Saturday, March 16, 2013
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
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Please join Fran Lewis and Marsha Cook on March 14at 3PM CST 4 PM EST when her guest NY Times author Brian Freeman.will join authors: Jeff Rivera Author of the Flushed series , Candace Knoebel the winner of the Turning Pages Book of the Year award, Dennis Carsten: The Key to Justice and Dr. Mark Rubinstein the author of Mad Dog House to discuss their novels and ask Brian questions about mystery writing, marketing, writing a series with on character and how to create reader interest and much more.
Brian Freeman is an international bestselling author of psychological suspense novels featuring detectives Jonathan Stride and Serena Dial. His books have been sold in 46 countries and 19 languages and have appeared as Main Selections in the Literary Guild and the Book of the Month Club.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
AWP Looks at Picture Book Writers in a Digital Age
Mar 12, 2013
Laurie A. Jacobs.
“There is a content explosion going on. Reading is moving to the screen,” said publishing exec-turned children’s book literary agent Rubin Pfeffer with East West Literary Agency. “By the end of 2013, 65% of U.S. children will have access to an e-reader.” Because apps are expensive to make and developers are looking for brands like Hasbro and SeaWorld or established authors and series like Marc Brown’s Arthur, Pfeffer sees the biggest opportunity for children’s book authors in the digital marketplace in simple e-books or enhanced e-books that incorporate multimedia and interactivity. Apps tend to be less connected to a book than inspired by the underlying story. Despite the format, he noted, “no matter what, it all rests on a great story. It all comes down to the same thing it has from time immemorial.”
“I come to e-books as a writer,” said Jean Heilprin Diehl, who has published enhanced e-books with Sylvan Dell Publishing (Three Little Beavers and Loon Chase) and uTales (What Color Is Fred? and Paloma’s Pie), in addition to traditional picture books. For Diehl one of the big questions is how long an e-picture book should be and what it should look like. “A traditional picture book is 32 pages. Writers and illustrators have been thinking for decades in terms of two-page spreads. With an e-book format, you don’t have to have 32 pages.” For a recent project, she chose 22 pages as the most appropriate length.
“My main focus is to bring some of my out-of-print books back,” said author and illustrator Emilie Boon, whose first book, Peterkin Meets a Star, is now available for the iPhone and iPad. Although publisher PicPocket Books lists it as an app, she regards it as more of an enhanced e-book, where readers can hear the crunch of the snow under Peterkin’s boots. It also has hot spots that make sounds on specific words.
A Troop of Monkeys author Julie Hedlund was the only panelist to be published first digitally. Although she was told by traditional presses that they were looking for character-driven stories with narrative arcs, the introduction of the Common Core standards meant publishers began taking another look at concept-driven books like hers. “I felt strongly when apps came out that this could be it,” said Hedlund, who attended the Bologna Fair and TOC Bologna last year to learn more about submitting A Troop as an app. Instead, she ended up creating her own template for submitting storybook apps, which she sells on her Web site. And she has two more apps due out later this year: Ocean Animals (May) and Creepy Crawlies (Oct.).“Financially,” said Hedlund, “it’s a mess right now. Nobody knows if they’re going to make money. The market hasn’t matured yet. Over time, I think apps are going to become more important.”
Whether digital publishing is a means to a different end or an end in itself, as Pfeffer pointed out, “We’re all fascinated with our iPads and cell phones and Androids. And we know it’s not a passing fad.” As an agent, he added, “It almost doesn’t matter to me initially what the format will be. It matters that it’s something I’m excited about and kids will love.” For some writers that could well be an app or just as easily a traditional picture book.
Monday, March 11, 2013
Please join Marsha Cook for a special edition of A GOOD STORY IS A GOOD STORY on Friday March 15 at 12 Noon CST 1 PM EST 11AM MT 10 AM PST
Her guests for the show are Authors Victoria Marie Pecsenye,and Jennifer Oneal Gunn. Jennifer is a very successful editor, writer, and reviewer and Victoria is a very successful illustrator and author.
