Why I Can’T Do RhyPiBoMo (But That Doesn’t Mean YOU Can’t)

rhypibomo-2015-calender2-e1426397801516Last summer, I had the most delightful time in North Georgia, spending a week with a most delightful bunch of picture book writers. I wrote all about it here and when all was said and done, I decided that I had to be done with picture books and get back to my heart. Because I had the beginning of a middle grade story on my heart that was begging to be written.

So this year, I’ve been writing, writing, writing that middle grade story. And I am this close to being done with it. But that, my friends, is just the first draft I’ll be finishing. I’ll need to go back and weave in some good stuff, take out some of the stinky stuff. And that revision has been penciled in for…yep, April.

It just so happens that RhyPiBoMo (that’s Rhyming Picture Book Month, in case you wondered) begins in April (and you can register now!). And I’m just not talented enough to revise a 35,000 word middle grade manuscript and follow along with Angie Karcher’s great posts and read all those great picture books, too. And okay, I know I’m prone to hyperbole, but not this time.

Oh, no, people, not this time. Angie (did I tell you I met her? Up in North Georgia at that weeklong writing workshop?) works so hard to bring such a lot of great writing information your way. I mean, she is committed. And I guarantee that you will be a better picture book writer if you commit to RhyPiBoMo. You can’t be half-a…er…baked about it. You have to be all in.

Kind of like I’m all in on my middle grade story. So best of luck to all of us, wherever our heart is leading us (but dang, I’ll miss all those fun picture book writers)!

Fiverr to the Rescue!

file00047523583I came across Fiverr quite a while back–and I’d planned to avail myself of its services.

I mean, I signed up for it, spent hours noodling around over there, considering various and sundry services. But then I got busy with a couple projects and it fell off my radar.

Until this weekend when I realized I had a post scheduled for the Muffin. A post I hadn’t exactly got ’round to writing. So it was Fiverr to the rescue!

And now that I think about it, maybe The Five Buck Deal at Fiverr will come to your rescue in some way, shape, or writing form. Of course, it would help if you had some idea what I was talking about…

So, yeah. Maybe zip over to the Muffin and give it a read? And then let me know if you’ve had any experience with Fiverr. I’d love to hear about it!

Friday’s Fun Finds, Kidlit Style

I do so love my regional SCBWI conferences, and honestly, I could list a dozen reasons why. But for today, I’ll stick to the two that Cathy-on-a-Stick helped me find this past weekend in Decatur, Georgia, when Springmingle hit the town.

2015-03-14 13.49.04You know how you read a book because you meet an author somewhere online and you love the book and then you find out the author is coming to your little hometown conference so you finally get to meet her?

I love when that happens! So you can imagine how thrilled I was when Kami Kinard showed up and we finally had a chance to meet in person and, you know, chill a little. Her books are fun and funny and engaging and smart. Pretty much like Kami.

2015-03-13 18.54.16And then there’s the author who is your keynote speaker and you see the title, Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, and you think I have to read that book and after you do, you think everyone should read that book. So I was thrilled to meet Meg Medina, too!

Well. You can see why Cathy-on-a-Stick was pretty much beside herself, havin’ fun, kidlit style.

A How To Guide For Selling Your Book-FREE!

small fires bookOh my word, my brain is still conference-buzzing but I have a wonderful opportunity for you so I can’t wait for my head (and other body parts–don’t ask) to get back to normal.

Writer friend, T. K. Read, is offering her book, 100 SMALL FIRES TO MAKE YOUR BOOK SALES BLAZE, absolutely FREE, now through Wednesday! And here’s just a small part of the blurb:

A How to Guide and Marketing Plan for selling your book, Kindle book or eBook…includes sample budgets and time-lines with strategies to make your blog tours sizzle, your rankings rise and your book sales soar. This book differs from other “How To” marketing tomes in its action oriented content. Not only do we give you an overview of the latest marketing trends including Content Marketing, Antic Advertising and Gamification, we also provide 100 Small Fires – concrete and creative ideas you can use to market your book AND three marketing plans, covering all sized budgets with timelines for taking specific actions.

Now, I don’t want you thinking that these are tips that only kidlit writers can use. They’re gems for any writer–any age group, any genre–and they’re invaluable whether your book is coming out in a couple months or a couple years (or even if your book is filed away in your brain, still waiting to be written).

AND, T.K. is getting ready to update the book. So she’d love to hear from you if you have any marketing ideas to share.

So go get your free ebook and burn it up out there!

Wait! Hold on! Figuratively speaking, I mean!

Ugh. My head hurts. More about the conference later, grasshopper.

Email Signature: What Would You Do?

flatpages appsumoSo I found this brilliant offer over at AppSumo–wait.

Did I tell y’all about AppSumo? I feel like I meant to and then forgot. Anyway, here’s a quick bit from their About page: AppSumo is a medley burrito of the greatest, geekiest products for entrepreneurs. We work tirelessly to find the most innovative, creative, and practical stuff out there and aim to bring them to you, directly and affordably.

So, yeah, it’s pretty awesomesauce. You never know what kind of deal you’re going to find–a deal which may or may not be terrific for a writer–and the deals are usually offered for a limited-time only. So you should probably just sign up so you don’t miss out.

Anyway, back to the deal I found (thanks to writer friend Stacy Jensen pointing me in their direction) re: WiseStamp where you can get a fancy-schmancy or even just a basic email signature.

I’ve used the free email signature with WiseStamp but now I’ve got ALL KINDS OF OPTIONS! Which is causing me distress as I can’t decide what I like and/or don’t like re: email signatures. Part of me likes splatting everything amazing about Cathy C. Hall out there for the world to see. But the other part of me wonders if people even read past the name on an email sig. I mean, I don’t want to annoy those who receive my emails but I also want to get the best bang for my such-a-deal! bucks.

I have to use the Wisestamp offer before the end of the month or I’ll lose it. So I thought I’d ask you, dear readers, for your input re: email signatures. Sort of a Survey Says roundup…What do you like? What do you hate? What’s absolutely necessary? What’s too much? Picture? No picture? I’d appreciate any and all feedback as I seem to be stuck in a morass of indecision. (Which is the polite way of explaining Cathy-on-a-Stick in a cow patty.)

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