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Comment by Julija Sukys on January 19, 2012 at 3:34am

@Kat. The "Countdown to Publication" is a SheWrites series. Each Thursday I write a post that is featured on the site and in the weekly email that gets sent out. All the posts are on my SheWrites blog (visit my page) and on my blog at http://julijasukys.com. Only one is actually titled "Countdown to Publication," but they all address various aspects of writing and getting my forthcoming book (March 1, 2012) into readers' hands. A link to my latest post (today) appears below as a comment, and you can easily find last week's post under Top Content on the sidebar. It's called "In Praise of University Presses...." Enjoy and share any thoughts or queries you have. 

Comment by Julija Sukys on January 19, 2012 at 3:31am

This is Who-Man. My son and I invented him over breakfast this morning. He's a superhero who uses confusion to defeat his enemies. "Whaaaat?" you may well ask. Come read my new "Countdown to Publication" blog post called "This is Who-man: On Writing, Play, and Fun" at http://julijsukys.com. All will be clear.

Comment by Kat Ward on January 19, 2012 at 12:25am

Julija: Sorry, I don't know about your Countdown. Where do I find your column? Sounds intriguing; would like to check it out.

Comment by Nancy Mueller on January 18, 2012 at 2:20pm

Sharing photos taken my my teenage daughter on a snowy Seattle day:

http://wanderlustandlipstick.com/blogs/wanderboomer/2012/01/18/let-...

Comment by mamawolfe on January 18, 2012 at 7:40am

A teenage milestone: driving lessons.  I wrote about the beginning of this journey for me and my 15 year old:

http://mamawolfe-living.blogspot.com/2012/01/driving-lessons-part-o...

Comment by Julija Sukys on January 18, 2012 at 5:29am

As many of you know, I've been writing a weekly "Countdown to Publication" column here on SheWrites. So far I've written about marketing, how long a book should take to write, and finding grants and publishers. If you have questions or topics you'd like me to explore in the column, please send them my way. My book is a biography of sorts (with memoir-y bits, including a section about the birth of my son and the task of balancing mothering with writing) and it comes out officially on March 1. 

Comment by Elizabeth Young on January 18, 2012 at 12:36am

I just wrote my first nursery rhyme, would love some feedback at:

http://gardengatewares.blogspot.com

Comment by Beth Winegarner on January 17, 2012 at 10:04am

Kat: Thank you!

Farzana: Thanks for the comments. I agree the subtitle is overlong, but including all the influences (heavy metal, violent video games, the occult, goth culture, etc) would make it longer. There's no great summary. Anyhow, it's a working title and I'll be open to suggestions when it comes to that. 

Meagan: I'd love to go to some agent-centric expos, but traveling is a pain right now as I've got a nursing little one, so essentially we'd all have to go. There was a "meet the agents" event here in SF last summer, but it was agents I'd already networked with, so I didn't pay the fee. :) I'm planning to go to some events with another writers group here in the city soon. 

Comment by Meagan Frank on January 17, 2012 at 10:00am

Beth, I wish you luck with the agent-finding. I didn't pursue that path with my first book, but I am seriously considering it for my second. Have you investigated any writer's workshops or expos where the agents, the writers and the publishers all gather in one place? That's what I'm hoping to do. I know there are some big ones in  big cities like NY, Chicago and I have my eye on one in San Diego. I'm a non-fiction writer too, and I would love any insight people have about what are some of the best writer's workshops people have attended. I would imagine it is a bit of an investment, and I'm not making enough money (yet) to go to all of them. Anyone out there recommend a good workshop?   MMF

Comment by farzana on January 17, 2012 at 3:44am

Hi Beth, I agree with you about wishing that we had more conversation here as opposed to a venue for posting links - though many of them sound incredibly fascinating - i wish i had time to read everyone's blog.  I joined the group to share the experiences of other women who are moms who write and what their challenges are and what they've learned about writing and getting published as a mom. 

I don't know anything about the answer to your question but I will say that your book title might need to be reworked - it is too long and takes some thinking about when a person reads it to discern what you might mean.  My small suggestion would be to work on making a catchier, meatier title, that hits your point acutely - once i read it and thought about it i was intrigued, but i had to read it three times.  what influences are you discussing in the book?  you might want to highlight those in your title but keep it shorter. as i 've been browsing bookstores lately i've been thinking about what attracts me to books and it is: the cover (sad i know), the title, the description on the back and the first page.

hope this helps you and again, would love to see more conversation here!

 

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