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Writing from the Dark Side

Heh! I started out calling this blog post "Blogging from the Darkside" and then went to "Writing from the Darkside" and then went on to finally arrive at "Pubbing from the Darkside".  This little tidbit of information should be able to give you a little hint over what has been happening at the Oliver Homestead since I last posted.

Big News! I am part of a great collaboration with a collection of Writers who decided that if a romance book should be done, it should be done by us! Hence, the beginning of what is now know as Welcome to Serenity Harbor, Maine.

This is huge! This is ginormous! All of the books are set around the fictional coastal Maine town of Serenity Harbor. We didn't limit genre, only that their characters fall in love in Maine.

For me, this was a return to something that I love... well, yes... it was a return to writing. I've blogged a little bit about some of my struggles with illness that left with being unable to write for a whi…

Judging a Book by the Cover

I'd love to say that it isn't done. That covers don't make or break the sale of a good book. But frankly, in this digital age there is more focus on the covers then ever before. And when the covers are good, they can make a book a bestseller. But when they are bad, they can relegate the book to obscurity.

We are a nation of impatient consumers. Everything you buy now is marketed toward catching your eye in a millisecond. As the Internet speeds up, phones and other media devices get faster and more efficient, and the time that people have to actually sit and read a book decreases, we have even less time to make an impact and intrigue the reader enough to buy the book.

For a long time I've pondered the need for a new cover for Three Truths. The evolution of this books has seen a covers that didn't work, despite the wonderful story it really does portray. But despite the fact that I knew it needed a new cover I had to wait until the opportunity came along to have ju…

FYI: Writer Taxes Workshop

If you are a member of RWA you should know that there is a great workshop on
Taxes for Writers that is being taught by Trinity Faegan and offered through RWA University. Just log onto your RWA account and go to the RWA University links to join. It's the first day and already there's a wealth of information for treating your writing as a business.

Honestly, it's Time to Save Yourself...

A couple of weeks ago, a certain writer's list that I was on had authors who were complaining about the success of another author on Amazon. They maintained that his fantastic sales numbers and increasing presence were the work of a vast amount of money dumped into publicity and that he'd somehow had it easy because he started off published by a "traditional" publisher. While they were not totally mean and hateful toward said author, they were so busy "blaming" his success on everything they could find and missed the mark on everything they should have seen.

I kept my mouth shut. And, if any of you know me personally, then you know just how hard it is to get me to keep my mouth shut when I feel someone is being wronged. (It's a family trait. Both my father and daughter have this dominant gene.)

The author was J.A. Konrath and I won't bother to mention the list. If you're on it, then you've already seen this discussion that went on for severa…

Memories of the missing | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Memories of the missing The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Cathy Marie Moulton's face is one I won't forget. But the catch is that I never actually met her. In fact, I was only 4 when she disappeared in 1971 in Jay, Maine. Up until about three years ago, I never knew the case existed. But once I did I knew I wouldn't forget her face.

It was New Years Day and I had a serious case of cabin fever. My husband wasn't feeling well, so I packed the kids into the Durango and set off on one of our famous road trips. I would just pick a direction and drive. I knew I wanted to go inland and North. Beyond that, I had no expectations. My daughter was riding shotgun, doing her homework in the car and my son was playing video games in the backseat. I was headed for Rumford area when we got the munchies and stopped at a small store near a bend in the road. The first thing I noticed was that a man had driven his tractor to the store to fill it up. The second thing I notic…

January Review: Blogging, Goals and the Reality of Life

The end of January... Thank goodness it's over. The month started out as a red hot flame and ended as an ember, but this was because exhaustion from a family health crisis, having my daughter return to college, pushing myself on both the day job and writing front, and the general winter blahs. Sounds like a long list of items that are downers, but in reality I actually got a lot accomplished this month. I moved forward on some goals and others need to be rescheduled. But isn't that why goals should be semi-fluid? So that we can adjust as necessary without losing momentum? In case you didn't catch my goals for The first few months of 2012, you can find them here, but for now, I'll post January's goals below and discuss what worked and didn't.

I. January - Prework: Print out SD and edit for content changes in prep for BIAW. In all fairness, I was so pumped going into January that I had this done before BIAW came along. It also completed my first writing goal for …