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Yay! It's Network Week on Jon's blog

Networking is about getting yourself and your work noticed (preferably in a good way), but with over 43 million blogs on LiveJournal alone, it's easier said than done.

With that in mind, I thought it might be fun to host a network week, here on An Englishman in New Jersey, where people can promote themselves, and hopefully make some new friends and/or connections. 

If you'd like to take part, just leave a comment, telling folks a little about yourself, your work and where they can find you online.

If you're in a writer's group, let us know which one(s). Planning on attending a conference or event soon, share the info (and a link too, if you have one). You never know, maybe some other folks here are going to the same thing.

Here's my info:

My name is Jon Gibbs. I live in Manalapan New Jersey. I write Middle Grade (see sidebar for info on my debut novel, Fur-Face). I'm the founder of The New Jersey Authors Network and FindAWritingGroup.com


I like pinacoladas and getting caught in  I am a member of five writing groups: GLVWG (Greater Lehigh Valley Writing Group); the GSHW (Garden State Horror Writers); SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators); the Liberty States Fiction Writers and the Monmouth Creative Writing Group.

I'm on facebook, Goodreads and Twitter. My website, www.acatofninetales.com, is currently undergoing repairs.

I'm taking part in a few events over the next week (see this link for more details).

How about you?

Care to share your info?

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Oct. 17th, 2011 04:00 pm (UTC)
Iggy's Amazing SF Almanac
As one of the few cartoon blogs dealing with sf, fantasy, horror, science and related stuff in the media, you're sure to find something to interest you. In-jokes abound, along with convention listings, birthdays, historic publication info, and tidbits from the history of science and technology. It's the wisdom of the ages, Jack!


Main blog: http://iggysalmanac.wordpress.com/ (http://iggysalmanac.wordpress.com/)
Daily Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/#!/iggysalmanac (https://twitter.com/#!/iggysalmanac)

A.L. Sirois, man behind the curtain and all-around spear carrier
Oct. 17th, 2011 04:02 pm (UTC)
Format hosed
Oh well -- I had everything working before I had to sign in through LiveJournal. At least the links are visible!
Oct. 17th, 2011 04:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Format hosed
Sorry, A.L. LiveJournal doesn't seem to like links via anything but a LiveJournal account.

Let's see if I can fix them for you:

Main blog: http://iggysalmanac.wordpress.com
Daily Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/#!/iggysalmanac
Oct. 19th, 2011 04:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Format hosed
Thanks! Looks good.

Al Soirois
Oct. 19th, 2011 04:09 pm (UTC)
Re: Format hosed
Figures -- I even managed to misspell my own name! More coffee is needed, I guess...
Nathan Rudy
Oct. 17th, 2011 04:07 pm (UTC)
Let's see if it takes this one!
My name is Nathan Rudy, and I live in North Plainfield with my wife, daughter and dog. I write mysteries set in central Jersey, and completed THE RIGHT STUFF in August for which I am currently seeking representation.

I belong to Liberty States Fiction Writers, and plan to attend my first meeting with them in November. I am also on Backspace, and am attending their Writers-Agents conference on Nov. 4 and 5. I joined the Mystery Writers of America, but as an unpublished novelist I feel kind of silly for having done so.

For credentials, I have a BA in creative writing from Beloit College in WI. Professionally I have written for a couple newspapers early on, then spent 20 or so years writing press releases, newsletters and speeches in corporations, government and non-profits.

Blog: http://nathanrudy.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/nathanrudy
Facebook: http://facebook.com/nathanrudy

I'm also interested in joining a crit group up in the Somerset/Union/Middlesex border region, and in finding some willing beta readers.
Oct. 17th, 2011 04:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Let's see if it takes this one!
See you at the LSF meet next month, Nathan. I'm doing one of the roundtables after the main event :)

I've fixed your links:

Blog: http://nathanrudy.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/nathanrudy
Facebook: http://facebook.com/nathanrudy

