Where Have I Been? So Much News!

Helllllllooo Everyone!

So, it’s been an ETERNITY since I’ve written a blog post, but so much has been going on! (Horray-sies!) Last we met, Mr. Cool was signed on with the wonderful Kirchoff/Wohlberg and then it was out for submission.

Well, I’m so happy to report that in January we got an offer! And I’m even MORE EXCITED to report that we signed that contract in June with POW! Books! My editor is the super awesome Sharyn Rosart (previously from Quark Books) and she’s gearing up to make Mr. Cool a reality!

Pow! is an amazing independent publisher based in Brooklyn, NY. They have two independent bookstores: powerHouse Arena in Brooklyn and powerHouse on 8th. They distribute through Random House so I’m excited to get the best of both worlds: a small publishing house that focuses directly on their clients, as well as the experience of a huge distributor. Triple Coolness! I’ve already learned a TON so far and I didn’t realize that I was so in the dark about a lot of this printing stuff…

Right now we are finishing up the art files and edits- the book is scheduled to be available in January 2015 (insert tears of joy here) and I just can’t wait for you all to get your copy. So far, I would say it’s about having a great team coming together to make the book the best it can be. I feel especially lucky to have these people on my team for my book. Let’s get to work!

Aspiring authors: Keep working, keep working! You’re almost there! (HIGH FIVES!)

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It FINALLY happened!

Ok folks- it finally happened!

After years of hard work, several manuscripts, hundreds of rejections and thousands of tears, hard work has finally paid off!

I am now a repped picture book author! I’ve been crying tears of joy for a week! (They are much better than the sad kind that comes in this business…) I’m now with Kirchoff/Wohlberg, an agency that’s represented the children’s genre (baby to YA) for over 28 years. My wonderful agent, Ron Zollshan, believed in my manuscript, Mr. Cool and after a few rewrites and edits, we’ve teamed up to take over the world! I’m super excited to share this news with all my favorite people (that’s YOU). You’ve all been instrumental in helping me in everything I do in this field.

So…know that with hard work and never giving up, someone out there WILL believe in you and your manuscript! It’s right within your grasp! Now let’s hope this baby gets sold!

Whoa! So much is going on and I’m FLIPPING OUT! (In a good way…)

Hello my beautiful peeps! I’ve missed you.

Sorry I’ve not had the chance to write on my blog in a while but things have been BIIIZZZZ-EEEEE.

Here’s a quick run-down:

1. I taught at DFWCon this year and it was super rad! Met many nice folks and pitched an agent which was super fun!

2. Came back inspired and ran a Kickstarter campaign for my newest children’s book, Mr. Cool. We needed to raise $3K and ended up raising $3,700! It was a super-intense process, but the support I was shown and the people who donated to my book really made me feel happily overwhelmed with gratitude. It was really interesting to learn what really goes into running a successful KS campaign and it was a lot harder than I thought! Kudos to all those others out there who have done the same. It’s alotta work!

3. Since then, I’ve been finding a publisher to print 100 copies of Mr. Cool to give back to the people who showed me such support on KS. The last few months have been quoting, pricing and overall FINDING the write (get it?) publisher for this book. We’re doing a completely custom-made design idea, so it’s been a very crazy process of finding those who can meet our needs and weeding out those who can’t. We’ve finally nailed down the publisher and now it’s time to put this baby into action! It’s time for Mr. Cool to be born.

4. In other news, The Harry Potter Insults book has been doing spectacularly well on Amazon and Createspace. Since December of 2012, we’ve sold about 2,000 copies which makes me flip out with joy! Thank you to all who have supported this book and spread the love!

So, all in all, it’s been an intense few months filled with positivity and support. It’s really been amazing. Choose to look at the opportunities in front of you, instead of all the negativity that can be out there, and you will see great things happening!

MUAH! I will update soon with progress on Mr. Cool!cover

I Am A DFWCon 2013 Instructor!!!

Hi all!

