Happy 2013, folks!

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I hope you all got the chance to bid adieu to 2012 with fond memories under your belts and welcome 2013 with pomp and panache. Mine involved going to Vegas with the hubby for three nights, and falling sick on my last night there. Really, why do I have to be such a party pooper? I just do not know.

I realize my blog has been catching cobwebs and hearing crickets. That’s right. I heard it too. One of my New Year’s resolutions for this year is to try and be more regular about posting things up. To be honest, I spend a lot of time making lists of things I want to write about. I promise myself that this is going to be my bedtime routine. Sadly, my bedtime routine over the past six months, that’s right, ever since I became an agent, has been to work until I pass out with my face pasted to my computer screen. Then the hubby will prod me gingerly with a hanger or spoon, just in case I wake up and begin barking like a crazy person. He does this hoping I’ll join him in bed. Unfortunately, my brief sleep usually rejuvenates me to continue working some more, until the wee hours of the morning. It’s a vicious cycle, I tell you.

But life is great. No complaints. I’ve signed on three more clients since my last post.

Katherine Ernst & Chelle Bruhns- Their amazing YA Sci-fi novel is something I’m looking forward to bringing out into the world.

Eric Delapp- A YA fantasy novel that literally took my breath away, one I finished in one sitting, I might add.

Pat Esden- A YA Gothic novel that had me up until 4am! With chills running up and down my body while I read it no less!

I’m blessed that all 5 of my clients are wonderful writers, wonderful people, who really love what they do, and are willing to work (super hard) toward making their dreams come true. And I’m blessed to be able to work alongside them to make this happen.

We’ve all been hard at work. My clients with their revisions and writing, myself with revisions and learning more and more about the book business from my two amazing mentors, Kimberley and Liz. And I cannot wait for the next step. To begin shopping their amazing manuscripts out. This is going to happen REAL soon.

I will keep you folks updated with their websites and details! :)

On an end note, here are some of the things I’m thankful for:

1) My family. They continue to be wonderful, my never-ending source of support, love, and comfort. Although I wish they lived closer, finding a surrogate family here, in the US (my husband’s family), has been something I could not be happier about. It’s hard enough to live so far away from the people you grew up with and love. Life would have been unbearable without the support of my husband and his family.

2) An amazing job I’m lucky to have, and the staunch support of my mentors. When I try to entertain the idea of doing something else, my mind draws a resounding blank. I know without a doubt that this is what I’m meant to be doing.

3) Living in a beautiful city-the people are friendly and laid-back, the weather is amazing, and there are so many things to do, sets my head spinning!

4) A roof over my head, and a husband (the best!) who provides me with this and more, along with putting up with my discussions on books, my clients, the book market and…need I go on? Not only does he put up with me, he remembers and contributes to my musings every single time. This is a man who would rather talk about cars and the latest tech than read books.

5) Awesome friends. Really, true friends are a diamond in the rough, super hard to find. Moving to a new country has only reminded me of how lucky I am.

Things I could benefit from doing/remembering:

1) Patience. My job requires me to have the patience of a saint, and I’m not a patient person by nature. I tell my clients this all the time. The book business is a frustrating place, but the rewards, when they come, are beyond anything you can compare. However, this is something I need to remind myself from time to time.

2) All work and no play makes Pooja a dull person. Live a little more, travel more, do activities I’ve always wanted to do, learn things I’ve always wanted to learn, and remember that I work so I can enjoy life. (Something my husband keeps telling me.)

3) Lead a more active life. Go on hikes and walks, take up salsa and cooking, learn how to bake.

What are some of the things you guys are thankful for? What are your NY’s resolutions?

Another link for a contest I’m on the pitch panel for.

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Hi folks!

I’ve signed up to be on another contest that is going to go live on the 17th & 18th of Oct.

http://brenleedrake.blogspot.com/

http://brenleedrake.blogspot.com/2012/09/pitch-live-elevator-pitch.html

So get busy and create your pitch video, and submit as soon as you can!

I look forward to reading some great submissions. :)

Good luck!

Contests! And a new client!

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My writers friends!

Want to get a critique on your query?

Want to submit your stories to a few pitch-fests (that I’ll be participating in)?

Want to get the attention of agents/publishers?

