Monday, January 09, 2017

SNARKY SOAP SPOILERS

As I mentioned last week, I am now writing The Young & the Restless and The Bold & the Beautiful spoilers for SoapShows.com.

They started out nice and straightforward, but, somewhere along the way, I began getting snarky.... and opinionated... and bringing up past character misdeeds that the show itself kind of wishes you'd forget.

So if you like your Y&R and B&B spoilers with a bit of an attitude (and a lot of respect for soap history), consider checking mine out at: https://soapshows.com/author/alinaadams2016/.

And make sure to let me now what you think!

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

'THIEVES AT HEART' NOW AVAILABLE AS AN EBOOK

Though it was my second Regency Romance novel for AVON, 'Thieves at Heart' proved to be the last one of my books to be turned into an ebook (don't ask why, the answer is long, complicated... and, in spite of that, ultimately uninteresting).

What's special about 'Thieves at Heart?' Well, to start, it was the book that finally killed off AVON's Regency line. Yes, I'm very proud.

Turns out that my involvement in it not only destroys soap-operas and primetime televised figure-skating, but also an entire literary genre for a major publishing house.

Check it out for yourselves, here.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

BACK IN THE SOAP BIZ

I'm back in the soap business, writing for SoapHub and SoapShows.

I'm doing commentary for one, and spoilers for the other.

So if you've been missing my those-who-forget-history-are-doomed-to-repeat it take on our beloved genre, please check both out and let me know what you think!

Monday, December 12, 2016

HOW TO GET INTO GIFTED NYC SCHOOLS

Applying your child to a gifted NYC school for 2017?

Hear everything you need to know (that the NYC Department of Education doesn't want you to know - and won't tell you) in the podcasts below! And make sure you sign up for the NYC School Secrets mailing list to receive all the latest NYC schools news as soon as it happens, including G&T prep, Kindergarten Connect & more!

The Difference Between Citywide & District G&T



Test Prep Tips From Testing Mom & Bright Kids Inc.



Test Prep Tips From FasTracKids



How To Transfer to a G&T From General Ed



How to Transfer to a G&T From Private School



The Difference Between Public and Private Gifted Schools



For more exclusive information to raise your odds of getting in, visit www.NYCSchoolSecrets.com.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

HOW DO I GET INTO NYC KINDERGARTEN?

Kindergarten Connect 2017 is officially open!

Experts offer tips for surviving NYC's kindergarten application season
By Amanda Mikelberg

Parents of 4-year-olds have more on their holiday-patterned plates than wrestling for the Hatchimals in the toy isles: It is now kindergarten application season in New York City.

The Department of Education’s online application system, Kindergarten Connect, is open from Wednesday through Jan. 13, with placements released in March. And while Requests for Testing (RFT) for the city's gifted and talented programs were due on Nov. 14, insiders say the window is still open for special requests for a test date in January.

“It’s unspeakably important to know all of your options,” Alina Adams, author of "Getting Into NYC Kindergarten," and a private coach for families in the process, told Metro.

She stressed that the law does not at all guarantee placement in a local school.

Much like the daunting high school application process, rankings of 12 choices must be submitted for each of the 70,000 kindergarten-age kids. Ignoring this process is taking a major risk of convenience and quality.

Applicants must research the DOE's kindergarten directory. Public kindergartens are not created equal — there are small schools and big ones, gifted and talented schools, magnet schools with attractive features, dual language programs, as well as traditional or progressive teaching approaches.

“Many parents don’t know that they may not be able to get into their zoned school, or that they are welcome and have a right to apply to unzoned schools.”


Read the entire article, here.

Or, if you'd prefer to hear everything you need to know about zoned, unzoned, district, magnet and dual language public schools - how to apply and how to get in, listen to the below podcast from 2015.



For a step by step guide that you can refer to over and over again as you go through the process, check out:



Wednesday, September 07, 2016

HOW TO PROMOTE YOUR BOOK

Pose a Question

Alina Adams, author of The Figure Skating Mystery Series, says “the best tip I have for writing strong book descriptions is to pose a question the reader desperately wants answered – but can’t unless they read the book.”

Adams set up her question with this intriguing book description:

At the World Figure Skating Championship, the Ladies’ Gold medal goes to Russia’s dour Xenia Trubin over America’s perky Erin Simpson thanks to the vote of one judge, who then promptly turns up dead.

Who killed Silvana Potenza? A skater? A coach? A fan? An official? A parent?


Emphasize Enhanced Content

Adams’s mystery series also includes professionally made videos of The Ice Theatre of NY as part of the story. “In my book description, I make sure to highlight this unique feature, and – this part is critical – explain exactly what that feature is and how it works. Enhanced ebooks are still so new, customers don’t expect them, and don’t exactly understand what they are. It is my job to make that clear – and enticing – in the book description.”

More tips (from writers who are not me) at: Writing Effective Book Descriptions to Sell More Books.