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Real Jobs Are Dangerous! I Need To Stay Home And Write!

It has been a hectic and slightly dangerous week; I have been unable to update as I would have liked!  I was in a 3 car pile up on the on ramp to the Interstate.   No serious injuries;  I was a bit whiplashy, tired and stiff for 2 days.  A few days later my husband had a facial incident with his car door and we were in for stitches.  I am hoping the excitement is over!

I am submitting my query letter today!  This was the challenge presented by our teacher last Monday, and I am determined to be among those who have risen to it!  In truth, I have been ready to do this  for a week or two anyhow.  I have been doing my research to see which publishers might have an interest in the idea.  Even though I haven’t discovered EVERY publisher that might be a match, I am eager to begin this next step.  It is a wee bit difficult to know exactly how to categorize it.  “Humor” or “creative non-fiction” is the best I am finding for a match.  I think my query is clear enough that it will be easy for a publisher to determine if the concept is suitable to their readership. I will be working on my Book Proposal over the next week, as well.  Some publishers might have enough information from my query letter to know they would like to proceed, but others may request a proposal, and I want to be ready with that additional information if necessary.

Some more submissions have been coming in- verbal, written, and my first one from online!  Very exciting!  Once I have gotten a few query letters ready to mail, I will be spending some hours this afternoon writing up some more submissions!  Hope to have a numerical update for you soon!   I have a story submission form on this site, if you know anyone who might like to see their story in print!

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Author Looking For An Artist

I am looking for an artist, preferably an unpublished artist, who would like to explore “First Publication” with me.  I have 2 interested artists already, but thought I would like to see if anyone here on WordPress knows someone who might be interested in an opportunity.  I am getting my query letter in the mail this week, so within a month I would like to choose an artist.  I don’t know how the artists payment would work if I land a traditional publisher.  If I fail to land a traditional publisher, I expect to try self publishing, so payment would probably be based on percentage, that is how much of the total effort they bring to the project.  In either case, I would like an artist who is also motivated to personally market our book as I will be doing.

The concept is “Crazy Things Kids Believe” and is a collection of anecdotal stories of adults looking back on their misconceptions in childhood.  If you are, or know an artist who might like to be involved, please have them contact me here, and in a few weeks I will send out 2 or 3 of the stories for them to illustrate.  I am thinking only line drawings at this time, especially if we self-publish, to keep costs reasonable.

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Submit Your Story at the Exchange Tavern!

That is if you happen to be anywhere near Broomfield, CO this month!  They are a terrific little Irish Tavern right near me with a marvelous menu and a (fairly) newly added coffee room.  I will be taking story submissions there.  Our delightful waitress/manager remembered us, even though we haven’t been there in- wow- perhaps even a year since my husband had been working overseas till recently.  She also remembered my penchant for “something sweet and foamy” for a coffee beverage, and the hazelnut concoction she brought me was perfect.  Anyhow, I told her about my book project and that I would like to set up there to interact with her customers, if permitted, in order to gather more stories.  She was enthusiastic, and I am currently awaiting a phone call from the owner that may give me the green light to go hang out there perhaps as soon as tomorrow!  I am really thrilled, because the submissions have slowed, so I am looking forward to begin this phase of generating material.  I am also planning on finding a retirement home that will permit me to visit with their residents, as I want to have stories from all generations to include.    I really think older folks are going to have some terrific, atmospheric tales!  Oh, also, my sister-in-law said oh I don’t know if my story is interesting enough for you- I used to think everyone in the world was a robot…”  HELLO!  Sounds perfectly on target to me!  I can’t wait to get the details on that one!  She thinks it is going to be a very common theme, and I will be very interested to see if her prediction runs true, as I gather more snippets.  So far, no real overlap.  And another new submission which my husband collected for me (!!! I love that he is talking about my project!) has to do with wicked plans for Santa, and makes me giggle.  If you haven’t submitted to me, please do!  Polished entries not required; I will flesh out, embellish, and inquire for other details if needed.  And if you don’t want to write anything down, give me your number and I will phone interview you and do all the work!  Also realized I don’t have a spot in my form for peoples hometown/state/country, which I would like to add.  Better take care of that now!  You can also find me on gwynnproject.webs.com.  That is the first place I started sharing my current writing/publishing pursuits, and I am not sure I have this blog as well polished as it needs to be yet.  Am I even coming up under the category Books?  Or anywhere at all?  That is my biggest puzzle right now, and neither Categories nor Tags seems to show me what I expect to see!  LOL  So MANY new things to learn!  Will definitely tell you about a firm time/date when I hear from The Exchange Tavern!

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Welcome & Project Summary

Thank you for coming by my project website! I am looking to collect a specific type of story from peoples childhoods for the purpose of assembling a book for publication- I have been taking a continuing education course and learning about how to get published, so now I have a query letter ready to send to some traditional publishers!  I hope to publish both a softcover book and an eBook.   I am looking for a minimum of 150 stories for the collection, and for this I NEED YOU!  This is a brand new website for me, so I will be setting up a place where you can submit your story, watch the submission countdown  and check out the intended project timeline.

The stories I am looking for (and current working title) are “Crazy Things Kids Believe”. They can only be told from the viewpoint of the adult, able to look back in wonder at the curious thing they once believed, based on their interpretation of the world with the limited amount of knowledge that had been gained at that time. I offer you my own story as an example of what I am looking for.

I was perhaps 8 or 10 years old when I discovered what appeared to be white powder in my Dixie cup in the bathroom. Looking back, I now assume it was the wax coating breaking down from my having used the same cup for too long. My childish brain decided my parents were trying to poison me, and for months thereafter I rinsed my cup vigorously, progressed to drawing a fresh cup every time, and escalated to drawing random cups from the dispenser to thwart their evil plan.

Other submissions to me are titled Daddy Is A Robot, Flying Is Dangerous, and I Need to Eat Little Rocks. You need to read the forthcoming book to learn these wonderful stories that give a delightful view into the magic world of childhood!

In return for your story, here’s what you will get! My undying appreciation! This is a project I have been thinking about for years, and I am thrilled to be getting it underway and to see submissions coming in already! You will also get the fun of your story being in print! I will run my version past you before we go to print, and each story will be tagged like this: “Donated by Jennifer R., age 44, Receiving Warehouse Manager”. If there is any info I ask for that you would not like to share in print, I will certainly honor that, just let me know when you submit your story. And finally, I would like to get a copy into your hands! If I am accepted by a traditional publisher, however, I have no idea if I will have any sort of access to copies of the book!  Probably not 150 copies at any rate!  If this desirable outcome occurs I will certainly posts links here where you can buy a copy.   If I do not find an interested publisher, I am looking at several methods of POD publishing and each offers various benefits and obstacles. In that case, I am still doubtful I can get everyone whose story makes the publication a free copy, but I can certainly offer you a copy at cost  (guessing about $6.50), with a personalized thank you note inside from me. I will keep updating the websites and let you know how we are progressing!

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