Gigs Growing Grand
I got GLORIOUS news yesterday... it isn't the FINAL news, but I QUOTE:
"XYZ (not editor's real name) wrote just now to say she’s reading the chapters and is “really impressed.” She said she’ll be back to me in a week or so . Don’t open the champagne YET, but you could probably go buy a bottle…"
You hear that? Agent is saying to buy the champagne! Don't open it means it isn't a done deal until the contract is signed and the ink dried, but man oh man I can FEEL IT!
Great Grandparental Gratitude
Grandma Boyd: She lived in my home town, and when I was small was in a nursing home. I spent a lot of time with my grandma (my mom's mom) who would take me out to visit with relative frequency. I liked seeing HER, but I hated going out there—other old people would reach for me—a toddler or preschooler being paraded through people over seventy can have that effect. I've been somewhat skittish around really old people since then, though I've tried pretty darned hard to overcome it, and it seems to only kick in now when there are a lot of very helpless people (the oldest old, wheelchair bound or sickly).
Grandma Carlson: this is the line I remember least, though I remember when my grandpa died and I went home to stay. A cousin on the other side of my family learned, “You're related to the TROY Carlsons?” He acted like that explained quite a lot *snort *. And I remember being about four and going to Walla Walla, Washington for a visit—because if you've ever even SAID Walla Walla, Washington, you remember the experience.
Grandma Hart: Annie. This feisty old woman lived to be in her mid-nineties. She and my great grandpa lived in a teeny, tiny little house behind my grandparents, and I swear at age six, I was taller than her and could touch to ceiling in that little house. Oh, I know, you doubt me. Memories can do strange things, but that is how I remember it. I always adored her, I think because she seemed so friendly and small, though when her son, my grandpa, died, I learned some sort of horrible history... she will feature centrally in the most important book I have planned in my lifetime—my grandpa's very sad story. It will be strange to reconcile this woman who I remember well with the way she treated my grandpa for a while there.
I think I've mentioned that I am participating in a Virtual Book Tour being organized by Authors Promoting Authors, so I thought it was time to share my near future schedule of GUEST BLOGGERS with you. I will add a sidebar soon, so you have an easy place to check, but for NOW, look out for these authors promoting their books!
April 15- Lee Libro
April 20- Nedyne Shorts Nettles
April 20- Nedyne Shorts Nettles
April 23 - Melody Dempsey
April 29 - Lillian Brummet
May 6 - Omegia Keeys
I encourage any of you who can to follow groups like APA and get involved with things like this. I figure many of us will someday be in a position to NEED to reach out, and this is a great way to do it. It's also a way to expand your blog readership, as people will see where their friend is visiting, and check out YOUR BLOG to see them. I know I'm hoping to have amassed a stack o' stalkers by the time I have a book release and I'll drag them ALL OVER... right? Teehee. Seriously though... this is my first time doing this kind of thing, and it really has a feel to it like 'this is the point'... authors helping each other get out there are reach potential readerships.