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Introducing The Forge: Affordable Book Finishing

We interrupt our regular post schedule for this announcement.  Yeah, it’s irregular, but since I’m the boss, I get to do stuff like this :D

Logo MediumAs we are a community of writers, particularly a great many self published writers, we are in need of various services that traditional publishers usually provide.  To that end, I’m happy to introduce The Forge: Affordable Book Finishing.  The Forge is the brainchild of myself and former ROW80 sponsors Susan Bischoff and Lauralynn Elliott.  Between the three of us, we offer content editing, proofreading, and e-book formatting.  All of us are self-published authors with more than fifteen years of experience between us.  We know exactly what’s required to produce quality books and we’re familiar with the budgetary restrictions of most indie authors.  We’re priced accordingly, at a fraction of the cost you’d pay in the traditional sphere.  So if you or someone you know is looking for services, we hope you’ll remember The Forge.

New Thoughts For A New Year

Welcome to 2014!  We don’t actually begin Round 1 until the 6th (because I have this thing where I like to start things on Monday), but I wanted to wish all you ROWers, new and old, a very Happy New Year!

It’s going to be awesome.

Because I decree it, and in this little corner of the universe, what I say goes.

I’ll be working on my inaugural post of writing wisdom over the next few days, but I wanted to put a little bug in your ear to be thinking about as you formulate your goals for this round.

We live in what Brene Brown refers to as a “culture of scarcity”.  She talks about this in her book Daring Greatly, which I’m reading right now (great read and on sale!).  It’s this whole idea where our focus is always on the lack, from the moment we get out of bed in the morning.  “Oh, I didn’t get enough sleep.”  “I don’t have enough time.”  “I didn’t write enough words.”  This is a self perpetuating cycle of making us feel like we’re always behind and we suck.  And gee, this ties in with why I dislike NaNo and why I started this challenge in the first place.

I want you to CHANGE YOUR ATTITUDE.  Because we ARE WHAT WE TELL OURSELVES.

I want you to approach your writing from a position of GRATITUDE.

Be grateful for what words you get, grateful for those bursts of creativity, grateful for the community of writers we have here to support each other.  I know I am.

So focus on that when it comes to your goals and, most especially, with your check ins.

See you on Monday.

Fundrazr for Lauralynn Elliott Now With INCENTIVES

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Okay, so I’ve been woefully slow getting this out here.  Part of it has been personal scheduling, part of it was the close occurrence of other, more well publicized disasters.  Thankfully Susan Bischoff helped me out by creating the entry form.  THANK YOU SUSAN.

So, here’s how this is going to work.  A whole bunch of paperbacks and ebooks have been donated by various and sundry authors and have been assembled into prize packs.  Everyone who donates will be entered into a drawing to win one of the prize packs.  For simplicity’s sake, you have just as much chance of winning for donating $1 as you to for donating $100 (trying to figure out how to do it in some weighted fashion was one of the other things that held me up).   When you click through to the form, you will see that we ask for your paypal email address that you used to make the donation.  This is so we can confirm that you donated and also in order to notify you that you have won.  I know a great many of us write under pen names and therefore donated anonymously (since our Paypal accounts are under our real names).  This gets around that without breaking your privacy (certainly *I* won’t be sharing your real name or paypal address with anybody).  Only Lauralynn and myself will have access to those names (due to our access to the Fundrazr itself).

So, without further ado, the prize packs are as follows:

So hie thee to the Fundrazr to DONATE if you have not already.   And then go FILL OUT THE INCENTIVE FORM to select which price pack you’d like to be entered for.  We have raised a whopping $1766 so far.  I really want to see this top $2500, y’all!  SPREAD THE WORD!

#ROW80 Writers Mobilize! Time To Help One Of Our Own!

I’m interrupting our regularly scheduled inspirational post (Elizabeth Mitchell’s words of wisdom have been rescheduled for May the 20th) because I need something from you.  The last time I did this was because my book Red got nominated for the DABWAHA Award in 2012 and I mobilized you all into a fun, heady campaign that got me past the first Round against Kendare Blake.  That was awesome.  And it showed me the power of this platform.

Now I’ve got something much more serious to talk about.  A way more important reason to mobilize.

If you have spent ANY time hanging out at #ROW80 then you’ve heard of Lauralynn Elliott.  She has been a sponsor just about every single round.  She’s one of the biggest #ROW80 cheerleaders and is absolutely fabulous about commenting and checking in on people.  And y’all, she needs our help.

Last week her husband was put in the hospital.  He’s got a massive blood clot in his lungs and another in his leg.  This is a hella dangerous condition to be in.  Lauralynn lost her best friend to the same thing a couple years ago.  In this case, it was caught, and he’s on blood thinners, but it takes time for these things to resolve.   Up to two weeks, according to the doctors.  And then there’s the recovery time after.  So Mr. Lauralynn can’t work right now and neither can Lauralynn herself.  And no work means no income.  In these difficult financial times, we all know that’s a really tough spot to be in.

