Jill’s First Blog

The Dear Reader Letter – Now With Lies And Humiliation

February 13th, 2007 · 4 Comments

It’s been a little over two years when Booksquare suggested I blog over here. It was December 2004. My first book was out, and BS thought people might want to read about a first time author’s trials and tribulations. Or maybe she didn’t think I’d really do it and has been secretly laughing about it […]

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The Joy Of Being A Hack

June 5th, 2006 · 3 Comments

I’ve spent the day at camp in 90 degree plus heat with 12 first graders. While I should be cooling off with something like an ice bath, I checked my e-mail first. Someone forwarded me the wikipedia entry on hack writers. You know what…I am one. Yes!! Hack writer – From Wikipedia

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Harlequin Books Vice-President Begins New Blog

June 2nd, 2006 · 2 Comments

Wouldn’t You Like To Know…is a new blog for Isabel Swift, a member of Harlequin’s New Business Development team. There’s an interesting mix of what’s new at Harlequin and her own personal insights. For instance she shares her experiences at the BEA as well as information on Harlequin’s On The Goâ„¢ (HOTGo) program. Wouldn’t You […]

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The Daily Square – Jill’s Version

May 18th, 2006 · 3 Comments

I am positive that at some point in the future Booksquare will read this post and know this was the exact message that sent Booksquare on a downward spiral. It will also demonstrate my (extremely) limited html skills. So, here goes: Today’s links of interest: School Serving Up Books To Students When you’re dishing out […]

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Author Branding

April 6th, 2006 · 4 Comments

Whenever authors talk promotion, usually author branding comes up. Let’s be honest, my writing career is in its infant stage. We’re still paying off the college student loans, so throwing a lot of cash into publicity is just not in the cards for me right now. I’m just doing the standards of booksignings at the […]

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A Bit of Bragging On Booksquare

September 7th, 2005 · 2 Comments

You find some amazing things when you go troll through the Internet (okay, I was googling). I found a nice mention of Booksquare in The Christian Science Monitor. …the fact is that book blogs can be vibrant and sharply opinionated, full of odes to favorite authors and jibes at everything from “cheesy” bestsellers to the […]

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Yet Another Cookie Cutter Bash At Harlequin

August 12th, 2005 · 1 Comment

Sometimes I wonder when the reporters will get bored with this topic. When I was in journalism school, we were told to be very careful of falling in love with our own words. Of being so enamored of our slant of the story that we forgot things like facts, research and basically avoiding the easy […]

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That First Bad Review

May 5th, 2005 · 6 Comments

Ugh. The agony. The kids were in bed, the dh had ordered us a movie and I’d just typed my name in the google search engine. Then I found it. A tiny blurb that didn’t look like a glowing rec for my book. I had to click. Dh very selfishly didn’t want to hear me […]

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If You Can Read This…Don’t Thank Me

May 4th, 2005 · 1 Comment

Last week I had an interesting experience…I substituted for five days in the first grade. (I say five days rather than a week, because for some reason five days just seems longer!) I taught freshmen before I settled down to write, so the differences are numerous. In first grade, the students are shorter than I […]

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Oprah Winfrey, Hear Our Plea

April 22nd, 2005 · Comments Off on Oprah Winfrey, Hear Our Plea

When fascinating news abounds, it is difficult to pick and choose the right stories. After all, could anything be more intriguing than the fact that a group of influential authors have formally asked Oprah to reinstate her book club? Oprah, after all, has done more to introduce literature to the public than many publishers. It’s […]

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