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nakdthoughts
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150 posted 01-20-2005 08:44 AM       View Profile for nakdthoughts   Email nakdthoughts   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for nakdthoughts

well at least you  are way ahead than most with 2 more manuscripts ready...

I would be patient...don't
forget the beginning of the year brings, taxes, inventory etc...

Send a thank you note about the care and consideration you had been given so far and ask if there is anything more you are supposed to be doing...at least that way
you will sound like you want to make sure you have everything to their liking...and not theirs to yours.


hugs
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Ah Maureen...thank you sweetheart.

I sent off a note this morning [everything is done by E-mail for the most part] and Maureen, everything you suggested was just about what I said...and my contact person from pre-production assured me everything is "in" production and then linked me to the following:

quote:
Question: How long will it take before I hear anything?

Answer: This is hard to answer. It could take up to several weeks, or up to several months to hear from any one department. Here's a summary of the steps involved:

- Manuscript goes into text production, is edited, and formatted.
- You are sent a copy, and you will have two weeks to review it and make additional changes or corrections.
- You are sent the final copy, and you will have 48 hours to review it to ensure that the changes or corrections that you previously specified were performed.
- Manuscript goes into cover design.
- You are sent a copy, and you have a chance to review it.
- The book goes to print.
- A direct mail announcement is sent to the addresses that you sent in with your AQ.

[AQ - Author's Questionnaire]
I need to go get another box of patience.  May I pick up some for anyone else?  

On to the next book!
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152 posted 01-20-2005 01:02 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

YOUR BROTHER?



Y'mean to tell me that all this time, it was YOU, the sweet demeanored Sunshine who held the magick quill that writes the books?



Oh but you are sly...I thought your brother looked elvish! Hrmph!



*ahem*

Seriously tho, Kari, I do sympathize. Although I tend to think it's more part of your nature to need to "do" something, as you have that "drive" that I seem to lack.

But since you're talking about writing here, I guess I can explain what I've been doing this past week. Since the brainfog that has been so stubbornly clinging to me since well before last year has lifted somewhat, I've been reading, reading, reading. (I couldn't read for a time, no comprehension and yep, it infuriated me--sigh, I groused about that somewhere here in the blue.)

I went to my mom's, who has the largest paperback fiction collection I have ever seen and chose six. (and that was without leaving the kitchen) *smile*

All bestsellers--different styles, but I wanted to see what the public, therefore the publishers, considered a readable book. (That's right, I went commercial.)

The Hanged Man's Song--nice little munch of a read by John Sandford. (Hmm...nice plot, no holes, sometimes a little too tidy, but all in all, I enjoyed the exploits in that one. Then OH. Well yeah. I should.
I read his bio. Pulitzer prize winning journalist. Well there had better not be holes, huh?

Then I picked up Mssr. Sidney Sheldon. (I think I told you about that.) And for those of ya'll who haven't heard me read, I'll have to fill you in.

No I do not read entire novels aloud. What I do is speak a running commentary, and in Mr. Sheldon's case, much of it was quite rude too. I rolled my eyes as I licked my fingers to turn the page, saying "Oh PLEASE--spare me" but like the proverbial train wreck I kept reading.

"Expletive!" I erupted once, calling him a choice name normally reserved for those I know intimately.

"What?" My husband asked. "Not you. Not this time. Him.." I snarled.

munch-read-munch

I repressed the urge to write, "Whattsamatta boy? You had to leave a cocktail party to fulfill your contract?" in the margin.

(It was my mom's book, afterall.)

munch-read-munch

I finally got to the ridiculous ending, and I closed the cover, and asked Sidney aloud:

"Are you mocking me?"

and then, for the first time in years, I regressed to my bad habit of book-throwing, thundering to the ceiling,

"My mother paid money for that!"

Yep. I was insulted alright.

(The message in that one is don't forget to respect your reader.) I made a mental note to myself.

Then I picked up One True Thing. That one touched home, and I stayed up all night reading that one straight through, and I confess I cried as she so aptly portrayed the debillitating and heart-breaking effects of chemotherapy on the main character's mother, while intelligently delving into the psychology of family roles. I gulped, remembering, but I had to go on.

