It’s been quite a week–last week, not this one. Major accomplishments include getting the weed wacker wunning…I mean RUNNING, buying a new laptop, and logging about 15 hours on the desk treadmill. More time than that was spent writing, of course, but I’ve got more energy and feeling good about the exercise.
No, the laptop didn’t catch a virus. I just needed a new one with expanded capabilities. In fact, the last time I got a new computer I invested in Webroot software because it came with the Geek Squad service and the subscription is still good for 3+ more years. What kind of protection do you run on your computers? Before I had Norton but when I tried to update, the “old” version protected the computer from the “new” version (very odd). I’ve been very happy with the Webroot and one time had to call customer support and they had a REAL LIVE PERSON to talk to. Imagine that?! Yep, they just approved me as an affiliate too, so sharing one of the latest deals (above).
This past weekend was my Nonfiction Book Proposal Webinar, but that will be the last for a while. I’ve postponed “Niche Writing” Webinars originally scheduled for August until later in the year, so I can continue to concentrate on the fiction. Time continues to be my biggest challenge, what about you? Next month I get to travel a bit, first to Thrillerfest in New York and then to a writers retreat in Colorado, and so try to get the must-do-list done ahead of time!
Many of y’all know that I have several of my own books now available on Audible.com through the ACX.com publishing program. It’s AWESOME! That’s one reason the new laptop is needed–it houses my audio recording software. The next ComPETability-Dogs book was delayed in production but you can get any book FREE in a membership trial…maybe even one of mine (hint-hint *s*). I just finished reading the 3rd book in Simon Toyne’s thriller trilogy. The first book SANCTUS was terrific, the next THE KEY was just so-so but the last one THE TOWER resolved the story in a magnificent way. Highly recommended.
Monday Mentions is the mash-up-day of all the neato-torpedo writer links and videos, pet schtuff and bling and writer-icity crappiocca collected over the past week. Check out the SQUEEE! cute pet-astic video at the bottom, too. Betcha all you dog owners can relate to that MAGIC WORD. For new followers to the blog, welcome! and you can expect more cat and dog specific schtuff later in the week on Wednesday and Friday.
RIP Bestselling Thriller Author Vince Flynn He self-pub’d his first thriller after receiving 60 rejections…and it became a huge seller. Gone too soon…
Thrilling Openings for Thriller Writers words from master editor Jodie Renner
Stats & Info on Publishing Changes a long but very interesting post from The Business Rusch, basically traditionally pub’d authors in for some continued stress…better news for indies. What do YOU think?
Free & Quick Proofreading by Grammarly! I was contacted by GRAMMARLY recently and gifted with a 2-week trial premium account so I’ll let you know how I like it in a future blog. Since I have a tendency to make up words (hey, I’m a writer, I can DO THAT!) it may blow up on me, LOL! Meanwhile you can check it out at the links provided.
Psycho-Path to Success? something for writers to consider (I mean, in terms of characters!)
Hugh Howie–What Self-Pub’d Authors Need now THIS is an insightful idea (who will run with it???)
Google Identifier you want to read this, from Gene Lempp (thanks Gene!)
GoodReads How-To lots of great info in this slideshare presentation
Bookstore Firm Follett Launches $50 Million Fund The Knowledge Fund will enable us to identify and invest in early-stage technologies that will make educational materials more accessible and affordable to students and educators alike
Story Turning Points this is a great post from Jenny Hansen
6 Steps to Self Publish a nice breakdown with some $$ figures (no, self pub’ing the RIGHT way ain’t free!)
Giant Rats Save Lives! In Tanzania, giant pouched rats clicker trained to sniff out land mines…and diagnose tuberculosis! Awesome story (and video)
the POWER of TWO a new weight loss program with your dog–from Jenny Craig and Purina. Looks like PAW-some fun!
500 Goldens Lifetime Study from Morris Animal Foundation. 2500 more needed — If you have a qualifying Golden Retrievers, the two of you can join this groundbreaking effort to improve the health of dogs. Veterinarians can also register through the website.
If I Should Die Before My Dog... this is a great resource for all dog owners, a self published book I recently got to review.
Clicker Training DVD a terrific overview by the awesome trainer Dr. Deborah Jones (maybe you can use it to train your own RATS, too!)
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