Friday, January 13, 2017

New Year New Goals BLAH BLAH BLAH





In 2017, I wish you good health, lots of love, good fortune 
and....
Costa Rican Rice!


This year put on an agent's hat and think like an agent!
  • know your genre
  • characters must have character or they are just a holding place
  • humor is hard
  • not everything needs to rhyme
  • try to not be all things to all people
  • let your fiction be fiction
  • let the pictures show half the story
  • study your craft
  • study what is selling
  • network
  • polish your work until is shines then SUBMIT!
Welcome to 2017! This is going to be your year....if you work really hard and don't let anything get in your way!

Hugs,
Sharon

Thursday, December 15, 2016

I'm Late! I'm Late for a Very Important Date....(Age is getting to me.)





I'm so sorry about the lateness of my post. My birthday (12/6) zoomed by and then BAM we are in the Christmas season. I (hangs head in shame) forgot to pick a winner. So as a bonus the winner will get a book mark.

And the winner is: Munir!!!!! (Please email me your address.)

If you would like to find more of Tess Hilmo's amazing books check them out here!

I'm totally distracted, so I'm going to log off until the 2017!  I wish you the most joyous holiday and that you and your family will be safe, healthy, and happy!

Love and hugs from Sharon

Monday, November 21, 2016

Tess Hilmo, Amy Allgeyer, Terry Lynn Johnson and me...Plus Holiday Safety and Skies Like These Book Giveaway!




Tess Hilmo

Tess Hilmo

Amy Allgeyer Cook

Amy Allgeyer

Terry Lynn Johnson 

Terry Lynn Johnson

What do these three writers have in common? Me! I know they have more than that in common....They are all amazing writers and each one worthy of you buying and reading their books. All of them write books that make you stay awake wanting to finish reading them...even if it takes you all night. So as you get ready to do some holiday shopping remember books are a wonderful gift!

Tess Hilmo just released her third MG book! 


Cinnamon Moon

Newly Released!

Skies Like These

Awards:
Skies Like These was short listed for the Spur Award and made a few state lists as well

With a Name like Love

Awards:

With a Name Like Love was on the School Library Journal Best Books of 2011 List, and Booklists' 'Top 10 Historical Reads for Teens' list and a few state lists (Maine, No. Carolina, Utah and a few others) and also won the Rodda Award (which is the National Church and Synagogue Assoc Literature Award) and two Whitney Awards.

All are available on Amazon. You can click over and follow her on Amazon! I did!

Dig Too Deep

Awards:
Won the Gold Medal for YA Fiction in the Moonbeams Children's Book Awards.
Won First Place YA in the Idaho Author Awards.

The Iron Bodkin: Lux St. Clare ~ Book One


Ice Dogs

Awards:
  • 2015 Children's Choice Book Award Finalist
  • 2014 Cybils Award Finalist
  • A Junior Library Guild Selection
  • American Booksellers Association Best Children's Books of 2014
  • A Scholastic Book Fairs Selection 2014
  • Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids 2014
  • Int'l Literacy Association—CBC Children's Choices 2015
  • International Reading Association—Terrific Read Alouds
  • Black-Eyed Susan Book Award—Maryland 2015-2016
  • Maine Student Book Award—Maine 2015-2016
  • Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award—Vermont 2015-2016

Dogsled Dreams



Did you know your reviews on Amazon and Barnes and Nobel and even Goodreads make a difference to authors? At a recent critique group session one very published writer said you hope to have at least fifty reviews on each of your books.

SOOOOOO....

If you like someone's work, let the world know!

The Lovely Tess Hilmo gave me a copy of SKIES LIKE THESE  to give away to one lucky reader. I will announce the winner (chosen by random.org) on December 6th. To enter leave a comment on this post. (Please tweet if you have time...These are wonderful writers!)
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Holiday safety:
(Tis the season to get scammed!)
Keep an eye on your doorstep! Don't let packages you are expecting walk off with strangers!
Know your charities! Only give to known charities. That person on the corner with an apron on may be scamming you.
Watch out for malware e-cards! Be careful what you open in email....you could get something you don't want downloaded. Use your virus protection!
Use caution on giveaways and raffles! Don't give away personal information or your mobile phone number! Only sign up for things that are through reputable organizations.
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BE HAPPY! BE SAFE! AND BE KIND!!!
(See you back on December 6th to find out if you are the winner.)

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

When do you know your story is ready?


When do you know your story is ready?
A great question posed by the leaders of IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group).  

For me it's when I can't think of another single thing to add to take away from my story to make it better. I've re-read, revised and rewritten until my eyes are crossed. Various critique partners have read the piece or work and I've reworked it again and again. I've read it out loud. I've acted it out in my mind. At this point I say to myself, "It is done." So I send out a few queries and wait to see if.... I'm really done.

Well, so far, I've been done a few times. I have quite a few (I jest) more projects that are maybe, perhaps, nearly...done.

When do you know?

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Self Promotion is Hard, but Sharing Your Writing Partners Good News is AWESOME-Go Theresa Milstein!!

SHOOT OFF SOME FIREWORKS! BAKE A CAKE! IT'S TIME TO CELEBRATE!

This beautiful woman has been one of my writing partners since about 2009. I'm so happy to be able to celebrate her book cover reveal today! Congratulations my dear friend!!!!

 From Vine Leaves Press Time and Circumstance by Theresa Milstein Publication date: March, 2017 

“The trunk of this family is lost to history / Photo fragments remain as shadows” With subtle wit, and poignant imagery, the unrelenting passage of time connects the vignettes in Theresa Milstein’s Time and Circumstance. This reflective collection of real and imagined poetry and prose, speculates on an erratic childhood, the uncertainty of adolescence, and the reality of parenthood, through flashbacks of love lost and found. “This everyday, why again, sometimes / ignored tune has measured time in notes, / seconds, minutes, days, years, and so it goes. / It’s a measure of the man he will become.” 

http://www.vineleavespress.com/time-and-circumstance-by-theresa-milstein.html https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32180982-time-and-circumstance?from_search=true


Time and Circumstance
by Theresa Milstein

Publication date: March, 2017

“The trunk of this family is lost to history / Photo fragments remain as shadows”

With subtle wit, and poignant imagery, the unrelenting passage of time connects the  vignettes in Theresa Milstein’s Time and Circumstance. This reflective collection of real and imagined poetry and prose, speculates on an erratic childhood, the uncertainty of adolescence, and the reality of parenthood, through flashbacks of love lost and found.

“This everyday, why again, sometimes / ignored tune has measured time in notes, / seconds, minutes, days, years, and so it goes. / It’s a measure of the man he will become.”



Time and Circumstance
Please click here to put Time and Circumstance by Theresa Milstein on your want to read list.  (I did!)


Theresa is a dear friend and I am so excited for her! I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of her book!