Saturday, December 20, 2008


I'd like to find more organizations that are in need of book donations. There's an African program I'm investigating, I know that many schools in Nicaragua would appreciate book donations, and there's Cubberly Used Book Sale in northern CA.that help support the Palo Alto library. Every community must have a "Friends of the Library" group that sell donated books to benefit their libraries.

I think it would be a good way to clear the shelves of already read and not needed books. At the same time donations would help others. This is the year for helping if you can. I'm giving it a shot.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Monday, December 8, 2008

Cybils Rock

Jim Averbeck's book, "In a Blue Room" was one of
the nominations for the 2008 Cybil's award. Nothing could make me happier. He's a super guy with talent that these awards has certainly validated.

Yeah, Jim.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

ARCs Cometh

When I opened the box it was kind of a head rush; then it didn't seem real, like if I opened the cover nothing would be inside. It took a little getting used to seeing my words in such a different format--not scribbled notes on lined paper, not on a computer screen, not on loose manuscript pages.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Book Divas

Well, I've spent the day scratching my head and wondering where I am in all of this writing, publishing, marketing business. Then I landed on a site called Book Divas and had some fun. Great site for connecting with your YA readers and enjoying their take on what is hot and what is not. Have to say the reviews I read are spot on.


My ARCs will arrive at my doorstep soon--all 20! I will actually be able to hold onto my "almost-final" book, and guess what? I get to read it again. This has to be the last time. I wonder if F. Scott Fitzgerald read Gatsby as many times as I've read Sliding on the Edge? Wish I could ask him.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008


I now realize all those English classes might have been good, but what I really needed was a course in marketing. Little did I suspect there was so much involved in post-writing a novel and post-selling a novel. Learning all the vocabulary alone is killing me!