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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.
Thanks to Kickstarter supporters, I hired an editor, learned to be a
better writer, & signed w/ a literary agent who sold two of my
manuscripts. My second novel, SHINING SEA drops 5/24/16. The idea for SS
brought me here. TY to those who believed. Xo, MC
Thanks to Kickstarter supporters, I hired an editor, learned to be a better writer, & signed w/ a literary agent who sold two of my manuscripts. My second novel, SHINING SEA drops 5/24/16. The idea for SS brought me here. TY to those who believed. Xo, MC
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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!

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    My heartfelt thanks, & probably an email that says how awesome you are.

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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!

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    An MP3 of HUNGRY WOLF
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    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 :)

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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.

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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!

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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 :)

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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.

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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!

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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.com

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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 :)

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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!

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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 :)

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