Sunday, March 01, 2015
Friday, February 27, 2015
I came so close to pushing the button to sign up. Then a few things came to mind. Number one being where will I get the money? In June, I'm taking the family on a beach vacation and then in July I'm going to the National conference in New York.
Sure I have a credit card, but I've been working hard to pay it off, and this would get me back to ground zero (the opposite side actually). So I started thinking about the pros and cons about going to the conference and came up with a list. The first question is worth two points, all else is one point.
Do you have the money?
Vacation time available at day job or/and babysitter for that time?
Is there an agent you want an appointment with or network with?
Is there an editor you want an appointment with or network with?
Are you presenting a workshop?
Are you on an author panel?
Are you giving a speech?
Do you have a new or current paperback book for the signing?
Do you have a way to sell e-books at the signing?
Is one of your books a finalist in their contest?
Are you up for an award? (Industry, member, etc.)
If you answered 7 or more no, then you should save your money. If you answered yes to 7 or more, then go for it!
Of course, if you have the money and you want to go no matter the number of questions answered with a NO, I say go and have fun! Be sure to put pictures on Facebook, so I can live vicariously through you.
What would you add to the list?
Jack Drago wants to be left alone in his drunken misery. When he receives an unusual offer from Katerina, he accepts. What red-blooded heterosexual male with a death wish can turn down a chance to have a mob boss’s daughter in his bed?
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Monday, February 23, 2015
I love the way it wants to sit me down, make me a cup of tea, and do all my tasks for me. Technology has made life for the modern human comfortable, easy, and amazing.
Take for example one of my favorite internet sites: If This Then That or IFTTT.
Literally, this site allows you to automate almost every online thing in your life. If you connect your phone, you can automatically mute it when you get home. If you connect your Facebook account and your Dropbox, anytime someone posts a picture of you on Facebook, it will save a copy in your Dropbox. Connect your Google gmail and when you star an item it will setup a reminder for it. If you have Phillips Hue lights connected, IFTTT can flash your house lights whenever your favorite NFL team scores a touchdown. The possibilities are endless.
Some of the services you can connect are bit.ly, Box, Buzzfeed, Craigslist, Digg, ESPN, Dropbox, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Blogger, Entertainment Weekly, Evernote, Fitbit, Foursquare, Github, Instagram, Last.fm, LinkedIn, MixRadio, Nike+, OneNote, Pinterest, Pocket, reddit, Square, Storify, Vimeo, Wordpress, YouTube, and sooooo many more.
And here's a recipe of my very own that every reader and tweeter of this blog should try:
It automatically posts to Twitter each time a new Romance Magician's post goes live. Like this one you're reading.
If you'd like to try it out for yourself, sign up at IFTTT.com and connect your Twitter account, then click the Add button below.
It really is easy to automate your life. ;)
AIDEE LADNIER is a writer who loves quirky characters. You can visit her website at http://www.aideeladnier.com or meet her at some of her favorite social media sites:
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Aidee Ladnier began writing fiction at 12 years old but took a hiatus to be a magician’s assistant, ride in hot air balloons, produce independent movies, collect interesting shoes, and amass a secret file with the CIA. A lover of genre fiction, it has been a lifelong dream of Aidee's to write both romance and erotica with a little science-fiction, fantasy, mystery, or the paranormal thrown in to add a zing.
Friday, February 20, 2015
The first event is tonight. The Homewood Public Library in the Birmingham area is hosting Love in the Library. USA Today Bestselling author Kerrelyn Sparks will kick off the evening with a talk about her Love at Stake series, her historical romances, and what she’s planning next. She’ll also introduce you to some of the many local authors writing contemporary, romantic suspense, paranormal, and historical romances. A light reception and book signing will follow. This event is free and open to the public. There will be numerous Southern Magic authors in attendance. This event is going to be a real treat.
And we can't forget Southern Magic's Readers Luncheon (or #MagicLunch as we like to call it on social media). Magic Lunch will be served by keynote speaker Darynda Jones and welcome speaker Lexi George in Birmingham, Alabama on November 7, 2015.
|Join local authors for lunch, followed by welcome speaker Lexi George and keynote speaker Darynda Jones. Attendees receive goodie bags with books and are eligible for door prize baskets. Enjoy a day with people who share your love of reading! Click here to register. The link will take you to a registration page at rwa.org. This event also has caught the attention of Publishers Weekly: http://blogs.publishersweekly.com/blogs/beyondherbook/?p=9277 and http://blogs.publishersweekly.com/blogs/beyondherbook/?p=7085|
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious Golden Heart®, a Rebecca, two Holt Medallions, a RITA®, and a Daphne du Maurier. As a born storyteller, Darynda grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike, and she is ever so grateful for the opportunity to carry on that tradition. She currently has two series with St. Martin's Press: The Charley Davidson Series and the Darklight Trilogy. www.daryndajones.com
Our welcome speaker is RITA finalist Lexi George. Lexi writes paranormal romance set in Hannah, Alabama, a town rife with romance, sexy hunks, zany characters, and supernatural weirdness. Publisher's Weekly says, "George serves up memorable Southern one-liners, while upping the stakes in this satisfyingly funny series installment." Southern Magic is proud of call her one of our own. You can find her at www.LexiGeorge.com.