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"Stay Tuned is as faced-paced as a real-life newsroom. The drama on the air and behind the scenes will keep you racing toward the last page! Devon Walsh WKRG-TV
 
"Loved it. Lauren accurately portrays life in a television newsroom...the personalities, the pressures, the pace. The book will leave you wanting more."
Anne Richter WWNY-TV
 

 

"Stay Tuned is a great read! The story of a career woman juggling life and love and finding herself along the way. I couldn't wait to get to the end to see if my suspicions were right about Chris. Author Lauren Clark writes so well you can feel what the characters feel."
-Lauren Davis
News Anchor, WVLT-TV 

"The characters in Stay Tuned grab hold and demand you live the story right along side them. I found myself wanting to steal Melissa's best friend Candace and make her my own--even if that means having to put up with an endless slew of quotes from Dr. Phil."
-Emlyn Chand
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Novel Writing: Does Real-Life Experience as a Journalist Help or Hurt?
I was recently asked this by a blogger--and I'd have to say both! As a broadcast journalist, you quickly learn that everything is about deadlines. There's a deadline for the noon show, the 6 o'clock show, the ten o'clock, and so on. And not only do you have to complete your assignment, but the stories have to be accurate, compelling, and brief. Most of the time, my own stories were never longer than a minute and thirty seconds. That's not much time to get in the Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How!
After working in the television biz for six years, I became quite adept at completing assignments, writing down my script in the news van (going over bumps in the road), and typing at (a little under) the speed of light. Unless I wanted to look for a new career, there was no missing any deadlines, so I learned to work fast and smart.
When I decided to retire from the news desk, stay home with my children, and dip my toe into the author world, my experience as a journalist certainly came in handy. I could come up with a zillion ideas, I was disciplined enough to crank out several pages of manuscript in a day, and I could create fun and interesting characters. On the flip side, I wasn't used to working on a single project for longer than a day or two, so sitting down at a computer keyboard and working on the same story day after day was a challenge. Also, instead of the fun, noise, and excitement of the newsroom, I had my laptop and a tiny, quiet corner in my house. 
I'll admit, my first attempts at novel writing were not pretty--meaning, I didn't take the time to plot, I just sat down and wrote. My stories meandered and went in a million different directions, and when I tried to rein everything back in, I might as well have been trying to catch raindrops in a sieve. After my first couple of tries, I had to completely re-think writing stories. I began to outline, I worked from note cards, and I had friends read what I'd written. (It still wasn't pretty, but it was better!) For me, planning, outlining, and getting to know my characters BEFORE I started writing was the key. I'd never had this luxury in the news business, but it was crucial to getting a good story together. 
 I did make myself finish each manuscript (approximately 80,000 words). I do think completion is important, even if your novel will never see the light of day. There's a huge sense of accomplishment when you can type 'The End.' It's not a waste of time, I promise. You have to work through the terrible, awful first drafts. Otherwise, it's too easy to give up. All that will get you is a bunch of ten thousand word drafts.
Of course, I still tend to be impatient and wish I could crank out three thousand words a day like Stephen King, but now that I am taking the time to plan, the actual writing part is much more fun. The added bonus is this: the revising is a lot less painful. Think sweeping off your front porch with a broom rather than trying to use a toothpick. So, did my experience as a journalist helped when it came to writing as an author? Again, the answer is yes, but it took being open to learning new methods and even greater discipline. 
The foundation is crucial--sentence structure, grammar, story structure--but the test is in your own tenacity. There's no trick or shortcut. It's about being in the chair, day after day, even when you don't want to sit at your desk or you feel less than motivated. There's no substitute for the hard work. 
 If you're a writer, make time for yourself, also. Celebrate when you reach that 20,000 or 40,000 word milestone. Kiss your children, hug your parents, and smile at a stranger. People watch--it's a great idea generator. Dream a little. Wonder 'what if.' Every day, I feel blessed and lucky to be an author. And I will keep doing the hard work, because I wouldn't trade the life of a writer for the world.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Monterey Press (November 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984725008
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984725007
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,584,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Michelle@Book Briefs TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
Stay Tuned is such a refreshing read. I don't read enough contemporary as it is, and when I do pick up contemporary it tends to be happy go lucky romantic comedies. I enjoy other sub-genres but they have to be done really well to hold my interest. Anything that deals with more serious issues and/or drama has to be well written and well thought out for me to enjoy it. Stayed Tuned is all of the above. It's well written, well thought out, beleiveable and best of all utterly relatable.

