Cheating

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I have never understood winning by cheating, and although timely, this is not condemning The Patriots who just won the Super Bowl. I’m not a big football fan, but I have no idea if someone deflated those footballs that won them a chance to play in the Super Bowl or not. What I do wonder about, however, is who would want to win that way? Why on earth would Tom Brady, one of the most celebrated players of recent times, suddenly decide to cheat?

Maybe (hopefully) he wouldn’t, but the fact of the matter is, people do it all of the time. I was reading a blog post by Tess Gerritsen just yesterday in regard to her lawsuit against Warner Brothers. She wrote the book Gravity on which the movie was based. She sold the rights to New Line back in 1999. She had a contract that promised her credit, and of course money if a film was made. Warner Brothers bought out New Line, made the movie, and chose not to honor the contract. Crazy, right?

Here’s the real kicker for me. She has since discovered that Alfonso Cuaron, who wrote the screenplay sometime around 2009, had first been attached to the film in 2000 when New Line had the newly acquired rights to the book. Didn’t he find it wrong to take all the credit for this story? What kind of hollow victory must the success of that film have been? You can read about the lawsuit here;

http://www.tessgerritsen.com/gravity-lawsuit-affects-every-writer-sells-hollywood/

It’s just sad that so many people need to claim glory for things they have not accomplished on their own. Writers, artists as portrayed in the film Big Eyes, and the many athletes, such as Lance Armstrong who have admitted to using steroids, have all cheated. I just don’t get it.

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Sunday Morning Five

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I’m going for it again, the five minute dump, a name my sister has laughingly told me is disgusting. She’s right of course, it does not paint a pretty picture, but lets move on. This past week has been okay, but not great. The good news is that we are (fingers crossed) only days away from getting our tax refund! Yay! The bad news is that we are flat broke and need that money pronto!

There are approximately 5 million things we need to do with that money and the reality is, we won’t even scratch the surface, but at least we will be able to breathe again and that’s a good thing. I like to breathe! Five minutes goes really fast.

  • Set a timer and write for 5 minutes.
  • Write an intro to the post if you want but don’t edit the post. This is writing in the raw.
  • Publish it somewhere. Anywhere. The back door to your blog if you want. But make it accessible.
  • Link your new posts to All Things Fadra (feel free to use her SOC Sunday graphic).
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Gearing Up

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I am having a hard time not looking at my Amazon sales reports. When I had The Salacious Marny Ottwiler up for free, it was exciting to watch it’s ranking get closer and closer to #1. Now, a week and a half later, the numbers on all of my books are getting higher and higher, instead of lower and lower. That’s no fun at all.

Soooo, I am trying to come up with ideas as to how I can better promote my future books. Hanging From the High Wire will be released in the next two months or so, and I am already fast at work on a new novel that I am hopeful I’ll be able to publish by early summer, if not before. I love writing and working out the covers. That’s the fun part, but I really have to pysch myself to contact bloggers I hope will be interested in reviewing and/or helping me to promote my work. So far I have done… Nothing!

Instead, I think about how I should be compiling a list of people to contact, and then I write another chapter of the new book. I think to myself that I have got to master Goodreads, and then I work on the cover of Hanging From the High Wire. I tell myself I need more Twitter followers and Facebook friends, while I wish I could relax and read a good book, or watch something entertaining on TV. When I can’t find anything better, I end up watching HGTV’s House Hunters and I long to be able to own a house of my very own.

Now you would think that longing would motivate me to get to work on promotion, but no. Instead, I go back to working on the new book because, let’s face it, that’s so much easier. Sometimes (okay, so lots of times) I fantasize about hiring someone to oversee my Goodreads, Twitter, and other social media accounts for me. Of course in order to do that I’d have to sell more books. It’s a bit of a vicious cycle. So here I sit, writing this post in the hope that it will help to build my following? Well, something like that.

Okay, so really I just want to motivate one of you to come up with the perfect solution for me. You think on it and get back to me, and I’ll go work on the new book. The main character has just run into the ocean in order to break the building sexual tension with her date, and I can’t leave her out there indefinitely. After all, she could catch a cold!

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Oh What a Night!

