Friday, June 25, 2010

And Now For Something Completely Different...

"The BBC would like to apologize for the poor quality of the writing in that sketch. It is not BBC policy to get easy laughs with words like bum, knickers, botty or wee-wees."


So how does a first-time author get a book deal and become an Amazon best seller? Talli Roland features tips from author John Williams

Nicole is in France and posting beautiful photos from her trip - and she has a contest involving an item from France! Visit One Significant Moment at a Time for details

Seven tips for the introverted author at Marketing Tips For Authors

Clarissa gives us some tips on character development at Listen to the Voices

Jane’s Ride wants to know - what is it with writers and cats?

New study shows teens and young adults are turning away from blogging - L’Aussie Writing

Help DL Hammons at Cruising Altitude complete his mission to find a blogger from every country and every state!

Need some new movies to watch this summer? Alex J. Cavanaugh’s Movie Dirty Dozen Blogfest inspired sixty fantastic lists!

Saw this on a ListServ - 80% of the traditional offset book business will be dead in the next decade. Unfortunately, 80% of publisher’s revenue still comes from print.

And on Monday, I am visiting At Home With Books with some of my book signing experiences. Come smile at the joys, cry at the failures, and share in the wackiness!

PS - and if anyone's at the NC beach today, I'm visiting Quarter Moon Books on Topsail Island!


First, some wonderful blogger gave me an award last weekend and I don't remember who!!! If you gave me an award and I did not comment or thank or anything, please let me know!! Spunky has lost her mind...

However, I do know that J. Kaye and Arlee Bird gave me the Versatile Blogger award!

1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you this award.

2. Share seven things about yourself. (I'll tackle that next Tuesday, okay?)

3. Pass this award along to bloggers who you have recently discovered and who you think are fantastic for whatever reason!

4. Contact the bloggers you’ve picked and let them know about the award.

I am passing this on to:
The Alliterative Allomorph
Alissa at Slightly More than Dirt
Snippy Snuffulapakins at My Thoughts Exactly


Touring for a YA series and one non-fiction book brought me in contact with some amazing book bloggers. Over the next few months, I’d like to feature some of these awesome people who dedicate their lives to reading and blogging, leading others to discover and enjoy new books.

Let me introduce you to Michelle, the Red Headed Book Child Don’t let that fiery red hair scare you - Michelle has the sweetest spirit!

A little about Michelle, in her own words:

As my blog header states, I am indeed a full-time mom, a part-time bookseller, passionate reviewer and real red head!
I spent the last ten years working as a very busy bookstore manager which further enabled my addiction to books!

I have since made the transition to be a full-time SAHM with my own little red head and now work a few days a week as a part-time bookseller. I also work at a non profit with children, another passion of mine.

I'm also addicted to cookies and have two incredibly high maintenance cats and a husband who reads faster than I do.

I started this blog to continue recommending wonderful books to those in my life and to new people as well.

Visit Michelle at her blog Red Headed Book Child and follow her on Twitter @RedHeadedBook


Another difficult week!!! We have two runner-ups:

“Quick! Pop the screen, I got the window!” Meg Meg - Writer For Life
"Hold on I almost got it." Donna at Write What Inspires You

But the grand prize (of a warm fuzzy feeling) goes to Helen at Straight From Hel (And she keeps winning - I think she missed her calling of comedian!)

“I asked for two inches, but, no, Catzenegger has to open it all the way.”


For those of us swealtering in the heat right now... Hobbes, enjoying her Albuquerque snow!


Jessica Bell said...

Thanks so much for the award! :o)

Mason Canyon said...

Congratulations on the awards. Thanks for the great links and for introducing us to another wonderful blogger. The photo of Hobbes is adorable.

Thoughts in Progress

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Allomorph, you are welcome!

Mason, I wished I could've found either the photo or Hobbes rolling in the snow or the one of her scooping the snow in her paw and eating it. She was such a unique cat!

Will Burke said...

Funny how you mentioned writers & cats -- my writer friend doesn't have a cat or drink coffee. I tease her mightily.

Unknown said...

THanks for the mention. I really appreciate it. And the cat in snow photo is beautiful I will check out those other great link.


L. Diane Wolfe said...

Karen, methinks you are right!

Anonymous said...

Its unusual to find a cat that likes snow. Kittens maybe. I think as they grow older cats think they're too cool for the snow. Right now he may be thinking, "I'm too sexy for the snow ..."

Stephen Tremp

Helen Ginger said...

Congrats on the award. Your blog is so fun and informative. You deserve every award you've received.

On another note: I won! I seem to be good at channeling cats. Is that good or bad? Hmmm.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Yes, the Movie Dirty Dozen was a big hit! Off to check links.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Okay, as hot as it is, I still don't want to see snow, lol!

You said Spunky has lost her mind, well if she finds it, check and see if mine is there too. How the heck did I lose the whole, *summer time and the living is easy part?*

I like the Redhead Book Child.

Congrats to you and your choices for the award.

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!! I have to add in there that I am now a part-time Library PAge as well!!!!

Thank you!!

Arlee Bird said...

As though I don't already have enough sites to keep me busy, you added some more interesting things to check out. I'm still trying to get through the Movie Dirty Dozen Posts. Whew!

Tossing It Out


Congrats on the award well deserved. enjoyed your write very much.


Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

Thanks for the mention and congratulations on your award. Now I’m off to check out the Seven tips for the introverted author and then the other links.

By the way, I agree - Helen is good at coming up with funny captions.

VR Barkowski said...

Terrific links! Congratulations on the well-deserved award: versatile indeed. And I love the pic of Hobbes in the snow. :)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Thanks everyone!
Sorry, been gone ALL day for a book signing. And drove through the heaviest rainfall and thunderstorm in my life on the way home.

Unknown said...

Congrats on the award! You have another one waiting on my blog, come pick it up!

Jessica L. Brooks (coffeelvnmom) said...

Thanks for the award! I'm speechless.


Me? Speechless? That was great, wasn't it?

Anyway, thanks for thinking of me! Hope you have a nice relaxing evening after the insane day and thunderstorm!

I'll post about this on Monday, but in the meantime, you have to elaborate on your "theme song" comment. Not knowing more is driving me crazy. (And we don't want that, because I have enough crazy in me already.)



Talli Roland said...

Thanks so much for the shout-out! :)

Loving those kitties - especially the last photo. SO cute, it made my heart squish right up!

Have a great weekend!

Theresa Milstein said...

I just came from Tessa's blog. You link some of the people I follow. Congratulations on your award.

DL Hammons said...

Thank you so much for the shout-out!! I just need five more states to complete part of my quest. So close.....

And I'll be watching for those seven interesting facts on Tuesday! :)

DL Hammons said...

BTW...I know you already have this...but I recognized you with something at my place today. :)

Anonymous said...

I have to come back and check out your links! Congratulations on your award, and love the last picture. The B/W is perfect!

Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

Always love your lists of important reading. Think it's my favorite feature of yours, Diane.

Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Tweeting writers' resources at

Mayra Calvani said...

Where do you find all these great links and interesting topics to blog about??? :-)

lindaballoutalkingtoyou said...

congratulations on the awards. Stop by my blog for a chance to win a book, Wai-nani, High Chiefess of Hawaii, Epic Journey. Leave a comment for a chance to win. Hope to see you there and your followers.