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Now on Amazon: Lance & Ringo Tails

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Paperback now on Amazon just in time for Christmas!
Lance & Ringo Tails:
The wild adventures of a dog and a cat as told by their human


Paperback: $9.99 on Amazonand CreateSpace
Kindle Edition: $3.99
(Prime members borrow for free)

To buy your copy, use the links below.

Paperback: $9.99
Amazon
CreateSpace

e-book: $3.99
Kindle Store (Prime members with a Kindle device borrow for free)

Now available in paperback: Lance & Ringo Tails

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Released Today Lance & Ringo Tails:
The wild adventures of a dog and a cat as told by their human


Paperback: $9.99
Kindle Edition: $3.99
(Prime members borrow for free)
It's finally here, and just in time for Christmas shopping! All ten short stories, including Tail Ten, are now available for purchase in one print and e-book collection.


To buy your copy, use the links below.

Paperback: $9.99
CreateSpace
(Available on Amazon soon)

e-book: $3.99
Kindle Store (Prime members borrow for free)

From Sunny Fader, author of The Cat Who Loved Dogs:
“You will love this imaginatively conceived collection featuring a dog and a cat with definite attitude.  A charming, funny read guaranteed to put a smile on the face of anyone who has ever given their heart to a dog or cat.”
About the book:
Lance & Ringo Tails is a collection of ten short stories (“tails”) about the wild adventures of a dog and a cat as told by their human. Lance and Ringo also share their perspectives, granting a glimpse…

Now in the Kindle Store: Lance & Ringo Tails

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Released Today Lance & Ringo Tails:
The wild adventures of a dog and a cat as told by their human


Kindle Edition: $3.99
(Prime members borrow for free)
It's finally here! All ten short stories, including Tail Ten, are now available for purchase in one collection. Click either cover or the link and you will be directed to Amazon.
It makes a great Christmas gift! Click "Give as a Gift" on the purchasing page. All you need is the recipient's email address.


From Sunny Fader, author of The Cat Who Loved Dogs:
“You will love this imaginatively conceived collection featuring a dog and a cat with definite attitude.  A charming, funny read guaranteed to put a smile on the face of anyone who has ever given their heart to a dog or cat.”
About the book:
Lance & Ringo Tails is a collection of ten short stories (“tails”) about the wild adventures of a dog and a cat as told by their human. Lance and Ringo also share their perspectives, granting a glimpse into what these t…

Brief Update

Because I'm spending most of my time writing Lance & Ringo Tails and editing Livinity, I haven't devoted any time to my blogs lately (this one or Anti-Running Runner, but Lance & Ringo Tails blog is updated regularly). I do give updates on Twitter @briaburton for anyone who wants to follow my feed.

So here's a brief update.

I attended the FWA Conference in October, and it was a wonderful time as always. The sessions were extremely informative and I love seeing friends from previous conferences and hearing about their writing progress. My short story, "The Price of Integrity" was published in FWA Collection #5 It's a Crime.

I've decided to take all of my short stories from Lance & Ringo Tails and put them into a collection that will be available as a print and e-book to be released Dec 15th. Tail Ten will be exclusively featured in this collection. The other nine "tails" are currently available in the Kindle Store.

About 18 months a…

Publication news and more humility

Last week during Life Group (read Bible Study), we were in 1 Peter talking about pride and humbling oneself. I had a post earlier this year about humility. The Lord continues to reaffirm that message to me: humble yourself, because the alternative is to be humbled (read humiliated).

In our group, we talked about athletes who made a touchdown, a basket, or a home run and immediately lifted a finger to heaven or audibly praised God. That takes humility. It's saying, I made the touchdown, but God made me. He's the reason I'm blessed. Not everybody likes to see that, adding to the humbling experience beyond simply redirecting praise.

In writing, there's not a standard "score" to keep. Each individual has different goals and measures their successes differently. When I'm humbled, I measure each forward step as a success, and I credit Christ first. But I'm not always humbled. It's something I still have to work on every day.

I have two upcoming publica…

Updates and Publication: The Mute Girl

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One of my first short stories, "The Mute Girl," was published in eFantasy March 2013 issue.



This is my first e-mag short story publication.

About four years ago, I wrote the story and decided that I wanted to have it published. I'd been working on my novel, Livinity, epic fantasy, for quite a while. Publishing a fantasy short story seemed like a good idea to get my name out there. I had no idea it would take this long, and even now I praise God that it wasn't published any sooner.

