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Who I am:
Writer, editor, voice actor and lover of words.
Connect with me online! My site, blog, or Twitter handle are:
petreaburchard.com

@PetreaBurchard on Twitter

petreabs on Instagram
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
"Camelot & Vine," a novel about a failing Hollywood actress with an honesty problem. The day before her 40th birthday, after losing her job, her married boyfriend and everything she never cared about, she hops a plane, gets drunk and falls through a gap in time to land in the Dark Ages. There she meets Mr. Honesty himself, King Arthur, and the first thing she tells him is a lie.

"Act as If: Stumbling Through Hollywood with Headshot in Hand," tragi-comic essays about being a journeyman actor in Hollywood.

Book reviews at Hometown-Pasadena.com.

"Portraits," a short story in the anthology "Literary Pasadena: The Fiction Edition"

"Things," an essay in the Adams Media collection, "A Cup of Comfort for Christmas."

Two flash fiction stories at http://rosecitysisters.blogspot.com/

and innumerable articles, features, etc.
Media outlets that I currently write for:
book reviews for http://hometown-pasadena.com/
My writing is:
Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Blog Posts
Outlets where I review books, TV, or film:
book reviews for http://hometown-pasadena.com/
Services I offer to other writers:
I teach the Story Kitchen story structure workshop in southern California at the Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse.

I also offer editing and book coaching.
I'm part of these writers' groups or salons:
I'm a member of the San Gabriel Valley Women Writers
My professional associations:
SAG-AFTRA, Actors Equity Association
I found out about She Writes from:
Poets & Writers Magazine

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Petrea Burchard replied to the discussion 'Ingram Spark: Good or Bad?' in the group Small Publishers and Independent Authors
"This could be just me, but I'll tell you my experience. I used Smashwords. It's free and very easy. I had a designer put the book into InDesign before I uploaded, so it looks professional and not just a pdf uploaded from my…"
Sep 27, 2013
Petrea Burchard replied to the discussion 'Ingram Spark: Good or Bad?' in the group Small Publishers and Independent Authors
"They were very helpful. Charming, sure. Some services have online chat, which works out as something between a phone call and an email. I've found that to be useful at times with services other than publishing."
Sep 26, 2013
Petrea Burchard replied to the discussion 'Ingram Spark: Good or Bad?' in the group Small Publishers and Independent Authors
"I was surprised to find that CreateSpace had live help, and they were very responsive! They have a system on the website where you can click to have someone call you. You choose "right now" or "in five minutes." And they do!…"
Sep 26, 2013
Petrea Burchard replied to the discussion 'Ingram Spark: Good or Bad?' in the group Small Publishers and Independent Authors
"Do you know if it's related to Ingram, the distributor?"
Sep 26, 2013
Petrea Burchard commented on the group 'Small Publishers and Independent Authors'
"Twisted Wave is another program that's popular with audiobook pros. And keep your pace relatively slow. Not so slow that you bore the listener, but keep in mind that you know the story inside and out, and your listener needs a teeny bit of time…"
Sep 24, 2013
Petrea Burchard commented on the group 'Small Publishers and Independent Authors'
"It can be really cheap, Regina. I know one audio pro who used to tell his students if they couldn't make a sound booth they could make a tent with a thick blanket and that will deaden a lot of outside sound. Many pros use moving blankets,…"
Sep 24, 2013
Petrea Burchard replied to the discussion 'Lightening Source: Good or Bad?' in the group Novelists (Struggling or Not)
"I believe I paid $25.00 to CreateSpace. This includes a listing on Amazon.com. If you want fancy typesetting, etc. they will do that for an additional fee. I wanted more control over that aspect of the book, so I hired a typesetter for InDesign, and…"
Aug 30, 2013
Petrea Burchard replied to the discussion 'Lightening Source: Good or Bad?' in the group Novelists (Struggling or Not)
"I had no problems with Createspace. Did you try their phone service? They are responsive and helpful. You input your number and they'll call you within 30 seconds or 5 minutes, your choice. And they actually do it. They'll give you a…"
Aug 30, 2013
Petrea Burchard commented on the group 'Small Publishers and Independent Authors'
"Do download and read Jennifer's book. I recommend it! Witty, sweet and smart."
Aug 29, 2013
Petrea Burchard replied to the discussion 'Elevator pitch.- IMMUNE FROM PROSECUTION' in the group Novelists (Struggling or Not)
"Good suggestions from the others. I would also take into consideration that you're going to have to say it in conversation. Practice it out loud. Does it sound like you talking, or does it sound stiff? Keep working it until you've got…"
Aug 25, 2013
Petrea Burchard replied to the discussion 'Sales: reducing book price to $.99' in the group Small Publishers and Independent Authors
"Hi Lindsey, GalleyCat reposted a listing the other day - this is mostly for free promotion, but there are a couple of places that will promote "paid" books. http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/free-ebook-promotion_b52130 Also, not long…"
Aug 21, 2013
Petrea Burchard left a comment for Toi Thomas
"Learning and paying it forward: all good! I'm finding out that I can't do all the social media, don't want to spread myself too thin. Also, I'm not really good at Twitter and I don't get Tumblr, so I stick to Facebook,…"
Aug 12, 2013
Toi Thomas left a comment for Petrea Burchard
"Thanks for making a connection. I'm all over the place with social media which usually seems like I'm not there much in one place at time, but I'm working to get better at the whole thing. I'm all about learning what I can and…"
Aug 12, 2013
Jennifer Richardson liked Petrea Burchard's discussion My Review of "Americashire," by SheWriter Jennifer Richardson
Jul 26, 2013
Petrea Burchard added a discussion to the group Reviews and Giveaways
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My Review of "Americashire," by SheWriter Jennifer Richardson

