How I Got My Literary Agent

Much like my Friday Morning FYIs, I’ve slacked as far as writing this post, but this one is for good reason. Since signing with the amazing Kaitlyn Johnson of Corvisiero Literary, I’ve been writing the second book in my MG ghost series and working with Kaitlyn on revisions for book 1. To say these are exciting times is an understatement 🙂

BUT I always love reading these kinds of posts, so wanted to do one, too. I hope it inspires some of you struggling in the slushpiles like I did for so long.

Okay, enough preamble.

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Friday Morning FYI – 7/8/2016

Welcome to your Friday Morning FYI – my chance to share observations/wisdom/rants in short, easily consumed form.

This week’s FYI (which stands for something other than For Your Information, but decorum dictates I keep that to myself) is about Nintendo (not really) and adults acting like children (abso-frickin-really). It’s a little rant-y and supremely snarky, but what the hell, we’re living in rant-y snarky times:

I see what you did there, Nintendo. You released your mobile Pokemon game right when aweful sh!t was about to happen so everyone can distract themselves by walking around (exercise!) ‘hunting’ for digital creatures in real places (augmented reality – because regular reality is hard!) rather than having to think about real issues that impact their lives like, you know, adults should. Well played. #CeasarWouldBeProud

 

Thanks for reading,

{RDj}

Friday Morning FYI – 4/29/2016

Welcome to your Friday Morning FYI – my chance to share observations/wisdom/rants in short, easily consumed form.

“Are you a writer?” I was asked last Sunday, just before ordering my typical Americano. It came from one of the two guys behind the counter: the one making the coffees, not the one taking customer orders.

“Yes,” I said. “Does it show?”

The barista, who later introduced himself as Josh, smiled and shrugged. “Some people come in and open their laptops, and then type a little and talk to their friends and go on their phones and keep ordering things. And I’m like, how much are you getting done, you know? But you come in and order and then you just lock in and type and type. It’s cool.”

He wasn’t wrong. When I get in a groove, nothing around me matters and the words just cascade onto the page. In a good session, two thousand words over four or five hours is not unusual. *puts on his ‘support local businesses’ hat* That’s a two drink session, minimum, by the way (and probably a pastry, even though I’m not supposed to eat those), which often ends not because I’m out of words but because my hands are shaking from the caffeine and sugar.

Anyway, the whole exchange was fun and shed some light on something I hadn’t considered about writing in public (and anything we do, really). That’s this week’s FYI:

We all present ourselves to the world in both conscious and subconscious ways every day. The conscious is what you choose to wear, your haircut, the kind of bag you carry, etc. The subconscious, though, is far more important; the things you do naturally, like body language, work ethic, and purpose can inspire those around you. Doing your thing sends out waves others see and feel, whether we realize/intend that or not. What are you projecting? Is it how you want to be seen?

 

Thanks for reading,

{RDj}

Friday Morning FYI – 3/27/2015

Welcome to your Friday Morning FYI, my chance to share observations/wisdom/rants in short, easily consumed form.

This week’s FYI is all about you knowing you:

What do you want to do (today/tomorrow/for a week/for a career/before you die)? If you’ve figured that out, go do it, doubters and naysayers be damned. If you haven’t, work on that before anything else. How, you say? Try things. Talk to people. Take chances. Experience. If, in the end, you still haven’t figured it out, maybe all you wanted to do was search.

 

Thanks for reading,

{RDj}