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Saturday, January 1, 2011
2011 is the year of Awesome
This is the level of awesome I'm talking about. Partying with NYT bestselling authors in drag on the West Coast awesome!
If you follow me on Facebook, you already know that yesterday I got the news that my story, PAJAMA GIRL, is the grand prize winner for the MeeGenius book contest. My prize is, in order of awesomeness: an Apple Ipad, an ebook deal for Pajama Girl with MeeGenius and an associate editor at a major publishing house will be working with me on my manuscript prior to e-publication. This is beyond exciting!!! So, the Ipad alone is far more than I've ever earned for my writing. The book deal is exciting because no one really knows what's going to happen with ebooks just yet or how it fits into the traditional publishing model. This could potentially be starting out on the ground floor of something really awesome. At the very least, I can earn a little bit of income for something I've written. And, for me, the coolest part of all is that I will be working with a real, live editor at a major house. I will have a real contact! This is the stuff writer dreams are made of! (and this is not to say that I'm not stoked about being an Ipad owner.) :D So, yes, 2011 has started well. But I'm not stopping to rest on my small victory. I am trying to power through these Dream Girl revisions as well. I think I've got a good grasp on it now. I've been working through Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook and it has been so incredibly useful. This book is brilliant. It's like the author knew what all the weaknesses of my novel are and he told me what to do to fix them. This book managed to get me generating multiple plot twists that I've been grappling with for a year. I'm excited about the direction things are going now. I have a firm understanding of what the story is, where it needs to go and what the details are. This is big news! This is good stuff! This is 2011, my year of awesome!