NaNo writing camp July

So, I have decided to do a in an Nanowrimo camp for the month of July. It is all about word count. Hopefully it will also involve at least some degree of decent content as well. So far I have added to my novel tentatively titled

the water rushing over me

an additional six thousand words since July the first. Of course a good deal of those words will be altered, axe, or simply deleted. But that’s true of any first draft.  As anyone who has read my blog knows my major issue is follow through and content. So to have a novel that has twelve thousand words so far is a major accomplishment for me and giving myself the permission not too critique and worry over the word themselves  at this point it’s kind of a major breakthrough. Because I have begun to understand that part of my problem is wanting perfection which is quite dangerous for a chronic procrastinator like myself. Allowing myself to simply write and write and not rewrite is both challenging and liberating. The goal of course is the end of the month is to have a first draft completed. With a twelve thousand word beginning at this point I know that I can do this by the end. 
Next month of course will be a great deal editing rewording and changing but again that is to be expected with any first draft.


Writing Descriptions: Setting the Scene

Why do you write?

I don’t think I’ve ever sat down and asked myself this question. Got to the heart of why it is that I write. I have always written, and can’t ever see that stopping.
Is it a calling, is it a vocation, is it a hobby? For me personally writing is a calling. In all of my life its the only thing that has stayed constant. Which is saying something. I don’t really have anything else in my life that has stayed constant. I’ve had periods of my life where I lived somewhat  nomadicly, I have cycles in and out of living with people living alone, living with children, of course living with my parents. I have cycled through many professions, interest, and locations. And in all of those times and all of those things the one thing that stayed is writing.
My biggest frustration in life is my inability to fully realize my writing. Its systemic of my inability to stay on task. I am the quintessential procrastinator, I am massively ADD, and my decisions to do new things in the middle of doing other things is legendary. I have literally started doing something in middle cooking and forgotten my food.
I’m working on this, in fact in my never ending quest to become the best me in the world I am reading:Cathy Yardley Write Every Day, and as well as Write Good or Die.  These are just two of the books that I found about not just writing but what stops you from writing and how to get past. In write every day there is practical tips about dealing with friends and family members as well who tell you things like just write. 
I’m pushing through because my novel is actually close to completion and I have spoken to one publisher and I’m in contact with a few agencies as well. I’m not sure which is the best course of action but I guess I can figure that out as well.
Please feel free to give me any of your insight encouragement and your own experiences with procrastination, stagnation and generalized fuckery.

10 Tips to Immediately Create Great Plots: Everything You Need to Plot a Great Story | WritersDigestShop

For those of us stuck at plot here is a great Webinar that can help .


Each registration comes with access to the archived version of the program and the materials for one year. You do not have to attend the live event to get a recording of the presentation. In all WD webinars, no question goes unanswered. Attendees have the ability to chat with the instructor during the live event and ask questions. You will receive a copy of the webinar presentation in an e-mail that goes out one week after the live event. The answers to questions not covered in the live presentation will be included in this e-mail as well.

via 10 Tips to Immediately Create Great Plots: Everything You Need to Plot a Great Story | WritersDigestShop.

Writing Contests/Book Fairs

Here’s a service where you can enter up to 17 book festivals (Green Book Festival, Hollywood Book Festival, San Francisco Book Festival, Beach Book Festival, Paris Book Festival, New York Book Festival, New England Book Festival, DIY Book Festival, London Book Festival, Halloween Book Festival, Los Angeles Book Festival, Great Northwest Book Festival, Great Southwest Book Festival, Great Southeast Book Festival, Southern California Book Festival, Animals Animals Animals Book Festival, and the Great Midwest Book Festival) at the same time for about $50 per festival. What a great idea! Use the form provided to indicate your titles and categories, enter your payment info, and send just two copies of your book. That’s it – you’re all set! Oh – and the site has lots of great info about some of the bigger book festivals.

via Writing Contests/Book Fairs.

Establish social proof and credibility with Share Counts

We all know how important it is to display share counts for your content to establish social proof and credibility. It makes a HUGE difference.

For a while now, as part of share buttons, we have enabled you to display your official share counts on your site from services like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn and Delicious. But what about other popular services?

You asked. We listened!

