Tuesday, December 16, 2008


Well, all those queries to all those agents has finally paid off!

Don't get all excited and congratulatory though...I didn't score an agent.

I did, however, score a sparkly $50 Barnes & Noble gift card for my year-long quest for publication at my local RWA chapter's holiday party. I can do some seriously good shopping with $50. The reward-style Momentum Award is new to our chapter this year and still being tweaked. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time--and isn't that what publishing is all about?

Fifty dollars was the second place gift and awarded on a points system, with points being given for a variety of beneficial writing practices: attending a workshop, reading a book on writing craft, querying an editor or agent--each of those was worth five points. And I tallied--I've queried 35 agents this year--all but one of them via computer (read, no postage). So I had some points. I didn't quite dominate as I'd hoped, nor did I get the 1st prize $75 gift card. But the $50 is just fine with me.

And everyone liked my Spinach Queso too! We all decided it was a healthy vegetable alternative and could even be poured over turkey at Thanksgiving.

And I started a new manuscript! Yay!


Angie Ledbetter said...

Woohoo! A good wootin' day for you all around. :)

Lucy said...

That's cool. Congratulations! Enjoy that card. :)

Travis Erwin said...

Congrats on the win and the new manuscript, but as a carnivore I'm not giving kudos in spinach anything.

Liza said...

Enjoy your B&N card. I could do some serious damage with a $50 gift card. Congrats on the new manuscript and the spinach queso(must give the recipe a shot).

Stacy said...

Fifty dollars worth of books is very, very nice!

Good luck with the agent search!

Sarakastic said...


~Virginia~ said...

the only way i'd buy something from B&N is if i had a gift card...i rely more and more on Half Price Books. :) congrats on the card!

hope you and your family enjoy a festive and joyous holiday and happy new year!

Angie and Brian said...

You had my heartrate up! I was about to throw down the laptop and run to the phone to call!! Congrats on the gift certificate.