Friday, February 29, 2008

A fun look . . .

I'm usually a lurker over at Rachel Vincent's blog, but I had to comment today because how she uses Word's comments feature is the same way I use it. It's a fun post about writing rough drafts. I love these little glimpses she gives into her writing process. Check it out. And if you haven't read STRAY . . . go. . . get it . . . NOW!

The Details. . .

So, some of you asked me how the whole agent thing went down, and since I find it interesting to read other writer's experiences, I thought it would be fun to share mine.

After learning there was a new agent at FinePrint, and her specialty was sci-fi/fantasy/paranormal, I sent off an email query. The next day, via email, Colleen Lindsay requested the full manuscript. Of course, I had to read my entire ms once again, which had become something of a nervous ritual each time I'd receive a request from someone. Basically, it was my way of reassuring myself that it didn't totally suck, which, oddly enough, never really worked. (That ole writer's insecurity thing.) I sent Colleen the full ms, and three days later she emailed me wanting to talk possible representation.

GET OUT!

During this time, I did additional research on FinePrint, and found them to be a qualified and successful agency. My two cents here: as writers, we have to be in-the-know when it comes to our career, and signing with an agency is a big part of the process. Make sure to do your homework before you even query, and, for some reason, if you find the agent offering representation is not on the up-and-up, don't be afraid to say no. Everything inside of you may be screaming yes, this is your dream after all, but you run the risk of losing time and/or money.

And, if you find an agency is legit, but you have a few questions or concerns, just ask them. This is your career; you need to know what you're getting into. The ones who don't mind answering questions and understanding what an important decision this is for you, are the keepers.

More later -- got a sudden and very serious diaper situation to deal with . . .

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

News!

I'm incredibly pleased to announce that I am now represented by agent Colleen Lindsay of FinePrint Literary. While Colleen is a new agent with FinePrint, she has been working in the publishing industry for many years in publicity and marketing. She brings so many great things to the table -- enthusiam for the genre and my work, valuable publicity experience, a ton of contacts, and a strong determination to offer the best representation she can to her clients. I'm so happy to be working with her!

So please stay tuned. I'll be blogging all about my experiences as we move forward in this endeavor.

And how do I feel right now?

Relieved. Excited. Anxious. Ready. And the list goes on. . .

Some of My Favorite Quotes. . .

"Beauty fades . . . dumb is forever." - JUDGE JUDY

"Well behaved women rarely make history." - LAUREL THATCHER ULRICH

"Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but she did it backwards and in high heels." - FAITH WHITTLESEY

"Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea." - ROBERT A. HEINLEIN

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Rising From the Ashes . . .

While I've kept tabs on all my favorite bloggers and writers and friends out there, it's good to be back in the Land O' Blog. Hope everyone is doing well! I know, for some of you, great things in the writing world and beyond have happened! The past year was a big wake-up call for me. I went through some big upheavals in my personal life, you know those things that make you realize how lucky you truly are? Shortly after the Great Upheaval of 2007, I moved to a new house, began pursuing my degree again, and added a beautiful little boy to my family, and I started writing again. Yep. That dream will never die people! ;)

And I have some good things to report, but it'll have to wait just a little longer. Heh.