Monday, February 23, 2009

Calling All Agents!

For reasons only known to the Gods of Literature--I have had quite a bit of interest in my last round of queries. Which, to be honest, has made me regularly giddy and bouncing off the walls at the slightest ding of my inbox.

Don't mistake me, I'm totally aware of the fact that most of these agent responses will eventually end up in rejections. After all, there have to be rejections to find the right one--otherwise every author would have an agent and there would be a lot bigger problems in this industry.

This is why I figure that I will celebrate every little step along the way. So, to give you the official tally-- I currently have 3 fulls and 3 partials out with six different agencies! Can I get a wahoo!? LOL :D

Getting the requested material ready and sent off, along with an amazing writers' conference I went to this weekend (blog post to come later this week), has kept me very busy and that's why I haven't posted in a bit.

Anyway, now you are caught up on everything but the writers' conference... stay tuned for more information to come. ;)

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Funny Names, Fortune Cookie Predictions and Agent News!

Yes, You read correctly.
This is, indeed, a post including funny names, fortune cookies and agent news. How can such an amazing post exist? Let's just say that so far it's been a fantabulous day.


1.YOUR REAL NAME: Jennifer Rose Johansson

2.WITNESS PROTECTION NAME:
(mother and fathers middle names)
Nadine D (that's right, just D, that's all LOL)

3.NASCAR NAME:
(first name of your mother's dad, father's dad)
William Frank

4.STAR WARS NAME:
(the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first name)
JohJe

5.DETECTIVE NAME:
(favorite color, favorite animal)
Green Monkey

6.SOAP OPERA NAME:
(middle name, town where you were born)
Rose Spokane

7.SUPERHERO NAME:
(2nd fav color, fav drink, add "THE" to the beginning)
The Silver Shake

8.FLY NAME:
(first 2 letters of 1st name, last 2 letters of your last name)
JeJo

9.STREET NAME:
(fav ice cream flavor, fav cookie)
Grasshopper E.L. Fudge

10.SKANK NAME:
(1st pet's name, street you grew up on)
Shasta 1250 West

11.GANGSTA NAME:
(first 3 letters of first name plus 'izzle')
Jenizzle

12.YOUR GOTH NAME:
(black, and the name of one of your pets)
Black Indiana

13. STRIPPER NAME:
(name of your fav perfume/cologne, fav candy)
Haute Couture Skittles


LOLOLOL Okay, that was funny! Thanks for tagging me Jenni! Now, if you have read this, then you are officially tagged and you need to do it too. :)

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In other news: I have officially found a little hole-in-the-wall chinese place that has accurate fortunes... at least for me. Let me demonstrate.

Two weeks ago I got this fortune: Boats and water are in your future, have fun!
Not your average every day fortune, but I'm going on a cruise in March so it totally applies and we were booking shore excursions that week.

One week ago: You have a charming way with words. Send e-mails.
Interesting because the next day was when I had scheduled to start sending queries.

Last night: A shooting star tonight will bring you good luck tomorrow!
This morning I woke up to two requests from agents! One requested a full and one a partial! Wahoo! :D

Anyway, I'm pumped! I'm hoping next week it will say something like, "A publisher wants to give you oodles of money, be patient."

Yep, that'd be sweet! LOL ;)

Monday, February 16, 2009

Contrary to popular belief...

being sick does not allow you to get more writing done. This is one of the great truths that I discovered this weekend while laying in bed with strep throat.

Another great truth is that no matter how sick you are... the entire world of blogging does, indeed, go on without you. Here is my formal apology to all my dear friends that have posted many interesting things over the weekend that I will be unable to go and catch up on.

Rest assured. You are still wonderful, you are still interesting and I still love ya. :)

Now... if only the main character of my WIP could be that forgiving. ;)

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Heroes vs. Lost

So... I watched Heroes last night. Is anyone else starting to get confused here? I mean, I started to think I was watching Lost, so let's compare.


