Friday’s Fun Find: Live Long and Prosper

The Beneficent Mr. Hall met me for lunch and said, “Leonard Nimoy died.”

Not Mr. Spock! I loved Spock.

Okay, I loved Captain Kirk more, but Mr. Spock was next. I was a HUGE Trekkie, though I didn’t talk about that in public. I mean, I had a cool reputation and Star Trek, when it first came out, was not cool. It was dorky.

Still, I watched it religiously. Captain Kirk made my geeky little heart go pitter-pat, despite his over-the-top dramatics. Bones made me laugh and Spock made me think. Logically, of course.

And so this Friday, I salute Leonard Nimoy. I found this terrific send-up of Spock, in an Audi commercial, of all things. Mr. Nimoy seems to be enjoying himself and his iconic character, and that makes me smile.

Off you go, old friend, to your final frontier.

Book Review: Authorpreneur By Nina Amir

FuseEbookCover-Authorpreneur-2About the Book:

There was a time when I thought the hardest part about the writing business was…well, writing. Now I know that the writing is just the beginning of my business, and thanks to author, Nina Amir, I’ve got a few more ideas to add more bang to my writing bucks.

Her latest book, Authorpreneur: How To Build a Business Around a Book, explains how to take what you already do well—writing—and turn that skill into profits. And though many of the income-generating ideas seem better suited for the non-fiction writer, I think the savvy novelist will find plenty to grow a business, too.

What I love about this packed e-book is Amir’s attention to the details. She doesn’t just tell you about webinars or teleseminars, for example; she takes you through the steps from start to finish. She provides links to helpful sites, makes recommendations of what’s best to use, and she gives reasons for why you should consider each of the ideas she presents.

And that’s important.

Not every author is going to be comfortable with every idea. But every author can see, from the details provided, exactly what is entailed in each business venture and decide from the outset if that’s a venture worth pursuing, a venture that fits in with his or her business plan.

And you do have a business plan, right? Because whether you have a year before the books comes out, or whether you’re still trying to finish that last chapter of your work-in-progress, it’s time you started thinking about how else you’re going to make money from the book.

That’s what Nina Amir’s Authorpreneur: How to Build a Business Around a Book can do for you. From “Four Initial Steps for Building a Business Around Your Book” to “Use Your Book to Start a Speaking Career” all the way to “Start Selling Products and Services,” Amir builds, step by step, a plan you can personalize to fit your personality—and your book!

DSC_4744 good 2 SMALLERAbout Nina Amir:

Nina Amir, author of How to Blog a Book, The Author Training Manual, and 10 Days and 10 Ways to Return to Your Best Self, transforms writers into inspired, successful authors, authorpreneurs and blogpreneurs as an Inspiration to Creation Coach.

Keep up with her (and learn more!):





You can find her e-book at Amazon and Smashwords.

Friday’s Fun Find: WILD THINGS!

wild-things-cover-214x300Sometimes, an act of mischief happens along and you end up sending out a blog post accidentally.


But other times, an act of mischief has to do with children’s literature and Wild Things, the book (and website) that reveals “secret lives, scandalous turns, and some very funny surprises” about the books you grew up with and loved to bits.

Betsy Bird, Julie Danielson, and Peter D. Sieruta gathered all these scathingly brilliant anecdotes (and included a few leftovers for us on the website!) so we can all enjoy a little kidlit mischief.

(Um…without sending blog goofs out into the world–)

An SCBWI Two Things Tuesday

scbwi-logoI love Two Things Tuesday–they always remind me of the Doublemint commercials: A double pleasure’s waiting for you!

So Thing One, the SCBWI Southern Breeze conference, coming March 13th-15th in Decatur, Georgia. It’s our Springmingle event and we always have a great time, with a great slate of kidlit professionals. Take a look at the brochure to see the wonderful folks who’ll be presenting and speaking this year. (There’s still time to register!) And new this year is a portfolio reception, book launch and book signing on Friday evening.

We’ve always had all of these events, actually, but we’re doing things a little differently this time around. We’ve invited industry professionals, like librarians and book sellers, reading teachers and literacy advocates to attend the Friday evening activities. It’ll be a fun opportunity to get to know our Southern Breeze authors, both the new ones who’re launching books, and the…er, ones who’ve been around for a while. If you’re attending Springmingle, you’re invited, too. And if you’re one of those kidlit professionals in my neighborhood, and want an invite, please let me know!

But if you’re not in my neighborhood, then I hope you’ll take a look at Thing Two, our Southern Breeze blog. And not just because yours truly happens to be plastered up there, with a post about schmoozes and how you can orchestrate a great workshop event like that in your region. There’s other interesting stuff on the blog, too.

But yeah. Mostly because of the schmooze thing. (And now I’m sending the Beneficent Mr. Hall out for gum. Dang if I’m not craving Doublemint now!)

A What Not To Do Wednesday on Email Addresses


A What Not To Do that doesn’t star the writing foibles and/or missteps of yours truly. But still, I feel qualified to expound on this topic of email addresses as I’ve very recently found myself sending and/or receiving a ton of emails.

I’m the PAL Coordinator for the Southern Breeze region of SCBWI, which sounds very la-ti-da, but really, it just means that I handle a couple of fun events or projects that benefit our published and listed members. And so I’m always emailing people, and they’re always emailing me back. It’s a hot mess of emails to keep up with, let me tell you. And amidst the most recent flurry of emails, I thought about editors and publishers and other industry professionals.

Specifically, I thought about how important it is to have a professional email address.

Your email address is the first impression you make. When you’re sending out queries or manuscripts or other professional communiques in the business world, that dot com address succinctly says everything about you. So let’s think a little about what an email address says:

Take, for example, It’s simple, direct, professional. And when someone is looking for your email in order to respond, they find your name. Quickly. You don’t have to have your own domain, either. If your name’s in an email address, it’s golden.

Now let’s consider the cutesy writer names. Like If a person has worked really hard to brand themselves as The Right Writer–and there’s immense name recognition–then that kind of address would work. But if you are just starting out, clever is not always as clever as one thinks. Be careful using a “brand” name.

Next, let’s take a look at what I call “email addresses that make no sense.” That’s when some iteration of a person’s name pops up in an inbox. Maybe the initials of everyone in the family, the year they bought the house, and the word LOVE…so something like The receiver of that kind of email rarely has a way to make a connection, and thus likely ends up annoyed. (Or maybe that’s just me. But I don’t think so. I’m pretty sure everyone’s annoyed.)

Finally, there are the inappropriate email addresses. The ones that should only be used for family and close, close friends. Because honestly, if I don’t know you, and pops up in my inbox, I am not amused. In fact, I’m a little scared. (Okay, I’m very scared. Go away.)

So, grasshopper, before you send out another email, take a moment and consider your address. Sure, you want folks to know your name. But make sure it’s in a good way.