The April 29th issue of Woman’s World magazine is on the newsstand now and on page 42 is me!
Well, the short romance I wrote. The title has changed to “TIme for Love.” This combines two of my favorite things: writing romance and making homemade cinnamon rolls!
Read and enjoy!
I am thrilled! I’ve sold a second romance to Woman’s World Magazine. It’s entitled “The Secret Ingredient” and takes place at a Fair baking contest. I submitted it in December, so this is a very quick turnaround for acceptance.
It will be in the April 29 issue, available on newsstands April 18.
That’s right, it’s the January 14 issue of Woman’s World magazine which has my short piece of romance fiction, The Trip of a Lifetime. Page 42. Very, very proud to be there!
And besides a good piece of romance writing this week, there are always recipes and craft ideas for the season. I like the cartoons, too.
Buy, read, and enjoy! Each issue is only available for one week!
I was going to start a day-to-day series for the Christmas Season detailing my somewhat extensive reindeer collection on my blog at kaysiskdotblogspotdotcom. I meant to start on Dec 1, but as the reindeer were barely out of the attic and certainly not photographed, that didn’t happen. So yesterday I lined them up, a la school photo fashion, and snapped! They are all on the computer and just awaiting their day on the internet and it was going to start today and then…
I got a letter and a contract and I SOLD A SHORT ROMANCE TO WOMAN’S WORLD MAGAZINE!
I’ve been submitting for two years. My goal was one/month, but I haven’t met that lately. However, I did send in two in July and this is one of them.
The current title (and they may change it) is THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME. It’ll be on sale January 3, which I think means it’s in the January 14 issue.
I’m thrilled! Now let’s all buy a copy–and don’t I know every author says the same thing to her friends!
I was showing a friend about my Wings Press novels for Kindle on Amazon and realized that only half of them were there!
A quick email to the PTB and in a few days, all showed up. Whew!
I feel better being all up on Amazon.
My publisher, Wings ePress, has been hard at work getting its considerable backlist onto the Barnes and Noble NOOK. I’m proud to say that if you have a NOOK, you can now access all eleven of my contemporary romances on your NOOK.
Well, embarrassing as it is, I’m finally writing another post after way too many months. I supposed I concentrate most of my day-to-day blogging over at http://kaysisk.blogspot.com. Please come take a look.
An update on Woman’s World: I continue to submit and receive rejections, although a few of them have gone on to another editor. I persevere.
But about the title of this post: to be hand sold. Someday I would like someone to come up to me and say that they found my (wonderful) books because someone, not even a store employee, hand sold one to them. Whether that be at a book store, the grocery, in an email… I’m not picky. To have someone be so enthusiastic about your work that they’d open up to a stranger about it–now there’s a dream come true!
What brings this about is that I hand sold yesterday to a stranger. We were on opposite sides of a counter of trade paperback books at a Barnes & Noble. She had just put a book down and started her fingers running to another one when I noticed there were copies of Kate Morton’s The Forgotten Garden right in front of me.
I loved this book! It had all the elements I need: romance (several), mystery (you don’t know the answer until the last page), and several time periods, from Victorian to present decade. To top it off, it was based in Australia!
My spouse loved this book and recommended it to his friends. I’ve passed my copy around to several. So when the opportunity came to convert someone new… I seized upon it, overcame whatever shyness I have about talking to a stranger, and sold the book!
I started with the fact that I didn’t work at the store and had nothing to gain from her purchase but the knowledge that it was a wonderful book. As we talked, she said she hadn’t read a book in years. I didn’t ask why, I just know she’s about to start again.
Last summer, I queried Texas Co-op Power Magazine about writing an article on the catfish buffets in my area. There are three, all located in rural you-have-to-be-going-there locations. Each has a devoted following. Each, as my cohorts and I discovered as we ate our way through three delicious dinners, has a unique take on catfish.
So, I’m especially pleased to announce that my article is now in print and online. Here’s the link:
I submitted an eighth short work to Woman’s World, received an invitation to rewrite and resubmit number 7 and this week received three rejections from them. Sigh.
So now it’s like I have a clean slate. Eight in–eight back. I have two more ideas and I’ll be working on them next week.
To update my writing efforts with Woman’s World:
I have submitted seven pieces of romantic short fiction. I have received three form letter rejections, one “well-written but not right for us” (or words to that effect), and one “well-written” which also included an invitation to rewrite and resubmit.
I did! And what a wonderful exercise it was. The suggestion was made to change the point-of-view and I did. It became a much better story. If nothing else, I’ve learned how looking at the same story from a different and in this case, more personal, angle can change it. I mean, it’s not like I didn’t know that, but it was a good repeat lesson for me.
So, I hope it worked and was good for the magazine also!
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