The Next Big Thing (Week 25) — Shard & Shield

Question book

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In which Laura reveals intimate answers to fascinating questions! Don’t miss a moment!

Well, okay, so we’ve found the reason I am not a marketing copywriter. But stay with me a moment anyway.

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Signposts on the Way to “Making It” – Goals

Audiobook Collection

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It’s good to have realistic expectations as well as goals, right? And likely goals as well as shoot-for-the-moon goals, right? Authors — and everyone — should have many small goals as they make their way toward large goals.

So in a fit of procrastination from Real Work, I’ve compiled a just-for-fun list of things which would make me happy, small or large signposts on the way toward Arrived — wherever that is.

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Announcement: a new book is coming soon

Laevatein & McCoy

Laevatein the Doberman and McCoy the skeleton

So you knew I was working on bringing Kitsune-Mochi to you, right? Did you know I’m also working on a non-fiction book?

My day job is in behavior, animal behavior specifically (though I’m also certified in TAGteach), and I’m working on a book in that field. Continue reading

How To Help Your Favorite Authors – Guest Post

A question I’ve received several times on Facebook or elsewhere is, How can we help promote? I love that people want to help me (and other authors) promote their books. Here’s a great little article by Lindsay Buroker on promoting an author’s work. Not just for me — do this for any book you enjoy!

As authors, we spend a lot of time trying to promote our books. Our biggest obstacle is obscurity because there are a lot of books out there. No, really. A lot. Continue reading

Learn to dance THRILLER with us!

learn to dance Thriller at Indianapolis libraries

“Because it’s Thriller! Thriller night….”

My day job is in behavior. My hobby is in geekdom. Sometimes these worlds collide and I get peanut butter in my chocolate, and it’s awesome. Continue reading

Amazon Deals on KITSUNE-TSUKI

Retail news! Not only is Kitsune-Tsuki now available in paperback (say, here, for example), but it’s eligible for Amazon’s 4-for-3 promotion — which means if you add Kitsune-Tsuki to an order of three books, you get it free.

Of course, it’s in ebook at Amazon, too, and at Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords, and pretty much everywhere else you can find ebooks for sale.

And because I hate just flogging my stuff, please go look at the pretty pictures on the KITSUNE-TSUKI Pinterest board. There’s some work from really talented photographers, origami artists, and more.

And in case you don’t like that for some reason, here’s a picture of a cute puppy.

adorable Doberman puppy, photo by Laura VanArendonk Baugh

Kitsune-Tsuki wins Luminis Prize!

Kitsune-Tsuki was awarded the Luminis Prize at the 2012 Midwest Writers’ Workshop, a three-day professional conference for writers of all genres. The judges called it “beautifully-written.” As you can see by the photo, I was pretty thrilled! Continue reading