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Thursday, 28 August 2014

Gold Digger has arrived!!!



So the print copy of Gold Digger arrived from America today, and I'm experiencing a plethora of emotions related to said event! I'm basically all over the place! I just can't believe it is here!


As you can imagine, Opening 'The Package'  was very thrilling and such a great experience! 

                                              My first published novel! 

I finally did it - Gold Digger - published! 
I can't stop staring at the cover. It's just so great!!!! And then there's the back cover, and then what lies within. You have no idea what a new book smells like (unless like me you go around smelling books) it's a pretty great experience, and that coupled with the fact that it's my fucking book just makes it all the more sweeter!

It will probably take a few days to sink in that I am actually a published author, and when it does I am going to celebrate in a big way! Your probably wondering why I haven't cracked open the most expensive bottle of bubbly that I can afford and drunk it down surrounded by my nearest and dearest and I don't blame you - I'm still recovering from being super sick and I don't want to end up in hospital because I couldn't do the responsible thing and postpone any celebratory drinks until I am fully recovered and will obviously enjoy it all the more! Plus have you tried to organise a champagne celebration in under two hours - it's just not possible. 

Anyway I took a few pics for you to see below - I will obviously be taking more with my face featured in them, but I bought a new dress and shoes for said celebration and thought I would wait until I am in it to bombard you with too many 'omg look at me and my new book pictures' it might get old quick and I want to look as fabulous as possible!







Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Gold Digger Press Release

Dear Tara,

 

Now that your cover has been finalized and your book is heading toward release, the next step for our department is to create a Press Release to send to media outlets nationwide---including those in your own hometown. We would like to get the PR done now, in advance, so that once your book is available we will be ready to publicize its release immediately.

 

 

The Enhanced Press Release is a striking combination of text and graphics, which includes a color image of your book cover and author photo. The Enhanced Press Release will be in a news release format with headline, back cover text and additional text focusing on the most topical and/or commercial aspect of you and your book. (Remember, we are attempting to catch the attention of reviewers and feature writers!) Enhanced Press Releases will be distributed over our wire service, which goes to thousands of media feeds, as well as to Internet sites such as Google News. The Enhanced Press Release is sent to major newspapers nationwide as well as the major papers in your own region. It will also be released to any local media, your friends/family list and/or specialty group for which you provide the emails.



If you have any questions or wish to provide any extra information please contact us.

 

 

 

Best Regards,

 

Karan

 

Print proof copy for Gold Digger!


So I received this email from my publishers and thought I would share!






Dear Tara Anderton

 

Your Print Proof Copy has been ordered and will be shipped to you directly from our printer. The Print Proof Copy will NOT come with instructions. We advise you either SAVE and/or PRINT this email so you will have it for future reference.

 

THE BELOW ARE YOUR INSTRUCTIONS FOR PRINT PROOF COPY REVIEW:

 

Please contact us if you do not receive your print proof within 15 days of this email.  

 

The Print Proof Copy is an exact replica of what will be available to retailers and the public when they purchase your book. Please review it carefully.

 

APPROVAL:

 

To release your book to Marketing for Sales and Distribution, please email your approval.

 

The subject of your approval email should be “Print Proof Copy APPROVED – BOOK TITLE”

 

The Book Title should be the complete title of your book.

 

The body of your approval email should have the following statement:  [Your Name] approves the Print Proof Copy of [Title].

 

**  If you use a pen name please use your actual name for the approval.

 

REVISIONS:

 

To request revisions to the Print Proof Copy, please email.

 

The subject of your revision email should be “Print Proof Copy REVISION – BOOK TITLE”

 

The Book Title should be the complete title of your book.

 

The body of your revision email should have the following statement:  [Your Name] requests the following revisions to the Print Proof Copy of [Title] with a line by line list of your revisions with page numbers. If the revision relates to your cover, please include thedetails of the change.

 


RELEASE PROCESS

 

The Post-Production Manager will schedule your Release to Marketing once your files have been uploaded and accepted at the printer. During the Release Process you will be sent a set of three Marketing/Live Status emails from the Client Care Team. These three Marketing/Live Status emails will include details regarding how to order books, how to review your sales and royalties, and a basic introduction to our distribution process. You will not be able to order books or promote your book until you have been released and have received these important emails.

 

Congratulations on entering this final stage of the publication process and I look forward to hearing from you

  

Sincerely,

 

Linda M.

Post-Production

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Urban Dictionary: bite me

So I like to check out the Urban Dictionary every once in a while because it has a lot of popular words and phrases you wouldn't find the meaning of in a regular dictionary. Anyway I typed in bite me into Google because I am struggling to find what I'm looking for in a search I have been conducting for the last few days and I was getting frustrated. This is what came up!



Urban Dictionary: bite me






Saturday, 23 August 2014

The fever of the Golden Burger

Come and check me out on tumblr with my sexy strange photo blog called Fever of The Golden Burger - you probably won't be disappointed :-)

http://taraanderton.tumblr.com




Top ten favourite pics from this week!!

