August News and Notes

 Welcome to Mary's Garden where imagination blooms! Our quote of the day:

You always pass failure on the way to success. 
~~Mickey Rooney

I haven't had much to report the last few months, mostly because I work a full time day job and only write/edit an hour before work every day. And of course whenever I can on weekend's, writing retreats, or like our annual golf trip. Ronnie golf's I stay back at the camp ground and write/edit and watch the deer wander in. I'm very excited for this coming weekend, because it is the annual trip!

I have been working on a thriller this past year. It is completed and I'm my second round of edits. Thisis not a romantic suspense, so this is something new for me. I started out my publishing career as a published author with some small presses. And for a brief nanosecond I had an agent. Then I went to Indie author. I have loved the freedom and control. However, I have decided to pitch my new thriller to some agents and reach for the brass ring of NY publishing. 

I'm nervous, excited, and did I say nervous? Once I'm through with the 2nd round of edits I have some beta readers ready to read through the manuscript and then I will do another round myself. 

While the beta readers are at work I will be writing my query letter and synopsis. And I HATE both. But it is a necessary evil. Wish me luck. I have already researched agents who like the thriller genre. I have it narrowed down to three. Again wish me luck. My goal is to be prepared to start submitting at the end of September.

I will keep you posted on the progress. 

Other than that I've been doing a bit of promotion for my other books. And of course Two Authors, Books & a Beverage.  We are taking August off for a much needed break. We'll have a new guest in September. If you missed July's guest you can still check it out. The rafflecopter giveaway is over, of course. However, if you have hopes of screenwriting or an interest in the industry you won't want to miss out on listening to our guest President / CEO SL Film Society Tori A. Baker 
My Beckett Series will be spotlighted on August 11, 2021, at 2:00 EST on N.N. Lights Book Heaven Mystery and suspense event. 
And as always, there will be Giveaways. 
Enter the Rafflecopter to win.

I hope all of you are having a wonderful and safe summer. Just an FYI about my pic... I'm excited for UTE Football. We missed last season, as you know. And I love the fall.

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Take care and thank you for your continued support. 


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