Did the Great Pumpkin visit you?

We’re all snug in our beds with our laptops. Happy to see All Souls’ Day.

I think here at Casa el Dumpo we’re done with querying and sending out work for the year. The last six or seven queries I’ve sent out have been insta-replied to with emails saying that the agent or agency is not accepting any more queries this year, and will be cleaning out the InBox, and do try them again in January. What with the slowdown and the general malaise in the industry, that’s not surprising. But it means I can concentrate on NaNo and on creating a good holiday. The contest ended yesterday, as well, so that stress is over with. Except for the authors with 600+ votes who are still on the hook! (Or, as Vonnegut would say, “the hyo-ooo-ook.”)

*I* think the smart money in publishing is busy prepping PDF files and e-book formats of all the books they want to sell. Just think: on Christmas Day, hundreds (if not thousands) of stockings will yield forth a Nook or Kindle or other e-reader, and since all stores are closed on that day and ther’s nothing to do but stare at the teevee or play with your new toys, lots of people will browse for e-books. And I would bet that there’ll be a lot of impulse buying for things at the proper price point.

If I could just get my books out there in PDF format and have them up on the magic page that comes up when they tap “Nook Store” or whatever the button will be, I’d be happy to offer the books free. (Talk about a good price point!) On that day, there’d surely be people who would d/l a free book for the helluvit. At least a few of them would read some of it, and a couple might even like it. This is definitely a good thing. Who doesn’t feel warmly towards an author who gave them a title off the backlist, or a new title that they liked, or whatever?

That’s going to be the big new toy for a while, so I think people should take advantage of it. I don’t predict a lot of buyers going into bookstores and shelling out $25 or $8 for very many books as gifts. It will be interesting to see how this shopping season pans out on the whole, too. Most people I know are planning to buy one or two special items that have been specifically chosen, and then they’ll cheap out the rest of the stuff. But that’s just a crazy guess.

Oh, and my aunt had that gallbladder surgery. She’s doing well. Probably can come home tomorrow. To a house filled with pizza boxes and cola cans, but oh well. Boys will be boys. And so will husbands!

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Author: shalanna

Shalanna: rhymes with "Madonna" and "I wanna," and is not a soundalike with "Hosanna" or "Sha-Na-Na." Aging hippie with long hair, husband, elderly mother, and yappy Pomeranian. I've been writing since I could hold a crayon. I started with fiction, which Mama said was "lying." “Don’t tell stories,” she would admonish, in Southern vernacular. “That's all in your imagination!” When grownups said this, they were not approving. So, shamed, I stopped telling stories for a few years--rather, I stopped letting anyone read them. I'm married to a fellow computer nerd who doesn't really like hearing about writing, but who reads sf/fantasy and understands the creative drive. I'm actually a nonconformist/hippie still wearing bluejeans and drop earrings and the Alice-in-Wonderland hair with headbands and sandals. Favorite flavor is chocolate/orange, favorite color is either Dreamsicle orange (cantaloupe) or bubble-gum pink, favorite musical is either Bye Bye Birdie, Rocky Horror, or The Producers . . . wait, I also love The Music Man. Is this getting way too specific and irrelevant yet? Obvious why I don't sell a ton of flash fiction, isn't it? To define oneself, I always say, it is good to make a list. How about a booklist? Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth, Cheaper by the Dozen C.S.Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (all the Narnia books) J.R.R.Tolkien,The Hobbit/LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy Gail Godwin, The Odd Woman F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby J. D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye (before dismissing it, actually read it) George Orwell, 1984 Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle Donna Tartt, The Secret History Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn James Allen, As A Man Thinketh Mark Winegardner, Elvis Presley Boulevard James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum Winnie-the-Pooh/House at Pooh Corner, A. A. Milne Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie The KJV and NIV Bible (each translation has its glories)

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