Sold Dutch and German Rights For The Patron Saint Of Beans!
March 5, 2012

The official post. : )

Here it is, from Publisher’s Marketplace:

International rights: Fiction
Rights to Emily Murdoch’s THE PATRON SAINT OF BEANS, to Heyne in Germany, by Agence Hoffman, and Van Goor in the Netherlands, by Mo Literary Services, on behalf of Taryn Fagerness Agency and Mandy Hubbard of D4EO Agency.

I couldn’t be more excited at the thought of sharing my novel abroad. It’s looking like it’ll come out in the Netherlands approximately Summer 2013, and I’m not sure yet of the date for Germany.

I can’t wait to hold these two versions in my hands, even if I can’t read them, myself!

I wish all writers the same good fortune and this same amazing feeling.

Last but far from least, a huge thank you to Taryn Fagerness and her sub-agents, and to Mandy Hubbard, and Bob Diforio. I’m luckiest of all to be in such capable, wonderful hands. : )

“The harder I worked, the luckier I got.”

Paula Deen

Fairy Dust or Hard Work?
May 27, 2011

Ernest Hemingway's desk in his house in Key West.

So the writer can only do his or her part to the best of his ability and place himself in the best position for the next steps. There are ways to get noticed, but still no guarantees.

Editor Beth Hill    Click here: Editor’s Blog  

Exactly.

I’m of the camp that believes a writer can make their own luck through hard, hard work. In a sense, the first part of an author’s career is an apprenticeship to Writing. To experiment, practice, (and above all), write. Again, dare to suck. The only way to write amazing, get-noticed material is through writing dull stuff, wrong stuff, first drafts, embarassing ideas, the grocery list, if necessary, as long as you keep the pen (or keyboard) moving.

When we write, we train our brains to write. To think. To create. It’s no different than anything else we do, from drawing, knitting, riding, *fill in the blank*. We don’t draw perfect people, knit perfect sweaters, gallop and sidestep right out of the gate. First, we learn. We practice, put in the hours. Study what those further ahead of us know. Be willing to fail. But, also be willing to get back up, get back to the page.

Neither magical thinking  nor daydreams of ones books on the shelves will make it happen over the long haul. The best tool a writer has is hard work — to keep writing — to persevere.

Every day is a new page.

Dare To Suck. That’s right, Writers.
April 22, 2011

It’s Friday, I’m happily pounding the keys as I work on revisions (very exciting!) and a light beer is beckoning, not to mention ranch chores, so let me make this short and sweet.

Dare to suck. Doooo it.

Daring to suck means you’re thinking, writing, practicing, evolving. There’re no edits, no rewrites, no revisions, no polishing — no words — if you don’t first dare to suck.

And you just might find, as you read your words back, that they’re not so bad, after all.

Good writing, everyone.

The Patron Saint of Beans
March 29, 2011

The Patron Saint of Beans

The storyline for this YA novel was inspired by a news story on parental kidnapping/alienation.

Violin prodigy Carey Benskin spent the majority of her fifteen years hidden away in the Obed Scenic and Wild River National Park, with her mute little sister, Jenessa, and their bipolar mother, Joelle. She didn’t expect Mama to go into town for supplies and vanish off the face of Tennessee, leaving the girls no choice but to return to the father who abandoned them long ago … or did he?

~*~

Usually, I would now include the first five pages, Kindle-sample-style. But, as an agented writer, I’m unsure about the protocol when it comes to first rights and manuscript excerpts.

I’ll find out and be back to post the pages if given the green light.

In the meantime, this novel is now in my agent’s hands.

UPDATE: I’ll be doing further revisions, but the manuscript has been accepted as my next novel!

 Not all of a writer’s manuscripts are guaranteed representation, even by a writer’s own agent. Scary, if you’ve never thought that far ahead. Yet, on the other hand, if a manuscript is a clunker, your agent is protecting your name and brand by refusing it.

Unless the writer disagrees …

You can read more about that particular twist in the road at agent Jennifer Laughran’s blog:

 Jennifer Represents…: When Your Agent Isn’t Feeling the Love

Thank goodness my agent felt the love!

I’ve loved books my entire life. As a writer with a manuscript on submission to editors, I appreciate books (especially their brave, hard-working authors!) that much more.

Six Agent Offers!
October 24, 2010

SQUEE!!!!

After writing three YA novels, navigating a close call with my previous manuscript, and spending four months on Query Road for my present work, hollyrusken@yahoo.com, I received an offer of representation on Thursday — and another on Saturday!

As if that isn’t heady enough, three more agents are making their decisions by Monday, and I eagerly await agent-phone-call-number-three Monday afternoon.

To say my head is spinning would be the understatement of the century!

After years of drought, the floodgates have opened. I feel so many emotions — relieved, excited!, thankful, validated, and the list goes on and on. The champagne, chillin’ in the fridge for ten months, has been cracked …

One word -- YUM!

… the roses sniffed …

From my husband, my staunchest supporter.

… and happy dancing has commenced all over the house, even if it causes the terriers to bark at their crazy, face-hurts-from-grinning-so-hard human being.

I wish I could adequately convey the feeling of a lifetime of hope and dreams mixed with years of hard, hard work culminating in the representation I’ve been dreaming of!

I will, when I can. But more so, I want to reiterate to my fellow travelers that the dream is POSSIBLE, DOABLE, REACHABLE if you continue to work hard, believe in yourself, and most of all, SHINE!

To my writing community, my beta readers, my supportive writing friends, my old friends who believed in me from the start — YOU ROCK!

I wouldn’t be here without you. For that, I thank you with all my heart.

Nailed to the wall by the phone for 8 months. There are more questions on the back, also.

I have until the 30th to make my decision, so I’ll be back to announce the news.

Until then, honking at you from the Happy Writer rest stop on Query Road, still grinning like a fool and pinching myself!    

By popular demand: the B side!

 (No saguaros were harmed in the taking of this photograph : )