Friday, January 05, 2007

Thanks for Making Us Top Ten

Excellent news: Thanks to all of you, The Writers' Group has been on the Top Ten Most Visited Blogs at Publishers Marketplace. If you have an idea for a topic you'd like to see covered here, email us and let us know.

In other news, though we expected this week to be slow in publishing circles, it's been anything but. Read below to see what we've been doing to enrich our literary lives.

I had wonderful encouragement and congratulations on finding an agent from Christopher Castellani, one of my favorite novelists (A Kiss from Maddelena, The Saint of Lost Things). He also happens to be Boston's Grub Street Writers Creative Director. We've agreed to meet for lunch once my novel has found a publishing home. I'm looking forward to spending some time with such an inspiring and kind person.

I spoke with debut author Patry Francis about the February 1 release of her novel, The Liar's Diary. To promote her book, she'll be on conference panels (Backspace with Tish Cohen), hosting workshops (if you're in the Boston area, check out Grub Street South at Buttonwood Books), and having Liar's Parties (think a Tupperware party but with books!). Best news is I get to host one. Want to come?

I discovered that "happily editing" is not at all an oxymoron, as I worried it might be, as I revise my draft, and I doodled around with a query letter. Also finished Nick Hornby's A Long Way Down. Tom Perrotta describes it in Publishers Weekly as Camus' grown-up version of "The Breakfast Club," which is on target. My favorite character was Maureen...

Before my speaking schedule ramps up again, I took some time during this quiet work week to begin my next novel. I've written two chapters. Over the last month, I've become absorbed in researching two of my characters careers and preoccupations. As for Negotiation Generation, I'm still working to obtain testimonials and I'm beginning to flesh out a marketing plan.


eric l houck jr said...

Excellent blog.
My only suggestion is that you should enable feed so I can subscribe to your blog. That way I know when you've made a new post.
Or if you already have, maybe my bloglines isn't working correctly this morning . . .

Anonymous said...

Congrats on all your news!

Devon Ellington said...

Congrats to all of you. It sounds like 2007 is starting with a bang!

I enjoy the editing process -- sometimes the editor has to rip the draft from my ink-stained fingers!

eric l houck jr said...

yes! I'm now subscribed to your feed through bloglines.

ORION said...

What a great blog! I am honored that you want to include me on your links. Thanks so much for the nice email. I,too, hope LOTTERY does well. The release date is soon -- August 2007. It is being fast tracked.
I have communicated my willingness to field questions and plan to reveal, through my blog, the process of navigating the publishing maze as a debut novelist at the ripe old age of 53!
Thank you for the kudos!

Cassandra Tiensivu said...

I would love to have a group of ladies to hash out ideas like this! This blog is a most excellent resource, and I thank Pat for guiding me here.

Anonymous said...

Of course I want to come to the Patry Party...her book sounds astonishing, and I'd love to meet her. Invite me!

It's so much fun to share in all your successes..and thought processes. Thanks for a wonderful site.

My word verification is UGBETY. Hmm. Isn't that a show on CBS?

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