Category: Publishing

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 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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Agent, Where Art Thou?

I’m looking for an agent…that elusive species, which, if found, could bring joy (at the very least, a book deal) to my life. Those of you who have gone through the process, or are in it right now, know it’s a tough road to travel. Not only is it hard to find agents interested in _____ (enter your genre here), it’s hard to make yourself stand out amongst all the other people searching for an agent who specializes in ____ (enter your genre here).

The worst part, though?

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Never Judge A Book By Its Cover

Yeah, right. I wish. In today’s society, that’s pretty much all we do. It may seem shallow, but this snap judgment is actually linked to a survival mechanism, especially in the past when we had saber tooth tigers and giant sloths. But even today (when our biggest predator is other people), in order to stay alive, a person has to make quick decisions about any new stimulus or object. Is it safe or dangerous? Can I stick around or should I get out of Dodge?

Nobody wants to end up getting eaten.

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