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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!

Comment by Kat Ward on January 16, 2012 at 10:29pm

Beth: I really like the premise that your book's title insinuates; I'd be interested in reading it!

Afraid I am a fiction writer and don't have any words of wisdom, but I'll be checking out your blog—sounds very interesting.

Comment by Beth Winegarner on January 16, 2012 at 4:22pm

Happy 2012, mamas -- 

I've been quiet here for many months for a variety of reasons. I've been working hard on my book, "Backward Messages: How the Influences you Think Will Kill your Teens can Save Their Lives." I've also been working hard on my blog, also called Backward Messages, where I debunk common "wisdom" about violent video games, the occult, heavy metal music, and more: http://backwardmessages.wordpress.com

One reason I haven't posted is that I feel like a nuisance posting a link every time I write a blog post -- that doesn't seem to contribute much to the community here. I admit I'd like to see more conversation and less self-promotion, but have also found it challenging to come up with conversation topics, since we are so diverse. 

One question I do have is: have any of you had success querying agents for a book on parenting/a book for parents, particularly one as offbeat as mine? Let's face it, it's not exactly a book on helping your kid with ADHD or navigating the world of mean girls. I'm trying to sell it as not a niche book, but it's still being viewed that way. Frustrating. Anyhow, any tales from the salt mines would be appreciated. 

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Comment by Brenda Moguez on January 16, 2012 at 1:01pm

If asked, "What is your ethnic heritage?" I reply without hesitation, "gypsies and wolves". http://www.brendamoguez.com/blog-posts/rants/what-is-your-ethnic-he...

I am participating in Beverly’s, from Writinginflow’s MLK Blogfest. 

Please visit Bev’s site and discover new voices as each share what this day means.

http://writinginflow.blogspot.com/

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Comment by Elizabeth Young on January 16, 2012 at 12:00pm

For Manic Monday I shared our family's story of living with Tourette's Syndrome.

http://gardengatewares.blogspot.com

Comment by mamawolfe on January 16, 2012 at 8:51am

What would our world be like if MLK hadn't served? http://mamawolfe-living.blogspot.com/2012/01/what-martin-luther-kin...

 

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