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Well, I am a writer, teacher, mother, grandmother, and I earned a second masters, this time an MFA in creative writing. As I said below, I have written a novel. I am in the process of looking for a publisher--I've given up on finding an agent. I now writing a memoir and a collection of short stories. I was invited to join She Writes by a friend and sister-writer, Nikki Kallio.
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
Just finished a novel titled, Coming Forth by Day, working on a collection of stories and also on a memoir.
Media outlets that I currently write for:
I've submitted chapters from my novel to some online journals and I've written book reviews, but I can't say that I write for any specific media outlet.
My writing is:
Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Lit Crit
Outlets where I review books, TV, or film:
Services I offer to other writers:
Occasionally I will read a manuscript, give my impressions and suggest some changes. However, I don't do heavy duty editing.
I'm part of these writers' groups or salons:
Clockhouse Writers West
My professional associations:
Association of Writers and Writing Programs
I found out about She Writes from:
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Kakwasi, Welcome to the novelist group! You might introduce yourself by telling us what you’re working on in the “Show Me Your Novel and I’ll Show You Mine” discussion if you're not too uncomfortable talking about what you're working on. And we do a live chat every Wednesday; hope you can join us for that!
Kakwasi. Interesting name! What does it mean? As everybody has commented, there are so many self-publishing outlets around. I used Dorrance for my novel Sweetness. They give you a contract so you know exactly what you are getting. What is important is telling us about your book before it is published. My website went on line December 2009. The book was only available in August 2010. I therefore had loyal visitors to the website who were waiting for it. Maintaining visitors is hard work. I came up with a crazy idea of a daily internet sitcom about mothers and daughters. It seems to be working. For how long? I dont know. This is the internet. www.sweetnessthenovel.com
Hi Kakwasi--Each week I try to contact a few people to see whether they will review the memoir. It seems hit or miss. Some days I feel great, like all is going well and I'm the luckiest person in the world. Other days I feel like nothing is happening. I'm not yet sure what to make of this book experience.
Good luck with the agents. That's a tough process too. I had contacted 53 agents and publishers by the time I found the publisher I have. I thought your graduation reading was great, so I expect you'll find some agents who will agree to read all or part of your book. It's hard not to feel bad when agents don't respond or aren't interested, but that's what you have to do. I'm keeping my fingers ultra-crossed for you. If you need any specific info or advice, email my She Writes box and I'll share everything I have.
My script is coming along pretty well! thanks! I've cut a bit at the front to get things moving.
How's the agent search going? I'm about to begin sending out query letters...ack. I thought waiting for feedback from the advisors was tough, I'm already stressed about the possible rejection letters I haven't received yet :-)
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"Hello Fellow Writers! I have exciting news to share! I just published my first novel called The Point of No Return. It is available on Amazon both as a paperback and on Kindle. I would love for you all to fall in love with my story and…"