Sunday, July 26, 2015

Romance Is in the Air...And Chips!

FUN!  That is the only way I can think of to describe RWA.  That, and probably INSANE.  The booklets were a huge hit at the conference, which was so rewarding, and it was great to get to catch up with editors and Prospect clients, and also meet lots of people.  There were so many events going on all throughout the week that I ended up making a whole new group of friends and getting introduced to some great romance authors.

The booklet cover.  Isn't is great? <3>

I went to the Harlequin Black and White Ball this year as Tracy Wolff's plus one, and wow.  Just wow.  It was at at the Starlight Roof in the Waldorf Astoria, and I think probably counts as the fanciest/most impressive party I've ever been to.  I took a video so you all could see the glamour and the celebratory energy of the night (romance authors can really bust a move!).

And this is probably somewhat less exciting, but I got my hands on one of the Lay's Flavor Finalist chips!!!  I am having a really hard time finding the flavor four-pack in the city, but I got to try to Greektown Gyro.  John described it as sour cream and onion without the onion, which is accurate.  It was not the flavor fireworks I was hoping for from my first Finalist bag, but crossing my fingers that I can buy the other three to try at some point.

It looks like I might be yelling, but I was supposed to be nomming on the chip bag. Nom, nom, nom.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Great Week!

This week has been wonderful, if not slightly more hectic than I bargained for.  I've been busy reading entries from The Writers Voice and from the diverse YA/NA contest I did on Love YA, and am so excited to say that I've already signed a new author!!  Her name is Alana Delacroix and I completely fell in love in love with her IRON HEART manuscript from The Voice.

This has nothing to do with Alana's manuscript, but since it's called IRON HEART and is a steampunk, I though this image was kind of perfect.

I also participated in Backspace's women's fiction and romance panel, where I critiqued the author's query letters in a giant phone conference.  All their queries were really interesting, so I think that means I'm going to have a lot more requested manuscripts in my future.

Speaking of contests/conference, a HUGE congrats to my lovely author Donna Scott, whose historical fiction, SHAME THE DEVIL, is came in first place in the 2014 Chaucer Awards in their 1600s category.  Sara Joiner got a great Kirkus review for AFTER THE ASHES, which made me very happy as well!

Oh, yeah, and I have dealllzzzz :)

Christina Matula-Hakli's adorable picture book, THE SHADOW IN THE MOON, is going to be finding its home with Charlesbridge (making this my first-ever picture book sale), and Taylor Zajonc's high-seas adventure, THE WRECKING CREW, is going to be published by Blank Slate.

This week is going to be taken up by RWA madness, so get ready for some crazy romance stories next week! :) 

P.S.  I somehow stumbled upon the Lay's website, and am now thinking about ordering a trial pack of the four finalists for their new flavor it may be that next week is crazy romance AND potato chip evaluation stories...

Monday, July 13, 2015

Query Critique

It's query critique time!  For everyone who enters (and those who don't) spread the word so that even if you don't submit a query, you encourage others to read and comment.  Thanks :)

If you're not familiar with how to enter, take a look at my previous post to read the rules.  Good luck!

Monday, July 6, 2015

New Client and New (Whale) Child

I hope everyone had a great Fourth of July weekend!  I very happy to be able to announce a new client, Marlo Mack, whose fantastic blog and podcast are definitely things you should check out.  I reached out to her after reading an article about her daughter in People and then checking out her incredibly well-written blog, and am pumped to start work with her on her memoir proposal!!!!

I know I'm the last one to the party, but over the weekend, instead of fireworks and hot dogs, John and I watched Blackfish, the 2013 documentary about SeaWorld killer whale Tilikum, and it left me feeling both sad and galvanized.  One of the former trainers has written a book that published this year that talks about his time there and his advocacy for orcas.  After a lot of internet research, I found that you can also adopt a whale or shop in support of Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) for only fifty dollars, so I am going to be a whale mama!  I'm not sure if John had me watch this because we have plans to go to the New York Aquarium this week, but after looking their website, it doesn't seem like they have any cetaceans (whales, dolphins, etc.), so I think we can travel down to Coney Island guilt-free.