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1. Image EXPO Schedule Announced: Parties, Signings, and Art Exhibits!


Today, Image Comics released the schedule for their 2015 Expo, which will run on July 2nd at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.

Ticketing Info

Tickets to the event are now available for sale. General Admission is $25 and Premium Admission is $65. Seating is limited. Admission for retailers and members of the media is complimentary.

A General Admission Ticket will grant one (1) person entry to Image Expo and includes a program guide book, access to all programming and events, and admittance to the official Image Expo after party for a chance to mingle with creators, press, retailers, and fellow-fans.

A Premium Admission Ticket will grant one (1) entry to Image Expo and includes a program guide book, access to all programming and events, as well as guaranteed premium seating during programming, a pack of Image Expo exclusive variants, one (1) pass to an exclusive signing with creators behind the Image Expo variants, a T-shirt, an Image Comics branded cloth tote bag, and access to the official Image Expo after party for a chance to mingle with creators, press, retailers, and fellow fans.

Image Comics fans can follow the latest Image Expo updates at imagecomics.com/expo.

Panels & Speeches

10:00 a.m. — Theater Doors Open for Seating

10:30 – 12:00 p.m. — Keynote Address
Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson‘s keynote address will debut several new projects and initiatives for Image Comics and our incredible roster of creators, providing a sneak peek into what’s hot and new from creator-owned comics and where the comics industry goes from here.

12:00 – 1:30 p.m. — Intermission
12:00 p.m. — Retail Counter Opens

Image Comics Presents: The Sessions
Our afternoon programming will go into even greater detail on the projects announced during the keynote address, giving you a chance to pick the brains of the creators in attendance, gain insight into what’s coming, and unveil a bit of the magic that makes an “Image comic” the hottest book on the shelves.

1:30 – 2:10 p.m.: Kyle Higgins & Alec Siegel, and special surprise guests

2:15 – 3:00 p.m.: A Conversation with Robert Kirkman

3:15 – 4:00 p.m.: Greg Rucka Nicola Scott, and special surprise guests

4:15 – 5:00 p.m.: Jason Aaron and special surprise guests

5:15 – 5:50 p.m.: Tula Lotay, Steve Skroce, Brian K. Vaughan, and special surprise guests


Alongside each panel will be signings for our attending creators. Some signings will have an item limit, require a wristband, or be closed after a certain number of guests have been admitted. Signings with an item limit and wristband requirement have been marked with an asterisk.

1:30 – 2:10 p.m.: Premium Exclusive Variant Signing*: Jason Aaron, Nick Dragotta, Robert Kirkman, Tula Lotay, Greg Rucka & Nicola Scott, Steve Skroce, Brian K. Vaughan, and special surprise guests

2:15 – 3:00 p.m.: Surprise Guests Signing

3:10 – 4:00 p.m.: Jason Aaron, Kyle Higgins & Alec Siegel, Tula Lotay, , and special surprise guests

4:10 – 5:00 p.m.: Brian K. Vaughan & Steve Skroce*, Greg Rucka & Nicola Scott, and special surprise guests

5:10 – 5:55 p.m.: Robert Kirkman*

Art Exhibitions

Admission to Image Expo includes free entry to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, our hosts for Image Expo and a treasured museum in the Bay Area. With fascinating exhibits located just next door to Image Expo, take advantage of the opportunity to enhance your Image Expo experience.

Previously announced Image Expo variants and merchandise that will be available at the show include:

  • AIRBOY #2 by James Robinson & Greg Hinkle

  • THE EMPTY ZONE #1 by Jason Shawn Alexander

  • THEY’RE NOT LIKE US, VOL. 1 by Eric Stephenson & Simon Gane

  • A new NOWHERE MEN t-shirt

  • SONS OF THE DEVIL #2 by Brian Buccellato & Toni Infante

  • SOUTHERN BASTARDS #9 by Jason Aaron & Jason Latour


Join Image Comics creators and staff at the Image Expo After Party, once again held at the Cartoon Art Museum on 655 Mission Street.

