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Jealous

I remember the day my friend, Tina Chen showed us the cover of her gorgeous new novel: a lush, moving story written by a generous soul. Her success (and the book was award-winning) was well-deserved. And I was JEALOUS.

Jealousy’s not a regular thing for me. Usually my friends’ successes give me hope. So this unwelcome green-eyed monster growled a question: Jealous of what? I knew I could publish. But I had given up on publishing a novel; I didn’t think I could finish. What Tina had that I believed I didn’t was follow-through. When she set a goal–even a complex one–she accomplished it.

Not long after, I DID finish my first novel. (Good thing I explored that jealousy.) And while I was learning promotion, I discovered former publishing CEO Michael Hyatt, who now trains leaders. I’ve been using his work ever since, and it has helped me immeasurably with organization, focus, goal-setting–all of that stuff I thought Tina could do, but I couldn’t. (Turns out I can!)

Now I get to be one of Michael’s affiliate partners. This is new for me, and I’m genuinely excited. (I mean really genuinely, not just ad-copy genuinely.) I want to share this FREEBIE with you, because 2017 is sneaking up on me, and maybe on you, too.

I love this (free!) PDF download. I was taking notes on it last night and sticking them in my calendar–until I realized I was basically copying the whole book:

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It’s a who’s who of successful people — Tony Robbins,
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Check it out (at no cost) here:
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Katherine

P.S. This free PDF is a wealth of wisdom to kickstart 2017. If you’ve felt stuck for a while–or your successful friends are making you jealous–don’t miss it: http://bestyearever.me/a20843/2017ebook

 

The Summer of No Regrets Book Trailer!!

Thanks to voiceover actress and model Michelle Weidner, actor Aaron Bond, photographer Andrew Bond, and Ryan Schmidt of Moon Rock Creative for scripting, directing and production magic!

Check Out “I Like These Books” on The Summer of No Regrets Blog Tour

Britta at I Like These Books is a teenage blogger and one of the contributors to Spoiler Alert (The Book Recap). When she’s not reading or blogging, she spends her time baking and babysitting. It’s true, she’s way too domestic for a teenager. (She says.)

Britta also writes an excellent blog with a gazillion followers. I got to answer a few Brigitta questions on her blog today. http://www.ilikethesebooks.com/2012/04/this-or-that-with-brigitta-from-summer.html

Thanks, Reading Angel

Angela, at Reading Angel has officially launched the SUMMER OF NO REGRETS blog tour. These book bloggers completely amaze me. They blog on their own time out of a love for books. Many also have their own novels in progress or out for query. I think they are the life blood of publishing. Go check out Reading Angel’s blog for some great reads. Here’s what she says about herself:

I’m Angela. 26-year-old stay at home mom. I’ve been married for 8 years to a wonderful man. Reading is my passion. I love sharing thoughts and book ideas with others. I love to talk about books and blogging with anyone, so never feel shy about emailing me or chatting me up on twitter!!!  I try to post reviews for everything I read here, and I love getting comments!!

My reading passion is YA books, but I read a lot of paranormal, urban fantasy, and humorous romance.

I spend more money on books than I do on food, my favorite color is clear, and I trip over my own feet.
I will wear a hoodie all year, even when it’s freezing, (summer it just goes on in the evenings).
It has to be at least 4 sizes to large because I want it to swallow me.
So, that’s where you’ll find me today, with a book, swallowed by a hoodie ;)

 

Naked

Now that I have your attention…

I’ve been thinking again about why I write. With THE SUMMER OF NO REGRETS so close to release, I barely have time to think about this. But every debut novelist has to grapple with “Me-And-My-Ego.” While I’m busy with promotion, it’s easy for me to get distracted by “Please love my book and say I’m wonderful,” as if that is the point of what I do. But since I have no desire to relive junior high (“What do you think of me? Am I pretty? Does my crush think I’m pretty? What can I do to make you like me?”), I have to consider why I really write.

It’s because I want my readers to look at each other’s eyes.

No, really. Really look. A book can help us do that, I think. We meet someone new–even if it’s a fictional character–and then maybe we can risk stepping out of our isolation or into someone else’s. A real someone. The girl at the next lunch table, maybe. Or the guy bagging our groceries. Or a friend we haven’t really talked to in a long time.

I wrote a bunch of poems at the Seattle Art Museum a couple of years ago, in response to the artist Cris Brodahl. I sat with her paintings for hours, watching people come in and out. They’d look at the work for a short time or a long time. She has this kind of layered thing she does, where she’ll put one painting on top of another, like this one called “The Fall.” The face behind is different from the face in front. And the painting is a nude so, yeah, lots of people stare at it for a while. (Ah, NOW you’re clicking the link.) Okay, so I’m not encouraging lunchroom nudity or anything, but I thought about the risk we take when we expose our true selves, when we say what we think and how we feel and who we are. And I wondered if it was worth it to do that. And I’m still not absolutely certain that it is. But sometimes when we do, we see each other’s eyes for the first time.

 

The Fall

When publicly undressed
You must
Remain serene.
Do not notice
The breeze across your belly,
Tightness of shoulders,
Weight of your breasts.

Pretend
No one stands, head atilt,
Scrutinizing the curves of your body,
Crook of an elbow,
The intermittent catch of your throat.

Imagine you do not lean
Over a precipice.

Instead, be rain,
Shale, Snow,
Small tumble that shakes the mountain,
Behind your face
A clandestine smile.

You alone
Know your secret tipping point,
How to slide out of view,
Hidden in your skin.

Rockfall,
Facefall,
Voicefall,
Freefall.

Do not mistake
Serenity for safety,
You, who chose this starkness.
Danger attends revelation,
Like a brooding lady-in-waiting.
Danger
Has her own secrets.

Wait
For the one who will stare into your eyes.
Hold still and do not look away.
The earth tips under both of you.
Let it.

Fall
Like a flame,
Like a dying star,
And do not be afraid.

©2010 Katherine Grace Bond

One Year to Launch—Calling on the Well-Traveled for Advice

launching viking boats
My debut YA novel is scheduled for release in May, 2012, so this morning I was thinking about the word “launch.” I think I came to my previous book releases a little bewildered, overwhelmed by the options (101 Ways to Promote Your Book), and a bit timid about getting my feet wet. Now, I realize that while I can’t do it all, I can have a focused plan.  So I asked myself, if I were sailing around the world, how would I prepare for my trip?
I’d love it if my novelist friends would tell me specific things you’ve done to prepare for your own launches. How would you interpret these steps?
Laying in Supplies—I’d need food for the voyage, blankets, emergency lights, fishing gear, etc.
Maps, both paper and electronic
A Route Plan–decide how I’ll get there
Talk to Experienced Sailors—especially those who’ve sailed around the world before
Enlist Supporters at Home—people who will stay in contact remotely and report on my progress
Enlist Supporters in Foreign Ports—people who would welcome me, let me stay with them, and introduce me around their city
Avoid Dangerous Waters—war-torn areas, areas with pirates, areas prone to storms
Languages—acquire a working knowledge of the main languages where I will be sailing, or find interpreters.
Time for Loved Ones–build in daily
Post-Trip Plan—a plan for after I return home, so I can rest and slow down, but not all the way down.
Work on Next Trip—preparing for another trip, even while I’m on this one.
Advice?