Friday, August 1, 2014

Celebrate Agent News, International Potluck Blogfest & Freebies


Kate signed with Suzy Townsend of New Leaf Literary last week and wrote about what it was like to get The Call. If you want to know how she did it, or just want to congratulate her, go HERE.
CONGRATS KATE!!! Woohoo!!!
(That means my 8-member CP group now has 3 agented authors. Wow!)

This week I'm celebrating:
1)  Kate getting an agent!  I'm so excited and happy for her!  She really deserves it!
2)  My Aug 12 bloghop is coming up - please sign up below.
3)  Alex Cavanaugh interviews me about my A-Z's Ghost Story theme HERE. Come say hi!
4)  I had toe surgery and am still alive (in pain, but alive).
5)  I've listened to my awesome CPs, backtracked, tossed out a scene in Ch 4, and I'm writing a new scene - which will change the WHOLE PLOT!  Eek!  Yes, it slows my revisions (again), but not being afraid of advice or rewriting makes me feel STRONG!

Do any of you wish you would get The Call from an agent?  How long have you been querying?



International Potluck Blogfest
Do you have a favorite recipe? A dish everyone loves?
Share it with us! 


Beth Fred, Medeia Sharif and I are hosting the International Potluck Blogfest. Here are the rules:
~ Put the bloghop badge on your post.

~ Post the cover of a book you love (it can be your own) with a food and/or recipe from the book, or a food from the MC's region, or a food you just like!
~ Link back to Beth, Media, and Lexa. All three of us.
~ A copy of Beth's Finding Hope, Medeia's Snip, Snip, Revenge, and Lexa's Soul Cutter, plus a $10 Amazon gift card will be given away via Rafflecopter!

I look forward to your foody posts. Sign up below.






Foxy's Friday Freebies!

Foxy has been nosing around the net
When she finds great FREE STUFF, she'll feature it on Fridays Freebies posts -
  • Free short stories, novellas, and novels
  • Giveaways for books and swag
  • Free services for authors

Here are Foxy's suggestions for Aug 1, 2014:

Free Children’s Chapter eBook with Illustrations, “Stone Faces” by Ann & Ken Hicks. It’s a funny, touching, and adventurous story about a 10-year-old girl whose parents are divorcing. Suitable for children ages 8-11. Including the illustrations, it’s about 20MB (well worth it). Ken Hicks will be happy to tell you how to download it -- email him at: khicks(at)aol.com 

Giveaway of Double Negative eBooks and Amazon Gift Cards to celebrate the release of C.Lee McKenzie’s new YA novel, Double Negative. Giveaway via rafflecopter on my July 25th post or C.Lee’s blog.

Free Anthology: Heroes of Phenomena, a Cross-industry Global Anthology of Short Stories. The anthology’s project director is Samantha Redstreake Geary with the collaboration of wonderful authors like Alex Cavanaugh and C.Lee McKenzie. You can download it FREE on Kobo and Smashwords  

For Foxy's other Freebies, go to the Freebie page.

If anyone has a FREE short story (for download or online at a free ezine), novella, novel, special giveaway, or author service, please let Foxy know so she can plug you here!  Write to: laura.6eg(at)gmail.com



This post is part of VikLit's blog hop, Celebrate the Small Things. To be part of this blog hop, all you have to do is follow the link and put your name on the Mr.Linky list, and then be sure to post every Friday about something you're grateful  for that week.  It can be about writing or family or school or general life.  This is the funnest and easiest blog hop ever! 


52 comments:

Lady Lilith said...

Potluck blogs sounds like a lot of fun.

T.F. Walsh said...

Fantastic news for Kate... super excited for her... woohoo:) This deserves a party.

I'm all signed up for your cool bloghop.

Michael Di Gesu said...

HI, Lexa,

Congrats to Kate...That is AWESOME!!!!!

I queried Suzi a month ago and I was rejected. But happy to hear Kate wasn't!

