Friday, May 27, 2011

Still Working on The Peanut Buttor Tweatment!

I've completed more pages and continue to make changes as I work. Once I started putting it all together, I realized I needed a couple more illustrations, so I'll be working on those during  the long weekend. I have a picture that will go on the back cover of all the books in the Hairinton's series. (below)

This is Mom, Dad, Sis and Bub. Grammy is another character in this first book. Her picture is below.

The Hairingtons live in Dustycorners and Grammy lives in Creviceville, so she comes to visit them once a month and stays for the weekend, which she does in this first book.

I still plan to have the book ready for release by mid June. Once all the pictures are finished, I will  have more editing to do before the release.
Self-publishing is a great deal of work, but being able to put together a book exactly as I envision it is wonderful. I just hope the books will put a smile on the face of the children and adults who read it.

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Now Availabe at Viewpoint Books

My anthology of short stories, Tales From Imagination's Closet, is now availabe at Viewpoint Books in Columbus.

It should also be available on Amazon soon!

Happy Reading!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Viewpoint Books

I am taking some copies of Tale From Imagination's Closet to Viewpoint Books on Tuesday evening. So, they'll be there if anyone is interested.

Happy Reading!

Friday, May 20, 2011

More Website Updates!

Visit my site M. Allman to see the added tabs and pictures. I've added more information about the Hairingtons and upcoming books.

Happy Reading!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Finally, A Cover

This is the cover to The Peanut Buttor Tweatment. It will be available in June.

I'll be working the rest of the week on getting the other illustrations colored and pages put together. Ahhh! Finally, some  progress.

Website updates

I've added a few updates and some other things to my website. Feel free to take a look. There's more to come!
M. Allman

Happy Reading

Monday, May 16, 2011

Moving Forward

Okay, I've go this cover problem figured out. So this week, I'm moving forward with putting the children's book together. But, It will still be June before it's ready.

I am also working on a book of very short stories-all under 500 words. The title is Flashes Of Fiction, and I plan to self-publish this one as well.

I want to get into publishing, so this is a good way to test the waters before jumping in. I'll start out small and learn the process before taking any plunges. My goal is to run my own publishing company in the future. I thought about naming it, Burtonhead Publishing or Burtonhead Books. We'll see. Today, there is so much great technology for writers and publishers, how can I not give it a try?

I'm working on several projects at once. I shift from one to the other when inspiration strikes. I'm not sure how productive this will be in the long run, but for now, it's working. I am writing two YA novellas at this time--one a drama/mystery and the other a sci-fi/speculative story. Plus, my children's book and two books of short stories. I've also gotten back into writing greeting cards. I love trying to come up with verses for greeting cards- it's fun!

I'm hoping the the copies of Tales From Imagination's Closet will come in the mail today,so I can get them to Viewpoint Books this week. I have had so many people as where to buy it and right now it's only available online. Still waiting on Amazon!

Oh, I also plan to make some updates to my webstie. I hope to have those done by early next week and ready to share!

Happy Reading!

Saturday, May 14, 2011


I have most of the pages sketched for my children's book, so I sketched and colored in a cover picture. Well, I got on Lulu to create the cover and found it won't work with the designer Lulu offers. I know there has to be a way around this, I just have to get it figured out. This is going to delay getting the book published. I was hoping to have everything put together before May 27th because that is when my classes start up again, and I don't know how much time I'll have to work on writing projects.

So, today I'll work on that, but my guess is it'll be sometime in  June before I get this book together and ready for publishing.

Other news!  Viewpoint books in Columbus should have copies of Tales From Imagination's Closet at some point next week. I will keep everyone updated on the progress.

No word yet on when the book will be available on Amazon, but it should be soon. *fingers crossed*

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Making Progress

I have 17 out of 25 illustrations sketched for The Peanut Buttor Tweatment. So, this is taking a bit longer than I had planned. I still have to color them in and decide on a cover. I've have two differnent cover sketches. And, I've only just begun on the Hairington's website. It will give everyone an idea of who these creatures are, where they live and a bit about each character's personality. Plus, I will have covers for upcoming books in the series with a brief synopsis of each.

This is a picture of Bub Hairington. He's one of the main characters and will appear in all the books I've begun writing so far. He get's himself into a sticky situation in the first book, The Peanut Buttor Tweatment because of his love for gumballs.(more details to come.)
  I've been reworking some of the other characters because I'm not yet satisfied with how they look. Once I decide on a final look for each character, I will begin adding them to the website and filling in details. I'll let everyone know when it's ready to view.

Happy Reading!

Monday, May 9, 2011

More Publication News

I am signing a contract with Melange-Books for a second anthology of short stories, Stories to Wrap Your Mind Around. Scheduled for release in March 2012. 

The anthology will contain 30 stories of various genres including speculative, mystery,sci-fi, drama and comedy.

Happy Reading!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Newest Publication

My short story, "Viral Smiles," is now available in April 2011 issue of The Other Herald.

I am working on my children's picture book, The peanut Buttor Tweatment, I hope to have it ready in a couple of weeks. I am also working on a website for these characters because this will be the first in series of books. I hope to have the website ready by the end of the week.  The second will be, Attack of the Dust Bunnies, coming out in late summer. I will post more information throughout the week to keep everyone posted. :)

Happy Mother's Day!
& Happy Reading!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Fictitious Magazine Issue 2

The comedy issue is up and ready to view. Stop by Fictitious Magazine and enjoy the work of some talented authors. Jeff Baker's short story, "A Comic's Debut," and Diana Kronenburg's "Turbulence" is sure to rouse a chuckle, and those are just two of the 9 funny stories included in the second issue.

 iDrew and Ronald Charles Epstein's poetry will also tickle your funny bone.

Happy Reading!