Dawn this A.M. over Lake Persimmon, from our backyard. It’s been raining every day here since I got back from Reno. I love North Carolina weather. The only really bad month is hot, dripping July. Things start getting better right after that. The constant rain here is great for cooling things down. I can already taste the perfection that is North Carolina in September…..
In the past week, I’ve agreed to three more workshops–an online class on blogging for the Heart of Carolina chapter for November 2006, my Twelve Easy Steps to Breaking In presentation for the SpacecoasT Authors of Romance conference in Florida for February 2006, and a March 2007 workshop on Dark Heroes, also an online class for the Heart of Carolina chapter. Combined with other workshops already planned for the rest of this year and next year, 2006 is now totally booked. (I’ll propose workshops to RWA National and to Moonlight & Magnolias, which I’m planning to attend next year, so I’m leaving room in my schedule for those possibilities.) If you’re interested in having me do a workshop for your organization, I’m scheduling for 2007 now. ::thunk:: Need to update the “Appearances” schedule on my News page…..
It was just a couple of years ago that I was out humping people when I was getting started in speaking. Now I don’t have to ask anymore–people come to me–so if you think no one will want to hear what you have to say, just get started! You might be surprised by how it works out. If you’ve ever thought about speaking, whether you’re published or unpublished, it’s a great way to build name recognition. It’s also very rewarding to know you’re helping someone. It’s especially good if you’re shy, like I am, because it takes you out of your shell and enables you to meet a lot of people.:yes:
The Beast is up for auction! As many of you may have heard, author Marianne Mancusi lost her home to a fire during the RWA conference. I’ve contributed an autographed copy of The Beast Within to help the Literary Chicks raise money for Marianne. Click here to see all the items currently available in the fire fund auction–includes autographed books and critiques by published authors, editors, and agents. I’ve also offered a critique, but that hasn’t been added to the auction yet. I’ll let you know when my critique goes up.
And don’t forget to check in on Mary! Today is the final day of her “In Love With Books” giveaway celebrating her new release, What To Keep, and there are multiple prizes!! Don’t miss it!