Saturday, September 22, 2012
Here's a beautiful note I received from Rhonda McCormack, author of Wildflowers (which you can buy now in one of several formats directly from her site):
"I'm writing today because I've recently entered the indie publishing world with the release of my debut young adult novel, Wildflowers. . . . My journey off the traditional publishing path happened rather abruptly, but with much enthusiasm. Below, I'll include the link to my blogsite, in case you'd like to read more about my process. The main reason I'm reaching out to you, though, is to offer thanks. You may know that you played a role in helping me improve my writing, but you also played a hand in teaching me to honor my writing.
I'm just beginning to recognize all the moments and people that have been part of the momentum of this change for me, and with you, it's not one specific thing you said in your critique. With you, it was simply the objective and honest delivery of your feedback that reminded me to focus on the writing. Not when to submit it and who to submit it to. I've received this message many times over the years, and now that I'm putting the information into action, I want to thank all those who offered this bit of advice. In focusing on the creative process, I've tapped into what I really want to accomplish with my books, and I've found that indie publishing allows me the space to stay connected to my voice."
Rhonda, I'm so honored to have been part of helping you bring Wildflowers to life. Congratulations! Everyone else, I wildly recommend you buy this book today!
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Here's the latest from some of my authors . . .
From Betsy Devany, author of Savannah's Mountain and many other manuscripts:
"I wanted you to know that--after an intense three weeks of being wooed by multiple agents--I am now represented by Emily van Beek. I could not be in better hands, having Emily for my agent. She is fiercely protective of Savannah and Aubrey, and all the other characters I hold close to my heart.
Thank you for believing it me, and for gently asking me to write Savannah's story when all I had was that first page you heard back in March 2007."
From Heather Lyons, author of A Matter of Fate:
" I wanted to let you know that my book you and Rekha edited, A Matter of Fate, is FINALLY out! You can see it [and buy it! - SC] on my website. I want to thank you again so much for all the work you guys did on this book.I hope you don't mind, but there's a shout-out to you and Rekha at the end in the acknowledgements! :)"
From Jennifer Salvato Doktorski, author of Deadlines and How My Summer Went Up in Flames:
"I just wanted to let you know that I received the galleys for Getaway, which has been renamed How My Summer Went Up in Flames. I love the new title and the cover. I posted a sneak peak on my new blog/website."
Wow! Congratulations, all, and I'm humbled by your kind words. If anyone else reading this has some news to share (or if I've forgotten any of you who already have told me--I have so many talented authors, sometimes it's overwhelming), do let me know.
Finally, I was honored to be asked to do first-page critiques for Kathy Temean's site on "Free Fall Friday." Here are the results.