Check out these links!

http://staceyoneale.com/2012/10/05/pooja-menon-interview/

http://fizzygrrl.com/official-agent-list-for-hook-line-and-sinker/

http://fizzygrrl.com/hook-line-and-sinker-enter-now/ (I look forward to reading the submissions for this one!)

http://feakysnucker.blogspot.ca/2012/10/pitchmas.html

There is one more contest than will run in Feb 2013 (a YA pitch-fest). I will keep you guys updated on the details for that one as soon as I have some more!

On another note, I would like to announce that I recently signed a client, Cassandra Griffin, from Alberta, Canada, whose YA novel, an Urban Fantasy/with dystopian themes, totally blew me away. My client is a finalist of the Amazon breakthrough contest, 2012. Here is her bio for you guys to check out.

“Twenty-eight-year-old Cassandra Griffin is a true geek at heart, enjoying anything from Star Trek expos to comic conventions on her days off from driving 400 ton dump trucks in Northern Alberta. As a jack of all trades with a resume boasting registered nurse, English teacher and photographer, for Cassandra, writing is one thing that is here to stay. A desire to entertain is nothing new for her, which is what she hopes to accomplish with Dreamcatchers, and to continue to do throughout her future writing career.”

More updates on my client and her novel, Dreamcatchers, to come in the future! So stay on the look-out! :)

Have a great Sunday, folks!

Back to basics, the query letter.

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Is a query letter really that important? Yes, my fellow writers. I cannot be emphatic enough about just how important. It does not matter if you have a good synopsis and tight, clean sample chapters. The query letter is your foot in the door, so to speak. Even if the foot gets stuck in the door for only a fleeting minute or so. The point is, our curiosity has been aroused.

Now a lot of you, those who’ve been hands-on with the research part of the submission process, already know the information I’m going to mention below. I raise my hat to you for all the hard work you’re doing. Trust me, it will pay off in spades during the harrowing process. However, the reason I found this post to be important is because of the recent spate of queries I’ve been receiving. Sometimes it astonishes me how little effort the author has gone into introducing himself and his work to me, and making sure the tone of his email is positive and respectful.

Let me go through some examples,

1) A query sent with no content in the body of the email, aside from two attachments. One containing the synopsis, the other containing the sample pages.

2) A query written to me by an editor.

3) A query that mentions a lot of unnecessary information in the author’s quest to sound mysterious, while leaving out the main plot points, therefore, leaving the main questions unanswered.

4) A query that gives me a time-limit or exclusivity, when I have not asked for the latter, and do not appreciate the former.

5) A query that has been sent to me more than once within thirty days (patience is key, people.)

6) A query that does not mention what’s original about their story, compared to a dozen others.

7) A query that clearly indicates the author has not bothered to do any research regarding agents’ respective tastes.

8) A query that expounds on the greatness of the author’s own writing and how he believes it’s similar to (bestselling author’s) work.

The first thing to remember while sending out a query letter is, the way you write one sets the tone of how the prospective partnership could be, at least in our minds.

If you sound pompous and full of yourself, then I’m going to wonder how you’ll absorb my notes on revisions, if it’s required. I’m also going to wonder if you’ll be able to work with the team at your publishing house, especially when things may not always go the way you planned.

If you sound conscious and unsure of your writing abilities, by telling me that I should feel free to reject your work, since you’ve already been in this game long enough not to feel bad, it tells me you’ve been rejected before. That is not the best first impression to give. You must always strike the right balance between confidence in your abilities and humbleness.

If you give me a time-limit and exclusivity, it’s mostly going to come off as being a tad high-maintainence, assuming that your manuscript is the only one I’m looking at (which isn’t true). This does not show me that you value my time, but shows me that your time is so important, you’re unwilling to be patient like everybody else.

Now let us talk about how a query letter SHOULD be. Firstly, like I mentioned earlier, your query sets the tone of your relationship with the agent. But it also sets the tone for the kind of book you’ve written. If you’ve written a murder mystery, but the tone of your query is sarcastic and funny…this does not make sense, does it? Make sure the query reflects what kind of a manuscript you’ve got on your hands.

Secondly, start your letter with a brief explanation as to why you chose the agent. Was it because something about the agent’s profile caught your attention? Was it because you read a book she wrote, or an article she wrote, or an author she represents? Was it because something in her blog made you feel like you could connect? Was she referred to you by someone? If so, who? –This information should be concise. Once you do this, mention the title of your book, what genre your book falls into (try not to club a million genres together, be specific), and what the word count is.

