Showing posts from January, 2011

"I Am Pale"

I found this over on YA Outside the Lines...

Emma Thompson & Stephen Fry as Elizabeth Barrett Browning & Robert Browning:

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Agents & Queries

AgentQuery Connect has put together a list of literary agents you really should check out if you are sending out queries.

Agent Cheat Sheet

I also found this article from AgentQuery very useful on writing the your query letter.

How to Write a Query

Let me know how you're doing!

LOVE this quote!

People travel to wonder at the height of the mountains,
at the huge waves of the seas,
at the long course of the rivers,
at the vast compass of the ocean,
at the circular motion of the stars.

And yet they pass by themselves without wondering.

(You are amazing and talented! Keep up the good work!)

Winner, Winner, Don't Eat My Dinner


To Sarita for winning a copy of Meg's Melody right here on Taffy's Writings.

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What Do Highly Paid Authors Do?

They write lots and lots of books. Last I heard, James Patterson churns out one book a month. While many don't like his writing style, many do. Many writers use the "beach book" formula and get their books published. So write and write and write!

They write more than one book. What do Stephen King, J.K. Rowling and Mary Higgins Clark have in common? They've written a series that have the same characters we readers like to follow.  While I personally am getting annoyed with all the trilogies (I'm not very patient. Ask my hubby about a certain Christmas season many years ago when I opened my presents to see what I was getting. I couldn't wait!) they sell not one, not two, but THREE of your books.

Patience my young padawan. It takes time to write and publish a book let alone get your name recognized. Name ten authors. How long have they been around? But don't be discouraged. Find your pace and move!

Do you have a favorite author that you would read no matter wh…

What's Your Fate?

What are you doing in 2011?
How will fate run your year?
Wait a minute!
Fate does not run your life! YOU DO!
Nor should fate run your writing. YOU DO!

With a whole new year stretching out in front of you, how will you master it?

Here are some ideas for you:

Finish your book
Begin a blog
Find a new genre
Find a new market
Send your queries out
Go to a writing conference
Get in a critique group or start one
Submit an article to your favorite magazine
Become someone's writing partner

Take charge of 2011. 
Be the master of your fate.

Meg's Melody by Kaylee Baldwin TOUR & GIVEAWAY

Welcome to the blog tour of Meg's Melody!

She paced the small confines of her bathroom as she waited the obligatory two minutes for the result. Yet, part of her sensed the truth. Not only did Austin take her self-esteem and plans for happiness, but he also took her get-out-of-this-marriage-free card.

The plus sign glared at Meg from the white plastic frame of the pregnancy test. The test fell from her hands and clattered into the bathtub as Meg’s back slid against the wall until she reached the floor.

“I’m pregnant,” she said into the quiet.

Meg never imagined she'd end up like this. With nowhere else to turn, she's forced to rely on the family she pushed away, the church she abandoned, and an unexpected friendship to help her find her forgotten melody. Meanwhile Matt is still mourning the loss of his wife. But determined to keep things together for his daughter's sake, he decides starting over in a new place might be just what his family needs.

This touc…

Foto Friday & Have a Great Weekend!


Winner, Winner, Taco Dinner

Today I'm the winner.
And because Tristi's doing her book launch tomorrow I thought I would show you what I won on her blog-o-love.
But first! I have to tell you about my dream last night.
Tristi was doing her book launch at Thanksgiving Point. I was hanging out as moral support, helping collect socks and whatnot. Then I started handing out chocolates for my books that weren't there.
I felt really stupid. There was a table set up for me but it was empty. Sad. (After I write this post I'm kicking it into high gear on my WIP).
Heather Moore and Nicole Giles showed up with their books and sat next to Tristi.
James Dashner was sitting on a bench nearby talking with Rob Wells. They waved at me as I went to hide in the bathroom.
Any takers on analyzing my dream??
Be gentle :)

Here is what I won from Tristi:

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Tristi Pinkston's Newest Book

You are invited to the release of Tristi Pinkston’s new novel Dearly Departed on Friday, January 14th, at Pioneer Book 858 S. State, Orem 6 – 8 pm Refreshments, prizes, and fun!
Bring a package of socks to be donated to the homeless, and you'll be entered in an additional drawing.
Hope to see you there!

True Story


Can You Stop Comparing?

"When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you." Lao Tzu

What is one habit that is destructive to writers? What do you think? Here's one: Comparing yourself and/or your writing to someone else and their work.  Every author is different. Their words, characters, ability to build tension are unique to that writer.  By comparing yourself, negative feelings build up and build up and by the end of the day you've given up your dream of writing.

How do we stop comparing or at least get it under control?
1. Give back. By giving back, you are thinking of others and not focused on yourself. You've come along way in your goals and talent of writing. Has someone helped you along the way?  Our local writers community has sooo many authors who are willing to help newbies like me. They give advice and help and humor. They give back because they were where I am now and someone helped them too. So giving back is a great way to refoc…

WINNER! Winner Cheeseburger Dinner

Marcie Turner is the winner of HUMAN BLEND! Congrats! I emailed her and am awaiting an address.
Thanks to all (4) who entered.

I'm doing a giveaway around Valentine's Day and we will discuss why you hate or love that holiday.  And maybe your favorite romance/love/chick books.

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My 2010 Reading List

I took the reading challenge to read 100 books in 2010 and I accomplished it!

I need a new reading challenge for 2011.
What are your reading goals for this year??

This is the list of the books I read this past year, starting from the books I finished this week.

1. Book of Mormon
2. Nightshade
3. A Time To Die
4. The Silence of God
5. Legend of Shannonderry
6. Book of Mormon
7. Human Blend
8. The Limit-MG
9. Pathfinder-YA
10. Dangerous Connections
11. The Christmas Shoes
12. Cross My Heart
13. Promise Me
14. A Return to Christmas
15. Imprints
16. The Fairy's Mistake
17. The Forgotten Garden
18. Scorch Trials-YA
19. Emotional Intensity
20. Clockwork Angel-YA
21. Forbidden Sea-YA
22. English Triffle
23. Shiver-YA
24. Paranormalcy-YA
25. Outlive Your Life
26. Out Of My Mind-YA
27. One Hand, Two Hands-PB
28. How To Ditch Your Fairy-YA
29. The Rising Tiger-YA
30. Mockingjay-YA
31. Red Queen
32. The Last Book In The Universe-YA
33. Crossing the Tracks
34. Believing Christ
35. The Wit and W…



Just So You Remember...

“You have brains in your head and feet in your shoes.You can steer yourself any direction you choose.You’re on your own and you know what you knowAnd you are the one who’ll decide where to go.”