I have many things to relate this week, so…
Actions I've taken as a writer. Where am I? What am I doing?
Not sure what to lead with this week. The contest win? The agent request? Oh, did I just steal my own thunder? :O OK, let’s handle this in alphabetical order.
Just as I was about to lose hope, the Golden Heart Magical Stardust kicked in and I received an agent request for P2PC! This is my dream agency—always has been—so it’s my very first and only query to date after finaling in the Golden Heart, but there were “extenuating circumstances” that gave me doubts P2PC would have a wing or a prayer at getting a request.
But then the sky opened up and the sunshine streamed down.
Request for partial!
I am hopefully optimistic (oh heck, truth be told I’m beyond ecstatic) just to be given this opportunity. Just goes to show, once again, that tenacity does pay off in this business.
Yes, P2PC and The Outer Planets are officially being retired from the contest circuit, my two trusty war horses have campaigned long and hard to earn their various medals and titles, but I have another manuscript that will soon be hitting the contest trail and will require my undivided attention on that front while these two champs move on to [crosses fingers and toes and eyes] *hopefully* bigger and better things.
...for the Golden Heart Awards Ceremony has arrived!
Thanks to everyone who voted on an earlier journal to help me make a selection. The winner was Dress #1, the black satin and chiffon dress with the Grecian drape in the back. It arrived via UPS Friday and it's beeee-autiful! And flattering...did I mention flattering?
I also ordered some shiny silver strappy heels with a bit of shinier blink-blink on the straps (which turned out to be a LOT of shinier blink-blink) and some lovely sparkly crystal earrings and necklace.
New authors, cool web sites, great resources, great workshops, great online sites!
Sharon was recently contacted by Svend, a student at the Royal School of Library and Information Science in Denmark, who was working on an assignment about online communities. He stumbled on The Galaxy Express and SFR Brigade in doing his research, and decided to base his project on the Science Fiction Romance. Sharon agreed to serve as a conduit in getting his questions out to other readers and writers of SFR and returning their responses, including getting the word out on Goodreads.
I'm so enthused that our niche community garnered this sort of attention, and from overseas, no less. This tells me our diabolical plot [to conquer the universe by banding together to create a larger voice for SFR] is indeed effective.
The latest buzz. Submission calls. New publishers. Industry changes. Inspirational sayings or quotes for writers. And our take on them.
Sharon and I had the unique honor of doing a joint interview for Tor.com conducted by the amazing Heather Massey, and we were impressed at all the readers, peers and total strangers who stopped by to comment. If you missed it, the interview is still available here and we’d love to hear from you:
It's an Honor Just to be Nominated: Three SFR Manuscripts Final in the 2011 Golden Heart
I am deeply saddened this is the penultimate launch, and the Space Shuttle program will soon be nothing but a shining glimmer in our past, but it was good to see the event get the attention it so deserved. It certainly has a romantic and inspiring story surrounding the commander, Mark Kelly, husband of injured congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford.
Godspeed, Endeavor, for a historic journey in fair skies and solar winds.
Books we're reading and mini-reviews. Writers must read voraciously. Sometimes we find gems in the literary universe or sometimes certain elements of a book really speak to us (and our muses). Do we know about book giveaways? A big debut? We'll dish on those.
Well, I finally did it. I bought a Kindle! While it’s en route, here’s your chance to pitch your e-novel to me in the comments below. It doesn’t necessarily have to be SFR (though that’s a plus). I read everything from historical to contemporary erotica. It can be e-pubbed or self-pubbed, long or short, YA or adult only.
Post an irresistible blurb in the comments and I guarantee you a sale.
Holds up sign:
Hungry buyer here looking for some excellent e-reads.
Now, how can you pass that up? :)
Events, conferences, cons as well as Facebook, Twitter and blog events.
Honorary Ruby Slippered Sisterhood Membership and Mentorship, and I’m so excited about that…and a little surprised not to have more competition.
Come on, readers, I invite you to challenge me for this unique privilege!
This is a huge opportunity to join one of the most dynamic groups of Golden Heart Finalists ever, with access to their shared wealth of knowledge and advice, and it’s all for a very good cause.
Don’t miss your chance at this and so many other wonderful offerings you can browse here:
We'll comment back to our co-bloggers on things they've posted on their journals.
@Donna Loved your anniversary post—35 years together is such a huge reason to celebrate. Hey, we’re right behind you. Only 9.5 years to go!
@Sharon It was a lot of fun participating in our joint interview at Tor.com. We need to do something like this again sometime!