Writing & Publishing

To Intern, or Not To Intern

Before we get into any deep philosophical debate on internships, lets look at dogs…

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This is Tremor. He was given a clean bill of health at the vet today, but does need to go back next week for a dental cleaning. He’s wearing a “Thunder Shirt” because he came from a severe abuse case and thunder scares him to the point he “tremors.” He does much better with this on though!

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Diesel is 17.5 HUMAN years old. He was going to be drowned as a puppy because he was the runt. Bill insisted on paying full price and took him home. He also got a clean bill of health today and then came home and crashed in the playroom.

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From left to right, we have Hunter (abandoned at a gas station), Baker (I got him from the animal society), and Oak. Oak was listed on Craigslist because at 6 months old, the couple who had him decided he was too big. (Insert angry face here).

Charleston, SC, as usual is getting pummeled with a thunder storm, so they are all stuck inside. At least they are all letting me get work done!

Anyway, the pressing question…..

It occurred to me there may be jobs in publishing available which would help me in my pursuit to publish. Google was helpful in bringing me to a website, www.BookJobs.com where I found an array of internships I could apply for. Though unpaid, I could probably work on one the rest of the summer and be almost finished by the time school starts.

I found a few agents/agencies I really like and can work for remotely. I’m thinking it may help me gain a better understanding of publishing and how it all works. It might help me gain contacts and information I can use later as I publish my own works.

The only downside is the obvious….they are all unpaid. This basically means I am working for free, which most people don’t do! On the other hand, there is the experience and possible connections. It would also look great on my website. This said, there really is not a down side, other than not being able to go to the grocery store with experience, however one day it may literally pay off!

Have you ever worked an internship for experience? Was it in the literary world? I would love to hear about it in the comments!

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Military Spouse Life

The Mad Twitter Dash

Who gets the flu in the summer? Me….and Bill….and sweet little Talia. It’s been two weeks of passing the same flu all around. Add in the fact I can’t take most medications because of pregnancy, and you have the perfect sick storm. At one point, two of the cats were even sick. They were both sneezing with watery eyes and were just miserable. The good news is we are all finally able function again. I still sound horrible, and I can’t always breathe through my nose, but I’m getting there.

As I tried to get through and recover from illness, I realized an important deadline was approaching. Literary agents on Twitter participate in something called #PitMad which stands for pitch madness. Basically you have a designated day, a few times each year, where you can pitch your book and potential agents use hashtags to find new material.

For some reason, I had it in my head there was not another one until September. Then something popped up in my news-feed telling me it was going to be this Thursday (tomorrow).

That is when the panic set in. When Bill was not in school, and I was well enough to work, I set out to my local Starbucks and pounded out the rest of my book proposal for Literary Crazy. Finally, on Monday, I finished. I sent it to Staples to print off a copy near my mother, who picked it up and edited the entire proposal, then called me on the phone so I could make corrections. With the exception of a cover letter, I am ready to go tomorrow.

Even if there is not any interest in the book on Twitter, I can still send it the old fashioned way to literary agents. The only thing I’m waiting on is my professor from college has a copy and I really want to see what he has to say, though I’m more concerned with him looking over the final first draft.

With all that said, I do need to craft three very purposeful tweets to be sent out tomorrow. Hopefully I’ll be back on Friday to tell you about the hundreds of copies of proposals being requested by agents!