7:30 – 8:00 p.m. — Press and Retailer Mixer
Open to members of the media and comic book retailers only, this pre-party mixer will be an opportunity for industry professionals and Image Comics creators and staff to discuss the day’s events before the party gets underway.

8:00 p.m. — Image Expo After Party
Open to press, retailers, premium ticket holders, and general ticket holders, the Image Expo After Party will wrap up Image Expo with drinks, snacks, and a chance to mingle with Image Comics creators and staff.

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2. It's Monday + Weekend Round Up

I believe this Martin Luther King Jr. quote is as true for the inside of ourselves as it is for the outside to others. We must drive out the darkness within our minds, and love ourselves. Thank you Dr. King for so many inspiring words and faith.

This past weekend was a whirl wind of a time! We did so much, that by Sunday I was tired enough to sleep through Norah waking up from her nap. Who knows how long she was in her crib playing before she finally started to let me know she wasn't happy there. I find these are the times I learn the most about myself, because they are also when I'm my weakest, most vulnerable, and busiest. Do you ever have weekends like that?

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It's a new week though, with new thoughts, new perspectives, and new schedules! I have discovered that every week is different with my schedule, time to  E • M • B • R • A • C • E  it! 

I tried something new this morning, I tried some meditative prayer. Like most women, my mind is always moving. Surprisingly it stayed pretty clear, and I think I caught myself drifting to sleep a couple of times (sitting up in the studio). Since then I've been very calm, and I knew I needed to get it down on paper, so I began this drawing. I look forward to working on her throughout the week during these times of peace every morning.

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After that first nap I give Norah all of my attention. We played around and got to ride on the dragon in the studio. It's so special to have her in the studio with me, even if I'm not working. I remember spending many days and nights in my dad's studio, and I wish the same for her.

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I struggled with my daily sketches these last few days. To find the joy and the motivation to draw when so drained is like pulling teeth for me. I feel like Tinkerbell, only able to handle one emotion at a time, except it's more than just emotions, but actions too. I did it, and I'm proud of myself for getting them done. It's okay to not be elaborate, or detailed, or whatever else I think I HAVE to be. Sometimes, just a simple sketch is all there needs to be.

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3. Getting a Taste of the Writing Life

I think the best thing about the blog for me is the taste I've gotten of what it must be like to be an author. Coming back to the blog only accentuated that feeling.

After Monday I can now say that I have a clear understanding of what it must be like to be an author who has taken a hiatus. The one who, for whatever reason, decided to take some time off after having a reasonably successful publishing career. In the blog world I think I'm that author.

In looking at my analytics I see that even though the blog has been closed for over two years we have still had close to 500 visitors or page views daily. That's amazing to me. However, now that I'm back writing, like an author returned from hiatus, I have to accept that those 500 page views, a lot lower than the 1500 hundred I used to get daily, might be all I get. There's no guarantee that my once faithful readers will return. There lives have changed too. Maybe they no longer have time for blogs, maybe they quit writing, or maybe their tastes have changed and my voice is no longer one they want to read. Whatever the reason, I can't count on those past "sales" as any indication of what the future will be. Too much time has passed.

For me, yesterday was like starting over, as if I'd never been here. I need to go out and convince a new audience that I'm worth visiting 3-5 times a week and that they're going to like what they read. Or at least have a strong opinion about what they read.

I also need to convince my once faithful readers that the new me is as good as what they once thought of the old me. We'll see how that goes.

So as I climb back up that ladder on my return, know that I do pretend to have an understanding of what it must be like for all of you.


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4. MacKidsBooks at San Diego Comic Con


That's right folks! We're headed to Comic Con this week for the first time this year! If you happen to be there, come by Booth #1220 to say hello and to check out these great signings and panels!

Oh, and be sure to check out our graphic novel imprint, First Seconds Books, who will also be exhibiting at SDCC and see their amazing schedule as well.

