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Book Reviews on Amazon

Dear Readers, I hope you are enjoying the book, but please let us know either way. If you want to help us out, you can go to Amazon and click LIKE, add any keywords you think apply to the book or agree with the ones that are their, and if you are feeling especially helpful, leave a review of the book. Amazon Prime users :: Don’t forget you can still get Duck Blood Soup on your Kindle through the lending library and your favorite authors still get a buck or two out of the deal. Thanks for all the support,...
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Book Clubs.

I was at a party last night and a few friends mentioned that they would suggest our book for their book clubs, and said it would be really cool if I could attend the meeting when they discussed the book. I’m looking forward to it. Some others have suggested that we meet with book clubs via Skype or Google+. Let us know if you are interested.  
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Artwork for Kindle Version

A copy of Duck Blood Soup was given to an artist-friend yesterday so that he can begin work on the cover art as well as a map of the countries of Ozeanchor and Eizenfeng. I can’t wait to see what he comes up with. After I get the artwork back, I will do the cover lettering and finish up the formatting for the Kindle submission. We considered adding a small picture at the start of each chapter, but not sure how popular that is on the eReaders like Kindle.
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Heading to Kindle

After a lot of research and conversations with agents and advisers, we’ve decided to move forward with creating a Kindle version of Duck Blood Soup.  This means a lot of time working on formatting, another pass on editing, and getting with an artist friend to create the cover art and a map of our world. Look for more updates coming soon.
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Editing notes

Even though we thought we were done with this round of edits, Frank and I both had some interesting revelations.  We independently decided that different sections of the State Dinner chapter needed revising, based on what we knew about the characters involved.  It was one of those fun cases where previous character development influenced what happens in the book. The second revelation for me involved a chapter where I had written the characters into a corner and we had spent several days trying to find a resolution that didn’t involve deus ex machina.  I think what we had was...
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Publishing

Check out The Sugar Mommas

Sending out a big thanks to The Sugar Mommas for their help with our search for an agent. The Sugar Mommas After graduating law school together, Kimberly and Jenna went off to practice law…for a while. Then Kimberly became a fudge queen while Jenna became a rock star. After having two delicious sons, in 2005 Kimberly “Momma” Reiner started a cottage industry – Momma Reiner’s Fudge – which was recently featured as one of Oprah’s Favorite Things. Also, Kimberly has appeared on The Martha Stewart Show, making her fudge right alongside Martha. Jenna has been the lead singer of...
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On goes the editing

We are still churning through the latest round of editing.  I think Frank has gone through almost the entire book again.  I’m a little more than halfway through with my edits. It is fun rereading the book, but editing can be tricky – there are spots where I get wound up in the story and temporarily turn off my editing filter, so then I have to go back an reread each sentence slowly to make sure it is worded as well as possible; that the sentence flow well and there is no ambiguity on who is speaking when.  It...
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How to Coauthor a Book

Having multiple authors collaborate on a book is not unheard of, but it isn’t exactly common either. There are a number of issues that can make coauthoring difficult. How do you split up the workload? How do you make the book sound as if it is written by one person. How do you allow creative freedom and still keep the plot on the agreed upon path? We addressed all of these issues as we would for our day jobs. My background as a software engineer made me view the book as a large software project. Each chapter is basically...
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