Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Word Count Wednesday!

I have 838 words for March! I finally have a rough draft of a short story that I'm targeting at Woman's World magazine.

Sorry about the brief blog hiatis...I'd like to say I have to meet a deadline but really my sinus/allergies are giving me fits!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Taking Care of Business

Aw...the business side of writing....sometimes I think it's more stressful than actually getting an idea down on paper and into a publishable piece.

I can handle recording the income verses expenses but I get very tired of the follow up on submissions. That is what I've been doing this week. Calculating submission time, rechecking the publishers listed response time in their guidelines and resubmitting.

I thought that maybe in this electronic day and age, this set of publishing would go away but....I was wrong.

And because I've gained acceptances by following up on submissions, I know it's time well spent so tired or not, I forge on....

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Word Count Wednesday

Is the same as last week.....sadly.....

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Poll

Do you own a Nook or a Kindle?

If so, do you like it?

Monday, March 21, 2011

A First!

Today, I received a packet from my publishing house. It contained copies of a newsletter with my interview in it. I'd actually forgotten that I'd filled out that interview questioner!

It had one feedback form from the back of the book. I'd hoped for more as in the "give aways" I made had a note asking people to please complete and return them. Although one person that won a book did post a GREAT review on Goodreads.com.

AND the biggie....a note from a fan....YEP...I received my first fan mail!!!! It's a cute note card that I will cherish forever!

So, if you read a book and really enjoy it, drop the author a line. They really do appreciate it!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Fun Friday!

Here's a St. Patrick's Day version of hangman. I almost like losing to hear that starcastic skelton!

http://www.dedge.com/stpatricks/

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Revelation

I judged seven contest entries and came to the revelation why most publishers only want agented submissions.

Out of seven contest entries, one was ready for submission, one needed just a tiny bit more polishing, three were average. The writer's were on the right track but needed to hone their craft more. Two were below average.

Now imagine if all of them were submitted to a busy editor. Yep, an agent is their buffer. If these manuscripts were submitted an agent, only two of the seven would be accepted for representation by an agent and then  submitted to an editor, thus reducing the slush pile.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Word Count Wednesday

I've written 160 words on a short story. Not much but it's a start!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Cautions

Here are a  few things I'm running across as I judge these contests entries. These are just reminders for any type of submission.

If you are refering to a famous author, spell their last name correctly.

Real people may stammer but on the written page is hard to read and very distracting...so is dropping the 'g' on words ending in "ing".

The grade/high school teaching occupation is overused...There are other types of teachers. Instructors teach the harp, hobbies, GED's, or a job trainer in a corporate firm. Be creative with occupations, didn't we all love Sandra Bullock as a ticket taker and Bill Pullman as a mover/furniture maker in While You Were Sleeping?

Readers don't want to know that the character turned off their car, opened their car door, turned in the seat, exited the car, stepped on the pavement, took fifteen steps to the store...Now your reader has stopped reading.

And writer's REALLY don't want readers to stop reading their work, especially if it's an editor!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Courage

As I judge these contests entries I'm reminded of how much courage it takes to be a writer.  It doesn't matter what level you're on in your career, it takes courage to put your work and yourself out there.

Rejection is inevitable and it takes courage to stick the manuscript into another envelope or attach it to an email and send it out into the publishing world.

Rejection is more than 'sorry this isn't right for us'. It's the bad review your debut book receives on an on-line retailer. It's the booksigning where customer's won't make eye contact with you. It's finding a returned contest entry, that you sent off with high hopes, that didn't make it through the first round of judging.

Writer's, they are the most courageous people I know!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Fun Friday

This blogs been celebrating all week and giving away TONS of prizes including ereaders!

http://blogs.publishersweekly.com/blogs/beyondherbook/

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Word Count Wednesday....

is pre-empted because I agree to be a first round judge in a contest. I have seven first chapters to review by the end of March. I'm really looking forward to it!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Spring Has Arrived!

Even though we are still receving snow and ice, I know that spring has arrived. How? The signs are here. Although I've yet to see a robin, another sign arrived in my email inbox...the announcement of a spring writer's conference!

So, now it's decision time, which conferences should I attend? Which ones do I want to attend? How many will my budget allow? Do I need to get working on a submission for any of the conferences I decide to attend? Will the conferences give forward movement to my writing career?

Just a few things to consider as I plot my conference plan of action.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Book or Movie

So I watched a movie based on a best selling novel this weekend and I'm thinking....the book HAD to be better because the movie, IMO was lousy. However, I've never read the book. Thank goodness, my sister has both read the book and seen the movie and she assures that the book is MUCH better than the movie.

Now, there are many books turned into movies that I enjoy. The various versions of Little Women on film have done the book justice. Yet, I like The Wizard of Oz movie better than the book. However, the book Holes was better than the movie for me, but that movie wasn't bad by any means.

What do you think on books verse movie?

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Word Count Wednesday

So far, I'm at zero for the month.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

MARCH!

Can you believe it? In 30 more days a quarter of the year is up! So, that means that I have 30 more days to make sure I'm heading in the right direction to meet my yearly goals by the end of 2011. I can tell you that means more disipline on my end. No more wasting valuable writing time.

Although I feel that I haven't made much progress with my writing career so far this year, I actually have. AND that's why it's so important to set monthly goals, keep track of your monthly activity and REVIEW it. Where I haven't met some of my goals, I have queried a couple of agents and received a request for a full proposal and I worked with three other writers and submitted a proposal for a novella collection. Not to mention I've done some marketing for my book that released in January.

So if you feel like you're spinning your wheels write down some of the things that you have accomplished since January 1st and you may be surprised just how much progress you've made!


PS Monday's post was pre-empted by a stage production of the Wizard of Oz. The perfect event for this writer to recharge her batteries.