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I’ve Been *BURSTING* To Tell You: I Got a Book Deal!

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Elle Knowles:

It’s great news on the front for Catherine Ryan Howard! I’ve been a fan of hers for a while and a faithful blog reader. Read on to see what she’s been up to in the last few months. Congratulations Catherine! ~ Elle

Originally posted on CATHERINE RYAN HOWARD:

I know things have been a bit quiet around here lately but that’s because I was (a) cramming for and then taking end-of-year exams and (b) keeping an enormous secret that I feared I might subliminally spill. This morning though, I’m finally able to tell you:



If you’ve been hanging around these parts a while you’ll know that last summer I finally finished a respectable draft of a serial killer thriller I’d been mostly not writing for the best part of two years. In October I signed with Jane Gregory, an agent I almost hadn’t submitted to because looking at the existing clients on her website, I thought I didn’t stand a chance. After I got my first batch of university assignments done over Christmas I did some re-writes on the book, and it went out on submission back in March. Just five days later, on March 23rd, it was…

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So what are your thoughts on this? Do you prefer a physical book – one you can hold, smell, feel, and showcase on your shelf? (And share with others as you wish!)

Or do you love the e-book – landing silently on your kindle or tablet from the technology of the 21st century? It takes up little space –  just a small notch on your memory and you have every book you ever bought to take with you wherever you go! (And you can’t always share!)

My last post (BOOKS ARE YOUR FRIENDS) brought this question up and I had many comments on the subject via FB so I thought I would take a poll to get a count.

You can actually check out e-books through your public library along with the old-fashion way of checking them out in physical form. How many young children have a kindle or tablet or phone to read an e-book on? (Probably more than you think!) Do they have to borrow from Mom or Dad? Do they have favorite bedtime stories from dog-eared books or from pristine copies on your kindle?

I do miss my books though. When we moved into this small house I knew there wasn’t much space so I gave most of them away to my children or Goodwill. Now I am very slowly building my stock up once again because I still find myself more and more hitting that purchase with one-click button on kindle.

Let me know what your thoughts are on this subject and take the poll.


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