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HOLY COW!!!!

So, the auction on Mandy Hubbard's mandyhubbard  blog ended today at noon, and boy did it end with a BANG!  The winning bid for the FULL Manuscript and Query Critique was $950.00!!!  Yes, you read that right, $950.00!!

I am just BLOWN AWAY by this, and want to thank everyone who participated in the auction.  I especially would like to thank Mandy for coming up with the idea, hosting the auction, and offering her services.  She is an AMAZING person and I know she will give a fabulous critique.  So Laura, the winner, you are in for a real treat!

Check back at the end of the month because Sara Bennett-Wealer sbennettwealer  will be hosting a similar auction on her blog, plus she's getting her own agent, Holly Root in on the action as well.

And again, THANK YOU EVERYONE!!!
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Mandy Hubbard...THE AGENT!!!

Hi all my writer friends, and even those who aren't!!!  I am thrilled to announce that a wonderful friend of mine, Mandy Hubbard mandyhubbard , author of Prada & Prejudice, You Wish, and few others in the works, has broken ranks with the author community to become a LITERARY AGENT!  Now, she'll be an author AND an agent!  The best of both worlds! 

Mandy interned with the Jenny Bent Agency for a while, and has now teamed up with the D4EO Literary Agency, and will be accepting both YA and Middle-Grade fiction. 

Mandy is an amazing person with a heart of gold, and any author would be lucky to have her as an agent.  I wish her the best of luck, even though I know she'll be awesome and kick butt!

Here is what Mandy is looking for:
Mandy is interested in a broad range of YA/MG, whether they be contemporary or historical, fantasy/paranormal or realistic. She loves books with a heavy focus on romance, as well as “issue books” with a strong voice. If your book has a high concept or a big hook, she wants to see it.

If your story includes portals to fantasy worlds, wizards or dragons, it’s probably not for her. Please, no chapter books, pictures books, poetry, non-fiction, or books for the adult market.

To query mandy, send your query letter, along with the first five pages of your manuscript (both pasted into the body of an email) to  mandy@d4eo.com.  

Website: http://www.mandyhubbard.com/ and Blog: http://mandyhubbard.livejournal.com/


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Time to Bid!


IT'S TIME!!  IT'S TIME!!  IT'S TIME!!  IT'S TIME!!  Mandy Hubbard mandyhubbard  , author of Prada & Prejudice, is NOW holding an auction for a COMPLETE Manuscript & Query Critique.  All the proceeds will be donated to the Susan G. Komen 3-day walk for cancer.  She is such an AMAZING writer and friend, and I can't thank her enough for taking the time to do this.  This is a wonderful opportunity to help a fabulous organization and get something in return.  What more can you ask for?  Hop on over to her blog and place your bid.  Bidding will be open until 2/15.  If you'd like to read a bit more about why the money will be going to the Susan G. Komen organization, you can read more about my story here, www.the3day.org/site/TR/2010/SeattleEvent2010

Thank you all for the wonderful support.  Also, if you are not interested in the auction, but would like to make a donation, I could use all the help I can get!   Just follow the link above and it will take you to my donation page.  Let's all work together to find a cure!
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Happy Dance!!!

Elated...Ecstatic...Overjoyed!!!  Can you tell I'm happy?  I just registered for the Western Washington SCBWI conference in April!  I've never been to a conference...of any kind.  Although,  I have to admit that I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed already.  Now I actually have to kick it into gear and finish all my revisions.  Plus, I'm hoping I can finish my second novel and get revisions done also, but that may be a bit far fetched as I'm only on chapter 4 right now.  Yeah!  I can't wait!  Is it April yet?
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Mary Kole Contest

Ok, so I'm probably a bit late with posting this, but that okay.  Literary Agent Mary Kole is hosting a contest on her blog for the first 500 words of a completed manuscript.  Follow the link and hop on over to take a look at her blog and the contest details.  I've done one of these before, and it can be brutal, but so worth it!   
kidlit.com/kidlit-contest/
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Exciting Auction News!!

