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Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by on Nov 26, 2015 in Pen and Muse news | 0 comments

Happy Thanksgiving!

I can’t believe that it’s November again…almost December! Where has the year gone? I feel like I’ve been saying that a whole lot this year. Another Thanksgiving is here and today I’ve been reflecting on how lucky I am. The book community is incredible, from readers to authors to book bloggers to publishers and I’m so grateful for the passion, friendship, enthusiasm, and imagination that all of you have. Thank you for your endless support. Thank you for reading, sharing your books with us, writing your hearts out, and for saying hello when we’re on the web.   I am thankful for you.     I hope everyone has a wonderful...

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Happy Birthday Kristen Jett!

Posted by on Nov 16, 2015 in Pen and Muse news | 1 comment

Happy Birthday Kristen Jett!

Today is a very special day. Why, you may ask? We have a very special birthday today! Hint: Her name is Kristen and she’s a co-founder of Pen and Muse! But more than that she’s a mama, an author, a social media guru, a marketing genius, a lover of baking (seriously just follow her on Pinterest), a pink and glitter kinda gal, a fellow Hardy Boys fanatic, and list-making Queen. Happy Birthday Kristen Jett! She’s off on maternity leave now but I wanted to make sure that we were all celebrating on her behalf. I know I will be by watching X-Files re-runs and eating an entire pie by myself…In her honor. Kristen, I hope you have a wonderful, amazing birthday. One that’s full of love, laughter, and celebration. I hope that this birthday brings another year of growth, writing, happiness, and most importantly, family. Oh, and a lot of Dean and pie.     Happy Birthday Kristen!   If you love Kristen or she’s touched your life in any way, I encourage you to leave a nice note or Gif or message in the comments below. Or just reach out to her on Twitter!...

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Will You Be Our Valentine?

Posted by on Feb 14, 2015 in Pen and Muse news | 0 comments

Will You Be Our Valentine?

Happy Valentine’s day friends! Whether you plan on romancing the person of your dreams or whether you’ll be eating ice cream from a carton while watching Supernatural re-runs (my vote is for the latter) we hope you have a very happy Valentine’s day! And if you don’t have any other plans, will you be our Valentine?   P.s. Here’s a link to my favorite Supernatural Valentine Tumblr and to some last minute Valentine party books and printables in case you want to throw something...

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The Dark Carnival: An Anthology of Horror Reaches #1!

Posted by on Jan 14, 2015 in Horror, Pen and Muse news, The Dark Carnival, Writing | 3 comments

The Dark Carnival: An Anthology of Horror Reaches #1!

A wonderful thing happened today. A wonderful, amazing, totally rockin’ thing… Let me give you a few hints… It involves clowns, things that eat people, and pure evil It involves ghosts and possessions It’s not something that should be read alone in the dark… That’s right! The Dark Carnival: An Anthology of Horror became #1 on Amazon today in it’s category. We’ve been watching for weeks as it sat at #2, waiting patiently behind works like H.P. Lovecraft. And today we surpassed H.P. Lovecraft and Stephen King to make #1! Woohoo! Here it is in all of its glory!     I feel so honored to be a part of this anthology and to have been able to work with such talented authors and illustrators. I’m humbled beyond belief. I feel especially excited because this is the first published work that Pen and Muse Press has ever put out and it’s a best seller! Woohoo! Here are the current working for the Dark Carnival (which look pretty darn good)! #1in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Anthologies & Literature Collections > Horror #2in Books > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Horror > Anthologies #8in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Anthologies Well-deserved thanks goes to… With that said, we just want to thank every last one of you who made this possible. Special shout out to Kristen Jett, Jessi Shakarian, and Meghan Schuler for their special behind the scenes work. An additional thank you is due to our fantastic contributors: Kristen Strassel, Meghan Schuler, Claire C. Riley, J. Elizabeth Hill, Jessi Esparza, Debra Kristi, Ryan Bartlett, Michelle Ceasar Davis, Brian LeTendre, Ken Mooney, Eli Constant, Mari Wells, Lucas Hargis, Kat Daemon, T.A. Brock, Calyn Morgan, Emily McKeon, Gregory Carrico, Kristin Hanson, Nicole R. Taylor, C. Elizabeth Vescio, Brian W. Taylor, Kate Michael, Ezekiel Conrad, Jamie Adams, Bobby Solomons, Mark Matthews, Jamie Corrigan, Kristin Rivers, Kristen Jett, Sheila Hall, Suzy G, Kim Culpepper, Ruth Shedwick, J.C. Michael, Wulf Francu Godgluck, Ashly Nagrant, Amy Trueblood, Vanessa Henderson, Tawney Bland, Julie Hutchings and Stevan Knapp. Without all of you this wouldn’t be possible! And a thank you to you! Thank you to everyone who participated in reading the Dark Carnival showcase, encouraged our authors and illustrators, anyone who has followed this blog or tweeted us, and thank you to every single person who has bought a copy. You rock!   Get a Copy Today (Or Add it to Goodreads!) Here are the bazzillion places you can get a copy depending on the country you live in or where you prefer to shop!   Add it to your Goodreads! Smashwords Amazon USA Amazon IN Amazon UK Amazon DE Amazon FR Amazon ES Amazon IT Amazon JP Amazon BR Amazon CA Amazon MX Amazon AU   Did I mention that any money earned from these sales are going to charity? So what are you waiting for? It’s less than a coffee. It’s less than most packs of gum!   Congratulations again to all of our hard working authors, editors, and cover designer Cara!   Much love and creeptastic...

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Are You The Next Muse?

Posted by on Jan 12, 2015 in Pen and Muse news | 0 comments

Are You The Next Muse?

