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Everyone needs an Albert

20SWepisodes1316kindleFor those of you who read via RSS or just bypass the homepage, you may not know that I put up another Twenty-Somewhere episode bundle (13-16) today.

I’ve also created an Amazon store, which I will eventually integrate into this website. It’s just a convenient way to collect and display my offerings — and will hopefully extend to “real” published books later. But I’ve decided the website redesign should be a reward for successfully completing my August NaNoWriMo challenge, so for now the store remains external.

By the way, I need to give a big thanks to Albert for helping me pick photos for the 20SW covers, listening to me debate the redesign, and generally putting up with my crazy OCD indecisiveness. Everyone needs an Albert.

In writing news, I found this great, witty talk by author Jennifer Weiner (via Novelicious).

I tell everybody that I think the best thing for being a novelist is having been a reporter. With journalism you write every day. And especially if you’re working for the small daily papers, you write a lot every day. You write stories about the school board meeting and the sewage board hearing and the car crash and the fire and the bagel shop that closed. You do not romanticize the act of writing. You do not go to your editor on deadline and say, “I know the sewage board hearing story is due, but my muse has not spoken to me yet.” Your editors don’t want to hear about your muse.

Shh, don’t tell my dad. He’s a newspaper publisher, and he’ll say, I TOLD YOU SO!

And now, what you’ve all been waiting for…

Word Count – Aug 3, 2009:
6,059/50,000

About 2,000 of that is just stuff I hadn’t typed up yet, but about 1,000 is new from today!

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Speaking of Amazon…

20SWeps0912kindleI’m up to episodes 9-12 of Twenty-Somewhere for Kindle/iPhone/iPod! So far I’m really enjoying this “experiment.” I’ve only sold about a dozen copies between the 3 episode “bundles,” but it’s fun to obsessively check see my Amazon Sales Ranks and to realize that someone liked the stories enough to buy all 3!!

I think the plan for 20SW is to continue writing episodes until the end of 2009. Then I need a break. I will leave off in such a way that MJ, Claudia, and Sophie get some closure, but of course we’ll know there are more adventures to come. I’ve already envisioned a novel for these 3 women, but I have at least 1 other book to finish before I get started on a project like that…

Speaking of things I don’t have time for, Angie and I recently redesigned our joint blog. I love the new look, and now I’m itching to redesign my site…

Too bad that would be silly right now. I have too many other things to write do. Sigh.

Speaking of distractions, yesterday I received my copy of Bad Things Happen by Harry Dolan, an Amazon Breakthrough Novel from 2007-2008. BTH didn’t win, but it was my favorite entry, and I am SO excited to be reading the whole thing!

(Other 07-08 ABNA books coming soon: Casting Off by Nicole Dickson and The Wet Nurse’s Tale by Erica Eisdorfer!)

Speaking of funny — I wasn’t? Oh, oops. Well, I’m not funny, so I probably won’t enter/win, but if you are funny (JOE) then you should think about entering the Funniest Analogy contest at Writer Unboxed. You could get a lot of attention for your blog/site, or at the very least, some good laughs.

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Why not? (Giving things a shot)

20SWepisodes0104kindleIn the spirit of trying new things, I uploaded episodes 1-4 of Twenty-Somewhere to the Amazon Kindle store yesterday. If you know anyone with a Kindle, iPhone, or iPod Touch who wants some fun  stories for just 99¢, let them know!

(For anyone who’s wondering about charging for something I also post for free: if it’s on your Kindle/iGadget, it’s yours whenever and wherever. No internet connection necessary, and no ads. Also, some people just prefer eBooks. Strange but true.)

If this experiment goes decently well, I’ll keep putting 20SW up in batches of 4, and probably some other stories too. I suppose it’s self-publishing, in a way, but somehow it feels different. I guess because it’s stories and not novels.

By the way, I got this brilliant idea from screenwriter John August, whose short story The Variant has become a Kindle bestseller. I’m not expecting anything as successful as that, but I think/hope this could be fun.

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