Happy New Year


May I be so bold as to proclaim 2011 as “The Year of the Indie?” There are rumblings in the industry, sightings on the amazon.com bestseller lists and conversations on Kindle Boards that are fueling this thought. A dynamo by the name of Amanda Hocking has taken the world by storm, selling a whopping 99,000 books in the month of December alone. Several indie authors have been approached for traditional publishing contracts. Some agents are even advising their clients to self-publish as the first step on the road to a full-time writing career. 

It is a brand new world out there, an exciting time to be both reader and writer. I am glad to be a part of it.

A Whisper to a Scream has been redesigned for your enhanced reading pleasure by Dellaster Designs. If you would like to preview the new look, download a free sample here from amazon.com

Bibliophilic Blather still will be featuring “Editing for Grammarphobes” on Mondays and Wednesdays, but I might be adding a few more comments of my own on various topics I cannot keep my mouth shut about. That’s why the blog is called Bibliophilic Blather, right? 

“Anything Goes!” is January’s theme for “Flash Fiction Fridays.” There are some great pieces scheduled. Today is the deadline, by the way, but feel free to send in your stories throughout the next few days. We all are a little behind due to the holidays.

Next month’s Flash Fiction Fridays is Romance. If you would like to contribute, please e-mail your 500-word or less submission to karen@karenberner.com and put “Flash Fiction Fridays” in the subject line. Don’t forget to include a short bio. The only thing I ask in return is that you “follow” Bibliophilic Blather so we can build our writing community. I am looking forward to reading your work.

Here’s to 2011. May it be productive for us all.


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