Thursday, July 21, 2011

Meg Cabot in Seattle

This past Monday night I sacrificed watching the ever-scintillating "Bachelorette" to rush up to Barnes and Noble and hear Meg Cabot speak. What a good choice! She was absolutely hilarious. Even the man next to me (my husband, incidentally, whom I dragged along to take my photo with Meg) was laughing his head off! I think we might have been the only two adults in the room who were unaccompanied by children, which was rather odd given that Meg was in town promoting her adult paranormal, OVERBITE, but perhaps that is what children are reading these days on the heels of that other popular series that features vampires and such. Of course, who can forget her delightful teen book THE PRINCESS DIARIES and I saw many copies of that beloved volume in hand to be signed. I even picked up a copy myself and then agonized over which of my seven (yes, seven!) nieces to have it personalized for, finally settling on the one who fancies herself a "princess"! Thoughtful Auntie got OVERBITE, which I have added to my growing stack of Books To Read.

A few choice tidbits for writers from Meg's talk that stayed with me:

Regarding revisions, she said that from an author's point of view no book is ever really finished and that she never reads her own books once they're published. She also said that most writers are excited about their manuscript until about page 100 and are ready to move on to the next project by page 200. (Am I the only one who finds that really encouraging?!)

Regarding rejection in the publishing world, she said that after her father died when she was a young person that she no longer feared rejection. The worst thing that could happen to you, she said, was losing someone you love, not being rejected by a publisher. She added that her father's death made her realize how important it was to follow your dreams.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

The 2011 Get Your Stiletto in the Door Contest

This year's Stiletto Contest, sponsored by the Chick Lit Writers of the World RWA online chapter, is now open for entries. Categories include:
Single Title
Women's Fiction
Mystery/Suspense
Paranormal
Young Adult
Entry fees are low ($15-25), each entry will receive FOUR written critiques, and the impressive line-up of final judges includes an agent, editor, and e-publisher for each category. Stiletto finalists have a great track record of being asked for full manuscripts and offered representation! More details at http://chicklitwriters.com/stilettocontest/.