Then we move onto the pitch. Give me a paragraph of information about your story that introduces me to the main character, what his predicament is, what he needs to do to solve it, and what’s standing in his way. What are his choices and inner conflicts that make things harder for him to resolve. If the story is set in an international location or a different time period, you could find a way to begin with that information, too.

I once read a query that went something like this. ‘This story is about the dysfunctional relationship between a mother and her daughter. When the daughter got into drugs, the mother had to throw the daughter out of the house to make her learn a lesson. The daughter had no choice but to fend for herself. When she fell pregnant, the mother decided to forgive her, take her in…after a lot of tough situations…the both of them realized the importance of a mother-daughter bond…’

What does this tell me? Nothing. Has the relationship always been dysfunctional? Was there a specific reason why her daughter was being so difficult? How did the daughter fend for herself? Wait, she fell pregnant? Was there a romance in there somewhere? Abandonment? Why did the mother decide to forgive her? What tough situations?

Of course, it’s not possible to give the agent all the answers in one short paragraph, but it should give us the main points and turns in a plot, while leaving something for us to wonder.

The last paragraph should introduce me to you. Do you have an M.F.A (from where?), have you been writing for long? Have you published anything before? (If so, be specific- where? when? who is the publisher?)

Lastly, a line thanking the agent for her time, and saying something positive.

So there it is. A query letter is not that difficult, especially when you’ve gone through the battle of writing an ENTIRE BOOK. So why not spend an extra few hours researching how query letters should be?

Why I chose to become an agent?

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My recent promotion as Associate Agent for KC&A had my knickers in a twist for weeks. Not only could I tell people that I was now a ‘lit agent’, I could actually do so knowing how much I enjoyed my job. I know, shocking, right? These days, being in love with your job is unheard off. You take what you get, and as long as it puts food on the table (in my case, wine), we should be thankful. But this kind of thinking filled my stomach with dread. I could not imagine waking up and doing a 9 to 5 that, literally, sucked my brains out. Thankfully, my brain is still intact.

Now, a recent phenomenon that I noticed is that people don’t really know what agents do. When I began to flaunt my new position to people who were not writers/agents/publishing folk, most often, I was met with wide-eyed stares of confusion. Few things people thought I did were: Publish books. Sell books and be on my way, onto the next one! Or rather, just read all day for pleasure. I smiled politely (because I’m still at that point where I love talking about what we do) and gave them the most succinct explanation, which invariably made them question why I become an agent in the first place? Especially since we do not get paid a monthly salary.

Agents make a 15% commission from our clients earnings. People in the publishing industry understand and recognize each others willingness to be a part of the common pauper’s struggle that all writers, editorial assistants, editors, agents, and other publishing folk go through at the beginning, albeit with helpless resignation. However, try explaining that to a room full of relatives and family members who have been ingrained since centuries/decades/lifetimes to a kind of work ethic that is closely tied with responsibility, practicality, stability, and money than the kind that ties you to love, passion, belief, possible money someday, and definite prestige in the long haul (Ah, Sonny Mehta, why do you haunt me so?).

So I explained to everyone that my true reason for choosing to become an agent, rather than a plumber/electrician/mason/doctor/engineer/mountain-climber is because, quite simply, I cannot live without books. I do not mean the ebook or the kindle. I mean the paperback kind of books that send me into a girlish bout of madness when I step into a bookstore or look at my bookshelf or touch a beautiful cover.

Even more, I love coming across a manuscript in my pile that makes my heart skip a few beats. A manuscript that I then envision all the way to greatness- breaking a million records, making a million bucks, bringing in a millions fans, playing in a million theaters worldwide, and touching a milling lives. NOTHING, makes me happier. When I was a kid growing up in the Dubai of the late 80s/early 90s, it was a different city. It was a dry, barren, scarcely populated place that was mostly desert. I never got to hike, or camp, or go on road-trips, or fish, etc. In fact, my mother would not let me out of her sight until I turned a shameful twelve (after which I became an insane rebel and tried to make up for those lost years). That was when I turned to books. Adventure books, mystery books, girly boarding-school books, detective/spy books, emotional-magical books…I would read under the quilt with a torch, long after the night light was switched off, and I was in heaven. This love stayed with me all through my graduation, when I also discovered that I loved writing books as much as I loved reading them.

