I think I've mentioned before that I'm not a veteran blogger. In fact, I must admit I read only one or two blogs, and even those I don't read on a regular basis. My bad. But novel writing is my business, and that takes up most of my time. I thought once I left a day job, I'd have so many hours in the day, I could keep up with correspondence, house and garden work, a newsletter I write for a beer importer and STILL have loads of time left over for the business of actually writing a book.
I was wrong.
So blogging is hard for me. Especially since I don't know what you as readers or other writers might want to know. My partners, Marta and Mario, came up with some ideas. One, in particular, struck a chord with me. For you pre-published authors out there with a manuscript and no idea what to do with it, there is a contest you should know about. Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers is an organization to which Mario and I both belong. They are running a contest in conjunction with the annual Colorado Gold Conference held in the fall. Here is a chance to get your manuscript critiqued by published writers and eventually, if you are a finalist, before the eyes on an acquiring agent or editor. This is a good deal! The entry fee is nominal, $25.00 an entry, $50,00 is you request a formal critique. Entry details, including format, can be found on the RMFW website: www.RMFW.org Contest deadline is June 1.
Last night at our writers group, Mario shared the news that NYMPHOS has gone into a second printing! That's REALLY big! So congratulations to Mario! He and I are heading to LA next week to be a part of the LA Times Festival of Books. We are staying in the same hotel, a little jewel called The Clairemont. Now, anytime a website uses words like "Old European Charm", you've got to be nervous. But it's cheap and close to the UCLA campus, so we're taking a chance. Wish us luck!