March 27th, 2008

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HOW DO YOU CELEBRATE A SALE?

I'm looking forward to attending book signings for some amazing authors over the next few months. It must be the most incredible feeling to hold your book for the first time, after all the hard work you've poured into it. So...how do you celebrate each milestone, especially a first book sale?

My weekly critique group has a bean ceremony when a member makes his or her first sale. It's short and sweet--and something every single one of us can't wait to have. You're surrounded by critique buddies and friends, with a few special words, some maraca shakes, and a tiny bean to put in your office or on a necklace. It's something you can hold as a symbol of all that hard work--and the excitement of seeing your book in print one day soon. My mentor, Joyce Sweeney, recently held her 22nd bean ceremony. Isn't that amazing? I'm not sure how long it will take, but I know that one day, I'll be receiving my special bean from Joyce.

On Saturday, I'm going to a novel retreat, and will bring the beginning of my MG for critique and a batch of homemade brownies. I can't wait to do some writing exercises led by debbierfischer. I'm going to a signing for her first book in May. She has a great trailer on her blog, if you want to check it out.

Two weeks from today, I'm flying to PA for the Poconos Retreat. This will be my fourth year in a row. I'm taking two great workshops, and can't wait for my paid critique with Alexandra Penfold. I had the pleasure of meeting her at an Orlando Workshop a couple years ago, and look forward to seeing her again.

Now I'm going back to my MG revisions. I'm pretty sure I'll be able to get ADVENTURES OF BRA GIRL ready to sub by May or June. I've received such positive feedback, and can't wait until it's polished and ready to go!
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