When I began at KC&A, I realized that there was a different path available to people like me. Agenting, where I would not write as much, but I would still be involved in the initial process of helping an author to shape up the kind of book that I believed would inspire people to read more. I would be able to handpick books across all genres, as long as they inspired me with the same fire. The thought of being a part-editor/part-avocate/part-businesswoman/part-friend excited me. The idea of seeing my future clients works, envisioning their covers at B&N, and being able to talk about them proudly to all and sunder excited me. The idea of being surrounded with manuscripts until the wee hours of the morning, subsisting only on coffee excited me. The idea of mingling with other publishing folk and attending conferences (meeting prospective writers with my prospective dream projects) excited me. The process of negotiating contracts to get the best ones for my (future) clients excited me. What excited me even more was that I was going to be able to do all of this under the loving and supportive umbrella of my boss, Kimberley, who has built a legacy of hard-work and good taste over her years in the industry.

Tell me, is there any other profession that could be better?

On an end note, here are a few links for my fellow readers and writers to peruse.

http://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/some-good-news-from-the-world-of-books (This article on the state of publishing filled me with great hope for the future).

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/05/books/tom-wolfe-ian-mcewan-and-j-k-rowling-among-fall-authors.html?_r=2ref=books& (Could the Fall be anymore thrilling?)

http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2012/08/the-publishing-process-in-gif-form.html (The Writing Process, a dash of humor from Agent-turned-Social Media Guru Nathan Bransford).

Enjoy!

@FriscoDreamer

Twitterdee Twitterdum!

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The past few weeks have been spent working, reading up on publishing and the changing trends in the industry, other agents’ blogs, and more work-related stuff. Never before has the power of social media been impressed upon me with such clout. Really, it’s terrifying for someone like me. I’ve resisted blogging, Kindle, and Twitter for so long. But work has finally forced me to succumb to all three of the above.

In a climate where even writers have to be well-versed in the art of blogging, twittering, and maintaining a stellar website/newsletter/database…to be noticed by agents/editors/publishers…it is important, now more than ever, for me to do the same.

Which brings me to a somewhat related thought. For all you fiction and non-fiction writers out there, create a platform. I know the word robs you of the very essence of writers of the bygone era. But since the economy has taken a hit, despite quality fiction being produced every year, the role of marketing and publicity falls more and more within the writer’s domain. So be alert, creative, and a technophobe. We are familiar with the idea of non-fiction writers having to do a proposal and submitting pages and pages showing market analysis and potential for their book, along with various speakers engagements, interviews, and other modes of gathering a huge following (these days editors don’t just expect the proposal and sample chapters anymore. They expect the proposal along with a COMPLETED manuscript- in order to show them how committed you are to your project). But today, even fiction writers are asked to write a proposal. Not in as much detail, but enough to show how well-versed they are with social media outlets, how many followers they have (which will make marketing their book that much easier), and comparisons with authors that have books similar/yet different to the ones they’ve written.

For me, blogging and twitter are the best ways to network with other like-minded people, writers, and people in the industry. It is also lighter on my brain and fingers. While I enjoy blogging, after reading manuscripts and editing all day, the idea of writing a blog post makes my writer’s juices shrivel and beg for a respite. That is when Twitter is a godsend. Where else can I share my thoughts in 140 word or less? :) @FriscoDreamer (my Twitter name!)

Lesson for the day?

Embrace social media forums! Be aggressive about them! Enjoy them! Pay attention to what kind of books people are looking for/buying/publishing. Pay attention to what books have outrun their cycle (vampires, fairies, dystopian,etc…anyone?) And do not stop writing!

Signing off! Have a good evening folks!

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A few tips for the hopeful first-timer… (Taken from an older post)

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I wrote this post months ago, but realized that since the post was under miscellaneous, writers may not find it so easily. So here goes, a few helpful tips while shopping for an agent:

1) The Query letter is most important. Be sure to give a short, yet intriguing blurb (a gist if you will) about your story. Be prepared to write a concise paragraph about yourself and your education, background, and experience with writing. (Eg: have you submitted to journals? Do you write blogs? Have you won any awards or prizes? If so, put it all in as tightly as you can manage.)

