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3/26/12 8:56 A

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WOW....I actually just found that interview:

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"Nobody important? Blimey, that's amazing...in 900 years of time and space I have never met anyone who wasn't important before."
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3/25/12 10:26 P

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Damn straight! :)



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3/23/12 1:30 P

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Reminds me of Prince. Where everyone differs in what they like and do not like, Prince has as a result stopped reading reviews on his music, saying that it's no one's place to look at your work and say "That's not as good AS." I highly respected that outlook, especially from someone of his caliber. :)

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3/23/12 8:56 A

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yay babies! But they do suck up energy. I didn't know I wanted to be a writer until my youngest was 2. Made it a little easier.

This is the first contest you entered, right? The judges will most likely leave comments on your MS. Take what you can use and throw the rest away. And remember it's not personal. Hard to do when its your baby, right?

In the last contest I entered, I got a 75/100 from one judge and a 99/100 from another. It's completely subjective.



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3/22/12 11:25 A

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The pregnancy has derailed the amount of energy that I normally have in the evenings, so I haven't had as much time to continue working on my manuscript as I normally do. I'm hoping to crank it out. I have most of it at the very least organized; it's like a puzzle right now, however. I just have to put the scenes in the right order. LOL. But I'm hoping to get it ready, so that way if nothing comes from the judging in this contest, that at the very least I can start hitting up agents or entering other contests.

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-Doctor Who, the 12th Doctor, "A Christmas Carol."


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3/20/12 8:54 A

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I'm working on book 2, and I find myself using some of the same phrasing I used in book 1. It's kinda weird, but I do write like I talk, so maybe I use those phrases every day and just don't notice.

Once I'm done with the rough of book 2, I'll go back to a finished but unpolished story and fix it up. Hopefully both of these things will keep me occupied.



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3/17/12 1:15 P

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Me too. The best thing to do is get busy with another project. When you've got other pots on the stove, you don't get quite so emotionally invested in the one you've sent off. And if you've already got a few other things out there, a rejection will not be quite so devastating. I speak from experience, lol!

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3/16/12 9:58 A

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And I really, really, really hate waiting.



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3/10/12 5:29 P

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Good luck to you both! Waiting is the hard part...

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3/9/12 4:28 P

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No this is my first. I finally decided that waiting wasn't getting me anywhere. Time to sink or swim. :)

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3/9/12 3:48 P

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Ugh, and now you have to wait until May.

Is this the first time you've entered a contest? I've entered a ton but only finaled three times... makes it worth it, though. :) I'm hoping March 26 will bring another final.



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3/9/12 3:38 P

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Yup. It was out of the Smokey Mountain Chapter, so that might explain the differences in the rules. Different chapters might take it differently. They even specified that if the manuscript was not complete to just note the percentage of completion on the title page when submitting. :)

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3/9/12 2:16 P

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But... but... the only contest I'm entered in at the moment only accepted hard copies of your manuscript for your entry. OH - but the full manuscript could be on a CD. Was it a chapter contest? :)



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3/9/12 10:54 A

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The same one YOU entered. :) You inspired me to give it a shot. :) I have to try and resend it from a different computer tonight, but both she and I have agreed that we will NOT be defeated! :)

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3/9/12 10:46 A

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Geez, how nervewracking. What contest was this? And what's the prize if you win? :)



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3/9/12 9:33 A

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Just heard from the lady running this years contest to resend my manuscript because one judge couldn't open it. It was opening up RTF.WPS, and she didn't have Word Perfect. But so far I think the problem is being fixed and I just have to keep my fingers crossed for good results. :)

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2/11/12 11:21 P

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Makes it hard to type. :) Good luck!

I had in my mind that you were querying.



