Print News and Other Newsy-News

Computer ReadingHello, my friends!  I thought I would write another chatty, newsy little blog post, because I actually have news to chat about!  And that, as we all know, is so rare an occurrence that it must needs be celebrated.  So, I’m going to try to ignore the incredibly persistent fruit fly determined to fly up my nose and persevere.

Just as a side note, is there anything more annoying than a persistent fruit fly?  I don’t think so! *pfffff*  Gah!  I think I just snorted a fruit fly!

Okay, back to business.  First of all, you may have seen on my Facebook page (or more likely, since it’s Facebook, you didn’t see it), “Handling It” is now available as a print book.  HOORAY!!!!  Man, I’m telling you, I thought getting that thing set up was going to kill me, but it’s finally done.  It’s what they call a “trade-sized” paperback, so it’s one of those bigger paperback books because we independent folk can’t easily put out the regular mass-market size (yet).  For what it’s worth, I’m very pleased with how it turned out.

If you are a print book fan, the paperback version is now available at,, and (among other places).  You should also be able to special order it from your local bookstore using the ISBN number 978-1-943725-01-4, if you are so inclined.  I sincerely doubt you will find it stocked in a physical bookstore, but perhaps, eventually, I’ll be pleasantly surprised.  🙂

print book

Well, I had to get a couple of copies, didn’t I?

You may remember that I was chattering about the possibility of selling the paperback direct from my website.  I’ve decided against that at the moment for a lot of reasons – lack of time and needing to keep inventory on hand being chief among them.  And now that I’m feeling more secure about availability, it’s not as big an issue.  I’m still mulling over the whole selling direct thing, though, so more to come on that in the future.

Second, I wanted to let you know that the monthly newsletter I’ve been blathering on about for months will FINALLY be starting up on September 15th (assuming I can figure out how Mail Chimp works).  If you’d like to join me, you can sign up to receive it by clicking here.  This is still a work in progress, but the goal of the thing is to make it something fun for all of us.  Otherwise, why do it?

I’ll be including stories from the Hardy Falls Gazette (the online newspaper spearheaded by Hardy Falls librarian Mathilda Gregory, and reprinted with her grudging permission), short stories exclusive to the newsletter, and other stuff I haven’t thought of yet.  Will I succeed?  Will I fail miserably?  Will I at least meet expectations? Only time will tell!!  It’s like a genre writer reality show!

Finally, I wanted to let you know that I’ll be blogging more regularly again – I  promise. The posts will be a little shorter (most of the time), but I want to get back on schedule.  Harry, Muse, Skipper, and the rest will all be back on Sunday as we start a new mini-series – “Objectives”.  I’m thinking that the regular blog post day will be Sunday, but I’m hoping to post some Wednesdays as well.  I’ll also be primping the website a little bit, giving it a new hairdo, adding some info about works in progress, that sort of thing.

Oh, and I’ll be writing.  Can’t forget the writing!

So, I hope you stick with me!  It should be fun. 🙂  And thank you for reading my blog!

And now, I’m off to kill me some fruit-flies…


Butterflies are prettier than fruit flies.


  1. How ever will you have time to write if you’re doing all that blogging and newlettering? More books! More books! What’s going on in Hardy Falls? Your readers want to know! Fruit flies: Theory is you put a little apple cider vinegar in a little water in a bottle or a glass with a piece of plastic wrap over it with a few holes in it. The little darlings are enticed in by the smell and are stupid enough to not find their way out and drown. I have also found it very satisfying to simply stir them up and then wave the vacuum hose around and suck them all up. Works well except for the new pesky ones that walk and hop rather than fly.

    • Betsy Horvath says

      @Athena: Well, yes, that whole writing thing is the fruit fly in the ointment, isn’t it! But the books are definitely first priority. 🙂

      I do have a dish of apple cider vinegar mixed with soap and water in the kitchen for the fruit flies and it does the job quite nicely. But who knew I needed one in the living room too!! Those little buggers sure get around. So now I’ve added more dishes and my whole house smells like a salad. 😀

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