Baseball has taken over my life in the last couple of weeks. My stepson is on the high school team now, and has had one day of practice a week, followed by four to five days of double-headers...I'm thinking that practice and game schedules should be reversed, since we haven't won a game yet :(
Anyway, my writing/blogging productivity levels have been doused with Gatorade runs, drenched with driving duties, and doomed by the fact that I've been plotting ways to amuse a 3-year-old for 6-8 hours at a time (rather than plotting a new WIP). Frustrating, but seeing your kid at bat or on the mound is worth it. I realize that he is actively experiencing his last days of childhood, and it's bittersweet to watch.
ON another note, if you're seeking an agent and write picture/chapter books, middle grade and/or young adult fiction, you MUST put the following contest on your calendar:
Blog: Fresh as a Daisy, Daisy Carter
Contest Entry: 1st Page of your completed, polished manuscript
Date: June 29th
Agent (drumroll please): Tricia Lawrence of Erin Murphy Literary Agency!!!! She is not open to queries (other than recommendations and conference attendees), so this is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to get your work in front of her!!
Here's some info from her agency bio:
Tricia is the "Pacific Northwest branch" of EMLA—born and raised in Oregon, and now lives in Seattle. After 17 years of working as a developmental and production-based copyeditor (from kids book to college textbooks, but mostly college textbooks), she joined the EMLA team in March 2011 as a social media strategist hoping to learn from Erin and Joan about agenting.
As associate agent, Tricia represents picture books/chapter books that look at the world in a unique and unusual way, with characters that are alive both on and off the page, and middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction that offers strong worldbuilding, wounded narrators, and stories that grab a reader and won't let go.
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Have a great weekend!