I found this thing at Barnes and Noble the other day. I thought it was pretty cool.
It’s a printed excerpt from a book that comes out in March. There was an author headshot and bio in the front and then several pages of the book.
I have never seen one of these. I do like the idea. I think they would work great as marketing materials at an author fair or maybe an author table at a convention. They’re nice looking and could possibly get someone to pick up at least part of a book and carry it away with them to be read later in a less hectic environment.
Or one of the first. Today isn’t a movie toy. This one is from my babyhood. Mum stowed it away for a long time and gave it back to me some years ago. It is mushed and its fuzz is worn thin in places, but it brings me great joy to still have it.
And yes, most of the scratches on the ottoman under the toy are from the bratty cat child rocketing back and forth over it. We should’ve named him Blur.
I know I haven’t done a toy collection post in a while. Fear not; I’m far from running out of subject material on that front.
I decided to stop taking outside submissions to NightLark. That’s the publisher I started a year or so ago.
For the last couple of months, I’ve been thinking about it, and I’ve been back and forth on whether I wanted to keep it going. I took the holidays off, read a submission or two and thought about picking it up. Every time, something stopped me.
There have been many frustrations, a lot of them with myself. I’m not assertive enough. I’m not that great of a salesperson, really.
In the end, I decided it wasn’t worth the time or frustration. It just wasn’t. Life is too short, and I have too much that I want to do, creatively.
I will say that running it has been, by far, one of the best learning experiences for me. For real. I did things that I never would’ve tried with my own work.
I do still plan to use it for my own books, but for the foreseeable future, I’m not taking on any projects from other authors. The website is staying up with occasional updates. The books currently listed there that aren’t by me should disappear here in the next few months.
So yeah. Still writing. Still recording. Just not handling anyone else’s business.
I don’t know why I insist on doing things that give me mini-panic attacks. It’s like I can’t help myself.
I started a podcast. I’ve been thinking about doing so for several months. It’s called Authors Read, and if all goes as planned, if people actually want to be on it, it’s going to consist of authors reading short excerpts from their books.
I’ve been working on the first episode on and off for the last month or so while I’ve been tweaking my whole recording environment and process for the audiobooks. I made the mistake of doing the first episode myself, which kicked off a fantastic downward spiral of nitpicking of every little thing. Sometimes I wish my perfectionism actually resulted in perfection.
Here’s the link to the episode on Podbean
If you’d like to be on it, the contact form is at this link.
The podcast isn’t on itunes quite yet, but it should be once they appprove it.