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I went to bed around 11:30pm last night and after just a little while managed to fall asleep. Then I woke up a little before two and didn’t get back to sleep until almost six!

At first I took it in stride, figuring I’d fall back asleep soon enough. Ha! As is so often the case, I was probably stressing over money and my future, but it wasn’t as though I was truly panicked. I entertained myself by figuring out what I would do if I had $200,000. $75,000 down on a house and $25,000 for whatever comes up. The other $100,000 I was using to make my house payments for the next four years or so.

Still not sleeping, I thought about book sales, wondering how many books I would have to sell just to make $10,00o a year. I think I make $1.70 per book so it comes to over 500 books a month. That’s a lot of books, and a little daunting. No wonder I couldn’t sleep after that realization! I mean, lets face it, it’s not as though you could live on $10,000.

I think it’s clear, my books need to be turned into films and they need to be blockbusters!

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5 minutes

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I’m trying something new today thanks to Kenya at http://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/stories-via-kenyagjohnsoncom-4837621?post=4137243067&group=0&frame_type=a&context=&context_ids=&blog=4837621&frame=1 &click=0&user=0&viewer=true who has turned me onto Fadra’s stream of consciousness (SOC) linkup. So here goes, 5 minutes of not editing my thoughts.

It’s Sunday morning and I’m in my bedroom listening to Ed Sheeran and avoiding my kids. Wrong? Eh, I’m not sure. They are old enough to take care of themselves and I am still drained from last night.

I don’t feel like going out there and arguing over the fact that I took my 15 yr. old’s phone away last night because she was rude and disrespectful. I don’t feel like asking my other daughter if she’s done anything about the scholarships she need to be applying for. It’s not a fun way to wake up with all of this weighing on me.

My resolution this year was to choose happy and I am trying to remain optimistic, but it gets tough on days like this. Oh well times almost up. Deep breaths and paste a smile on my face, here I go. I can let it go, right? Time!

This was my 5 minute Stream of Consciousness Sunday post. It’s five minutes of your time and a brain dump. Want to try it? Here are the rules…

  • Set a timer and write for 5 minutes.
  • Write an intro to the post if you want but don’t edit the post. This is writing in the raw.
  • Publish it somewhere. Anywhere. The back door to your blog if you want. But make it accessible.
  • Link your new posts to All Things Fadra (feel free to use her SOC Sunday graphic).
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Stepping Out

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I stepped out of my comfort zone yesterday by asking an acquaintance to share my free promo for The Salacious Marny Ottwiler   with her followers. This was a friend of a friend who I have only met a few times, but I suspected she would have a wide reach, and I went for it. It was difficult because I wouldn’t want to step on the toes of my friends, ever, but at the same time, this is my career and that’s rather important to me. She shared the book, and although it was late, I picked up a few more downloads.

It still remains to be seen if it’s paid off. In the end, 421 copies of The Salacious Marny Ottwiler were downloaded. I know some people will never get around to reading it, but many will, and I’m just happy to have it seen. My proudest moment was when a woman dealing with a very dark time in her life told me she read the book and was able to escape the miserable situation she was in, at least for awhile. I hope it can lift others as well. After all, that’s the beauty of a good story.

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The Promo So Far

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As you can see, I got to #12 last night, which is great, although I would have of course preferred #1! Here’s the thing, apparently the promotion lasts through today. I thought I signed up for 24 hrs. but for some reason they decided the 21-22 means 2 days. Okay.

Here’s the other news that I am not sure what to make of; only three people shared the news on social media, and one of them was my sister, who admits to having only a few followers. It’s disappointing, and yet it tells me I managed to get to #12 with very little help. Whether or not this will boost sales remains to be seen.

Soooo, it’s not too late, you could still help me out by downloading a copy of The Salacious Marny Ottwiler at: http://www.amazon.com/Salacious-Marny-Ottwiler-Bridget-Straub-ebook/dp/B00A43VD4U/ref=pd_rhf_dp_p_img_1

And if you would please, please share the link on Facebook, Twitter, Google, Goodreads and among your friends. I have shared it again & again with my friends, so I need your help. I would really, really appreciate it! I’m not to proud to beg, so consider me down on my knees.

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