I'm author ELLE STRAUSS and welcome to my website!
I write fun, lower Young Adult (teen) fiction to do with whimsical things like time-travel, fairies and merfolk.
When my serious side peeks out, she's called LEE STRAUSS. She likes to write upper YA about real things that have happened in the past, or made up things that could quite possibly happen in the future.
This blog is about books, mine and other fab authors', but occasionally I'll share about other topics.
Thanks for dropping by!
Monday, March 21, 2011
I Have Morning Face and Other Random Monday Ramblings
It's a vicious circle.
Whenever I come across something interesting on the blog I think I may use for fodder down the road, I save the link in a document called Blog 2. (I don't remember why it's called that, or whatever happened to Blog 1). I may never getting around to blogging these great ideas, so I thought I'd just clean out Blog 2 doc and list them here for your viewing pleasure.
How Much is Just Too Much for an Author to Do? This is a topic much agonized over by many authors and Arielle Ford, writer and publicist, gives her opinion. "I'm not sure I can take in any more information on what I need to do next to succeed as an author using social media and internet marketing. I think it's all just too much for one mere author to handle."
If you're still not sure about how to get published, Rachelle Gardner gives us her definitive post. "I get emails every day asking for advice on getting published or getting an agent. This is the post for people needing an entry-level introduction to publishing."
And when you've done all you can do to get yourself social networked, Nathan Bransford poses the question: Have Blogs Peaked? "I have no stats to prove it nor expert analysis to cite, but is it just me or are things quietier in the blogosphere?" You have to read the comments to get the most out of this discussion.
Do you have questions about Point of View? I thought about writing a blog post about it, but then came across Ingrid Sundberg's post and felt I could never say it better than this.
You've probably heard about Amanda Hocking--the accidental e-book millionaire? The blog is all a buzz about her and others like her and how they made it big in self-publishing. Well, Amanda has a few things to say about that and they're worth listening carefully to.
Nozomi from Write Hope, an international group of Kidlit writers with a connection to Japan. is organizing another auction to help Japanese survivors, especially the children.
SHOW ME THE VOICE! Blog fest at Kayeleen's Creation Corner is also a contest being judged by Natalie Fischer of the Bradford Lit agency. The deadline is today if you're interested in getting in on this.
And finally, for you singer/songwriters out there (or maybe you just sing or just write) the Tribehouse Collective (of which my husband is a part) is hosting a Johnny Cash Bash. Make a video of yourself singing a Johnny Cash Cover and send it in. The details of how and most importantly, why, are found in this youtube video.