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Happy Holidays, everyone! I can't believe it's almost Christmas!
This is my brain right now: LOL!
But seriously! I can't focus on anything!
On Friday, a car is coming at 7am to take me to Newark Airport. I've got a 10:15am flight to the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California. Only one stop in Phoenix.
I'm SO excited! It's my first time in CA!
After I hop off the plane at LAX with a dream and my cardigan . . . just PRETEND I'm going to LAX. ;)
I'm staying with friends who have become family--my "Cali Barn Mafia" that consists of Joey, Suzie, Lex, and Gracie. I've only met Joey in person a few times, but it feels as though I know everyone. Maybe the FaceTime chats help. :) I won't miss the cold, but it will be weird to wear a t-shirt and not a sweater on Christmas. Weird in a way that I'm excited to try.
I hired Petaholics to come every day to visit Bella, Bliss, and …
So. It was almost ten. I was in PJs and just ready to get back to writing.
Then Mr. Frank brought me dinner. He forgot to get me a napkin and despite my protests, he started back down this stairs to get one.
I heard a yelp and crash and bolted out of my apt.
Frank had fallen ten or twelve steps. His left ring finger was bent at the knuckle at a 90 degree angel. If I hadn't been running on adreline, I would have passed out. His left ankle was rapidly becoming the size of a basketball.
I got him back of up the stairs--barely--and he told me where to get his ID, credit card, etc.
I changed out of my PJs and called for a car. We went to a hospital in the 60s on Third or Fourth Ave in Brooklyn.
They took xrays. And drew blood. And fixed his dislocated finger.
Thankfully, he only has a fractured foot. Not saying that his injury is awesome, but if def beats the alternative--if he'd tripped and gone down head first. His back is brushed all up and down his spine (owweee) and he's g…
Flashback #14: First book deal announcement!
Tuesday, June 5, 2007It's a DEAL!!
CHILDREN'S: MIDDLE GRADE Jessica Burkhart's HIGH JUMPS AT COLLINS
ACADEMY series, pitched as Saddle Club meets Mean Girls, about a
small-town girl who attends a boarding school and must learn to compete
with the equestrian elite, to Molly McGuire at Aladdin, in a four-book
deal, in a very nice deal, by Alyssa Eisner Henkin at Trident Media Group (NA).
Flashback #13! Take the Reins on submission
Thursday, May 24, 2007Amazing news!!!
My lovely and fabulous agent, Alyssa Eisner
Henkin at Trident Media Group has given me the go ahead to share some
super-exciting news that we have been working on over the past week.
My first young adult novel has been shopped to publishers and has received immediate and outstanding interest from a couple of major
publishing houses! I will be weighing offers over the next week and
will certainly keep you all updated when I make a decision for the right
publisher for my book.
I am incredibly grateful to Alyssa for making this happen and I couldn't have done it without her!! :) She is the dream agent and has been an outstanding partner through all of this.
is an absolute dream and I cannot believe I will see my book in print!
I've been itching to share this news with my blogging family and I hope
you're as excited as I am.
I'm up to my ears in unicorns :D since I'm writing Unicorn Magic #3.
I wanted to share a new, exciting project with you!
As some of you may know, I am co-writing an e-book geared to helping young writers get published. I am still going to publish it, but like you guys know, I have a pretty bad/annoying elbow tendon injury. I have to be SUPER careful about how long I'm on the computer. Sadly, right now, the pain I am in is keeping me from working, blogging, writing, etc. as much as I want and need.
However, I felt getting this info to young writers was really important.
So, I am filming chapters of the guide! I just sent the first video in for formatting and it will soon (I'm not sure exactly how long the process takes) Amazon will upload my video! You will be either to rent it or purchase it via Amazon Instant Video.
Rentals will be available for 48 hours and purchases are yours forever. The video will look like this on Amazon…
I have been biting my tongue for a couple of
weeks now because I've been bursting to tell everyone who reads my blog
some big news. As many of you know, I started looking for an agent in
January for my YA manuscript. Well, after 3 query letters, I'm beyond
pleased to report that I have signed with a brilliant, lovely NYC agent!! At
this time, I cannot release the agency's name or the name of my agent,
but I assure you that it's an amazing place and I can't wait to reveal
the name at a later date.