THURSDAY, July 12:

12:00-1:00 PM                      In-Booth Signing: Michael Grant, EVE AND ADAM

3:00-4:00 PM                        Gennifer Albin (Crewel) on the “Hungry for Dystopia” Panel

                                                Room: 25ABC

Hungry for Dystopia— With the skyrocketing popularity of The Hunger Games, dystopian literature has been creating major waves in the media. What attracts these authors to explore the concept of a totalitarian future that possibly awaits us all? Anna North (America Pacifica) leads the discussion with panelists Neal Shusterman (Unwind trilogy), Lissa Price (Starters), Paolo Bacigalupi (The Drowned Cities), Michael Grant (BZRK), Daniel H. Wilson (Amped), Gennifer Albin (Crewel), and Marie Lu (Legend trilogy). Room 25ABC

4:30-5:30 PM                         Post-Panel Signing: Gennifer Albin, CREWEL

                     Location: Autographing Area, Table AA09 


FRIDAY, July 13:

10:00-11:00 AM                     In-Booth Signing: Jennifer Bosworth, STRUCK

11:30-12:30 PM                    Marissa Meyer (Cinder) on the “Remixed Fairy Tales and Superhero   Lore” Panel Room 5AB

Remixed Fairy Tales and Superhero Lore— Between this year's Mirror Mask and Snow White and the Huntsman and forthcoming retellings of Beauty and the B

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5. A Special Kinda Blog Blitz

During the month of September, Driven and I will be participating in a Fall Blog Blitz organized by The Wishing Ring’s Publising house, MuseItYoung. The Participants will in turn, visit my blog and post articles and interviews about their upcoming releases. Please understand this is a ABA not a CBA publisher. All the titles will be YA or middle grade, but they will not be Christian fiction as a general rule of thumb. Please see this as an opportunity to visit with a handful of new authors as they share their writing journey and their fiction with us and I hope you enjoy the many contests the authors are hosting.

Here’s the schedule…

Marva Dasef – “Bad Spelling” on C.K. Volnek
Rebecca Ryals Russell – “Prophecy” on Barbara Bockman

Sue Perkins – “Spirit Stealer” on Kim Baccellia
Kim Bacellia – “Crossed Out” on Shellie Neumeier
Barbara Bockman – “Wounds” on Pembroke Sinclair
Meradeth Houston – “Colors Like Memories” on C.K. Volnek

Meradeth Houston – “Colors Like Memories” on Lawna Mackie
Lawna Mackie – “Enchantment” on Meradeth Houston

Meradeth Houston – “Colors Like Memories” on Marva Dasef
Sue Perkins – “Spirit Stealer” on Rebecca Ryals Russell

Barbara Ehrentreu – “If I Could Be Like Jennifer Taylor” on Kim Baccellia
Pembroke Sinclair – “Life After the Undead” on Barbara Ehrentreu

Lawna Mackie – “Enchantment” on Marva Dasef
Sue Perkins – “Spirit Stealer” on Lawna Mackie
Chris Verstraete – “Killer Valentine Ball” on C.K. Volnek

Kim Baccellia – “Crossed Out” on Barbara Bockman
Barbara Bockman – “Wounds” on Kim Baccellia
Pembroke Sinclair – “Life After the Undead” on Shellie Neumeier
Barbara Ehrentreu – “If I Could Be Like Jennifer Taylor” on Rebecca Ryals Russell

Lawna Mackie – “Enchantment” on Kim Baccellia
Kim Baccellia – “Crossed Out” on Barbara Ehrentreu
Barbara Bockman – “Wounds” on Shellie Neumeier
Chris Verstraete – “Killer Valentine Ball” on Marva Dasef

Sue Perkins – “Spirit Stealer” on Barbara Bockman
Barbara Bockman – “Wounds” on Sue Perkins
Marva Dasef – “Bad Spe

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6. Taking the Summer Off

In your opinion, is it better for an agent to wait till after the summer to send a novel out on submission? Is it a myth that the publishing industry basically shuts down in August? Are there any advantages in NOT waiting?