Since that time, I've learned a lot in the submission process. Perseverance. Thankfulness to Jesus even in the disappointment of repeated rejection. I lost count of how many the piece received. I learned not to take rejection to heart. If I received feedback, I tried it out. Maybe not following exact recommendations, but I played around with whatever issues the person had with the story. The last piece of valuable advice I received was an editor disappointed in the ending. They didn…

Self-Publishing, Learning, and Tail One Contest

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Now that I've self-published my first e-book, I'm learning quite a bit. In my opinion, the technical side of uploading an e-book is not terribly difficult. A little time-cosuming, yes.

I'm exclusively using Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). Perhaps that contributes to the ease of the tech stuff for me. Reading is required, but the instructions are clear and thorough. There are several places on the site to find answers to questions. I found their guide very helpful.

I chose KDP in order to enroll O Brother, What Art Thou? in KDP Select. The program requires the e-book to be available through KDP exclusively for ninety days. Then the e-book can be borrowed for free by Amazon Prime members. I still earn money from each borrow. I really liked that option.

There is a catch. My best friend attempted to borrow the book, but she does not have a Kindle device. I assumed a Kindle app would be sufficient because anyone can read a Kindle book using a Kindle app. However, the Kindle Le…

My first e-book publication...and humility

Please note: Info about the e-book is at the end of this post.

I may have mentioned this several times now, but I'll go ahead and repeat myself. One message I have consistently received from the Lord for over a year now is humble thyself. How have I gotten the message? Via his Word, messages at church, worship songs, Bible studies, friends, and even in my prayer times. Not necessarily his audible voice, but the repetition certainly grabs my attention every time.

The funny thing about attempting publication as a writer...there's a conflicting message to humility. A writer who wants to be published, and especially one who is already, has to sound their own horn. Or bang their own gong. Or use all the instruments in Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas if they want to get attention for their book.

How effective is that in the rest of life?

The people I've been around who sing their own praises are often obnoxious, appear to be unaware of their own self-centeredness,…

Writing Weekend and Reprint Acceptance

My writing weekend was a great success. Saturday, I dedicated to Livinity edits. Sunday, to completing the first draft of Lance & Ringo Tails: O Brother, What Art Thou? I also outlined the next story and began writing that first draft. Then I returned to Livinity edits, which continued into Monday. I probably got through about eight chapters instead of ten, but that's okay. I still feel great about how far the story has come.

The hard part was stopping at 11:30pm on Monday night to get enough sleep for work in the morning. I did allow myself one break to watch Downton Abbey with my best friend, but other than that, all writing. Not only did I meet the majority of my goals, I received an email acceptance on a short story reprint. Thank you, Lord! It uplifted and encouraged me so much.

FICTION on the WEB accepted "This Is Hollywood" for online publication. The short story reprint will appear on their website Jan 27, 2013, and it's free to read.
http://www.fictionont…

Writing Weekend

For the upcoming long weekend, I realized that I made NO plans. Hubby works, and I get Monday off for MLK day.
Therefore, I am creating a dedicated Writing Weekend. This means no cleaning, no cooking, no laundry, no phone calls, no hanging out, no couch potatoing, and only a little running (if at all). I will make sure the animals get fed. I’m sure hubby will call to make sure I’m eating.
I’m very excited about the opportunity. I don’t get many three-day weekends, and we usually use them to visit family or hang out with friends or do house projects. Like most writers with a day job, life is soooo busy.

ALL-THE-TIME.

Weekends often become dedicated to cleaning, cooking, laundry, and long runs. It’s just dirt, I’m sure I’ll tell myself when Lance comes in from the back yard (which no longer has grass). And it will be there for me to clean up on Tuesday. To set all those things aside, I felt the need to generate some accountability by announcing the plan. Saying it aloud to hubby was one w…

New Year, New Goals

Happy New Year! I don't intend to review 2012. I'm ready to move forward, and focus on the goals for 2013.

I will mention what God put on my heart all of last year: humility. The message of being humble resounded almost everywhere I went. I hope to continue to strive for humility this year.

The get-a-novel-published goal remains, and will remain, until it happens. I have hopes for trying to get more short stories published. My first paid short story comes out in March. Although it has been some time in coming, I'm glad it's coming up soon.

I've also decided to test the self-publishing waters with something completely different.

A fellow FWA member has an e-book series (self-pubbed through Smashwords) about zombies in St. Pete. They are comical, somewhat gruesome, and definitely entertaining short stories. Visit http://www.jgerardmichaels.com/ for more info. The e-books are available on Amazon.

After seeing how he made his stories available, I got an idea for an e-…