Most of you heard the wonderful news that Muse Kristen is going to be a new Mom! She’ll be stepping away from Pen & Muse for a while to get things ready for a new little Muse! With that said, there are some (big) shoes to fill. I’m looking for an interim Muse. Someone who can help me keep Pen & Muse in tip top shape!     Are you the next Muse? The perfect Muse will contribute weekly blog posts (one minimum), help run our social media sites, help coordinate guest posters, and have a super strong desire to help other writers. The muse should be able to write new blog posts on anything book related, operate independently (of course, I’ll help with whatever you need!), and well, just be their awesome, genuine self. If you feel like you have something to say and want to help out the writing community, you’d be a great fit! This person would likely spend 5 to 10 hours a week working on posts, social media, etc. The ideal Muse likes to work hard AND play hard. Our posts on Pen & Muse revolve around writing. Our normal topics range from book reviews, writing posts, author and agent interviews, book marketing, writing inspiration, and everything in between. Via Pen & Muse Press we’ve already published an Amazon best selling anthology and we also offer author services. Anyone is welcome to apply (boys, gals, young, old, etc. ) but I am asking this…Please don’t apply unless you are serious and have the time to commit to Pen & Muse. Thanks for your interest! I’m so excited to work with you! What’s in it for you? Besides joining an enthusiastic team devoted to helping other writers you’ll: *Join a wonderful supportive website and resource for writers *Be a part of an enthusiastic, hard-working team *Learn new things about writing, marketing, and more! *Gain new followers and an audience *First dibs on any of our blog tours or review requests *Free access to our online courses *Ask and receive training from me on whatever topics you’d like *Learn how to run blog tours, cover reveals, etc. *Learn firsthand about the publishing industry *Receive free books *Feel good about giving back to our writing friends! Meet Your Audience Here are our stats as of 1/10/15. Blog Penandmuse.com – Almost 100,000 unique all-time views. Awesome! Twitter followers: @PenandMuse – 2960 followers @PenandMusePress – 1017 followers Facebook: 347 likes Google +: 61 followers Tumblr: 64 followers Pinterest: 174 followers   My Vision for 2015 My vision for 2015 is really quite simple. This is what I want for Pen & Muse in the New Year: *Remain a fantastic resource for readers and writers *Continue to grow Pen & Muse’s following *Create fantastic, unique, and interesting content for our followers *Give back to our wonderful and supportive writing community *Have fun   Are you the next Muse? If you’re interested and know you have the time to devote to making Pen & Muse great, fill out this form! I’d love to work with you!   APPLY TO BE A MUSE   What happens next? I will contact all applicants that apply to let you know what has been decided and if you’re my new Muse! Thank you for even considering to be a part of this awesome adventure!...

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A Few Changes (Muse KJ’s Big News)

Posted by on Dec 31, 2014 in Pen and Muse news | 9 comments

A Few Changes (Muse KJ’s Big News)

When you hear about big news from a writer, what do you expect? A book deal? A self-publishing announcement? An agent announcement? Sorry to throw a curveball at you, but…I am a writer after all. It’s none of those. Guess again!   Pen & Muse turned two years old this October. TWO YEARS. Pen & Muse is officially a toddler. A lot of things have changed since we started – and there’s plans for more fun changes in the future. There’s also some biiiiiig changes for Muse KJ – which means a temporary shift in how things are going to work around here.   So what’s Muse KJ’s big news? (If you don’t want spoilers, you may want to scroll through these hints one by one!) Hints: I spend large amounts of my time accidentally napping just about everywhere. I’m suddenly more fickle than a girl in a badly written love triangle. The first thing that happens when I enter a room (of people I know) is that someone immediately tells me to sit down. If you so much as cough, I will look suspiciously at you and grab my hand sanitizer. I forget things faster than you can say “What was I doing?” I now buy pickles by the gallon. Mr. Muse KJ knows the fastest route to get to Wendys because sometimes a girl just needs a cheeseburger, and by a cheeseburger I mean a number one with extra pickles, take the lettuce off at home, I’m going to eat all your fries, and the entire time I eat these vanilla frosty I’m going to loudly exclaim how strange it still is that I want vanilla and not chocolate.   Did you guess it?   *drumroll*   If you guessed that there’s a mini-muse growing inside of me, you’re right! (Translation: I’m 15 weeks pregnant.) Mini-muse also means a lot of changes. A lot of planning. And not so much time to do it. The last 4 weeks have been particularly rough with two bouts of random illnesses. (And I assure you the last thing you want to hear from your doctor is “And if X happens, you should find your way to the ER pretty fast.”) I’ve pretty quickly come to the conclusion that I don’t have time…or the energy to do everything. Which unfortunately means that you’ll be seeing less of me around P&M for awhile. (Let’s be honest, I know you haven’t seen much of me in the past 12 weeks.) I’m still going to pop in for time to time with a review (and if we’re lucky, maybe even a post or two), but I’ll be taking a leave until at least a few months after Mini-Muse makes the grand arrival in June. Until June, I’ll be doing all the planning, all the bossing around of the family for home renovations + nursery creation (sorry Dad! You’re my official carpenter now.), all of the sleeping, reading all the pregnancy + newborn + what the heck do I do books, and if all goes well squeezing in a course on author publicity + book marketing. Because let’s face it, whether you publish traditionally, indie, or self publish, you want to know what you can do to boost book sales and publicity. If you’d like to get more details on the release of Author Marketing Made Easy, or would even like to beta it, sign up for updates here! (Beta = early access, cheaper price, more one on one with me, life access to all other versions, additions, and updates + you give me your feedback, suggestions, demands….) Anddddd if...

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