Edited at 2011-10-17 04:33 pm (UTC)
Oct. 17th, 2011 04:16 pm (UTC)
I'm the uncanonized patrom saint of the anomalously sexual and gendered,
and intent on winning the Nobel Prize (for modesty?).
I've got an amazon page.
Oct. 17th, 2011 04:20 pm (UTC)

even my blood is type o...
Oct. 17th, 2011 04:33 pm (UTC)
Lol :)
Oct. 17th, 2011 05:32 pm (UTC)
Great idea, John! I'm Naomi, I write urban fantasy. I'm @naomi_jay on Twitter and I love werewolves and chocolate!
Oct. 17th, 2011 06:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks for sharing, Naomi :)
Oct. 17th, 2011 06:02 pm (UTC)

My name is Krista Magrowski, from southern NJ. I write future bestselling and award-winning stories in horror and fantasy *wink*. I use LJ as my primary form of "literary debauchery" although I have been trying to get my wordpress off the ground for some time now. I can also be found on Twitter sporadically and FB/G+ under my name.

Im currently co-organizer of the South Jersey Writers Group (http://www.meetup.com/South-Jersey-Writers/)
Oct. 17th, 2011 06:07 pm (UTC)
'I write future bestselling and award-winning stories in horror and fantasy

Excellent! :)
Oct. 17th, 2011 07:23 pm (UTC)

I think I must have one the future Nobel Prize.
Oct. 17th, 2011 07:24 pm (UTC)

it's in my blood, I tells ya...
Oct. 17th, 2011 11:48 pm (UTC)
May have to check that out someday - are you anywhere near West Berlin?
Oct. 18th, 2011 12:08 am (UTC)
I'm Laura Cushing - my main blog is charisma and I need to start writing in it more often. In another life I did social media marketing for musicians - everything from Warner and Columbia signed bands to indie outfits. Kind of burnt out on that, and the freelancing I was doing.

I've written non-fiction columns in music journalism, performed poetry at spoken word festivals; and published some poetry, short stories, and comics in lit mags, 'zines, and journals.

I'm a 41 year old woman who has lived most of her life in the NJ Pines. I have aspergers and complex ptsd, which can make me socially anxious, but I would dearly love to make friends with other writers. I attend a writer's group at South County Library in Atco which is meeting this Tuesday and meets every third Tuesday of the month I believe it is. You can find the info on library's website here.

I run a group here on live journal called charloft which provides a daily writing prompt - various days of the week have various themes. We have been operating for over three years, and our focus is on character development.

My current projects are two short stories that I'm trying to clean up for publication - one about a piano player in jazz era Storyville New Orleans, and one about a woman with asperers and her trouble with her neighbor. I also have a rough draft of a sci-fi-ish novel that I'm beginning to revise into further drafts.

My urls:
http://www.lauracushing.com (not that there's much there at moment)

Oct. 18th, 2011 08:32 am (UTC)
Thanks for sharing, Laura :)
Oct. 18th, 2011 10:54 am (UTC)
I'm Chris Redding. I live in New Jersey. I write romantic suspense with my latest in print being A View to a Kilt. Omnilit: http://tinyurl.com/cr-vtak-omni
Smashwords: http://tinyurl.com/cr-vtak-Smash
Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/44sbydm
Nook Store: http://tinyurl.com/3tlk2nh

The next one out in electronic from is Blonde Demolition.
I'm here:
I belong to Jon's wonderful group New Jersey Author's Network and Liberty States Fiction Writers.
Thank you Jon for hosting this.
I may steal this idea from you.
Oct. 18th, 2011 12:25 pm (UTC)
Count me in!
Hi, my name is Alice DiNizo although I write under my cat's name, J.B., and I am on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble under J.B. DiNizo. I live in Toms River with my husband, dog and cats. Having survived childhood abuse with its accompanying low self-esteem, I write stories about surviving. If one or two people read what I have written and find my words make a difference,then I have accomplished what I want. My stories are set mostly in New Jersey as although the state deserves its bad reputation, there are many, many fine things about New Jersey. I have a website, jbdinizo.com, am a Facebook author, review online for ReadersFavorite and belong to the writing group at Ocean County Library's Manchester branch.
Oct. 18th, 2011 03:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Count me in!
Hi Alice,

Thanks for taking part :)

Oct. 18th, 2011 03:37 pm (UTC)
Well, I cannot say that I've won the Nobel Prize, or ever will. Phil Giunta here, author of the paranormal mystery, "Testing the Prisoner" (Firebringer Press, November 2009) which has received nice reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, Shelfari, and B&N for the eBook and paperback versions and on Podiobooks for the audio version that I recorded last year.

