Listening to every heart
I would like to thank EVERYONE who is a member of PiP, and who has taken the time to read the initial prose pieces that eventually inspired a novel, originally entitled The Diary and later became, because of contractual timing and choice names, Yesterday’s Love.
Today, I am proud to announce, came the first official Press Release in the Salina Journal:
Salina Woman Publishes Novel
PublishAmerica, Frederick, Md., has announced that it has acquired the rights to publish “Yesterday’s Love”, a novel by Karilea Jungel, Salina.
In the book, spirits come to guide legal assistant Katrina Givens in solving a 150-year-old mystery through the acquisition of diaries, journals, dreams and a romance that spanned time.
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 an alternative to authors who most likely would be overlooked by larger, more commercial publishers. More details about book and author will soon appear at www.publishamerica.com . When released this fall, the book will be available through local book stores as a trade paperback.
For more information, please contact Miranda Prather at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jungel at …
Raised in California, Jungel lived in several states in the Midwest and became immersed in Kansas history when she settled in Salina with her husband in 1990. Employed as a legal assistant, she is mother and stepmother to three daughters and grandmother of six.
I would like to take a moment to thank ALL of the PiPsters who have been reading this journal [seeing as how I should keep it within one post, more or less, since I made one of the official announcements here…] and especially thank those who were so very thoughtful to send me not only their best wishes, but some additional input on PublishAmerica. It’s always good to see the Pros and Cons of a business. What was shared with me was some of the things I had uncovered initially, and some later matter that I was able to put to rest with a very serious e-mail to one of the contacts at PublishAmerica. In that e-mail, the woman voiced some exasperation at the fact that basically, the higher some strive, the more arrows there are. What I have found, however, is that PublishAmerica also puts up in their own website the same pros and cons.
But don’t we all know this feeling? So often we watch someone with a new way of doing things come along, saying, “we can make a difference” then wham, they get sideswiped by others in the media who will put them down because, simply, they did come up with a better way to incorporate more into a world for others that was once otherwise closed off to those who had that kind of dream.
Sam Walton immediately comes to mind.
Bill Gates comes to mind.
And four entrepreneurs here:
What I find interesting, however, is that one of my peers [whom I met years ago in a legal association, befriending over time] asked, “what is the name of the publishing house?” I thought hard and long in those seconds between the question and the response. After all, I was trying to keep myself as a guinea pig and go through the motions alone so I wouldn’t inadvertently let anyone else go astray [perhaps in a try well met, yet failed.]
But when she said her attorney was working on his own book, I thought, “well, why not?” and shared what information I had with her. Today I learned that her boss’s manuscript has been accepted, and he received basically the same information I did. He, too, received a contract. Being the skeptic [that seemed to match my own research] he was, he went ahead and signed the contract and sent it back in. His thoughts? Per his assistant… “He figured, what did he have to lose? He wasn't out any money. He'd be published and he'd have fun with it to boot!”
Have fun with it, to boot.
And there is the nut, the key.
Have fun with it.
Most of you know me in one way or another, through my writing, my five plus years here, my interaction with you. I love to share. I was sharing my “prose” with you when it decided to turn itself into a novel. It was highly encouraged by several of you whom I care so much about, to “get it off that dadburn internet!” in one voice or another.
So I did. I asked the Wiz, and he “poofed” in his way of poofing things, and I felt a loss. It went deep and swift, even though I had all of the chapters right here, in my own computer. But what I had shared, was gone. However, several of you continued to say, “keep me apprised…keep me updated….tell me how it’s going.” Well, it got up and left! Smiling
It left so far, that it wrote itself into its own book.
So, my last word for the moment, is to say…thank YOU. Thank you for the encouragement to continue with a small piece of prose. Thank YOU for the continued encouragement when the story disappeared from Passions. And thank you…for allowing me to spread a bit of unreal oh-whoa-what-is-happening-to-me-right-now moment with all of you…because I am working very hard not to say, hey, look at me. Trust me, I know what I look like in the mornings…
Bottoms up…this is the cheer…to you…for all YOU have done for me. Ron? This is the moment where I say, “thanks” in a subtle way [watch for mail] and for all of the training, education, learning/leaning situations you’ve given me; Kit? for the atta-girls; Sharon? for welcoming me to Passions….; Nan…for being everything you are and then some…
then, the members, all of you…
and for those of you who have met me half-way all of these years….
stay with me. Keep me rooted. Keep me sane. Don’t praise what is wrong. Now is the time for the truth. Tell me what I do wrong; and sometimes when I do right? Write me, and tell me, yes. This is who you are.
Like I told a very near and dear friend…I don’t plan on getting big. I plan on staying little, and continuing to learn, and grow.
Because “big” always makes a very loud, aching, moaning sound when it falls.
[This message has been edited by Sunshine (04-09-2005 07:37 AM).]