At one point in her story, Anna Quindlan seems to protest her own medium, saying "people like their stories tidy, all wrapped up in ribbon" (paraphrased, sorry) And that life wasn't really like that. And she did pretty much wrap up her storylines, but she left one thing dangling, and I respected her stubborn refusal to sum it all up, and I thought it lent insight to her choice of title.

I read others, but none quite got my attention the way that Clive Cussler did.

After reading about 200 pages, I said aloud:

"This man has a cocaine habit."

I said this because, this guy is just amazing. He offers so much info, mixing his facts with fiction, blended so well, that I found myself saying over and over,

"It's a STORY, Karen." The plot lines are incredibly complicated. The action is non-stop, and yep, I was frowning at some of the ludicrous devices used to rescue his main characters from seemingly impossible situations.

The snob in me was starting to wince that left eye, and raise the right eyebrow--UNTIL, I got to the part where, Clive's hero, Dirk Pitt, is in a situation that would call for nothing short of Divine intervention for me to believe in the story enough to continue, and yanno? That's what Clive Cussler offered up. Clive Cussler shows up, himself, in the middle of his novel, to rescue his beloved fictional character.

"I have seen you before," Dirk Pitt said to the author, smiling.

"More than likely you'll see me again too."

I howled.

I loved it.

I "got" it!

He KNEW it was ridiculous, and he was winking at his readers!

OH GLORY, he let us in on his joke.

And with that one little twist, I made a mental note of another lesson:

"Don't take yourself too seriously--maintain a sense of humor."

So anyhow, you might wonder why I am wasting all this time reading when I should be writing, huh?

The truth is, I'd wasted time writing before because I'd never read with same discerning eye as I am reading now.

I need to know what kind of a book I want to write. I need to know my point of view and stick with it throughout. <--my previous fatal error

nodding, 1st person narrative? Who was I kidding? It's tough to flesh out a character, much less to the extent that the said character, (er, me) could show up on virtually every page and carry the whole show.

note to self: work on the third person

and then there's just the nasty little points of grammar of which I know better, but maintain bad habit.

note to self: maintain bad habit and you will write badly (laughing @ Nan with a wink)

note to self: keep Strunk & White handy and have an adverb alarm installed in your brain, Karen.

So anyhow, to sum it all up, my writing buddy, give yourself a break. If you're not enjoying the process, it's gonna show.

Remember there's people like me out there who might read your book.

laughing

But um, no pressure, right?

WRITE

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Oh, the wisdom you show, little one...I cannot wait for you to "maybe want to read this book" from the storehouse that is your mother's kitchen.

Because I'm looking forward to your CRITIQUE!

Now, back to werk so I can come home to run to Kanopolis to see my old boss give a keynote speech so I can come home jazzed about life and WRITE...



Yep...got to get off my duff.

And my brother DOES look elfish...in fact...check your e-mail!  ROFL....[er, soon...]
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154 posted 01-21-2005 02:39 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

*laughing*

Kari? I could almost smell the lemongrass...

adorable pic!

ty!
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155 posted 01-21-2005 03:22 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

He was so afraid I was going to put it *here* - he hates that picture...me?  I love it!

Onward, writeword...
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156 posted 01-21-2005 07:13 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Expounding on serenity's comment:  
quote:
Although I tend to think it's more part of your nature to need to "do" something,...


And yet, I don't think they would diagnose me as "manic"...[key notes, "Yet,"  ... "think...]

I do manage to sleep at night, sometimes as much as six hours, and the now and then 7 hours...after which I wake up groggy...and I'm sure it's from trying to capture that last dream string...

And when I'm really really tired and think that I could fall asleep if some kind soul snapped their fingers, the minute I lay down to indulge...

I'm up.

When you're married to someone that could sleep 10-12 hours if given some dark time, it makes for some irritation on both sides of the blanket.

But I feel better when doing something, even if it's thinking.  Sometimes I don't even see it as thinking...more of following trails.  That sounds wierd, I know, but that's the way it is.  This thought takes me down that path - a curve, a stone wall...look for another door...all a part of the process of several "different themes or topics" on what my mind is exploring.  Sometimes it feels just darn good to give it a more concrete project [in my relaxation time] like poetry or writing on either of the two books I'm working on.

