Wednesday, November 7, 2012

November IWSG & Plans for Little Acorn

It's time once again for Alex Cavanaugh's  Insecure Writers Support Group post. I can't begin to explain the overwhelming support this group has been for me over the past year. I've met so many fantastic writers and made tons of friends. Feeling insecure about your writing? Have a little enthusiasm to share? Either way, we'd love to have you join us!

November brings around (turkey!) one of my favorite holidays, (pie!) family gatherings, (casseroles!) and (more pie!) a time of reflection and being thankful. (Can you tell I love to eat?) In honor of November's insecure writers post, I'm thankful for all of you, my blogger buddies and IWSG members, and most of all, Alex for hosting such a terrific group! 

I'm also thankful for Caroline Lee, my fabulous illustrator for Little A. Without her and her beautiful illustrations, Little A. would still be merely words. Together, the words and images are magic.

For now, I'm still walking around in my blissful, I-recently-published-a-children's-ebook state. Plans for getting Little Acorn's Big Fall (Do you underline titles of ebooks?) uploaded onto Createspace and into printed form are next on my agenda. 

I'm quite positive we all have different views on self-publishing, but it's the route I'm taking for the printed version of Little A. Ebooks are great and serve a specific purpose, but I want to hold our book in my hands, smell the pages (I know, quirky.). 

And don't get me started on all of the library / school visits, public talks, book signings, I'm dreaming of scheduling next year! I could ramble on and on about how thrilled I am! I'm also envisioning my acorn hat I want to design. I can see it now, me sitting there, reading to kiddos, showing them my collection of acorns, with an acorn perched on my head. Then, I'll surely be known as a real nut-job. :P

I hope all of you are enjoying your writing and / or revising. Share with us in the comments, what you're thankful for in your writing life.

Happy Turkey Day Y'all...gobble, gobble!

18 comments:

  1. Glad you are still in a happy place! This group has been one of the best things I've ever done and I'm glad it's benefited so many.

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    1. Thanks, Alex. You know, you're right. I'm hopping around the newer members' blogs. So many great visitors from the IWSG. I'm loving the support out there. :)

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  2. Congratulations for realizing your dream.

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  3. I knew you were good people, and being a fellow Texan proves it! :-D Awesome that you've gotten your story out into the world. Major 'way to go'. Here's to many more!

    (And Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday as well, and probably for the food. :)

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  4. I'll be at that point soon with my early reader PB, too. It's very exciting. I'll have to follow you to see how yours comes along. Congrats!

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  5. Sounds like you're planning an exciting year. I'm sure it feels great being at this point in you writing life.

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    1. Thanks, Donna!
      @E.J. Howdy neighbor!
      @Miranda, you'll have to keep me updated!
      @Jennifer, gosh it seems like forever that I've made it to your blog. Ugh. Always so much to do. Yes, I'm excited about next year. :)

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  6. Next year sounds awesome. I have a self pubbed friend in Brisbane and she is now so busy with writing school workshops, she has had a school put her book onto the Yr8 curriculum, she's attending conferences and having stalls. She has a big book launch at a local book shop soon - I'm so glad Australia still embraces 'real' book shops. I couldn't see Borders hosting her, lol!

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  7. Candilynn, embrace that happy place and I look forward to ordering my physical copy of Little Acorn :-)

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  8. That sounds fun! If you make the acorn hat, I hope you'll post pictures. Everyone needs to see that! I understand the desire to feel your book in print. There's just something about that thought that makes me so happy!

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

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  9. The hat idea sounds fantastic!
    I bet the kids will love you and your book! :)

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  10. @Denise, Yay for your friend. Her story sounds amazing!
    @Angela, Yeah, me too. :) Thanks, Angela!
    @Shannon, Definitely posting pics. :)
    @Melissa, Aw, shucks. Thanks!

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  11. Acorn hat, lol! But yeah, there's nothing like holding your actual print books in your hands and riffling through the pages. Yay for Candilynn!

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  12. Congrats on your eBook! I think it's fab! It's a great time to be a writer with all our options out there.
    And November is my fave time of year too. My anniversary, my Bday, and Thanksgiving, plus kicking off the Xmas holidays. Yee-haw!

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  13. Congrats on your ebook release! Now it's on to Createspace. I had a good working relationship with the team I was assigned to for my first book. I'm sure you'll find them equally easy to work with. I can't beleave the holidays are here. There's already Christmas stuff everywhere! I amy ask for help about signing up talks, visits, signings as you begin to do that. Those things scare the crap out of my, but I know I need to get out into the real world.

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  14. You should know, right Gwen!!!
    @Heather, thanks!
    @PK, Happy Birthday to you!!!
    @Michael, thank you so much! Oh gosh, I can only dream of author talks at this point. You really just have to force yourself the first time (or two), then once you see how people love you, it just gets easier and fun. You've got my email, ask away! If I lived closer, I'd assist with every one of your signings. :)

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  15. Congratulations on your release. It's such an exiting thing! It's nice to meet you through Angela's blog, too.

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