Writing

Posts about writing and authorship, written by Kaleb Nation

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How Much Money Does An Author Make?

Let’s talk about MONEY! Or rather, how much money does an author make? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdvoGdsvh84 One of the most common questions I get as an author is about my income. People don’t want to be rude, but if they dream of being a writer one day, it’s a very important question for their future career! When it comes to an author’s income… the truth is, every author’s pay is different. There are actually two ways that an author gets paid. When I finish writing a book, my…

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Misery, Pain, And Other Things A Writer Experiences When Leaving The Desk

I type this blog post while in the most absolutely wretched and miserable pain imaginable, whining when I accidentally move my arm so my pinky can reach the BACKSPACE key, and moaning anytime airborne molecules brush against my skin. After sitting at my desk writing  for months, and preparing to move back to the beach-filled Los Angeles, California, I decided to start working out. This drive to get more non-caffeinated energy* turned into intense weight-lifting, push-upping and abdomen-crunching. It was all wonderfully adventurous. The next…

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Classroom Revenge

Today, I did a book signing at a school. One of the kids showed me a story he was working on. Best. Opening. Ever.

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Guard The Books [How I Became An Author]

I’ve been writing stories since I was nine years old. My first dozen or so tales starred a particularly familiar character named King Kaleb, who had a penchant for explosions and was friendly to aliens. My parents would dutifully print these out, draft after draft, and let me pile them in my room. But by the time I was ten, I was over the Microsoft Word double-sided printout booklets. Normal printer paper does not fold into the same width of an actual book book, and…

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On NPR’s “All Things Considered” Tonight

I’ll be on NPR’s “All Things Considered” this evening, talking about the awesome that is Gayle Forman. If you remember, I wrote an article for NPR.com back in October of 2010 about Gayle’s masterpiece novel “IF I STAY”. It went on to be the #1 article for multiple days, thanks to loyal upvotes by the Nationeer army. Now months later, NPR will be broadcasting my recording of it tonight. It’ll be fun to hear myself back on the radio after 3 years of absence! You…

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The Search And Destroy List [Ideas On Revising A Book]

Writing a book can cause an effect similar to self-hypnosis. After hours of clicking keys with my brain in another world and my mind blocking out all natural surroundings, I tend to fall into a type of trance. Suddenly, the words being typed aren’t even intelligently thought-out paragraphs, but just what spills out as my fingers move. In this state, though our appearances may vary slightly, little differentiates me in writing skill from a stupid monkey with a typewriter: This works, though, because the words…

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Covers Of Awful

Almost eight years ago, I had the idea that would eventually become my first published book. I wrote the first draft in six months. Time to publish! thought I. Little did I know that five years of rewriting lay ahead. All writers take this road. You’re left for a long time with your goal dangling just out of reach, your publishing legs growing longer with each day but your logical side wondering if you’ll ever be tall enough. You live on dreams and hopes. For…

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Things I Have Learned As An Author

I remember very distinctly how it felt to be unpublished and wonder what it’d be like when I got to the other side. Since I started writing when I was very young, I approached the publishing machine with an even more child-like awe than most other, older writers around me, staring upwards from far below and hoping that one day I’d be tall enough to reach the buttons. Me, In The Style Of The Oatmeal I think I revered authors as some type of alter-species,…

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A Visit To Arleta

Recently, I was struck by a new story idea which takes place in Southern California. I’m not exactly sure if this idea will go anywhere, but writing it has given me a thrill that only comes about when I have delved into something fresh and waiting to be explored. The story takes place in a small town called Arleta, CA. I chose this place because it is in the San Fernando Valley, near the hills, and happened to be the only town in the Valley…

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Beautiful Darkness Tour with Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

I’ve been hinting at this news for almost a week now, and finally I can make the announcement! For those of you who don’t live in the places I’m touring, there are now a few more opportunities to meet me and lots of amazing authors! Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, two good friends of mine, are the authors of the nationally bestselling BEAUTIFUL CREATURES (the black book with the purple letters, at #2 on the NY Times Paperback Bestseller List right now). This month, they…

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