By popular request, this week we’re proud to announce share counts support for a host of additional services, including for Google+, Reddit, StumbleUpon, VK, and Buffer! This is in addition to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn and Delicious.

via Establish social proof and credibility with Share Counts.

5 Reasons That Force You To Quit Blogging [And How To Fix Them]

You start blogging with all your dreams. You want to proclaim yourself as an entrepreneur. Or you may want to build that dream business you’ve always been wanting to build.

Or you want send your message out. Or may be you want to financially support your family by doing your part of “something”.

Everyone has different reasons for starting a blog.

However I am quite familiar of coming across abandoned blogs. Blog that are trashed. Blogs that are just dumped as if they are of no use anymore.

via 5 Reasons That Force You To Quit Blogging [And How To Fix Them].

Advice on Writing Your First Novel (From a Published Novelist) |

1. The world has two sorts of writers: people who talk about writing a novel and people who actually do it. I spent several decades among the former and I have to tell you, it feels great finally to join the ranks of the latter. To paraphrase Nike, stop talking about it and just do it!

2. Write a mission statement … and contract. When I started Island Apart, my mission was to use the skills I had acquired writing food stories and cookbooks over the years; the publishing and media contacts I had accumulated; and the promotional savvy I learned from dozens of book tours (and being married to a publicist—more on that in a future blog) to start, write, and finish a publishable novel within a year. Note the words “start,” “finish,” “publishable,” and “within a year.” These dictated a course of action, goal, and deadline, which made me take the process seriously.

3. The secret to writing a novel—or any book—is writing. You won’t turn out elegant prose every day. But it’s important to keep cranking it out. Bad writing eventually leads to good writing and paragraphs eventually add up to pages, chapters, and a finished novel.

4. There’s no one right way to write a novel. Some writers start with a plot (vague or meticulously planned); others use as their point of departure a phrase, character, situation, or moral dilemma. Some writers craft meticulous outlines before they start writing; others let the characters drive the story. Island Apart began as a title—not that title (more how and why it changed in a future blog). My original title was The Hermit of Chappaquiddick and the minute I had the title, I knew the who of my story (my protagonists) and the what (what would happen). What I didn’t know was how to get from the beginning to the denouement. Fortunately, I didn’t have to make the journey alone—I had the characters to guide me. They knew where they needed to go.

(Agents get specific and explain what kind of stories they’re looking for.)

5. Write with your eraser (or delete button). In the course of writing Island Apart, I jettisoned whole characters, situations, and chapters. I probably wrote 1000 pages of manuscript to wind up with a finished book of just under 300 pages. It hurt and I fought every deletion (my wife was a ruthless editor), but the final book is better for all the cuts.

6. Take the time to celebrate the milestones in your writing process. When you finish a chapter, take yourself and significant other out for dinner. When you finish the first draft, uncork a bottle of Champagne. (Not prosecco, real Champagne.) I timed the completion of the first draft to coincide with my birthday. I made a great ceremony of typing the words “The end” just before my birthday dinner. I also took the time to make a sententious speech to my children about the value of setting goals and working hard. I’m sure the latter went in one ear and out the other, but it sure made me feel good.

Advice on Writing Your First Novel (From a Published Novelist) |

Literary Agent Spotlight: Jennifer Azantian Starts Her Own Agency |

Literary agent Jennifer Azantian has formally opened her own agency early this year, and put out a call for submissions. Check out her specifics below and see if she’s a good fit for your work. About Jennifer: Founder Jennifer Azantian began her agenting career in 2011, first as an intern and then as an assistant and associate, at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. In 2014, after working with senior agent and entertainment lawyer Paul Levine, Jennifer opened her own agency specializing in genre fiction. Jennifer brings to her clients a passion for literature born of a writer’s heart and an editorial eye honed from reviewing thousands of projects both for herself and as submissions manager at the Dijkstra Agency. This, coupled with the guidance and superior contracts knowledge of Paul Levine, empowers the Jennifer Azantian Literary Agency to confidently commit to negotiating the very best terms for its talented authors as it guides their careers to success.(11 literary agents share what NOT to write in your query letter.)She is seeking: fantasy, science-fiction, and horror that focuses on characters that feel real, the kind whose stories she can get invested in regardless of extravagance in plot or setting. She is fascinated by the basic human truths that emerge at the heart o

via Literary Agent Spotlight: Jennifer Azantian Starts Her Own Agency |


My love is water , ever nourishing. Inside my heart I have all that you need. and in this place and at this time I have for you the best of me. Expectation of love always here , always faithful and even if it is weak , it is never broken.