I'm going to be working harder than
ever and will keep everyone updated on my manuscript's progress. It has
been SO hard not to share this with my blogging and writing friends, but
I finally felt ready to do so.
The moral of the story- if you want something, you CAN make it happen!
Flashback #11! Progress of Take the Reins
Sunday, January 07, 2007Manuscript Progress
On Friday, I received a request from an agent for my full manuscript of Freshman 15**. Luckily,
the agent requested it via e-mail and I was able to send it off within
hours of receiving the request. I had to sign a release form and that
will be on it's way to NYC tomorrow. It was incredibly exciting to have
another request for a full. Hopefully, I'm not the only one who thinks
my manuscript is good. :) In the short time that I've been querying
agents, I've learned a good deal of info. I've spent days researching
agencies, what's "hot" in publishing, why not to follow what's hot in
publishing, scary stats of how many authors publish his/her first book
and bios of editors and agents. Before I query any agent, I try to get
all of the necessary stats (college attended, hobbies, clients) and
always attempt to tie something of that sort into my query. Does…
Flashback #10! Querying agents for Take the Reins Wednesday, December 20, 2006Prepping a submission package I've been spending all of
my time readying my requested submission package to an agent. So far, I
have: the resume, coverletter, publishing credits and 3 writing samples.
(Why request writing samples when you're getting my complete manuscript?? Interesting.)
My manuscript is almost ready to go into the box. Talk about scary! One
query I sent to an agent was rejected within a couple of hours and on
the same day I had a request for a full. I've only queried 2 agents and I
plan to submit this package exclusively to the agent who requested the
trying to finish up the submission and get it in the mail so I can have
a bit of a break before school starts again. I found a couple of new
magazines I want to query and have been listening to way too much
holiday music. I think I hear "Jingle Bells" in my sleep.
Flashback #9! First query of Take the Reins to an agent Saturday, December 16, 2006Good Things!
Yesterday was a great day to be a writer. First, I e-queried a N.Y.C.
agent and she emailed me back and said she'd be "pleased" to read my
entire manuscript after Jan. 15. Shock, surprise and excitement! Yes, I
realize she'll most likely turn it down but to have her request a full
M.S. seems like a good thing. At least I got past a query. So, I'm
re-reading my M.S., touching up my resume and am preparing the package
that she requested.
I got an email from Guideposts Sweet 16 and
the editor asks me to revise 2 questions on the spec quiz I sent in
Sept. It appears that they will probably publish it next year! Elation!
blog may be neglected until Jan. since I must focus my attention on my
M.S. and get that thing to New York. Cross your fingers!
Flashback #8! I finished the draft of TTR! Sunday, November 26, 2006Winner! So,
I got up early and typed like a fiend. I trotted over to the NaNo
"official" word counter and pressed "submit." Oh, yay for 50,000 words!!
Woo hoo! My wrists hurt, fingers are cramped and I'm sick of staring at
my computer screen. I'm off to watch a movie and relax. The next
project for my NaNo draft, you ask? March 2007's National Editing Month
or "NaNoEdMo." 50 hours of editing on the NaNo novel. Bring it on!
Flashback #7! Monday, November 20, 2006NaNoWriMo Day 20 Wow, only 10
days left until the end of National Novel Writing Month! At times it was
painful, depressing and scary but most of all- it was EXCITING! Rarely
do we get up the drive to force ourselves to write 50,000 words of
fiction in 30 days. Yes, 30 days people. It's an insane contest but sooo
worth it! Instead of reading books about writing, scouring the writer's
market and reading other writer blogs, I wrote. Plain and simple.
Today's stats shape up like this:
Word Count: 34,620 Today's caffeine intake: 2 coffees and 1 green tea Character's
goals: Make the advanced riding team, hook the boy she's lusting after
and outsmart the evil girl who is making her life miserable
I talked about this in a vlog, but wanted to blog it since HOME FOR CHRISTMAS is out in some places and very soon coming to others.
So, we all want a Canterwood movie or TV show, right? :)
*I* have zero control over it. It's all up to people in Hollywood.
There are things we can do.
The #1 most important thing is book sales. We have to get friends, family--everyone to get copies of the Canterwood books (e-books count, too!). Hollywood takes notice when books sell well.
