Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Tuesday Funny

Hi,

I found this little fellow on the net and couldn't resist. It's just for fun. You can feed the hamster, too. Just click anywhere on the picture and it will get off its wheel and eat. If you click on the middle of the wheel, it will get back on and run.



If you want an animal for your own blog, click on the name in the upper right hand corner and there are many more animals (a spider, a dog, fish and more).
Enjoy your day,
Cat

Saturday, August 21, 2010

WriteOnCon

Hi,

from August the 10th to the 12th I attended the first ever WriteOnCon, an online conference for kidlit writers. It was an absolutely stunning experience for me. Of course, there was much advice I had heard before but never this compact and in one place (check out the site since all the great stuff will still be available). I got to experience some agents I have queried in the past or will query soon (best were the life sessions), and I suddenly understood some of their rejections/responses. Also, I learned how to pronounce query!

Make sure that you join WriteOnCon 2011 if you are writing kidlit. I'll keep you posted (literally) when it will come.

Have a great day,
Cat

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Happy dance!

Hi all,

Guess what, my story Thicker Than Water (written with HTTS (see below) and the first novel I wrote in English without writing a German first draft) is a finalist in the Colorado Gold Writing Contest 2010 in Speculative Fiction from the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers.

I'm sure that I won't win because Kristin Nelson already rejected the manuscript a while ago, but the comments I received were very valuable and spot on. Now, I will revise the whole thing again, and maybe, I'll be able to find an agent then. I'm ever so excited. I would love to know though, how many entries there were per category.

Holly (and her courses How to Think Sideways and How to Revise Your Novel) rock!!! I can't say that often enough.

Enjoy life,
Cat (a very happy and purring one today)

P.S.: I'll rant about WriteOnCon next week. Promise.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

forgetful me *blush*

Hi,

I had meant to announce this ages ago. There is a super-awesome online conference from August 10th to 12th for everybody who writes for children. Six aspiring and well respected authors (like Casey McCormick, Jamie Harrington, Elana Johnson, Shannon Messenger, Lisa and Laura Roecker) host a conference for all those who cannot travel. Ideal for someone like me from Germany (or any other place in the word). And the best thing is that more than 1400 people already signed up. The forum is already very active and the timetable for the events of the first day is up (and it is as fantastic as I had hoped it would be). I am very much looking forward to this and hope to see (read) some of you over there, too.

Here is the video that invites everybody to join:


Hope to see you there,
Cat