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Lady Wynwood #7 early release Kickstarter

I worked on my first Kickstarter and it got approved! It’s for the Special Edition Hardcover of Lady Wynwood’s Spies, volume 1: Archer and the release of Lady Wynwood’s Spies, volume 7: Spinster. I contacted my graphic designer about the Special Edition Hardcover of vol. 1: Archer—it’s going to be SO beautiful! The Kickstarter focuses on the Special Edition Hardcover, but it’ll also include vol. 7: Spinster so that it’ll sort of be like a launch day for vol. 7, too. A third special thing that’ll be in the Kickstarter is Special Edition Paperbacks of all the books in the series. They won’t be available in stores, just in the Kickstarter (and later, from my website, and also in my Patreon book box tiers if I decide to do them). The Kickstarter is not live yet, but you can follow it to be alerted when it has launched. (You may need to create a free Kickstarter account.) Follow Camy’s Kickstarter

2006 ACFW Conference, part 1

Captain’s Log, Supplemental

Blog book giveaway:
My Monday book giveaway is Dark Hour by Ginger Garrett.
You can still enter. Just post a comment on the blog post above. On Thursday, I'll post the title for another book I'm giving away.

Part one of four:

It was a whirlwind conference for me this time, because I had people I wanted to spend time with (agent and editor) and responsibilities (Genesis contest and the awards ceremony). I felt like I was always running somewhere. As a result, I don’t really remember much about the conference, but here are some predominant memories.

I roomed with Meredith Efken again. She’s not only a brilliant writer, she’s a night owl and we never had to worry about waking each other up when going to bed.

I saw brief flashes of my friend Randy Ingermanson, and I only wish I had more time to talk to him.

Chip MacGregor, who had been Associate Publisher at FaithWords (Time Warner/Hachette Book Group, USA), announced that he is now starting his own literary agency, MacGregor Literary. I got a chance to chat briefly with him. He’s so much fun to talk to. I’m really glad he’s now back to agenting. He’ll be fabulous.

Speaking of agents, I also spent some time with Steve Laube. He’d done a few paid critiques at the conference, and I was fascinated by the fact that he used the guidelines and standards used for the prestigious Christy Awards. He went out on a limb and actually scored each manuscript so that each person would be able to see where he thought they fell on the scale.

The Christy guidelines are very explicit about aspects of craft and theme. I can imagine some of the people he critiqued might have thought his scoring a bit harsh, but the guidelines are so exact that I think it would be very helpful regardless of the bluntness of the critique.

I met a new Zondervan editor, Andy Meisenheimer. Andy’s terrific—I started insulting and teasing him as if we’d been friends for years.

I got to meet with my Senior Editor, Sue Brower, as well as my agent Wendy Lawton and Janet Kobobel Grant (Books and Such Literary Agency). We had a great time discussing marketing ideas for the book.

Next: Teaching and quiet moments.

TMI:

Writing: I posted another "Health and the Writer" post at WriterQuotes, a “Write Time” post for busy writers at WordPraize, and an agent post at my Story Sensei blog.

And in case you missed it, my review of The Secret Life of Becky Miller by Sharon Hinck is posted at the Fab Four Book Picks blog.

There’s also a book giveaway and chapter excerpt from Dark Hour by Ginger Garrett below. I’ll be posting a book review on Wednesday.

I’m working on my revisions right now. Revisions are not as clean and organized as a plotting chart—my anal side is showing, isn’t it? Please pray I can get it done on time. I want to please my editor Rachelle (who’s a great editor because she reads my blog :) ).

Diet: Don’t even ask. My parents came for a few days, which is all I need to say.

Comments

Mary DeMuth said…
Hi Camster,

You didn't mention that you asked Sue if you could have a nose ring and she told you to ask God.

I hope all is well with you. Thanks for the ACFW roundup. I look forward to hearing more.

BTW, you did a terrif job on the Genesis contest.
Anonymous said…
It was good to see you at the conference. I echo Mary's sentiments on your job with the Genesis contest. It was so well done, and I'm so happy for all the winners! Can't wait to see how it all goes down for next year.

I'm eager to hear what you have to say about the teaching/quiet moments. I know I learned a lot from these.

LOL about your diet while the parents were in town. Know what you mean. But that's what is so great about Mondays. It's a chance to start over. Even if it's for the thousandth time. Kind of like the grace of God. He forgives us even if we just confessed the same sin many times before.
Rachelle said…
Camy, is that chocolate on your nose or....?
Anonymous said…
Andy wanted you to know you spelled his name wrong. :) But it's not your fault. Who in the world has a name like Meisenheimer? (He's probably reading this and turning extrememly red and huffy - he would never be so rude as to correct an author on her own blog.) But I would. Lol!

Have a great day!

Sarah
Camy Tang said…
Dearest Andy,

Considering I wasn't even important enough to get A BUSINESS CARD I think you should be THRILLED I even mentioned you on my fabulously-popular blog!

And I'll correct the error. Sorry about that. Don't know where my brain was. OF COURSE Meisenheimer has only one s. I mean, it's not like I'm an Asian chick who rarely spells European names...
Anonymous said…
Sounds like fun! Checked out your post at WriterQuotes and WordPraize. You've been one busy chick! ;-) So how does one go about getting their book reviewed by the awe-inspiring Camy at the Fab Four Book Picks blog? ;-) Talk soon and thanks for sharing your escapades.

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