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PITCHWARS HAS BEGUN!   2 comments

Pitchwars is a writing contest put on by @brenda-drake for unagented writers to get their completed manuscripts in the hands of agented mentors who help them polish it before participating in the agent round in November.

WHEN YOU WISH UPON A STAR

This is my fourth year entering. I wrote a new manuscript this time and sent it in with the names of six mentors I might like to work with. Now the waiting begins. The mentors have three weeks to decide who they want to mentor and will announce on August 25th.

SHERLOCK READS A PIECE OF PAPER

This is one of the mentors reading. Okay, it’s not but can I dream a little?

And this is most of the mentee hopefuls:

BIG BANG NERVOUS

Some of the mentors are giving us teasers at the hashtag #PWTeaser. Of course they are vague and general but that doesn’t stop the mentees from thinking:THAT’S MY NOVEL THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT!

HOCUS POCUS FOUND BOOK PIX

So for the next three weeks the mentee hopefuls will be waiting…

ALICE IN WONDERLAND WAITING

And waiting…

Bellatrix doens't like to wait

And waiting…

GG PARIS ASKS ABOUT BEING A PATIENT PERSON

So what do we do while we wait?

Some suggest tackling your TBR pile of unread books.

GIRL READING

MATILDA READING

Or binge watching your favorite TV shows.

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Or better yet, starting a new novel!

CHUCK SAYS HIS LATEST BOOK IS WEIRD

But whatever you do to pass the time away, know this: YOU DID IT! You wrote a novel and submitted it and that’s a really big deal. Let me put that in big letters: THAT’S A REALLY BIG DEAL!

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So be proud of what you’ve accomplished and maybe on August 25th you can announce you got a mentor. BUT even if you don’t get a mentor, you can get eyes on your manuscript by finding beta readers or critique partners who will help guide your book to be the best it can be.

MAY YOU SPILL THE INK! (my version of Break a Leg)

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Happy waiting!

Kathleen

Posted August 8, 2016 by kathleea in writing

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FRIDAY MUSINGS   Leave a comment

If you follow me on social media you know what a rough year it’s been for me and my family. We lost my step-father in March after a brief, unexpected illness and his birthday is coming up on Father’s Day, so yeah…that will be a sad day for me. My mom (now gone) married him when I was fifteen so I always called him my dad. He was a kind, generous man who loved life and football, especially the University of Michigan Wolverines! He is sorely missed. IMG_0656

Dad 1928-2016

Then, we lost our 14 year-old cat, Zeus to cancer a few weeks ago and I still miss her.

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ZEUS 2001-2016

We are struggling financially and are looking for ways to cut bills. We take the bus/Metro when we can (not always feasible in Los Angeles), have cancelled cable and eat meatless meals most of the time (pasta casseroles are our go-to meals).

YUM

We’ve had some good things too, both kids are graduating and looking for jobs. One has a part-time job and another one has a summer job but hasn’t been able to find housing (it’s 300 miles away from us) yet.

I’m still trying to make it as a full-time writer and am one step closer thanks to getting into the writing contest, Query Kombat with my historical, middle grade manuscript inspired by the British invasion of The Beatles. In the contest it’s called, THE BRITISH ARE COMING. I’ve already made friends and had a blast on the Twitter feed so it’s a win for me even if I don’t get any requests from agents.

WRITING WITH A FOUNTAIN PEN

I am trying to find editing clients (have extensive experience editing as a teacher/educator and editor) but it’s slow at the moment. I have a sale going on and will edit your manuscript for half-off, includes three passes of your query/logline too! See website and look under Editing Services tab at: http://www.kathleensallen.weebly.com

If you know any writer who is looking for a “big picture” editor, send them my way! I’d love to be able to pay bills and not get evicted this coming month. Yes, it’s a real possibility and not a joke. I wish it was.

BIG BANG NERVOUS

If you can help me and my family out by engaging my editing services, we’d appreciate it. I’d love to be able to help my kid pay for their first month’s rent too.

And if you or a friend isn’t in the market for editing, maybe you’d enjoy a new book. Check out my Amazon page. Most of my books are in eBook and print. Many of my books are listed on my website with links to the actual books.

We made it so far and I’m sure we’ll make it again. It’s just difficult right now. But I never lose hope that something good is around the corner and that’s what keeps me going.

TOOTHLESS PICTURE DAY

 

Thanks for listening.

NEVER GIVE UP GIF

Best,

Kathleen

 

EDITING SERVICES NOW AVAILABLE!   3 comments

IT WAS A DARK AND STORMY NIGHT

On my to-do list this year was to get an agent (check) and to start earning monies using my writing/editing skills. I decided to start offering editing services for writers who write young adult or middle grade novels.  The details are on my website here: http://www.kathleensallen.weebly.com look under Editing Services there or up above on the header on here.

CHUCK SAYS HIS LATEST BOOK IS WEIRD

I like weird books!

