Friday, January 26, 2007

Friday is my day to be an Author!

I have off from my regular job on Friday so I can be an author. Fridays I write, research, market, sell, and enjoy my day. I don't do all those things every Friday, but there have been days where it all went down. Today, I am trying to finish a MS (Manuscript) which a publisher has been waiting to see for 6 months. In addition, I did some things associated with me being the VP-Marketing for Women Writing the West. A couple of days ago, I pitched a really cool idea to a friend...just waiting to see if he likes it. Who knows, you might see me on TV again.

I also applied for a freelance job that sounds pretty cool. That would be another Friday or evening gig.

It's brutally cold here in NC today, but tomorrow is supposed to be in the 50s. Maybe I'll go play with my new metal detector.

Well, back to finishing that MS. Once that one is done, I have another neat project that a different publisher wants to see. And a different from that one, too!

Ah, the life of a non-fiction author.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

From the beginning

I thought I would start with how a NJ girl, living in NC, got interested in the West. Let's say it was destiny - I was the only kid in my NJ High School wearing a cowboy hat and boots! I always loved the West and swear I lived there in a previous life. I tease my husband that I was Wyatt Earp and he was Doc Holliday and that's when we first met.

Anyway, I digress. I visited Tombstone, Arizona in 1992 and fell in love. I truly felt like I lived there before and on the plane ride home, decided I wanted to be connected to it somehow. I had never written a book before (Does the H.S. newspaper count?), but I loved to write, and cooking is another hobby. I began to wonder what they ate in Tombstone in the 1880s.

After 8 months of research, and 6 months of writing and compiling, I had a book (okay, manuscript). I was lucky enough to find an AZ publisher after only 6 rejections - not bad for a first-time author. My first book was Taste of Tombstone.

That's how it all started, and from there, I have learned and grown. I am awaiting my 4th book to be out in April, and am currently working on three others at the same time. Keep in mind, that I also maintain a 4-day per week job - I've gotta pay the bills somehow! You can also visit my website - or to learn more.