I see a lot of pictures in my travels around the internet, and have decided to provide you with a small cluster of pics that I thought were worth a share!

 As you may or may not know, I am quiet the sharer on G+, and have been known to go a bit upload crazy on certain days - if you're into that sort of thing hit me up and follow me - if you are in fact not that sort of person and just come here for the insightful writing information that I provide randomly then standby,  because in the next few days I will be covering it! If you found me by mistake and are regretting reading further carry on......













You're Welcome!!














Long weekend of waiting!

It was wishful thinking to hope that I would receive the first printed copy of my recently published first novel Gold Digger in the mail before the weekend, as it is coming all they was from Texas in The United States of America, and could only have been sent on Wednesday (which is Thursday in Australia ) SO... It's basically impossible unless is was teleported here, and we all know they haven't come up with that sort of technology yet! 

It's probably a good thing it hasn't arrived if I think about it, because when it does, I'm planning on having a Champagne Celebration to mark such a special occasion in my life, and also to drink champagne because I really like it. I am inviting some of my friends to a, so far undecided restaurant and or bar, and I've purchased a new dress and new heels that will look amazing in my triumphant photo with book held up in victory pose with all my friends flanking me! Too much? Maybe, but when you have a book published and it's been a dream of yours for a long time and then finally comes true you tell me what your first photo with said book will look like..... 

Anyway it will be here next week for sure so at least I have something to look forward too - I love that... And I will have time to plan the CC (Champagne Celebration) and also recover a bit more from my swine flu before I fill it with bubbles....


                                 






Organising a champagne celebration



So I've organised a really cool little get together at an undisclosed location to celebrate my book and me! I've invited a select few close friends and some family to come and share a bottle or 5 with me and I plan on have a brilliant time. I've purchased a new dress and some spectacular heels so there is basically nothing to do now but wait for Friday - oh except for getting a pedicure and my eyebrows waxed - yay!!!



The Seven best nail polish colours by Opi!


I love getting my nails done - it completes me! We'll as much as getting your nails coloured can complete a person - but in some small way I feel satisfied... 


                  Anyway here is a list of the top 7 best nail polish colours by Opi that I really love!!



                                                               
                                    Life Gave Me Lemons
                                             This citrusy lemon-lime hits the spot every time!

                                                           

Coca-Cola Red
Classic red – always in style,
always perfect.

                                                      

                                                                    Miss Piggy’s
                                                       Big Number
                                                Stand back… Miss Piggy’s on sapphire!


                                                            

You’re Such A BudaPest
If I let you borrow this periwinkle-purple, will you go away?





I Love
Applause
This sheer, sweet pink deserves a standing ovation.




Live.Love.Carnaval
This vibrant and festive coral is the life of the party.


Hotter Than You Pink
Just when you think pink can’t get any hotter, there’s this!














10 Must watch Rom Com Movies

This is a list of some of my favourite rom com movies - we'll 10 of them to be exact. They are in no particular order.


How to Loose a Guy in Ten Days http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0251127/




Friday, 22 August 2014

High on Heels......


The Land of Books....


Heels


Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Letter from the editor


 

Dear Tara,

 

Your completed and approved book files have been forwarded to the Post-Production Department.  Linda Mank, our Post-Production Manager, will supervise the remaining steps in the publishing process of your book. She has many years of experience in all phases of book production, including managing books for companies such as Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She will be contacting you shortly to confirm your shipping address, but please feel free to contact her directly.

 

Best regards,

 

Bruce

Manager, Edit Quality & Print Production

Saturday, 16 August 2014

She ain't nothing but a Gold Digger!



I can finally show y'all the good copy of my cover for Gold Digger - I'm very happy and proud to put my name to this amazing design - now to sell a million copies and get lots of money :-)



                                          

Thursday, 14 August 2014

I just thought I would let my readers know I haven't stopped writing - I'm just very sick and having a small break to get better - watch this space for all my usual stuff and upcoming dates for the release of Gold Digger

Love Tara xx

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

People need art and love and fucking!

So Jill has done it again...she has made me laugh out loud and ultimately made me want to feed my soul! I find her style of writing refreshing and confronting! She says what we are all thinking but in a way all of her own. If you haven't read any of her posts then you are truly missing out!

Things I learned from books and other product placement....


Having been through several weeks of working solely for pay, I can report from the midst of it that it is no fucking way to live your life. I am currently humorless and dull, without passion, spark, and creative outlet--that is, anything that makes life worth living. People need Art and Love and Fucking--whatever it takes to give you your glimpse of the divine.

What I am getting at is: feed your soul, motherfuckers. This is not negotiable.

At least I've been been feeding my literary soul and tearing through Philip Rothas well as a stack of vaguely smutty books I got at the library. (With no mishaps. True: My friend K checked out the Jenna Jameson book How to Make Love Like a Porn Star: A Cautionary Tale which she of course has every right to do, and the librarian quickly wrapped it in a plain brown bag for her. Unasked.)

