Friday, September 23, 2016

Things I Don't Get


My marketing director told me that I need to post more on pop culture, you know, to show I “get” the times, but to be honest with you, I don’t get it. I don’t get how two people sitting on a couch would rather text each other than turn and have an actual conversation. I don’t get spending all day playing cheesy games on our devices that are nowhere near as (forgive my lack of computer-lingo here) rich and detailed as the ones on our dust covered x-boxes. I don’t get selfies or selfie sticks. I don’t get the belief that there is no actual truth—how can they be sure that’s true, if there is no truth? I don’t get Common Core. I don’t get why people don’t realize the high number of abortion clinics in largely black communities isn’t compassion, it’s genocide of the black community. Literally. Did you know that the largest ender of black lives isn’t police officers, it’s abortion? Time to put some things in perspective. Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, was a Nazi whose main goal was the extermination black people.  Don’t believe me? Look it up. Now there’s some truth. There’s something I “get”.

Sorry for my rant, sometimes you just have to. Disagree on anything I said—do you believe selfie sticks are the best thing ever? Feel free to leave it in the comments. I don’t mind differing opinions, just as long as it’s respectful.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

In Need Of: Schedules


This is the first week I’ve been able to really work on writing in over a year. Usually the school year beginning meant adjustments on my part, but I could still squeeze some time in for writing. But last year it just didn’t happen. There was always something, and those somethings equaled up to a lot of things not getting done. That’s a big part of why I decided not to homeschool anymore. And now I have six glorious hours each day to write, to work, to read, and to learn.  Now don’t get me wrong, I miss my kids, but this was good for us. It was time.

Now that I’m here, I’m stammering a bit with what to do.  What is the best use of this precious time I’ve been given? Do any of you have a schedule you’d like to share?  Usually I don’t like the structure, but right now, I think it’s just what I need to get things done.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

IWSG: Choices

First Wednesday of the Month

Today is the first Wednesday of the month, making it IWSG time. Thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh and co-hosts for putting this on. I’m actually writing this post on Sunday, because I will be out of town at a conference this week (Disney World!!!); which makes my insecurity for this month alarmingly clear: Can I juggle it all? While I’m at a conference for one of my jobs (yes, I have several) my kids are starting school for the first time. Ever. And I’m going to miss it—backpacks and lunch boxes, first day of school cookies and milk –and they’re going to miss me.

My insecurity: I can’t be everywhere and everything. I have to choose. And sometimes choosing is hard. I just hope I make the right choices.

How about you—what are you feeling insecure about this month?

 

Friday, August 26, 2016

Five Year Goals in Review


Sorry about the lack of posts lately—just trying to squeeze out the last rays of summer. But post I must, because today is the last Friday of the month, which makes it time to review my five year goal (four years left). Thanks to Misha Gericke for putting this on each month.  

My goal: To have a world-class publishing company.

For only being a year into it, it’s going very well. Ubooks are patent pending, we just signed three new authors:  Milo James Fowler (a collection of flash fiction to be released in November), Rebekah Leder (author of The Farm—to be released in December—a Laura Ingallsish middle grade collection about life on a 1950’s farm), and Liz Daniels (author of Garden House—to be released late December/January—a whimsical picture book about a giant pumpkin turned playhouse). I’m super excited to be working with these three amazing authors.

Also, expect to see some of my own work over the next couple months: The Reader, The Writer, and The Open Book (a short story trilogy to be released in October—a dark tale about a girl who can read things to life and a boy just waiting to be read) and In Lord Shadow’s House (to be released on Halloween—a short horror about getting what you wish for). Both of these have been major works of love for me, so I’m super excited to have them out there. In September I plan to get back to my regular blogging schedule, and hunt down new work and new authors/illustrators/musicians. If you have an amazing story and feel like saving me some time, you can submit it to me at: melanie@melanieschulz.com . That’s about it for me; busy, but in a very, very good way. How about you?
 