I wash your face in my love , and give you back the shine life has stolen . You face is perfect , shine and loveliness , and even when you are full of wrinkles the love I have smoothed your brow ,and sees the face I know.

I fill your body with my love and know you feel it flood your passion . all the months and days of thirst is past and past and past .

I give you all that I have , and everyday that you are needing , I will be that which fills your needs, your wants, your desires and in between I know you … I know you … I know you

No matter what , you have this woman. weak and strong and all for you …

I know you .. I know you … I know

My love is water … ever nourishing

For my Fellow Texans , transplants or native ;Katy Budget Books

Welcome to KBB

Katy Budget Books is a one of a kind community bookstore that’s been open for over 30 years. We have a huge selection of new and used books at the bricks-and-mortar store. New books may be purchased online and may either be shipped to you or picked up at the store.

via Katy Budget Books | Houston’s Used Bookstore.

On This Day: January 30 –

1077 Pope Gregory VII pardons German emperor Henry IV
1349 Gunther of Schwarzburg chosen German anti-king
1349 – Jews of Freilsburg Germany are massacred
1467 Battle at Velke Kostolany: Hung king Mátyás Corvinus beats Bratrici
1487 Bell chimes invented
1522 Duke of Albany takes captured French back to Scotland
1544 Adrian van Goes becomes land advocate of Holland
1592 Ippolito Aldobrandini elected Pope Clement VIII
1647 Scots agree to sell King Charles I to English Parliament for £400
1648 Spain & Netherlands sign Peace of Munster, ending Tachtigjarige War
1661 Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England is ritually executed after having been dead for two years.
1667 Treaty/Truce of Andrusovo signed between Tsardom of Russia & Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth
1713 England & Netherlands sign 2nd anti-French boundary treaty
1774 Capt Cook reaches 71°10′ south, 1820km from south pole (record)
1781 Articles of Confederation ratified by 13th state, Maryland
1790 Lifeboat 1st tested at sea, by Mr Greathead, the inventor
1797 Congress refuses to accept 1st petitions from American blacks
1798 Rep Matthew Lyon (Vt) spits in face of Rep Roger Griswold (Ct) in US House of Representatives, after an argument
1800 US population: 5,308,483; Black population 1,002,037 (18.9%)
English Military and Political Leader Oliver CromwellEnglish Military and Political Leader Oliver Cromwell 1804 Mungo Park leaves England seeking source of Niger River
1806 Prussia takes possession of Hanover
1806 – The original Lower Trenton Bridge (also called the Trenton Makes the World Takes Bridge), which spans the Delaware River between Morrisville, Pennsylvania and Trenton, New Jersey, is opened.
1815 Burned Library of Congress reestablished with Jefferson’s 6500 vols
1818 Keats composes his sonnet, “When I Have Fears”
1820 Edward Bransfield aboard Williams discovers Antarctica (UK claim)
1826 The Menai Suspension Bridge, considered the world’s first modern suspension bridge, connecting the Isle of Anglesey to the north West coast of Wales is opened.
1835 Richard Lawrence misfires at President Andrew Jackson in Washington DC in 1st attempted assassination of a US President
1841 A fire destroys two-thirds of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico.
1847 Yerba Buena renamed San Francisco
1854 1st election in Washington Territory; 1,682 votes cast
1858 Charles Halle founds Halle Orchestra in Manchester
1858 – William Wells Brown published 1st Black drama, “Leap to Freedom”
1862 US Navy’s 1st ironclad warship (Monitor) launched
1877 Storm flood ravages Dutch coastal provinces
