Hey! Read this!

Okay, so the title's not that subtle, but if you're an author, or a reader, or an editor, you need to read this awesome blog post by my lovely friend, Jen DeLucy.Seriously.I'll even post the link and not embed it or some crap like that, just to make it easier for you to find.Here:  http://jenniferdelucy.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/sometimes-i-peeand-other-things-authors.htmlWant to know what it's about first? Okay.Basically, it's an extremely well-written post about writers and editors, and respecting each other's jobs as well as what we do in the time we're not *gasp* editing or writing.  As I am both a writer and editor (Jen DeLucy is too), we've seen both sides of it.  And seeing as how she's done the work for me already and said it better than I think I could have, check it out.So go read it and come back here and tell me what you think. xoxo Sarah...
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Smashwords and PayPal…

While the following issue doesn't currently affect me, I thought it might be wise to bring this up in case any of my readers are curious.  There are some opinions ahead, so ye be warned. Over the past few days, I've seen a number of blog entries and articles regarding PayPal and their directive toward Smashwords, and I'll get to that in a moment.  For those who are unfamiliar with the parties involved, PayPal is a company that allows payments and money transfers to be made through the internet.  They act as a third party so that the online merchant never sees your credit card or other payment information.  Most people associate it with eBay; obviously if you're buying something from an online auction, you don't want to give strangers your credit card information.  Many (if not most) other online retailers now accept PayPal as a system of payment, or even use it as their sole method of accepting payments.  Smashwords...
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This gives me hope…

I just found this interesting little article today.  JRR Tolkien, best known for some stories he wrote and now some long movies made from those very same stories, was nominated by his good friend CS Lewis (yes, the guy who wrote The Chronicles of Narnia...he and the LotR writer were BFFs) for a Nobel Prize.  He didn't win; in fact, now that the Nobel documents have been released, one of the Nobel jury members even said that Tolkien's work "has not in any way measured up to storytelling of the highest quality".I know, I know... Even though I know that rejection and negativity are something writers should expect by default, it's almost comforting to know that no matter what you write, someone will not "get" your story.xoxo Sarah...
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An Article by Laura Kaye: Undressing a Bad-Ass Hero

Hello!  We're (slowly...VERY slowly) getting settled here in the U.K.  Yep...our move was an overseas one, so not only do we have to contend with wonky sleep patterns, we have to basically learn a new monetary system and how to drive (on the other side of the road, that is).  But things are coming along.  We've even found a house to rent, and it's in a great little town!  That's encouraging to me for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that, yeah, we'll have somewhere to live, but that the sooner we get moved in and unpacked, the sooner I can get my ass back in my desk chair and finish my novella.  To tide you over, I saw that one of my lovely author friends, Laura Kaye, wrote an article called Undressing a Bad Ass Hero.  Not only was it a good article, but it was about one of my very own favorite anti-heroes, Zsadist, from J.R....
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