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Amazon Author Rank

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“Take Amazon Author Rank with a grain of salt,” says every publishing industry expert ever to every newbie author ever.  The last  time I heard  this was last week when I was lamenting being  unable to break the six-figure ceiling with my book that won’t be out for a month. “It’s only part of the […]

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Buy THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY

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Guess what I just found out! “Pre-release” book sales are counted toward the first week of sales. So if you were thinking of buying THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY (sorry, there’s no non-sales-y way of asking) now is the time. It’s out in just over a month. Healthy first-week sales can help push me into […]

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Book signing in Alexandria, Virginia

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There are few places on earth (besides my home town in New Jersey) that I love better than Alexandria, Virginia.  Cultured, lively and beautiful, Alexandria offers something for everyone.  That’s why I was so excited to be invited to sign copies of The Secret Side of Empty at one of its best bookstores, Hooray for […]

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Panel at the Los Angeles Public Library

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I’m excited to be participating on the Teen Author Reading Series panel at the Los Angeles Public Library. Details: Saturday, March 15th, 2014 Time: 3:00 p.m. Playa Vista Library 6400 Playa Vista Dr. Los Angeles, CA 90094 Other panelists include Elana K Arnold, author of Splendor, Scott Bly author of Smasher and Risa Green, author of Projection. If you’re […]

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ASJA Panel and other upcoming events

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I’m excited to announce that I’ve been  invited to participate in a panel at the American Society for Journalists and Author’s Annual Conference in New York City. Details: FROM ESSAY TO BOOK DEAL PANEL ASJA CONVENTION Saturday, April 26th from 3:30 -5:30 pm at The Roosevelt Hotel 45 East 45th Street with Susan Shapiro, authors […]

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The ends of things

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For most of the stories we trade, we know a beginning, a middle and an end.  Jackie Kennedy… remember her as a young widow?  And then marrying that Onassis guy?  And how she went at the end?  Or… Uncle Pete… isn’t it crazy how that wife of his left him when he got sick?  Stories […]

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This is what a football toboggan looks like

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Although I still don’t know the connection between football and tobogganing, I can verify that there is indeed a football toboggan smack dab in my way as I try to make it to work. The only thing that makes me feel better is the fact that  I get to use the word “toboggan” while I […]

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More PIX ALA Midwinter 2014

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Saturday was a day full of publish-y stuff.  Here are a couple more pictures.  And if you missed the last round of pictures, click here to check them out. First, there was my book signing.  They had to pull me “offstage” with a hook (my time was up, people kept coming, so I kept signing). […]

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Get off my non-lawn, Superbowl

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You know you’ve been in New York too long when things that other people would find fascinating and cool – like movie shoots and news trucks – just make you mutter under your breath and speed up.  I had just this type of moment this morning. It was smack dab in the middle of my […]

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[PHOTOS] Book signing in at ALA Midwinter 2014 in Philadelphia

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You know when you really, really want something and then you get it… and then it’s even better than you’d hoped?  That sums up my experience at my very first book signing.  People actually lined up… to get me to sign my book for them!  Asked me to make it out to themselves/their daughter/their class/their […]

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