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Self-publishing: From A-to-Z

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This year I decided to join the A to Z blogging Challenge. Every single day in April (except Sundays) I will be blogging. You can find more information about the challenge here 🙂 As I was looking for a theme, I thought, why not share my experience and some of the research I´ve done when I decided to self-publish…so my theme is: SELF-PUBLISHING FROM A TO Z.

Hope it will be helpful and entertaining 🙂 And don´t hesitate to let me know if there’s a special aspect of self-publishing you would like me to tackle.

 

Now, if it´s the first time you have visited my little space in the World Wide Web: welcome 🙂 My name is Elodie and I’m a Young Adult & New Adult writer.

Here are a few things about me: I was raised in a tiny village in France, where I could always be found a book in hand. At nineteen, I moved to the US, where I learned I’d never lose her French accent. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Modern Language & Linguistics, and later earned master’s degrees in German Cultural Studies and European Studies. Unbeknownst to my professors, I sometimes drafted stories in class. Now I live close to DC with my husband, our cat and our dog (who do not seem to realize they´re not humans). I am also a serial smiley user.

And a few fun facts…

  • I met the Nobel Prize of Economics 2014 before he received the prize at a conference and he helped me with my suitcase.
  • I speak three languages fluently (English, French and German) and a tiny bit of Spanish and Russian.
  • I love food, all kinds of food but I always drop something at the most inappropriate time like during a business lunch in an 15th century dining room with very important people at the table. The key is to continue talking as if nothing happened and smile.
  • I shook the hand of the former Chancellor of Germany
  • I broke my arm in two places when I was about twelve…my gym teacher didn’t believe me at first and told me to shake it off.
  • I spent lots of my time at my grandparents after breaking my arm and freaked out because the cast was red. I was convinced I was bleeding profusely. My grandma had a hard time making me understand that it was just the tiles of the kitchen…

Are you joining the challenge this year? Anything you would like me to tackle about my experience in self-publishing?

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Joining the 2015 April A-to-Z blogging challenge…

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Every year in April, a bunch of bloggers challenge themselves to post every single day (except on Sundays), blogging thematically from A to Z.

I am the 690th blogger to sign up this year and I am so excited to take part in it…I started thinking about my main theme (to be revealed end of March) and yes, there are some letters that seem to be a bit harder than others (I am looking at you, letter Q, I am looking at you!)

You can find more information about the challenge here 🙂

Have you done the challenge before? Any advice for me? 🙂

Are you thinking about joining?

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Bookish and Blogging Resolutions For 2015

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I will be focusing this post about my bookish and blogging resolutions for 2015, there most probably will be another post about my 2015 goals (personal and writing related) at the beginning of January 🙂

In no particular order:

  • Read at least 60 books this year.
  • Read at least one non-fiction book a month.
  • Write more reviews about the books I love and cross link them to Amazon & BN. Leaving reviews really do help authors and spreading the love about books I enjoyed is something I love doing! (yes, that’s a lot of “love” in two sentences)
  • Write a short email to the authors of books I loved to tell them how much I enjoyed their book. (I really appreciate receiving emails as a writer so time to give back!)
  • Participate in the WordPress weekly Photography challenge.
  • Try to find a book club close by.
  • If feasible, volunteer at my local library
  • Reply to comments left on my blog as often as possible
  • Participate in this January Instagram challenge. Looks life fun 🙂

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 But above all, pause and enjoy all those moments I am spending with books and connecting with people…because they’re oh so important!

What’s the ONE book I really should read this year you think?

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I have a new blog design and…

On this lovely Sunday afternoon and due to several on-going projects I will talk about soon, I decided to do a few changes to my blog:

I have a new design….and…you can also now find me under http://www.elodienowodazkij.com

if you were following my blog before – you would need to add the new address to your blog reader (or you can subscribe per email on the right column…)

I’m still playing around with it but what do you think? 🙂

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My 2013 blogging year in review

Hope you’re all enjoying a wonderful holiday season….The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,700 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

It holds everything from most popular posts to keywords leading to this blog to people most commenting on it 🙂

I am very grateful for another blogging year of connecting and supporting and sharing and laughing.

As they say in German: GUTEN RUTSCH INS NEUE JAHR!

SEE YOU IN 2014!

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I´m a terrible blogger – but look: shiny links!

Dear all,

We have to talk. This is not a break-up letter. Don´t worry. However, you may have noticed that my blogging has been…hmm…quite sporadic recently. The main reason is that I´m spending every single free minute I have with ONE TWO THREE (and on Twitter :P) As soon as I know for sure my manuscript is as pretty as I can make it, I will be back on a more regular basis and with fun things (like a giveaway or two :P)

But…I do continue to read blogs and I thought I´d share a few with you in case you missed them in the past weeks…

February Compliment Challenge – Where you challenge yourself to compliment one person a day and where incredibly nice and generous Jessica donates to classroom in needs. Intrigued? Ready to spread the love? Then don´t hesitate to head over Jessica´s blog and check it out.

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The post where Christa announced her second book BLEED LIKE ME sold (you can already add it on Goodreads.com by clicking on the title)…If you haven´t read her conversation with her agent, Sarah LaPolla, you should! It will make you smile and go “aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwww” for Christa. Because she´s awesome. And because her story sounds great. And because that particular retelling of the phone call is just funny/adorable/so her.

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This video by Kelsey made me smile, laugh and nod!

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Did you see the adorable group picture on Jaime´s blog from SCBWI? And she and her sister, Erin, made it to the agents´ round of Cupid’s Literary Connection’s Blind Speed Dating! If you read Jaime´s entry, you´ll see what wonderful writing I get to read 😀

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And then there´s this inspiring post by Alex on multicultural stories. She´s definitely taking the high road in her answer to some comments she received.

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If you love YA contemporary novels, both Katy and Jessica Love are recommending two this week and they sound amazing!

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Rebecca Behrens is giving away a copy of THE ART OF WISHING. This book sounds great! You have until the 11th of February to enter!

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Do you need a pep talk? Head over to Tracey´s blog!  Her motivational penguin isn´t the only reason why this post will lift your spirits, it will also remind you YOU CAN DO IT! 😀

Have a lovely weekend and “see you” very soon!

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*waves* I´m over on Alex´s blog today (and gave my first interview :D)

I´m still here.

Still sorry about not blogging as much these days but I´m spending as much time as I can with my manuscript and work has been very very busy!….But see those puppy eyes – those are exactly the same kind of puppy eyes I´m making right now!

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I did answer some interview questions though! My FIRST BLOG INTERVIEW!!!!!!

It´s over on Alex´s blog…Alex is one of the wonderful and talented writers I met via Mandy´s class…

Hope you´re all doing well!  Can´t wait to catch up!