US President & General Andrew JacksonUS President & General Andrew Jackson 1879 French President MacMahon resigns
1883 England team presented with ashes of a bail after Sydney Test
1888 Harry Moses 297 not out for NSW against Victoria
1889 John Herschel uses camera obscura to photograph 48″ (120cm) telescope
1889 – Victoria beat NSW after following on (NSW all out 63 needed 76)
1889 – Archduke Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria, heir to the Austro-Hungarian crown, is found dead with his mistress Baroness Mary Vetsera in Mayerling.
1892 Bobby Abel carries his bat for 132* for England in SCG Test
1892 – Capt Lugard occupies Uganda’s King Mwanga’s hide out
1894 Pneumatic hammer patented by Charles King of Detroit
1894 – US flag fired on in Rio; prompt satisfaction exacted by Adm Benham
1895 C J Eady (Tas) 1st Australian to score twin centuries (v Vic)
1895 – SS Elbe sinks after collision in North Sea, 332 killed
1895 – Tasmania beat Victoria for 1st F-C victory in 41 years
1911 1st rescue of an air passenger by a ship, near Havana, Cuba
1913 House of Lords rejects Irish Home Rule Bill
1915 German submarine attack on Le Havre
1915 – No 10 batsman F W Hyett scores century on debut, Vic v Tas
1917 1st jazz record recorded (Dark Town Strutters Ball)
1919 Reds hire Pat Moran as manager as Christy Mathewson, is still in France with US Army
1921 French rapist-murderer Henri-Desire Landru sentenced to death
1922 Ted McDonald takes 8-58 in big Victorian win over NSW
1922 – World Law Day, 1st celebrated
1924 Ponsford scores second 110 of the game in Vic win over NSW
1925 Turkish government throws out Constantine VI of Constantinople
1927 Left wins national election in Thuringen
1928 1st radio telephone connection between Netherlands & US
1928 – Bradman scores 134 not out (225 mins, 13 fours) NSW v Vic
1928 – Eugene O’Neill’s “Strange Interlude,” premieres in NYC
1930 Vladimir Mayakovsky’s “Banya,” premieres in Leningrad
1930 – The world’s first radiosonde is launched in Pavlovsk, USSR.
Comedian/Actor/Filmaker Charlie ChaplinComedian/Actor/Filmaker Charlie Chaplin 1931 Charlie Chaplin’s “City Lights” premieres at Los Angeles Theater
1932 Grimmett 7-116 in South Africa 1st innings at Adelaide Oval
1933 “Lone Ranger” begins a 21-year run on ABC radio
1933 – Adolf Hitler named German Chancellor, forms government with Von Papen
1933 – Grimmett takes 7-86 for SA in Qld 2nd inn, 13-135 for match
1934 1st theatrical presentation sponsored by US government, NYC
1934 – Bert Ironmonger ends Sheffield Shield career age 51 yrs 298 days
1934 – Hitler proclamation on German unified states
1935 Ezra Pound meets Benito Mussolini, reads from a draft of “Cantos”
1936 New owners of Boston Braves ask newspapermen to pick a new nickname
1936 – Victoria need 442 to win against NSW, but lose, all out for 415 They pick “The Bees” it doesn’t catch on & is scrapped by 1940 season
1937 2nd of Stalin’s purge trials; Pyatakov & 16 others sentenced to death
1939 Heavy after shocks destroy some of Chile
1939 – Hitler calls for extermination of European Jews
1940 Benjamin Britten’s “Lesson Illuminations” premieres in London
Soviet Union Premier Joseph StalinSoviet Union Premier Joseph Stalin 1940 – Cor Jongert wins 6th Dutch 11 Cities Skating Race
1940 – Hassett’s second 122 of the game for Vic can’t stop a NSW win
1941 Australian troops conquer Derna Libya
1942 Japanese troops land on Ambon
1943 6 British Mosquito’s daylight bomb Berlin
1943 – German assault on French in Tunisia
1943 – German under officers shot down in Haarlem Neth
1943 – Hitler promotes Friedrich von Paul to general-fieldmarshal
1943 – Illegal opposition newspaper Loyal begins publishing
1943 – USS Chicago sinks in Pacific Ocean
1944 US invades Majuro, Marshall Islands
1944 – World War II: United States troops land on Majuro.