Review the books on Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, IndieBound.org, BooksaMillion.com and/or any other book retailer. Of COURSE I want your review to be honest. Please don't rate one of them 5 stars if it's not how you really feel.
Take the review--however long or short--(Seriously! Even a 1 sentence review is AWESOME!) and copy and paste it on the book retailer sites I mentioned.
Why are the reviews important?
They tell people who haven't read Canterwood that, let's say, CITY SECRETS is worth …
Word Count: 28,102 Character Count: 14ish (minors and majors) At this rate I'll be finished on: November 21.
really picked up. I typed late into the night and managed to type about
2500 words. I'm swamped with schoolwork today, so I won't get to NaNo
until later. I'm finished with my entries for Harper and have to wait
until Wednesday to find out it I made the finals. My chapters weren't as
good as they should have been, so I'm not too hopeful for round 2. I
hope to work more on my entries for round 3 and I'll need to be more
creative with plot twists and such.
I'll probably be checking my email every 5 minutes today to see if I hear from an editor at Sweet 16. I'm hoping it doesn't take too long to get a yes or no!
Flashback #5! Thursday, November 09, 2006NaNoWriMo Day 9 Word Count: 23,265 Plot Holes: 1 MAJOR hole! Fits thrown: 1 (mine-not my character's)
I have this feline staring at me when I'm typing furiously and trying
to write. I get a cold nose shoved against my hand, a paw on my keyboard
and the occasional lick on my hand.
you can tell, I'm one of those cliched writers who loves cats. No, I
don't plan to be sixty, live alone and mutter to myself while living
with 10 cats.
it was a wonderful book series about Siamese cats that got me
interested in writing and desiring my own Siamese cat. Ever hear of the Cat Who series by Lilian Jackson Bruan?
Yep, her famous felines KoKo and Yum Yum made me want to write. And I
did. Dozens and dozens of awful cat stories. Oh well, everyone has to
cats, I found horses but that's another day.
Flashback #4! Wednesday, November 08, 2006NaNoWriMo Day 8 Today's word count: 20,891 (almost halfway!!) Coffees: absolutely none Background noise: Election coverage (go blue!)
I'm not as productive today. I'm trying to write an essay for my Gender
and Society in Ancient Greece class and the topic is a bit difficult to
work around. But, I'm making progress. I was up half of the night
biting my nails and cheering for change in the House and Senate. Looks
like I may get my wish! :)
Still plowing through my novel and it's getting tougher as the days go on. I'm waiting for the book Secret Society Girl by Diana Peterfreund
to arrive. I met her on a NaNo forum and I think I'm going to love her
book. Can't wait to start reading that one! She has been offering me
great advice and I'm dying to read her work.
need to get back to typing and stop wasting time. I should be doing
follow ups on a few magazine queries. I sent one follow up to an editor …
Flashback #3! Here's what I wrote a week into drafting TTR. Tuesday, November 07, 2006NaNoWriMo Day 7A week into NaNo and I'm still going strong!
Word Count: 17,234 Sanity: 98.5% Diet Sodas: 2 Current writing location: Living room floor with cat on lap
plot is moving along at a nice clip. I tried the BIC method "book on an
index card" and plotted heavily last night. That helps tremendously!
After a week, I was starting to get a bit lost in my plot as to where I
was in the month. I really like the book Novelist's Boot Camp and started to use that to help my draft. I struggle with turning off that inner editor!
learned a LOT from NaNo forums in the past day or so. People searching
for agents aren't limiting themselves to following the "rules" that
writing books tell them. I've learned of some unconventional ways to
query an agent and I think I'm going to try them.
So, today's goal, you ask? At least 2000 words, hopefully I&…
Flashback #2! Here's what I posted on November 5, 2006: NaNoWriMo Day 5 So, NaNoWriMo day 5 is coming to a close. The progress:
Word Count: 13,102 Coffee: 0 Miles walked: 1.5 Treats given to cat: 3
again, I've been incredibly happy with the people I've met on NaNo
forums, particurarly the YA writing forum. Learning about the agent
search from others who are going through the process or have had success
is INCREDIBLY helpful.
been moving through my first draft at a good clip and I fully
anticipate to make 50,000 words. I'm studying agent listings and trying
to get a feel for what agents are looking for and see if I can
incorporate any of that into my draft.
