Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Hi everyone.

I found out last night that the cover of Angel Sometimes is up for an award. The winner will be the one that gets the most votes. So far, I have some votes, but Angel Sometimes will need more to win.

The voting goes on all week and you can vote once every day.

If you can vote, that'd be much appreciated. I'd really like for Patty Henderson, my cover artist, to win.


Thank you

Monday, December 01, 2014

Angel Sometimes Speaks Up

  I started writing Angel Sometimes a couple of years ago. She came into my head and wouldn't leave.  I had finished the first of many drafts of her story when I was awarded a four-week scholarship to the Vermont Studio Center.

For four weeks, I wrote, walked, met other authors, wrote, listened to lectures, wrote…. Did I mention that I wrote? Then I came home and edited and wrote some more. I gave Angel the job of swimming as a mermaid because I knew she could do it. I swam for four years as a mermaid while I was getting my B.A. and M.A. 

It took a while before I felt the book was done. Not long after it was published, Angel Sometimes was awarded a USA Best Book Award.  As you might guess, I was hop-around-the-office happy. But what was even more fun was talking with readers who emailed me.

I can't speak for other authors, but for me, my days are mostly spent typing on the computer, re-reading what I typed, catching grammar mistakes, and re-reading some more. An email from a reader or a "hi" on my Author Facebook Page is great. For a few minutes, I'm connected to a reader.

What this all boils down to is: listen to the voices in your head. Write down what they say. If it's a character talking to you, pay attention. 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Hi everyone. Thank you for dropping by.

I'm not here today because I'm over at The Writers Lens. Come over and say hi.

I'm answering questions in the post:

How much fact is in your fiction? 

What's the highest compliment someone could make about your writing?

What movie star would be perfect for (your main character) and why?

Would you share a bit about your next project?

Where to Find Angel Sometimes and Helen

If you have other questions, leave them in the comment section. I'm happy to answer them.


Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Publisher's Lunch 11-4-2014

Here's more news from Publisher's Lunch:

Former ceo of Atlantic Books Toby Mundy has established  his own literary agency, Toby Mundy Associates. He will use Ed Victor Ltd.'s service operation Bedford Square Literary Management for "turn-key back-office service." 

Caitie Flum has joined Liza Dawson Associates as assistant agent, also working on audio rights for the agency. Previously she was editorial coordinator of Bookspan's Children's Book Club.
Natasha Alexis and Lana Popovic have joined Chalberg & Sussman as agents. Both were previously at Zachary Shuster Harmsworth, where Alexis supported business affairs and Popovic managed international rights.

Dave Fessenden formerly acquisitions editor at CLC Publications, has joined WordWise Media Services as literary agent.

Friday, October 03, 2014

Literary Agents Update

Leon Husock joins L. Perkins Agency as an associate agent specializing in speculative fiction, as well as young adult and middle grade novels. 

At the Andrea Brown Literary Agency, Laura Rennert has been promoted to executive agent. Jennifer Laughran has been promoted to senior agent, and Jennifer Mattsonhas been promoted to agent. 

Pam van Hylckama Vlieg has joined the D4EO Literary Agency. She was previously at Foreword Literary Agency.

Lydia Mo√ęd has joined The Rights Factory as foreign rights associate, and will also build her own domestic list. In addition, Cassandra Rodgers has been promoted to associate agent.

Literary agency Alive Communications has hired Lisa Jackson, former associate publisher of Tyndale, and Brian Thomasson (a senior editor at NavPress) to join the Colorado Springs-based firm as agents. 

James Lance formerly publisher at Kumarian Press, has joined WordWise Media Services as literary agent and can be contacted at Jlance007@comcast.net.

William LoTurco has joined Kuhn Projects as an associate agent. Previously, he was at Vigliano Associates and WME.

Noah Ballard has joined Curtis Brown as a literary agent. He had previously been with Emma Sweeney Agency. He will continue to represent literary fiction, thrillers and narrative non-fiction.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Book People

If you live in the Austin area, come over to BookPeople this evening.

I, along with Nan Cuba, Katherine Catmull, and Suzy Spencer make up the panel. We'll be talking and taking questions from 7pm to 9pm.

Our discussion topic is:
How does a writer achieve emotional resonance in his/her narrative?  How can one attain the mindset to accurately convey a tone or a character's depth of feeling?  Authors often mine from their own lives -- tapping into emotions, experiences, or memories in order to recreate the right mood or state of mind on the page.  But how?  And at what cost?
It's free to attend.

BookPeople is located at 603 N. Lamar.

Once you park, head up to the third floor. You can use the elevator in the back of the store.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Looking For An Agent?

Sandy Lu has returned to the L. Perkins Agency as senior agent after a brief departure, and will also oversee the agency's foreign rights.

At Foundry Literary + Media, Matt Wise has been promoted to agent. He is interested narrative nonfiction and commercial fiction.

At Kuhn Projects, Nicole Tourtelot has been promoted to agent.

Rachel Marks has joined Rebecca Friedman Literary, representing young adult, fantasy, science fiction, new adult and romance. She has worked as a publicist for authors for the past three years.

Sergei Tsimberov has joined Ayesha Pande Literary as an associate agent, specializing in literary fiction and nonfiction. He was previously with Anderson Literary Management.

Heather Alexander has joined Pippin Properties as an agent. Previously she was an associate editor at Dial.

Thanks to Publishers Lunch for this information.
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