QUARTERLY CATCH-UP: Summer 2013

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QUARTERLY CATCH-UP: Summer 2013

The lazy hazy days of summer may be here, but they sure seem to be passing swiftly. LWS Literary Services has been having an exciting summer with the launch of hot new books and projects.

BOOK RELEASES

Having worked on this book with Ann from the book proposal stage, through editing and now into publicity, its release feels especially gratifying. Personal oracles are those “everyday miracles” that often go unnoticed. In addition to teaching readers how to recognize their oracles and be open to receiving them, Ann describes her journey with personal oracles as well as those of noted scientists, musicians, and actors. Check out Ann’s website at www.personaloracles.com. Take a moment to listen to her radio interviews; she’s become a pro.

Alan Day and I worked on this manuscript for a good eighteen months, and in March it found a very happy home with UNP. We solicited cover blurbs in May, completed the publisher’s requested copyedits in July, and launched a website and social media networks in August. Visit www.thehorselover.com to sign-up for updates and giveaways. (Insider scoop: The first raffle will be for an autographed copy of Lazy B, the NY Times bestselling memoir by Sandra Day O’Connor and H. Alan Day.) Thanks to Zach Solomon-Beloin who designed the site.

As an event planner for over three decades, Darren Johnson has gathered a wealth of strategies, tips, and personal experiences, all of which he shares in his new book. Whether you are a newbie to the industry or an expert, there’s something among these pages for you. Authors take note: much of this info translates into how to run an effective book signing event! Darren also is launching The Event U, an educational resource that includes online courses, weekend seminars, and event planning apps. Check out his websites at http://www.darrenwjohnson.com/ and http://theeventu.com/.

Being happy is a process and a choice. So writes Britt Reints, whose happiness journey included “a near-divorce experience, lots of therapy, and ten months spent traveling around America in an RV with her husband and two kids.” Britt has done an excellent job writing and publishing this book, as well as promoting her brand and message online. I’m honored to be working with her in this next stage of promotion.

BOOK PROPOSAL SALES

  • Love in Every Stitch: Stories of Knitting and Healing by Lee Gant

Lee and I co-authored the proposal for this book, which is a compilation of knitting stories including Lee’s personal story of how knitting helped her overcome some heavy-duty life challenges. Literary agent Claire Gerus sold the book to Brenda Knight at Cleis Press. (Claire also sold Everyday Oracles to Tarcher/Penguin.) Lee, who is quite the writer, is now busy penning the remainder of the manuscript. The book is scheduled for release in fall 2014. You can “Like” Lee Gant Knits on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LeeGantKnits.

WRITING WORKSHOPS

After five years of heading the Book Biz committee for the TFOB, I turned over the reigns to Grael Norton of Wheatmark, Inc., who is doing a fabulous job scheduling writing- and publishing-related panels and workshops. Mark your calendar for March 15-16, 2014. Last year more than 400 authors presented and 100,000 people attended the festival held on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson.

In June, I attended Barbara McNichol’s excellent “wordshop.” It’s amazing how you can write year after year (decade after decade) and still learn new things about the craft and hone your skills. I’m now paying more attention to the wording in my email subject lines. Barbara, who just returned from teaching in Philly, will be conducting more classes and workshops throughout the remainder of the year.

THE SLUSH PILE

  • Best Word-of-the-Day (via Dictionary.com): FRIBBLE

(Verb) 1. to act in a foolish or frivolous manner; trifle. 2. to waste foolishy

He fribbled away his time collecting bric-a-brac and drinking tea with old ladies; yet wrote the best letter; in the language in the midst of the chatter; knew everyone; went everywhere; and, as he said, “lived post.”  — Virginia Woolf, The Death of the Moth and Other Essays, 1942

 

So as summer edges toward autumn, be lazy. Be hazy. Fribble away your time.

But at some point return to your writing space. Poise your pen on the paper, your fingers on the keyboard, and let those words fly across your query letters, book proposals and manuscripts. It’s the quickest way to your own book launch.

Happy writing!

Lynn

 

 

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