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Website: http://aspenreallife.com
Location: Aspen
Members: 291
Latest Activity: Oct 15

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Hi and welcome to group of Aspiring Writers. As a travel writer I have been quite busy writing for my blog, Aspen Real Life, but check in as much as possible to see what you are all up to. Come by and say hello. Also,  find me on Twitter and Facebook.

Discussion Forum

Writers' Rumpus blog & 2 writer-themed giveaways

Started by Marianne Knowles Sep 13, 2013. 0 Replies

Hi everyone, I just joined Mom Bloggers. I manage a group blog, Writers' Rumpus, with a focus on writing and illustrating for…Continue

Tags: critique, Rafflecopter, giveaway, books, picture

Happy Birthday to Me Giveaway

Started by Cynthia Tolbert-Wilson Mar 30, 2013. 0 Replies

By this time of the year, we are more than ready for the tilting of the Earth that heralds the spring equinox and better weather. It’s a promise that summer will soon be here.…Continue

Writing & The Road to Publishing

Started by Shana Johnson. Last reply by Rhonda Fischer Jan 2, 2013. 5 Replies

Hi Moms,I own a independent book publishing company and I was thinking about starting some video online sessions or a video online writing group for those who are writing and want some input or want…Continue

Join Nikki Mark, Children's Book Author on Facebook and Twitter

Started by Prerna Malik. Last reply by Emma Kaufmann Mar 13, 2012. 2 Replies

Hi, I am the Social Media Manager for Nikki Mark, author of the popular kids’ book for working moms, Mommy Brings Home the Bacon. We’d love to…Continue

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Comment by Cj Poindexter on September 22, 2010 at 1:14pm
Hi all.
Ericka, great contest idea.
Maria LOVED your "one night stand" post. Really great.
Peryl - again you have stirred me up about mean judgemental people.
Debbie - maybe in 18 years I can retreat to that cabin in the woods.

I have added a post to http://killsuperwoman@blogspot.com. It is about a recent disappointment I experienced. If you guys and visit and comment - it would be great.
Comment by Stefanie on September 22, 2010 at 10:50am
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Comment by Marina DelVecchio on September 21, 2010 at 7:45pm
I've written two books on the dark side of motherhood, and just secured an agent for one of them. Been rejected by 3 out of 12 publishers so far...still waiting. I'm now trying to break into magazine writing. Doing a lot of writing on the subject. Since this is an aspiring writers' group, I'd love for all of you to read my post on Literary Agents and One Night Stands. Sending out our work is a very vulnerable and sensitive issue, and the rejections make us feel like crap...but I compare the act of waiting for an agent to get me on a book like waiting for a one night stand to call the morning after he sees you naked.

Please check it out at http://marinagraphy.com/literary-agents-and-one-night-stands/

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Comment by Linda Boulanger on September 21, 2010 at 3:43pm
Hi Tesha,

I own a small publishing company and we've worked with several illustrators. From my experience, you are going to have a hard time getting an artist to take a percentage of sales. They usually want payment for a finished job. I would recommend negotiating where you do not pay the full amount upfront but partial amounts...say some upfront, then mid-way, and the final amount when done. You can request the illustrations be sent to you as they are finished (we do it all by scans and electronic transfer -- 300 dpi at least). I can give you more information...email me at AwesomeMessages@sbcglobal.net
Comment by Tesha Vann on September 21, 2010 at 3:27pm
I'm finishing up two children's stories and I'm curious to know the typical charges for illustrators, anyone have any insight? Also wondering if any of you have experience paying illustrators hourly/by project or did you pay them a % of the total proceeds of sales etc and if so what %? Many thanks for any insight.
Comment by Erika on September 21, 2010 at 3:19pm
Hi! I am beginning a writing contest for bloggers. There will be a ton of new blogs for you to discover and follow, plus you may win a prize!
It is open to all bloggers who write. More information can be found here: http://www.thegirlnextdoorgrowsup.com/?p=1709

Please join in on the fun!
Comment by Debbie Allen on September 21, 2010 at 11:33am
The Seven Deadly Sins for Writers: http://bit.ly/9xXlCg
Comment by Peryl Manning on September 20, 2010 at 12:48pm
Hey lovely ladies - I'm looking for your stories of being on the receiving end of unsolicited advice and judgement about your parenting for an article - here: http://blog.seattlepi.com/parentingadabsurdum/. You can leave your story anonymously or not as you choose - but if you leave me your URL, I will return the favor with lots and lots of comment love :). Thanks!!

Peryl
Comment by Debbie Allen on September 20, 2010 at 11:42am
Did you ever wish you could get away to a remote cabin, just to write? Here's why you may want to rethink that: http://bit.ly/ax9XaA
Comment by Linda Boulanger on September 20, 2010 at 11:08am
Forgot to mention...I did a little bloggy bit about Andrew on my Writer's Shelf Life blog.

Also posted to TreasureLine Books & Publishing Blog
and Beyond The Last Page

No wonder I'm so tired. I'm pretty sure I didn't sleep last night!!!
 

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