I don't think there's a universally correct answer to this. I think it depends what your agent knows about the editors she wants to submit to and your agent's own schedule. If your agent has plans to be out of town maybe it is best she hold off on submitting. I don't know that publishing "shuts down" in August. Truthfully, I had a crazy two weeks between RWA and the July 4th weekend when I had offers on the table and it was taking weeks to finalize them because of RWA, editor vacations, and the holiday. It happens. It's summer. All of that being said, we've had many years where August resulted in our largest sales month of the year, primarily because it is so quiet and so many do vacation that editors have more time to actually catch up on their reading and hopefully find something they can get excited about.

When it comes to August, like many things, there's no right or wrong. A book could easily be read quickly by an editor who finds a relaxed schedule in August or sit and fall to the bottom of big piles because an editor happens to be away for two weeks and your material arrived during that time.


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7. Library-related conferences, a mega-list

This came down the wire at web4lib and was too useful not to share. Library Related Conferences, from now until 2015 or so. Also this year’s past conferences. Great resource.

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8. The Sophomore Slump

In the comments section to one of my blog posts there was a reference to the sophomore slump, when an author has spent years writing and perfecting her first novel and now only has nine months to a year at most to write the second novel and just can’t get it there. This resulted in the following question off the comment board:

Does it really have to be that way? Can't I say to a publisher, "No, I'm only dealing with you for this book, but you'll have the first option to see the next one"? Or is it always a package deal and they buy the next two books in the series or trilogy? Because honestly, it's almost enough to make me put my foot down and say, "No, I'm not going to make any deal on books I haven't written, because if a book is not ready, I WILL NOT put it on the market, deal or no deal."

Honestly, you can do almost anything you want. If a publisher comes to you and offers a three-book deal and you’d rather make it a one-book deal, you can certainly try to do that. I will tell you, though, that there have been times when part of the negotiation did involve the number of books and the publisher wouldn’t budge. You can also set your own delivery dates. If the publisher wants books number two and three at nine-month intervals, but you would be more comfortable with eighteen months, you can try to schedule accordingly.

The problem with waiting so long to deliver the follow-up book and subsequently publish it is that if you are writing genre fiction it’s going to be nearly impossible to build a career on this kind of schedule. More and more publishers are finding that authors who really have success and break out do so based on a quick publishing schedule, especially with the release of their first few books. Once an audience is established with two or three books, it’s possible to stretch things out again to give the author time to catch her breath; and the readers, they’re already fans, so they will happily wait.

By coming out with one book and waiting two years for the next it’s very likely readers will have forgotten you and might not even think to come back. Now, I do believe that writers of literary fiction can be a huge exception to this rule. If the book is truly mind-blowing you will probably get the reviews (NYT, etc.) on the second book to bring the readers back. Of course, you’re hinging your career on reviews.

Now what some publishers are doing to accommodate authors who can’t write a book every three months is to hold the first book or two so that they can schedule the books three months or six months apart, or even back to back in subsequent months. The problem with this, based on your question, is that if I sold a two-book deal for you today and you wanted to wait eighteen months to deliver book two, your first publication date wouldn’t likely be until sometime in 2010.

Ultimately, what I tell my clients is first things first: you need to write a good book, and if the publisher wants it in six months, but you’re more comfortable with nine, you need to go with what makes you comfortable. Reasonably, though, I think you need to learn to write a really knock-out book in nine to twelve months at the outset if you want to build a career. Yes, there are exceptions, but don’t look at authors who first published ten, twenty, or even three years ago and use them as an example. The market has changed.


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9. Day 21

Another quick check in today, as part of my unofficial participation on National Novel Writing Month.

Wrote for an hour this morning, mainly going over the three chapters I’ve been fussy with for the last few weeks. For the rest of the week, I have to move forward to make my new goal of two sections at least every week.

Even though my work has been slow for the past few weeks, knowing that I have to check in here has pushed me on. So, thanks to you guys for keeping me honest!

