Interview!

February 17, 2013
Look - I have an interview on Megan Cashman's blog!
 

Indie- vs Self- Publishing

January 26, 2013
It's come to my attention that there's a debate raging between authors who call themselves "indie" and those who call themselves "self-published." I use the word raging loosely, because it's not exactly rocking the casbah. But apparently, it is a Thing.

The crux of the argument goes like this:

  • Self-publishing has a bad rep. People don't want to be associated with it, because it brings to mind vanity presses and books full of typos.
  • Indie publishing sounds cool and cutting edge, and makes people ...

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Anthology for Sale!

December 9, 2012
So my new anthology, Doom Days is officially for sale on Amazon! If you liked Illegal Magic, check out this compilation of post-apocalyptic fiction!

I contributed a story to the anthology, along with four of my friends. It was a really fun - and challenging - project. We learned a lot about how to function together as a creative team, and we had a great time co-creating a world and filling it with characters.

Our plan is to write more anthologies together, set in the same world. Read the first...
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Writing is hard!

December 4, 2012
I really thought I'd have another book for sale by now. But for some reason getting that first draft written is a slow, painful process. I watch my friends do NaNoWriMo and I am so jealous I could spit.

But then I think Wait a second! I could do that, too, if I wanted to!

And then I'm just mad at myself.

So lately I have been thinking about what makes it so hard for me to write. And I have come to the realization that I spend a lot of time looking for perfection.

And then I found this.

I really li...
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Exciting Exciting Exciting!!!

November 26, 2012
So...

I can't say too much about it, yet, but within the next couple of weeks, there will be another book by me for sale!!!

<we pause for cheers and the popping of champagne corks>

This is a little different from my last book. For starters, it's not a solo project. It's a collaborative anthology, including a story from me as well as stories from 4 of my good friends. All 5 stories are set in the same post-apocalyptic world, and we share some of the same characters. It's got romance and adventure...
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A silly picture of me

May 24, 2011
I like the juxtaposition of fancy party dress and clown nose.

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Judging a Book by its Cover

May 20, 2011
Illegal Magic has been selling pretty steadily on Amazon (I know! I'm shocked too!) But the more I read/think about the whole Indie Publishing thing, the more I realize that I really need a better e-cover for my e-book. The cover I made myself wasn't terrible. But it wasn't...good.

So, I hired my friend, Sara, to create a better cover. Sara is amazing - a graphic artist, writer, belly dancer. She's basically a super-cool Renaissance woman. When we talked about the cover, she asked me what I w...
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Mix Tapes

May 11, 2011
First off, I know they're CDs now, not tapes, but Mix CD just doesn't have the same ring.

Second, I made a bunch of mixes today. Some were for a road trip to Richmond this weekend. The others were for the roommate.

VERY different mixes.

The road trip CDs were upbeat car music, heavy on sing-along 80s music and featuring only one or two songs by any given artists.

In contrast, the CDs for the roomie are basically gifts of music. Each CD (3 in all) contains songs by 3-4 different artists, grouped...
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Dog Musings

May 9, 2011
My roommate got a dog. Her name is Gypsy, and she is a super-sweet, 7 year old Golden Retriever. I know she belongs to my roommate ... and I know my roommate is moving to her new house in less than a month...and I know I'm leaving for summer camp in June...

But I LOVE this dog. We hang out all day. She mostly just lies around, while I work. She is sweet and loving and if I get up and move around, she follows me.

When I was a kid, I always had a dog - well, my parents always had a dog - and as ...
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Indie Publishing

April 23, 2011
Self-publishing used to be a paper-&-ink enterprise, and the up-front costs of creating a physical book were usually borne by the author. Plus, before the Interwebs matured self-published authors had a limited customer base.

The growing popularity of online book-selling made distribution easier, and opened the door to a "print on demand" business model that eliminated the risk of paying for copies that might not sell. But the game didn't really change until the arrival of e-readers. Not...
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Hello, Everybody!


Arlene Blakely I'm a noun, a teacher, a reader, a writer, and a baker. I used to be a lawyer, but it didn't take. Check out the other blog where I contribute posts at DoomDays.com
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