The audio version was originally podcasted in bi-weekly chapters (episodes) on my publisher's audio site, Prometheus Radio Theatre, then went onto Podiobooks shortly thereafter. Both are FREE audio books.

I'm working on a second paranormal novel called "By Your Side". The first draft is nearly finished and I was ecstatic yesterday when a friend and artist finished the cover image to be used and I was able to make a mockup of the front cover (which I may post up on my blog this week along with an updated blurb). A visual like that can be very inspiring!

I'm a member of the Writer's Coffehouse Online and Greater Lehigh Valley Writer's Group and I promise I will attend a meeting one of these months. :)

I'm also an author guest at Farpoint, an annual SF convention that occurs every February in Timonium, MD and I was a program participant at BaltiCon for the first time this past May. I'll also be sitting at my publisher's table at the Great Allentown Comic Con this coming November.

Here are some links that--hopefully--Jon won't need to correct. :) If so, I apologize...

Firebringer Press-- http://www.firebringerpress.com
My LiveJournal blog-- http://pgiunta.livejournal.com/
Podiobooks-- http://www.podiobooks.com/title/testing-the-prisoner/
Prometheus Radio Theatre-- http://prometheusradiotheatre.com/
Prometheus Podcast Episodes-- http://prometheus.rnn.libsynpro.com/rss
Farpoint-- http://www.farpointcon.com
BaltiCon-- http://www.balticon.org/
Allentown Comic Con-- http://www.allentowncomiccon.com/index.html

Oct. 18th, 2011 04:33 pm (UTC)
Welcome, Phil :)

LJ seems to be the problem with other links - it doesn't seem to like them in comments from folks without an account.
Jeanine Reed
Oct. 20th, 2011 03:40 pm (UTC)
Good things come to those who bake.
Hi! I'm Jeanine M. Reed, baker, runner, blogger, and self-published author. I've recently converted part of my blog,"Small Indulgences" (http://www.smallindulgencesbakery.com), into a cookbook which is available for purchase on my site in both print and as an ebook. I currently attend culinary school for pastry arts, and will graduate this spring. My obsession is mini-desserts, and the blog/book is full of stories, recipes and photos to inspire and delight.
It's not the size that counts; it's how you eat it. :)
I'll be attending the "Getting Published" workshop in Cherry Hill on November 1st. If you are too, say hello!
- Jeanine
Oct. 21st, 2011 08:49 am (UTC)
Re: Good things come to those who bake.
Hi Jeanine,

Thanks for stopping by. Here's a clickable version of your link: http://www.smallindulgencesbakery.com

See you on November 1st :)

Edited at 2011-10-21 08:50 am (UTC)
Uta Burke
Oct. 27th, 2011 02:41 pm (UTC)
Network week
Yes, the real Uta Burke. I'm a couple weeks late for Network week, but hopefully I can squeeze in sideways. If Jon is an Englishman living in NJ, I am a German woman living in NJ. I also belong to the Liberty States Fiction Writers, one of Jon's groups. My blog "yourchildsfirstyearofcollege.blogspot.com (Is the nest half full or half empty when they come home on the weekends?)is written from the parents'Point of View (I used a pseudonym to protect my daughter's privacy) when your one and only child goes off to college and leaves you behind. Everything I feared would happen, happened. Luckily, we survived year one, and I am happy to announce that I will extend the blog to cover all her years of college, b/c her emails are so hilarious and true to life that I don't want to withhold them from you. I just self-published a YA paranormal titled "Immortal Link" and the website for it is www.utaburke.com and www.facebook.com/Immortallink
Hope you stop by and good luck to us all!
Oct. 27th, 2011 03:05 pm (UTC)
Re: Network week
Hi Uta :)
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