Sunday, January 22, 2017

On the Joys and Dangers of Collaboration


It can be the biggest joy or the most miserable headache-- sometimes both at the same time!

My earliest stories were collaborations. Me and my best friend, a couple of 4th grade girls who knew everything about everything (obviously!) We had a notebook to share, and the back and forth exchange of some super dramatic prose.

Literary gold.

I'm still shocked those works remain unpublished today.

Over the years, I've had the opportunity to collaborate many times with many awesome people: friends, family, colleagues, and even random, cool acquaintances met through the power of the interwebz. Sometimes I joined others on art projects, sometimes on magazine and newspaper articles, sometimes on novels and short stories. Many times our efforts developed into beautiful, fully formed works - other times they never really got off the ground. But each collaborative experience - good or bad - was unique and taught me something in the end.

Sharing ideas and merging styles can be such a thrill! I suggest anyone who is interested in collaborating try it... at least once.

That said, there are always inherent dangers to partnering in creative pursuits. Dramatic disagreements about the direction a story should take, tears and hurt feelings, financial and royalty issues, even the potential for an unfriendly end of the collaboration (if not the acquaintanceship/friendship itself in some cases!) are all real possibilities.

You may eventually find yourself in the sad position of asking: What happens to my work now, legally speaking?

Christopher Schiller wrote a brilliant article about the legal biz of collaboration. Read it. Absorb it.

Falling out with a collaborator can be lonely business. You never want to say anything publicly about your creative partner that might be unfair or make a bad situation worse -- and like your joined ideas, you may have a merged social circle, making finding a confidante difficult.

I don't write this to say, don'tcollaborateandrunawayasfarasyoucan! But just be smart about it. Draw up a specific collaboration agreement. Talk about the hard stuff. What happens to the stories if the collaboration ends? What about ideas you developed together? Works in progress?

It doesn't matter if you are the best of friends. In fact it might be even better to draw up that agreement if you ARE the best of friends.

A collaboration agreement won't take the sting out of the falling out, but having one can definitely go a long way to easing the uncertainty surrounding some of these situations.

In conclusion... Be passionate! Collaborate! Merge your ideas with others'! Make beautiful things together! Just be smart and careful while doing it.

With Kindness,

Sunday, December 25, 2016


No promotional biz today, just me wishing you a VERY Merry Christmas! <3

With Kindness,

Monday, December 19, 2016

The 12 Days of Hipster Blog Tour Starts Today!

Ahhh! It's SO CLOSE NOW -- release day! It will be here before you know it. :3



Why not follow me around on my blog tour? Each day I'll update this post to include the current link on the tour. Lots of stops and lots of chances to win either an audiobook or e-book copy of Bowl Full of Cherries, the first book in this series!

ALSO! It wouldn't be much fun if I didn't host the giveaway on my site as well! Check below for the Rafflecopter information <3

December 13 - MM Good Book Reviews
December 19 - Two Chicks Obsessed with Books and Eye Candy
December 20 - Love Bytes
December 21 - Open Skye Book Reviews
December 22 - Boy Meets Boy
December 23 - My Fiction Nook
December 27 - Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
December 28 - Dreamspinner Press Blog

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

The 12 Days of Hipster + Blog Tour + #Giveaway!

Sequel to Bowl Full of Cherries
Last Christmas, Tyler Lang accidentally accepted David Griffith’s invitation for dinner. Yes, it was an accident. See, hipster (don’t call him that!) Tyler doesn’t date guys, and even if he did, he certainly doesn’t date jocks. A rude and hasty exit right when the date was getting good left things awkward between them.
David Griffith isn’t really a jock. Well, he’s a former athlete who loves sports, but “jock” has a certain connotation that doesn’t quite fit the intelligent, hardworking store owner. A jock wouldn’t have given Tyler Lang the time of day. But even after that little, ahem, stunt with the fire escape, David can’t stop thinking about the hipster a year later. Which would be fine if fate didn’t keep butting her nose into their business, making it impossible for the jock and the hipster to avoid each other this Christmas.
A hilarious holiday romp, set to the music of the Winter Sounds.

Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Genres Contemporary / Holiday


This book has been so long in the making. It was originally supposed to come out last Christmas, but I didn't like the first draft and I thought, "Nope, I'm not going to put out something I don't love." So I rewrote *the entire thing* and am happy to report:

I friggin' love it.

In my totally unbiased opinion (heh!) I think it's fun, funny, full of love and Christmas cheer AND OMG, one of my very favorite bands EVER The Winter Sounds said, "Sure, you can use our Christmas lyrics!" (MAD PROPS TO PATRICK KEENAN!)

Incidentally you should check out their music here!


Make sure to stop by each blog for a fresh chance to win an e-AUDIO COPY OF BOWL FULL OF CHERRIES. If you haven't read it, it's about Tyler's brother Rell-- another lovely Christmas story. *_* (Seth Clayton narrates and it's delicious!)

December 13 - MM Good Book Reviews
December 19 - Two Chicks Obsessed with Books and Eye Candy
December 20 - Love Bytes
December 21 - Open Skye Book Reviews
December 22 - Boy Meets Boy
December 23 - My Fiction Nook
December 27 - Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
December 28 - Dreamspinner Press Blog

Thank you ALL for your patience, your support, your kindness and for reading! 

With Kindness and much holiday cheer!