But is this natural?  I mean, we talk about standing in some one else's shoes, walking a mile or so...with my luck, someone would do that for the 15 minutes that everything seems "ok".  I'm not saying I'm not ok...I'm just saying, why is it that there seems to be this drive?

Gads, it's a good thing this isn't a well visited thread...
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157 posted 01-21-2005 07:21 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

"Don't just do something--STAND there!"

(I think that was on the cover of an old Psychology Today issue)

That one hit home with me and never quite left.

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158 posted 02-10-2005 02:42 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

(tapping foot...fingers on desk...pencil against teeth...) I don't like waiting on others....


But I AM coming along on the third novel...
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159 posted 02-16-2005 07:49 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Ah...a little bit of...serenity...

quote:
Certificate of Registration

This Certificate issued under the seal of the Copyright Office in accordance with title 17, United States Code, attests that registration has been made for the work identified below. The information on this certificate has been made a part of the Copyright Office Records.

Signed...

Wow....

They date it some months ahead of time so if anyone has anything to say, well, then, the application will be denied.

But it's still a really great piece of mail to receive on any day....

~*~

On top of all of this, I have been working as much as possible [considering what normal "work" does to one's moods] on the third book, reading inbetween some wonderful "writer's stuff" from Julia Cameron; and then last night?

Dreamed a dream about the second book.  I do believe that Cameron's suggestions of how, when, where, why, and because...are filtering and filtrating through...me. Which is not all bad.

Not at all.

I'm a bit behind the times, I'm sure, but since they were just introduced to me, I would like very much to share with anyone who reads this note, Julia Cameron...and the three books that I have ordered, two of which have arrived:

The Right to Write;
The Artist's Way; and
The Vein of Gold.

If you have never read her, please do. One of my recent poems was based on what she had to offer [me]; if you have read her, and found her to be as interesting as I do, please feel free to share; and

if you have read her and disagree, please, leave your comments here as well. I like to know the pro and con thoughts of others on books that I am taken by, because in the whist and gist of being swept away by mental mind melding, I am sure I am overlooking something.

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Sissie

"The information on this certificate has been made a part of the Copyright Office Records"

I'm so proud of you!!  
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161 posted 02-16-2005 11:06 PM       View Profile for Midnitesun   Email Midnitesun   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Midnitesun

I can hear the swish of air as those celebration balloons lift off!
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163 posted 02-17-2005 06:56 AM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze



Congratulations Kari!

I once called you the hardest working poet at Pip. Time to add to the job description methinks.

And thanks for the tips on writing tips!
After spending all night in construction of a simple paragraph, lawd knows I am in need.

(Funny, I used to believe thatI wrote to be understood. If my self-analysis was correct and that is true - seems I've failed miserably.





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164 posted 02-17-2005 07:25 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Serene one, when I'm "here"...it's not work,
it's fun...it's inspiration time, it's the pool that I swim in to refresh myself...

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165 posted 02-21-2005 04:07 AM       View Profile for latearrival   Email latearrival   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for latearrival

Sunshine, Thank you for this thread. It is a quiet work night/morning because students arrive Tuesday this week as President's Day  is Monday. So I sat and skimed. And read more of other sites. Loved the Journal idea. Learned more about you and a few others. Enjoyed. I hope your brother is well/or better.I know of Emphysema and cancer. Have been through both with loved ones. Have a best friend even now going through cancer.  She went to a beauty parlor and asked them to shave her head. She could not take finding her hair all over her bed mornings, and throughout the house days. Does not want a wig and has opped for hats. She is a winner, but has a short life prognosis.. I Can't be with her until July and I pray she is still okay by then.
  Left a lot of hurt and pain at home to come to work today. My Jackie having so many problems. It is hard to watch a loved one hurt so much. I think Sernity may understand her a little, not sure as I do not know enough about her life. But I know there are others on this site who would know how to help her.I just do not know who to confide in. One thing sure. I loved this thread.I am an old journaler,(they called it keeping a diary in my early years).LOL~~ Anyway Thanks. I so enjoyed your trip "home" too and your new suit. marty
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Marty...thank you for the eyes. And comments. I will keep your friend in my prayers.

