I am absolutely THRILLED to see my client Pam Brondos’ book up for pre-order at Amazon. Pam was one of the very first authors to ever query me. Seeing this project fully realized brings tears to my eyes.
Blurb Courtesy of Amazon:
Years before, a gateway opened between their world and ours. Sending one young woman through may be the key to survival for the kingdom of Fourline.
Strapped for cash, college student Natalie Barns agrees to take a job at a costume shop. Sure, Estos—her classmate who works in the shop—is a little odd, but Nat needs the money for her tuition.
Then she stumbles through the mysterious door behind the shop—and her entire universe transforms.
Discovering there’s far more to Estos than she ever imagined, Nat gets swept up in an adventure to save his homeland, an incredible world filled with decaying magic, deadly creatures, and a noble resistance of exiled warriors battling dark forces. As she struggles with her role in an epic conflict and wrestles with her growing affection for a young rebel, Soris, Nat quickly learns that nothing may go as planned…and her biggest challenge may be surviving long enough to make it home.
I fell in love with Natalie’s story right from the start and Pam has worked so hard to make it even better. Check it out!
A fan sent me this article on harvesting electrical energy from humans. Take a look at these present and future ideas, more of The Energy Crusades in action.
One of my favorite things about being an author is when fans send me news articles regarding something that reminds them of The Energy Crusades. It’s quite rewarding to see the future as I imagined it come to life.
Many of you, dear fans, have written to me about this solar bike path.
If you’ve read The Energy Crusades, you know exactly why I would love this article- there is something very similar to this in my book. If you haven’t read it, what are you waiting for? See what the future has in store for you!
As a querying author, I remember thinking “if only I could get an agent…”. At the time, that was the ultimate goal, the highest mountain to climb. Because once I signed with an agent, my life would be complete. Ha! That accomplishment was simply another hurdle in my quest to becoming published.
Once I signed with my fabulous agent, life was wonderful. I had made it. I thought I’d be able to relax and reap all the benefits of that success. Oh foolish girl! You see, signing with an agent is indeed a huge accomplishment, but it begins a new set of challenges. My book went out on submission and all I could think was “if only The Energy Crusades can connect with the right editor…”.
My journey with querying, learning about that process, connecting with agents, set me on the path to becoming an agent myself. When I was interning, I remember thinking “if only I could become an agent…”. When I reached that goal, I’d be able to read my own queries, pick my own projects, sign my own authors. Life would be perfect. *sigh*
And guess what? I did become an Associate Agent and life was wonderful and I could sit back and enjoy that success. But no, no, no. There were more hurdles to overcome and I thought “if only I could find an awesome project and sign an author…”. Seems easy right? Well, I received over 1000 queries in a 2 month period and felt quickly overwhelmed with the task, as if I was trying to find a needle in a haystack so to speak. The first project I loved, the author ended up signing with another agent, a disappointment for sure, but also confirmation that her story was something special. But I kept at it and I did sign an author, and then another one, and another one. I had done it! I’d accomplished what I set out to do and now I could sit back and relax and life would be perfect. When would I learn?
After signing my authors and sending them on submission, all I could think was “if only I could sell a project..”. If I could sell a project, then I would have truly made it and life would for sure be perfect this time. Right? Oh dear.
I did sell my first project and my author was thrilled, and I was thrilled, and my boss was thrilled and it was a series of congratulations and pats on the back. We did it! It was a team effort and we worked together to make it happen. I was (and am!) so proud of the project and the deal it secured I just knew I had truly made it and proved I could make it as an agent. Alas…
What I’ve learned about myself is I will never be “finished”. Once I accomplish a goal, my goal changes, new goals are added, new challenges begin. I’m a firm believer in writing down goals, talking about them, working on them, visualizing them. Goals should be specific and attainable. For instance, a goal of “I’m going to write a book”, is far too broad for me. A goal of “I’m going to write 300 words a day” is more my style.
I’m thinking other people suffer from the “if only’s” just as I do. It’s a quality I’m learning to appreciate about myself as I strive to reach my next goal. Bring it on!
As I work through edits on book number 2 in The Energy Crusades series, I’ve been looking at the world around me and enjoying all the ways it inspires my story. I hope to have more pictures to share soon and I cannot wait for you all to see what happens in book 2. The City in the Mountains….coming soon.