I hope you are all doing well today ;o)
Today’s post is important. Not because the usual reason. I didn’t get a book deal. In fact, this post isn’t about me at all. It’s more important than me right now. You’ll see why…
My bloggy friend and overall AWESOME author and individual, Natalie Bahm has a new book coming out. I’m thrilled to be able to share this information with you, because Natalie, her agent, the amazing Sara Megibow, and many of Natalie’s friends made it possible for Natalie to donate 100% of the profits of this book to Baby Jayden’s cause.
All of it.
Natalie’s first book, a middle grade adventure called The Secret Underground, will be come out September 28th. I already pre-ordered my copy!!
This video explains more about the project.
Find more information in the links below.
You may be asking… What can I do to help? BUY THE BOOK & SPREAD THE WORD.
Let’s help this little boy get healthy and stay healthy so he can grow up and read Natalie’s amazing book that made a difference.
Much love to you all!
WOW, what a week. Pitch Madness was a BLAST! What a CRAZY, WILD ride!! Thanks SO MUCH to Brenda Drake, YAtopia and Shelley Watters for sharing host duties and covering for me when I was at work. Also, thanks to our wonderful slush readers: K.T. Hanna, Kat Ellis, Rebecca Coffindaffer, Dee (@writefor apples), Stephanie Diaz, & Summer Heacock
Some of my favorites got multiple requests and some didn’t get any at all. To those that did. CONGRATS!! I’m SO very happy and I will be praying for you all to get agents from them!!
For those writers that didn’t get requests, I want you to know, I know how it feels. I eluded to this in a tweet, but for those that didn’t see it. I want to reiterate something. I was in the Writer’s Voice contest in May, you may have heard of it. LOL
I had high hopes. I’d been told my premise and story were original. I’d gotten multiple requests in a previous contest (Miss Snark’s Baker’s Dozen which is happening again this year. GO and do it!). I was prepared for at least one or two requests, maybe, just based on the previous contest.
You know how many I got?
I watched all my wonderful friends get requests. I was TRULY and SINCERELY happy for them. That’s certainly not why I’m writing this post–to be all WHAAAH. No one picked me. Not my style.
I’ve been in a contest where I got a huge amount of requests and I’ve been in a contest where I had none. I have to tell you. I learned THE MOST from the one I didn’t receive any. I was taken down to my core. I was on display. I felt like I was disappointing my friends who believed in me. I felt like I was letting myself down, my characters, everyone.
I wouldn’t change a thing. NOT ONE THING. Those are the real tests. When you get knocked down and you pick yourself up.
So that’s what I did. I sent out a few more queries and you know what? I got an agent just TWO MONTHS later.
A good friend, *cough* Leigh Ann, once told me, “Ya Never Know.” And you know what? YOU DON’T.
Oooooo I get to announce the winner for the YA MISFITS contest. Just to refresh your memory. It’s for $30 at the Book Depository!!!!
THE WINNER IS………
LISA B.YAY!!!! CONGRATS!!