Extending My Social Media Sabbatical

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Wanted to drop a quick note that I’m extending my social media sabbatical through August 31, 2017. I may be online and checking in during conventions, and will post announcements and updates here as well.

I realize this sabbatical is far longer than I anticipated, and I miss touching base with many of you. Due to a number of unforeseen circumstances, I feel like I’ve fallen behind on my personal and professional goals. Experience has taught me that a tight focus is the best way to both enjoy my summer and accomplish what I need to.

I’ve taken long sabbaticals in the past, and they’ve often generated a ton of questions. I’ll do my best to answer them here:

Q: Are you available for interviews?
A: I am, and the best way to get a hold of me is via my contact page. My average response time will vary depending upon travel.

Q: Where can I find your books? Games?
A: You can visit Amazon Author Central, DriveThruRPG.com, Barnes and Noble, or DriveThruFiction.com to find some of the books and games I’ve contributed to. Or, you can visit your nearest bookstore or friendly local game store to find and request titles as well.

Q: Can I hire you?
A: Right now I am open to new opportunities; please don’t assume that I’m not interested because I’m not online. My availability tends to vary due to the nature of my work. The best thing to do is contact me, and I can see how new projects might fit into my schedule.

Q: Does this mean you’re not okay?
A: No, not at all! I realize that for some people being online is a way of life. Right now, I want to focus on my work and attend to some languishing personal projects. To do that, it’s best if I go underground and limit distractions. If you’re interested in the positive effect this can have on your psyche, check out the posts I wrote when I took 100 days off of social media. This sabbatical won’t be as strict as what I did back in 2011, but it definitely means I won’t be around much until the fall.

Q: What’s the best way to stay up-to-date?
A: My newsletter, which will be e-mailed to you every Thursday morning, will compile all the posts from the week for you. Plus, I’ve been adding special messages to subscribers every week as well. I’ve also started to focus on what I can do for my readers, which is on my massive to-do list! So, if you’re the least bit interested in me or my work, you’ll want to sign up for Monica Valentinelli’s newsletter. As I start crossing off items and launching projects, you’ll be the first to know!

Hope you have an amazing, sunny, and stress-free summer! On to mine for words, words, woooooorrrrrrddddddssssss!

Monica Valentinelli is a writer, editor, and game developer. Her portfolio includes stories, games, comics, essays, and pop culture books.

In addition to her own worlds, she has worked on a number of different properties including Firefly, Vampire: the Masquerade, Shadowrun, Hunter: the Vigil, Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn, and Robert E. Howard’s Conan.

Looking for Monica’s books and games that are still in print? Visit Monica Valentinelli on Amazon’s Author Central or a bookstore and game store near you.

Want to Interview or Hire Me? Send Fan Mail?

Would you like to hire me? Because my projects and manuscripts are in flux, I am always open to discussing new opportunities with publishers and studios. As a full-time writer, I spend a portion of my time seeking new gigs–so don’t be afraid to reach out. If you’re interested, please e-mail me via my Contact Page. I typically reply to work-related e-mails within one-to-two business days.

Want an interview? If you’d like to interview me or request a guest blog post, please connect with me via the contact page, too. Due to time constraints and other communicative concerns, I typically don’t follow up on requests via social media.

Keen on sending fan mail? I am also happy to engage with readers and fans. Please note that I am unable to reply satisfactorily to certain types of queries related to the companies I work for due to the agreements I typically sign. If you have a question about a TV show or a line of books, the best way to get your answer is to contact the studio or publisher directly.

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