I loved the book's description and entered a contest to win a copy. I lucked out and won, and I was not disappointed by the book.http://hometown-pasadena.com/books/what-were-reading/americashire/67029See More
Jul 25, 2013
Helen O'Reilly replied to the discussion 'Innovative marketing?' in the group Small Publishers and Independent Authors
"Thanks, and the best of luck to you, too!"
Jul 16, 2013

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At 10:10am on August 12, 2013, Toi Thomas said…

Thanks for making a connection. I'm all over the place with social media which usually seems like I'm not there much in one place at time, but I'm working to get better at the whole thing. I'm all about learning what I can and paying it forward  in any way I can. 

At 9:29am on June 19, 2013, Kate Powell said…

I totally understand about "freinding" and the english language.  My mother majored in english.  BTW, to "tweet" has been added to the dictionary this very week.  

At 5:05am on August 17, 2012, Kathleen Kern said…

Oh it's not worth your expending that much effort.  I was just curious.

At 8:29am on August 16, 2012, Kathleen Kern said…

I meant when the anime character's face becomes distorted because she is embarrassed or upset and you have to say "gaa" or something like that.  It's your voice, not an engineered sound, and I wondered what the script said.  My first anime series was Samurai Champloo, which had natural looking characters, except for one, and I expanded out into other series (for research) and was fascinated by the facial templates for embarrassment, rage, sorrow, fear, etc.

At 6:47am on July 3, 2012, Andrea Heiberg said…

Petrea, sorry I didn't see your comment before now. You've been and you are so inspiring. Thanks!

At 10:51am on March 18, 2012, Susan Helene Gottfried said…

Petrea, thanks. You are a bright spot on a bad day. See you on Twitter? Come chat with me!

At 10:46am on February 15, 2012, Meg Waite Clayton said…

Petrea, Just saw your post about The 4 Ms. Bradwells being on the inside cover of the RH catalog. That is lovely to hear (and I had no idea). Thanks!

Meg

At 10:36am on January 23, 2012, Ann Casey said…

Best of luck! I'm looking forward to reading it someday!

At 9:45am on January 23, 2012, Ann Casey said…

While hiking, do you carry your camera? What camera do you use...do you go digital or 35mm? I love your portfolio on redbubble and have just tweeted it!

An actress...you've got courage...moxie.  (Love that piece in Lost In Yonkers...the movie...where Richard Dreyfuss explains moxie! Would love to see the play.)

I've also just completed my first novel, Blue Psyche, but have just about decided to publish/market it myself because, from what I hear, you must market your work, anyway. Your Camelot & Vine sounds fascinating! I like your protagonist's name, Casey Clemens - I go by my last name as a nickname. ;^ )

At 11:48am on December 28, 2011, Meg Waite Clayton said…

So close -- 2,000 words short. Not a scene or two that could be fleshed out?

 
 
 

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