1945 “Wilhelm Gustloff” torpedoed off Danzig by Soviet sub-c 9,400 die
1946 1st issue of Franklin Roosevelt dime
1948 5th Winter Olympic games open in St Moritz, Switzerland
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma GandhiPacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi 1948 – Mahatma Gandhi assassinated by Nathuram Godse
1950 “Robert Montgomery Presents” dramatic anthology premieres on NBC TV
1951 Belgium refuses to allow communists to make speeches on radio
1952 Lehmer verifies: 2^521-1 & 2^607-1 (183 ciphers) Mersenne-prime #
1952 – Paul Creston’s 4th Symphony, premieres
1954 Belgium ends trade agreement with USSR
1954 – Italy’s Fanfani government resigns
1956 Elvis Presley records his version of “Blue Suede Shoes”
1956 – KRMA TV channel 6 in Denver, CO (PBS) begins broadcasting
1956 – KTXS TV channel 12 in Sweetwater-Abilene, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
1956 – Martin Luther King Jr’s home bombed
1957 US Congress accepts “Eisenhower-doctrine”
1958 1st 2-way moving sidewalk in service, Dallas Tx
1958 – Baseball announces players & coaches rather than fans pick all stars
1958 – Dore Schary’s “Sunrise at Campobello,” premieres in NYC
Clergyman and Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.Clergyman and Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr. 1958 – House of Lords passes bill allowing women in
1959 Australia 1-200 1st day 4th Test v England, Adelaide Oval
1959 – Paul Hindemith’s symphony “Pittsburgh,” premieres
1960 CIA OKs Lockheed to produce a new U-2 aircraft (Oxcart)
1960 – Dutch communist trade union EVC’58 disbands
1960 – Riot curtails third days play at Port-Of-Spain WI v England
1960 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Carol Heiss
1960 – US male Figure Skating championship won by David Jenkins
1961 Bobby Darin is youngest performer to headline a TV special on NBC
1961 – JFK asks for an Alliance for Progress & Peace Corp
1961 – KAET TV channel 8 in Phoenix, AZ (PBS) begins broadcasting
1961 – Lance Gibbs takes hat-trick (Mackay, Grout, Misson) at Adelaide
1962 UN General Assembly censures Portugal (because of Angola)
1962 – US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1962 – 2 members of Flying Wallendas’ high-wire act killed when their 7-person pyramid collapsed during a performance in Detroit
US President John F. KennedyUS President John F. Kennedy 1964 Military coup of Gen Nguyen Khanh in South Vietnam
1964 – Ranger 6 launched; makes perfect flight to Moon, but cameras fail
1965 “The Name Game” by Shirley Ellis hits #3
1965 – State funeral of Winston Churchill
1966 -19°F (-28°C), Corinth, Mississippi (state record)
1966 – -27°F (-33°C), New Market, Alabama (state record)
1966 – Ard Schenk skates world record 1500m (2:05.2)
1966 – Dmitri Sjostakovitsj completes his 11th string quartet
1968 Bobby Goldsboro records his biggest hit, “Honey”
1968 – Vietcong launch Tet-offensive on US embassy in Saigon
1969 Beatles perform their last gig together, a free concert
1969 – US/Canada ISIS 1 launched to study ionosphere
1971 “Ari” closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 19 performances
1971 – Dennis Lillee takes 5-84 in his 1st Test bowl, v England
1971 – UCLA starts 88 basketball game win streak
Soldier, author, journalist, politician Winston ChurchillSoldier, author, journalist, politician Winston Churchill 1972 Bloody Sunday: Brit soldiers shoot on catholics in Londonderry, 13 die
1972 – Pakistan withdraws from Commonwealth
1973 26th NHL All-Star Game: East beat West 5-4 at NY Rangers
1973 – Jury finds Watergate defendants Liddy & McCord guilty on all counts
1973 – KISS plays their 1st show (Coventry Club in Queens NY)
1974 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1976 1st-class debut of Dav Whatmore, in Johannesburg