***** This has a spoiler from last night's Heroes, so if you haven't seen it and you want to, don't read on.



Alright, now that is settled. :) I'm watching this giant plane wreckage and there are these people all scampering around in the woods near it. There are people trying to find and kill them and some seriously weird things keep happening.

I mean, put that scene by the ocean and you've got Lost.

And it doesn't even end there. Both shows have some bizarre things going on they don't feel the need to explain. Both shows have people die and then apparently come back to life. And, both shows seem to have something against the blonde women. To recap, Lost blonde's that died: Claire and Shannon. On Heroes it was Niki Sanders, and now Daphne. They also kill Claire Bennet over and over again, but she heals so I don't count her. Either way, point proven, they kill the blonde women.

So yeah, I am thinking at some point they are going to join shows and it will turn out there is some bizarre Heroes Villain down in the Orchid place on the island. And his/her power will be to move large land masses through space and time. And the island is the source of all their powers or something... because Superman built it from kryptonite or something.

Heck yeah! I'd watch that. Anyone else?

Friday, February 6, 2009

Literary Agents--a difficult and rambunctious species

Agents are a fascinating breed. They have stringent dietary requirements which call for them to consume extensive amounts of caffeine and a healthy abundance of ghastly query letters daily.

They may look like the rest of us, but they should not be approached in the wild. When cornered they turn skittish and look for an escape. Becoming particularly apprehensive when any acronyms are used, such as WIP or MC. Oddly, they seem to be calmed by the use of SASE.

In order to tame one of these wild beasts, one must first approach from a distance. Writing down all of the reasons why this creature should accept your offering. Many of these approaches are dismissed with barely a glance, as agents are finicky. You may do research to decide what type of offering might most satisfy their cravings, but you will find that each one is very different. The only ingredient they will agree that you must have is something they refer to as voice. I looked all over my pantry--I can't find it.

If you are able to interest one of these creatures in what you offer, they will ask to see more. Here is the most puzzling part about their kind. If they truly like what you have written for them, they will agree to work with you--then they will take your offering and dissect it like a frog in a science lab.

How do you get one of these critters to feel that primal attraction for your offering?

You tell me, because I've been trying to figure that out all week and I don't think I'm any closer to having the answer.

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LOL that was a fun stress reliever. Now I need to actually get my query letter ready, I'm hoping to start sending them out next week. Wahoo!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Spreading The Blog Bling Around!

I have wonderful news! I received my very first bling from fellow blogger Angie Ledbetter! I am so pumped. Thanks so much Angie! Muuahh!

So here are the rules of the blingage.

Premio-Dardas: "This award 'acknowledges the values that every Blogger displays in their effort to transmit cultural, ethical, literary, and personal values with each message they write. Awards like this have been created with the intention of promoting community among Bloggers. It's a way to show appreciation and gratitude for work that adds value to the Web."

1. Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who granted it to you, along with his/her blog link.

2. Pass the award to (15) other blogs that you feel are worthy of this recognition. Remember to contact each of them to let them know they have been chosen as recipients.

So I now am going to pass this award on to my friendly blog-mates :)

Kasie West, for always having entertaining stories and not being afraid to admit she has rare dork-ish tendencies.

Jenni James, for outlining her exciting foreign adventures and having a tendency toward giddyness that is so fun to hear about.

Nikki Wilson, for always posting such cute family photos and letting her kids dress her up like a mummy.

Candice Kennington, for sharing my fascination with superheroes.

Mary Olsen, for being so crafty she could teach Martha Stewart a thing or two.

Melissa March, for having wonderful ideas that inspire so many writers to work harder.

L.C. Gant, for sharing her writer's journey.

Mary Jensen, for being so organized it makes me want to grab my to do list.

Rachel Kay, for being an incredibly dilligent blogger.

Debbie, for always making me laugh.

Jen Lilley, for being hilarious and keeping an eye on my sister.

That Spacey Chick, for sharing her compulsive journey--and being a fan of BNL

Rev. Christine, for showing us her vision and being so humble.

Carrie, who is definitely a feek now that she's wandered to South Dakota!


Thanks all of you! You make my blogging days entertaining!