Introducing… Molly Miranda!

I’ve been working on an action/comedy chick lit novel since spring of last year and I’m finally ready to unveil it. It will be released in February of next year. Because nothing says romance like a little crime. ;P

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Crowdfunding Campaign!

I cannot believe this summer is going so fast. It’s almost August! It’s been an insane month. Lots of wedding-related stuff going on. I got the book back from one beta reader and my second beta is almost finished. But let’s get to the good stuff, shall we?

I am so thrilled to be able to share some news. I’ll be launching a crowdfunding campaign very soon for my debut comedy/action novel. I’m aiming for a February 2015 release. The cover art is finished and I’m in talks with a couple editors. It’s all very exciting!

I can’t wait to be able to talk about the novel I’ve been working on since April of last year. Finishing a novel was something I’ve wanted to do for most of my life. And I finally did it.

Now I need your help to make my book a reality.

I need to raise $1500 so I can get my novel edited and polished. A little under half of that money goes towards fulfilling the perks I have available. Signed paperbacks, bookmarks, temporary tattoos, graphic design work by yours truly and much more!

I want to throw a big THANK YOU out to my fiancé Colby and my friends Colleen and Patti for helping me out with the preparation of the campaign. Their advice has been invaluable to me.

What to Do While Your Book is in Beta

Sometimes, I am not as patient as I’d like to be.

Currently my book is in its preliminary stages of beta. My mom and boyfriend (er, fiancé now – oh, yeah, I got engaged on Tuesday!) currently have my book and are going through it. Then I have a few other people lined up to take a crack at it.

But what does an impatient writer do while their book is in beta? Here are a few suggestions to occupy you (and thus, keep you from climbing the walls).

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I judge books by their covers. I can’t help it.

And I think you do too.

Being able to design my own book cover is one of the many reasons I’m leaning towards independent publishing. Books in my genre (comedy from a woman’s point of view) rarely get the respect they deserve when it comes to marketing. Silhouettes of ladies, a splash of Peptobismal pink, a cutesy handwritten title and you’re good to go.

In most circumstances, I would suggest writers not design their own covers. Why? Because the Lousy Book Covers Tumblr is a thing. It sums up what I mean and more. The thing is, I checked on some of these books and they have great reviews on Amazon. Can’t the writers tell their covers are terrible? So terrible that they are scaring away potential readers and losing out on book sales? Some of these covers make me think, “Have none of these people seen what a book even looks like?”

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Making the MS Word Transition

116-Kr4AFBBS0qN0EmL1-s-I’m an Apple girl. I have an iPhone, an iPad, an iMac and I work on an iMac at my day job. I use iTunes for music and the occasional episode or movie rentals. I started out using OpenOffice for my novel but switched to Apple Pages because you can save directly to the Cloud.

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A Whole New World

imageHi guys! I just finished adding a TON of little red marks to the first draft of my completed novel. This is all new territory to me. It all feels so new and exciting for me, so I figured I might redesign my website- again- in honor of this strange new world. So… welcome!

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Feminism and Chick Lit: Can They Be Friends?

I am a feminist. I have no shame, reluctance or hesitation in saying this. I heard an alarming stat recently: Few Identify As Feminists, But Most Believe In Equality Of Sexes.

Wait… what? I’m lost. Apparently a lot of people don’t understand what feminism means. It’s definition time.

  • feminism: the doctrine advocating social, political, and all other rights of women equal to those of men.

Cool. Sounds good to me. Caitlin Moran‘s husband put it best: feminism is about being nice to everybody. Plain and simple.

I loved the brilliant documentary Miss Representation. It opened my eyes to a lot of things. I can say with confidence that it changed my view of the world. One of the things it discusses is how society teaches women how they should act, think and look by a very young age.

For instance: at seven years old, roughly the same number of boys and girls say they want to be president. By age 15, the number of girls who still say they’d like to be president drops dramatically compared to boys. Why? Because girls aren’t seeing many women in positions of political power. (Mad love for Hillary Clinton. Just throwing that out there.) So, girls see these positions us unattainable for themselves.

But what does this have to do with books?

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10 Online Writing Forums to Inspire

I sometimes find one of the best ways to get me excited to start writing is simply the act of reading about writing. I recently went on the hunt for some writing forums so I could always have a fresh batch of writing advice on hand.

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