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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 Writing Life Highlights

You know how you do something and then you do it the next year and then again the following year and now it's a habit? Well, I tend to review my writing year every December 31st and though I'm not really in the mood today, I gotta do it! Just like I have to work out and start my diet tomorrow morning. Ah, tradition. :-) Okay, let's see what happened in 2013.

In January, The Paparazzi Project went to #1 in free teen romance ebooks.

From February through April I busted my butt cleaning, selling, and packing up our house and we moved to our beautiful new home. When I wasn't doing that I was busily writing and editing, writing and editing, writing and editing, getting ready for a future release.

In May, Alloy Digital announced the web series, Espressologist, at Digital Content Newsfronts, which was SO cool!. You can read about that here. They included some new details about the script:

"Based on the popular book by Kristina Springer, The Espressologist mixes one part Central Perk from Friends with a splash of Jane Austin’s Emma to create a series brimming with humor and heart.

Working at her neighborhood coffee shop as a barista, twenty-something Chelsea has a front-row seat to people and their crazy, entertaining lives. Always an astute observer of human nature, Chelsea stumbles upon a methodology that makes a love connection between her customers’ personalities and their drink orders. This comedic series follows Chelsea as the stakes are raised and her bizarre dating formula leads to more people (namely friends and co-workers) looking for Chelsea to replicate her success. But will she ever make a match for herself?"

Here's the trailer they presented:

Espressologist Trailer from Defy Media on Vimeo.

In June, I started work on my new *shiny* middle grade book. I'm still working on it and I love it so. :-) I also worked on putting together my library in the new house.

In July, I went on a writing retreat with the fabulous Author2Author girls to Dublin, OH. So much fun!

In August my friend Deena Lipomi's first published book, BLACK OUT released. (Details here). Not my writing news but Deena and I have been critique partners since 2006 so I was way excited for her!. Check it out on Amazon if you haven't yet.

In September I was a promo queen, getting ready for a new release. Answering a gazillion interviews for a blog tour and ordering promo stuff like these bookmarks.
I'm always willing to send them (and any of my other bookmarks) to readers, libraries etc. so hit me up here or on twitter (@TinaSpringer) and I'll send you some.

In October, my fifth book BOY SWAP went on sale.

In November My Fake Boyfriend is Better Than Yours was still making the rounds at Scholastic Book Fairs. Do you guys know how much I LOVE Scholastic Book Fairs? I so want to get another middle grade with Scholastic. One of my 2014 goals!

The German edition of My Fake Boyfriend is Better Than Yours also came out. Funny enough, the translation of the title is: My totally fictional dream prince is but sweeter than yours.

In December the paperback of My Fake Boyfriend is Better Than Yours came out and it's sooooo cute!
I love that the Meg Cabot blurb is on the front cover and that there is a good long interview with me in the back (where I tell way too much info) and the first chapter of Just Your Average Princess follows. I'm hosting a release contest on my blog until 1/15/14 here. Lots of goodies, so check it out!

That's it for 2013. I'm looking forward to a writing-filled 2014, with hopes of completing two middle grade books and a new YA ebook. Wishing you a happy, healthy, & productive new year!

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