Here's what I'm thinking on: 

--According to Debra Ollivier's What French Women Know: About Love, Sex, and Other Matters of the Heart and Mind little girls in France don't say "He loves me, he loves me not" when pulling off flower petals. (Which is sort of cruel, now that I think about it, but perhaps appropriate for matters of love.) Instead they say: "Il m'aine un peu, beaucoup, passionnement, a la folie, pas du tout" which means: "He loves me a little, a lot, passionately, madly, not at all."

"How unfair," writes Olliviers. "While we American girls are stuck in the absolutes of total love or utter rejection, the French girl is already primed to think in nuances and in an infinite gamut of romance. While we lust after happy endings and closure, they're comfortable with emotional subtleties and ambiguity."

Hmmm.

--Esther Perel has talked a lot about marriage and passion and the struggle between the strong desire for intimacy, comfort and stability with the equally strong drive for excitement, passion and unpredictability. (Here's her TED talk and a link to her book Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence)

In Kosher Sex: A Recipe for Passion and Intimacy Shmuley Boteach, offers a Jewish spin on how to work the comfort/passion balance. "Every month, there must be two weeks devoted to physical love, and two weeks devoted to intellectual communication and emotional intimacy," he writes. When the women starts her period, you abstain for two weeks. The original idea was probably about women being "unclean" during that time (bosh!), but the on/off plan does neatly correspond with most women's monthly swings of desire. Plus you get to build up lust during the abstinence weeks.

Maybe it would be kind of hot. What do you think? Has anyone tried this? Or are you willing to try it and write about it? 

--A Billion Wicked Thoughts: What the Internet Tells Us About Sexual Relationships by Ogi Ogas and Sai Gaddam examines internet searches to figure out what men and women are actually into. It's all completely fascinating--Why men want to see other men fucking their wives! Why men like to look at other dude's penises in porn in a totally not-gay way! Why the hell women flash their boobs in "Girls Gone Wild" videos! It's all very scientific and smart.

Women, for example, tend to have an arousal cue for "competent" men. In romance novels (i.e. female porn, for some), the hero is always some dude at the top of his game. "Men who don't know what to do with their life, who are midlevel bureaucrats, or who sit around the house watching TV are never heroes," they write. (Problematic since that also = most men.) Men, by contrast, don't seem to have the competence cue. What a woman can do (aside from presenting their various holes, "fuckyeah"ing and such) is totally irrelevant to their arousal. 

The very different drives and desires between men and women (ingeneral--relax) makes me wonder yet again, how we manage to ever find ourselves in bed together in the first place. 

--And finally, in Emily Southwood's memoir Prude: Lessons I Learned When My Fiance Filmed Porn Emily--as the title kinda spells out there--has a fiance working as a camera man on porn reality show. She was not especially a porn watcher in the first place, and becomes a bit unhinged by a comment Fiance makes about a porn star named Cytherea and her prowess at squirting. It is real? Fake? What the hell? She gets one of C's films and watches it. Then watches it again. And again. 

"By viewing number five I'm turned on, despite myself. I decide to tire myself out with some angry masturbation.  Five orgasms later, I've discovered that it's entirely possible to hate-fuck yourself, all the while mentally reapplying someone's eye make-up," she writes in an incredibly beautiful sequences of sentences.

**** 

Fuck, I feel so much better now.  Now go do your thing that you do. This is an order.

xoxox
jill
  
 P.S. If you want to see a wee compendium of my stuff, do see my new page on Contently.

 P.P. S. Thank you, thank you (!) for your orders via the Amazon link. Though I an now needing to know--and am possibly concerned about--the back story with the following purchases.



Monday, 4 August 2014

The Widows Guide to Sex and Dating




So I watch The Real Housewives of everything, and I'm not going to lie I actually do enjoy Them! You're probably right in assuming that I could be doing better things with my time, but what can I say it's a guilty pleasure! In my defence I can chalk it up to research for up coming novels (not About any housewives) but just good to know and get a feel for some of the cities in America where lots of my characters are based and also to witness the train wreck that is every episode - there is not a gathering/ dinner where someone is calling someone out or bring up some random bullshit that turns into a war that is resolved by the next EP only to have someone else turn for the worst!


Anyway on the Real Houswives of New York there is a writer called Carol and despite not having actually read any of her books I have a feeling they are good - well the feeling coupled with the knowledge she is a New York Times best seller!

Here is the link to her latest book which I plan on purchasing!


The Widow's Guide to Sex & Dating by Carole Radziwill



It's not responding!!!!

Reading a book that isn't really interesting except for the sex parts, but realistically how many sex scenes can you read before it no longer means anything? Seriously guys my vagina isn't responding!

Desire.....

What you should always keep with you.....

Dedications.....

French words....

What started you writing......

Faulkner and Hemmingway!

Writing tips

Heels and Latex

Sunday, 3 August 2014

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