Need a little push yourself? Feel free to set a goal to check in here every day or every week and let us know how you’re doing. Like we learned from Kathi Appelt’s talk at the Brazos Valley SCBWI conference, having to deliver something — whether it’s 25 pages to an agent, whether she reads it or not, or writing on a blog — can give you that added push to fit writing into your schedule.

Good luck, and write on!


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10. Virtual Book Tours January 02 Schedule

Well, we're starting a brand new year with a great tour. Please note: Cheryl Pillsbury and Yolanda Jackson's blog urls will be posted in a couple of days.
Here is the schedule of each host and their guest:

Deborah Ramos Cheryl Pillsbury http://www.aarmoryofaardvarks.com
Dr. John F. Murray Yolanda Jackson http://drjohnfmurray.blogspot.com
Dianne Sagan Elysabeth Eldering http://www.diannesagan.wordpress.com
Harry Gilleland Joyce Anthony http://harrygillelandwrites.blogspot.com
Lanaia Lee Rosanna Ienco http://lanaialee.blogspot.com
Joy Delagado Deborah Ramos http://zooprisepartyfiestazoorpresa.blogspot
Lillian Cauldwell Dr. John F. Murray http://lilliancauldwell.blogspot.com
Karen Cioffi Dianne Sagan http://karenandrobyn.blogspot.com
Kathy Stemke Harry Gilleland http://educationtipster.blogspot.com
Linda Ballou Lanaia Lee http://lindaballou.blogspot.com
Lea Schizas Joy Delagado http://thewritingjungle.blogspot.com
Patricia Crandall Lillian Cauldwell http://patriciacrandall.blogspot.com
Nancy Famalari Karen Cioffi http://nancygfamolari.blogspot.com
Rosemary Chaulk Kathy Stemke http://rosemarychaulk.blogspot.com
Sharon Poppen Linda Ballou http://sharonpoppenauthor.blogspot.com
Suzanne Lieurance Lea Schizas http://suzannelieurance.com
Vivian Zabel Patricia Crandall http://VivianZabel.blogspot.com
Boyd Hipp Nancy Famalari http://boydhipp.blogspot.com
Dehanna Bailee Rosemary Chaulk http://www.thebackroomat.dehanna.com
Margaret Fielan Sharon Poppen http://www.margaretfieland.com
Ransom Noble Suzanne Lieurance http://www.ransomnoble.wordpress.com
Luigi Falconi Vivian Zabel http://luigifalconi.blogspot.com
Dwight Rounds Boyd Hipp http://dwightcrounds.blogspot.com
Anna Maria Prezio Dehanna Bailee http://prezio.blogspot.com
Crystalee Calderwood Margaret Fieland http://crystaleecalderwood.blogspot.com
Rosanna Ienco Ransom Noble http://rosannaienco.blogspot.com
Elysabeth Eldering Luigi Falconi http://elysabethsstories.blogspot.com
Joyce Anthony Dwight Rounds http://joyceanthony.tripod.com/blog/
Cheryl Pillsbury Anna Maria Prezio
Yolanda Jackson Crystalee Calderwood

Please don't forget to stop by and visit with these wonderful authors/writers. I know each tour I learn a little something new about the guest authors. And have a healthy and happy holiday season.

See you in blog world,

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11. I have so much to do…

… but I can’t get any of it done.

Heard that one before? Said it before?

Me, too.

Maybe you’re a little like me. You have a gazillion ideas floating around in your noggin 24 hours a day. You wake up at 2:00 AM with a new project. Add it to the pile. 

There are plenty of systems out there for managing your time and I have tried quite a few. I’ve written articles on time management myself, but here’s a juicy little secret: Sometimes I suck at time management. Sometimes I get it wrong.

I use iCal (Yes, I’m a Mac Dude) and I’ve worked up several different systems for managing projects and my life; color-coding entries, creating calendar groups, using Mail notes, and syncing with my iPhone. Yet somehow none of my handy little gadgets or apps has been the Better Mousetrap for me.

