Monday, January 31, 2011

Author Talk

Over the weekend I was lucky enough to spend some time with like minded career people, in other words, writers! Though our group was small, only three, we had a great talk. One writer, I know from children's writing, then other I'd just met.

During the course of conversation, both women said that they were pleased to see that my romance novel was aimed at an older audience. A herione that they could relate too! And because most romance lines are aimed at younger women, these writer's seldom read romances because of this.

Now the publisher I write for knows their demographic includes mature women and that's why you'll find a variety of ages in their books.

As writer's, we should, also know the demographic of the readers of the line that we are targeting with our submissions. If this is not something you've considered, you should!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Fun Friday

Here is a link to a Valentine Hangman game....

http://www.dedge.com/valentines/

Turn your speakers up to listen to the hangman's smack talk while you play!

Have fun!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Oh That Synopsis

I know why the word "dreaded" usually precedes synopsis in most writer's conversations. It is hard to pare down a 60,000 word story into a three page synopsis and still make it interesting enough to convince an editor to buy your book.

I have about 2/3rds of my third page left to go and I still haven't reached the climax of the story. Now, it's easy to wrap up the ending in about two lines in a romance...they work out their differences and begin a new life together so I'm not worried about that. I just need to get the tension ramped up in the syno

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Word Count Wednesday

I'm up to 2500 for the month....

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Decision Made!

I'm going to finish that synopsis!

Why did I chose that? Because I have the first three chapters of that book written and if one of the agents I queried responds that they'd like to represent me, then I'd have another project besides the one they are reviewing right now, to present to them.

Besides, with that project finished, a novella proposal nearing completion and the proposal on an editor's desk...I'd no longer have all my manuscripts in one basket!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Off Track

I pulled out my journal where I keep my monthly goals written down and I am not starting the new year out right! I'm off track already...now I'm still doing writing related things just not the what I set as my writing goals for the month.

I pondered how this happened this weekend but must say the pondering didn't light a fire under me to try to get one of those goals completed and crossed off for the month! But on the other hand, I did get all the items necessary for my part of the novella proposal finished and sent off to the other writer's involved.

So, I have a week left of January to try to get at least one more of my monthly goals crossed off. Should I chose the easy one, finishing a synopsis or a harder one starting a chapter by chapter outline?

You will know tomorrow because I've decided the only way I'm going to get a goal complete and forward movement on my writing is to post it publically so someone (and that's YOU) will hold me accountable.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Fun Friday

Okay...this may be a stretch for fun for YOU but come February 12th, it will be fun for me!

Mark Your Calendars:

Crossroads Bookstore in Sioux Falls, SD is hosting my very FIRST booksigning on February 12th from 1-3 PM!

It gets BETTER!!!  Author's Mary Connealy and Erica Vetsch will be joining me...along with another author that I'm sorry to say, I don't know their name but I'm sure their autograph is just as valuable as ours. : )

So if you are in or around the Sioux Falls area, please stop in and see us...if you can't make the bookstore will take orders. Here is the link to their website: http://www.crossroadsbooks.com/

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Procrastination...

Yep, I'm doing it. Normally, that is not a word I'd use to describe myself but I'm having a little trouble getting moving on my one page proposal. Yet the plot line, characters and backstory are pretty solid in my head. Bits of dialogue buzz through my mind. Setting and scenes are fleshing out.

But for some reason, none of it is clamoring to come out.

Has this ever happened to any of you? If so what did you do?

Should I just start writing that "dreaded" synopsis and see what happens?  If I do that at least I won't be procrastinating...

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Tuesday's OOPS! and Word Count Wednesday

Yep, completely forgot to blog yesterday. I have a couple of excuses....one I just accepted a new day job offer. It's at the University of South Dakota and there is a lot of loose ends to tie up at my old job training someone and then things needing authorized for my new job, like background checks, getting email set up so I can step right into my new assistant position there.

Second excuse, is I was working on my part of the proposal for a novella collection. I'm down to a one story synopsis, which I have to really hit hard the next two nights.

