Thursday, March 8, 2012

Thanks Claire of the Anne Boleyn Files!

Thanks to Claire for her review of Tudor Rules on her informative and entertaining website, The Anne Boleyn Files: Review of Tudor Rules by Claire Ridgeway - in which she describes Tudor Rules as " ideal reading material for any "teenage girl interested in Anne Boleyn and the Tudor period."

Claire has a new book out as well--  on Anne Boleyn of course -- entitled,  "The Anne Boleyn Collection: The Real Truth About the Tudors" - Check it out: The Anne Boleyn Collection

Tudor Rules: How Anne Boleyn helped me survive High School

Thursday, February 2, 2012

B&N Discover Great New Writers

I just got an email about the latest batch of B&N Discover Great New Writers, and I started thinking back to how lucky i was to be chosen for this, back in 2000 for my novel ,"The Perfect Elizabeth"    But when I look at the list, it's hard not to compare myself to some of the other writers or feel envious of some of them, whose careers have gone a bit differently than mine. I'll show you what I mean:

Spring 2000  B&N Discover Great New Writers

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Twitter does work

I am proof.  Not knowing that anyone actually reads my cranky posts, I recently vented my thoughts about Starbuck's price increase at @writergirl22

Here's what I wrote:
Libby Schmais
Really -- $2.01 for tall coffee! you couldn't just make it $2?
and then, lo and behold,  a writer (a very nice man called Jeff Sommer) from The New York Times asked me to call him and wanted my thoughts for an article that actually appeared in the most recent Sunday New York Times!   If you don't believe me, here's the link: 

Aftermath: (my mother was very impressed that i was  called a novelist and two guys i went to high school contacted me)
So Twitterers out there, remember, someone may be reading your cranky twitters and similar things may happen.  My next twitter will be about Sephora, after an unpleasant experience trying to return some concealer at the Time Warner Center - and me being a VIB and all (very important beauty customer).  Watch out @Sephora!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Things I like so far about Bespoke Publishing

I  finally got the cover I wanted (instead of the lame cover the publisher had originally suggested & no one has asked me to change the title or plot or make it more G-rated or made me feel bad about my writing

I get to keep more profits (assuming there will be some, fingers crossed).

I get to charge a reasonable price for book -- a price I would feel good about paying (how does $3.99 sound?)

Owning the rights to my own work (still waiting to get rights back from St. Martins)
Things I miss about Legacy Publishing

Having a deadline

Getting a sizable check up front

Having the illusion there will be publicity

Feeling validated - as in I was published by so and so…..(Random House, St. Martins and Putnam in my case).

Feeling like someone is waiting for my book (see deadline). 

Having a publication date  (Still haven't picked mine - but it will be soon - I promise!)

Tudor Rules!