Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Old Times were the best...

A friend of mine brought over a couple of old "magazines" to me. He explained that his father-in-law, many years ago had written stories that had been published in these publications of long ago. I wanted to share with you one of the mags...one that features Cowboy-Life Romances. Is that not right up my alley? I wish this publication was still around, I'd sure like to write something for it. The picture here was the January, 1949 edition.  And, talk about bodice-ripper covers!
 
Here's a close up
 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Marketing Plan...

On the downhill slide to finalize my Personal Marketing Plan in the event I need one to submit with my manuscript of Stone Oak .

Of course, any publisher will do all they can to help market my book, but they also want to know I am willing to do some of the work as well. Rightly so.  As my wise son always says, "If you don't believe in you...who will?"

Not having done a personal marketing plan before, I asked the help of some writer friends who have been involved with marketing (not just books) in the past.  Thanks to my WOW group for all your suggestions, and especially to Sandra.  Most helpful.

Now to compile all these ideas and formulate a plan that fits my novel and my own efforts.  Will be working on this today and getting it in a final draft to present with the submission of Stone Oak, if necessary.

It's been a learning process, for sure, but so exciting to have all these thoughts and concepts whirling around in my head...and knowing in the not so distant future I could be totally involved in carrying them out.  Whoo Hoo!

Hope you all are reading a good book, or writing one.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Ready to Submit...Almost

July 13, 2015

I have been very busy since the end of March and my return from the California Dreamin' Conference polishing up the manuscript for my novel Stone Oak. It took longer than I thought...doesn't it always? However, after fighting with Microsoft Word for days to get the formatting right and keep it in place, I have one single document ready to submit. 

 My 2 page short synopsis is complete and all I have left to do is design a personal marketing plan (in case my targeted publisher asks for one). I have some friends who, I hope, can assist me on this. My intention is to have the manuscript with all required attachments ready by the end of this week.

Then the waiting begins. The sweat beads on the forehead, the clammy palms, heart palpitations, sleepless nights, upset stomach and wringing of hands until I hear the outcome. I am hopeful, but also realistic to a point. Any publishing company views thousands of manuscripts weekly. Mine will have to stand out and even though it was praised after a pitch session, I know the pitch may have been well received and yet my story in full manuscript may not hit the mark. It is always a possibility, however, I choose to believe my novel will live up to my pitch in the eyes of my targeted publisher.

So, with great expectations and happy thoughts, I will send off my novel, Stone Oak. Fingers and toes crossed.  Wish me luck, my friends.