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I've missed two workouts already this week because my cat will not let me sleep through the night, so when the alarm goes off, I want to SLEEP. This he barely allows, what with jumping and hopping and nudging things off the bureau... Gad, I'm tired.

And then I see that because I didn't read LJ last night, everyone I know posted at least once, several twice or three times. So I hastily skimmed this morning, after finally dragging myself out of bed almost a half hour after my second alarm went off.

I keep reminding myself I'm too young for menopause, but I'm still having hot flashes at night. It's been quite cold here for Phoenix (don't laugh at us, you folks with snow - I know we're wusses), so we have the flannel sheets on and a couple of blankets. I wake up broiling in the middle of the night and have to cool off - this, of course, is likely why the cat decides it must be time for me to be up.

I would have liked to have worked out this morning, I have a pinched something in my shoulder I need to ease out (since I can't afford massages anymore). In trying to figure out my expenses for the next month or so, I'm thinking I won't have disposable income again until maybe August. Maybe. Remind me again of how gorgeous the dining room is and that yes, we do like that goofy old dog...

And speaking of pets, the last two days Silly has begged for his food then promptly gakked it up somewhere on the carpet (and once on the tile, fortunately). SIGH. I do love these animals, I do...

I got an offer from

Is this real, legitimate, or a good deal? Or anything?

Once again, thank you for participating in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. The ABNA team recently emailed you about the possibility of self-publishing through CreateSpace, a member of the Amazon group of companies, and that you are eligible to receive a free proof copy of your novel.

Ready to publish? Launch your novel on CreateSpace.
We know there are many publishing options available to you in the marketplace. We hope you'll take a moment to consider CreateSpace, where you can publish and sell your novel on demand through Amazon.com and other channels. You set your book’s list price and royalty, and your book is printed on demand as customers order so you won’t have to worry about managing inventory. Importantly, you retain the publishing rights to your novel ­ keeping future publishing and distribution decisions in your hands.

If you are interested in self-publishing with CreateSpace, we have set up an account for you to redeem your free proof copy and, if you choose, publish your novel. Some basic formatting has been applied to the manuscript file you submitted to get you started. A basic full color cover has also been provided for your book as a starting point. A complete list of formatting details is provided here: http://www.createspace.com/Special/ABNA_Formatting.jsp. You can simply order your free proof copy to determine what formatting changes you want to make. You can then revise and upload new versions of your cover and interior book block anytime you want. You can also publish additional books, DVDs, or CDs using your CreateSpace account.

To begin, simply go to http://www.createspace.com/ABNA_Login.jsp. Log in using your email address and the temporary password below to access your account (you will change your password once you log in).

If you're thinking about publishing your novel but would like additional feedback from colleagues before publishing broadly, consider distributing your novel as a Galley. Using CreateSpace's eStore feature, you can make your book available for sale only to friends and colleagues.

Want help customizing or improving your book from industry experts?
ABNA entrants are eligible for a 15% discount on BookSurge publishing services. If you are interested in custom cover design, editorial services, or help in promoting your book, consider BookSurge's publishing services. BookSurge, also a member of the Amazon group of companies, offers a broad range of editorial, marketing and distribution services tailored to the needs of each author. To sign up to speak with a BookSurge publishing consultant go to http://www.booksurge2.com/abna/.

Just want more information about self-publishing? Attend a free educational webinar about self-publishing options.
Finally, we invite you to sign up for one of our free online webinars tailored exclusively to ABNA entrants so that you can learn more about self-publishing through CreateSpace and BookSurge. To register go to: http://www.booksurge2.com/abna/webinar/.

We wish you the best of luck in your writing endeavors, and hope to see your novel in print soon!

Thank You
CreateSpace & BookSurge

Does anyone have any words of wisdom about such a thing? I'm not diving right in, because the copy of the novel I sent them was the same messy one that got sent to the last agent (and my, does that smart, still), so I'm still cleaning it up - but is this reputable? Any comments will be appreciated.