I read something by Sark that magically simplified the way I’ve been thinking about the whole project/goal/time… thing. To sum up, she suggests that you break every thing you want to get done into “micro movements.”

For example, say you want to write a blog post but you just keep putting it off because what the hell are you going to talk about this time anyway (never happens to me, but we’ll pretend - ahem). You break writing your post into tiny little movements that get you closer to your goal, which is a posted entry. Then you schedule each step. The first step could be as simple as Tuesday, 4:00 PM: put notepad and pen next to laptop. The next step could be something like Wednesday, 9:00 AM: read one thing (could be anything; cereal box, paperback cover, blog post, ingredients on graham cracker package, whatever).

Get the idea? 

This seems so slow, right? You can schedule it however you want, but the point is to break a big project down into doable chunks. Saying to yourself “tomorrow I will write a scintillating new blog entry and post it” is just a humongous task. Can you do it? Maybe, maybe not. 

It’s highly probable that you can place a notepad and pen on your desk at 4:00. That’s pretty easy because you don’t have the pressure of thinking about what’s good, what’s interesting, who will care, do I need a photo, blah blah blah. It’s just one tiny step that you can manage.

I’ve been working on this for a week or so. I’m not perfect at it, but it seems like the smaller chunks I break things into, the easier it is and more I actually get done every day. It’s actually kind of fun scheduling times to “think” about things or just read something. Look at my calendar from this week:


An iCal entry to read something. I managed it.

An iCal entry to read something. I managed it.

In the past I would have made a goal to learn everything there is to know about licensing my art. Wow. No wonder I feel like I have so much to do.

In this case, I saw a section of Tara Reed’s web site and thought that I should take time to read it. That’s all. I don’t have to create 12 pieces of art, contact manufacturers, or imagine a new line of pajama wear. Just read an article. One micro step towards my humongous goal of licensing my art.

See the entry that says “Think about an agent?” Check. It’s kind of goofy and funny to see an entry like that in my iCal, but I feel better. Now I don’t have to think about an agent anymore today. Except now, because I just wrote that sentence. Wait, is that okay? Did I just f*** up?

The other thing I learned is, take it easy on yourself. Go ahead and be driven and goal-oriented, but jeez! Give yourself a break now and then.

Go read a cereal box or something.

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12. Join us for World of One Expo in Birch Run, MI June 27-28, 2009

World of One 3rd Annual Expo
Birch Run Expo Center

11600 N. Beyer Road Birch Run , Michigan 48415
Frankenmuth exit

A love donation for the Featherlink Tea Women of Unity will be collected at the main entrance. This cause is to fight against breast cancer and to allow our Elders to teach our youth further education. Along with No More Silence against Domestic Violence- Let us all help Heal - Michigan
May we all reach for a healthier body, mind, soul together as “One”


Until then, walk in peace,
www. thebonereader.com
877-BY-MARGO (877-296-2746)
Call for information and Hotel Discounts for
Guest and Participants
Volunteers please call -248-935-8441

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13. Summer Blog Schedule

Since I’m doing the Summer Challenge until August 31st, I’m going to concentrate on my current novel project. If you’re doing the challenge with me, you also should be concentrating on your word count as well. I hope no one has lost their concentration. It’s only been two days, LOL.

So I’ve come up with a summer schedule.

On Mondays, I’ll post milestone check-ins for the Summer Challenge, which includes writing inspiration to push momentum through the week. I’ll let you know how my progress is going. Feel free to post your progress too.

On Wednesdays, I’ll post Summer Challenge Scene Sparks. What’s a scene spark? Little scene ideas to jump start free-writes during the challenge. So that means you’ll get 13 sparkles this summer. The world will now be a better place. Feel free to use them during the challenge if you are working on a novel project.

On Fridays, I’ll post diversions or any cool publishing news that I stumble upon.

So that’s it for the summer.

Back to writing for the challenge.