Okay, well, still typing and trying to watch ice skating. Happy Sunday
I'm going to be doing several blogs that will be from back in the DAY! I want to take a look back at the journey from writing TAKE THE REINS in 2006, to selling it in 2007, to it pubbing in 2009.
Let's kick this off with November 2006!
This is my third day of writing TTR. :)
Friday, November 3, 2006 NaNoWriMo Day 3 Words: 6061 by noon today Sanity level: 95% Coffee intake: 2 Swear words used: 5
are the stats! Lookin' good so far. I've met more people of interest
this year in NaNo and the Harper Teen FanLit contest than I met last
year. I was surprised to find successful authors on NaNo willing to help
someone like me with the agent and publishing process. I figured
authors with books on actual store shelves wouldn't give time to the
little people but I was wrong! Kudos to those who have offered me
encouragement....it goes a long way. :)
I have so many things to say about the finale of Canterwood Crest. Like, SO many things.
But I try to write this post and I'm not ready. Not yet. :) I'm in complete denial that this is the last book of the Canterwood Crest series. That said, there are so many things that I am so grateful for--the series reaching 20 books being one of them. Plus, I am loving writing UNICORN MAGIC and WILD HEARTS.
Another, is that I will have the chance to continue to tell stories from Sasha and Lauren via upcoming e-novellas. I want you all to know that, due to contract reasons, I will not be publishing these myself. Instead, Simon & Schuster will be in charge of making these e-novellas available to you. I will have complete control over mostly everything aside from pricing. I do not yet know what the e-novellas will cost now that I am not in control of that.I will make sure the cost is as low as I can get it--I promise. But I am happy that S&S is working with me to continue Canterwood…
Just stumbled on this . . . so exciting! I HEART Dover so, so much! Even though I can't ride anymore, I still fangirl when a new catalog arrives. :) Seeing Canterwood in Dover (no clue how long it has been there) is really, really cool!
I'm anxious about how my arm/elbow is going to acclimate being used again. I don't have time in my new schedule to take it snnnaaaaiiil slow, but I am going to start off a little easy and then get ready for full tilt go-mode. Fingers crossed that the rest, new medication, and other pain management techniques will work.
Because I have three books to write. :D
THAT makes me freak out with happiness!! I get to spend time in the chapter book/fantasy world with the third UNICORN MAGIC book. With WILD HEARTS, I go back to horses and the rugged setting of Wyoming and wild mustangs. Plus, it's YA so I don't have to keep the content G-rated. THEN, I can be back to Canterwood (yaaaaay!) with HEATED my first Canterwood Crest e-novella.
What a fun, fab mix of projects!
I missed you all and am glad to be back! I AM going to put the breaks on replying to Team Canterwood mail via email right now. That doesn't m…
Who's participating this year? I'm trying to save my arm from too much typing, so I'm going to vlog this week about NaNo, my experience, etc. As many of you may know, TAKE THE REINS was my 2006 NaNoNovel. I am obsessed with the contest and have SO MUCH love for it. :)
I really, really want to participate this year. However, 11/1 is my first day back to work after two months on medical leave for golfer's elbow. I'll still be in recovery in November and how well--or how poorly--my arm reacts to the break, new medications--all depends on whether or not I'll be able to participate this year. I may do a halfsies version and go for 25,000 words in Nov. We'll have to wait and see!
I can't wait to see who's in this year and will be there every step of the way cheering you on. I hope to at the very least Keek daily with a message of encouragement, a tip that worked for me, o…
Coming early 2014 for $1.99. Will be available at places such as BarnesandNoble.com and Amazon.com.
WRITE NOW! A YOUNG WRITER'S GUIDE TO GETTING PUBLISHED is a Violet & Ruby Productions e-book.
The forward . . .
So, I want to have amazing online Home for Christmas/goodbye to Canterwood Crest parties. For everyone (international too!)
First, we party via LiveStream like we did for the Famous release. You create a free account, get online at a set time and you'll have access to a chat box and to me via Webcam. You'll be able to type questions/comments to me that everyone can see. I'll answer them via my Webcam. I'll be online for one hour and you can pop in whenever you like to lurk or ask a question.
