Author Olivia Boler

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Archive for August, 2011

August 23rd, 2011 by Olivia Boler

No such thing

On the writing front, it’s been pretty quiet this last week. I worked on a couple of freelance projects, closed my eyes, and thought of England. In this case, England is the money I will make to pay the family bills. But a few thoughts did come up. I’ve blogged about rejection, about how much […]

August 15th, 2011 by Olivia Boler

Being submissive

Well, I went ahead and did it. I sent my novel manuscript along with a synopsis and cover letter to two e-book publishers. If you want to check them out, they are Samhain Publishing and Carina Press. Samhain Publishing put out an ebook, The Matchmakers by Jennifer Colgan, I either got for free or extremely […]

August 10th, 2011 by Olivia Boler

Genre fiction, or what’s in a name?

I admit, I haven’t done a lot of research on the whole e-publishing microcosm—I don’t know what e-publishers are out there, the ones that are following the rules of traditional publishing with submissions, rejections, standards…you know, not vanity presses but “real” publishers. Oh, and that handle editing, cover art, distribution, publicity, and royalties (of the […]

August 6th, 2011 by Olivia Boler

It’s no fiction contest

Since my early twenties, I’ve spent lots of money entering my short stories in contests. These contests are usually sponsored by literary magazines or universities with lit mags, and the entry fee is on average $15 to $20. I keep a little notebook recording my efforts under four columns: Date Sent, Story Sent, Forum Sent […]

August 4th, 2011 by Olivia Boler

OK, traditional publishing, I’ll give you one more try

So, I’ve been obsessing about this whole e-book phenomenon, and it’s no wonder as I plow through the first Sookie Stackhouse novel (yes, I’m one of those True Blood fans who’s finally found her way to the source material) on my iPad. The app that truly legitimizes this basically rather expensive toy, although my kids […]

August 3rd, 2011 by Olivia Boler

Once upon an agent

Yes, at one point in my life, I had an agent. It was an amazing feeling when this complete stranger said she would like to represent my first novel. I was about 26 or 27 years old at the time, and it seemed like the work I’d done in grad school, despite my extremely yeasty […]

August 1st, 2011 by Olivia Boler

Sidetracked by money issues

Today was completed wasted in tracking down proof that I do NOT owe the City and County of San Francisco 16 times the amount of money they accused me of owing, that I do not, in fact, actually owe them ANY money at all! It’s really boring, but long story short, having to crawl through […]