But we can help!

I have a number of schemes in mind, so this will be developing over the course of the week.  Keep your eyes peeled.  Here’s what you can do (pick one or all–your choice!)

  1. First and foremost, if you are interested and able, go buy one (or more) of Lauralynn’s books.  That’s direct support of her as an author and will additionally help with her rankings on various and sundry sales platforms, which will increase her visibility.  They are available across all major ebook platforms, and several are available in paperback.
  2. Tell your friends.  If you aren’t able to purchase (and even if you are), take the time to tell your friends about her books.  Post a tweet or a FB status update.  Use those social media platforms to get the word out.  If you’ve got a friend who likes ghost stories, tell them about See Me.  Know a reader who love vamps?  Well Guardian Vampire is just for them.  This costs you nothing but a little bit of time and could make a big difference in her visibility.
  3. If you are a published author and you have an ebook or paperback you can donate to the cause, email me at kaitnolanwriter (at) gmail (dot) com.  I’m working on putting together some prize packs for another scheme.  More details to come when I know what I’m working with.
  4. There is a Fundrazr campaign for direct donations.  People, there are over 6,000 of you on the #ROW80 mailing list.  If everybody donated just $1, ONE, we could help out tremendously with two months of living expenses.  This bad boy comes equipped with every social media button imaginable so GO make your donation, whatever you can afford, and tweet, Facebook, Pin, Google+, email, whatever everybody to GET THE WORD OUT.
  5. And above all, drop by Lauralynn’s blog and let her know that we’re thinking about her and she and her hubby are in our prayers and thoughts.  

Wednesday Check-In

We’re rolling on toward the end of July and the conclusion of our first month for Round 3.  What kind of progress are you making?  Let us know in your check-in post.  And be a sport and stop by some of your fellow ROWers’ posts and give them a bit of cheerleading.

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ROWND TWO TWITTER PARTY

We are back to start another exciting round of ROW80!  To kick us off, we are having another Twitter Party gathering.  Here is Barbara McDowell to take over the blog and share the details.

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Once again, it is party time!  On April 4, the #ROW80 hashtag is going to kick it up old-school and hold a 24-hour celebration for:

Party Details:

  • Theme: “Throwback Party”

Oh yes, we are going WAY back.  This party is a celebration of generations, music, and fashions.  We want you to come on Wednesday ready to kick it like you used to “back in the day.”  All outfits are welcome, my co-host Lena Corazon is stirring up some wicked cocktails to last all night, and I’m morphing into DJ Barbara to spin a playlist for all decades.

  • Date: April 4, 12:01 AM to 11:59 PM EST in the U.S.
    This will also be the first day of Round Two check-in so there should be a bevy of ROW80 peeps and friends wandering around the blogosphere.
  • Why: For the ROW80 celebration of Round One, a kick-off party for Round Two, and a get down groovy time for all supporters.  Don’t be shy.  Anyone can participate in this Twitter party whether it is just popping by to say hello or being the last one dancing at 11:59 pm.
  • Where: The party will be held at the #ROW80 hashtag.
    Include that in your Tweet and join in!  What is a Twitter party?  This is where we all stop in to the #ROW80 hashtag all day long and play and party together—sharing news, pictures, music, and merriment. It’s going to be a great time! Please promote it as much as you can between now and then.
  • Blog with Photos Competition:  From April 2 to April 8, we want you to keep the party going and post some “Throwback Party” ROW80 celebrations.  This can be separate posts or part of your check-ins this week.  Just make sure to include some pics that reflect the theme and let your party monster rage.  Whatever you want to do to work this into your post, go for it.  We trust you are a creative bunch.  Then, we’ll review them and decide on the best to spotlight in a post.

To enter the Blog with Photos Competition:

  • Create a blog post that reflects the “Throwback Party” theme.
  • Creativity is a plus as are great pictures.  We know there are some folks holding a treasure of pics showing them in their glory with bell-bottom, platform shoes, biker, poodle skirts, and tie-dyed ponchos.
  • Lena and I will look at the comments on our ROW80 blogs for recommendations of top picks as well as review them all for inclusion of top picks/faves in a mashup and for your vote.

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Thanks, Barbara!  Y’all, this should be TONS of fun and a GREAT way to spread the word about A Round of Word in 80 Days.  I encourage you all to JOIN THE PARTY!

ROWers ACTIVATE! It’s TIME FOR ROUND 2!!!!

GO GO GO! Voting is live at DABWAHA for Round 2 where I face off against VERONICA ROTH! Let’s give her a run for her money!

It’s happening from

MIDNIGHT until NOON CST

Be sure to go cast your vote from every IP address, computer, or phone you can find! Let’s show ‘em what our network is made of!

#TeamKait!