Happy Holidays


Tis the season to sit back and take stock of the year before. This has been a very good year for PaperBox Books and for that we are very grateful.

 

We have read some amazing books (have I mentioned I love my job?), met some wonderful authors (seriously you guys ROCK!), and learned a lot ourselves (when you stop learning you stop living).

 

Thank you all for being part of our year and we both sincerely hope you stick around and join us for the next few (we have lots of cool stuff still up our sleeves).

 

Oh yeah, I almost forgot…

 

for Canadian authors, editors and other publishing industry folks:

 

There is a “Who is Who is Canadian Writing Directory” a printed publication published annually by BookLand Press and managed by Trade Architects Canada. It’s the first publication of its kind in Canada, the directory provides accurate and comprehensive data of Canadian writing professionals including writers, editors, journalists, screenwriters, technical writers, literary agents, illustrators, and freelancers.

 

Don’t get left out! Here is how to get yourself listed in the Who is Who Canadian Writing Directory.

 

May your Holiday Season be filled with peace, happiness and at least one good book.

 

Sue

 



New Titles at PaperBox Books


and…. they’re up! Go check them out!

 

PaperBoxBooks.com

 

Enjoy!

 

Okay, so I know it’s not very professional to do a dance of joy in public, but you KNOW that’s what we’re doing behind the scenes.



Closing the Circle by P.A. Wilson


Coming December 15th to PaperBoxBooks.com

 

Closing the Circle by P.A. Wilson

A serial killer is stalking Felicity Armstrong. Can Agent Sam Barton and the rest of the FBI stop him before he kills all her friends?

 

Review of Closing the Circle:

 

Felicity is never sure if she’s a suspect or next on the list to be a victim. Someone is using a twisted version of Wicca, which Felicity just happens to practice, to kill the people who have wronged her.

 

P.A. Wilson keeps her readers filled with suspense as they tour popular sites in San Francisco one body at a time. Note to self – do not read just before bed.



Bigger Than My Heart by Carolyn Maine


Coming December 15th to PaperBoxBooks.com

 

Bigger Than My Heart by Carolyn Maine

As if being the oldest of nine children… well almost ten, isn’t complicated enough, Susan is faced with even more decisions when two very different guys come into her life, both demanding her attention.

 

Review of Bigger Than My Heart:

This is a charming story about Susan, the oldest of nine kids with a tenth on the way. She has two awesome friends who help her navigate the onslaught of parental interference and family responsibilities and manage to actually have a life. Then comes Woody, the geek from her Dad’s firm and Silas, a dream come to life.

 

Can things get any more complicated?

 

Carolyn Maine has captured the complex life of teens in this fun romance. We can all relate to the challenges Susan faces. Everything from part time jobs, bratty little brothers and which guy to take to the prom.



New Titles Coming from PaperBox Books


Coming December 15th, 2010

 

Grey Areas by Jessica Dall

Willow and her friends had no idea their bond was anything exceptional until James joined their group. At first, they were skeptical of his insistance they were Eudaimons but soon, they are forced to flee for their lives in a clash of black versus white, with battlelines blurred by grey areas.

Bigger Than My Heart by Carolyn Maine

As if being the oldest of nine children… well almost ten, isn’t complicated enough, Susan is faced with even more decisions when two very different guys come into her life, both demanding her attention.

Closing the Circle by P.A. Wilson

A serial killer is stalking Felicity Armstrong. Can Agent Sam Barton and the rest of the FBI stop him before he kills all her friends?



NaNoWriMo is coming!


Are you excited yet?

 

What is NaNo?

 

NaNo is a month of pure writing insanity.

 

The goal is to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November. While it might sound intimidating, it’s actually very doable. Especially since this is the first draft. No one is expecting a literary masterpiece (you still need to edit the crap out of it – and I mean that literally).

 

So what’s the point if you don’t have a publishable piece at the end of November?

 

Well, for most of us, it means we’ve got one more first draft. Or, in some cases it means we finally have a first draft. I mean, how many people do you hear say, “I’d love to write a book one day but I never seem to have the time.”

 

NaNo is a short, one month commitment to see what they can do.

 

Added Bonus:

 

Writing is usually a solitary venture, NaNoWriMo fosters community.

 

Most cities have social events during the month of November to help writers get to know each other and offer support. There is nothing more energizing than to sit in a room full of writers and hearing nothing but the clickety-click of keys hammering out stories with occasional exclamations of “I have another thousand”

 

Having an audience when you hit 50,000 words is particularly fun.

 

If you live in a more remote area, there are global forum boards for writers to talk and share trials, solutions and just cheer each other on.

 

NaNoWriMo is expandable – I’m in Vancouver, BC, since a lot of us write all year long we’ve extended the social and write-in events to happen all year long.

 

How cool is that?

 

You’ll probably see me post more about NaNo in the weeks to come. After all PaperBox Books is aimed at helping first time authors get published. Here is a chance for more wannabe authors to dip their feet in the pool to see if they can do it.

 

Cheers

 

Sue



Book Review – Maybe This Time by Jennifer Crusie


I’ve become a real fan of Jennifer Crusie lately. It may be what’s going on in my life right now, but I’m reading more romantic comedy than usual. It gives me a place to relax the brain and enjoy some happy emotions. One of the things about reading on my iTouch is I can jump from book to book as the mood (and battery life) lets me. So what does this have to do with this review? I was reading 4 books until I started Maybe this Time. Suddenly I was reading one book and finding more time to read.

 

It’s a retelling of The Turn of the Screw – don’t let that put you off, it’s funny and dark and romantic.

 

Jennifer Crusie has created a cast of great characters. Andie, our hero, North Archer – our love interest (I kept thinking his name was Archer North but no). Her mother, his mother, old loves, brothers, evil newscasters and housekeepers, and two slightly crazy but fabulous kids.

 

10 page turns out of 10

 

Maybe This Time

 

Some other books by Jennifer Crusie

 

Trust Me On This

 

The Cinderella Deal

 

Happy Writing

 

Perry



Links for you, useful stuff for writers.


Here are a few links for you – mostly picked from the variety of blogs I follow.

 

The Swivet – why your hook is important.

 

Allison Winn Scotch – when to put away the manuscript.

 

Janet Reid – query letters

 

Write to Done – Adverbs

 

Happy writing

 

Perry



Looking for help with writing craft?


I was on my Goodreads group this morning and I found all kinds of posts asking for help. One post was specific to one sentence the author was trying to revise. She got responses right away and three great ones (okay one was mine but it was great, really).

 

I guess the point is, look for help everywhere. You never know where you’ll find that gem of advice that takes you to the next level.

 

Happy writing

 

Perry



Useful links for writers


Hi, here are a few links that you might find useful.

 

For writers who need to know all about forensic science.

 

Links within links from Charlotte Dillon about character development.

 

World Builder Projects, all about world building links.

 

Happy Writing

 

Perry