Welcome to Life at Bugle Hill Farm

Monday, December 17, 2012

Merry Christmas, Etc.

Hello to all, Life is moving along at the speed of light, like it or not. Staying consistent with my blog posts has proved challenging, but I am still plowing ahead with revisions on my middle grade fantasy "Molly McBean and the Secret Cave." Brittiany Koren of Written Dreams has been a tremendous help. Thank you Brittiany. Finding time for revisions is not easy, but well worth the effort, if even just one page a day is tackled. I wanted to re-post this blog post to give epublishers out there something to think about. Take a minute to read. Comments welcome. http://stevevernonstoryteller.wordpress.com/2012/12/16/why-e-authors-still-need-to-get-their-work-in-print/ In the mean time, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Cheers, Joanie

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Written Dreams

I've just had a great experience with editor Brittiany Koren of Written Dreams. Brittiany held a contest on the Written Dreams Facebook page and I was one of the winners. Yay! What I won was a 15 page critique, free. Can you say YIPEE! The timing couldn't have been better as I am eager to start shopping my middle-grade fantasy to agents. Brittiany's edits and suggestions were dead on and I am happily revising away. Her years of editing experience are apparent in the way she can sharpen a manuscript. So the point here is, one, don't be afraid to enter those contests, even if your project isn't complete, and two, go check out www.writtendreams.com. Yours, Joanie

Monday, May 21, 2012

Scarlet Whispers

Here are the links for "Scarlet Whispers" Scarlett River Press Book Links Scarlet Whispers print https://www.createspace.com/3825610 Scarlet Whispers Smashwords eBooks https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/160475 Scarlett Whispers Amazon Print and eBook http://www.amazon.com/kindle/dp/B0082Q2H5U/ref=rdr_kindle_ext_eos_detail

A Writer's Path

Well kids, I finally did it, but I'm not sure where to go from here. I've had a short story published. Yay! But what do I do now? Blog about it perhaps. Of course, spread the word! But really, now what? I submitted my middle grade novel to a publisher a few months back and am awaiting to hear news on that front. I've been writing a little, but not nearly as much as I should be. I think maybe the way for me to go is to keep writing short stories and submitting them where ever I can. Something's bound to pan out eventually, right? There's no certainty in that, but for me, maybe it's the best option. I loved, and at times hated, writing my novel and I'm hesitant to continue with book two of the series until I know what's happening with book one. The truth is, I will keep writing, because I can't not write and whatever direction it takes me in, I will follow, pencil in hand. Here are the links to purchase "Scarlet Whispers".
My short story "Adagio" can be found within its pages. It is a horse-themed anthology whose proceeds will benefit Hilltop Haven Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation. Please visit their site as well. "Adagio" was based on a true story. My heartfelt thanks go out to Jo-Anne Russell and Ryan Cady and all of the fine folks at Scarlett River Press. Your comments are always welcome. Yours, Joanie