Monday, August 15, 2011

Persistent Resolve and Give Away!

This is the face I make when writing  a query letter...

This is the sign that blinks in my mental rear-view mirror after I hit send... 


After one Dear Author form rejection, three days and three glasses of wine later, I see this around the bend in my future...


And in honor of the challenges of convincing an agent to read my manuscript, I'm giving away...


Beauty Queens by Libba Bray


...Because my friend from taught me how much an author can touch an audience. 


Libba Bray and


If you would like to WIN BEAUTY QUEENS, leave a comment in this thread and tell me how your life would have been different if a particular author would have given up and not been published. 


Leave your email and name and of course - I always love it when you spread the word.


Contest ends August 31 at midnight.


Good luck!



  1. Well, you already know my story since it happened in front of you...but it was truly amazing to meet Libba Bray. That definitely accomplished a life goal. Love this giveaway!

  2. I should get brownie points for answering first!  ;0)
    I'm going to say two people.  RL Stine for his amazing books that kept me reading all through my youth.  My love of his books kept me reading as an adult which led me to Stephenie Meyer.  It's her story (and amazing books) that got me back into writing.
    Great question.
    MandieBaxter at yahoo dot com

  3. That's okay Mandie, I'll give you brownie points anyway! Great choice in authors! They made a big impact on my life as well.

  4. Truth is that the best answer for me is Stephenie Meyer's because Twilight was my first real taste of YA books. But really, I would have missed so much more if Cassandra Clare had given up. I love all her books and I can reread them often and still enjoy them again and again. Really glad she didn't give up.


  5. haha, you know what? I was standing at the table RIGHT NEXT TO your friend when she had her hold up that sign. It was a funny moment.

    Sharon Creech was the first one who made me realize "this is what I want to do."

  6. StuckInBooks, I love Cassandra Clare too. Her worlds are amazing!

    Sophia (I have a character named Sophia - such a pretty name :=), That is so funny you were there! And really awesome. I'm sad I didn't get to meet you in person.

    Don't forget to leave your email.

    Have a Blessed Day,


  7. What if Mildred A Wirt (Carolyn Keene) hadn't written the first 23 books in the Nancy Drew series? Yeah, someone else would have been paid the $125 per book but would it have been the same? My love of reading and solving mysteries might not ever have happened.!/alterlisa/status/104334653955121153


    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com