Christmas Gifts — The Writerly List

Here are a few gift ideas for writers that I found. I haven’t been paid or asked to endorse these, and haven’t tried them all. Just a heads up 😉

BOOKS:

Writing 21st Century Fiction by Donald Maass

Stephen King’s On Writing

 

HOUSE AND HOME:

A bookish candle of the month club subscription from Frostbeard Studio

A quill and ink set

This clock (I hate clocks that tick, but this one is cute, I must admit)

OR this clock

A “go away; I’m writing” sign

A cool journal

 

CLOTHES/JEWELRY:

These handmade typewriter earrings

A cool necklace

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I Hit PUBLISH!

I hit publish for Lady Catherine Says! While it hasn’t gone live yet, you can sign up (on Amazon) to be notified when it is made available. YAY!

I’m throwing around some possibilities of a book signing next year, and selling my books from a local craft store and perhaps a coffee shop. We’ll see!

Keep your pen on the page,
Beth

P.S. Tomorrow’s blog post will be a Christmas shopping guide! I’m hoping to do a special one just for writers, too. Stay tuned…

Thankful

A happy belated Thanksgiving to everyone 🙂 Here are some things I am thankful for:

  • My family
  • My friends
  • My cat, Cricket
  • My church

Aaaand…In a Pickle finally coming out on Amazon! Thank you for everyone who has supported me on the road to this point in my career 😀 Your words of encouragement, your help, and your prayers are the reason everything worked out. And a big thanks to my publisher, Lea at MuseItUp, for allowing me to publish in print and helping me when things got sticky Monday with CreateSpace!

Now, to launch Lady Catherine Says. I hit publish next week 😮

Keep your pen on the page,
Beth

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Monday is Publishing Day!

Next Monday, I hit publish for the print version of In a Pickle! It should then be for sale within seventy-two hours! There’s also been a slight change in plans for the release of Lady Catherine Says

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Surprise! Lady Catherine Says‘ release date has been moved up to the second week of December (I’ll be hitting publish on the first.) This is so readers will be able to order copies to give before Christmas, giving it plenty of time to arrive in their mailboxes 🙂

I should have a countdown calendar or something. So much excitement here in the Overmyer household, I can scarcely express. Let me try with a snapshot:

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Anyway, I’m excited. You’ll just have to take my word for it.

Keep your pen on the page,
Beth

 

 

3 Things Jane Austen Taught Me About Fear

Jane Austen was the master of characterization. She knew people inside and out, foibles, propensities to do good or ill, and emotions. One of those emotions she was familiar with and wrote about is fear.

Fear? What did anyone have to fear? They didn’t have terrorists. The characters lived comfortable, privileged lives, with servants to do the dirty work. No one starved, no one experienced violence–no main characters, that is. What is there to be afraid of in Regency England for the likes of the Bennets and the Elliots?

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Here are five characters and their fears, along with how they dealt with them:

  1. Elizabeth “Lizzy” Bennet (Pride and Prejudice.) Lizzy is the daughter of a not-so-well -off country gentleman. With no brothers to provide for her when Mr. Bennet dies, and no brothers to inherit and give her a leg up, Lizzy faces the very real possibility of winding up dependent on any benevolent relative she can find if she cannot marry well. If all failed, there are really few to no options for her career-wise. Yes, women worked back then. Gentlewomen, however did not, it would seem, besides becoming governesses, a lonely, demeaning job.

What I learned from Lizzy…

Though she says, “Beggars cannot be choosers” (in the movie anyway) regarding accepting a marriage proposal, Lizzy is determined not to be induced into matrimony if she does not love the man, which she proves by declining TWO marriage proposals. She could have been safe, comfortable, but miserable. Some people–back then, at least–might have called her foolish for putting her survival on the line (Mrs. Bennet let her displeasure be known, that’s for sure.) But what I learned was this: It’s okay to say no to the known in favor of the frightening unknown if your character and morals are at stake. In other words: Don’t compromise just because you’re afraid.

2. Mr. Willoughby (Sense and Sensibility.) Ah, Willoughby. The rake. The rogue. What has he got to do with fear? If Lizzy Bennet is a moral heroine, Willoughby is the inverse: Willoughby is victim to his own desperation. Oh, he’s fine at first, seducing women right and left. Feels pretty good about being in line to inherit his aunt’s great fortune and estate…until it’s discovered he got a girl pregnant out of wedlock and then abandoned her. Well, his auntie finds out about this bad business and disinherits him. Desperate and afraid of losing his cushy lifestyle, Willoughby sets out to make a most advantageous marriage…for himself. He marries and lives off a rich woman.

What I learned from Willoughby…

He could have done the right thing: Married the girl he seduced and impregnated, apologized to Marianne and her family, and changed his ways. Instead, he goes to Eleanor and basically tries to absolve himself. It’s obvious he feels terrible, but his “apology” is completely self-serving. When you’ve done wrong, you need to face your fear of rejection and humiliation and make things right, no matter what. In other words: Fear isn’t a pass to overlook your duty.

3. Mary (Elliot) Musgrove (Persuasion.) Bear with me, I have only read the book once. But I have seen the movie multiple time 😉 Mary strikes me as a fearful person. At the root of her fear, though, is pride. Mary will not have you think her beneath her station, even it’s at the expense of other people’s feelings.

What I learned from Mary…

Perhaps some fear and most pride are very closely linked (much like Lizzy and Willoughby being two sides of the same coin, one good and one ill.) Fear of failure = pride. Fear of being laughed at = pride. Fear of what other’s think of me = pride. This brings to mind some wonderful sayings: What other people think of you is none of your business and The only opinion about yourself that is worth considering is God’s.

What about you? What has Jane taught you about fear? Anything?

Keep your pen on the page,
Beth

Preparing to Launch a Jane Austen Parody

Two weeks ago, I shared the book blurb for Lady Catherine Says: 365 Tweets of Condescension (available in print from Amazon and Createspace this December.) Now, for some more details!

Here Lies Jane

July of 2017 marked the 200-year anniversary of Jane Austen’s death. Understandably, many Austenites are thinking about our dear Jane at this time. Finishing my book in the year of this anniversary was, sadly, a happy* accident. BUT, releasing it the week of Jane’s 242nd birthday will not be.

  • As of this posting, Lady Catherine Says… will be published December 12th, 2017. (Jane’s b-day is the 16th, that Saturday.) This is subject to change.
  • The cover art reveal should be on the first or second Friday of November, 2017.
  • The book, as of this posting, sits at sixty-two pages in length (think novelty book, not novel or novelette.)
  • The retail price (Amazon) should be under seven American dollars (not including tax).

There are many things that go into releasing a book–I hear you saying, “I know, I know.” So then you know that I’m going to need help 🙂

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If that ^ didn’t scare you away, nothing will!

Here are some ways you can be a part of Lady Catherine‘s success:

  • Buy a copy or request a PDF to read and review honestly on your blog, Goodreads, and possibly Amazon, when the book goes live.
  • Tell your friends and family. Word of mouth helps make new fans, new fans get book, read book, (hopefully) love book, and then they tell all their friends and family.
  • Link back to my blog/Goodreads page/social media
  • Pray for me, this book, and my career. God is into details, no matter how small.

That’s it for now. If there’s advice you’d like to give me or words of wisdom to share, please don’t be shy. That’s part of what the comments are for!

Keep your pen on the page,
Beth

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*Irony or weirdness much?