Léna is also a Regional Manager for Writopia Lab whose mission is to foster joy, literacy, and critical thinking in kids and teens from all backgrounds through creative writing.

"Well, the question is, what do you want to believe? Do you want to live in a world where things are possible, or in one where they aren't?" Cin, Edges.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Waiting, Clapping, and a Contest

Clap HandsImage by Kaptain Kobold via Flickr
I'm sitting at my desk, waiting for emails.

At least I'm not waiting for inspiration to strike. My new-ish WIP has been put aside for the past couple of weeks as I pull together a schedule for Writopia Lab's summer program in Westchester. I am very excited: there is some buzz, and I want to be able to keep up the momentum by emailing responses back right away, answering inquiries, walking parents' through the registration process.

I also might as well come out and admit it: I'm waiting for my agent and/or editor to get back to me about The Land of the Lost and Found, although that will likely be a phone call, and not an email.

It's been at least a month since my agent hit SEND on the document.

It will probably be another month or two, before I hear anything. I'm sure "they" (the publishers) want to see how Edges is doing. (Which is another thing I get asked all of the time.) And the answer is: I don't know. Well, to be honest, my fear and my suspicion is that it has DIED.

So peeps, if you haven't yet already, please become a fan on Facebook, and if you are able, pretty please give Edges a boost on Goodreads and Amazon with some good ole' stars. 

Clap if you believe. It worked for Tinkerbell, didn't it?

In fact, I'm going to have another contest. I have two audio-books to give away. Rate Edges on Goodreads and on Amazon. I will enter your name twice if you take the time to do both! (Let me know in the comments section by Friday, June 24th). I have also announced a contest for a signed book on the Edges' Facebook page as well.

And look, in the time it took to write this, I got another email from Vistaprint, asking if I need more business cards. (First 100 free!)

See y'all on the flip side.
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  1. Okay, we gotta get that interview done! Or, maybe, interviews.

    I'm not familiar with how the fiction world works, but typically the author is advised to "build a platform" and is left to do most (i.e. all) of the book's marketing.

    Has this been your experience? Does your book have a marketing plan? Are you privy to it?

  2. Thanks Keith - yes, this has been my experience, and sometimes I am grumpy about it - maybe I shouldn't share it.

    I've been upset, cynical, grateful and able to see the humor in this biz - sometimes all at the same time!

    I've been having to learn publicity and marketing as I go, and when my next book comes out I can be a little more savvy.

    Every time I've asked about a marketing plan, there are vague answers about the interwebs and bloggers. Hmmmmm . . .

    Wanna host a contest on your blog for a signed copy of Edges?

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