An Office Supplies Addict’s Nightmare

July 30th, 2011

So next weekend is Sales Tax Holiday. That means all school supplies and a number of other things students might need can be purchased without having sales tax added. Woo hoo!

As an office supplies addicted writer it’s like setting a kid free in a toy store and saying, “Get whatever you want.”

I was all set, planning what I would get: spiral notebooks, my favorite pens, paper clips, you name it.

Then my reasonable side kicked in and said, “Maybe you should check to see what you need first.”

Okay, I thought, that’s not a bad idea. I need to decide exactly how many new spirals I need anyway. So I opened my supply closet and…

Aack!

There they were, a pile of empty spiral notebooks. Okay, so no need to get any more of those. What about legal pads? Nope. Got a whole stack of those, too.

Okay, breath. Don’t panic. I’m sure I’m just about out of pens. I write a lot by hand and they often grow little legs and walk away to hide. (Yeah, Tiny Tot loves pens, too.) So I opened my desk drawer and…

Noooo!!!

Not only do I have plenty of pens in every color, I have highlighters galore (both regular ones and those with sticky notes attached) and unopened packages of white out and paper clips. I still have a package of mini sticky notes I purchased a while back and notepads leftover from a Christmas shopping spree.

I don’t need printer paper of any kind because I have stacks of card stock, regular paper and the special heavier weight paper.  I even have a nearly full package of CD-Rs, so no help there.

*Sigh*

I guess this year I won’t be participating in Sales Tax Holiday. No office supplies for me. 🙁

Although DH suggested shopping for clothes. That would be a good idea, I guess, since all my shirts are at least 10 years old and my “fat pants” are now my “skinny jeans.” (Motherhood can do that to ya. 😉 )

It’s not the same as grabbing up a brand new pack of Pentel RSVP fine point black ink pens or a Mead college rule single subject spiral, but it’s better than nothing I suppose.

…Maybe I’ll buy another package of printer paper anyway. You can never have too much, right?

What do you do when you find your office fully stocked?

Christian Fiction Indie Authors Continue Success In Kindle Top 100

June 1st, 2011

As it was in mainstream fiction, so it is still among a lot of Christian writers. Many still believe the only way to be validated and sell Christian fiction is to be traditionally published. Validation, however, depends on the writer’s idea of what success means.

What is success?

If the only way a writer will feel as if he succeeded is to find his book in a brick-and-mortar store, then traditional publishing is about the only way that will happen.

However, if reaching an audience is the real answer to “what is success?”, then perhaps epublishing is the better choice.

Mainstream indie authors are continuing to prove the DIY method can lead to satisfying sales, but what about Christian indie authors? How do they fair in the Kindle Top 100’s in Christian Sci-Fi and Fantasy. Here’s what I found.

Top 11 Christian Sci-Fi and Fantasy

  • The first five books listed in Top 100 Paid were by Vaughn Heppneran indie author selling his books for $2.99 or less.
  • In sixth and tenth place was Mary Doria Russell, traditionally published by Ballantine and selling her books for $11.99.
  • Vaughn Heppner reappears in slots 7-9.
  • In the number 11 spot was Angela Hunt, also traditionally published by Thomas Nelson and selling her book for $1.27.

So what can we conclude from this little snapshot?

What’s happening in the mainstream is also happening in Christian speculative fiction. The main difference I’m seeing is that some publishers seem to be adapting quicker to the new paradigm: readers want good ebooks at low prices.

It also means that getting traditionally published will only validate your writing if that is how you view success. Indie authors writing Christian fiction have the same opportunities as any other author, provided we work smart and give it our all.

Success is a matter of choice regardless whether you choose traditional publishing or indie publishing for both mainstream and Christian fiction.