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Aug.23.2011
It's such an interesting and exciting time to be an author right now. There are so many options for authors, from self-publishing (still somewhat of a stigma, but getting a little better) to e-publishing to the traditional print publishing with or without an agent. I just saw this article from the...
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Aug.11.2011
My e-book through Untreed Reads
I just received an email from my e-publisher, Untreed Reads, that said they have acquired the electronic rights to the famous Regency romance author Barbara Metzger's books. I think that's fabulous and it shows how fast e-books are growing. Here's a blurb from the Untreed Reads website: "...
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Aug.07.2011
The latest edition of the Ojai Bubble just came out and my article, Sometimes the Gophers Win, is published in there. It's a very nice magazine with excellent articles and short stories, so I'm proud to be in there.  Please check out their website and consider subscribing to this relatively new...
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Aug.04.2011
Sci-Fi Novella
I just found out that my sci-fi novella, The Clean Slate Accord, is on the July bestseller list at Untreed Reads! They're offering a discount now until August 15th.  http://www.untreedreads.com/?p=2758
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Jul.22.2011
The boys
Uh-oh, I've created a monster! I'm sure my fellow writers will readily agree that we have multiple personalities when we write. Not only are we the writer, but we're also the characters we write. This isn't really surprising, but I just took on another persona, or should I say animal-ona (ok, that'...
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Jul.20.2011
I was driving to meet a fellow writer for tea the other day when a song sprung into my head. The tune is borrowed from Pirates of the Caribbean, but the words flowed right from my heart: Yo, ho, yo, ho the writer's life for me, I have no cash, I can't pay the bills, the landlord's at the door, So...
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Jul.06.2011
The Clean Slate Accord by Sofia Diana Gabel
E-books are interesting. Within a couple of days, my new e-book novella, The Clean Slate Accord, has been released on a number of sites, including Scribd.com, Omnilit.com, Apple and of course the publishers store, http://store.untreedreads.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=68_7_49_51...
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Jul.01.2011
Science Fiction Novella in e-book
Well, I just go the notification from the publisher that my sci-fi novella, The Clean Slate Accord is now available at the Apple stores in: Apple US, Apple UK, Apple France, Apple Germany, Apple Australia, Apple Canada due to Apple installing some new software that uploads e-books quickly from the...
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Jun.07.2011
E-book cover
Well, I got the final cover for my sci-fi novella e-book (The Clean Slate Accord), a summer release. It's beautiful. I love it. I think the old saying 'you can't judge a book by its cover' isn't quite accurate. Don't we all check out the cover first and then read the blurb? I know I do. It's...
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May.29.2011
I was feeling very removed from society today so I came to Starbucks to sip on chai and write. While still technically alone, there's so much go on around me and I'm back among the living. I think many writers suffer from solitude because writing really is a solitary activity. I have plenty of...
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May.16.2011
I seem to be rather busy lately with submitting requests for book reviews for my novel that was recently published, sending out queries for a new novel I've just revised/edited and editing yet another novel that needs quite a bit of finishing before it's ready to go. I know that as a new author, my...
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Apr.26.2011
I'm currently working on revising/rewriting a suspense/thriller, but just can't seem to concentrate. I think today I wrote maybe one paragraph. I think it's Spring Fever. The weather here in Southern California is lovely. Amazing, actually. Warm, sunny with a light breeze. The birds are all...
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Apr.19.2011
Jerusalem Cricket
With the weather finally warming up, I've started planting my veggie seeds. I absolutely love digging around in the soil, it takes me to a simple place where I'm 'one' with Mother Nature. I don't care if I have soil under my fingernails, I really don't. I rarely use gardening gloves for a couple of...
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Apr.16.2011
Just received confirmation that I am scheduled to be one of 8 local authors at the Local Author's Day at the Ventura, CA Barnes & Noble store. It's on June 11th at 1pm and each author will present their book and then there will be a Q&A session followed by a book signing. This should be a...
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Apr.13.2011
Sometimes I stop for a moment and think how wonderful it is to know so many talented writers. Not only in my weekly critique group, but also the ones I meet on social media sites like this one. It's quite humbling really. I think all writers at some time think we've created a masterpiece only to...
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