May I use some of your photos on my blog if I link back to you?
Of course! And thanks for the link love! (Just don't go re-posting huge chunks of my posts, please.)
I have something I'd like to send you. Do you have a mailing address?
Yep, and thanks for thinking of me! Here 'tis:
P.O. Box 160537
Altamonte Springs, FL 32716
If you're an author and would like to send me a copy of your book, feel free, but bear in mind that I don't post reviews of everything I read, nor do I necessarily read everything I get. So just keep your expectations low, and we'll get along fine.
Do you have a button I can use to link to you from my blog's sidebar?
I do now! Here ya go:
Just right-click to download this image, and then make it a hyperlink to www.Epbot.com on your blog.
I'm going to Disney World! Any tips?
DO I EVER! In fact, I've been asked this one so often that I finally wrote a whole post on all the stuff you should see. Go check it out here.
I'm going to Disney World/Universal, and I want to meet you! Is that possible?
Maybe, yes! Just e-mail me the dates & which park(s) you'll be at, and I'll see if John and I can't come out to say hi. Make sure you put "Disney/Universal Meetup" in the subject line, and try to give me at least 2 weeks' notice, if possible.
Who made your robot logo?
I did! Well, with a lot of help from John, my hubby.
Where did the name "Epbot" come from?
Believe it or not, I had a completely different name lined up for this blog when I started writing my first post. In that post, I made a crack about Epcot - which is a long-running joke over on Cake Wrecks - and then I typed out "Welcome to my Experimental Prototype Blog of Tomorrow!" (For you non-Disney geeks, EPCOT stands for "Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow.") As soon as I typed that, I knew I had to ditch the old name and go with Epbot.
Even though that was the inspiration for Epbot, though, I don't use it as an acronym. Epbot doesn't "stand for" anything. It's just a made-up word that goes well with a cute robot mascot, and only cost me $10 to register as a domain name. (Suh-weet!) The fact that it also sounds like Epcot, which has so much history on CW, is just the geeky cherry on top.
What was your original name for Epbot going to be?
I'll never tell.
Aw, c'mon, it couldn't have been THAT bad.
Maybe not, but what if you like it BETTER than Epbot? Huh? Then what?
I just can't handle that kind of rejection.
Do you have any advice for would-be authors looking to get published?
Since I had publishers approach me about doing Cake Wrecks the book, I'm afraid I'm pretty useless for publishing advice. Well, unless it's just to keep building your blog readership, because that's what publishers are looking for: a built-in fan base which is likely to buy your book. Publishers aren't out to take any chances, especially in this economy, so they're looking for the sure thing. If you can prove you're bankable with a large audience, that will do most of the work for you.
If you love what you're doing, though, then don't get too caught up in the goal of getting published. Many people believe the future of print is online, and blogging is steadily gaining credibility in the media and world at large. So bottom line: keep writing, keep enjoying it, and the success will follow.
Is there a reason you never post photos of yourself online?
My position on photos has relaxed lately, so you'll see occasional glimpses of my face here on Epbot from time to time. (I even did a photo shoot in my steampunk costume.) However, for the most part I prefer to keep a low profile, which is why you'll never see my photo on Cake Wrecks, my books, or for general media use. Call it a quirk. Or a tactical advantage. ;)
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