Friday, July 24, 2015

Cover Reveal: Hot Pink in the City by Medeia Sharif

It's time to introduce yet another beautiful cover from this prolific novelist:

Medeia Sharif's latest release, due out August 19, is Hot Pink in the City. Be sure you read all about the book after you take in the beautiful cover for it. Here it is!


Asma Bashir wants two things: a summer fling and her favorite
'80s songs. During a trip to New York City to stay with relatives, she messes
up in her pursuit of both. She loses track of the hunk she met on her airplane
ride, and she does the most terrible thing she could possibly do to her strict
uncle…ruin his most prized possession, a rare cassette tape. A wild goose chase
around Manhattan and Brooklyn to find a replacement tape yields many
adventures—blackmail, theft, a chance to be a TV star, and so much more. Amid
all this turmoil, Asma just might be able to find her crush in the busiest,
most exciting city in the world.


I was born in New York City and I presently call Miami my home. I received my master’s degree in psychology from Florida Atlantic University. After becoming a voracious reader in high school and a relentless writer dabbling in many genres in college, I found my niche writing for young people. Today I'm a MG and YA writer published through various presses. In addition to being a writer, I'm a public school teacher. My memberships include Mensa, ALAN, and SCBWI.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Writing a Book Is Easy...Like Writing a Long Email

Real Housewives can do it all. They can sing...

They can dance burlesque...

And, as we've already established, they can write books.


...and lots...

and lots of books.

Professional writers are fine with that. We know that the big publishers realize the built-in audience for this sort of thing and all these books are pretty much ghostwritten anyway. Does anyone really think this woman could write a coherent paragraph?

The problem comes when a real writer joins the cast. Carole Radziwill is a former ABC News correspondent and Glamour magazine columnist who sold her first novel to Holt Publishing in a six-figure deal in 2014.

Carole is also on Real Housewives of New York alongside the woman who wrote this book:

Carole, like many writers who have worked for decades at our craft, was feeling a little frustrated listening to her friend brag about her book deal. She asked if Aviva had a ghostwriter. Turns out, she had multiple ghostwriters. But at first she denied it, saying writing a book was really easy, like "writing a long email."

What ensued was a multi-episode battle titled "bookgate" where the non-writer said the writer had a ghostwriter, too, and the writer said the non-writer doesn't know the difference between an editor and a ghostwriter. Apparently because "it takes a village" to write a book, the non-writer's argument was that anyone who says she wrote a book alone is lying. at this point I'm going to amend my earlier statement that published authors aren't bothered by reality stars getting book deals. As Carole Radziwell put it, Aviva Drescher's comments about writing being "easy" completely disrespect the years of hard work it takes to become a successful writer. Ghostwritten or not, the cold, hard truth is that Aviva Drescher would never have gotten a book published if not for being on a reality TV show. Carole Radziwell, on the other hand, would have likely had a book published eventually because of her talent. 

Sure, she has led an interesting life--once married to a Kennedy, best friends with Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, etc. She was actually the one who reported John F. Kennedy, Jr.'s plane missing to the Coast Guard that morning.

But she's also a writer. When you're a writer, it's not what you's who you are. Anyone who is an artist understands that. Unfortunately, reality TV stars are rarely true artists. If they were, they'd be creating art rather than trying to get attention for looking pretty.

It's understood that celebrities will sell books. They may be actors, singers, dancers, or reality show stars...but they aren't writers. When they compare themselves to someone who has put years of hard work into a field, then it's a problem. That's when we'll make an issue of the fact that they only got a book deal because they allow cameras to follow them around 24 hours a day while they create pretend drama.

Monday, July 20, 2015

That Moment When...I Slapped You

Sometimes I carefully research things before posting, hoping to provide useful information.

Sometimes I just like to vent.

This is one of the latter situations. Mostly because, despite my research, I've failed to find why this trend has become so popular. But it's annoying the you-know-what out of me.

Please tell me when it became a requirement that people begin every single social media posts with "That moment when." And am I the only one who is annoyed by it?

In small doses, it's cute. But I'm in a particular Facebook group for writers where every post starts that way. "That moment when you have a deadline and you're munching on Cheetos." "That moment when you were supposed to have a call, only the person doesn't pick up, so you end up realizing you've worked your day around something that isn't going to happen." Sometimes the "That moment whens" kick off a three-paragraph-long post, which is just ridiculous.

I just have to say that it's freakin' annoying when every post seems to start that way.

The best I can tell, the trend started as "That awkward moment" in 2009 and at some point 'awkward' became negotiable. It has now become a standard way for some people to start a status update. Kind of like the way we followed the unwritten rule that we start our Facebook posts with the word "is" in the early days of the site. ("Stephanie Faris is eating an ice cream sundae.") People obviously missed having rules and decided "That moment" was a great way to kick off every. Single. Status update.

Is there anything you find annoying on social media?