Wednesday, November 30, 2011


Contrex - Ma Contrexpérience - 97s from Marcel on Vimeo.

Thanks to my mom (I'm just as surprised as you are) for the link.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Giveaways are good

Hi folks!

Welcome back from the holiday weekend, all you US-based folks. And to the other 95% of the world, welcome back from the weekend.

This blog will be part of a huge giveaway hop that starts later this week.

Make sure to check back and take part; with more than 250 giveaways, your odds of winning a book or ten are pretty good.

And to give you something to make your jaw drop, there's this:

Yeah, that's a guy. A jet-pack guy. A real, honest-to-God, the-Jetsons-are-becoming-reality jet-pack guy.

Thanks to Pete for the link.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Opening to Submissions Next Week

Hi folks,

Polish up those queries; we open to submissions next week! Guidelines can be found at: In the meantime, feel the excitement, the drama, and the sheer FUN that is indie publishing!

 Happy Weekend!

Friday, November 18, 2011

What Not to Share

Great post for writers:

Happy Weekend!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Most Random Part of My Job

I love designing book covers and doing the trailers and the like, but it does mean I end up looking at a lot of random images, including:

I have no actual use for this photo, mind you--but it's just SO CUTE! Now I want a pet owl. That would bother my husband less than bringing home some of the other stuff I've come across.

* sigh *

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Blogging and getting things done

If you're a regular reader here at Disgruntled Bear, you'll notice that posting has been a tad sporadic of late. I've had a combo of work and family health issues that have made my productive time their bitch. Anyhoo, I'll still post at least 2-3 times each week, hopefully in the general vicinity of MWF.

Thanks in advance for being cool about it.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Beth Revis is Right

Here's a great post about YA authors.
It's very true, and it hits at the heart of Spencer Hill's mission of building up authors.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Cover reveal!

Like ghost stories? We have a freebie that's about to come out from Spencer Hill Press -- Angelina's Friend, a short story that shows the conflict from Angelina's childhood that comes out in her high school years in Angelina's Secret.

Come check it out at and download the free PDF or ePub version.

Monday, November 7, 2011

And the Winner is...


Congratulations, Sheritha! For your partial critique, please send me the first thirty pages of your MS as a Word DOC or DOCX file at kate (at) katekaynak (dot) com.

Also, since MESSENGER'S HANDBOOK got more than a third of the votes, I'd like to offer Pamela a critique of her first ten pages, as well (please send your file as per the intructions above).

We had over 400 votes in this contest--thanks to everyone who took part! This was an AMAZING collection of queries, and I hope to see several of them in the submissions we receive at Spencer Hill next month.

Happy Monday!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Back on the Grid

Gah! Forty-eight hours without internet access--it was like being punished for a crime I didn't commit.

I'm back now, and I'm thrilled that hundreds of people have already voted in the Great Query Contest! You have until the 6th to do so.