Sunday, January 23, 2011

Interview Grand Slam with Giveaways! and ROW80!

Hello Everyone! Please check out my Interview Grand Slam tomorrow on Monday, Jan. 24, when I'll be  featured on both Misha's My Love Affair with Books and Tynga's Reviews! My first interviews, and I have two in one day, so please drop by and show your support! I'll be giving away six copies of my book, plus both Misha and Tynga are proud new Kindle owners, so come share your love for ebooks and Indies in general. Hope to see you there!

Ok, ROW 80 Check in:

1. At least 1500 wc, 4 times a week? Check.
I hit what I call The Wall this week. I was forced to stop what I was doing and resort to basic writing exercises I teach my students. And what do you know? It worked. Sort of. I don't know how much of last night's word count will make the final cut, but it was bound to happen sooner or later.
I need to carve out some editing time, and soon.

2. Book in my genre, read and reviewed? Check.
3. Fellow ROW80ers? Check.
4. Two writing-related blog posts? Check.
5. Marketing? Grr. Check.
The "grr" was for a so-called discussion I got into on Kindleboards. I think I'm going to ground myself from Kindleboards and Joe Konrath's site for a week. They're both great, useful places, don't get me wrong. I just obviously need to be focusing on other things when I start participating in pointless debates that take up residence in my head for far longer than they should.

 On a more positive marketing note, if you haven't checked out JL Bryan's Hanted Ebook Tour or The Indie Book Collective's Blog Tour de Force, you should. They're both great examples of how we Indies can support each other in fun, positive ways. I'm not only enjoying the tours, I'm taking notes.
Plus I just really want a Haunted Library. It just sounds better than a regular library.

Finally, if you haven't heard of a little band called The Civil Wars, you probably will soon. They're a great example of an Indie success story; their music has been featured on Grey's Anatomy and they just played the Jay Leno Show. Yet they maintain Indie roots. John Paul hails from my hometown, where the band continues to maintain close ties in spite of, or perhaps even because of, their success. What do Indie writers and Indie musicians have in common, you ask? I think in this case, their duet is as perfect an example of songwriting-as-storytelling as it gets. Have a listen and see if you don't agree:

A good Sunday sound. Congrats, guys!


  1. Congrats on keeping your goals and the interviews.

  2. Well done on keeping all your goals. :-)

  3. Those pointless debates really have a way of sucking up your time and energy don't they?

  4. I limit myself to Kindleboards once a week or I get caught up in the drama ! Looking forward to your interviews. Good luck with the writing goals this week!

  5. Ha, I've heard so many people complain about getting sucked into a certain discussion this week - definitely takes up more time than it should. :)

    Good stuff on your goals and woo @ the interview saturation. ;)

  6. LOL - now you have me curious about Kindleboards, but I'm scared to check them out. The last thing I need is another distraction.

    Great going this week.

  7. Congrats on your progress! I'd love to hear more about your writing exercises.