This year I was asked to speak about self-publishing and co-authoring at the 2013 Dallas-Fort Worth Writer’s Convention! *Does Pee-Wee Herman Bar Dance* I’m so excited! Last year, I worked very hard with Laura J. Moss to self-publish “The Unofficial Harry Potter Insults Handbook” and through diligence and persistence, showed that a agent-rejected book could sell and make money! And now my reward is to share this knowledge with others like me: those who have many ideas, who are self-starters, who are focused and ready to get their boots dirty. Because, believe me, this route isn’t an easy one.

I hope to see all you sparkly writers (not sparkly vampires) at the Con this year. There is a great line-up of wonderful agents, editors, publishers and speakers. And from my experience attending DFWCon last year, I can tell you it’s a great motivator to get your book finished- not to mention all the networking opportunities you will have!

Hope to see you there and take my classes! I would love to meet you and hear your stories!

http://www.dfwcon.org

Love, Birdy

New Year, New Book!

The wonderful Critter group I am a part of had a wonderful idea for this new year:

To make goals for a new novel for the new year (hence the name New Year, New Book) and then to keep track of your goals by way of a PROGRESS BAR! Every one in the group has a progress bar and everyone in the group can easily see one another’s progress. Throughout the month, we will be held accountable for these writing goals we have set for ourselves. Also, our peers can gently encourage us to get these goals accomplished by supplying prizes, support, or critiques!

Gearing up for the new year is important. As a writer you want your arsenal to be chock full of ideas or sometimes you just need a break from your current WIP. New Year, New Book is an excellent way to journey down this path with wonderful friends to help you along the way.

Check out how we have ours set up here and feel free to make one for your own group!

http://newyearnewbook.wordpress.com/

Happy writing!

The Harry Potter Insults book is now available in PAPERBACK!

For all of you who still like to actually hold a book (pick me! pick me!) we feel you! The Unofficial Harry Potter Insults Handbook: 101 Comebacks for the Slytherin in Your Life is now available in paperback!

Thank you for your patience as we got this book up and running on the e-book platform for Nook and Kindle.

Here is the link for the paperback version:

https://www.createspace.com/3955249
It will debut this week on Amazon.com in paperback as well, but is available immediately on Createspace’s e-store.

A side note about Createspace: I must say, they were exceptionally great to work with. I’ve never seen such an easy platform to self-pub physical books. They are fast, efficient and thorough. They even send you proofs of your paperback for a very small fee. I’m talking like, a few bucks. That’s crazy! And fabulous! As a writer who has self-pubbed “the old fashioned way,” I was seriously amazed at how simple this process has become. If you have any questions at all about the process, please let me know and I’ll try to help you as much as I can. (I’ve learned quite a lot) and sharing the love is what I live for.

So, if you’ve been rejected by an agent, DO NOT DESPAIR! Createspace is waiting patiently for your precious words!

Keep on keepin’ on!

Birdy

THE UNOFFICIAL HARRY POTTER INSULTS BOOK IS HERE!

Hello everyone!

Laura J. Moss and I have been on a very exciting venture these last few months bringing our little creation into the world!

It is now for sale on Amazon Kindle and Barnes and Noble Nook!
And here are the links:

Our home site: http://www.harrypotterinsults.com

Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Unofficial-Potter-Insults-Handbook-ebook/dp/B008WAD59S/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1351736376&sr=8-2&keywords=harry+potter+insults

Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/harry-potter-insults?keyword=harry+potter+insults&store=nookstore

If you are a Harry Potter nerd like we are, you gotta check it out! Don’t have a Nook or Kindle? Don’t fret! You can still buy the book through Amazon and Amazon will allow you to read it directly off of their site for FREE. Gotta love the times we are living in. The Harry Potter Insults Handbook: 101 Comebacks for the Slytherin in Your Life is all about learning valuable social skills using Harry Potter language. (NERD ALERT!) Harry Potter always helps with life skills. If you don’t believe me, go away now!

Here is a little description of our book:

Are you tormented in Transfiguration? Are you mocked for your muggle mum? Do you long for a Time-Turner so you can always deliver a killer comeback?

Whether you’re a N.E.W.T.-level wizard or a wide-eyed witch still awaiting your Hogwarts acceptance letter, you’ve probably encountered a merciless Malfoy or despicable Dursley who makes your magical blood boil. If you’ve ever stood speechless as someone called you a talentless squib, a worthless git or a filthy mudblood, this is the book for you!

