August, 2010

Penguin UK accepting email submissions?

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Yep, it appears so.  While the publishing giant Penguin UK is normally not open to unsolicited or unagented manuscripts it has decided that for a limited time (August – October) they’ll be accepting email submissions.

See what they’ve got to say here(NOTE:  It appears in the few hours I wrote the original and the time I’m writing this now, they’ve changed their site.  I do NOT know what this means.  However, I would still carry on as normal and if you were planning on querying, keep querying.  The worst they can tell you is they’ve changed their mind.  However, I do apologize for the inconvenience.)

People frequently ask us how to go about getting published. Our company policy is to not accept unsolicited manuscripts or synopses and we cannot enter into correspondence about unpublished work. However, for a limited three-month period from the beginning of August until the end of October 2010, we will be inviting submissions to be sent in electronically to the following address: submissions@uk.penguingroup.com.
We ask that email submissions comprise a brief covering note and synopsis and not a full manuscripts. Please do not send attachments, please write out your cover note and synopsis in the body of the email. We remain unable to accept hard copy submissions and will not return or be responsible for the safety of any that we do receive, so please do not send any original or hard copy manuscripts to us. We will not contact you with feedback on your submission and will only enter into email correspondence with you if an editor within Penguin is keen to progress your idea. 

And people were saying that publishing was dying.  Obviously not if one of the biggest publishers in the world is ACTIVELY looking for new authors.  

So, if you’ve got that manuscript ready this may be your opportunity to really shine, but don’t just toss together a synopsis and the first three chapters.  Don’t rush!  You have until the end of October to get them that manuscript.  Give them, and your fellow authors, a break by making sure that manuscript is FINISHED and polished before sending it off.  And follow all guidelines. 

And don’t forget to sign up to win a copy of MOCKINGJAY here.  Contest ends at midnight.

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Mockingjay Contest

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To celebrate the release week of the Suzanne Collins’ final installment of the Hunger Games series, MOCKINGJAY, I’ve decided to hold a contest.  I will be giving away a pre-ordered copy of MOCKINGJAY!  This contest is open internationally, but I do request that you give me a little bit of time to receive the copy and then send it to you.  The contest will close on Midnight August 24.  Oh and for those that are wondering how to follow Oasis for YA.  Click here. It’s chalked full of great information for readers and writers of YA fiction.   😀 

Good luck!

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Fun Friday–I like to Moo, Moo

>And for your viewing pleasure and a treat for putting up with me this whole week.  I give you…The Dancing COW!!

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RWA Day 3: The final day (for me)

>RWA Day 3-Final Day (for me)

Woke early (AGAIN) and then went to eat the breakfast provided for us. Talked with a few new people, who didn’t give me cards and I can’t remember their names.

Then it was off to the Writing Fight Scenes workshop which was GREAT! If you missed it, I seriously suggest you buy the mp3 or DVD of the workshop. It isn’t just about fight scenes. It’s about choreography. How to lead up to a fight scene. Even a little bit about sex scenes, since they’re about the same ultimately.

Next was another truly AWESOME workshop by a new friend Sandy James, called Freud Knows Romance. Another one I suggest buying the taping for. It really explained a lot about the Psychology of people and how to use that in your books.

Then I went to a dialogue one, which was good, but the handouts said everything she did and I left early.

Then lunch was a complete disaster. We were on our own and with 2200 other ladies trying to eat at the same time, it was almost impossible to find a place to take us.

Finally we found somewhere, but they completely SCREWED up my hamburger. I had to wait almost an HOUR to finally eat. I was not happy. Because that made me miss a workshop I REALLY wanted to attend.

Then I went to the Carina Press spotlight, which was very informative.

Then I went to the Goal, Motivation, and Conflict in the YA novel, which was also VERY good.

Then it was back to the hotel to pack and wait for my husband to come get me. I was sore, tired, and I missed my kids. Yes, I skipped the awards dinner and ceremony. I just couldn’t stand to be away from my family any longer.

Next year though, I’m going! I was so sad to have missed it. ☹

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RWA Day 2

>RWA Day 2:

This day is honestly a blur! It went by so fast! But I’ll try to recap here.

I woke early, my pitch running through my head. We went for breakfast and then I head straight to my pitch appointment. I was about an hour early, but I prefer to be early if I can help it.

Then I met with the editor and nailed it ladies and gentleman. I mean NAILED IT!!! I got a full request with a blurb for the sequel. After that I waited for Cate, who was meeting with the same editor and also got a full request. Not surprising, since we both have angel books and helped each other perfect our pitches.

After the mandatory celebratory sodas and bragging to our family members we went to our workshops. Fat-Free writing by the Grammar Divas was SPECTACULAR. It was recorded so if you can, I’d suggest buying the recording.

Then it was off to lunch with Jayne Ann Krentz, who’s basic point of the story was “Be on the cutting edge of trends, not the bleeding edge.” Which meant, know your market and stay within it. Apparently she tried to commit career suicide approx. three times.

After that it was more workshops. First up was the spot light on Belle Bridge Books with the awesome Deb Dixon. Then it was off to Turning Straw into Gold. I honestly wasn’t that pleased with that one. I felt the author and her editor spent too much time talking about her books. Books I wasn’t at all familiar with and it left me with no idea what the workshop was about.

Then I freaked out because I lost my cell phone, but I didn’t. It was in my bag the whole time, but I was so panicked when I couldn’t find it, that I kept missing it.

Then it was time for dinner, and a swim in the pool, which was GORGEOUS!

The best part was after we were finished swimming we went to a restaurant/bar along the boardwalk and ended up talking to Jessica Faust about turkey legs, drunk swimming, and next year’s conference.

Ms. Faust, if you’re reading this by chance, do you believe me now that the turkey legs are made from Emu? 😀

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