I haven't posted because I have been so busy... in a really good way. Last time I posted I told you that I had a plan to sort through my contacts and get some queries sent. Well, that worked out really well, but when I started actually doing some research on some of the places I actually found something that is even more helpful than the site that I was using. I found a place called Poets and Writers. It is amazing and very helpful. They have a large database of the agents and publishers and what they are looking for, basically what I was trying to do with a smattering of contacts they have done with hundreds. It was mind blowing! I spent several days just reading the content. Then of course I decided to try and submit a book. Now up until this point I was still laboring over writing even one query letter for any of my books. So, here I am taking the plunge without a suit to wear. When I was done winging it, I realized that I had written a fairly good query letter. So, I copied it to document, worked it over several times and suddenly I actually had a query letter that I could use to query agents. They're a bit harder to win over and expect a lot more from a letter than a publisher does. Besides, it really is an agent that I want, because I have so many different genre's of books.
I took the time to tell my niece about it so she could start sending her poetry in for publication in other media, like magazines. She got really excited about the site as well. While I was looking around I found several links to other exciting places. One of them is called Publisher Free. On this site you can publish your work in little bite sized pieces, a chapter or two, or a group of poems. Then others that like to read can purchase each bit for a small fee. It won't make you rich, but it will give you exposure. It is easy to use and free as well.
I am still working with the ELI group. That's the organization that is against child abuse. There's a lot of stuff that they are doing over the summer to try and increase awareness and raise funds. It's always a lot of fun to do things with the group as they tend to find out of the way places that turn out to be amazing. If you get the chance check out their site and get involved either with us or in your home.
Even with all of this going on I am still working on my cookbook. My BFF has agreed to make some of the dishes and take some pictures for me. I can't tell you how grateful I was when she offered. I had not realized how many dishes did not have a corresponding picture. I guess I got lazy after a while when I was putting it all together. I had to rewrite a lot of it and will probably have to rewrite some more of it. When it is done it will be a whole new book and I am going to see if I can get a publisher to pick it up. If not, I have spoken with create space and they are looking into some more convenient binding options for cookbooks. That would be nice.
It is beautiful out today and I think that after I take a nap, I'm going to go find a stick for my lizards. They can't climb on the plastic stuff that they sell at the store. So, I am off to take a nap. Remember that my books are all still for sale as a download or as a soft cover book. If you purchase from me, it is cheaper than Amazon and you can have it autographed. Just something to think about.
Live well and be good to each other.