Posts made in October, 2010

Chutes and Ladders

Posted by on Oct 18, 2010 in Uncategorized | 16 comments

We all know that being an author is a brutal career choice, a “kiss you and kick you” business. I had (naively) anticipated that the worst of that came before the publishing offer. But with the launch of my debut book, Elliot and the Goblin War, only a few weeks old, I’m learning that was only the beginning. It’s like the game of Chutes and Ladders we played as children. Move forward a square or two at a time. Occasionally you get a little ladder, sometimes almost to the top. Then you get a slide, sometimes almost back to the bottom. So… You write a manuscript. Unlike your previous attempts,...

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Launch Party!

Posted by on Oct 11, 2010 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

A big thank you goes to all the family and friends who attended the launch party for “Elliot and the Goblin War” on Saturday. We sold out of books (all those ordered in plus my 13 remaining authors copies), except for one book my in-laws didn’t buy because they wanted the store to have at least one left in stock. That was just amazing to me. So many people came forward wanting to buy multiple copies. Wow! The cake was made by Dick’s Bakery just down the street from Fire Petal Bookstore, where our event was held. Dick’s is a longtime favorite of mine, but they really outdid themselves...

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Highlights from Oprah’s JK Rowling Interview

Posted by on Oct 4, 2010 in failure, Harry Potter, JK Rowling, Oprah | 0 comments

Something about JK Rowling has always been fascinating to me. Maybe it’s knowing her roots or looking at how connected she still is to her roots, maybe it’s having watched how she handled the perils of instant worldwide fame with such class, or maybe because I love the Harry Potter books and it’s fun to know more about the author behind that series. Rowling’s Harry Potter series has sold over 400 million copies in 69 languages and 200 countries around the world. Book 7, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, is the fastest-selling book of all time with 8.3 million copies sold in its first 24...

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15 Banned Books I’m Glad I read

Posted by on Oct 3, 2010 in banned books | 0 comments

This is no slight on other books on the banned books list. These are just the ones I’ve read and loved. 1. Animal Farm by George Orwell The most powerful political book I ever read. I think evidence of its theory is everywhere in the world today where there are some people who are more equal than others. 2. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton This was my absolute favorite book when I was growing up. I still have full sections of the text memorized from having read it so often. 3. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle Another of my childhood favorites, and I couldn’t wait until my children...

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