2) Polish your work as well as you can, BEFORE YOU SUBMIT. Because of the number of submissions agents get in their inboxes on a daily basis, not many have the luxury of taking the time to develop your work with you. Not until it is that promising…a diamond in the rough. Even then, they would rather have you go through your work and resubmit again when you are done. In order to avoid this, in might be a good thing to get a professional editor to work with you on the final draft, before you submit to agencies.

3) Do NOT send the same query letter and submission to a dozen agents in the same email. That is the lazy way out, and if you cannot give each email/letter your individual attention, WHY SHOULD AN AGENT DO THE SAME FOR YOU?

4) Patience is key. Remember, most agents are severely over-worked and severely underpaid. Agents get paid on commission. Also, most agencies have two to four agents working for them, and against 200-500 letters that come in each week…you do the math. There is only so much they can ingest without going completely bat shit crazy. Be assured that they will get to your work, and if they do reject you, it is after serious consideration. After all, if they truly feel passionate about your work, what would they gain by turning you down?

5) Lastly, be willing to work on revisions if an agent asks you to do so. I’m not saying you need to lose the core of your work, and thereby lose your integrity. Oh no. But be flexible and willing to bend when you can, and be firm when you have to. But remember, revision is always a good thing. When the book is ready to go out, it will.

I will write more as and when I can remember them. I wish wholeheartedly for each and every one of you to be published, if that is your dream. You should always dream!

Here’s a tip on what you should NOT do. Don’t send unprofessional, angry emails to the agents who’ve rejected you. I have received quite of a few of these lovely missiles, and so have the people I work with. In this game, rejection should be something you need to toughen up against. Take from it a helpful impression, but do not let it leave a soul crushing dent. Second, you might have to deal with the same agents again at some point, say, if you write a second book someday. Just my thought.

Have a great day folks!

Who is the new Literary Agent in Town? ( Wink Wink )

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That’s right. I am one out of two people that have been taken into the fold by Kimberley Cameron of the Kimberley Cameron & Associates! Forgive me for gloating, but this has been a much awaited moment and I am beyond excited. Therefore, where else can I gloat with abandon?

As a fresh intern in the fall of last year, being a literary agent seemed so glamorous and fun. And it is. Don’t get me wrong, fun or not, it’s a shit load of work to do. But I believe the adages, “love what you do”, and “if you love what you do, not a day at work seems like actual work”, completely apply in this profession. Because despite the unpredictability of the publishing industry at present, there is no other industry I would want to be a part of. The challenge brought about by the business aspect of Agenting is equally balanced with the creative side of the business. Finding new voices, helping nurture talent that is already present, and bringing life-changing books to the public…aah! What better job could there be? Have I mentioned already that a truly beautiful cover for a book can make me feel really…itchy. From then on, I cannot rest until I have the book in my hands. Wouldn’t it be great to help more people feel this way?

Yes, the industry is going through a slump at the moment. Yes, the future of books seem to be in peril, and yes, the arrival of e-books/Kindle/a renewed fervor in self-publishing has rocked the boat a little. But I do believe that the industry will survive. Very much so. It has in the past, and there is no reason why it shouldn’t in the future. People still love to write, which means people still love to read. Be it via Kindle or paperback, the demand for books is still very much alive. And if we move with the times and figure out ways to integrate the modes of e-publishing/self-publishing into the traditional route of publishing, great things could happen. We’ve already begun to see a growth spurt in this area.

Anyway, I shall leave such thoughts and advice for future posts. For now, though, I would like to give you guys a little heads-up of what I’m looking for.

Before I go into this, however, I do have one piece of advice.

Do not submit a half-arsed manuscript. No matter how much you want to see your name in print, take a moment to see if your manuscript is ready for an agent. Be cruelly objective and critical. If this is something writers cannot handle, it’s going to be a big blow to them in the journey ahead.

Submissions have to be polished to look their best. I do not mean to be condescending or horrible. Only helpful. Many times, as an intern, I’ve come across submissions that have made me cringe. The lack of research and forethought that has gone into writing the query letters, the number of grammatical and editing mistakes, the angry emails demanding why we haven’t written back to offer representation…all of it has been truly flabbergasting.

