Wednesday, April 13, 2011

A post about singing, an incredible dance off challenge, and a $0.99 ebook for kids!

Anita Laydon Miller has one of my favorite author blogs. She usually writes short posts, but packs them with great information. She’s the book columnist for the COLORADO SPRINGS GAZETTE, so she’s always reading good books. And until recently, she was the client of a sought-after literary agency, so she’s got the inside scoop in publishing. A couple weeks ago, Anita switched gears and decided to epublish her middle grade science fiction on her own. So now she’s an epublishing expert, too.

According to Anita, EARTHLING HERO is an “inexpensive middle grade ebook”—at $.99, she’s right—that she’s hoping will appeal to kids and to families who read aloud together. Below is a short description of the book and then a short video of Anita singing.

Imagine waking one summer night to see someone standing beside your bed. The “someone” is a complete stranger, but looks exactly like you. That’s what happens to eleven-year-old Mikey Murphy. The next few days are filled with adventures—breaking into a high-security military installation, engaging expert assassins in hand-to-hand combat, searching for an evil alien’s hideout in the middle of a national landmark—all with two new alien friends at his side. Can Mikey and his friends survive their adventures and save the world?


That was Anita’s singing debut. Doesn't she look adorable in her cowboy boots?


Now are you ready to watch Anita and me dance? Because that brazen lady just challenged me to a dance-off! Here’s how it works: On May 2nd, Anita and I will each post one-minute videos on our respective blogs. Anita’s video will show her dancing, my video will show me dancing. We’ll count the number of comments we each get during the 24 hours after we post the videos. The person with the least number of comments (and you can comment on both blogs, everyone), will place $10.00 in a kitty. We’ll post new dance videos on the first Mondays of September, October, November and December and keep track of the comments each of those months, too, so that there will be $50.00 in the kitty in December. We’ll give that money away to a to-be-determined charity.


I accept your challenge, Anita. Let the dancing begin! It's ON!

39 comments:

Jonathon Arntson said...

Dance-off! Sing-off! Laughing my a@@ off!

You guys crack me up and I love ya for it. Thanks for hosting Anita, Kelly. You rock!

I think the comments should include song suggestions! (As well as questions for Miss Anita.)

Tina Laurel Lee said...

Yep, darling in those cowboy boots! And I love the dance off! I hope the videos are instructional because I have a lot to learn!

Marisa Hopkins said...

Just plain awesome. <3!

and DANCE OFF! WHOOOOP! Can't wait to watch!

Anita said...

JONATHON: I'm so happy we made you happy! And you have all those months of dancing to look forward to. :)

TINA: I've got my work cut out for me. We've all seen Kelly boogie. I took my lessons from her videos!

MARISA: Can't wait to dance! (I think)

Lindsay N. Currie said...

Ooooh. . . the eighties come rushing back to me when I think of dance-off's! LOL can't tell you how much I watched Girls Just Want to Have Fun:) good luck you dancing machine!

Charlie said...

Anita: Oh, you were serious about the singing. You have a cute voice, especially the "yee-haa" at the end.

Kelly: I came here for the free coffee and discovered a cool blog.

May the best dancer win.

Kelly said...

Jon - :) and good idea. IF ANYONE HAS QUESTIONS FOR ANITA, ASK AWAY!
Tina - Ha! Not so sure they will be instructional. Laughable yes, instructional....probably not!
Marisa - I need to work on my dance moves until May!
Anita - Thank you, dear, for singing for us today!!!
Lindsay - Yes, Anita and I are girls who just wanna have fun!
Charlie - Thanks so much for coming by today!! FYI: There's peppermint schnapps in the coffee.

Tara said...

Too. awesome. I can't wait.

That book sounds great; bet my son would love it.

Bish Denham said...

Congratulations to Anita! And I'll keep a look out for the Dancing Queens!

Anita said...

LINDSAY: Thanks for stopping in...be sure to check out the first dance-off installation in May...maybe I'll do an 80s theme?

CHARLIE: Yee-haw! :)

KELLY: THANK YOU for having me here. I'm worried about all your fans. I may need a Dancing With The Stars-like training session.

TARA: Break the bank, buy the book. :) Let me know what your son thinks of it, if you get it. And if you don't have an ereader, there are plenty of other ways to read it...computer, iTouch/Phone, etc. Let me know if you have questions.

BISH: Thank you!

Matthew MacNish said...

Oh man! That was awesome, thanks ladies. Looking forward to the dancing.

Heather Kelly said...

So sad that I am at the Y and don't feel right about clicking 'play' on the video. I'll have to wait to see the Amazing Anita singing in her cowgirl boots. I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE DANCE OFF! Are you opening it up to other bloggers, or is it capped at two? I'd love to see J get down.

Anita--how long were you working on EH before it was ready?