~*~

Right now I am wondering at "fate" and how it plays a part in lives. Some could call things "coincidence" as well - some might even refer to "parallel universe". Which brings up the question: If you write it, can whatever "it" is become true to life? On a very strange subject, I think it can. But in order for it to do so, one has to be very open to all things.

It's always good to put the pen down now and then, and read. Reading opens up horizons again, creates new sunrises and sunsets, and in general, takes one away from one's rut. Because anything done over time, again and again, can be a rut, and sometimes we must lift our lives and spirits to new sources, so that we are inwardly refreshed, and revisited with new vision.

All this in a prelude to art becoming life. The novel I wrote [and over which I am still patiently waiting on the publishers to get back to me - but I've had training in waiting, so I'm good on this one! ] is all fiction. But my fiction is having its way of becoming reality. In the book, the heroine finds herself buying an old house, and that house has spirits.

We are in the process of buying a house. The moment I entered the front door, I felt so very welcome. As I went through the main level of the house, it was WAY too easy to mentally place furniture here, there and over in that corner we shall place...etc. etc.

But it was when we went upstairs...and upon entering the master bedroom, my husband said, "I don't like this room, you can have it." I felt very much at ease in this lovely southwest corner of the house, and was more than willing to take the room on as my own. Then when I got home and returned to the website where the house is shown, by gosh, in the virtual reality film of the house - there are definite pictures of what appears to be "spirits".  Now, I as well as anyone else can say "it's just a reflection of some light from somewhere else." Except that the light stream would be steady, and this "apparition" is floating in the middle of the master bedroom.

Heh. I kept my mouth shut until our bid was approved by the sellers, and even until we signed up our house for sale, before I showed my husband that part of the film. Let's face it, he doesn't even want to "talk" spirits!

But they are my new muses...and they are welcoming, and waiting for me to "come home" again. This is so in tune with parts of my own writing to be published, that I do not find it so much eerie as I think that it involves "fate". Something that was meant to be.

I just hope the spirit that has been with me in my old home office decides to pack her diaphanous gown and come with me. She will certainly enjoy her new housemates.
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you could name her Espirit

'registered  trademark' ... whatever
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Well, Suddie...there are two...and a name just came to me...

heh...

Chi-lea...

LOL...

or some other appropriate name...
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Premarketing of the novel has begun...

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And I am here to say a heartfelt congratulations, as well as a thank you.

I'm nearing the last chapter of "The Right to Write" and I have to say, I giggled through some of it. Not because it was silly, but at my own silliness. I see now why you wanted me to read this book. Virtually every chapter addressed some aspect of my whining and protestations--and quite often, word for word!

I wrote a few things down that I especially want to remember--hell, I may even cross stitch them for framing to go over my desk.

The first one I wrote down cracked me up, but also filled me with wonder:

1. Suffering is optional.

So easy, so simple, and I'm so surprised. I had this image of writers--chain smoking angst and hard drinking too. How convenient. and sheesh.

2. Learn to "grab".

As in time...as well as a lot of things that I won't address here. But quite often I have put myself last, thinking I can make up for it later. She's quite right though, in that novels are written a sentence at a time. I have door now, bless 'em, and I need to learn to shut them.

3. The Wall of Infamy.

This was a big one for me, because I do write from negative aspects of my life and memories, to the point of making some who read uncomfortable.

I asked a friend once about this, saying, "They ask for my stories--so why is it I can tell a story from twenty years ago and it's considered entertainment, but one from "yesterday" is not?"

My friend answered, "Because the ones from yesterday are personal."

I thought about this a long time--and yanno? The stories from twenty years ago are no less personal as I re-live them as I write them. So I was indeed nodding as I read, that negative emotion can be an impetus of positive creation. I truly felt personally validated reading that. Which leads me to--

4. Keep the drama on the page--Slam the Iron Door!

This helped me to divide number three up into two parts. I asked myself if my personal confessions were in fact, pleas for understanding/validation. Um, yeah, of course they were. But before I started the flagellation that I tend to do, I recalled a method therapy, used in domestic violence/rape crisis/suicide hotlines, and that is simply to allow someone to talk. Over and over again. So I should let everyone know that I appreciate the patience of my public grieving, and the spitfire anger of some of my memories of abuse laid out in poetry. It may have bored you all to tears, but it helped me--and apparently a few others who also braved the criticism to say, "It happened to me too."
God/dess bless you all for that. The second half of that, is "Slam the Iron Door". That means develop a conveniently deaf ear to the critics, especially those who wrap a personal assault in the wrapping of "constructive critique." We can tell the difference by this--personal assault is generally vague--"constructive critique" address the work, not the author.

