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The Hunt Is On

I have been terribly remiss in my posts lately. I’ve been writing a new book that I really love and I’m going to try to find an agent for this one. Seriously! After putting out thirteen books on my own, I think it’s time to take my career to the next level. I hope it’s time, because I really, really want to make this work. I’m so ready! But between helping my mom get her books into print form, writing a book, and raising my three boys, I’ve been a bit distracted. I’m still doing FB and Twitter posts, though, so that should count for something, shouldn’t it? Yes. It does.

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That’s me on the far left with the big, cheesy grin…

Sending out query letters is a bit challenging. Everyone wants something different, which is perfectly legit, but the problem is you have to be on top of that and I think I already screwed one up. I should have delved further into what the agency wanted, and for some unfathomable reason I didn’t. I just wasn’t thinking at all. Maybe it’s because I got up too early this morning, or that it was only mid-afternoon and I was already hungry for supper (which should be against the laws of nature). Maybe I thought I’d lucked out with an easy one. I don’t know. But, dang, it taught me not to do that again.

I think the worst part is that a wonderful outcome is not guaranteed at all. I think we’re all happy to put in the work and effort and put up with the cringe-worthy moments after realizing we screwed up, if at the end of it all, something good and magical would happen. But I guess that’s life. No guarantees of anything.

I say boo hiss to that.

But I’m not giving up. One way or another, I’m going to make this work. I’ve been dreaming about being a writer since I was a little kid, and I’m not letting that little kid down.

Though I might miss a few more blog posts in the process…

The Next Big Thing

THE NEXT BIG THING is a chain of book and author recommendations. Each author answers some questions about their work, then recommends other authors…


1. What is the working title of your next book?


The Chronicles of Anaedor: The Lost Ones. It’s book three in a series of four books. Books One (The Prophecies) and Two (The Return to Anaedor) have already been published. If they weren’t, I’d be annoyed if I were you.


2.  Where did the idea come from for the book?


I was living in the city at the time, which was not my favorite place, being that I’m a country girl at heart, but it had this wonderful park full of ravines and streams that totally saved me. One day I was walking through the park, contemplating life, when I imagined that a creature was peeping out from beneath a rock, watching me pass by. Kind of creepy, I suppose, but it jump-started my idea of the hidden, underground world of Anaedor.

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The Battle to Become Published

I just published a new e-book(let), and boy, was it a battle getting it out there. First of all, when submitting to Amazon, I screwed up the title. Of my own book! I accidentally called it, The Battle to Become Published: When Great Expectations Go Awry, rather than its real name, The Battle to Become an Author: When Great Expectations Go Awry. And yes, you’re all probably going to remember the first title…it’s what I typed more times than I care to admit when searching to see if my book was up on Amazon yet.

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Authors – Build Yourself a Platform and Stand Above the Crowd!

A little over a week ago, I attended the annual NHWP Writers’ Day.  As an author myself,  I’ve always encouraged writers and authors at all levels of experience to get involved in your local writing community.  You can learn about writing technique and how to market yourself as an author.  You can network with a myriad of interesting people and hear Pulitzer Prize winners read from their work.  You might also meet your future agent or publisher!  Most importantly, writing conferences get you out of the house, which is essential for your average, introverted, near-hermit-like writer, like myself.

At this year’s conference, I learned about the importance of generating publicity and about developing a good PGP (protagonist, goal, problem).  The most useful bit, however, came from the workshop, entitled, “It’s all about Platform, Baby!” on how to build an Author Platform. Catherine Blake, president of Sales Protocol International, presented the workshop, which served as a great motivator to get me working on my own platform (apparently having a sparkly throne no longer cuts it).

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A Loaf of Bread, a Jug of Wine and a…Book?

Here in New England we are getting nailed again and again with snow and wind and cold temps.  So when an opportunity came up to attend a Literary Evening (from 6-9) at Zorvino Vineyards, I jumped at it.  As a SAHM (stay-at-home mom to the uninitiated), getting out and about for events other than something school/grocery shopping/library-related is rare.  You’d think I’d have all this time with all my kids in school full-time now, but actually I find that ‘the bus is here’ time arriving more quickly with each passing day.

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