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Location: Aspen
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Latest Activity: Aug 14

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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.

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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 Margot Finke on August 18, 2011 at 2:49pm

Tracy, I took a look and left a comment.  Nicely done!!  Was the book self published?


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Comment by Margot Finke on August 18, 2011 at 2:42pm

Rachel if the quality of your rejections are improving, that means the quality of your writing is also improving.  I suspect you won't have to wait for 122 more rejections before you hit the jackpot.  Good luck, mate.


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Comment by Tracy Deaton on August 18, 2011 at 2:17pm

My daughter Stephanie has always had a love for writing, and I am so excited to announce that her first book is now available...You can get more information about her book and view her promo video on my blog.

Comment by Rachel Packer on August 16, 2011 at 9:27am
Thanks Karen...I guess I have 122 more rejections to's actually harder sometimes to get a publisher's interest and then to be rejected...but at least it proves that the writing is rejection letters have definitely improved over the years from standard form letters, to letters with comments.  I take what I can get!!!  A good rejection at least means someone took the time to critique it!  Thanks again for your words of encouragment....truly helpful.
Comment by Margot Finke on August 15, 2011 at 4:08pm

Thanks a bunch Karen.  You are always so kind.  I hoped my link to a sample chapter from "Taconi and Claude"  ( a few posts below this), would give readers a feel for the fun and excitement of this outback Aussie adventure.


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Comment by Margot Finke on August 15, 2011 at 4:02pm

WOW!  Chicken soup for the Soul was rejected 144 times? That's what I call staying power.  Karen is right, Rachel.  Keep polishing and reworking that MS, and you WILL eventually find a publisher that loves it.  Rejections are a kinda way to pay your dues.  It's just some pay more than others.


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Comment by Karen Cioffi-Ventrice on August 15, 2011 at 12:59pm
LOL Sounds familiar. Don't give up on the children's book though. Chicken Soup for the Soul was rejected 144 times before a publisher accepted it. It happens in all genres. There are always other publishers. I can see the chick lit working though.
Comment by Rachel Packer on August 15, 2011 at 9:46am

Karen..thank you again.  I have taken some tips from your website, it's been very helpful.  I wrote a children's book as well (came very close to publishing, but alas after editing 3x for the publisher, they decided not to use it...sigh).  Now working on a chick lit book, I am very new to this genre but the voice is very similar to that of the blog...again, thanks for your encouragement and the tweet!!!!

Comment by Karen Cioffi-Ventrice on August 15, 2011 at 9:16am

Rachel, I visited your blog and can see why you were chosen. Your blog is interesting, warm, and funny.

I tweeted your 8/13 post.




Comment by Rachel Packer on August 15, 2011 at 8:31am
Karen...thank you so much for your congrats.  Funny, I don't really know a lot about blogging, I still can't figure out the whole blog hop thing...and yet somehow I have my picture (albeit a small thumbnail shot) in a magazine regardig blogging. 

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