Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Leap Books!

LEAPing Into the Future

"Having a small publishing house means you get to be picky about the books and authors you represent," saysShannon Delany (YA author and now publisher and owner of LEAP BOOKS, LLC). "You don't feel the pressure of filling a certain number of slots each year--you can truly make quality come before quantity."

Thanks to longtime Leap author, Judith Graves, an enthusiastic trio of experienced YA authors has joined forces to lead LEAP Books LLC into the future. Graves had recently begun developing the SHINE e-novella line, and seeing Delany comment on Facebook about possibly starting a small publishing house of her own, Graves suggested Delany join her. But things grew from there.

"We're leaping ahead with the growth of the SHINE e-novella line, but we're gladly maintaining the foundation Edwards gave us. We have a great backlist of books written by eager authors--they just need some more attention in the market. I'm proud of LEAP's history. If I wasn't and I didn't see huge potential in this company, I wouldn't be here. The authors in our backlist are talented--we have award-winners, NYT Bestsellers... What more can you ask for?"

Learn more about LEAP, our books, our talented authors, our vision!

To kick off the official announcement of the big changes LEAP is undergoing, the LEAP Leadership Team has started a Rafflecopter contest for one lucky winner to win three Leap e-books of their choice.

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Jennifer Murgia, Marketing Director
Leap Books, LLC

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A Post from Grammarly

How Linking Websites and Social Media Accounts can Boost Your Writing Career
The Boom of Social Media
            Social media has become the number one way to get up-to-date news stories, announcements, and keep up with your friends. But how can you make the recent explosion in social media work for your writing career? A lot of writers see Twitter and Facebook as an annoyance or a waste of time. However, writers should jump at the opportunity to connect their website with a Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, or Flickr account because these can lead to exposure, updates, and vital connections.
Use it to Your Advantage
            Social media may make you cringe, but it can help people connect with you and help your writing career. You want to show different facets of yourself as a writer and a website alone isn’t quite the way the writing world is going nowadays. People want updates on your new book, your talk, or maybe your next television appearance. Social media has made careers. You don’t have to become a social media junkie; just make sure that if you do have any of those accounts, they’re linked to your website to allow for better exposure.
            Since social media also doesn’t quite encourage proofreading, as a writer you should make it your job to make sure your accounts are error-free. How embarrassing would it be if the right agent comes along and sees you’ve misspelled a post or the name of a great writer because of auto-correct on your phone? A site like Grammarly is available on any tablet, phone, or computer for online proofreading. It’s quick, so running a post or tweet through it takes no time at all and saves you from the horrors of lack of spell check.
Use social media to your professional advantage. Many top ranked businesses have entire departments completely devoted to social media. Even if you hardly ever visit your social media outlets, it’s never a bad idea to give employers, agents, or publishers more opportunities to contact you. Make it easy for them to find you and want to meet with you. Having a clean website coupled with professional, error-free social media accounts will not only boost the traffic of your website, but allow those you want to connect with to contact you.

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Bio:

Nikolas discovered his love for the written word in Elementary School, where he started spending his afternoons sprawled across the living room floor devouring one Marc Brown children’s novel after the other and writing short stories about daring pirate adventures. After acquiring some experience in various marketing, business development, and hiring roles at internet startups in a few different countries, he decided to re-unite his professional life with his childhood passions by joining Grammarly’s marketing team in San Francisco. He has the pleasure of being tasked with talking to writers, bloggers, teachers, and others about how they use Grammarly’s online proofreading application to improve their writing.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The writing Bug

I had this dream.  Many of my dreams turn into stories that I have to write down.  I read this amazing study about how cursive writing leads to a more creative writing process so I decided to hand write this whole story.  It had been amazing!  I don't get stuck as often, I don't have to wait for a puter to boot up and my hand hurts.  BUT the excitement of creating something new is ever in my mind and I seem to always want to write.  Maybe the cursive experiment really works and my brain's working better.  OR maybe the story is really cool and I've hit on something grand.  OR it's the feeling of smooth crisp paper.  I'm charged up and willing to get finger cramps so I can continue to touch my hands to real paper.  I think I'm old fashioned, but next I want to try quill and ink.  Why not?  The very atmosphere lends itself to steampunk tales of pirates and distopian myths about the end of the human race.
I also have been watching piles and piles of Dr. Who.
It could be that.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Best Review Ever!

My day was made today when I checked out Subterranean Blue Poetry where Rebecca Banks reviewed my first poetry chapbook.  Here's a taste of what she said:

"As if breathing in the violence of the New World, dark themes weave through the 15 poems, with titles of Take Heed, Lonely Automaton, Astigmatism, Ballad of the Sea Lion Woman, Ticki ticki tembo no sarembo …, Recycled with Love, Lineascope, The Grimm Fable, Clockwork, Gatsby and more. Images of death, the vagaries of love, a tortured mystic woman, a time machine, the laboratory, ocean voyages, the earth, the huntsman and the princess, and time all fall into new realms of now, and sometimes dark humor. 
"Borrowing from old world forms, the poetry is narrative poetic prose and reads not unlike dark fairytales with inconclusive, surprise or dark endings. The work is well written, it flows in occasional rhyme and with rhythm, exciting new word synergies that play against the quiet of the night. Pagan images of the past recreate themselves within the New Age influences of steampunk and the legacies of Generation X and Y, those born after the ‘60’s children with all the issues of New World angst.
"Also, there is a certain Zen aesthetic, almost Asian mystique within the horror and bonespeak". 
OK This is amazing.  Rebecca read into my words and found messages that I didn't know I'd put in there.  It's like she can read my personality without having met me.  I've always wanted someone to understand me like that.  I gave my mom countless poems growing up that I wished she could "read between the lines" but, and no offense Mom, but you didn't quite get it.  And now, after all these years.  Some one actually sees the real me. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
P.S. check out her work here.http://www.subterraneanbluepoetry.com/SubterraneanBluePoetry.About.htm

Monday, April 21, 2014

The Book of Blue by Rebecca Banks

The Book of Blue by Rebecca Banks 
 The Book of Blue is a modern-day love story in poetry, written in a time of great darkness and great light, a story of the heart, the song of love.  The book was inspired by the Muse and the "blue dove" painting by Pablo Picasso, as if the refrain was channeled through the artist and poet.  "Blue you are the dove." weaves through the entire work, encapsulating each verse as if the poem is a chant, a prayer, a love song to Blue.

About the Author

Rebecca Anne Banks (poet, singer, songwriter, musician, writer, artist, philosopher, counselor) is at home in Montreal. She is the CEO/artist at Tea at Tympani Lane Records (www.tympanilanerecords.com) and the poetry editor at Subterranean Blue Poetry (www.subterraneanbluepoetry.com).

My Opinion:
The Book of Blue carries itself like a lullaby I could read  out loud to myself on my porch in the evening breeze.  The structure is simple and skeletal reflective of the reference sketch by Picasso.  The ever-present mood is one of hope and wanting.  At times it appears repetitive and serious in the context that the poet's focus is strong and eager. I would have liked to get more inside the author's head and get a better view the surroundings.  I give it 3 1/2 stars.