May 29th, 2008

Mindy's head shot


I can't wait to attend the Writer's Intensive and Orlando Workshop next week! My MG, Adventures of Bra Girl, is being critiqued by Andrea Tompa from Candlewick Press. Of course, I've made a ton of changes since submitting it, and I think it's even stronger now. I can't wait to hear her advice! I'm also bringing it to the Writer's Intensive--and am excited to see if there's any way to polish up my new and improved version, before I start submitting it by the end of June.

I've been working on my PB, Mess Monster, for a long time now. I had thought it was ready to submit months ago, but loved suggestions my critiques groups gave me that could add many more illustration possibilities. Now, I'm not sure what to do with it. Some crit buddies love the new version, while others thought it was too scary (although,there are many children's stories with a scary section or two). Others love the version before that. And still others love the one before all the big changes, that mostly took place in the MC's bedroom (which could limit the illustrations). So confusing! Debby Garfinkle is critiquing this one, and I can't wait to hear her advice! I would love to be able to submit it soon, but want to make sure I send my strongest version. With her amazing sense of humor, I wouldn't be surprised if I end up with yet another version--which will hopefully dazzle a dream editor!

I'm looking forward to seeing some LJ friends again, and meeting others for the first time, like Debby and Fran. Hopefully, we'll have some time to chat at the workshop. It goes by so fast!

It's book signing season in South Florida! I went to Debbie Reed Fischer's first solo signing for her amazing debut novel, Braless in Wonderland. I really love her YA, and can't wait to get my hands on Swimming With The Sharks, which should be released in September.

Standing next to Debbie is Marjetta Geerling. Her debut novel, Fancy White Trash, was released the same day as Debbie's signing! I started reading it the other day, and love it! I can't wait for her June 19th signing.

Last night I went to a poetry signing for Joyce Sweeney (Impermanence) and Kathy Macdonald (White Dwarfs). These talented writers touched every single person in the audience (and even had several B&N customers stop browsing and watch from the aisles)!
Joyce is on the left, and Kathy is on the right.

I feel lucky to be part of such a talented and friendly community of writers. My life has changed so much since Joyce asked me to join her weekly group one year ago. My critique groups have helped me grow so much as a writer. I'm trying not to get my hopes up too high, but I have a feeling that Adventures of Bra Girl will end up being my debut novel, and I'm not sure if it would exist without all the support, feedback, and friendship I've received this past year. Thank you all so incredibly much!
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