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14. Fall 2009 Podcast Lineup Announced

We are pleased to announce the Fall 2009 Podcast Lineup with an assortment of industry publishing and marketing experts for your delectation! Be sure to subscribe with the iTunes or PODCAST links at the bottom of this post.

03-Sep-09 Deborah Reynolds Creating First Impressions TBA
17-Sep-09 Maria Allan Writing For & Reaching the International Market TBA
01-Oct-09 Paul Muckley Writing and Publishing Christian Based Books TBA
15-Oct-09 Kate Harper Getting Into the Greeting Card Market TBA
05-Nov-09 Janet Riehl DIY Audio Books TBA
19-Nov-09 Paul Krupin Are Press Releases an Effective Way to Market? TBA
03-Dec-09 Deborah Heard Writing & Publishing Erotic Romance Novels TBA
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15. Working Seven Days a Week

Agents often discuss how much we need to work just to keep up on the emails we’re getting. You’ve heard it before, so I won’t go too far into it, but frequently our job takes us into the wee hours of the night or the early hours of morning (depends on whether the agent is a night or morning person) and rarely do we have time during office hours to catch up on proposals, queries, or even the reading we’re required to do for our own clients. I’m not complaining, because honestly, I can’t imagine doing anything else. My work is also my hobby, which is why I have things like this blog. I could blog about other things, like my life outside of my job, my cooking, or even my dog, but my biggest passion is this job and so that’s what I blog about.

What I’m looking for today is perspective. I know many of you have a very clear understanding, from your regular reading of agent blogs, about the types of hours we work. I know many of you can vouch for the fact that a three or four a.m. email from me is not as uncommon as it should be, but what I’ve been wondering lately is how common is this? I know that as writers most of you have day jobs and writing is done in your off hours, so I’m not really thinking of those of you who are writers as a second career (hopefully first, one day), but those of you who have so-called day jobs. We live in a world of constant communication where emails from work are frequently sent and received well past dinnertime, and I’m wondering if your day jobs also require you to work weekends and nights, because in my experience in publishing, as an editor and agent, it’s not an option.

And if you are required to work nights and weekends in addition to 9 to 5, how do you possibly find time to write on top of that?


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16. Winter 2010 podcast lineup posted

The new Show Lineup is now fully scheduled through March 2010! Irene Watson, Tyler R. Tichelaar and Victor R. Volkman invite you to join them each week as they explore the myriad issues involved in planning the production of your first book. If you would like to post a question in advance for any of the guest speakers, please contact us at info@authorsaccess.com Authors Access is where authors get published and published authors get successful.
Date Guest Topic Summary and Info
07-Jan-10 Alan E. Smith Podcasting for Authors
21-Jan-10 Dana Smith Twitter, Tweeting, and Re-tweeting: Twitter Book Marketing
04-Feb-10 Jamie Saloff Six Rules That Will Kick-Start Your Book Website into Full Gear
18-Feb-10 Ernest Dempsey Success as a Full-time Paid Blogger
04-Mar-10 Tyler R. TichelaarVictor R. Volkman Selling Books as an Exhibitor – Is it Worth It?
18-Mar-10 Walt Shiel Cataloging, Indexing, Typesetting, and more… what does it mean?

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17. A Writer's Wild Days

Wildly busy and varied, that is!

In an effort to share with beginning writers and also interested readers just what one full-time writer's life is like, I kept a diary of my work days for one week in December.
Today, that diary is up at David L. Harrison's blog. And last week, there was an intro to the diary with some definitions of writing terms I use, so check out the intro here if you're interested.

Thanks, David! It was fun to answer the people who ask how I work on so many different kinds of things. The answer is obvious: I do it in a very scattered, fit-everything-in-where-I-can kind of way! So if you're wishing you could quit your day job to embrace the peaceful, calm, dreamy life of a full-time writer, make sure to read this first:>)

I'm off for a school visit today! With all the snow we've been getting (not nearly as bad as the East Coast, but still...), I'm very grateful that today's visit is at a local school only about 15 minutes away.


