by James Bay

"Let It Go"
by James Bay
release date: June 3, 2014
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This is not to be confused with the Frozen song "Let It Go."  Nor should it be confused with Passenger's song "Let It Go."  No. This is something else altogether.  This is something equally beautiful.  It's not just my favorite new song but it'll be my muse for the next novel I draft. I'm not bringing you an earth shattering new talent because he's already been on Seth Meyers. But he hasn't broke into mainstream yet, so I hope I enlighten just a few of you.

This single was released back in June 2014, but now it's apart of an album "Chaos And The Calm" to be released March 24, 2015.  From the beginning where the two guitars echo play off each other to soothing rhythm throughout to the peaceful lyrics, the song exudes beauty.

If you like Tom Odell or Hozier, then you love James Bay.



Lyrics "Let It Go" by James Bay

From walking home and talking lows
Seeing chirps in evening clothes with you
From nervous touch and getting drunk
To staying up and waking up with you

Now we're slipping near the edge
Holding something we don't need
Oh, this delusion in our heads
Is gonna bring us to our knees

So come on, let it go
Just let it be
Why don't you be you
And I'll be me

Everything that's broke
Leave it to the breeze
Why don't you be you
And I'll be me

And I'll be me

From throwing clothes across the floor
To teeth and clothes and slamming doors at you
If this is all we're living for
Why are we doing it, doing it, doing it anymore?

I used to recognize myself
It's funny how reflections change
When we're becoming something else
I think it's time to walk away

So come on, let it go
Just let it be
Why don't you be you
And I'll be me

Everything that's broke
Leave it to the breeze
Why don't you be you
And I'll be me

And I'll be me

Try to fit your hand inside mine
When we know it just don't belong
There's no force on earth
Could make it feel right, no

Try to push this problem up the hill
When it's just too heavy to hold
Think now is the time to let it slide

So come on, let it go
Just let it be
Why don't you be you
And I'll be me

Everything that's broke
Leave it to the breeze
Let the ashes fall
Forget about me

Come on, let it fall
Just let it be
Why don't you be you
And I'll be me


And I'll be me

1/11/15

Music Downloads - "Simple Machine" by Guster

"Simple Machine" (Alternate Version)
by Guster
release date: December 15, 2014
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This band is Walk the Moon meets Passion Pit.  I'm sure if artists' ever found my meager blog posts about them, they'd cringe at my "if these two bands made out they'd birth to this band." But in all honesty, it's the best way to give my audience a feel for the artist I'm featuring.  Anyway, I love the lighthearted playful tone of their music.  They have a positive upbeat that I can introduce to my none indie friends and not scare them off.  (I'll save the really hardcore indie for just me and you.)



Lyrics to "Simple Machine" (Alternate Version) by Guster*

Stay steady.
Plastic motion.
Let’s finish beating.
Almost breathing.
I’ll never find my way back.
I’ll never find my way back home.

Empty hollow.
Spit and swallow.
Preachers preaching.
Courage seeding.
I’ll never find my way back.
I’ll never find my way back home.

So just forget about me.
I will get by on myself.
I’m not a simple machine.
I have become something else.
I’ll never find my way back.
I’ll never find my way back home.

Wiser Scarecrow.
This is treason.
Cole eyes, seeing.
Straw heart, beating.
I’ll never find my way back.
I’ll never find my way back home.

So just forget about me.
I will get by on myself.
I’m not a simple machine.
I have become someone else.
I’ll never find my way back.
I’ll never find my way back home.

Ever after I get further.
Who will still be waiting?
Ever after I get further.
I can feel you fading.

*Lyrics not from artist.  Could contain errors.

1/7/15

I SOLD MY BOOK!!!


I’m over the moon excited to announce, I’VE SOLD MY BOOK!!!! SOUTH OF SUNSHINE, a YA contemporary romance (LGBT) has found a home with Wendy McClure with Albert Whitman and Company.

Here’s the Publisher’s Marketplace Announcement:

I’ve waited so long to write this post, and I can’t even write it without bawling like a big fat baby. (For those who know me, that’s no big surprise.) Guys, I’ve been sitting on this news since December 12th! I’ve been bursting to share it with you. I just can’t believe something I created will be out in the world for everyone to see. Then I’ll be able to hold it and hug it and squeeze it and snuggle with it when I sleep at night. (Oh yeah, you know that’s going down.)

My agent, Lauren MacLeod, is absolutely amazing. (Thank you so much, Lauren! ♥♥♥) I’m so grateful she believed in my book and did not give up on it. And now an editor and publisher believes in my story, and it’s the best feeling in the world.

The most awesomest part...I'll get to be sweet 16 twice in my life. #sweet16

And come March 2016, I'll finally get to join my girlies on the bookshelf.