And I'm still nodding here, as I have been guilty of that too, so I have to apologize to those who felt the wrath of unfair critique from me, and I'll try to do better in the future. (And until then, should I slip, or if someone else should hurt your feelings, "Slam the Iron Door."

There is a lot more, and I'll take the time to make some more notes before I pass on the book. I'll prolly go buy a copy (as you said that I might.)

But I did want to thank you for the timely loan. I have spent five years at Pip, trying to "become" a writer--and yes, that means I have spent five years at Pip looking for others to validate me as a writer.

I may never seek to be published.

I may get a wild hair and start submitting stuff tomorrow.

All I know is that inbetween now and then, the only thing I know for sure is that I will write.

So...thank you Kari.

Every page of that book was like a warm hug of assurance.

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Serenity, besides the fact that a writer can tackle anything one sentence at a time, in The Right to Write there was also an interesting part where one of Julia's friends decided to "cut himself off from everything so that he could devote himself to writing." He was already a renowned author...he had worked, played, socialized, and wrote to his heart's content, but he wanted to "delve" into his writing even more, so shut himself away from everything else in order to do so.

He also shut off his reservoir. He quit life, and his writing dried up. That, too, was quite an eye-opener.

As with most two-dimensional understandings, whether through reading books or reading e-mail, we know two things. Someone took a moment to sit down and write what we are reading. That's all anyone sees. What we fail to see is that the writer did NOT sit down and spew forth everything we are taking in, in one sitting. There were probably coffee trips, a load of laundry was done, a child was kissed, a bathroom break if the coffee was made , and we, the reader, have no idea how many times the writer left the notes to ponder on the next thought before coming back to finish the message/story/book.

And we need not be chain-smoking alcoholics to write.

We do, however, need to remember that we all require someone who believes in us. As you pointed out, there are enough people out there who are critics. But not enough people who can give a critique...of the writing alone.

I have found myself in the delightful and quite scary position of my son-in-law sharing with me his novel. We communicated through e-mail and then he visited yesterday and we had a face-to-face. Because I wanted him to see my face and how pleased I was he was following his dream. I wanted him and my daughter to know that writing, as with all other priorities, needs to be "scheduled" into their lives so that she won't get frustrated when he needs to write, "NOW".

[However, if she finds him supposedly writing and he's playing solitaire, he's on his own.]

And they had been doing some other reading as well. Like understanding the comment from Stephen King..."sometimes the book just writes itself." Only one who writes will ever really understand that phrase. People who don't write, won't.

The energy that I received from reading The Right to Write has stayed with me. Chances are the next book you may want to purchase is The Author's Way.

She has a delightful part beginning at page 44.  When you see it, you'll understand.

I ordered these two books and The Vein of Gold through various sources all at the same time - got a hardback for the price of a soft-cover...and all for around $35, shipping included. A worthwhile treasure, indeed.

Happy reading, serenity...and better yet?  Happy writing!

[This message has been edited by Sunshine (03-27-2005 09:33 AM).]

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As I know this will not be read by most, the following will also be seen in Prose...because it feels so good to me just now.

The Chocolat Wind

I am reminded of the movie, Chocolat, when the winds of change come through, and the rousing of the inner soul begins.  This is how it is just now…the winds are stirring, and changes are in the flux of time, between use to be, and what is to come. Sometimes we think we know… sometimes, surprises are in the breach.

The world seems to turn too fast some days, and slows down when one would want to be busy, and discard the process of thinking. The media bombards personal senses with disparate themes and if one dwells too often in the skimming of life, one can drown.  Emotions are played finer than a violin, with the strings threatening to twinge into a break, so finely drawn is the bow.

We shift in the wind; we feel the onslaught, we turn our cheek, we raise our face if the wind is fair; we lower our eyes if it carries rain. We wonder if we are becoming undone in the wind; if it carries a scent of us to others; if it swings souls to change. We feel the difference of a season, and reach to touch something invisible.

