Friday, May 25, 2007

Making a Literary Life Friday: Plethora

Plethora is one of those words that spills pleasantly from the tongue. Plethora. This week, we have a plethora of happenings in and around literary circles, something for everyone -- no matter your interests. And if you know of any we missed, share it with us in the comments.

How wonderful to discover a new writer! Shannon Hale's novel Princess Academy is a delight. I noticed this Newbury Honor book at a local bookstore, read the first page, read the second page, bought it, and love it.

Did you happen to notice the new link to Grub Street's blog? All of their posts have been great, as expected, but I think best title goes to Sonya. Congratulations to Mameve Medwed on the Massachusetts Book Award Honor and Claire Messud for receiving the award. Both are accomplished writers who are generous with their time. I like it when good people and their work are recognized. Also, my daughter and I wrote a note to Lauren Barnholdt, author of The Secret Identity of Devon Delaney. Guess how excited my little girl was when she received a note back? I can't stress it enough, charming notes work both ways and now my daughter is looking forward to reading all of Lauren's books.

Could there be any silver lining for devoted column readers in the news from Gail Konop Baker that she will no longer be writing for - ed Mama, given her forthcoming memoir from Da Capo Press, Cancer is a Bitch? Well, not only can we hold Gail's work in our hands and read it whenever and wherever we wish, but Ona Gritz, Jennifer Margulis, Libby Gruner and all the others are still there with their own words of wisdom and insights!

This week my publicist and I sent out a galley mailing. Now, once again I wait; this time to hear if there are any media bites for coverage of Negotiation Generation. I spent the rest of the week querying for magazine assignments and reading Michael Lowenthal's amazing book, Avoidance.

Literary Happenings:
This Tuesday, May 29, our own Emmy award-winning investigative reporter and now author Hank Phillippi Ryan will be at Grub Street South hosting a workshop ""Nip, Tuck, Tweak and Polish-the Joys of Editing." Hank’s debut book, Prime Time will publish in early June. This labor of love took her two years to “write, nip, tuck, tweak and polish.”

If you're anywhere near San Jose, Carolyn See wants you to know that Book Group Expo is June 8 - 10 at San Jose Convention Center. Is it too late to get a cheap airfare?

And who's going to Book Expo America? If you'll be there, let us know so we can let our readers know to stop by and say hello. Email us and tell all!


Melissa Amateis said...

I had to laugh when I read your title today because I also included the word "plethora" in my post for today, and I hadn't even visited you yet!

We have several people from my company going to BEA, but unfortunately, I'm not one of them. I've instructed one of the gals to pick up as many free history books as she can, though. ;-)

Mia King said...

I love the word plethora. It's all abundance and flowers and a nice feminine word for "tons of stuff" (which isn't quite as lyrical for some reason ...).

I would love to peek into BEA someday but the airfare and hotel alone would pretty much equal a downpayment for a little grass shack that we are hoping to buy in the near future (don't even get me started on the housing market in Hawaii. Sheesh).

Congrats to everyone - I just came from Hank's group blog and saw the picture of her ARC's - lovely!

Lynne Reeves Griffin said...

Hello Mia,

Congrats on all your success with Good Things! I was in NYC a week or so ago to meet with the team working on my book, and since you and I share the same editor, your book was proudly displayed on the shelf right over her desk. I feel as if we've already met. Perhaps, some day we will. Lynne

Lynne Griffin and Amy MacKinnon said...

Melissa, isn't swag the best? I miss that about working in Congress. We are of two minds today, aren't we. If your friends have an scuttlebut -- or swag -- to pass along, please let us know. Hope the writing is going well!


Trish Ryan said...

Great word of the day! And a fun post.
Have a great long weekend :)

Lynne Griffin and Amy MacKinnon said...

Thanks for stopping by, Trish. Hope the writing is going well!


Gail said...

Congratulations everyone! And thank you, Writers' Group, for the mention. I really appreciate it. Your generosity will come back around...

Lynne Griffin and Amy MacKinnon said...

Just as your has, Gail.

Hank Phillippi Ryan said...
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Hank Phillippi Ryan said...

I'm so excited about the Grub Street seminar--I've been working on it and I think it'll be really fun.

Here's the inside scoop. I've got four versions of Chapter 1 Prime Time. And, gulp, those who come to the seminar will get copies--in all their rough and revision-needy glory.

First there's a really, really early one (that even scares me to read it, the whole ms. was 723 pages long). Then a rewrite from 2005. Then the one that was first submitted to publishers in 2006. Then the version that actually sold.
How did it change? And why? What got cut and what stayed and why? And how did my agent and editor make a difference? And how can you use those insights for your own work?
It'll be some secrets of editing--by way of a newbie author who learned the very hard way.
Hope you all can join us!

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