For the holidays I am offering a quarter off the regular price of one cent a word! I will look at plot holes, characterization, anything that might be confusing or might not work and give you an editorial letter of what can be improved. There is no guarantee you will get your manuscript published but I do have a discerning eye and have edited many manuscripts for myself and for writer buddies.

WATSON TYPING SLOW GIF

There are online writing contests coming up and you want your manuscript to be in the best shape possible, don’t you? Yes, of course you do! Maybe you are getting ready to query and you need fresh eyes on your query. Email me!

I am a fast reader and editor and can get your work back to you in a timely manner!

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And so is editing and it’s difficult to edit your own writing.

 

I’m a former college English instructor and a former high school teacher with a Master’s in English.

OH MY GOD I NEED HELP

I can help!

I don’t do line edits on full manuscripts unless something stands out like a typo or misspelling.

I do have a third year law student who will line edit your manuscript for an additional flat fee of $25.00 USD only as an add-on to the content editing price. This service is not separate.

No first drafts! Please make sure your manuscript has been read by a beta reader or critique partner before you send it to me. My editing service should be the last step on your journey. No manuscripts over 100K unless it’s by special arrangement. Email me to ask!

IS THIS A KISSING BOOK

I will edit most categories in YA or MG but I prefer fantasy (all subgenres), horror, science fiction or historical. If in doubt, email me to ask!

Please email me at: kathleensalleneditsATgmailDOTcom for information on pricing or to book a slot! My prices will go up after January 1st, 2016!

I look forward to reading your work!

Best,

Kathleen

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7x7x7x7 Challenge   2 comments

In this challenge you go to your seventh page of your WIP, go down seven lines and post the next seven lines and tag seven authors to do the same. I tagged mine on Twitter.  , , , , , ,

All right, here is mine:

Title: WITCHLANDS-YA FANTASY

 

Filled with recipes, old sepia photos of friends or relatives long dead, pressed nosegays tied with pale yellow ribbons, love poems to long-forgotten beau, intricate sketches of birds—mostly Ravens—in various poses—eating, flying, building a nest using human hair, feeding their babies, and one drawing that puzzled me. It was of a boy with the wings of a Raven, in all other aspects he was human. In the middle of the book was a large black Raven’s feather. This I took out and rubbed on my cheek. So soft. The scent reminded me of something. My eyes closed and the smell of darkness, of night, of blood and magic streamed into me and I squeaked dropping the feather.

Have fun!

Posted August 30, 2015 by kathleea in fiction, writers, writing, young adult

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COVER REVEAL FOR DIVIDED!   Leave a comment

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Book Blurb and Cover: Feast your eyes!!!!

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A new heart should mean new life, instead it’s a living nightmare.

 

Mishca Richardson’s life is at an all-time high after her heart transplant. With new boyfriend, Ryder, she has the perfect summer romance. Even the nightmares plaguing her sleep since her operation can’t dull her new dream world.

 

Yet, life starts to unravel when Mishca develops superhuman abilities. She does her best to hide them so as not to end up a science experiment in a lab, but she can’t ignore the strange instant attraction she experiences when she meets her university professor, Colin Reed.

 

Torn between love and obsession, Mishca must unite her divided heart and decide between the two men. But when the truth about her weird powers comes to light, she’ll have a lot more to worry about than romance.

 

Praise for Divided

 

“DIVIDED is a fast-paced adventure filled with mystery, romance, action, and humor.

Mishca and Ryder rank up there with my favorite heroines and heroes ever!

Sharon M. Johnston is an author to watch out for.”  

  • WENDY HIGGINS, USA Today and New York Times bestselling author.

 

Preorder link: http://www.cityowlpress.com/2015/08/divided.html

 

Add it on Goodreads:

 

About the author

 

From sunny Queensland in Australia, Sharon writes weird stories and soulful contemporaries across a number of categories. Working as a PR specialist by day, in her spare time she writes, blogs, plays with her fur babies and plays computer games with her family. She’s also been stalked by women wanted to know where she buys her shoes. SHARON JOHNSON AUTHOR PIX

 

Find her on

Her website: http://sharonmjohnston.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorsmjohnston

Twitter: https://twitter.com/s_m_johnston

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4019418.Sharon_M_Johnston

 

Posted August 28, 2015 by kathleea in books, fiction, writers

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My Pitchwars Mentee Bio   14 comments

Those writers entering Pitchwars (brenda-drake.com) writing contest want potential mentors to look at their bios too so here’s mine:

DAVID TENNANT WAVES HELLO

I”m Kathleen (@kathleea) and I write in different genres but young adult is my favorite. I read young adult and I write it. I write speculative fiction/fantasy. And a question the YA mentors were asked about what genre they’d bring back? Mine would be dystopian and vampires. Not together although that might be fun.

I’ve been writing since I was old enough to hold a pencil and probably before that too. I use a laptop to write on because I can’t write fast enough if I use pen/paper.