This…this is how it is right now. The season of change, and the winds of time are blowing around me. Some days, it starts at my ankles; and other days it whips my mind. I remember the younger times, when I knew by scent of the gist it played; today I know by the familiarity of time its return. This is the moment when I am with the wind, and it is part of my own presence.

We are one, this day.

We, the wind and I, are whisking through rooms and changing spaces. We are renewal and remembrance. Moving dust, we bring life again, feathering pages of books, and memories. We, the wind and I, are challenging every move, and discarding every reason we never had. Yes, this makes sense, when hope was hung on a fantasy, and not a dream. Therein is a difference, and therein lies the road ahead.

It is a grasping time of merrier-go-rounds that an age lets one grasp, only once, well, maybe twice, and I am reaching with this wind to grasp that ring that was always the lottery winning of another. There is too much going right just now, and this is one time the wind and I will not falter in forging ahead. We will carry the change of time to a destination that has been awaiting both of us, all of these years.

Sometimes the wind needs to be blessed, because when we really see its force, we are in awe of its weight and might. We forget to bless the quieter times, when it carries to us

a dream.
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Doing a little bit of tango, foxtrot, and oomph-pa-pa here...

quote:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Miranda N. Prather
PublishAmerica
PO Box 151
Frederick MD 21769
240-529-1031
pratherm@publishamerica.com

YOU'VE GOT A NEW PUBLISHED AUTHOR IN TOWN!

Frederick, MD -- March 29, 2005-- PublishAmerica is proud to announce that it has acquired the rights to publish Yesterday's Love, by Salina's Karilea Rilling Jungel. Executive Director Miranda Prather expressed confidence today that Ms. Jungel's book will quickly resonate with an audience. "Yesterday's Love is a well written and crafted work of contemporary fiction that fits our speciality like a glove. PublishAmerica primarily publishes works by, for or about people who face a challenge in life, and who overcome it by turning stumbling blocks into stepping stones. We believe that Ms. Jungel is a promising talent in this field."

Most of PublishAmerica's books are written by new and previously undiscovered talent, such as Salina's newly discovered author. A traditional publishing company, PublishAmerica pays advances and royalties while offering a distinct alternative to authors who would most likely be overlooked by larger, more commercial publishers simply due to their lack of experience in the industry. More details about book and author will soon appear at www.publishamerica.com. When released, the book will be available through all local bookstores as a trade paperback.

For more information, please contact Miranda Prather at pratherm@publishamerica.com. You may also contact Ms. Jungel at [insert e-mail address here...]

Yep, I'm dancing.

Received word just yesterday from PA that we were at the "Stage of Two Options." One, they could now place the manuscript in line for an editor to go over it for one more spelling and grammatical check, format the book, send it to me for a final review over a two week period, return it to them, they would make the revisions, if any, and then I would have 48 hours to give it one final look-over, and then on to the cover production artists.

OR, Option 2...format the book "as is", send it to me NOW [or within the next two weeks] and follow the remaining steps.  Option 1 will add 3-4 months before press time.

Well, as we are in the process of moving, I thought "ok, gal, this is what you need to do.  First, don't panic. Everything is coming together.  Let them give one more set of eyes to the book, and buy the time you need to get into the new place, get situated and set up, and then the book will come back to you, in a comfortable time, and comfortable space...and then, if all goes well, it will be out Before Christmas...hmmm...and what better gift to give than a book? Think marketing..."

So I chose Option 1.

Smiling here...

With all of the heavy hearts we've been holding lately, I hated to let anyone think that I'm only thinking about good stuff...but on the other hand, with all of the heavy hearts out there, maybe we need a little "good stuff"...

because I so appreciate all of the support and backing I've received from all of you. The e-mails that land in my mailbox are generous and kind; the sincerity I feel from your words are like a magical balm, and the smiles I've felt from all of you...well, let's just say if the sun was hiding behind clouds, you all make it come out!

Thank you, everyone, for the care, concern, and love you give to this venture!
Martie
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Sissie

Thank you for sharing this wonderful time of your life with us!  I swear, I feel as excited as I know that you do!  
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