MOST COOL AUTHOR-GIRL CHRISTINA BENJAMIN, CREATOR OF the YA series THE GENEVA PROJECT, was in town to celebrate the release of Volume Two, SECRETS. She and three other YA authors—Jaimie Engle, Christina Farley, and Amy Christine Parker—chatted about their books and their book-writing/publishing journeys at Bookmarkit, Orlando’s newest indie bookseller, located in the East End Market.
It was great fun to meet Kim Britt, Bookmarkit owner, chat with Darlyn and Brad Kuhn, and see Racquel Henry, of Writer’s Atelier! I look forward to more Lit-lando events at Bookmarkit—and I hope to see you there!
BIG SHOUT-OUT FOR LONG-TIME PAL AND CLIENT Melissa Abrehamsen, who’s just signed with Siobhan McBride of Serendipity Literary Agency. Ms. McBride will be representing Melissa’s YA Paranormal Romance, FORETOLD, in which a premonition pushes a cocky fortune teller’s son and a suicidal preacher’s daughter together to prevent a high school massacre.
Melissa writes, Jamie, you may not remember, but you were integral in helping me with my character arcs in FORETOLD—and with the underlying theme! Remember when we met in Mount Dora? That session was so good. Our ideas totally merged and magic happened!
THE NEW YORKER RECENTLY PUBLISHED AN ARTICLE titled, “Why Walking Helps Us Think.” Writer Ferris Jabr includes lots of historical evidence and fascinating facts to support this premise. I bet you could add your own empirical corroboration; I know I could. Time and again, when my writing gets stalled or my thinking gets stuck, my best solution is to don a pair of walking shoes and hit the trail. It’s almost crazy how reliable this method of unknotting mental knots has proven—for me, and for many, many others. In fact, a daily walk—on one’s own—is part of Julia Cameron’s Artist’s Way prescription for enhancing personal creativity.
Solvitur ambulando, St. Augustine said. “It is solved by walking.”
THE MIDDLE RIVER PRESS MOTTO IS, “WE DO IT RIGHT.” AND they do! MRP just won three silver medals in the Florida Authors and Publisher’s Association (FAPA) President’s Book Awards competition. Well-deserved congratulations to publishers Judy and Bruce Borich. You make your authors look terrific! For more information on MRP go to http://www.middleriverpress.com or like MRP at http://www.facebook.com/middleriverpress
ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, JAMIE MORRIS WILL CO-PRESENT a free webinar with business-writing coach Cathy Fyock titled, “Writing for Your Business from Your Life: How Memoir Helps Readers Relate.” In this one-hour webinar, Jamie and Cathy will discuss memoir techniques business writers can use to make their topics more tempting.
This no-cost webinar will be presented on Tuesday, September 30, from 6-7 p.m., EDT. All you need is a telephone to participate. Here’s the link to register. Join us! https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2943322619775027713