To find the right literary agent, I need to hire an editor to help shape & polish Shining Sea, Book I of my YA trilogy, Sirenstories.
The publishing industry is in a state of flux. Editors at publishing houses have little time to edit, and even less time to mentor and develop new authors.For a book to be published, it must be close to perfect.
Most publishing houses don't accept submissions directly from writers. Writers need to be represented by agents.
Agents are looking for manuscripts—that are close to perfect!
I've been getting GREAT feedback from agents on my story, Shining Sea, Book I of Sirenstories:
"I think you've got a fabulous concept!"
"You certainly can write; you've done a wonderful job . . . "
"I love this!"
"I'd be more than happy to take another look if you revise."
"If you choose to revise, I'd love to see this again!"
I believe that if I hire an editor to help me shape and polish my pages, I'll find the agent that's right for me and my story.
I'm a musician, and I wouldn't make a record without a band, an engineer, and a producer. Books are long songs. I've written the music and lyrics, but I need a couple of pros to help me make a recording. That's where you come in!
This beautiful image was created by artist Kamil Vojnar. I'm thrilled that he's allowing me to use it here.
When I saw the picture I was simultaneously enamored and shocked, it is a nearly perfect representation of one of my characters from Sirenstories!
Please visit Kamil's site http://flyingblindpictures.com/
Si•ren |ˈsīrən|noun| ORIGIN Middle English (denoting a type of snake): from Old French sirene, from Latin Sirena, from Greek Seirēn.
The enormous white wings of the Siren can appear from the backs of their seemingly human bodies in a heartbeat allowing them to take to the sky. Their ability to breathe underwater permits them to be equally at home in the sea where they’re able to travel at the speed of sound. The seductive Song of the Siren casts a spell so strong no man or woman and certainly no teenager can ever resist it.
And there's one other especially important trait that Sirens all share, but you'll have to wait to find out what it is. All I can tell you now is that it's super spooky. Some say it's a bit sexy. Homer's Odysseus heard the songs of the Sirens but he didn't hear their stories. Sirenstories.
Sirenstories is the name of the young adult trilogy I'm working on. I've completed two of the three novels. Shining Sea is the first book, the second book is called The Deepening.
http://Sirenstories.com is the name of my blog where I try to support other singer songwriters. Singers + Songs = Sirenstories.
Yes! The one I have in mind STARTS at $5,000.00! And that's just for one book.
The editor I'm hoping to hire is well known in the publishing industry and has an excellent reputation, so I'm very sure she's worth it :)
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An MP3 of HUNGRY WOLF, the song I talk about in my video. It's the one I wrote about my voracious muse!Estimated delivery:
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An MP3 of HUNGRY WOLF and an MP3 of THE CRANKAMACALLIT theme song, currently unavailable anywhere else! Your kids will love this song and you'll be amazed when they learn how to spell CRANKAMACALLIT :)Estimated delivery:
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Be my guest for 1 Thursday morning yoga session in the month of December, 2011 or January, 2012 at Brahma Yoga Spa in Sea Bright, NJ. Class runs from 9:30-11:00 and is suitable for anyone whether you're new to yoga or an experienced yogi :) For more information please visit http://www.brahmayoga.com You'll leave class feeling centered and soothed. This is a perfect present for someone you love.Estimated delivery:
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For those of you who have patience :) A signed copy of my book, when it's published! Plus A TON of gratitude for believing in Sirenstories. *If for some reason the actual book fails to materialize, I will send you a copy of the manuscript via email or snail mail. THANK YOU!Estimated delivery:
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A physical copy of my CD, "I Slept . . . ", plus, if you're a musician, I'll feature you on my music blog Sirenstories.com. Not a musician but have a friend who is? I'll feature them :)Estimated delivery:
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For your kids! A copy of THE CRANKAMACALLIT iPad app, my children's interactive story app for the picture book crowd and an MP3 of THE CRANKAMACALLIT theme song. Plus, you'll receive an MP3 of THE ALLIGATOR WAITER, a jazzy song I wrote to go along with one of my children's stories.Estimated delivery:
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For music lovers! Both of my CDs, "I Slept . . . " and "Monkey Trap", plus a bunch of MP3s of my songs that aren't available anywhere else. These songs include a mix of produced tracks and demos—maybe I'll even write a new one for you!Estimated delivery:
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Are you a writer or do you want to write? Our bodies hold our stories, so I've developed Body of Writing, a workshop designed to help release those stories and get them down on paper using a combination of creative writing exercises, yoga postures, meditation, and visualization. If you're within an hour's drive of Red Bank, NJ, and I know you personally or you can have someone I know refer you, I'll come to your house and work with you for 90 minutes to get your words flowing. If you have a writing group, you can invite them too! If you don't have the space, you can come to me for the session. Need more info? http://www.bodyofwriting.comEstimated delivery:
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Okay Folks, I asked what you wanted, and you answered! So here it is, a one of kind sparkling reward bonanza! The songs: Hungry Wolf, The Crankamacallit, The Alligator Waiter and a mix of produced tracks and demos. The Book: A signed copy of Shining Sea. The CDs: "I Slept..." and "Monkey Trap". The App: The Crankamacallit iPad app. The Blog: If you're a musician I'll feature you on Sirenstories.com or I'll feature one of your musician friends. The Yoga: For you, or to give as a gift. 1 session at Brahma Yoga Spa in Sea Bright in the month of December 2011, or January 2012, and, Body of Writing, the inspiring yoga and writing workshop that helps writers release the stories they hold in their bodies. You must be within a 2 hour drive from Red Bank, NJ to collect Body of Writing and must be someone I know or referred by someone I know. If you don't have the space we can hold the workshop at my house! The Page: Your name on the acknowledgement page of Shining Sea as well as on the THANK YOU page of the Sirenstories.com Woo hoo! Lots of goodies :)Estimated delivery:
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I'll make you immortal! How? I'll put YOU in Sirenstories! I will replace one of my character's names with your name, and you'll live forever in Shining Sea. I'll send you pages of the manuscript to prove it—that means a sneak peek at the story!Estimated delivery:
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I will be forever grateful to you and I WILL THANK YOU ON THE ACKNOWLEDGEMENT PAGE of Shining Sea, where I'll tell everyone how awesome you are. When the book comes out, I'll take you to dinner! You'll have to come to NJ or NYC, but if you do, I'll make sure you have a great time as my guest of honor. I'll ply you with champagne, and CDs, and maybe we'll write a song together or kick around an idea for a new book! I'll take you to the world famous Stone Pony in Asbury Park or some awesome place in NYC, or if you want, we can just hang. We can take a walk on the beach or sit on my porch. Maybe I'll sing you some songs. If your friends pitched in for this one, we can have a party! If you're a teacher, I'll come to your school! We'll figure this out together :)Estimated delivery:
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