Coming Soon: Cover Reveal!

On September first, I am going to reveal the cover art for the print version of In a Pickle…here on this blog 😀 Stay tuned for that!

Things going on right now:

  • The goblets novel (fantasy) still needs to be finished. I am close to 90,000 words…gotta keep movin’ ahead without looking back.
  • The Write Like You’re Alive 31/31 challenge is going okay as of Sunday (when I’m writing this.)
  • Waiting on edits and cover art for Lady Catherine Says: 365 Tweets of Condescension

That’s all I can think of…for now.

Keep your pens on the page,
Beth

Announcement!

I don’t think I told the blogverse yet what my plans are. I announced it on Twitter and Facebook earlier this week, but…Okay, no more dawdling.

In a Pickle is going to come out in print! It will still be on sale in e-book via MuseItUp, but I will be self-publishing it on paper hopefully before the year is out. The print version will only be available from Amazon…and from me in person.

Anyway, there is other news as well, but I’ll save that for another time 😉

Keep your pen on the page,
Beth

Tea and Book Pairings

THE NIGHT CIRCUS could be paired with a caramel-flavored tea (perhaps Tazo’s vanilla caramel chai for a bit of a kick.) A good combination for a cool, crisp evening, both book and tea evoke a sense of richness and well-being.

A STUDY IN CHARLOTTE would go nicely with a cuppa English breakfast. Both are a nice American/English crossover, and can be enjoyed no matter what side of the pond you’re on.

IN A PICKLE would go well with a cup of Red Velvet Chocolate tea by The Republic of Tea. The chocolate notes might make you want to reach for an Oreo or two (Charlie Pickle’s favorite cookie.) This beverage is caffeine-free, so it’s bedtime story-safe!

And, to top all this off…A poem:

AN ODE TO TEA

Taxes and facts all swirl ‘round my head.
The stuff in the morning, a drop before bed.
I swill it, I say it, I drink myself proud:
I am the tea-drinker. Tea’s what I’m about.
They have their fine blends, I blend not my own.
But to a mere snifter, I’d never say no.
To instants I shudder, to greens I give pause.
But to good old English brek, I can’t have enough.
Loose leaf is messy, so I am no staunch purist.
I drink some infusions, but black tea endureth.
There’s a brew for a cold, and a brew for a flu;
There’s one made for bloating, and PMS, too;
I’ve drunk some for temper, I’ve drunk some for blues;
I’d drink ‘em by the dozen, that much is true.
With a drop of white milk, and a heaping of sweet,
My cuppa tea is one you can’t beat.
I sip as I write this, a homage to the drink.
I’ll sum it all up, for the likes of those like me:
God save the Nectar of the Queen.
God bless this land, and let them drink tea!
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Next week on the Blog of Beth Overmyer: Look for an announcement!

Pens on the Page

There is nothing quite like curling up with a good book, a cup of hot tea, and a purring kitty. Of course, the cat will inevitably start biting your petting hand, you’ll spill some tea on yourself, and someone will start talking to you.

Reader Interrupted

I want to write books that cause that look, the look that says “Really? You interrupted my book for that?!” I want to create a world so interesting that the reader loses themselves and their worries in it.

Which means I need to study my craft by reading books that do that to me. And I should also, you know, actually WRITE MY OWN.

As you can see from the meter on the sidebar, the goblets novel is close to 90,000 words. My goal is to reach 100,000 words before November, and 110,000 words before the year is out. The tricky part for me, the reason why this is taking so long, is letting go and writing a crappy first draft. So I’ve created a mantra, one which I should really post near my computer:

I can fix it later. Just get it down.

Before it can captivate, I need to capture the bare bones of it on paper/screen. That’s not a tall order. So I’ll grab my tea, fend off the cat, and I’ll put my pen to that page and say, “You interrupted my writing for that?!”

Keep your pen on the page,
Beth

New Look

Hi!

It’s around 4:50 in the morning on Thursday, and I am awake. When I’m awake at times like these, I internet (yes, I just made that a verb. Deal with it.) Well, I was looking at my blog, and though I liked the colors, it didn’t look as crisp and organized as I want. That’s why I changed it to look like my S.M. Tinker blog.

I hope this makes things more accessible and appealing to people.

Cheerio!

Keep your pen on the page,
Beth

Juggling Flaming Sticks

I’m still trying to figure out writing as a career. It’s one thing to do it as a hobby, but a totally different animal to try to make a living out of it (you may thank me now, fans of the obvious.) Not that I’m trying to make a living from it. Yet. Here are some of my thoughts…

WRITE MORE. PUBLISH MORE. REPEAT OFTEN.

It’s one thing to talk about writing. I need to actually produce.

  • Write fiction every day, whether I feel like it or not
  • Try different avenues (non-fiction, audio, and so forth)
  • Keep up with my craft (study, research, and talk to other writers)

PRESENCE ONLINE

Over the past few years, I’ve been slowly trying to establish an online presence. To be honest, I need to ramp that up a bit. Here are some things I’m considering:

  • Blogging oftener
  • Starting an e-newsletter (quarterly)
  • Commenting oftener and on more blogs
  • Following more blogs
  • Facebook-ing and Tweeting oftener and with more intentional posts
  • Researching what does and doesn’t work for online sales
  • Following more people on Twitter

Lady Catherine Says: 365 Tweets of Condescension goes into print this December (2017.) My editor is working on the last twenty pages, and I need to give my cover artist a nudge. That’s been on my mind, and it’s important. But I need to have a plan in advance for AFTER (and more before) the release if I want the book to sell. Here are some of my plans:

  • Book signings
  • Book reviewers
  • Ads on Jane Austen sites (partner with one to sell copies?)
  • Book launch (in person and online)
  • Book tour (?)

Then there’s the ideas on the back burners, percolating; the projects I’m writing; the projects I’m editing; and the projects I’m looking for a homes for. Lots going on in a very small kitchen.

Any advice for me? I’m all ears!

Keep your pen on the page,
Beth

Monday Disguised as Friday

Today has not been the best day in the Bethverse. I won’t go into details, but it feels like a Monday. And I know how you all hate Mondays. *insert collective groan here*

Here’s a lame-butt attempt at a drawing to cheer us all up:

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*insert collective screams here*

Yeah. Nothing done for Camp NaNowriMo. But I did manage to get some more lyric-age approved for sale on Songbay. Here’s my profile: S.M. Tinker. Oh, and I edited a little, so win?

Keep your pen on the page,
Beth