Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Where Have I Been?!?!

I'll tell you. New Jersey.

Where am I going?


Yes, I was at the NJRW's conference over the weekend. It was fantastic. I highly recommend it to all writers. There were workshops on craft, the business, legal aspects, etc. I met some wonderful writers. Refilled the creativity and enthusiasm well. Just . . . awesomeness.

And I pitched A Shot At Forever. Which yielded  two partial requests from Sourcebooks and Harlequin.

So that's where I've been. I went and had a blast, then returned home and put the nose to the grinder monkey grindstone and have been working on my submission packets ever since. (polishing up my query letter, working on my business plan, you know, the usual.)

On a different note, Ashley Nixon, super nice person extraordinaire, bestowed me with the Sunshine award. And I've been meaning to blog about it ever since.

Here are the questions:

Fave color: Today it's yellow.
Fave animal: otters
Fave number: 14
Fave non-alcoholic drink: diet Pepsi with Wild Cherry
Fave alcoholic drink: A mango mojito or a Dogfish Head Festina Peche
Facebook or Twitter: Just joined Twitter ( @AvaQuinnWrites ), but haven't gotten around to joining Facebook.
Passions: Writing & Education
Prefer giving or getting presents? Giving.
Fave city? Can't think of a city, but my favorite town is Bar Harbor, ME
Fave TV Shows: Castle, Big Bang Theory and Longmire.

I'm going to officially award this to another writer blogger I'd love for you to get to know-

Delynn Royer 

So there's a little peek inside. What would your answers be? Did you do anything special this past weekend?


Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I like Longmire too. It really ended with a cliffhanger this season.
Congrats on the requests. Sounds like a fun weekend. I'll have to do NJ sometime.

Delynn Royer said...

That conference was awesome, wasn't it? Congratulations on your two requests, Ava. I think they call that batting a thousand. :)

And thanks for the snazzy award! I'd better get cracking. Those are a lot of questions to answer, but they should be a breeze compared to the TIC S.A.Ts, right?

Misha Gericke said...

Congrats on those requests! Hopefully one of them pans out for you. :-)

Ava Quinn said...

Thanks, Sue. I watch Longmire on Netflix, so I'll have to wait a little for the cliffhanger of which you speak.

And Yes, I highly recommend NJ. It's a great conference.

Ava Quinn said...

Thanks, Delynn. And yes, do get cracking on those answers! They are definitely easier than the TiC Sea Monkey SAT's for the author interviews I give! lol!

Ava Quinn said...

Thanks so much Mischa! And congratulations on your book release!!

Diana Wilder said...

Two partials! I'm not saying a thing (no jinxing here) but smiling and crossing my fingers!

Diana at About Myself By Myself

Lexa Cain said...

Woohoo! Congrats on the requests - that's awesome! Good luck on them and on your queries.

Your fave cocktails sound a bit scary, but I'm with you on Castle and BBT (never seen Longmire). It took me a long time to join facebook, but now I'm very happy with it. Writers are funny, witty, and emotional, so it's a joy to interact with them. :-)

Liz Blocker said...

Holy cow, congrats!!! That's amazing! The thought of pitching in person makes me actually consider pretending to be mute. I'm really, really impressed. And it's great to see you back :)

Ava Quinn said...

Thanks, Diana! :D

Ava Quinn said...

Thanks, Lexa! Longmire is based on a book series by Craig Johnson. Really good.

Dogfish Head is a local independent microbrew in Delaware. Their Festina Peche is fermented with peaches. REALLY good! :)

Ava Quinn said...

Thanks, Liz! I wanted to hyperventilate the entire time. That or say, "Is that a rabbit over there?" And when they looked, run away. But I made it through. Now comes the even harder parts. Submitting! lol.

Carol Kilgore said...

I just followed you on Twitter :)

Love your answers. I like Big Bang Theory and Longmire, too.

Sherry Ellis said...

That's great news that you got a request for a partial! I hope it leads to a request for a full!

Ava Quinn said...

Thanks, Carol! And I gotcha followed back! :D

Ava Quinn said...

Thanks, Sherry!! :D

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