First of all, I apologize because this blog is late getting posted. I do have a good reason, though. Yesterday, we picked up my husband's best friend from high school at the airport and got to visit with him until the wee hours last night. Since we all went to the same high school and hubby and I were sweeties from our junior year on, he is also my good friend, too.
So, we brought out the old yearbooks and our wedding pictures (he was a groomsman) and spent the night reminiscing. This morning I had to take my grandkids to school (had to be at my daughter's house at 6AM, so I didn't have time to write a blog this morning. If I were organized like Kari, I would have written it Saturday and scheduled it to post on it's own.
But wait! I didn't have time to do it on Saturday, either. Right after my grandson's soccer game (he scored a hat trick and they beat a previously undefeated team) I headed into Dallas for a Plotting Princess Retreat. In attendance were Karilyn Bentley, Kathy Ivan, Alisha Page, Elizabeth Essex, Michelle Miles, Liese Sherwood-Fabre, Chris Keniston, Phyllis Middleton. Vicki Batman was our lovely host once again, and we welcomed new Princess Sasha Summers who brought tiaras for everyone.
Vicki started us off with a quick business meeting, and then we jumped right into the program which included a really good Twitter 101 lecture by Alisha. I am now proud to say I will be a Triberr member. She's got like a million people in her tribe, and I'm gonna be one of them. Then Michelle gave us really explicit instructions on how to establish an author page on FaceBook and how to network a blog. All really good stuff that I plan to look into.
After breaking for food, we started on what we really do best--plotting. We came up with a great title for Chris' wip and a terrific tag line for Sasha who will release a Greek mythology romance as well as a contemporary romance this year.
Then we moved on to me and CHICKEN CACCHIA-KILLER. I introduced my characters and gave a short blurb and plot points for book 4 of the Clueless Cook Series.---and oh boy, the ideas started flying around the room. After thirty minutes I had my entire book plotted, and I'm ready to get started on the opening chapter. YAY!!!!!
My point in all this is that I have been thinking about how we always hear that writing is such a solitary business, and I'm here to tell you that isn't always so. I've found writers, in general, to be a very giving group, willing to pay it forward. Sasha told us about a well know author she had shot the bull with at a conference.In conversation she mentioned her Medusa book. The author emailed her and asked if she could read the story and gave Sasha a great blurb for her cover--all unsolicited.
For those of you who have yet to get the privilege of writing an acknowledgement page and thanking all your beta readers, CPs and anyone who encouraged you on your journey to publication here is an opportunity to do just that. I am calling this FRIEND APPRECIATION day. I want to publicly acknowledge my CP, Joni Sauer-Folger, who just signed a three book deal with Berkley Prime Crime, my beta readers, Chris Keniston, Sylvia Rochester, and Nora Roth, my agent, Christine Witthohn, my editor Faith Black, and everyone on all my loops who have been so supportive. And I can't forget my high school friend who spent the night, John Ritter, and my best friend all through high school, Suzie Schneid Turner who joined in long distance for the walk down memory lane.
Now I'm giving you the opportunity to tell us who you want to thank. As an an extra bonus as my way of paying it forward, I will plot, critique a chapter, or just simply discuss your story with one lucky commenter, If you are interested in being included in the drawing, be sure to post your email address so I can get in touch with you.
So, let's spread the love. Who are the princesses in your life?