The Great Continental Divide
One of the sled dogs.
This has been another Something to Look at Sunday!
If you haven't entered my 100 follower contest yet, please do!
My first lemon from my lemon tree! And more coming!
Announcement 1: Never in my short blogging life would I have imagined having 60 followers in just over a month of blogging. This online world is incredible! I've decided that if/when I make it to 100 followers, I will hold a CONTEST! I'll be thinking about the rules (I'm sure I'll have plenty of time), but I do believe the contest will have something to do with writing!! And as a prize, well, I'll be thinking about that, too. Most likely an online B&N gift card or something. So red rover, red rover send your blogging friends over!
Announcement 2: More exciting than a contest, Kristi Chestnutt, my very first follower that I didn't already know personally, has a debut novel coming out February 25, titled The Wolf Within!! To get us all ready for the release, I will be interviewing Kristi right here on my blog the week before. We'll learn a bit more about her, The Wolf Within, where we can get a copy, and more! I'll keep you posted!
This past November, I went to a small seminar by romance/mystery author Colleen Thompson. I haven’t read any of her books yet (though I received a signed copy of one), but she has a lot of them out, so she must be doing something right! Her seminar was called “Publishing 101”, and she shared some great info for aspiring authors. Some of this we’ve all seen before, but it never hurts to refresh the memory!
Here are some of my notes:
-Bridge the gap between thinking like a hobbyist and behaving like a pro:
-Discover your place – what shelf would your book sit on in a bookstore?
-Which authors’ fans would respond to my book?
-Don’t just read established authors – look for the last person who won the Edgar; read LOTS of debut authors; read in the area you like to write.
-Go to book signings to meet authors and talk to th
em (they LOVE to talk!) – network with them and
pick their brain, but DON’T USE THEM.
-Learn to cope with editorial changes – it’s not being a sell-out, it’s being realistic.
-Publishing is our universal need to connect; otherwise, we’d put it in a drawer and be done with it.
-Online or in public, be aware of the words and images you put out there. You don’t want to be remembered for the wrong thing. Err on the side of being respectful.
-Staying published is harder than getting published in the first place.
-Do not give exclusives. Colleen said, “Let’s talk about exclusives and the human lifespan.”
-Query 5 agents at a time – wait for reactions, etc. Then revise query if necessary, send to the next 5…
-Look for agents that are part of the AAR – Association of Author Representatives
-Once you have your agent, choose your tantrums carefully – they will only put up with it for so long.
-Agents are not your friends, they are business associates – a marriage of convenience. (Personally, I’d like an agent that at least FEELS like a friend)
Writing progress: goal for today - search and replace for ill-fitting nickname in entire MS, and fix a few chapter issues.
Weight progress: core and free weights at home
I'm going to take a little time in picking out people to pass them along to (most people I follow already have a ton of awards, so I have to research carefully!), but in the meantime, here are ten honest things about me!
1. There is a birth mark on the back of my head that grows the blondest hair you’ve ever seen.
2. I once thought about becoming a meteorologist – too much physics and math. Boo! I really just wanted to chase tornadoes. I guess I’ll settle for watching Storm Chasers on Discovery and eagerly anticipating this rumored TWISTER 2!
3. I used to coach figure skating until I transferred to Texas A&M Junior year. No ice rink in College Station, though they built one right before I graduated. While I miss skating, it did jack up my knee pretty bad. Lol.
4. I get a little TOO happy when I’m wearing a scarf that I knitted and someone comments on it.
5. Music was my first love, and I’ve been in several bands. My latest venture, Autumn Tree, is on again, off again, but we do still have a song up on Myspace. My friend, Lesleigh, and I wrote that song a couple of years ago, and that’s me on background vocals! I still listen to it sometimes and dream of touring the country, singing in little coffee houses and clubs.
6. Having said that, with nearly every project I write, I am usually inspired to write a song along the theme/emotions of the story as well. For my novel Between the Letters, I have almost half a song worth of lyrics that just poured out after writing the climax of the story. Part of me wants to finish and record the song to sell along with the book if I ever get it published! I know, I know. But if movies have soundtracks, why can’t books? Seriously.
7. I’m an only child and I’ve loved every minute of it. I was certainly never ignored, but I learned how to entertain myself. I really think that’s why I am the way I am. While I do enjoy a good gathering of friends, I love to be by myself, creating something – writing, painting, whatever.
8. I was also home schooled for a couple of years. I tend to believe this is why my mom and I have such a strong bond (people often ask if we’re sisters – yes she looks super young), and also why I have a strong love for reading. Thanks mom!
9. My allergy to grassy things gets worse every season.
10. And finally, I have the bestest hubby in the world. We met when we were 18, and I knew pretty quickly he was something important. We started officially dating when we were 20, engaged at 22, married at 23, and here we are with a house and two beautiful boxers! Josh is sweet, respectful, a great friend, and HANDY! Why hire someone to renovate when Josh is around? I am extremely blessed. :-)
That’s me in a nutshell. Thanks again to Kimberly for my first blog award ever!
out of my head. I blew this picture up huge and framed it in my living room. It's next to this one.
Looks fake doesn't it? Everyone that comes over asks where I got it. Um...well I was inside the Colosseum, we were gazing around, my friend said, KRISTIN STOP! LOOK AT THAT TREE! Snap. And here's the result. The Italians cut their pine trees so that all the green is at the top. Really neat looking, Dr. Suessish allmost. Basically, since Italy in September, I've been spreading my photos all over the house! I can't stop myself. I took around 200 pictures of the Colosseum alone. That's just insanity. But I was very moved. Misty eyed, even.
Sigh. Too bad we spent all of our money there and can't go back for years and years.
In other news! For all you poetry writers out there, there is a sweet online magazine called The Basilica Review that I learned about yesterday. Their first fall edition is free on their website, and has some pretty inspiring pieces. They are actively seeking submissions for their Spring issue, so check it out and see if your work is along a similar vein. The website is HERE and I also have added a link on the right panel under OTHER GREAT STUFF!
Gotta catch up on my reading this weekend! I’m off to a land of wolves and mystery!
*All photographs are property of Kristin Rae and may not be used or duplicated without written permission.