Thanks, Kelly, for the spotlight on Anita today. And, I hate to complain, but my coffee today was suspiciously lacking the schnapps. I'd love a refill. :)

Anita said...

MATTHEW: Thank you for your enthusiasm during this tour. I'm so glad I "met" you! Dancing should be interesting. Kelly's probably busy practicing now, getting some steps down.

HEATHER: I worked on EARTHLING HERO as part of my MFA program. I finished most of it in a semester (with my critique partners and mentor offering feedback) and then worked on revisions for another couple months. I'm proud of it. It's a good book, and a bargain at $.99. I think epublishing is a great alternative for writers who want a break (temporary or permanent) from traditional publishing.

Kelly said...

Tara- The book is only 99 cents! I think your son will love it!
Bish - Oh thank you! That may just be the post title for that post! :)
Matthew - Hopefully we won't embarrass ourselves. :)
Heather - There's a bottle of wine behind the coffeemaker if you'd like a glass. :) Good thinking about adding dancers...
Anita - I do practice my dance moves daily. Watch out! ;)

cleemckenzie said...

Gotta go get me some of them boots! Will you wear boots when you dance, Kelly?

Anita said...

KELLY: Flexing, stretching.

CLEE: I actually have two pair of the same boots...one in black, one in brown. Boots are big in Colorado. I wonder if they're big everywhere. Hmmm.

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

Earthling Hero sounds great! And a dance off for a good cause... Awesome! What fun!

Anita said...

CYNTHIA: If you get EARTHLING HERO, let me know what you think about it...I could use some reviews and feedback, since I'm planning a sequel.

And the dance-off is for a good cause...it's great of Kelly to donate all that money.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Okay, Kelly, you convinced me. I just hopped over to Amazon and bought Anita's book. I'm sure my son and I will both enjoy it. :-)

Anita said...

SHANNON: Thank you! Let me know what you and your son think of the book!

Suzanne Casamento said...

I love your dance for charity idea! That's AWESOME! Someone should tell Ellen about what you girls are doing. ;)

Chris Phillips said...

I've got $5 on you. Don't let me down!

Anita said...

SUZANNE: I think Kelly would be awesome on Ellen. She should run Ellen's show.

CHRIS: Boo! Hiss! :)

Solvang Sherrie said...

The dance off sounds like fun. I've seen Kelly dance before. Watch your back, Anita!

I have a question: How did you agent feel about self-publishing? Are you still with her working on other books, or are you just going to self-publish now?

Darby Karchut said...

You two are just too fun for words. I can't wait!

Anita said...

SHERRIE: No doubt. The woman has some moves. I'll be warming up at Heather Kelly's blog on Friday.

My former agent understands that epublishing is a viable option for writers. I think there will be a point at which agencies will assist their clients in epublishing, but those agencies will still want to take a cut of sales. And that might be a good option for some writers, but it's not how I wanted to handle things.

My former agent was willing to shelve my MG for awhile and have the two of us work on a YA that I'm writing. I didn't want to shelve the MG, though. We'd gotten excellent feedback from a large publishing house. So I decided to self-publish and see how I could do on my own. I'll be epublishing another MG in June.

DARBY: It will be something to see!

Kate said...

I can't wait to watch this dance off. Oh, and Anita's book sounds good too. But mainly, I'm just excited to see the dancing.

Hema P. said...

Thanks for introducing Anita! Her MG e-book sounds like so much fun and adventure!

You do some seriously cool stuff, Kelly! I'll be here on May 2nd to cast my vote :).

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You smile, you sing, you dance - what don't you do Kelly?

Anita said...

KATE: I write better than I dance. And even though I've seen Kelly's awesome moves, I've also seen her writing--she writes better than she dances. :)

HEMA: Thanks for stopping by to meet me!

ALEX: Kelly doesn't say, "No!" to a challenge very well.

DEZMOND said...

a video of you dancing? I'm there :)

Patricia A. Timms said...

Way too much fun! This book sounds really interesting.

I can't wait to see what music you two are dancing to.

MG Higgins said...

No questions, just wanna say you guys are GREAT. I'm looking forward to the dance off.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Sounds like a fun way to donate to charity.

Anita said...

DEZMOND: We'll see you there!

PATRICIA: Thanks, about the book...if you check it out, let me know what you think. :)

MG: I'm looking forward to it, too! My family will have a lot of fun with it.

NATALIE: Yes, Kelly is very generous.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Best wishes on your epublishing adventure, Anita...and on trying to beat Kelly at dancing. YIKES, I wouldn't want to be in a youtube battle with her.

Laura Pauling said...

What fun! And I loved the boots.

Anita said...

SHARON: Thank you (and I can use those beating Kelly wishes)!

LAURA: I love boots period. Dillard's has the best boots. Sigh.

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