Monday Random Thoughts and Tidbits

NaNoWriMo Thoughts: Everywhere, everyone is talking about NaNoWriMo. I will be honest. I admire those who can do it. I can't. I don't have the stamina or drive to write that much every single day for a month. And especially not in November. What about Thanksgiving? That kills almost a week of writing for me …

Oh, I Have a Headache Now…

The process of taking a book from a word processing format to one that is PDF ready for CreateSpace sounds simple enough, however, I've come to realize that these things rarely go as planned. If you doubt me, just take a few minutes to check out the community forums on the CreateSpace website. It's loaded …

Formatting Is Such Sweet Sorrow

As I attempt to format my novel for CreateSpace, I'm wondering if I need an autosave function in my Word files...so many changes and uh, mistakes. Of course, I have a version of my file that is "clean" and edited BUT it is not formatted appropriately for publication. I know it shouldn't be a difficult …

Summer Reading (Update 1)

First, I will apologize for being MIA for a month. Family circumstances throughout most of June kept me from my computer, my blog, and my book. This was followed by a much-needed vacation with the entire Murphy clan. As a result, my timeline for publication of A GUILTY MIND has been altered slightly (that's life!) but I'm …

Summer Reading Wish List

Ahhh...summer. Could not be happier about the arrival of warm weather, children home, and the opportunity for some much needed reading. In the last couple of months, I have not read much. Oh, I've read some online articles, the newspaper (some), and a few magazines in doctor/dentist/orthodontist offices but no actual books. No novels. No nonfiction. …

Are Paperbacks Necessary?

Most writers know that 2011 was a fantastic year for self-published writers, particularly in the world of e-books. Amazon sold millions of Kindles and aggressively marketed their programs for self-publishers. More importantly, readers bought the books! Even the large publishing houses seemed to recognize the importance of e-books and undiscovered writers (the Amanda Hocking story). …