Monday, August 25, 2008

Google's Ads ... just a teeeeensy bit scary

So, I've switched a number of my emails to Gmail, primarily because of it's kick-butt spam filter, but also because that ensures that emails from my husband, critique partners, editors and agents go to one input place (Outlook) and everything else goes to another place (gmail).

It's working great, and I'm actually staying more on top of my email than before (yes, there is a backlog, but I'm working on it. Honest!)

But here's the thing: I think Big Brother is watching. The other day, a fan sent me an email mentioning my daughter's cleft palate. The ads down the side ... all about Smile Train and cleft palate and orthodontia and plastic surgery.

Today, I emailed a hair salon to cancel an upcoming appointment ... the ads down the side? Hair color, hair extensions, salons.

I realize it's little bots doing all of that, but, hey, I'm not crazy about bots reading my email!

I'm not sure I'm weirded out enough to switch back to a POP account, but it does hammer home something I know, but sometimes forget: There ain't no secrets on the Internet. None at all.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Teach what you hate!

Okay, maybe hate is too strong a word, but I strongly dislike writing synopses.

I like the exercise of getting my story down, but me being me, I usually end up at about 15-20 single spaced pages. Which is, um, a little too long. And then you have to enter The Cutting Zone.

If it were just for me ... a narrative roadmap ... I'd be a happy camper. But this sucker's a marketing tool and needs to rock.

And so I end up spending geegobs of time on it. Time I wish was writing a book!

Alas, that is the way of things.

And today, I'm giving a workshop on writing synopses. The good thing about that: Every time I give this talk, I learn a little bit more about my own process and how to write a kick-ass synopsis.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Dear Author: Reviews, Commentary and Industry News

Dear Author: Reviews, Commentary and Industry News: "For anyone who is a long time reader of Dear Author, you’ll know that Julie Kenner is one of Jayne’s favorite authors. Ironically ..."

My First Sale story is up at Check it out!

Saturday, August 2, 2008

DEJA DEMON - interview! Listen here ...

Hey folks ... Wow, it's been a long time since I posted. I just did a really fun interview with -- you can read the review and listen to the interview here:

And remember, DEJA DEMON is on shelves now! Snatch up your copy and let me know what you think! Hope you enjoy Kate's continuing adventures!