It's going to be a great show and a wonderful discussion about writing ,illustrating, reviewing and editing.
For more info
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Scott R. Caseley WOI March/April 2013 Tour
The novel takes the reader on a journey through the thirteen-year friendship between Sean McIntyre and Trey Goodsby and up to the tragic end of Trey's life, then goes into what effect death has on Sean and those closest to the boys.
About the Book:
When he finds his best friend Trey Goodsby dead and almost completely submerged in a bathtub filled with bloody water, Sean McIntyre is determined to find out if it was an accident or suicide. Did his death accidental or intentional have anything to do with Madeline Edwards, the woman who came between them constantly through their thirteen-year friendship? The tale begins with the death of Trey Goodsby, and explores his relationships with family, friends, his romances, and which of the circumstances he found himself in that led to the tragic event, and the repercussions for those he left behind.
Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing
eBook ISBN: 978-1-77127-239-1
Publication Date: January 2013
Genre of Book: Young Adult- Coming Of Age, Mystery/Romance
Places where available for sale: MuseItUpPublishing.com, Amazon.com, Bookstrand, Omnilit, Kobo, Smashwords, Coffee Time Romance & More and B&N
Excerpt from book:
“Go over to the play area. I’ll deal with you once I’m done with…ah…whatever his name is.” Carter nodded to where the rest of the kids kneeled, stood, or sat on a blue carpet, watching a boy building with wooden toy blocks. Right away, I could sense he intended on crafting something difficult, a scale model of the courthouse down the road from Footbridge. While the boy’s physical appearance seemed rather ordinary, his skills could not be beat. He hadn’t misused a single block. Without any hesitation or second-guessing himself, he knew what to do to put everything in the right place.
“That’s so cool, Trey,” I heard a soft voice like the melodious whisper of birdsong, my intuition revealing the identity before my eyes did. Madeline swayed from side to side, beaming with her pearly-whites.
Trey paid her no mind though, allowing himself to be distracted only by his overgrown dirty-blonde hair, which kept going in his face. Sometimes, he didn’t even push it away. His focus so intense, a few times, he almost knocked into other kids. He never apologized for it, nor did most get upset. They seemed to understand he was in a zone, one with his creation. He circled the perimeter to detect if it needed something. Whenever he snapped his fingers, he’d call out “cylinder,” “triangle,” or “rectangle.” Madeline would select it out of a decaying cardboard box, to present it to him like an obedient puppy bringing a tennis ball to its owner.
Mr. Carter, with Sheldon behind him, returned from their business in the hallway. They joined the rest of us, studying Trey’s handiwork. Before long, Mr. Carter became entranced, too. It felt frustrating. Being an only child, I was used to being the center of my parents’ universe. Here, someone else stole the attention so rightfully mine. Worst of all, watching Madeline fawn over him drove me crazy. His hair was messy, his shirt dirty, and he was just average. Why did he hold her interest? Shouldn’t she see me instead? Mom knitted me this nice sweater and combed my hair before I went to the bus stop. My head started pounding from over-thinking the situation when Madeline moved toward him, letting her pigtail accidentally brush against his head. He didn’t seem to notice, but I sure did. I needed to take action.
Creeping over to the box of blocks less than five feet from the audience, I reached in blindly selecting a triangle-shaped one with green crayon on the side facing up. With everyone so enamoured by the courthouse, they didn’t even notice my hands trembling at my side with rage. Giving one last furtive glance to Trey, Madeline, Mr. Carter, and then ending on my classmates, I felt ready to execute the plan.
Many of the other kids started to pick up on my actions, giving me a brief moment of satisfaction. Their jaws dropped as they watched the projectile block following a jagged path through their makeshift circle. Of course, motor coordination issues since birth and anger clouded my vision. Translation: my aim was inaccurate.
