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On Thursday, June 28th someone broke into my car at Paris Mountain State Park in Greenville, SC and stole my laptop and purse. Unfortunately, all the back-ups to my novel were in these two things.
My second novel (which was nearly finished) is gone. I really wish now I had backed up my work on a dozen thumb drives and external hard drives, but I didn’t. (FACEPALM) I feel pretty heartbroken to have had my work and personal belongings stolen from me. I really hope they catch the person who did this so others don’t have to go through what I’ve been through this past week.
It would be easy to give up at this point. It would be easy to through up my hands and say “I guess God, the universe, or whatever don’t want me to write this novel.” But the little bits of positive words from fans and friends and a vast amount of anger at myself (for not backing up my work) and at the culprit of this crime keep me going. In the last week, I’ve started to rewrite the second novel and hope, hope, hope that I can have the first draft finished by September. So to those of you who are looking forward to the second installment in The Fairytale Keeper series it will be out by next Summer.
The amazing Calum of The Secret Blogger is giving away a copy of The Fairytale Keeper. Here’s another secret, ever if you don’t win my book you might win a little something else. Check out the article and enter to win your copy here.
So today I had my first signing. I was pretty nervous, but the people at Mr. K’s (Greenville, SC) were so gracious. I had no idea what to expect because this was my first signing. I (somewhat naively) ordered 100 books. Unless you’re JK Rowling or have some sort of cult following, it’s unlikely that the turnout for an event is going to be huge so needless to say I haven plenty of books left over for the other two signings that I have this week. That’s okay. It would be a real problem if I had to cancel a signing because I couldn’t get enough books shipped to me.
All in all, I met some amazing people and did rather well in sales. The staff even told me that people had come in earlier that week to request the book before it had even been released! I owe a huge thanks to Ken M., Nancy C., Greg C., Becky K., Alyssa K., Katie C., Lydia C., Dana W., and the wonderful staff at Mr. K’s for making my first signing such a positive experience.
In my opinion, Jen at Library of a Book Witch writes intelligent reviews and this girl KNOWS her fairy tales. Click here and see what she has to say about The Fairytale Keeper.
Star at Bibliophilic Book Blog has just recently written a review of The Fairytale Keeper. Find out why she thinks it’s a five-star read and check out some other books that she recommends.
A very nice review by Beneath the Moon and Stars, a young adult book blog written by two middle school girls who love to read. Find out why they gave The Fairytale Keeper 5 out of 5 stars.
I love Teaser Tuesday! Bloggers take the book that they are reading, open it to a random page, and post their favorite sentence or two from that page. Check out the excerpt chosen by Melissa, blogger for Melissa’s Bookshelf.
Can’t wait to read it? Want another little taste? Check out Claire Reads Young Adult Book Blog today for the latest excerpt from The Fairytale Keeper: Avenging the Queen.
My Rant to Microsoft and Why Any Writer Should Avoid Office Like The Plague
To whom it may concern:
I just thought you should know how incredibly disappointing your products are. I’m an author and have done the research to completely format my novel, but I’m going to have to pay someone else to do it for me because of the nightmare I have lived for the past two months trying to work with Microsoft Word.
This isn’t a problem with my personal computer, just so you know. I have tried formatting this doc on four different computers with Microsoft Word 2007. All have managed to mess up the page numbers by insisting that there are two even pages in a row. What is wrong with your programming that would make this happen no matter how many times I reformat this? I have used different docs, different computers and nothing works.
Last year, when I bought my PC, I wanted it because I wanted Microsoft Office, but I will never buy another PC and I will never buy Office again. EVER! This program has been nothing but problems. It is Apple from here on out. Their customer support is amazing and my husband’s Mac has never had a virus issue and his docs have never failed him before. I will make sure to let everyone I know know that Microsoft is a poor investment for anyone who wants a decent word processor and to go with Mac.
Thanks for nothing,