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2/10/12 2:36 P

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Still nothing back yet. Contest is going on until the end of the month, so keep your fingers crossed. :)

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2/10/12 8:29 A

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Okay, Nightshadeisis. I need an update. :)



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1/31/12 1:18 P

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Sadly, nope. I'll end up joining the Smokey Mountain Chapter more than likely for my location. :(

Oh and you wouldn't regret going to Dragon*Con! It is the best convention out there! The writer's workshops are substantial, and the guest panels for writers and novelist are wonderful. Sherrilyn Kenyon is a writer that you can find there EVERY SINGLE YEAR, and she is such a wonderful person. Her fans are like family and it isn't unusual to see us at her booth chatting her up for hours.

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1/31/12 1:01 P

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Do it! Do it!!! :) don't suppose you're in Florida? How cool would it be if you joined my chapter?

D*C is on my list of Places to Go one of these days...



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1/31/12 11:10 A

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Not a bad idea actually. :) Mostly I write paranormal and paranormal romance, so honestly it wouldn't be a bad idea at all to join up. I should have a long time ago. I go to workshops and panels on writing every year at Dragon*Con, and there is always someone from RWA there, and passing out cards and fliers for the group. Maybe it's time. :)

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So you write romance, too? If so, I HIGHLY recommend joining the Romance Writers of America. Heck, join 'em even if you don't. Great workshops and speakers and plenty of opportunities to learn.

Good luck with submissions. Keep me updated. :)



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1/30/12 2:26 P

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Trying to get mine in for this month's; you inspired me to take it a shot. :) But those are my areas that I would hope for too, so I guess putting some of my hopefuls down wouldn't hurt. :)


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I haven't sent any queries to agents that asked me for my target publisher or line. The line thing sounds like Harlequin - there are so many kinds, from Intrigue to American Romance to the historicals. But my goal is for the big houses - St. Martins, Kensignton, etc.

Are you entering a contest? Or did you just want to send your queries out in January?



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1/29/12 11:10 P

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What are they referring to, however, when they are asking for the Target Publisher and line to be listed on the title page? Are they referring to the publishing house that you are dreaming of getting signed with or the publishing house that the judge from your category is working under? I'm trying for this month's, but the deadline is in three days so I am pressed to get it all set perfectly. :)

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Nightshade, I write romance. A lot of chapters of the Romance Writers of America have chapter contests, and my agent was the final judge in one I entered. After the contest she requested the complete manuscript and then offered me representation.

Before that, I queried agents using querytracker.net (and it's free!). You enter your genre and it tells you what agents represent it. It keeps track of when you sent it and when you get a response and it's awesome.

So what do you write?



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What agency did you go through and what type of book are you submitting? I'm looking for agent ideas for submission myself. :)

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Thank you! It was a very exciting moment for me.

I caved and emailed her yesterday. She said she's reviewing her notes and I should hear from her soon. It doesn't get any less nerve-wracking.



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Ah, I see, I didn't catch that before. :D Sorry about that! Congrats on having representation!!

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Very sound advice, but she's already my agent. *laugh* Rules change a bit when you're actually a client. She's given me free rein to call or email. Though she's been my agent only since November so I still don't want to annoy her. :)



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Watch out about emailing too quickly - that might just annoy her. Most agents I've sent my books too take several months to get back to me. Usually between 4 and 6. Read her guidelines about when to contact to make sure you don't get on her bad side. :)

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Thank you. :) If I don't hear from her this weekend, I'll probably email Monday and ask when she thinks she'll be done. I'm kinda stuck at what to write next because I'm envisioning more edits.



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Good luck to you! That's such a nerve-wracking process!

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Thank you both. :) It's been over a whole day; why haven't I heard anything yet? *laugh* (Actually, she did send me an email saying she got them At least my heart no longer races when I get an email from her.)



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good vibes being sent!!! :) Good luck to you!

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Thanks for the support, ladies. Writing can be so lonely sometimes and it's nice to know there are folks out there rooting for you. :)



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DEFINITELY keep us posted. *HUGS* Good luck!

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Please keep us informed...

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Ooh, I feel them! *laugh* Thank you. :)



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That's awesome! Best of luck!
Sending good vibes!!



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Edits made and sent to agent. Let's hope she likes it. Send any good vibes my way! :)



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