 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

IWSG: Time/Life Management

First Wednesday of the Month

Today is the first Wednesday of the month, making it IWSG time. Thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh and co-hosts for putting this on each month. Today I’m in a new frontier. My writing career up to this point has been very whimsical when the juices are flowing type of thing. Yes, I have regular writing hours, but they're (often) interrupted by this thing called life. And that was okay. Now I have deadlines and release dates for works other than my own and all that has changed. Things need to get done.  For the first time in my life I have a (sort-of) 9-5 type of job. And it’s summer, and the kids want to live this thing called life with me. So, what am I insecure about this month? My inability to balance it all. Any suggestions?




 
 
 
 
 
*Hey, Everyone! Click out the right sidebar for free Ubooks! If you have a story you’re interested in submitting as a Ubook, email me at: melanie@melanieschulz.com

Friday, July 29, 2016

Writer's Retreat/Five Year Goal in Review

Last Friday of the Month
 
I’m back. Last week I’d planned on taking my computer on a much needed writer’s retreat. My goal: finish the sixteen short story pieces for this October’s release of Sister’s Grimm. But like everything in life, plans change. I left the computer at home. It was a last second decision, but it was the right one. I’d told myself not having WiFi would be enough to keep me focused on my work, but as the time drew near for the trip, I realized that wasn’t entirely true. I could work on Ubooks all day long without WiFi. So I left it home and brought a nature journal with me instead. That’s actually how I started writing in the first place, so it felt right, and it was. I jotted out the rest of the stories and had plenty of time left to enjoy nature and some time with my son. Win. Win.

Also, today is the last Friday of the month, which makes it time to review some goals. I’m part of an initiative began by Misha Gericke, where you make a long term goal (five years) and review how it’s going each month. My goal is to have a world class publishing house. How’s it going? Very, very well. For years I never solicited authors because I didn’t think I could give them anything they couldn’t get for themselves. Let’s face it; an indie author can hire an editor, cover designer, marketer and sell the book themselves. Why would they need me taking a piece of their pie? I didn’t want to take on an author unless I thought I could really be of use to them. And now I can.

With Ubooks*.

I truly believe they’re going to be huge. Think about it: combining books with music, no limits on backgrounds and fonts—and best yet—they’re free.

So what does this have to do with my goal of having a world-class publishing house? Simple. No one else is publishing Ubooks; they can’t; there’s a patent pending on them. While they’ll never replace books—and I don’t want them to—they’re a creative new way for author’s to reach their readers on a much deeper, more personal level, and let’s face it; it’s another avenue for revenue. Early on when I came up with this crazy thing, I decided to be generous, very generous. Authors will receive 40% gross on all monies received (from commercials). And if they come with a cover, they will receive even more (5%). The only exceptions to this are picture books. Author and illustrator will each get 25%. Why so generous, you might ask? Simple. Author’s with something to gain will promote more. Another win/win. Right now I’m looking at/for flash fiction and picture books. Later, when this idea takes root, I’ll take on full length novels. If you’re interested, feel free to submit your work to me at melanie@melanieschulz.com . For some of you, I’ve been stalking your pieces, so don’t be surprised if I email you in the next few months with an offer.


Have a great weekend!

 


 

 

 
 
*Ubooks are musically enhanced video books.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Writer's Retreat


Nest week I’m embarking on something I’ve wanted to do for years: a writer’s retreat—not a thing to do but write—all meals made, no cleaning to do, just me and my computer. But, there is a draw back—no WiFi—which means no post for next week. Sorry about that that, but I hope to make up for it the week after with all the details. Have any of you gone on a writer’s retreat before? The one I’m going to isn’t as seclusive as I’d like; there’s still electricity and civilization nearby, but since I write on a computer, those were compromises I had to make. For those of you who’ve taken one, do you have any suggestions?

My work list:

I plan on finishing my part of Sisters Grimm, a project I’m working on with my sister Emily White, to be released in October. Also, I’m creating a short story trilogy Ubook: The Reader, The Writer, and The Open Book, which I hope to release in September. There is another project I’m procuring right now that I’m so excited about, but I don’t think the contract will be finalized until after I get back, so I won’t be able to work on that. L But I will be thinking about it… I’ll pass on more details as soon as they’re available.

Also, thanks for all the love concerning Jellyfish Jones. Your suggestions were great!
 
 
 
Have a wonderful week everyone!