The block went careening through the air, never even coming close to its intended target. Trey knew no fear, however. He must’ve sensed my imprecise aim the moment it left my unsteady hand. Without raising an eyebrow, let alone diverting his eyes from his structure, his arm swatted the wooden toy away like a fly. It changed course to come crashing down onto the bridge of my Madeline’s button nose. I’m not sure what started to pour first, the blood from her nostrils or the tears from her green eyes.
The bloodstained triangle ricocheted off her face to the courthouse, knocking it down like dominoes. At the same time, Madeline wailed in pain. Trey’s eyes cast down at his destroyed masterpiece, over to her, and finally to the crowd of spectators, with a cold, soulless expression. He breathed heavily out of his nose, needing to know who ruined his work. Sheldon, along with two other snitches, fingered me for the crime.
While this is his first novel, he wrote and directed a dramatic feature, co-wrote and directed a documentary and wrote for an online magazine. He’s also a trained voice, stage, and screen actor. In addition to his creative pursuits, he is passionate about healthy living. He follows a mostly self-directed fitness quest consisting of weight training, walking, swimming, yoga, and hula hooping. When not working out, he also enjoys cooking healthy gourmet meals as well as playing board games with family and friends with plenty of coffee brewing to keep the fun going until the wee hours of the morning.
Follow Scott R. Caseley at
Blog Address: www.scottrcaseleyauthor.com
Twitter URL: twitter.com/scottrcaseley
Facebook Fan Page URL: https://www.facebook.com/ScottRCaseleyWriter
Publisher Website: http://museituppublishing.com
Past Blog Spotlights:
December 27, 2012 standalone short story, “Saving the City Before New Year’s” posted at Muse Mystery Author Marian Lanouette's blog http://marianl.com/main/saving-the-city-before-new-years-by-scott-r-caseley/
January 19, 2013 Muse Author Mindy Hardwick's blog: http://mindyhardwick.wordpress.com/2013/01/19/author-interview-scott-r-caseley/
January 22, 2013 Q & A at Muse Romance Author Helena Fairfax's bloghttp://helenafairfax.com/2013/01/22/good-to-meet-you-author-scott-r-caseley/
January 28, 2013 a college essay written by Madeline Edwards, one of the protagonists of the novel, Isosceles at Muse Romance Author JQ Rose's blog http://www.jqrose.com/2013/01/guest-author-scott-caseley_28.html?m=1
January 30, 2013 Q & A at Muse Author Kathy Rygg's blog "A Sense of Fiction"http://ksrwriter.blogspot.com/2013/01/isosocleles-scott-caseleys-gripping-ya.html
February 1, 2013 Q & A at Muse YA Author Marysue Hobika's blog First Friday's blog http://marysuehobika.wordpress.com/2013/02/01/first-fridays-guest-author-scott-r-caseley/
February 4, 2013 Katie L. Carroll's blog, http://www.katielcarroll.com/meet-scott-caseley-author-of-isosceles/ Satire of the Writing Process
February 8, 2013 Horror Writer Kelly Whitley's blog http://kellywhitleybooks.blogspot.com/2013/02/the-symmetry-of-isosceles.html?showComment=1360454769312#c7086648780652922723 Interview with character Trey Goodsby
February 11, 2013 A character from Scott's student film, interviews Sean McIntyre and Madeline Edwards for their alma mater's blog at Muse Author Lorrie Struiff's Flowers and Thorns blog: http://lorriejuly.blogspot.com/2013/02/welcome-scott-caseley-today.html
February 13, 2013 Kai Strand's blog http://kaistrand.blogspot.com/2013/02/three-times-charm-with-scott-r-caseley.html, Q&A
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Author Override: Cari QuinnAuthor Override is the place where authors take the reins and take you on a journey into their world. Some may allow you into their private writing dens. Others may take you along with them on research trips or interviews. Whatever the case may be, sit back, relax and enjoy the ride because here you’ll get an in-depth look into an author’s musings.
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