Isn’t the whole purpose behind sending query letters to an agent to actually SELL the idea of your work first? Nobody said it would be easy. In fact, haven’t all our legendary literary voices had to face the same process of rejection and acceptance at some point themselves? So how are we any different? Will taking a step back, sipping some green tea, and spending time reflecting and waiting be such a bad thing?

Being a writer or an artist requires patience and devotion. Trust me, being impatient myself, I know how hard and frustrating it is to see your dreams at a standstill. But I do believe we should only want people to see the best we can produce. If writers are in such a hurry to get published that the quality of their work is not up to the mark, then it’s rather disappointing.

But I shall stop this downpour on your parades and pick it up as and when the need comes up at a later date. Without further ado, here is what I’m looking for, so all you debut novelists and veteran writers out there, please take note. I cannot wait to read some mind-blowing submissions!

- Writing that has a unique perspective and a strong voice. One that will linger in my head even after I have shut the book. I do believe that even a tried before plot can be handled in a way that is fresh, different and never-seen-before. These are what I would like to see. Not well-used formulas, but an idea or story that is different and will add to the wonderful books already out there. Books that contain a subtle life lesson or two is pretty important to me, as this was why I used to read vicariously myself. To search for answers to questions I do not have, and to find more questions that force me to think in new ways.

- In fiction, my tastes tend to be eclectic and varied. Therefore, it’s rather hard to pinpoint what I’m looking for. But interesting and thought-provoking fiction in any genre will get me in knots. Be it literary, commercial, high-brand women’s fiction, or historical. Good fiction is simply hard to put down. However, I do tend to lean towards International fiction quite a bit. Vibrant and complex characters, multi-cultural themes, and lush exotic settings…painted against a contemporary, political, or historical backdrop…how can I not? Being from a different background myself, these kinds of stories resound soundly within me. Thankfully, there is a rather huge market for books like this, so I’m looking forward to reading things that make me forget to breathe.

Did I mention that I have a passion for historical novels set in time periods that haven’t been explored too much, or events that haven’t been talked about/talked about much yet? (Think Sarah Dunant, for example.)

I recently read a manuscript submission that totally blew me away. A story set in South America during a difficult time politically, but told from the point of view of a young girl. It made me want to research the situation as soon as I came home. That is what I call good fiction. However, as an intern, I did not have the good fortune to offer her a representation. But now that I am in that position, hopefully such a manuscript will come my way. (Hint all you historical writers out there!)

In fantasy, I’m okay with stories being completely experimental or set in our reality, as long as the story is believable and fleshed out well. I don’t mean to sound cliched, but J.K Rowling, Tolkien, Philip Pullman, Katie Marie Moning, Deborah Harkness, and a bunch of other great writers had me locked up in my room for days! Test the boundaries people, but make me believe it!

Shall we switch over to non-fiction? Do you folks need a minute to breathe or take a loo break, because I realize this is one darn long post. But I promise, I’m almost done. Almost. :)

For my fellow writers who prefer to burn the midnight oil with the non-fiction genre, I tend to gravitate towards adventure and travel memoirs, journalism and human-interest memoirs set in politically unsound countries, self-help books addressing relationships and human psychology from a fresh angle, and submissions that deal with educative or interesting subjects that are as yet unexplored. If you have any of these under your bed, do not hesitate to send them to me without fail.

However, the only question I have to ask is, do you have a decent enough platform? Or can you create this before approaching agents? Most agents will not undertake projects that have no platform because of how hard it’s become to sell books these days. Trust me people, get tapping on those blogs, publicize your subject at various speaking engagements. Twitter and sing about your subject is what I say. Radio appearances, public speaking engagements, blogs with high traffic…all of it helps like magic!

Finally, the last stop. Young Adult fiction. Do I hear sighs of relief, or sadness, perhaps?

I will admit, I haven’t spend too much time reading in this particular genre, but I do enjoy them if they are spectacular (don’t we all!). Think, Speak/Fever by Laura Henderson, for example. Stories set in dystopian, fantasy, magical-realism, and historical contexts are all welcome, but so are those dealing with serious, prevalent issues facing our teenagers today. Like bulimia, anorexia, bullying, finding one’s identity…in a fictional context.

