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Monday, June 14, 2010

Questions I Could Use Answers For

Okay, it's summer, the temperature is slowly rising, and I'm getting ready to tackle two things: a new book coming out and finishing my third YA novel. So why am I suddenly coming up with random questions? I don't have a clue unless, of course, it's one of my strategies for stalling. Anyway, I do have the questions, so if you can help me out with some answers I'd be ever so grateful.

Question #1: How do you autograph a book on Kindle? I went to a book signing for Heidi Kling (SEA) the other night and I thought, "What would she do if someone presented a Kindle with her new novel downloaded on it and asked for an autograph?" Sticky notes slapped on the screen? Any other ideas?

Question #2: Is the Internet dumbing us down permanently? Nicholas Carr's book says so. The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains. I'm putting myself on an Internet diet and now! I already feel the creeping up of shortened attention span. How about you? Could you once read War and Peace, but find that even the title is too long? Sheesh!

Question #3: Can self-publishing prove to be the road to success? I've heard this is a No No, yet I've met writers who swear by it. Then there's Hilary Thayer Hamann who self-published Anthropology of an American Girl and is now a hot item with a publishing contract.

Question #4: Is there anything more beautiful than a Matilija? Show me.

10 comments:

  1. Thanks for coming! Hope you like SEA. :)

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  2. 1. I hope one day to be lucky enough to have to worry about it!

    2. If it is dumbing us down I am now seriously STUPID. So, maybe.

    3. Anything can happen.

    4. My children when they smile. Sorry no public pics. :)

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  3. Lee,

    Re: internet dumbing us down--have you read FEED?

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  4. Thanks for the Matilija close-up!

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  5. I've been worrying about that shortened attention span thing too. I like the social media stuff, I'm pretty good at it, and I suspect that I'm spending way more time on it than is really good for me. Hard to detach from it - some really good things have come my way because of my online presence - but I'm giving a lot of thought to the idea of paring it down.

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  6. Sea is my next book the summer reading pile. Can't wait to start.

    Lisa, children always win as the most beautiful, so I keep them in a special category. I like that you don't share their pictures publicly.

    I had to put up that Matilija, AnneB. In fact, I think I need a new page with a Matilija theme.

    I'm slowing down on the online presence, but, Mike, you can't. I depend on you to always be there and lift my shortened attention span spirits!

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  7. 1. Ahhh, the Kindle. What do you do? I was going to say a signed bookmark, but you don't need a bookmark!
    2. I do wish more parents would limit video game/computer time for kids. My kids probably even play too much with the limits I set. I read that kids brains are now wired differently because of all the exposure to technology.
    3. I am considering self publishing a poetry book with my dad's photos. Mostly so we could have it, but I think it is very sellable too.
    4. Gorgeous!
    5. CONGRATS! I don't know if I knew you had another book coming out!!!! Love the title!

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  8. I have never seen a Matilija before and NO, there isn't!

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  9. On the Barnes and Noble Nook blog someone has a picture of their nook with author signatures on the back of it! Very cool. I have one of each (school project) and I think having the covers signed would up their check out factor! Much more visible than inside a cover and the reader would be more inclined to talk about it since people would be curious! More publicity for the author!

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  10. Have to check out the B&N blog. Sounds like a a nice idea, Ms. Lair.

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