Which brings me to my word count number 2000.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Back to Business

After a week filled with guest blogging, it's time for me to get back to the business of writing. My three novella collection counterparts and I are busy trading story ideas and developing the necessary documents that make up a proposal.

Today is a holiday for me at my day job, so I'm planning on getting a one page rough draft of my story idea down on paper so I can start revising it until it sparkles. Sounds easy doesn't it? But paring a 20,000 word story down to one page, then one paragraph, then one line is not so easy!

Or at least not for me. Now, I do write tight because children's writing has such tight word count limits. The part that comes hard for me is: Am I getting the information in the synopsis that is going to make the editor say "YES!".

As writer's do we ever stop wondering about that?

Friday, January 14, 2011

Fun Friday

I'm a guest blogger at Seekerville today. Come join me. It's always a party there!

http://www.seekerville.blogspot.com/

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Woo Boy....

It's fun to have an anthology idea and have an editor say I'm interested in seeing a proposal. It's fun to start contacting authors to see if they're interested in teaming up with you. Until, you have to disappoint someone who really wanted to help write the anthology.

That was part of my day today. Although everyone I had to turn down was very gracious, I knew some were disappointed and I know how that feels. I tried to be very professional in my response even though it was hard to put a positive spin on the disappointing news. But I responded to all the people who contacted me, even though delivering bad news is an unpleasant task because they are writers and people and deserve respect. And tonight, I'm saying a prayer for those writer's who contacted me and asking God to bless their writing and writing opportunities.

Now, I have an idea of how editor's feel....

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Definition of Work...

Well, yesterday I bemoaned that I couldn't get back into the grind of writing so I was doing some writing related activities and you know what? That is working on my writing. It might not be tallying up word count at the moment but two emails I kicked off brought back good results.

First, a Crossroads, the Christian book store in Sioux Falls, SD responed to my email about a book signing with resounding YES! So, February 12th, from 1-3, I will be signing books along with another author who was booked for the day AND my writing friends, Mary Connealy and Erica Vetsch. Doesn't that sound like fun? I can't wait and hope the weather is good that day.

Second, another writing friend on the children's literature side of my career works for the Argus-Leader in Sioux Falls and pitched an idea to her editor on an article featuring my book, Lily of the Field and the editor said yes! So she will be reviewing my book for their review blog and writing up an interview with me for She Magazine.

Third, I queried an anthology book idea to my publisher and they are interested and want a formal proposal!

So now my nose will be to the grindstone as the work begins!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Back to the Grind

So, all my goals are set but....

I'm having a hard getting back into the grind or habit of writing since the first of the year. It could be because we still have holiday celebrations to attend. Our last one is January 15th.

I am doing writing related activities, like marketing for my new book release and sending an idea query to a publisher. But getting words on paper for a new WIP...that is another story!

And another story is one of my goals...sigh!

So, in light of my problem, I've reading. Working on the big stack of books piling up. Books by publishers that I'd to have as a publisher. That is my solution to this writing slump that I'm in.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Fun Friday

Back to the cartoons!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Link for my BOOK!

Here is a link to my publisher. Lily of the Field is a featured book. I'll be on their blog all next week.

http://www.heartsongpresents.com/

Thanks for checking it out!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Word Count Wednesday

My word count for the month of January is ZERO....so far! I have hope that next week at this time I'll have real numbers.

I missed posting yesterday because I've been so busy "socializing" this week that I just haven't found time to blog. I serious, I'm busier after the New Year than during the Christmas holiday.

Monday, January 3, 2011

2011 Writing Goals

Now I'm posting these publically it makes me even more accountable to achieving them!

1) Answer manuscript and/or work for hire writer calls and enter low/no fee contests
2) Revise the rough draft of Job's Tears
3) Write, polish, submit third book in quilting series, Rose of Sharon
4) Finish 2nd & 3rd chapter of biography aimed at middle readers
5) Work on proposals for three more romance series.

Now remember depending on acceptances or rejections, I may have to tweek these a little but hopefully by December 31, 2011, I will have completed at least three of these goals.

Hoping you all meet any goals you set for 2011!