Thursday, October 25, 2007

My Day Giving Romance afraid!

Myra Johnson
Use the link in this blog title to read my advice on romance on Myra Johnson's blog 'Writer at Random'....if you DARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Cheryl Wyatt ~ Contests a Bitter Friend?

Cheryl Wyatt posts on The Seekers Blog today about the hard lessons she learned from contests. We all have to learn them somewhere!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Missy Tippens ~ First Post Jitters

Missy Tippens is on The Seekers Blog today.
I also just found out that her book, due for release in February, titled Her Unlikely Family, is up on Amazon now.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Write or Die ~ Camy Tang

Camy Tang writes about how entering contests helped her to find an editor and get PUBLISHED on the Seekerville blog today.

Thursday, October 18, 2007


Julie Lessman is one of my Seeker buddys. I actually got to have a three hours breakfast with her when her life brought her to Omaha a week ago. She's posting today on The Seekers Blog. Her first book, A Passion Most Pure is coming January First. Buy it on Amazon now.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Life in the Midst of Writing

Michelle Gregory interviewed me today about Petticoat Ranch for her blog 'Life in the Midst of Writing.' This title above is a link to her site and that interview.

Michelle Gregory

Author Janet Dean Learning from Contests

Janet Dean, a fellow Seeker talks about her road to publication and how it led down the rocky road of entering contests.
Click this blog's title.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

I met my agent Les Stobbe for the first time

This picture was taken at the ACFW Conference in Dallas in September
L - R back row. Sue Duffy, my agent Les Stobbe, Beverly Varnado and me, Mary Connealy
Terri Gillespie in front. She sent me this pictures. Thanks Terri.

Also check out what's going on in Seekerville.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Contest Road ~ Part #2

Well, I won The Noble Theme contest and also placed third. I got a lot of requests at the conference to send in my book. I also got a really simple request from Cathy Marie Hake an author I didn’t know. She asked me to send her my first three chapters. She just wanted to see how I wrote.
I also had an agent looking at my work before this conference. He hadn’t offered to represent me, but he had expressed interest. When I emailed him to tell him I’d won the contest and tell him I received about fifteen requests from agents and editors for maybe five different books, he offered me a contract, so I got an agent, which is almost as hard as getting a book sold.
Cathy Marie Hake also kept in touch. She said she thought I was ‘ready’. No editor had yet seen that light, but Cathy’s encouragement kept me hoping. Plus, by this time, I had about twelve books and I’d had so many rejections I had a hide like a rhino, so submitting work didn’t even faze me.
Okay, well maybe I crawled under my computer desk and sucked my thumb for a day or two every time I got one but other than that I was fine.
Just before the next year’s conference, Cathy Marie Hake told me she wanted to pitch my name to write a book as part of a three book series set in historical Alaska. I worked on a proposal and talked on the phone with Cathy a lot before the 2005 conference.
Every year at the conference the acquiring editor for Heartsong Presents gives a contract to an unpublished author. I was so hopeful! I knew there was a chance it could be me. The Heartsong editor said someone else’s name and there’s only one, so okay, I’ve been rejected before. I kind of expect it.
And then she said, “And this year we’re giving two contracts to first time authors. We’re offering a contract to Mary Connealy.” I get chills saying that! It was a wonderful, thrilling shocking moment. I had to go up and get the contract, in front of 350 other writers, all clapping. A great, great moment in my life.
And it happened as a direct result of contests…and ten years of hard work of course.

The Seekers

I wrote a blog today about how entering contests was a big part of the equation that led me to publication. Click on the title of this post 'The Seekers' above or go to:

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Karen Cooper

I lured a friend to my daughter's wedding and found out about this whole other life she's living since she used to live next door to me.
So Karen is painting...this picture a woman with a book, I love it.
And I'm writing. And we're finding out a thousand things we need to catch up on.
Go to her blog, too, which you can find through her website in the title link above.

“There are but three fundamental colors---red, yellow, and blue.” Vincent van Gogh

"And if Vincent said it then it must be true!? So I go with it, but I go with it because I like it that way. Three primaries, with maybe a daub of violet, and a bit of green, that which some people would call a limited palette. For me, it’s all that’s needed to make a painting that feels fresh and alive. And that’s where I need to be at this space in my life.

I paint with acrylic paint on gallery wrapped canvas. Occasionally I do ‘color sketches’ on paper which sometimes end up at exhibit as matted paintings. I do not make reproductions of any of my paintings, so each one that you look at is a unique rendering of my point of view." --Karen Cooper