Wednesday, April 24, 2013

My post on adding "submit" to the process

Hello.

I'm really still alive.

I attended the Pikes Peak Writers Conference last week and had a blast. Such fun talking with writers, pitching my memoir In a Blink,  and speaking with agents, editors, and authors.

My guest post on Writing from the Peak is up for the month. It was up Monday, but that's also the day I got up at 3:30 a.m. to take an agent and editor to the airport. Volunteering at a conference is a great reminder that agents and editors are real people. We chatted a bit about the conference, but the bulk of the conversation I recall at that witching hour was about food, special diets, and grocery store options. Yep, writing is a business, but we're all just regular folks.

My post on Writing from the Peak: Add "Submit" to Your Writing Process is about submitting. I'm a Write. Revise. Repeat. kinda gal. This year, I'm stretching beyond that by adding Submit. I'm still feeling out this aspect of writing. Rejections now appear in my inbox, but it's part of the learning process.

Post-conference remains busy. While I received a request for the memoir, I also received feedback on an area to improve and a book recommendation for non-fiction books.  So, I'm taking the time to do those things before a single page is printed and mailed.

On the picture book front, I'm revising four manuscripts to have ready for Big Sur in the Rockies. I need two and a query letter, but want to have extras ready. Plus, I need to be prepared to work during my weekend away from family.

Did I mention finals week too? I love a busy life.

How's your writing going: are you submitting this month?

19 comments:

  1. So glad that you have received useful feedback AND a request for the memoir, Stacy! I have waited until now to start submitting. I have been writing two years and on advice have just been working hard on craft. Now I feel at a good place with several polished manuscripts and ready to start the process!

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    1. Thanks Joanna. I believe that's good advice to wait. I'm glad you are at that point now. Of course, we love Snow Games! I'm glad that was shared with the world. Good luck with your submissions.

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  2. I read your article on the Peak-- it was a good reminder for me and has stuck in my head. Yes, it's all good to write and work, but eventually we need to move past the fear. Happy writing to you! Glad the conference was good. (Sigh-- maybe next year).

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    1. Thanks for commenting there and here. At the PPW conference, I heard one agent mention that submission shows you are serious about your work, because you are getting out there, trying, and doing. I hpe you can make it next year. It was a great conference.

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  3. I hope you can stay sane with all you've got going on. Sheesh!

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    1. Of course, one has to be sane to stay sane, right? That's why I've been in hiding (off line) for several weeks. :) I know everyone is busy!

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  4. Your post at the PPW blog was fantastic. A good kick in the pants. I hope you had fun with Hannah Bowman. I really enjoyed talking to her.

    By the way, I love your memoir title! Very catchy.

    ~Debbie

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    1. Thanks! She was nice. We talked grocery stores for most of the ride to the airport. :) Thanks about the title. I've kept it as a working title despite some people mentioning it's close to a popular book. I figure while it's my Memoir-in-Progress, I can name it what I like and makes sense for the project.

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  5. Boy, you are busy and productive, Stacy! I didn't know the title of your memoir was In A Blink - that's really good! Glad you got some good feedback. Good luck with all your projects and submissions... keep us posted :)

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  6. It's great to know that we are ALL real people! From the writer, to the president of a publishing company, we breathe the same air! :D

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  7. Yes, I'm submitting but not full force like I have in the past.

    I don't know if you like to participate in these kinds of things but I've tagged you! Check out the details here: http://allynstotz.blogspot.com/2013/04/taggety-taggety-tag-tag-tag.html

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  8. Dang, you're busy!

    Enjoy the Rockies. And savor those rejections; real writers get rejected. :)

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  9. I like how you wrote, "I'm stretching." That to me is the part where it gets scary and exciting, but also means moving forward to what you want. :) Wishing you the best, Stacy!

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  10. Submitting is definitely a trial, but a necessary evil. I am learning it doesn't matter what type of publishing you do, you end up submitting your manuscript/book somewhere for something! Be proud and feel like you are accomplishing something, because you are! Congrats of "stretching."

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  11. Somehow I missed your post. I'm glad the conference was such a success and you walked away with a lot of positive feedback. I wondered about your MS making a good non-fiction book. You have such a moving story.

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  12. YaY for my pal Stacy! WOOT. All that great feedback means the world to you I know. Stretching is the best way to put that!! I'm submitting too. YIKERS! ;-)

    I heart you.

    *waves to Enzo*

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