Monday, March 30, 2009

My New Business Card...Designed by Uniquely Noted

My sister, Christina, is a creative genius. Behold the business card she designed for me. She designed it to look like a book jacket. Like I said, she's a genius.

To the right is the front of the card...

Here is the back of the "book". Check out the ISBN box!!! Sooo cool.

The quotes are kind of hard to see in this photo - so here they are:

"I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions."
-James Michener

"It is impossible to discourage the real writers ~ they don't give a damn what you say, they're going to write."
~Sinclair Lewis

"If there is a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it."
~Toni Morrison

And this is the inside of the book...the title page. I can't wait to get my hands on them. I will be handing them out this weekend at the SCBWI Pocono Writing Retreat.

Thanks, Christina!!!
p.s. visit Christina's brilliant website:

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Namelos and Authonomy

My friend and teaching colleague, Margie, emailed me some incredibly interesting writer'y stuff. First off is a site called Authonomy from Harper Collins. You can upload a portion of your book - get feedback and get ranked. Those who rank high get attention...from real Harper editors.

However, I remember from the SCBWI conference - you don't want to submit to editors and agents at the same time - bad no-no. So, either wait till you get all no's from your agent queries and then submit to Authonomy OR submit to Authonomy first, before you query agents.

I'm damn close to the 'all no' from agents phase. Anyone have a tissue?

The other awesome site she found is called Namelos. It's brand new on the scene of publishing - Cynthia Leitich Smith interviewed Stephen Roxburgh, Namelos's head dude. Her interview gets right to the heart of the company. It seems to be a full service company with a sole purpose of getting writers and illustrators to publication - but with no bs. He talks straight about the first eval of your work and if there is no potential, they'll tell you.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

I Done Did A Few Things

Busy week...

I survived the flu.

I went page by page, scene by scene, and yanked all the telling from the first 50 pages of The End of Normal. It now has more of my main character and less unnecessary info dump. It is tighter and faster paced. Go me.

Also, bought and finished The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan.
It is a haunting and heartbreaking and horrible tale mixed with longing and love and determination...and zombies. The MC, Mary, is strong and fragile at the same time. I really like Carrie Ryan's writing voice - her style is clean and precise and poetic.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Dumb Economy = Query Rejection

Dumb economy.

Friday, I got a rejection on a partial, and the agent clearly stated that the state of the economy means no new clients.

Dumb economy.

On a good note, I am about to embark upon a serious re-revising the first 30 pages of The End of Normal. I have been told over and over again that my book is 'un-put-downable'

I like to hear that. A lot.

But, the kicker is, I also keep hearing that it is 'un-put-downable' from page 31 on. I can't have that. I need it to be 'un-put-downable from page numero uno. Word one. I know I'm close - I know what I have to do. My heart pounds with the very idea of re-visiting those pages, those people, those moments. I miss them.

Dumb economy. I had to say it one more time.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

I Need A Good Brainwashing

My brain is filthy dirty.

No, I don't mean that kind of dirty. I'm a good Catholic School girl, geesh. But, my brain is splattered with negative thoughts about working out. Oh, I may go so far as to say my brain is covered in those thoughts. Saturated through and through.

I've been getting Shape magazine in the mail lately and each month a new 40 + actress adorns the cover with her bikini top and teeny tiny shorts. Debra Messing, Brooke Shields and this month, Julia Louis Dryfus. They look fit and fantastic and oh so happy.

I don't know why I have such a mental loathing towards working out. I mean, I really like yoga...but I don't practice anymore. Love to use the time excuse - I've mastered it. I also like lifting weights. Don't do that either. I'm telling you, my brain is stained with bad, "I hate working out" thoughts.

I seriously need to be brainwashed. A good old fashioned scrubbing by some portly woman who has huge hands and a wire brush. She and her huge metal tub of hot soapy water could wash away my bad thinking.

Who knows, we could work out together afterwards. Just think, she'd get all thin and fit and then end up on the cover of Shape...headline: Working Class Women Who Look Fabulous