On an end note (cannot be that greedy) I will admit, mysteries and thrillers aren’t really my cup of tea. But if you have one that is dark, edgy, and a bit of a psychological spinner, I would definitely be intrigued.

You can send ALL of the above to Pooja@kimberleycameron.com.

I bet you guys are clutching your head and screaming ENOUGH! with terror. So I shall stop and step away from this laptop, but I do have some visual treats for my next post. A couple of my girlfriends and I are going on vacation to Istanbul soon. Hopefully, I will have some great pictures to share with you all.

Have a great day folks!

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Update (continued…)

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Our second hike was the Pfeiffer State Park hike. We took both the Valley View and Pfeiffer Falls trails. I’ll admit, however, that I could not complete the Valley View trail, because the further up we went, through narrow, rocky, unsteady paths that kept climbing steeper and stepper, the more and more I felt as though ants were crawling all over my hands and feet. At one point, I could not force my feet to move at all. I’m telling you folks! They had glued onto the ground on their own accord. As you must have guessed by now, I have a deathly fear of heights. Ask me to do anything–anything!–and i’ll do it. Lasso a wild horse and ride him naked. Hell yea! Do the tango with an angry bull. Let me at the beast. Drive through the streets of SF blindfolded. Ah, the daredevil me. But heights, no can do my friends.

However, we did manage to finish the Pfeiffer falls hike, get a lovely glimpse of the waterfall, and soak in some greenery. While my husband leaped and bounded from one rock/path to another, like an agile mountain goat, I crawled after him like a wheezing sloth. Ah, sexy sexy. Just what a man wants to see in the woman he loves. Sweaty, red-faced, athletically challenged…and people wonder why women hate to do strenuous activities with their men. It kills the desire right out of a relationship people! Unless the both of you have climbed Mt. Everest time and time again, and a hike barely causes you both to break out in a sweat.

Enough with the chatter. On with some pictures!

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A lighthouse on our way back to the city.

So there we go guys. Hope you enjoyed the pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them. My next blog entry might contain some more pictures of another trip we’ll be taking soon. But that is a surprise for a different day. With this, I sign out and wish you guys a good night!

Update!

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As promised, here are some pictures and updates from Big Sur. What a weekend that was! Wish it had been much longer. We set out in the morning in a hail of wind and crappy weather. I was worried that this crappy weather would follow us all the way to Big Sur, ruining all our plans, but the truth of the matter is, San Francisco happens to be a tad tempermental. As soon as we got out of the city, the sky cleared and our way ahead was bathed in wonderful sunshine. For those of you traveling from the city to Big Sur, stick to the Highway 1 route. It takes a little longer to get to Big, but the view is beautiful. The road hugs the coast all throughout, and you can stop the car in numerous stops to get some wonderful pictures. Like the ones below.

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This was a coffee place we stopped by before entering the highway, and I just had to have a picture! An actual train engine, converted into a cafe. How quirky is that?

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Our first stop was the Glen Oaks Cabins where we stayed the night. Although I was a tad wary of the reviews (great place, but really thin walls and hard beds), I was pleasantly surprised and relieved to find out that individual experiences are different, and mine were fantabulous. Our cabin was clean, with modernistic decor that was completely made up of recycled materials! The bathroom floors were heated, which was awesome, especially the next morning. The bed was super comfortable, and we crashed as soon as our heads touched the pillows, and there was not a disturbance in sight or sound. It was perfect.

Few pictures of our room, for those of you who might be interested to stay here sometime.

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Our first stop, after checking-in and filling our stomachs, was to spend the day at the Pfeiffer Beach. We wanted to catch the sunset, have some wine, and just relax. I think the pictures do better job at describing the beauty and calm of the beach than my words ever could.

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The next day we decided to hike. Being that I’m pretty much a newbie at hikes, we decided to take the easiest hike Big Sur had to offer. The McWay Falls hike at the Julia Pfeiffer State Park. The trail was flat and short, and for those of you who aren’t avid hikers, this would be your place to start. It’s a good warm-up to the enormous feats of strength and agility you will have to display on the more challenging hikes that follow this one. (Although my version of challenging could possibly be far far different than yours. I’m what you call an avid work-couch person. I like to watch work-out videos from the comfort of my couch and revel in the joy of having worked out at least some part of my body. In this case, my eyes and my brain.)

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