Hi all!  It's been a little while since I last posted, time just seems to fly by!  I have some amazing news to share with you all.  Mandy Hubbard, mandyhubbard the amazing author of Prada and Prejudice is going to host an auction on her blog starting February 1st.  What is the auction?????  It's for a FULL MANUSCRIPT AND QUERY CRITIQUE!!   This is such an amazing gesture of generosity on her part, and I am truly blessed to have her as a friend. As some of you may remember, I last posted about my journey with breast cancer, and that I am going to be walking in the Susan G. Komen 3-day Cancer Walk in September. Well, Mandy wanted to help out , but do more than just donate, so she came up with the idea for the auction.  All the proceeds will be directly donated to my fundraising campaign for the walk.  Each participant has to raise $2300 to be able to walk. So, not only are you getting a thorough critique by an amazing author, but you’re donation will help fund research for a cure to fight this dreadful disease.  

So swing on over to Mandy’s blog to check out the details, and be ready to duke it out on the 1st!  Stay tuned to future posts and thank you to everyone who has already donated, it means a lot to me.

Here is a link to my personal page on the Susan G. Komen website.
www.the3day.org/site/TR/2010/SeattleEvent2010
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My Fight

When I started this blog, I vowed to keep it about my writing and not about personal information.  So, this post is breaking that vow for the first time, but I do it because it needs to be done and I have a story to share with all my lj buddies. 

As some of you already know, and for those who don't know, I was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer in April 2009.  In May I underwent a bilateral mastectomy with immediate reconstruction following.  In June, I began the debilitating process of chemotherapy, finished at the end of September, had another surgery, and started radiation in December.  I will be finished with radiation on January 18th, 4 days before my birthday, nice present, huh!?  I will continue to get infusions of a drug called Herceptin every 3 weeks until July 2010, and then undergo an additional surgery.  So my journey is quite a long one, but one that I must take, and I do so bravely.

Right now I am fortunate to be cancer free, it was removed with surgery, and with the help of the chemotherapy and radiation, I pray that it remains gone.  Had it not been for the many many years of research and dedication of scientists and doctors, I don't know where I would be right now, or even if I would be here.

It is my duty to give back to those who have made it possible for me to live.  In September of this year I will be participating in the Susan G. Komen 3-day Breast Cancer Walk in Seattle where we walk a total of 60 miles.  Every participant is required to raise $2300.00, but I can't do it alone.  I am asking, even in these tough times, if you will help by making a donation.  Even $5 helps.  

I must walk, not just for myself, but for the millions of women who can't, who won't ever get to, and for those who have not been diagnosed yet.  This is how I make my stand.  One in every eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer.  

I pray that none of you or your loved ones ever have to be faced with this disease.  Hug your wives, mothers, daughters, sisters, cousins, nieces, friends, aunts and grandma's, and cherish every second you have with them, because you never know when it may be your last.

If you are willing to donate, just click on the link below and it will take you directly to my personal donation page on the Susan G. Komen website.  Thank you for your help and support.  God bless you all!

Tara
Team Name: "The Knocker Walkers"
www.the3day.org/site/TR/2010/SeattleEvent2010


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2010 Goals, NOT Resolutions!

So I finally decided to bite the bullet and post my goals for 2010. Honestly, any year could be better than the one I've been through, so I am not at all sorry to see 2009 fade into the abyss, never to be seen again. In years past, my resolutions have been the same, mundane and too predictable. I never challenged myself. I never pushed myself. I always made it easy and attainable. Not this year. My life is so drastically different then it was a year ago, and I can't imagine going back to being the person I was at the beginning of this year. I don't want to go back. So, forward I must go. Here are my GOALS, in no particular order. I'll put my writing goals first, then my life goals.

1. Finish revising my paranormal novel, parring it down to 85,000 words or less by the end of February.

2. Begin querying again by the beginning of March.

3. Write at least 5 days a week, even if it's only a page. Some is better than none.

4. Finish my urban fiction novel by the end of March, yikes!

5. Acquire an agent by the end of 2010, and hopefully sell my first book by the end of the year as well. I can hope! ;-)

6. Not be afraid to challenge myself and try new techniques with my writing.

7. Read through an entire book on improving my writing. I'm kind of a skimmer when it comes to reference guides and what not. (I've just purchased 3 new books, yeah!)

8. GET HEALTHY! Let's face it, my life literally depends on it now, so I have no choice.

9. Exercise 3-4 days a week.

10. Drink more water and make better food choices.

11. Be more patient, especially with my family. With everything that has happened in this last year, it seems my patience level has plummeted, making me feel like a terrible mother and wife.

12. Spend more quality one-on-one time with my children.

Well, there you have it! It seems a bit daunting when I think about it all, but now that it's written down, I feel energized about accomplishing everything on my list. I hope everyone has a wonderful 2010. Stay healthy...happy...and keep those fingers typing!