Dips and Bumps in My Writing Journey 11/16/12

Lately, it’s been a roller coaster on my journey to seek a literary agent. I got a nice rejection from an agent. (Sigh. I ate some chocolate.) Then a few days later I got a request for a partial manuscript from another agent. (Yay!) And I still have an online pitch, two queries and a partial out, so we’ll see what this new batch of agents thinks. I am impressed with how nice these people are. Even the rejections are friendly and full of good wishes for my future. Not a snarky person in the bunch. It is good to know there are so many nice people in the publishing world.

On the writing side of things, I finished one run-through revision of Gold Nuggets, the Kantishna book, and set it aside for a while. Now I’m reviewing Fools Gold, the Skagway book, in order to enter it in the Golden Heart contest. One wrong click on my find/replace function, and suddenly I accidentally removed “tom” from all words containing that combination! It took me most of a morning to fix that, but I did. (Whew.)

RWA (Romance Writers of America) hosts the Golden Heart contest for unpublished writers every year. Finalists often get attention from agents and publishers, so it might help me with that aspect as well.  But even without that, I know I’ll learn a lot from getting the entry ready, and I hope for good feedback from the judges. Every experience is a learning opportunity!

I’m also learning more about social media and how to use it properly. I’m on Facebook and Twitter and LinkedIn on a regular basis now, and there are some great posts that are informative &/or entertaining. Again, a lot of good people out there. Thanks to everyone who’s following/liking/reading me! 🙂

P. S. A special shout-out to all our friends and colleagues who are still recovering from Hurricane Sandy. If you can help them out by donating to the Red Cross, go to

I love to share my passion for Alaska and its history in my writing for young adults and their grown ups.

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