A good library will never be too neat, or too dusty, because somebody will always be in it, taking books off the shelves and staying up late reading them. ~ Lemony Snicket

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Winner!

Thank you to everyone who commented on the audiobooks post for a chance to win an audiobook copy of Attempting Elizabeth.

 

WINNER!!!

 

Congratulations to Jenny Reed.  Please email me at jessica@authorjessicagrey.com to claim your prize.

Gearing Up for National Novel Writing Month

It’s almost the middle of October (I know, what?!) which means that soon November will be upon us and with it the insanity of writers the globe over attempting to write a 50 thousand word novel in a month.  It’s fun, crazy, and more than just a little stressful, but National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) can be a great way to kick start a new project.

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Attempting Elizabeth was actually a NaNoWriMo novel and though it went through lots of revisions after the month ended, there was a lot of great stuff written during November of 2011.  There’s really something to be said for writing as much as you can and checking your editing brain at the door.  I didn’t get to fully participate last year because I was finishing up AE and working on Atone at the same time so my writing schedule was off, but this year I’m already signed up and logged into the NaNoWriMo forms and my fingers are itching to get started. Continue reading

The Brave New World of Audiobooks (Plus a Giveaway)

Heir to the EmpireWhen I was a geeky teenager I was in love with Timothy Zahn’s Star Wars Trilogy.  And by “in love” I mean unhealthily obsessed.  I really wanted my grandfather (FaFa) to be able to read them as he was one of the biggest influences on my reading life, but he had recently lost most of his eyesight.  So I set out to find the audiobook versions.  The good news was that they were narrated by the actor who played Wedge Antilles in the movies (Wedge was a character in these books as well).  The bad news was that they were abridged.  And by “abridged” I mean gutted.  Seriously, it was hardly the same story.  So what was totally geeky fourteen year old me to do?  Make my own audiobooks!  I took two tape recorders, my Star Wars soundtrack, and something like fifteen blank cassettes and read those darn things onto tape sound effects and all.  Sadly, I read AT THE SPEED OF LIGHT so I am not sure how much my poor FaFa got of the story, but I know he appreciated the effort and enthusiasm. Continue reading

What the Imagination Movers Taught Me About Self-Publishing

I have two little kids. This means I end up watching a lot of children’s television and listening to a lot of cds that include multiple versions of The Wheels on the Bus. This is generally painful. However, there is one children’s show I can be found watching even when my kids are off doing other things – The Imagination Movers.

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They’re basically the most awesome thing ever: four guys from New Orleans who decided to put their musical skills to use as an “alt rock band for kids and their rockin’ families.” They don’t write “kiddie music,” they write damn good music that just happens to be for kids. And I buy their albums for me and just happen to let my kids listen to them, cause I’m cool like that. Continue reading