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18. 2010 Arkansas Literary Festival

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Festival Celebrates Literacy

The Arkansas Literary Festival will take place next weekend, April 8-11, 2010 in Little Rock, AR. If you’re anywhere close, please come!

LItFestivalBooks, theater, music, comics, books, games, chess, puppets, origami, Shakespeare, books, authors in the schools, authors in the library, authors just strolling around, books, authors everywhere, panels and workships, art and illustration — and did I mention, books? And authors?

This year, I’ve served as the Co-Chair of the Children’s Programs for the Literary Festival and it’s been great fun planning the event. We tried to find a mix of activities relating to literacy and tried to schedule it so that families can take advantage of the range of activities.

Read the full program and schedule at www.arkansasliteraryfestival.org.

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19. Book Discussion Group Schedule

I forgot to mention this earlier, then decided it merited a separate post! I've finalised the reading schedule - more or less (I'm still not sure about the Charles Butler book), so here's the list in calendar order:

April 3, 2007: Terry Pratchett - A Hat Full of Sky (This is the second in the Tiffany Aching series, so you may want to read The Wee Free Men first.)

May 1, 2007: Garth Nix - Lady Friday

June 5, 2007 Philip Pullman - The Ruby in the Smoke

July 3, 2007: Louis Sachar - The Boy Who Lost His Face

August 7 (through September as well), 2007: J K Rowling - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

October 2, 2007: John Gordon - The Giant Under the Snow

November 6, 2007: Alan Garner - The Owl Service

December 4 (through January 2008 as well): Charles Butler - The Fetch of Mardy Watt

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20. Scholar's Blog Book Discussion Group Reading Schedule

It occurs to me that not everyone will necessarily have seen my post over on my Spoiler Zone Blog that I've finalised the reading schedule, more or less (I'm still not sure about the Charles Butler book), for the Book Discussion Group, so here's the list in calendar order:

April 3, 2007: Terry Pratchett - A Hat Full of Sky (This is the second in the Tiffany Aching series, so you may want to read The Wee Free Men first.)

May 1, 2007: Garth Nix - Lady Friday

June 5, 2007 Philip Pullman - The Ruby in the Smoke

July 3, 2007: Louis Sachar - The Boy Who Lost His Face

August 7 (through September as well), 2007: J K Rowling - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

October 2, 2007: John Gordon - The Giant Under the Snow

November 6, 2007: Alan Garner - The Owl Service

December 4 (through January 08 as well): Charles Butler - The Fetch of Mardy Watt

If anyone has any queries, comments or (I hope not!) complaints about the schedule, let me know. But we're definitely going to be reading A Hat Full of Sky in April!

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21. An Agent's Busy Season

You once mentioned that April was conference season. What are the other months that would be bad for sending a requested manuscript to an agent the writer has a relationship with? And what is the calendar like for agents submitting work to editors? Obviously, December must be the worst month, but what else?

Let me clarify that it's conference season for me, but other agents might have different schedules. Traditionally I seem to be busiest March through July. I suspect that the reason is that earlier conferences contact me earlier, and because I only do so many each year I end up saying no to a lot of fall conferences. I find, though, that most conferences are either in the spring or fall, with very few falling in July or August.

If a manuscript is requested you should send it immediately no matter what month it is. When an agent requests something she's enthusiastic about it, and while you ideally want it to be as polished as possible, waiting can diminish her enthusiasm and your chances of impressing her.

As for good times to submit (and agents tend to work this way as well), I would suggest that the only time you don't submit is between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. Because of the holidays and end-of-year crunch agents are rarely looking to pick up new projects and are instead cleaning house and preparing for the new year. Come January a lot of agents and editors are eager for a new year and new submissions. I know that writers talk all the time about summer being slow, but I have to admit, traditionally August has been one of our most successful months. Because summer is slow it gives editors (and agents) time to catch up on reading and find those gems they've been looking for.

Don't try to guess about the ideal time to submit. Just send it.


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