Tuesday, November 30, 2010

So You Want to Write a Novel

I know this video has gone viral and you've probably all seen it but I just had to post it for those who perchance have missed it. It's amazing how many people call me (yes, I've had folks call me) and pitch me their novel saying almost everything stated in this video word-for-word.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Are you ready for some Potter?

Are you ready for me, Potter?

So freaking excited to see the Premiere tonight with the hubster, kiddos, Kele Moon and hers.

Trying to decide if I want to wear my robes or not.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

What do you do all day?

So much going that I've barely had a chance to breathe, add to it a pesky cold threatening to take over the little oxygen I have left and an A/C unit that chooses the few 80-degree days we have left in Orlando to freeze up on me and you've got the makings of a typical "Life in the Day" of this ePub Agent!

What do you do all day?  Working a full-time job as well being a wife and mother usually takes up most of my time. Why would I add more stress and heartache to an already packed daily schedule by doing agent work? Because there's no greater feeling than seeing an acceptance and contract offer in my email for one of my clients or getting a cover mock-up for a manuscript I've spent six months trying to sell... or receiving a royalty statement for a book I fell in love with BEFORE the editor made it even better and seeing how great the sales are for that author. The past two weeks have been full of these experiences. It's been exhausting though and even as I type this very short blog post, I wonder how I'm going to get through the week with the limited sleep I've scheduled. Yes, I've had to schedule my sleep otherwise, I don't get any, shaddup. No rest for the wicked so the rest of the week will be jam-packed full of wonderfulness as I continue to negotiate several contracts, attend the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I midnight premiere, a baby shower in Jacksonville, an anniversary party in Tampa and edit two manuscripts. Guess I should get my butt to bed!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Talking Authors Down

I think many authors find themselves staring at the manuscript they've spent the better part of a year or longer writing, revising, polishing, querying and submitting and find everything wrong they possibly can with it. Not sure why the panic sets in once their baby's out the door and sitting in inboxes all over the world, I mean it's just a bunch of words, right? Ha! If I truly believed that, I wouldn't be in this business.

When authors say they put their heart and soul into their work, they're not kidding. Every word, hyphen, comma and period in the manuscript is a very living piece of that author's soul. They bleed over their words, salivate over every accolade and weep over every rejection as deeply as they do over every major milestone in their lives. It's no wonder, I spend a good portion of my time talking many of my clients down off the proverbial ledge. They're probably reading this right now and wondering if they're the only one I talked down this week. But you know what? I love having those talks with them because these often turn into brainstorming sessions where we talk through the insecurities and get through to the heart of the matter... the fear that readers, editors, publishers, little old ladies in Babushkas planting potatoes in Russia (yes, I watch the Amazing Race) will hate what they're writing or have written and will not buy their book.

My answer? If you've read this blog before, you already know it... keep writing. Don't worry about what the editor wants, what the readers want, what the little old ladies in Russia want and write the story that your characters are begging to tell. Don't pull any punches, pull out all of the stops and leave your heart, soul and psyche open and raw on the page for all to see. Then go stand on the ledge, if you want and call me... I'll have a bottle of wine (or whiskey) ready, my laptop for brainstorming and a box of tissues for us both.