Wednesday, September 28, 2011

amazon's new tablet - the Kindle Fire

Amazon announced several new releases this morning, including its newestipad competition - the Kindle Fire. The Kindle Fire is priced at an incredible price of only $199; 2/5 the cost of an iPad and about $50 less than the Nook Color. The other three devices announced are revisions of the Kindle ereader to include the basic Kindle ereader, non-touch screen for $79 (this is the version that has the ads, has wi-fi but not 3G capability) and then your two touch screen versions for $99 (wi-fi but not 3G, has ads/special deals) and $149 (3g+wi-fi, ads/special deals version). This is really great news all around for those of you thinking of buying an ereader or a tablet. You now have several options which are in the more reasonable price range.

I will need to upgrade my phone and am leaning toward the new release from Android/Straighttalk (my carrier for phone service) but am going to check out a couple of other phones on the site before making my decision - I need to hopefully find something that will be capable with my Square so that I can start taking credit cards at events, especially since I have a couple of huge events coming up in November. I will keep you all posted on what I do end up going with and when I order my Kindle Fire - E ;)

Republishing short stories

So the other day while I was emailing Heather some information, I got the idea to republish all my previous stories as ebooks. I'm waiting to hear from Heather to see if she can do up some covers for four of my previously published stories so I can get them out there and have a poster, or several posters really, done up before the end of October using the coupon I have for Walmart for a free poster (I believe they measure 16 x 22). I am totally stoked about getting more stories out there.

Stay tuned for more info about The Tulip Kiss (romantic paranormal), Butterfly Halves (a children's fantasy story), The Proposal (an April Fool's Day humorous romance) and Bride-and-Seek (a past lives romance). Maybe I'll have covers for these four stories in October - E :)

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Finally Home cover

I have a cover for Finally Home - my YA paranormal mystery - let me know what you think - I think it's just right - the back cover will have the mirror with grandma's reflection and it's the perfect mirror - Thank you, Heather, for such a great job -

So without further ado - here is the cover:

What do you think? Leave a comment - E :)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

WOTM workshop after package

For those of you who didn't have a chance to register for the "self-publishing using createspace" workshop that Nancy Famolari and I copresented last Friday, the handout and transcript are now available here. There are several other packages from previous workshops available as well and you never know when something will be a right fit for your needs. See you all in the postings - E :)

Writers On The Move: We're Looking for New Members!

Writers On The Move: We're Looking for New Members!: Writers on the Move has under-gone a number of changes over the last several months and now we seem to have a very effective marketing grou...

One Day of Peace (Global Truce Day 2012)

I just watched a fascinating video by actor Jeremy Gilley that had been posted on my Plurk network about an idea for global peace day - one day of no fighting, no violence, living in harmony and I am totally in support of this - the day is September 21 - the goal is to have 2012 the Global Truce Day - so the whole world has a cease fire and experiences peace. What a novel idea - to have peace throughout the world, if even for one day.

I encourage all my readers to check it out and support One Day of Peace and who knows, maybe we can change the world one day at a time but in the long run, we will have made a difference.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Come visit me at WOTM

I've posted an article about self-publishing on the Writers on the Move blog. Stop by and leave a comment.

Don't forget this Friday is the free workshop that I'm copresenting with Nancy Famolari about self-publishing using createspace. If interested, please register by sending an email to eeldering at gmail dot com with the subject "Createspace Workshop" so that I can put you on the email to receive the instructions and handout. See you all in the postings - E :)

Sunday, September 11, 2011

9-11 Remembering

Since I went to bed at 5 PM yesterday and got up about 1:30 AM this morning, I've had a very somber feeling. I turned on the TV between 4 and 5 AM and nothing was really on any of the channels I have marked in my favorites listing. I turned off the TV. Read emails, plurked, and just kind of didn't do anything on the computer work-related or writing-related. Turned the TV back on about 7:10 and watched the movie - Flight 93 - about the plane that was thwarted from hitting its target, probably the White House or some other place of importance on this tragic day. Right after that was "102 minutes that Changed America". The images captured and put together for that documentary of what occurred between 8:46 AM and 10:28 AM, Tuesday, September 11, 2001, are so tragic, devastating and even more unbelievable now than they were ten years ago.

I was working at home at the time, so had no TV or radio on. I was very oblivious to what was going on outside our house in another part of the country. My mother called me about probably between 10:30 and noon to ask if I had seen what was happening. I got very little information and trned the TV on to see the horrific pictures being shown on almost every channel. Those images weren't as real to me as watching the show today because they were so far away (in my mind, it was surreal and couldn't be happening). The show today was up close and personal taken from personal videos/phones recording the images/and folks who were as close to it as they could get, and they truly were devastating.

We will never forget where we were and what we were doing when the news came about the plane hijackings and the three buildings hit - WTC1 and 2 and the Pentagon, nor will we ever forget those brave folks who stood up to the hijackers of Flight 93.

What were you doing when you heard the news about the planes flying into the towers?

Friday, September 02, 2011

Writers on the Move free workshop

On Friday, September 16, Nancy and I will be copresenting a workshop on self-publishing through createspace - looking at the different ways to go about using this free service. But is it really free? For info on registering for the workshop, check out the Writers on the Move blog.

Hope to see you all in the workshop. We will be using everywherechat again for the workshop. Registration confirmation email will include instructions on how to access the workshop. E :)

Great Sisters in Crime meeting with a new connection

Tonight we had a 70-year-old judge come speak to us. The man has stories upon stories upon stories and we probably could have sat there all night listening to him.

One of our member's daughter was there as a guest, who actually is the judge's neighbor and whose husband is an attorney who has spoken to our group before. I've not met her or don't remember meeting her at the meeting her husband was the guest speaker. She is a math teacher at one of the high schools in our area (I don't have the details in my mind clearly). While we were going around introducing ourselves and what we write or read (not all our members are writers but that's okay - we need the readers too), I made the announcement that Finally Home would probably be published in the next month or so (at least by the end part of October so I will be prepared for the three events in November with a new story) and she was like, "I'd like to talk to you after the meeting." Apparently some students under the guidance of the English teacher at her school have started a paranormal club and they are looking for some guidance about paranormal stories, et cetera. The story is that the high school is haunted and so they are going to do some after school activities as well as plan to sleep in the school one night with the lights all off so they can explore whether the school is haunted or not. I'd love to be a part of that since I believe in haunted places and Finally Home is sort of a haunted house story. I gave her my contact information and she is going to pass it on to the English teacher, so who knows, I may be speaking to high schoolers at one of their after school activities - Like I said before - you never know when the right connection is going to come along. Thank you, Barbara, for having your daughter come to the meeting tonight

I'm anxiously awaiting the cover choices from Heather for Finally Home. If nothing else happens this long weekend, I will more than likely be buckling down and revising/editing the ms so to get it fixed up and back to editor for a once over to get to Heather but only after I have a confirmed cover for the book. So come on, Heather, hurry up and show me a cover. Yeah, I know she is busy with school and all but I've been waiting now for several weeks and with this being a long weekend, I'm pretty confident she should have time to finish it up and get to me. See you all in the postings - E :)