I've been querying about two-three months now. I plan to send out another round tomorrow. It's tough and discouraging, but that is part of a writer's life...

Happy weekend!

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Beth said...

Congrats to your cp! Hope your toe is better soon

Kate Larkindale said...

Thanks Laura! You know it's all because of your amazing critiques....

Hope your toe feels better soon.

Suzanne Furness said...

Yay congratulations to Kate. I am doing similar things with my editing at the moment - deleting whole sections and adding new twists! Hope it all goes well.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations to Kate!
Sorry about the surgery. Keep taking the meds.
Thanks for mentioning Heroes. And doing the interview.
And you can handle the the plot change - believe!

JeffO said...

Big congratulations to Kate--it is indeed an awesome feeling to get The Call. And good for you, not just for going along with your crit partners, but for recognizing that they're right. It's not always an easy thing to do. Hope you get back on your feet soon!

Marilyn Parel said...

Sounds as if you have a lot to celebrate. Hope the toe feels better. enjoy your weekend!

Inge H. Borg said...

Bad toe; good agent - Celebrate with your friends.
As to your query question: I just shredded a 5-inch binder of "pink slips" from the 90s. Great to be an Indie. with it, I would have never been shortlisted with 8 others by HNS for their award; didn't make the last cut, though.
Oh well - let's still celebrate.

mshatch said...

Congrats to Kate! I'm still waiting for that day...

L.G. Smith said...

Congrats to Kate. Suzie read a full for me a few years ago and was awesome even in rejection. :P

And it sounds like your current WIP is getting in fighting shape. :)

Cathrina Constantine said...

Congrats to Kate! Can't imagine getting a call, my agent emailed me. Got an agent, lost an agent, looking for new agent...Hope your toe is healing nicely.

Birgit said...

Congratulations to Kate-great feat and wonderful news. that sounds painful regarding your toe but I hope it is healing well and soon you will be walking and running and doing cartwheels:) It seems like a book always goes through revisions and changes but at least you know you are making it better and creating something wonderful. remember so few people actually write or create anything-they let it go as they get older but you haven't!!

Dianne Salerni said...

Congratulations to Kate! Sorry about your toe, but happy you have a new and exciting path for your WIP. I wrote an unexpected chapter last Saturday, taking the story in an unexpected direction. I think the chapter is really good, but it's kind of derailed me. I don't know that should happen next. Haven't added a word to it in a week. :(

I briefly considered the food hop, but what kind of recipe would I post for The Eighth Day? Jax's burnt hamburgers?

Stephanie@Fairday's Blog said...

Congrats to Kate! What an exciting call! :)

I hope your toes is okay- or at least better than it was!

Awesome that you are excited about the revisions you are making. They sound like they will make a big difference.

Emma Adams said...

Glad to hear you're excited about your revisions, and congratulations to Kate! :) I've been querying...too long. Almost four years, and this is my fifth time in the trenches - and I'm published! o.O It really isn't easy. But I'm crossing my fingers this time's the one!

Rhonda Albom said...

Congrats to Katie. I hope your toe is feeling better soon.

cleemckenzie said...

Always great to read good news. Congrats to Kate. Have to hop over and see your interview. I know it's great, but I still have to read it.

Boo to the toe surgery.

I've already got my Potluck dish selected and ready to go on the 12th. Yummy. You'll love it. I just know.

Milo James Fowler said...

Definitely party-worthy news. Thanks for the reminder that I need to get out a fresh batch of queries!

Catherine Stine said...

Congrats to Kate, and Lexa, hope your toe heals fast!

Rachna Chhabria said...

Hi Lexa, hope you are recovering well from your toe surgery. Congrats to your CP - Kate.

messymimi said...

Congratulations to your friend, and i hope you are healing, because it's no fun to have to hobble!

Vanessa Morgan said...

Looking forward to participating in your blogfest. Have a lovely weekend.

Stephen Hayes said...

I once hurt my toe and the pain was worse than if I'd been stabbed in the side. I hope your pain goes away soo.

