Friday, June 15, 2012


There's still time to join the Author Blog Challenge! If you haven't, just do it. Moving right along to today's prompt... 

What has been the biggest surprise about writing/publishing your book? What has been the most enjoyable or most memorable aspect?

My biggest surprise was all the different formats that were wanted by all the different e-book publishers. Why can there not be consistency? Geeze Louise!

I love that Amazon has started to crack down on allowing public works publishing. It clears the market for real books. When I heard that, I did an Emeril Lagassi style, "BAM!" in my head.

Take that, you profiteers of other people's work!

I have enjoyed the people I have gotten to know through my networking efforts. There are some great folks in the publishing world. Many of them can be found here. Yes, that's The Author Blog Challenge participant link. So what if I invited my friends to join as well?

I never realized what a wonderful community writers have formed around the globe. How great is it that I can talk to Ashley Howland in Australia, Lisa Cherry in the UK, and meet people from the US as well? I adore intelligent discussion and giving people a new way to look at things that they may not have considered. A number of them have returned and given back as good as they have gotten.

I enjoy talking with writers because they are almost always open to new ideas and constructive feedback.

I enjoy talking with artists because they have a different view of the world we live in and take the time to paint or draw it.

I enjoy talking with most people on most topics as long as their thoughts are original and not pulled from the main-stream way of thinking.

Many of the people I now know, I would not have met without networking or voicing of my own, rather skewed opinion of the world. I wouldn't trade it.

Since this post is short, I am going to take today to share with you all some of my photography and illustrations. I hope you enjoy the eye candy.

Illustrations shown large, original photograph in icon. First is colored pencil on black canson drawing paper. Second is india ink on hot press illustration board.

In tandem with today's post comes an interview with Ashley Howland, author of Ghostnapped! Tomorrow will be my review of the book.

That's all for today, folks, Until next time, WRITE ON!



  1. Jo, you are as talented as you are supportive of your fellow Author Blog Challengers (Challengees?) I love the photos and drawings in this post. You are a true artist.

    1. Thank you for the lovely comment!! I try to be supportive. I hope it comes off that way.

  2. Great post Jo, it is fantastic to make links with authors all over the world. An added bonus is to find people who will spend the time helping others. Thanks for all your advice!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Ashley. I share the love. If I know it, I'll tell ya :) Thanks for the blog luv :)

  3. That formatting issue needs to get fixed. Smashwords format requirement is way over the top - my book will probably never be on their site. Yowzers!

    This challenge has been a blast! It has been such an honor and treat to get to know so many talented writers. Thank you for a beautiful post!

    1. I agree but the meatgrinder is automated and can't tell the difference. :) I'm glad you're having fun. I am too. I'm glad to know you. You helped me with my blog a LOT. Thanks, Liberty!


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