Everyone and anyone in the world can participate. LiveStream will allow as many people who want to join in. It's anonymous because you can use a screen name. You get to "see" me via Webcam.
If you can't make it to the actual live event, it will be recorded for you to view later.
Party #2 is one that I've never done and is the ULTIMATE VIP party! I mean, Home for Christmas is a super special, so we need a super special party, right?
I'm hosting an online party to celebrate the release of Home for Christmas! If you want to attend, please vote for the date of your choice and whatever date has the most votes will be the live party date! The date with the most votes will be the party day! :)
How the party will be hosted will be asked in the next blog post.
What date should our party be? November 16 (Saturday) November 23 (Saturday) November 30 (Saturday) November 17 (Sunday) Acepoll More polls: Free polls
Hi! It's Kate writing for Jess. :) She asked me to do a quick blog post for Team Canterwood.
The models posing at the photoshoot
Alexis and Dayton!
Jess says to tell you all that she's super excited about HOME FOR CHRISTMAS which releases on November 12, 2013. Today, she's launching a contest!
* If the pre-orders and first week sales of HOME FOR CHRISTMAS are better than any other book in the Canterwood Crest series, Jess will gift you all with a holiday treat in early 2014 . . .
a Canterwood Crest e-novella picking up EXACTLY where UNFRIENDLY COMPETITION left off will be written and published online! It will be a Sasha featured, lip gloss packed, drama, and horses filled e-novella that will be able to download for $.99. Jess would set the price at zero, but Amazon doesn't allow authors to self-publish free books anymore.
So, if you want a special, never before read e-novella, start spreading the word about HOME FOR CHRISTMAS! :) The contest starts NOW and ends on N…
I wanted to let you all know that starting today, I will not be blogging or writing until November 1st.
It's doctor's orders that I give my arm/elbow eight weeks of rest while I try new medications and therapies for it. I've been in a pretty severe amount of pain for years and it's now increased to the point where I cannot type.
I am incredibly grateful to my editors and Simon & Schuster and Bloomsbury who were so very kind about my sudden break from work. They each are working on new schedules for me and have been great about giving me medical leave.
This also means I will not be writing HEATED or SANCTUARY until after November 1st.
I will respond to business emails, but not to Team Canterwood mail during this time. I will still read EVERY one of your emails, though.
I'll be back just in time to celebrate the November 12th release of HOME FOR CHRISTMAS!
I'll also be Tweeting (with my LEFT hand) occasionally and posting photos to my Instagram account. (je…
I've been so crazy busy that I haven't been watching my blog comments as much as I should have been, but it appears that on August 14, Stephenie Meyer commented on my blog post regarding her interview in Variety. I can't be sure it was Stephenie, unfortunately, as it was an anonymous comment and she didn't email to say "hey, it's really me!" :) But, if it is in fact Stephenie Meyer, I'd love for you all to read her response pasted below.
Stephenie, if you truly did comment, I sincerely appreciate you stopping by and offering your take on what happened with this interview. It means a lot to me that you took the time to comment with such thoughtfulness and address the points I brought up about this interview.
Your coming forward and leaving this response certainly has changed my opinion about the interview and I can definitely understand the miscommunication that sometimes comes with talking to a reporter. Your response about the "being over it&quo…
I've got a ticket to the MTV VMAs that I can't use as I won't be able to go. :( But I want someone to enjoy the show, so my ticket is up for sale on eBay. Please spread the word to anyone you know who might want it.
Here's the info and there's a map on the link to show you where my seat is:
I have one ticket
that I purchased via StubHub for the VMA's for sale. The physical
ticket will arrive to me on or before 8/23 (according to StubHub) and I
will immediately mail the ticket to you via USPS Priority Mail Express.
This info is from my StubHub order:
MTV Video Music Awards Tickets Barclays Center Brooklyn, NY, U.S.Sun, 08/25/2013 9:00 p.m. EDTUpper 206 Row: 16 Guaranteed… As
a potential buyer, I would understand the fear of a scam for a ticket.
So, I am putting up a link to my personal Website so you can see that
I'm not a fraud or selling a fake ticket. I
http://www.jessicaburkhart.com. Upon purchase of the ticket, we can
exchange email …