As for agents, I've nearly given up on them. I worked with a respected agent for a year, reworking my novel based on her comments. Then she rejected my story because she said my main character had lost his voice. I was devastated because I hadn't changed a single word spoken by my main character.

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Kim Lajevardi said...

Yeah for Kate!!! I signed up for the bloghop. :) Have a great weekend, Lex!

Samantha Geary Jones said...

Many thanks for the Heroes shout-out! Hope your meds are curbing the toe-pain *wine might help there, too*. Congrats to Kate-how exciting!! Great bloghop idea, btw, will have to check it out:)

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Leandra Wallace said...

Congrats to Kate, that's super exciting! And yes, holy crap, I'd love to get The Call. I've been querying since Feb, and some days it feels possible, and other days not. :) Hope your toe feels better soon! My toes always curl in sympathy when they hear about stuff like that.

Mark Murata said...

That is great news. I sent off to four agents last week, and I'm hoping for the best.

L.G. Keltner said...

Congrats to Kate! I hope your toe feels better soon!

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

I haven't done any querying but have thought about it. That's as far as I've gotten.

Have a great weekend, Lexa.
Smooth healing.

Mason Canyon said...

Hope the pain from the surgery goes away quickly. A lot of interesting events going on. Congratulations to Kate.

Nana Prah said...

Congratulations to Kate. Isn't it wonderful how we become so excited for the achievements of our friends?

oldmomsunite said...

Congrats to Kate that is great news! I broke my toe once wow that hurt! Hope you heal up from your surgery soon!

Medeia Sharif said...

Congrats to Kate! I hope you're in less pain now and happy writing.

I've had calls, but I parted ways with all my agents and hope to have a new one in the near future. I'm always actively querying and subbing, though.

I'll check out the link.

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

YAY for KATE! Sorry about your foot. I had surgery a few years ago, so I totally sympathize. I used to dream about walking without crotches. Ha. You'll mend in no time, I'm sure. Sending positive thoughts.

Joylene Nowell Butler said...
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Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Haha, did I say crotches!!!

Yes, I meant crutches.

Sarah E. Albom said...

Poor foot! I broke a toe a few years back, and it was a really awful feeling.
Good luck to Kate!

LD Masterson said...

Woo woo for Kate!!!! I got that call a couple decades ago (starting over now) and after we disconnected I couldn't put the phone down. Walked around with it in my hand for hours.

Lynda R Young said...

Yay to still being alive! ;)
Congrats too to Kate.

Ava Quinn said...

Those are some great things to celebrate! And congratulations to Kate. :)

Julie Flanders said...

I LOVED your ghost story theme. One of the best of the A-Z. :)
Congrats to Kate, always great to read good news around blog land.

Glad your surgery went smoothly!

Jay Noel said...

I think your ghost theme during A-Z is how I found your blog. Loved that!

Hope you're recovering quickly.

Loni Townsend said...

Hooray for your CP, Kate! That is awesome!

Your #4 celebration made me wince, but at least you've got a positive outlook. I, too, am glad you're still alive.

Gina Stoneheart said...

What awesome news about your CP, Kate, hearing getting an agent to represent her. Sending HUGE congrats her way!
I loved your A-Z Ghost Story theme, Lexa. It has inspired me to share a few of my own come October=)
I hope you are feeling better! The toe can be such a fragile little guy=(

D Biswas said...

Good to hear good news-- your blog post today cheered me up, Lexa!

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Congrats to Kate on the new agent. How exciting.
Great interview with Alex. I enjoyed your ghost stories.
Hope your toe feels better soon.
Yay for new scenes.

Tara Tyler R said...

so much to celebrate!
yay for Kate!! awesome!
and for you =) keep writing! (stay off your toes? ha)

and i love the foxy freebies!
thanks! and thanks for supporting my BBF blog tour!

Carol Kilgore said...

Congrats to your CP! I'm unable to participate in your bloghop because of my own schedule, but I'll be reading the posts!

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