How Editing is Like Painting a Merry-Go-Round

About a month ago I decided to refinish the merry-go-round in our backyard. (Yes, it came with the house and is the kind you find on playgrounds. We also have a bouncy duck, a digger thing, and we had a 4-person teeter-totter before a drunk driver destroyed it last February.) It’d been on my long-term …

Reading While Writing

The first few years that I was writing, I was convinced that if I read novels while actively writing my own, the styles of those already-published novels would somehow leak into my writing, making it unauthentic. I saved reading as a reward for completing drafts and would binge for several weeks, gobbling up the stories I’d …

There Will Be Goat

July is a busy month for me! We spent the first week in Portland, OR, visiting family, then 12 hours after landing back in MI, I was in Holland at the first of three book events. This coming weekend I will be at the Bookman in Grand Haven from 11am-1pm. Local children’s author Amy Young is launching …

Hooyenga SMASH!

(Read that in the Incredible Hulk’s voice) So, without getting into WHY it’s taken so long… the full Flicker Effect trilogy is finally on Smashwords! Which means it’s also available on iBooks. Apple makes it extra difficult (read: expensive) for indie authors to list their books on iBooks, but you can do it through another …

Goodreads Giveaway & a New Interview

It’s been a while since I’ve given away print copies of Flicker, so I decided to host a Goodreads giveaway — and it starts today! You need to have a Goodreads account, but then you just have to click to enter. Easy peasy! And, you know, add Flicker to your Want to Read shelf if …

Ninety-Nine Cents for a Book, Holy Cow!

(sing to the tune of Ninety-Nine Bottles of Beer on the Wall) Ninety-nine cents for a book, holy cow! Ninety-nine cents for a book! With just one click (what a neat trick!) You can be reading by lunch (or right now)! Amazon  |  B&N  |  Kobo  |  Smashwords (My apologies if that song’s stuck in …

Reboot

The past month has been crazy – both personally, professionally, and writerly – and while it’s (mostly) all good, my body has reached a breaking point (headaches, shoulder & neck knots, inability to stay awake – FUN STUFF). Typically I rejuvenate by spending time at Lake Michigan. We live a 10 minute walk from the …

I’m in Writer’s Digest & Biz is on Instagram

I’m even more all over the internet than before. First, the Writer’s Digest issue that features the winners of the Self-Published eBook Winners is finally out! Second, Biz has her own Instagram account!

Flicker on Pinterest!

Flicker has a board! I made it for the Young Adult Scavenger Hunt and now I want to add the other two books AND make a board for The Slope Rules! Please check it out and let me know what you think! Follow Melanie’s board The Flicker Effect on Pinterest. If you’re new to Pinerest, …

YA Scavenger Hunt Spring 2016

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, …