Melissa is such a great character. I instantly connected with her, all of her insecurities about not being good enough to be an anchor, all of her thoughts and annoyances. I thought she was really well fleshed out. She could really have been any woman dealing with juggling work, success (or the fear of not having it) friends, and problems at home. I think that anyone can relate to at least one of the struggles that Melissa goes through in Stay Tuned. I was rooting for her the whole time.

Surprisingly I also really liked Alyssa. I just found her funny! She was like the crazy comic relief. Except that she was really crazy. But in a strange way, she was amusing to me. Maybe I'm just weird? haha.

Melissa's husband on the other hand, bugged me. I think it was because I related so much to Melissa, and I was 100% on her side, but I just felt like she deserved more. He redeemed himself a little bit but I still think he needs to grow up a bit. I can also relate to his work problems though. I know how hard it is to try and prove yourself, and the competition can be really stressful.

Overall, I really really enjoyed Stay Tuned. I loved the news stories that wove themselves into the themes of Melissa's life. It was just so nicely done. The best part was that nothing felt forced.
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I got this book on my kindle based on recommendations and reviews from other readers. At times, I really liked it, at other times, I just wanted to kick Melissa and her stupid husband. Melissa is a 39 year old who's juggling what all women juggle- work, marriage, home life, self esteem, etc. For the most part she does ok juggling all these aspects, but she is just so annoying in her constant put downs of herself and not giving herself credit or standing up for herself. Personally I just really hate characters like that- they don't stand up for themselves, let the husband take control and are so self deprecating. For example Melissa's co-ancher comes on to her and she agonizes over telling her husband for days. She's racked with guilt over this guy's come on in which nothing happened and was not instigated by her. I just get so irritated with main characters like that.

The writing is just ok, sometimes good, sometimes not. The author had me hooked in in the first chapter with her writing style. Then other times I found myself rolling my eyes- she completely glossed over some pretty key issues- her husband's parents writing him out of the will because he married her? Melissa literally said "oh" and then moved on. That's it- no further explanation really. The ending wrapped up a little too quickly and nicely...

The chapters are short and the book is a quick read. Overall it was an "eh" for me- not the worst book but nothing that I would probably recommend others to read. Some funny parts- her best friend Candace is great, but not enough to save this story for me. Traditional chick lit following a script. Feels like a book you've read before.
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For Melissa Moore, TV producer, life and career have always stayed behind the camera; that is, until Alyssa Andrews, disgruntled WSGA news anchor, decides to knock-out her co-anchor during the live 10 o'clock newscast. With no replacements on set, Melissa has a choice: go to commercial indefinitely, or pick up a mic and start reading from the teleprompter herself? Little does she know that her split second decision will not only redeem the night's botched broadcast, but earn her a whole new job title: temporary News Anchor.

Unfortunately, Melissa isn't sure about her new-found success. Her husband Chris is never around, always "working" and only communicating through nonspecific post-it notes, and her mother, currently in a nursing home, continues to start trouble -- and fires. On top of that, her new co-anchor is putting on the moves, while a former co-worker becomes her stalker: one that wants her dead.

Can Melissa keep her new job, save her marriage, deal with her mother, keep her high ratings, and protect herself from becoming the 10 o'clock news? Stay tuned to find out...

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When I first picked up this book, I couldn't help but love the cover: bright, cute, and simple, yet, (as I would later figure out), a pretty accurate representation of the text. The book was an attention grabber from start to finish. It was one of those books that made me laugh one minute and sprout nervous goosebumps the next. Melissa is a great character, complex, but written and described in a way that all women can relate to. She's a strong female lead, full of insecurities, but doesn't allow them to dictate her life, and when the pressure is on, she deals with it - not afraid to get help from her friends; Candace in-particular.
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