Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Pen & Drink Monthly Report with S.A. McAuley and SJD Peterson on Hindsight is 20/20… Includes Giveaway.

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Hindsight is 20/20

They--whoever in the hell they are--say hindsight is 20/20. We all have things in our past we’d like a “do over” card. Writing is no different. There are things we’ve written that we now cringe when we read, and cover art we wish we would have given more thought to.

Sam: So out of your backlist, what changes would you make if you had the chance for a second edition?

clip_image002Jo: Believe it or not it’s not my first published book or even the first five I’d change. I’m actually really proud of the accomplishment I made with the Whispering Pines series. If I could rewrite a book it would have to be My Hometown. I would certainly give more time to Jimmy and Eric and way less pages to Oliver. What about you, Sam?

Sam: I regret that I ate three gluten free pizzas this weekend.

Jo: Sam. Come back to me. Focus. What about a story…? Article…? Book? Work with me here.

Sam: In all seriousness, I already had the opportunity to rewrite the books I really wanted to. The first three books of The Borders War series--One Breath, One Bullet, Dominant Predator and Powerless. But otherwise, I would leave each of my stories and books as they are now. Each one is a time capsule of who I was as a writer at that time.

OBOB        Dominant Predator       Powerless

Jo: So poetic, the writer in you is coming out :) Okay, so on to cover art. You first. In fact, since we have the same answer you just do it for me and I’ll sit here and finish my beer.

clip_image010Sam: *cheers* Well, let’s talk about Ruin Porn. Both of us love, love, love the picture that was on the cover of Ruin Porn. However, we learned pretty quickly that the image--combined with a title that wasn’t a familiar term to readers--didn’t convey romance. Even the construction signs were a visual barrier--a “warning” we didn’t intend.

Jo: Yeah, totally unintentional. We learned a valuable lesson--a romance cover needs strong visual cues that the book is about a relationship and love. Closed roads and orange cones sure as hell wasn’t it.

Sam: Damn hindsight. So tell us, if you were given a “do over” card in your professional career/life, what would you change? Leave a comment below and one random commenter will win a $25 Amazon Gift Card. Good luck!

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Meet Sam McAuley

Sam sleeps little, reads a lot. Happiest in a foreign country. Twitchy when not mentally in motion. Send her a picture and a song and she's bound to write a story about it. And yes, that's an invitation.

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Meet Jo Peterson

SJD Peterson, better known as Jo, hails from Michigan. Not the best place to live for someone who hates the cold and snow. When not reading or writing, Jo can be found close to the heater checking out NHL stats and watching the Red Wings kick a little butt. Can't cook, misses the clothes hamper nine out of ten tries, but is handy with power tools.

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Giveaway

Each week, on our Wednesday Author Column posts we will gift to one lucky commenter, a Kindle eBook from your TBR list.

This week there are two giveaways as Sam & Jo will also be gifting a $25 Amazon gift card to one random commenter who answers the question below:

So tell us, if you were given a “do over” card in your professional career/life, what would you change?

Please include your email so we can contact you

::: And the winner is……. SUSAN ……. CONGRATULATIONS! :::

28 comments:

  1. That's a very difficult question. I guess I would choose a different branch in my profession. When I decided which career to pursuit, I chose an option which was quite safe, giving a sense of security which was what I needed at the moment. But twenty years later I feel bored and sometimes I wish I had chosen a more adventurous option... But maybe it is not too late to change, though!
    toimuharta(at)Hotmail(dot)com

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  2. Since I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up, I'd waste the do over. In my personal life there isn't really anything I'd change. acm05atjuno.com

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  3. I could have used some direction with summer jobs and internships...

    vitajex(At)Aol(Dot)com

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  4. i would go to a 4 year college
    jmarinich33 at aol dot com

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  5. I would not have accepted a job that required supervising graveyard shift. I spent several years with very little sleep and it wreaked havoc with my physical and mental health. Luckily, that is all in the past now.

    Thanks for the post!

    jen(dot)f(at)mac(dot)com

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  6. I used to write short fictions for magazines during school years, if I could do over I guess I would've written more and finished the much longer (planned) stories. Back in those years, I used to want to be an author and dreamed of publishing books. I wish I had been more serious in pursuing that dream. :)
    puspitorinid AT yahoo DOT com

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  7. I have a couple of things I would change - the first is when my kid told me @ 3 or 4 they were a boy & not a girl I would not assume it was just a phase & I would do what it takes for a less traumatic transition. The second is I wouldn't let my family talk me out of majoring in accounting & choosing an associate's degree in IT instead. Now I have a useless degree & I job in customer service I hate.

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    1. Oh yeah, forgot my email: legacylandlisa(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. I would definitely change a certain relationship I had. Spent too many years with this particular person and should have ended things much sooner than I did.
    lkbherring64(at)gmail(dot)com

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  9. I would not have walked away from my profession just because of a horrible experience. I'm not sure I would have been able to find another position in this small town, but I would have tried rather than going freelance and just getting by.
    skadlec1@yahoo.com

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    1. Congrats, Susan. You are our lucky winner of this month's author column from Sam and Jo. An email is on its way to you.

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  10. I would have finished college, and hopefully during that time matured enough to learn what I was meant to do. I still haven't discovered what I want to do when I grow up and I've been trying to figure it out for 30 years. :-)

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  11. I wish I would have found my calling as an early childhood educator earlier in life so that I could be further in my schooling and closer to my dream job.

    sionedkla@gmail.com

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  12. In my professional life, I think I may have gone for a combined MD/Ph.D. program had I realized they existed.
    Jczlapin@gmail.com

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  13. I would have liked to work with nature.

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  14. Hmmm, that is a little bit difficult because I actually like my job (haha). But I always kind of also dream to work around books, more like a librarian, get an actual degree in library management, so I can also do some book purchases as well, go to those book events. Yeah, probably that.

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    1. Forget to write down my email : amie_07(at)yahoo(dot)com. Thanks for the giveaway chance

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  15. I'll probably change everything about the last 10 years if I could. I don't feel like I was much in control of my life and was practically floundering around like a fish. I would have probably tried harder and better decisions about what direction I wanted my life to go in.
    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

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  16. I'd stand up for myself more - right from the very beginning.


    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  17. I would redo some career and school choices probably. violet817(at)aol(dot)com

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  18. I would have stuck up for myself better. I allowed people interupt and to talk over me.
    ree.dee.2014 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  19. I'd look after my health better so I could actually HAVE a professional career....

    leetee2007(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  20. I would have finished college. I always put it off, now my daughter is 17 and looking at colleges for herself and I still a like "What do I wanna be?"

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  21. Right now I am a "professional" mom, so there aren't really any changes that I would make. I jokingly say I would get a job all the time and maybe not so jokingly on the bad days, but it I really had the choice to "do over" I wouldn't. I am excited to finish up school (1 semester left) and start my career, and hopefully not be told "no" so much in a day!!!

    Tanyamarieward (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  22. Hmm...for a do-over, maybe it would have to do with being more of a go-getter. I tend to be laid back and not ask too many questions.

    waxapplelover (at) gmail (dot) com

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  23. I'm kind of satisfied in my professional life, nothing much I would like to change... On my personal life though I regret I was always so fearful and would become bolder if I was granted a do-over.

    foebz (AT) hotmail (DOT) com

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  24. I would have a take the do over card for my work life in hopes I could make it better.

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