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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

IWSG and How!

Thanks Ninja Alex

The awesome co-hosts for the December 7 posting of the IWSG will be Jennifer Hawes, Jen Chandler, Nick Wilford, Juneta Key, JH Moncrieff, Diane Burton, and MJ Fifield!


Talk about being insecure. Well, this IWSG post is the most insecure one I've ever done, but I wanted to test out something, and what better place than here among friends? That's what I kept telling myself. Anyway, in spite of my good common sense, I'm posting my idea this month. What you'll see is a work in progress with a rough draft of my first Instant Book. If you have some suggestions about how to use this as marketing tool or (Heaven Help Me!) how to create a video, I'd to hear them.






In terms of your writing career, where do you see yourself five years from now, and what’s your plan to get there?

Actually, in five years I hope to see two of my completed young adult novels published. To that end, last year I knuckled down and found an agent, Italia Gandolfo, then I sent her the two books. Now, of course, I'm waiting. But while I'm waiting, I'm finishing up my Alligators Overhead/Great Time Lock Disaster trilogy. So within that five years, I'd like to see these middle grade novels out as a package. That's the plan. Fingers crossed.

44 comments:

  1. Clever! I wondered how you'd folded it. I think it's a great idea, Lee.

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  2. Lee, I look at your video and my gut feeling was it is a great idea. I like it and it is something that will appeal not only to kids but to adult too. Just my opinion.
    Wishing you much success with this.
    All the best.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G

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  3. The instant book is such a clever idea!

    Best of luck with your goals. :-)

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  4. I like the instant book! What a perfect promotional tool. You could pick a short story for a variety of audiences and getting an entire story is so much more fun than a bookmark. Cool.

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  5. OMG! I LOVE the mini-book! It's brilliant.

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  6. That's an awesome plan! And the mini-book is fantastic. :)

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  7. That is a really neat idea. I wondered how it folded. Good 5 year plan too at your feed.

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  8. I hope you realised your five year plan Lee. Also your spread sheet looks awesome best of luck with that.
    Yvonne.

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  9. Now that's clever thinking. You made your own brochure.

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  10. That was really fun. I can easily see sharing that in my classes (probably 4-8th). What a great way to show your book. You have my mind working.

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  11. The waiting game is tough, but it also the only way to succeed. Getting writing your next work to pass the time. It helps.

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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  12. Oh my gosh, I love the instant book!! What a wonderful idea. The book is so cute! And you did a fantastic job presenting it. I think it is so hard to be on camera but you were so natural. Well done!

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  13. That instant book is so so cool. And what Julie said, you were fabulous on camera explaining what it is and how you did it. And wow, you submitted to an agent. Yeah. I know you'll reach your goals. You're doing such great work.

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  14. Goodness that is clever.
    Colour me awed. I could never fold maps up again properly either.
    Go you.
    Loved your video as well.

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  15. That instant book is really cool! That's awesome that you submitted to an agent, too. Good luck with your goals!

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  16. As I'm sneaking in blog reading time at work, I can't watch the video. Will have to come back and do that later...

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  17. Great five-year plan. And I love your instant book, very appropriate for kids.

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  18. Great five-year plan. I didn't realize you had an agent. Fingers crossed for you.

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  19. Congrats on getting an agent!!

    Fingers and toes crossed!!

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  20. How great that you got an agent! Like everyone else, I have my fingers crossed. Heck, I'll follow Cathrina and cross my toes as well. ;)

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  21. Wow! I'm not sure which part I should be cheering about more - the really awesome mini-book or the agent! Wow! Wow! Wow! Wishing you all the best and cheering for you!!! By the way, my mom used to make over 70 origami figures from memory (and owns about a dozen origami books), but all I can remember is the flapping bird - which is a variation of the crane. I didn't think, until now, that I could use that information for my books. But now . . . you've opened up some creative possibilities. Thank you for being so awesome, C. Lee!

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  22. The Instant Book thing is intriguing. As for writing goals? I'll retire in three years, so my goal is to do more writing in three years. :D

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  23. Congratulations of having an agent. Good luck with the books. Looking forward to reading them. See, I'm confident they'll be published. Going to check the Instant Book now. What a neat idea.

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  24. That is so cool, Lee! And it was fun to see you and hear your voice. :) I imagine it's a lot of work to do that for hundreds of instant books, but it would be a fun little giveaway at cons, etc.

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  25. I remember reading a little of your book. Good luck.
    Nancy

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  26. The instant book is so neat and a wonderful idea, Lee. That was be something readers who like to receive rather than just a single sheet of paper with the same information on it.

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  27. What a nifty promotional idea! I love the innovation and the creativity of it, Lee. I hope your wait is short now.

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  28. Love the insta-book idea and the way it folds! So cool!

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  29. You can do it! Best wishes for a smashing success with your five-year journey.

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  30. Cool way to do a mini book!
    You will accomplish your goals. You are so motivated and a great writer!

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  31. What a really neat idea! Sounds like an exciting 5 year plan, I wish you every success, Lee.

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  32. Now that is a clever idea! Enjoyed the video.I'm sure you'll get that writing plan accomplished! Best wishes!
    JQ Rose

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  33. Sounds like you have some great goals. I'm sure those five years will go fast for you!

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  34. That's really cool about the instant book! Good luck with your goals for the next five years!

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  35. Very clever, Lee. That would be a great handout. Terrific goals. With your determination you will reach them. Best wishes.

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your family.

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  36. Hi, Lee... LOVE the Instant book... very fun! ALL the best with your goals. and I wish you the LOVELIEST of HOLIDAYS!

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  37. Wow that was an terrific idea. I loved it. I loved seeing you and hearing you to. You are just as I imaged. Awesome. Very Clever little book. Instant book. That'd make great swag too. Wishing you all the success but knowing you, you will not need.

    Hugs & Happy Holidays
    Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

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  38. nifty way of putting the book together!
    Good luck and best wishes for your goals.

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  39. Great idea for handouts. I love it! Got to get me some of those!
    Congrats on the agent and the best of luck with all your goals!

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  40. Great ideas you have here, Lee. Love the vid. Nice seeing you in person! Sorta! May you reach those goals!

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  41. The Instant Book sounds nice. You'll have to let us know how it all turns out. I like your goal of being able to release your trilogy as a package in the future.

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  42. I had never heard of Instant Book before! Interesting for sure!

    Love your five year plan. Stephanie and I look forward to reading the last in the Alligators Overhead trilogy (and the YA books too, of course). Pete and Weasel are sure to be up to something!
    ~Jess

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  43. This is such a cool idea!


    Alexa
    thessalexa.blogspot.com
    verbosityreviews.com

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