Hey, Gold Star!

Brag moment! Even though I get no real credit for this one.

I’ve been an avid appreciator of Joel Friedlander’s The Book Designer site for some years, and I keep an eye on his cover design awards and commentary as a useful educational tool (and a fun one). I’ve entered several of my covers, commissioned and self-designed, and gotten nice feedback on them. But this month I landed the coveted gold star. Continue reading

Luck, the Irish, and Writing Toward Your Dreams

This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series Writing in Ireland

It’s St. Patrick’s Day. Do you feel lucky?

Clint Eastwood as Dirty Harry, "Do you feel lucky, punk?"
No, not in a Dirty Harry sort of way. More of a, Are you ready to achieve your dreams? kind of way.

Let’s listen to some Irish talk about dreams. Continue reading

Social, Civil, and Savvy: a new non-fiction book

So I’ve been working very hard, and I’ve dropped a few hints, and I’m finally ready to reveal it: I have a new training and behavior book coming out soon!

(Animal training and behavior is my day job, when I’m not letting my imaginary friends irritate each other for fun and profit.) Continue reading

Release Day! The Songweaver’s Vow & D is for Dinosaur

You know it’s been a busy month when you have three book releases in two weeks.

COVALENT BONDS cover, woman embracing handsome nerd in glassesFortunately, two of those are anthologies. Covalent Bonds dropped on Valentine’s Day — because romance — and D is for Dinosaur hits the streets today — because dinosaurs. Continue reading

Guest Cover Reveal: Halayda

If you like Celtic magic and myth, you might want to check out today’s guest cover.
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Cover Reveal: The Songweaver’s Vow!

The Songweaver's VowI’m so excited about this, you guys. I worked on this book for over a year, and it’s finally ready and it’s coming soon. And today I get to share the official cover reveal with you.

Ready? (Say yes, please, because I am.) Continue reading

Things to Know About Self-Publishing

Rocky Mountain Fiction WritersHere are some of my thoughts about getting started in indie publishing! Feel free to agree or disagree with me over there, fellow writers — comments welcome!

http://rmfw.org/5-important-things-to-know-about-self-publishing-part-1-by-laura-vanarendonk-baugh/

and

http://rmfw.org/5-important-things-to-know-about-self-publishing-part-2-by-laura-vanarendonk-baugh/

vintage travel poster style image of Skellig Michael with text Come Write In IrelandIf you want to hear more from me about self-publishing, make sure you check out the August 2017 edition of http://www.irelandwritertours.com/

Revisions In Progress

The Songweaver's VowSo I’ve been chatting on social media this month about The Songweaver’s Vow, sharing tidbits for #WIPjoy. Right now I’m throat-deep in revisions, which is always a challenge but especially so with this book, as I did not write it linearly (start to finish, straight through).

I know a lot of writers who can write out of order. Apparently I am not one of them. These revisions are kicking my butt like… well, like Vikings trashing a fishing town. Continue reading

Come Write With Me! in Ireland!

vintage travel poster style image of Skellig Michael with text Come Write In IrelandSo we’re closing on the biggest gift-giving occasion of the year, and you don’t know what to get that writer on your list? What about an investment in their writing career? Nothing says love and encouragement and “I believe in you!” like a contribution to their goals. (And reading their work. But that’s much harder to wrap.)

If you are the writer, feel free to leave this page open on a conspicuous monitor or maybe even send a helpful link. Continue reading

Covalent Bonds Cover Reveal

Rogue Trip excerptCovalent Bonds is coming!

This is a bit different, so check it out: Continue reading