To go back to reading for a moment. I’m an avid reader and can read a novel in a day, sometimes two if the novel is shorter. The last book I read was:

THE STRANGE AND BEAUTIFUL SORROWS OF AVA LAVENDER COVER

not young adult but magical realism

My all time favorite books (in no particular order):

SHADOW AND BONE COVERTHIS DARK ENDEAVOR BOOK COVERMADMAN'S DAUGHTER BOOK COVERDAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE COVERDRAGONRIDERS OF PERN COVERVICIOUS BOOK COVERANNA DRESSED IN BLOODHP ILLUSTRATED BOOK COVERTHE DIVINERS COVER

I can’t survive without coffee.

COFFEE IS A HUG IN A CUP GIF

As a certified Anglophile (yes, there’s exams and everything!) tea is fine too.

TOM HIDDLESTON DRINKING TEA

I love BBC dramas and period pieces notably:

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Movies (there are more than this!):

LORD OF THE RINGS COVERHUNGER GAMES COVER AVENGERS COVER

More TV shows:

FireflyopeninglogoWONDERFALLS COVERTORCHWOOD COVERDOCTOR WHO LOGOGILMORE GIRLSBuffy-the-Vampire-Slayer-TV-Series

I love music of all kinds:

I’ve been published with two small presses, Muse It Up and Gypsy Shadow.

I have two cats:

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This is what I think of Pitchwars:

Dean says You're Awesome

If you pick me as your mentee I promise to work hard and cut my darlings without whining. I like brutal edits, tell me what’s wrong and don’t sugarcoat it. I can’t fix what I don’t know is broken.

The book I’m pitching is a Victorian Gothic YA Frankenstein retelling with Jack the Ripper elements. Creepy? Yep. Horrorific? Uh-huh. Will make you want to leave the lights on at night? Yes. *smiles* And there isn’t much romance in it because I don’t do romance (well, maybe one little kiss but that’s it).

I love to write YA horror, fantasy and paranormal. Witches. Zombies. Vampires. Werewolves. Ghosts. I’m there.

I REGRET NOTHING JACK SPARROW

And in case you want to read my free zombie short story that’s a retelling of the Grimm’s Brother’s fairytale, The Robber Bridegroom it’s  on Wattpad here: https://www.wattpad.com/myworks/45969976-the-zombie-bridegroom

ZOMBIE BRIDEGROOM COVER

Go here for more Pitchwars mentee bios: http://christopherkeelty.com/pitchwars-2015-pimpmybio-contestant-blog-hop/#comment-47621

Thank you for reading! Please leave a comment below!

And for your viewing pleasure!

Kathleen

Why I Write   3 comments

Today on his blog, the lovely and talented, Chuck Wendig (his blog is here: http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2015/07/24/todays-flash-fiction-writing-challenge-is-not-about-fiction/) asked fellow writers to write a blog post about why they write. He usually does a flash fiction challenge on Fridays. Sometimes I participate, sometimes I don’t. Today I decided to weigh in on this very topic.

WHY I WRITE

Who knows? Is it because I learned to read at the early age of three and devoured books like they were potato chips? (Although I do love potato chips but I digress). I remember writing poems and stories before I went to kindergarten. Was it to make sense of my chaotic home life? (I won’t go into details but let’s say it wasn’t your typical happy childhood but then I don’t think such a beast is real, it’s more like an urban myth everyone aspires to achieve but few can. If you did, kudos to you). Writing stories for me was a way to contain my feelings. As I got older my stories became a part of me, like breathing. It was part of my identity. I wrote and wrote and wrote.

For a time when I was in a not-so-great relationship (cue violins) my SO didn’t see the point of me writing. I followed my writing down a deep, dark hole only accessible in the middle of the night. Until one day I realized, my stories needed to see the light of day again.

Armed with a new pen (or keyboard in my case) I began to write in earnest (ouch, sorry, Ernest).

I lost track of my dream of being a full-time writer and got involved with Life (yes, I meant it to be caplitalized). But now I’m back on the right path.

  • Why do I write? I think my DNA was coded with ink.
  • Why do I write? Words make me happy.
  • Why do I write? If I don’t write, I get grumpy. And no one wants to see that, believe me.
  • Why do I write? I’m a storyteller.
  • Why do I write? Maybe I’m the reincarnation of a writer who dies under mysterious circumstances. Hmm…(story idea?)
  • Why do I write? I’m always asking, what if? What if the alien landed in your backyard? (X Files reboot has me all excited), What if the neighbor who looks like a vampire really is a vampire? (Okay, now I’m channeling Fright Night). But you get my drift. writing-is-hard

And the final answer as to why I write is: I DON’T KNOW.

If you figured it out, more power to you. Meanwhile, I’ve got a story to write.

Take Care,

Kathleen

Posted July 24, 2015 by kathleea in Uncategorized

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