Publication Update & Other Info From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Welcome to Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power and Happy Monday to You! Thanks for coming by. We held our drawing yesterday, so hurry and grab your coffee and let me tell you who the winner is.

Our winner is Joe Sanchez; that’s right. Joe, a guy, so Joe, if you read this blog, you are our 3rd quarter winner, and if you don’t want the $100 Spa Finder gift card, then I’m more than happy to make it a Home Depot card! Congratulations.

Also, we heard from Alanna at Trident. This is what she said:

Dear Kim,  my apologies for taking so long to get back to you. Thank you for the opportunity to see your novel “The Men In & Out of Her Life, which I read with much interest. You’ve done a great job creating a sympathetic character in Lacey and I think it’s wonderful to see a novel that celebrates the strength of women and the importance of female friendships. I also found the Ms. Fitness competition really interesting because you have written about a world that few people get to see. This novel is a lot of fun and there are many good qualities here. That said, the concept and the voice feel somewhat dated to me and unfortunately, it’s been increasingly difficult to sell novels that fall into the Chick-lit category. I’m not confident that I could place it with a publisher, so I am not able to offer representation. Of course, this is just one opinion and I urge you to continue your search for an agent. Thanks again for thinking of me and I wish you much success with your novel…..

Now, after I came in off the ledge of confusion and disillusionment, just a day or so later, my editor and I talked about what she meant about the concept being dated and basically it’s because all other chick-lit out there is sarcastic, trashy, negative or all of them combined and ours is not. It is more heart-related and Pat agrees. He also told me that Alanna assured him that it was written well and that he wouldn’t have a problem placing it. He has already approached another person, Loretta Barrett in N.Y. with Barrett Books, and she has asked for a three-week right of exclusivity, which means no one else gets to look at it while she’s got it.

So the novel is being sent to her today, and now we’ll pray that it speaks to her in whatever way that she needs to be spoken to. The three-week period will put us just at the November 6th date –hmmm, isn’t there something happening then? Oh, yeah, the “Keeping it Real Through the Holidays” workshop!

Anyway, I am not discouraged, rather I’m encouraged, for several reasons: 1, Alanna didn’t have to send such a nice no-thanks note; 2,Pat doesn’t have to take it to anyone else but HE literally asked me if he could because I was thinking about self-publishing. 3, Alanna said it was well written and he shouldn’t have a problem placing it; it’s just not her type of chick-lit. 4, Discouragement is a faith killer, so we’re moving forward and the book is still in New York.

In the meantime, we have lots going on, and we have a couple of BIG surprises we’re going to be announcing on November 6th, so be sure to get your RSVP in by either e-mailing nomorebaggage@chicklitpower.com or go to www.chicklitpower.com and go to the gift store and order and charge your tickets on line!

Hope to see you there. Have an amazing day, and one more thing, today’s Blog Talk Radio day, so tune in with us at 1:00 p.m. Pacific time. Simply click on the link to the right that says, “listen to my weekly podcast,” and you should land at “Kiss Dating Good-bye with Evinda.

Blessings                                                    

Evinda

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4 Responses to “Publication Update & Other Info From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power”

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    You really know how to grab people attention because when I started to read I wanted to know what will be in the end.

  2. Sherrie says:

    Thanks for keeping everyone updated!! So looking forward to November 6th 🙂 Will you have the CD of your first work shop available for purchase?
    Hugs, Sherrie

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