1976 – George H W Bush becomes 11th director of CIA (until 1977)
1976 – William E Colby, ends term as 10th director of CIA
1977 8th (final) part of “Roots” is most-watched entertainment show ever
1977 – Allan Border scores 36 in his 1st-class innings (NSW v Qld)
1977 – Edward W Stack replaces Paul Kerr president of Hall of Fame
1978 Addie Joss & Larry MacPhail elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
1978 – Mutual Broadcasting Network begins airing Larry King Show on radio
1979 Rhodesia agrees to new constitution
1979 – Varig 707-323C freighter, flown by the same commander as Flight 820, disappears over the Pacific Ocean 30 minutes after taking off from Tokyo.
1980 Edward Albee’s “Lady from Dubuque,” premieres in NYC
Country Singer Kenny RogersCountry Singer Kenny Rogers 1981 8th American Music Award: Barbra Streisand & Kenny Rogers win
1982 US female Figure Skating championship won by Rosalynn Sumners
1982 – Richard Skrenta writes the first PC virus code, which is 400 lines long and disguised as an Apple boot program called “Elk Cloner”.
1983 Hilbert van Thumb becomes European skating champ
1983 – Pat Bradley wins LPGA Mazda of Deer Creek Golf Classic
1983 – Superbowl XVII: Wash Red Skins beat Miami Dolphins, 27-17 in Pasadena Superbowl MVP: John Riggins, Washington, RB
1988 Hansie Cronje gets a pair in 2nd 1st-class game (OFS v N Tvl)
1989 16th American Music Award: Randy Travis & George Michael wins
1989 – 5 Pharaoh sculptures from 1470 BC found at temple of Luxor
1989 – Joel Steinberg found guilty of 1st degree manslaughter of daughter
1989 – Last day of 1st class cricket for Dav Whatmore
1989 – Olympian, Bruce Kimball, is sentenced to 17 years in prison for killing 2 teenagers in a drunk driving accident
1989 – The American embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan closes.
1992 Space Shuttle STS-42 (Discovery 15) lands
1993 100,000n Europeans demonstrate against fascism & racism
Rock Vocalist George MichaelRock Vocalist George Michael 1993 – 67th Australian Women’s Tennis Open: Monica Seles beat Graf (4-6 6-3 6-2)
1994 68th Australian Women’s Tennis Open: S Graf beats A S Vicario (6-0 6-2)
1994 – 82nd Australian Mens Tennis: Pete Sampras beats Todd Martin (76 64 64)
1994 – Dan Jansen skates world record 500m (35.76)
1994 – Kapil Dev equals Richard Hadlee’s world record of 431 Test wkts
1994 – Superbowl XXVIII: Dallas Cowboys beat Buffalo Bills, 30-13 in Atlanta Superbowl MVP: Emmitt Smith, Dallas, RB
1994 – Péter Lékó becomes the youngest chess grand master.
1995 22nd American Music Award: Boyz II Men & Ace of Base win
1995 – Belgium’s TV channel 2 in Flanders goes on the air
1995 – Car bomb explodes in Algiers, 42 killed/296 injured
1995 – Kevin Eubanks officially becomes band leader of “Tonight Show”
1995 – Workers from the National Institutes of Health announce the success of clinical trials testing the first preventive treatment for sickle-cell disease.
1996 Gino Gallagher, the suspected leader of the Irish National Liberation Army, is killed while waiting in line for his unemployment benefit.
1997 Minuteman III launches
1998 All-Star Fla Marlin catcher Darren Daulton, retires
American Football Player Emmitt SmithAmerican Football Player Emmitt Smith 1998 – Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Indianapolis IN on WNAP 93.1 FM
1998 – Paul Simon’s “The Capeman,” premieres
2000 Super Bowl XXXIV: St. Louis Rams beat Tennessee Titans, 23-16 at the Georgia Dome Atlanta MVP: Kurt Warner, St. Louis, QB
2000 – Off the coast of Ivory Coast, Kenya Airways Flight 431 crashes into the Atlantic Ocean, killing 169.
2003 Belgium legally recognizes same-sex marriage.
2013 South Korea successfully launches its rocket Naro-1 which was carrying a scientific satellite