And now Silly sits on me and purrs, giving me that "I adore you" upside-down head look. Dang cats. I love 'em.



( 16 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 29th, 2008 07:59 pm (UTC)
An otter tells me you should keep a lookout for two somethings.
Jan. 29th, 2008 11:39 pm (UTC)
Was this otter more specific?
Jan. 30th, 2008 03:33 am (UTC)
A delivery person will be involved...
Jan. 30th, 2008 03:33 am (UTC)
Er, um, that was me...
Jan. 30th, 2008 04:13 am (UTC)
I guessed. :-)


Jan. 29th, 2008 08:06 pm (UTC)
Cold weather
Parts of India are having a cold spell.

On Sunday, Mumbai/Bombay had the record low temperature of 10.2C. That's about 50F.
Jan. 29th, 2008 11:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Cold weather
Yes, and I heard that it actually snowed in Baghdad. Weird weather (although a wet, cold January is more "normal" for Arizona than what we've been having the last several years, to be honest).
Jan. 30th, 2008 04:22 am (UTC)
Ah yes, cats. *g* As for the other, I'm not a big fan of self-publishing unless you have a plan for marketing it. And it's all well and good for them to talk about distributing a galley, but 1) it's expensive to create, 2) it's harder than you think to get it in people's (ie: booksellers')hands, and 3) it's not a way to get feedback, so I don't know how they think that's going to work. But maybe I'm just a snotty bitch.
Jan. 30th, 2008 04:53 am (UTC)
I do love my cats, I do, I do...

Yeah, that's kinda my thing about it. I want to be REALLY published. It's just the cry (sobbing wails, really) of the desperate that made me even consider it.

I think the way Amazon's working it is people can read things online and provide feedback to the author - at least, that's how it's working with the short stories (but those are, of course, easily downloadable for those who want to pay to read 'em).
Jan. 30th, 2008 05:55 am (UTC)
I'm with nutmeg3 on this. I don't have the wisdom of experience, but my finely honed sense of paranois is screaming, "Bad Idea!" Smells like a racket to get you to pay for comments to me.
Jan. 30th, 2008 05:55 am (UTC)
That would be "paranoia." My sense of spelling is less well honed.
Jan. 30th, 2008 01:14 pm (UTC)
All I needed was cooler, calmer heads reasoning for me before I flew off all-cocked (nothing halfway for me). *g*

Paranoia, paranois...

Jan. 31st, 2008 08:43 pm (UTC)
OT: somethings to expect
First, I'm told it is three boxes.

Second, he apologizes, because even though he carefully de-selected "signature required" checkbox when he sent them, when he checked the tracking on FedEx's website last night he sees that they are set up to require a signature.

Third, he did this on his own, not telling me what was up until he had everything assembled.
Feb. 1st, 2008 12:08 am (UTC)
Re: OT: somethings to expect
Yeah, there's a FedEx tag on the door informing me there are three boxes requiring a signature. I'm wondering if I can hold out until Saturday, since I believe that's a FedEx delivery day, and I'll be here to sign (which I won't be tomorrow). Of course, I could also take the tag with me and see if I can pick it up on the way home from work tomorrow...

He's a nice fella. You're pretty lucky, eh? *g*

Feb. 5th, 2008 04:32 pm (UTC)
The CreateSpace Offer Is Real
Hi, my name is April Hamilton and I'm also an ABNA entrant. First off, my cat Smudge keeps me up at night too. But with her, it's not knocking things over, it's lengthy kitty concerts. She was spayed as a kitten, but seems blissfully unaware of that fact.

Anyway, there's been considerable discussion about the CreateSpace/Booksurge stuff at the ABNA board, and several ABNAers have already used the service. Here's a link to one of the threads about it:
Feb. 6th, 2008 05:05 am (UTC)
Re: The CreateSpace Offer Is Real
Thanks for the comments! We'll see... *g*

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