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Why, Hale, Why?

I read the long Guardian article by Kathleen Hale and posted the short of my opinion to twitter. I thought the topic deserved a blog post, which I am sure there have been plenty of since the guardian article shed light on this blogger/author debacle. Mrs. Kathleen Hale you earned yourself a nifty twitter hashtag # HaleNo , a few rounds of twitter trending and a lot of press. I don't know whether this is good or bad for a first time author whose book No One Else Can Have You  came out from HarperTeen in January 7, 2014 but it is a argument we will continue to discuss because of the issues it brings up with social media, privacy, trolling, stalking and bullying. Some of you might or might not remember Kiera Cass's (author of The Selection series) run-in with her blogger. Cass and her agent got into it with a reviewer from Goodreads because they didn't like her review.  In Mrs. Hale's situation, I find myself asking: 1. Why would the Guardian print this? It is

Authors - Wondering who will accept you without an agent?

Who will accept your novel without an agent?  Here is my list with links for all you authors out there. Boy, I would have liked this list when I started researching.   NOTES: 1. This list is not a complete list of all the options.   2. I'd advise you to research ALL publishers on http://absolutewrite.com & other sites. Some publishers don't have favorable opinions/experiences recorded from some authors & bloggers on the web so bottom line - DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH.) Small & Midsize Press Publishers Chronicle Books  since 1967 (Ivy & Bean children's series) Kensington Publishing since 1974 Saddleback Edu. Publishing since 1982 (Won 2014 Moonbeam) Algonquin Books since 1983 (Published Water for Elephants) Blushing Books   since 1991 Quirk Books since 2002 (YA author Ransom Riggs) Skyhorse Publishing since 2006 Lyrical Press (bought by Kensington)  since 2007 Spencer Hill Press  since 2010 (YA/NA author Jennif

Internet Surfing

You click one link after another after another and so on and so forth and before you know it's four hours later and you have conceded that you probably won't accomplish much today. Well I had one of those days but it was very positive experience because I learned a lot. I was researching self-publishing. I came across the authors Brenna Aubrey and HM Ward who turned down traditional publishers to self-publish and of course their success stories intrigued and inspired me. More intriguing was the fact they broke down everything they went through. Their experiences and opinions on the subject prompted me to put together some more CONS about traditional publishing.   Signing with a Traditional Publisher CON list: Little to no control of rights for 35 years (print, e-book, audio, film, etc.) which means no control over re-print runs, movie/TV casting, scripts, budget, etc. Courtney Milan breaks down costs here. Little to no creative control/freedom (title, cover, edits, mar

Is Dystopian a Publishing Trend?

Does dystopian have staying power or is it a publishing trend that will soon come an end? First off, I think that vampires, demons/angels (supernatural), super-powered humans, werewolves, witches, aliens and zombies are trending themes in novels and on the screen. Some are "out" right now and some are "in" . On the heels of Twilight we had Vampire Diaries, True Blood and Dracula  that were adapted on TV & the big screen. Buffy the Vampire Slayer was quite big too in its hay day too. However Vampire Academy, a popular YA series, bombed in the theaters so did  Beautiful Creatures ...and a slue of other book adaptions.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Humans with super powers is a reaching trend made famous by comic book adaptions. Comic books have been around for