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When copy edits attack

A couple of weeks ago, I got copy edits in the mail. My first set of copy edits, mind you. I got instructions via e-mail to address the notes and change them in the colored pencil of my choice. So, I picked a pretty purple pencil and stalked the mailman until they arrived.

And then...IT happened.

I tore open the package with glee and noted sticky notes on the side and then I saw them. Lots of weird marks on every page. Marks I hadn't seen when I'd worked at a newspaper. What did these mean? OMG. I had failed at publishing because I didn't know what these meant! Eeek! I hopped online and researched copy editing marks. But these were weird ones. Did I miss the class at school that taught these?

Did I really have to, gulp, address the zillion strange marks in 24 hours before sending back the manuscript?

I emailed Agent A and it went something like this: "Um, hi. Got the copy edits. Errr...what do I do, exactly?" What I really should have said was "OMG! What…

7 months from Take the Reins publication!

It's June 27!!! (Um, duh, you say.)

But it's the 27that's important!

That's right, twenty-seven. Two seven. We are now... 7 months away from publication of Take the Reins (Canterwood Crest!) YAAAHOOO!!! :o)

OMG. That means, gulp, next month it'll be six. (Notice my awesome counting skills?) S-I-X. That means next month, changes will be happening! Woo!

How long do you keep old drafts?

Got a question for y'all. When do you recycle (meaning throw out) old drafts? If you keep them, how do you store them and/or organize them?

I looked into my closet and I've got 3 plastic tubs of printed drafts for my 3 (Eeep! I've written three!) books and a couple of postal boxes with newer drafts. I'm definitely keeping all of my edit letters and drafts my editor or agent have sent me, but what about the drafts in between? Do you hold onto those until the book is an ARC and then toss them? Or not.

I'm not sure.

I do know I want to keep the first draft of each book. But the other stuff I probably don't need. Hmm.

If I can remember, I'll try to post what book I'm reading at the end of every entry.

Today, I'm reading Wish You Were Here (HarperTeen) by Catherine Clark. Great so far! I love the postcard entries in the book.

Books on my Wow! list

The List of Wow! books

I'm back! Wow, the week flew by. I was B-U-S-Y with Chasing Blue and made an attempt to get through my humongous reading pile. But...I was sidetracked. By Eclipse. Yeah. In my reading pile for this week are the books I meant to get through last week:

Lock and Key--Sarah Dessen
Letters from the Heart (Beacon Street Girls)--Annie Bryant
Legally Blonde--Amanda Brown

I've realized over the past week that the Twilight series are Wow! books for me. This is all subjective, of course. What makes a Wow! book for me might not make one for you. The list of Wows! are small and I don't add to it often. I'm not naming authors who are Internet friends, but authors I DON'T know who are on the Wow! list are J.K. Rowling, Stephenie Meyer, Kate Brian and Sara Gruen.

I define a Wow! book as a book that:

* makes me laugh, cry, or have heart palpitations
* makes me slip into my "screech monkey voice" (thanks, Jason) that I use when I'm super-excited about so…

Blog Vacation

I will be on a blog vacation until Wednesday, June 25 unless anything major pops up. It might. I'll still be reading and commenting on your blogs, so see you there!


How people find me online

I've been reading how people have been finding me online and just thought I'd share some. They're a mix of odd and funny.

So, we've got these via SiteMeter:

Top 10 literary cities (I don't live in one)
Sarah Joy Brown on Facebook (I did blog about that...)
Sneak peaks at the movie Confessions of a Shopaholic (note the "a")
The Jessica Website (I'm thinking they're looking for Alba, Biel or Simpson)
Weinheimer dog pics (Huh???)
Obsessed with Twilight (Oh, so true)
Greenbrier, TN (my old home city)
Girly books releasing in July 2008 (What's a girly book?)
Red Hills Horse Trials 2009 (I'm so there!)

If you have a StatCounter or SiteMeter, how do people find you besides your name or book title?

Busy, busy!

Sorry the blog has been quiet for a few days! I've been working on a zillion queries, editing like a madwoman and deciding how I want my new Website to look. Yep, I'm getting a new look soon! I haven't hired my designer yet, but I know exactly whom I want and can't wait to work with her. I've been bookmarking sites I like and am super-excited to have a new look for my Website and blog.

In the mean time, you prob noticed the new little sidebar bit about the upcoming blog tour. Yep, Miss Megan was kind enough to offer me a shot at guest blogging in August. For that post, I'll talk about the giveaways, prizes, surprises, events and more that will be coming up right here in the fall and spring. Yay! It's all very exciting as we start the countdown clock for 6 months and counting on July 27. Look for a special vlog on that day. Also, if you'd like to be a stop on my blog tour for December, Jan or Feb, the details about all of that will be coming over the next…

It's a draft! Yay!