On This Day: January 30 –


New Literary Agent Alert: Katie Reed of Andrea Hurst & Associates |

About Katie: Katie obtained her Bachelor’s in English from California State University, Sacramento, but the most enlightening part of her college career was her internship with Andrea Hurst & Associates. There she discovered her passion for being part of the process that connects compelling stories with book-hungry readers. Katie resides in the small town of Durham, California with her incredible husband, her joyful son, and Snoodles, her loyal cat. Besides her addiction to reading, she is also a diehard Miami Heat fan and obsessed with all things Disney.

(What writing credentials will impress an agent or editor?)

She is seeking:


All areas of YA fiction, particularly:

Commercial, with a compelling hook and a protagonist who battles real life teen issues

Science fiction (soft)


Commercial and Literary Adult Fiction in the following genres:

Book Club Women’s Fiction

Science Fiction (soft)



Contemporary Romance

(How long should you wait before following up with an agent?)

Nonfiction in the following genres:

Memoir/Biography with a strong platform




True Crime (I would prefer to avoid this unless it is high profile and current)


via New Literary Agent Alert: Katie Reed of Andrea Hurst & Associates |

New Literary Agent: Lara Perkins of Andrea Brown Literary |

About Lara: Lara Perkins is an Associate Agent and Digital Manager at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency. She has been with the agency for over three years, working closely with Senior Agent Laura Rennert, with whom she jointly represents a number of clients, in addition to building her own list. Recent deals, together with Laura Rennert, include Matthew Ward’s middle grade novel, THE FANTASTIC FAMILY WHIPPLE, sold in a two book, six-figure deal to Razorbill, and P.J. Hoover’s young adult novel, SOLSTICE, forthcoming with Tor Teen in June 2013. Lara has a B.A. in English and Art History from Amherst College and an M.A. in English Literature


from Columbia University, where she studied Victorian Brit Lit. In her pre-publishing life, she trained to be an architect, before deciding that books, not bricks, are her true passion. She spent over a year at the B.J. Robbins Literary Agency in Los Angeles before coming to Andrea Brown Literary. Find her on Twitter

via New Literary Agent: Lara Perkins of Andrea Brown Literary |

How Do E-Books Change the Reading Experience? –

The advantages of e-books are clear. E-books are immediate. Sitting at home in Pakistan, I can read an intriguing review of a book, one not yet in stores here, and with the click of a button be reading that book in an instant. E-books are also incorporeal. While traveling, which I do frequently, I can bring along several volumes, weightless and indeed without volume, thereby enabling me to pack only a carry-on bag.

And yet the experience of reading e-books is not always satisfactory. Yes, it is possible to vary the size of the font, newly important to me at age 42, as I begin to perceive my eye muscles weakening. Yes, e-books can be read in the dark, self-illuminated, a reassuring feature when my wife is asleep and I am too lazy to leave our bed, or when electricity outages in Lahore have persisted for so long that our backup batteries are depleted. And yes, they offer more frequent indicators of progress, their click-forwards arriving at a rapidity that far exceeds that of paper-flipping, because pixelated screens tend to hold less data than printed pages and furthermore advance singly, not in two-sided pairs.

Nonetheless, often I prefer reading to e-reading. Or rather, given that the dominance of paper can no longer be assumed, p-reading to e-.

I think my reasons are related to the fact that I have disabled the browser on my mobile phone. I haven’t deleted it. Instead, I’ve used the restrictions feature in my phone’s operating system to hide the browser, requiring me to enter a code to expose and enable it. I can use the browser when I find it necessary to browse. But, for the most part, this setting serves as a reminder to question manufactured desires, to resist unless I have good cause.

Similarly, I have switched my email account from the attention- and battery-consuming “push” setting to the less frenzied manual one. Emails are fetched when I want them to be, which is not all that often. And the browser on my slender fruit-knife of a laptop now contains a readout that reminds (or is it warns?) me how much time I have spent online.

Time is our most precious currency. So it’s significant that we are being encouraged, wherever possible, to think of our attention not as expenditure but as consumption. This blurring of labor and entertainment forms the basis, for example, of the financial alchemy that conjures deca-billion-dollar valuations for social-networking companies.

I crave technology, connectivity. But I crave solitude too. As we enter the cyborg era, as we begin the physical shift to human-machine hybrid, there will be those who embrace this epochal change, happily swapping cranial space for built-in processors. There will be others who reject the new ways entirely, perhaps even waging holy war against them, with little chance — in the face of drones that operate autonomously while unconcerned shareholding populations post selfies and status updates — of success. And there will be people like me, with our powered exoskeletons left often in the closet, able to leap over buildings when the mood strikes us, but also prone to wandering naked and feeling the sand of a beach between our puny toes.

via How Do E-Books Change the Reading Experience? –