Operation Teen Book Drop/Rock the Drop 2013

April 18, 2013, is Support Teen Literature Day! Consider dropping YA titles for lucky readers to discover in various public areas. Go to the Readergirlz website to print bookplates to include with your book donation.

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In addition to dropping books for teens to discover, you are encouraged to donate books to 826NYC:

Donate books to 826NYC:
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attn: Joan Kim
c/o: readergirlz Rock the Drop 372 Fifth Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215

Writing Prompts…

Okay, so in my last post I attempted to start a monthly writing prompts. But with all the projects I have going on currently, I realized that was not such a great idea, regardless of how I love such creativity!

As you other writers with fulltime jobs know, it’s hard enough finding time to work on projects. Each minute should be savored effectively as much as possible. To that point, I’ve decided to go back to my normal – post as necessary since this is easier with time demands. In the meantime, if you do like writing prompts check out these sites:

Writer’s Digest’s Your Story Competition

Creative Writing Prompts

Poet & Writers’ writing prompts exercises

Writing prompt generator

Hurting Feet or Dying Shoes?

So, I was working finding material for the teen web page for my day job and got the idea to start a monthly interactive writing promt. So, starting today, here goes:

You are a shoe bought by a lady whose feet are too big to fit your curves. Describe the scene when she first wears you…

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This should be fun! I’ll be back with my own post later.

Transformed is Here!!!

Hey guys:

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Even though my debut YA novel is here, there’s still a lot of work to be done – like marketing and preparing for cover/edit costs for the next book in the series. Self publishing sometimes get a bad rap for being poorly done and most times this is due to low funding for the project.

I want to continue the streak of providing high quality materials to my readers so I’ve started a campaign to raise funds. You can help out by contributing and spreading the word! See more info by clicking here.

Thanks!!!

“Transformed” Book Release

In anticipation of my debut YA novel release in Fall 2012, I’ll be having some contests.

Head on over and “Like” my Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/WriterNicolaLMcDonald
to get updated info about contest info. and  updates on when “Transformed” will be available!

Be sure to spread the word, especially to any teens you may know who enjoy reading paranormal romance, science fiction, fantasy, etc.

Electronic Publishing Resources

Hey There!

I thought I’d do a post on e-publishing resources since it’s such a hot topic right now, and probably will be for a while. So, I’ve been looking around at various resources and I found these to be informational and resourceful:

With eBook publishing picking up so nicely there are many different companies popping up all over the web. Be sure to extensively research any company you plan to do business with to make sure they are stable enough and have the types of services you are looking for. to help more in regards to what you should look for if you’re considering e-publishing or even POD self- publishing check out ParaPublishing.

Have any more ideas not mentioned here? Please share them in the comments! Thanks.

The Self Publisher’s Book Cover

Hey guys! Ever wondered about book covers? Well, if you thought about self publishing, or publishing at all, then it has most likely crossed your mind. Well, let me tell you from the perspective of my Librarian profession and my avid reader self, book covers are quite the rave! They have the power to draw potential readers or have people hold up a cross and run away like they’re vampires from a bad dream.

So, how do you find the right cover artist?

Mmmm, good question! I’d say start by browsing your local library for books that relate to your story. Look at various cover designs and do more research on the artists by visiting their websites and looking at more of their works. Contact them and ask questions!

With the rise of self-publishing, and those publishers wanting to make their works more professional, book cover designs have become increasingly expensive. Don’t despair! You may find you have a creative knack and want to try making your own cover (warning – if you are not into the arts and technology, this may not be your best option!) But if you want to try I found some resources you can check out:

Also, I recently came across this site called Elance, where you can have various designers bid to work on your book cover. I’m sure there are other similar sites out there as well.