Study these magical pages closely, and with a little Hufflepuff hard work you’ll soon brave any bully with the courage of a Gryffindor and be able to outwit even the smartest Ravenclaw or the most-cunning Slytherin!

If you would like to join our social media pages, we’d ABSOLUTELY love to have you!

Twitter (@HPcomebacks), Pinterest (pinterest.com/hpinsults/) and Tumblr (hpinsults.tumblr.com/)

Your support in this endeavor means so much to us and we appreciate you spreading the word to all those in your life who love Harry Potter!

Never stop writing and creating!

Welcome to the world of Kindle & Nook!

Hello peeps!

I’m so excited to report that I’ve been really hard at work making my book creations realities! May I finally present to you my children’s book, “Mr. Cool,” in e-book format!

For Kindle-heads: http://www.amazon.com/Mr-Cool-ebook/dp/B0093DFNQQ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1348074078&sr=8-2&keywords=mr.+cool

For Nook Masters: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mr-cool-birdy-jones/1112757150?ean=2940015113792

The best part of this crazy-awesome-ness is that you don’t even need an e-book reader to get it! (Well, at least if you order the Kindle version, that is.) Amazon will give you a cloud player absolutely free to use on your home computer OR smart phone. I just love how easy it is for people to have e-books at their finger tips. It’s truly exciting!

Furthermore, I plan on having my other kids book called “Don’t Scream! I’m Just a Spider” available in a few weeks in e-book format!

The greatest news to report, however, is that my writing partner, Laura J. Moss, and I are in the final stages of our killer Harry Potter novelty book entitled, “The Unofficial Harry Potter Insults Handbook: 101 Comebacks for the Slytherin in Your Life.” It will launch next week on book Nook and Kindle platforms as well. EXCITMENT! ACCIO BOOKSALES!

As always, thank you readers, for all of your support and encouragement. We truly live in an amazing time of publishing and I can’t wait to see how it evolves. If you have any questions about this process, hit me up! I would also love to hear your self-pubbing stories, readers!

Keep kicking ass…

Where Have I Been?

Hello World!
I haven’t been around much. I know. I’m sorry. Where have I been? I can’t wait to tell you. I’ve been on a craaaaaaazy journey through time and space. Through a vortex of disappointment to back on top again. To an unsound balance-beam of pure frustration and joy. Where the heck is that? You may ask. As a writer, many of you will have experienced this place before. The name of this abnormal ether is what I like to call, Writer’s Rejection Land.

Writer’s Rejection Land is a place all writers go when their beautiful piece of art has been turned down by an awesome agent. At first  you tell yourself, “That’s okay. Maybe that agent just wasn’t for me. Maybe that agent is stupid in the head and doesn’t understand how much money he/she just turned down.” Then you start to spiral into the vortex of disappointment. WHY? WHYYYY??! Why wasn’t I good enough? How could I have been THIS CLOSE and still not have connected. This stage lasts a while. And it sucks. Big time.

Next you enter into the balance-beam of pure frustration. This is when you grab yourself up by your broken bootstraps and start again. Start re-working, re-thinking, re-organizing. You get your stuff together and try again. This can be a very frustrating process. A balance beam of frustration.

But alas! There is light at the end of the tunnel. For some reason, a big disappointment can make one super creative. Have you noticed you wrote the best poems when you were heart-broken? (Flash back to college and that boy…) Ahem, anyway, I found myself writing crazy things that I never thought of before. I found myself getting my characters out of sticky situations, when before, I had no idea how to. I started having weird dreams that were solving my writing problems FOR ME. It was amazing. And now, here I am, back on top, feeling amazing about my creativity once again!

So I would beseech you, dear writers (and those who have been rejected a time or two) to know that there is light at the end of the tunnel! Know that more creativity does lie within your belly and it will expel itself one way or another. Sometimes it takes a disappointing push, or a vivid and colorful dream, and sometimes it just takes hard work, determination and a little thing called believing in yourself.

Go get ’em tiger. This bird is back!