Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
M E D I A R E L E A S E
CONTACT: Amy Allgeyer Cook, Author
For Immediate Release
Indie-Debut - Continues to Celebrate Small Press Month
The celebration of Small Press Month continues at Indie-Debut 2010 http://indiedebut2010.blogspot.com.
Even if you missed the first week of exciting events, do not fret! Our goal at the Indie-Debut 2010 continues to provide intuitive interviews, hot discussion topics, excerpts of soon to be released books and contests. Come on over and participate in lively discussions and learn more about the latest giveaway. You will not be disappointed.
Highlights for the week of March 14, 2010:
Mon, March 15:
SPOTLIGHT: Jo Ramsey
QUESTION OF THE WEEK GIVEAWAY: Do you feel small presses are the wave of the future? Join in the discussion by leaving a comment be automatically entered to win a First Chapter Critique by Indie-Debut Authors.
Tues, March 16:
Jupiter Gardens Press Interview with Jo Ramsey
Wed, March 17:
St. Patrick's Day prompt: What would you want to see in the Leprechaun's pot?
DISCUSSION: Where do you prefer to purchase your books? Online, the big guys...Barnes Noble, etc., or Independently Owned Bookstores? Join in the discussion by leaving a comment be automatically entered to win a First Chapter Critique by Indie-Debut Authors.
Thurs., March 18th
Lori Calabrese interviews Lisa Cottrell-Bently and Wright on Time. What does it take to start an Indie-Press?
Fri, March 19:
SPOTLIGHT: Donna McDine and announcement of the First Chapter Critique Winner
Thank you in advance for your interest. We look forward to your visit.
Be sure to check back for next week's schedule.
PS--the image is the sketch my son did that I used as the basis for my art panels. Isn't it cute? I love all his misspellings.
Friday, March 12, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
- This is a panel of children's artwork I did last year for a company called Snickle-Pickle. It's based on drawings my son did when he was six. I just like it 'cause they all look so happy.
- We're working through the LAST TWO CHAPTERS OF EDITS on The Invisible Sister. It's such a good feeling, even though I know there are two more rounds to go. I'm just happy to be making progress again.
- Have you entered this week's Indie-Debut2010 Small Press Month Giveaway? Go! You could win a great prize pack including books and a tote from Indie-Debut 2010 Authors just for following us on our blog or on twitter or becoming a Facebook Fan.
- While you're there, check out my interview of Stephen Mooser, co-founder of SCBWI, and our profile article on the do's and don'ts of Small Press Authors working with Indie-Bookstores.
- I finally finished the kid's Ecuador Guidebook. It's forty pages long, has photos of all our hotels, maps of each city, intineraries and images of all the places and things we'll see. I just need to get it bound. It. Took. Forev. Er.
- YESTERDAY, was my 200th blog post! I should have given something away or at least mentioned it! Alas, I didn't even notice until today. Such is my busy-ness.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
AJ Scales can sum his life up in numbers: thirteen years, fifty-eight cities, one crazy mom and zero friends. He longs for a real home and a family. What he gets are motor inns and fantastic stories about reincarnated holy men and his dad being a god. Out of money, he and his mother land in Pittsboro, NC, where AJ's life takes a happy turn. He finds an uncle, makes a friend and learns how to ride a bike. But clues about his father’s identity, a fortune-telling aardvark and a do-it-yourself vampire book begin to test AJ’s idea of reality. When his mother flees the painful memories Pittsboro holds for her, she leaves AJ there to decide for himself: Who am I? What do I believe?
My magical-realism novel, Gods & Vultures, would appeal to a middle-grade audience and runs about 39,000 words. The southern setting and voice are based on my childhood in rural North Carolina and the rich character of the folks who inhabit the South.
I'm a member of SCBWI, have been published in Family Fun, A Fly in Amber and Stories for Children. I am a graduate of the Institute for Children's Literature and an alumnus of the Highlight's Workshop at Chautauqua. My first middle-grade novel, The Invisible Sister, is scheduled for release in 2010 by PM Moon publishers.
I've pasted the first twenty pages of Gods & Vultures below. I appreciate your time and consideration and look forward to hearing from you.
Not a bad query at all! I'd like to take a look. Can you please send the first 20 pages as a Word doc attachment in Reply to this email?
Thanks for participating, and I look forward to reading,
2. I have four brothers: two have the middle name 'Joe' and one has 'Joe' for a first name. Both of my sister's middle names are 'Anne'. I guess when you have seven kids, you start to run out of names.
5. I tested many, many parachutes from our jungle gym, but luckily never broke anything.
6. Likewise, I've been badly sunburned at Myrtle Beach several times, but never required hospitalization.
7. Sharon, I'd love to watch The Big Chill with you...especially since I've never seen it.
And so, the truth...
I was born with six toes on each foot and nobody noticed until my brother counted them on the little inky footprint my dad brought home from the hospital.
Now, I'd like to pass this award on to two people:
MIRIAM at Dancing With Dragons... and AUBRIE, who's book Nebula's Music just came out. As a fantasy writers, I'm sure they'll have no trouble feeding us some outrageous untruths. Good luck ladies!
Monday, March 1, 2010
- I was kidnapped as a child, by a neighbor, and held for two days in her basement before the police found me.
- I have four brothers and two sisters, and they all have the same middle name, except my sisters spell it "Jo" instead of "Joe".
- I was born with six toes on each foot and nobody noticed until my brother counted them on the little inky footprint my dad brought home from the hospital.
- I am a certified masseuse.
- When I was in third grade, I broke my arm trying to test a parachute I made out of two bath towels by jumping off our jungle gym.
- At Myrtle Beach one summer, I got so sunburned I had to spend two days in the hospital.
- The Big Chill is my favorite movie of all time.
So ... can you spot the truth??? Speaking of truths, I entered my query into Joanna Stampfel-Volpe's Yes I can handle the truth Contest. For an hour on Saturday, agent Stompfel-Volpe accepted queries via email and will respond to each of them by this afternoon at 5:00. Did any of you enter?
Today has been a whirlwind of architecture: billing, discussions with the city, sketches, drawing packages...a very busy day. Now I'm off to run errands, er, I should say 'walk' errands given how sore I am from soccer yesterday. Still, it was a beautiful day and great to run around in the sun. I'm going to look pretty funny in Ecuador, though, with a shin-guard tan.