Eeeee!! You're looking at my first printed draft of the new Canterwood Crest book! (I know it's blurry, but I didn't want to, you know, give away any plot secrets just yet...) YAY!! Sure, it's a mess and needs several edits and about 5,000 more words, but it's a draft! Woo hoo! I had old light blue paper, so I printed it on that and had fun editing on something that wasn't boring, old white paper. I love the sight of a new draft.

I celebrated by deciding to buy myself a new phone when I turn in the completed manuscript later in the summer. I've been desperate to have WiFi on my phone since I'm a serial e-mail checker, so I'm leaning toward a BlackBerry Pearl or the new iPhone releasing in July. Anyone have a BlackBerry Pearl? Like it? I've had my phone for a couple of years and it's time for a change.

Give me an update on your project status! Who's working on revisions? Or drafting? Share!

Don't spill water on your outline!

Yesterday, I was working from my outline for my new Canterwood Crest book. I had it printed and had zillions of notes in the margins and ideas for what needed to be done in each chapter. It was beside my laptop while I typed and it gave me the directions I needed to finish each chapter.
I wrote some of those notes with a lovely purple Uni-Ball Vision and the rest with a blue Zeb-Roller. Why should you care about my pen selections? Because I knocked a water glass onto my outline and everything I wrote with the Uni-Ball lifted off the pages and turned into one giant grape-colored smear. I would have had a fit if I hadn't JUST finished with the outline. This just shows how truly shallow I am--I went for a pretty pen based on its color when I could have been fine with a ball point Bic. But no, I had to have purple!

Lesson--Uni-Ball pens are not for writing anything you can't afford to lose if water should fall onto your paper.
(However, um, I still love my Uni so much that I'll c…

X-posted from Teen Fiction Cafe

Surviving Adolescence: Riding!
***The WINNER of the Daphne Grab giveaway is...LENORE! Congrats! You have 48 hours to email me with your name and info of where you'd like your book shipped so I can pass the info to Daphne. If I don't hear from you by then, I have to draw a new winner. Thanks, Daphne, for an awesome giveaway!***

For me, growing up in the 90s meant one thing...horses!

After school, I couldn't wait to get out to the stables and ride, groom and learn how to train horses. I lived in a small suburban part of Tennessee (Greenbrier) and was lucky enough to have this riding arena right behind my house. When I did homework after school, I could look out and watch boarders ride and train their horses. I often had to move to the front of the house so I stopped watching them out the back windows.

That Appaloosa, AJ, was my first lesson horse. Oh, he was old and yes, he was was stubborn. But he was the best teacher. He taught me how to be a rider and how to listen to a horse…

Author Visit: Daphne Grab and a giveaway

Please welcome amazing author Daphne Grab!

About the book
Matisse Osgood is a New York City girl through and through. She buys her clothes at Andy’s Cheapies, watches indie films at The Angelika, and wouldn’t be caught dead on a hay ride. But when her father gets sick and Matisse’s parents decide to leave Manhattan for a small town in upstate New York, her perfect world crumbles. As Matisse trudges through life in Prague, she dreams of waking up in her apartment on West 78th St. with a father who’s well enough to walk with her in Central Park and a mother who doesn’t pretend that everything is okay. When rumors surround Matisse at school, and her father’s symptoms worsen, Matisse realizes that the friends she’s making in Prague are the kind you can count on. They help Matisse find the strength to reach out to her father, who may not be as far from her as she thought. And one particular farm boy shows Matisse that country living is a lot more magical than she had ever imagined.


Tomorrow's guest

Just a friendly reminder that author Daphne Grab is here tomorrow with a giveaway! Even if you've won before, it's okay! Be back here tomorrow to enter.

The post has to be short today to avoid any unnecessary typing. Yep, my carpal is back in full force in my right hand (it HAD to be the mouse hand!) and while the brace has kept it out of my wrist, it's now in my elbow. :/ Annoying and painful.

So, if you've emailed me in the past few days and I haven't emailed back that's why. I'm taking Aleve (not working) and using a heating pad (also really not working.)

Anyway...come back tomorrow!

Hannah Montana in Greenbrier, TN

I laughed out loud when I read that on E! (Not because there was an accident on set--no injuries) I used to live in Greenbrier, Tennessee. If you haven't been there and I'm betting you haven't, it's a tiny little town about 30 mins from Nashville. I attended Greenbrier Elementary and have a feeling I know exactly where they're filming the movie.

It's just quite weird to think my little town was invaded by Miley & Co.

The story.

Breaking Dawn cover!

OMG. So. Cool. Cannot wait. Enough said. :)

Diary of a Debut Author Video: How to Become a Freelance Writer

I decided to go for it yesterday while I had a little free time (meaning, I was thinking of a mean girl trick and taking a writing break) and made the freelancing video I've been plotting for a while. I hope I answered your questions and thanks so much for the emails and messages! As I say in the vid, if I don't answer your question or if you have other writing questions you'd like me to tackle, get in touch. :)

Hope you enjoy it!