Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Next Best Thing to Being Published

It is no secret that I want to become a published author. It's one of the reasons that my blog is named after... well, me, instead of having a title like Book Rambles or something along those lines. By using my name, I'm trying to create a brand in the hopes that one day I'm going to need one. So while I'm putting in the work for that to happen(some days I'll admit, better than others) there are two things that have occurred that are the next best thing to seeing my name on a cover. 

And that's being mentioned in a book's acknowledgements. 


There's nothing like opening up a real-honest-to-goodness book, and reading your name on the page. Makes me happy! The first time this happened was for Claire Merle's, THE GLIMPSE. I loved reading it and giving my thoughts on it. And Claire had me in awe more than a few times with her way of describing things. 


The second time was for Kimberly G. Giarratano's, GRUNGE GODS AND GRAVEYARDS. (Mmm, I seem to be on a G-kick here...) Being my oldest CP, Kimberly's no stranger to you all around here. In fact, you'll be hearing from her next month on some of the wisdom she's gleaned while experiencing her debut. I'm really looking forward to that post! 


Has anyone else been mentioned in the acknowledgements before? And does it give you super warm fuzzies like me? {I could totally use some more warmth right now, I'm typing in fingerless gloves. It's freezing outside and as I glance out our sliding patio doors, it's snowing. Hullo, winter.} 

Anyway, one other thing before I go fold some laundry and do dishes(no warm fuzzies w/those two things). I was recently mailed an ARC that I had no idea was coming. It arrived w/another book that I was hoping for(YAY!). So this is a book that I have little interest in the subject matter, which is Greek mythology. The only Greek mythology books I care for are Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series. 
 


So I'd like to give the ARC to someone who does like Greek mythology, as well as MG books. If this is something that's up your alley, please let me know in your comment and I'll put you in for a drawing on 11/22. Though keep in mind if you do win, it'd be great if you reviewed it after reading, as we all know reviews help w/keeping an author in bread and butter. Thank ya!  

64 comments:

  1. oohh so nice! I haven't yet but my mom got a thank you in my aunt's book. She was pretty excited! And it's FREEZING here too--no snow yet though! I love snow but after last winter I'm a little traumatized, it snowed so much!

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    1. Your aunt's an author? That's neat! We had a crazy last winter, too, so I'm curious to see what happens w/this one...

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  2. Ooh, I love Greek mythology! And of course I'd review it if I were to win. I haven't been in any acknowledgements yet, but hey, maybe one day :)

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    1. I bet you will be one day! As for Greek mythology, I've just never been much of a fan. The gods and godesses were big jerks most of the time! =) Course, I love anything to do w/the Revolutionary War time period, and that bores some people to tears, heh.

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  3. YAY!!! That is an awesome feeling. I've never had my last name mentioned, just my first. Congratulations! That's awesome...and someday you'll be able to return the favor by mentioning them in your own acknowledgments.

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    1. I totally hope to be able to do so! And fun tidbit about Claire's acknowledgements: Did you see the girl's last name ahead of me? That's my son's name. Cool, huh? =)

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  4. How exciting! I think having your CP get published really would be the next best thing to being published! It's never happened to me, but I'd be pretty excited if it did.

    My girl loves reading and Greek mythology. I'd love to get in on the drawing and surprise her with an ARC.

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    1. Thanks, it really is! And I'll pot you in the pot. =)

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  5. I can understand how exciting that must be, enjoy all those warm fuzzies while the temperature drops outside!

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  6. It's exciting to be part of another writer's publishing journey. Even more exciting when they publicly acknowledge you for your support. YAY, you! Yes I have been and I've also been blessed to be asked to write a line for the cover of someone's book. That totally floored me.

    Greek Mythology - HECK yeah! My 11 year old would love it. Actually, so would I. My MG manuscript which incorporates Norse Mythology is being subbed now.

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    1. That would be totally cool to be asked to blurb! And Norse mythology sounds more my style than Greek. =)

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  7. I've been mentioned in the Acknowledgments for a couple books, and twice I wrote blurbs that appeared on back covers! Both of those were self-published, so the author had total say of what went on the cover. I don't rate that high with traditional publishing houses. :P

    I hope you enjoy the other ARC! ;)

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  8. I don't read MG, so you can exclude me from winning, though I do love Greek mythology.

    That's so great your CPs are giving credit to you. I'm a bad CP. I just made a blanket thank you. :(

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    1. Bestowing thanks is really all that's important- they knew who they were! =)

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  9. I've never been mentioned in the Acknowledgements before, but I love mentioning people in mine. :) I've also never had an honest-to-goodness book with my name on it, only eBooks, but one day we both will. :D

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    1. Preach it, sister! ;) I can imagine that it would be fun getting to write your acknowledgements. I might have practiced some...(ok, ok, I have!)

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  10. That's awesome you were in the acknowledgements of two books! I've not been mentioned before, but I have mentioned several people in my dedications.

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    1. I love reading dedications, too, and wondering who the people are. =)

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    1. I'm glad! You can never have enough warm fuzzies.

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  12. Yay for mentions! I try to keep a list of people who help out with any given book, because they totally deserve a mention. It's easier to do when my brain isn't swallowed by pregnancy. ;)

    So I'm totally in for the ARC! Not only do I read and love MG and Greek mythology, but my oldest two kids adore it. (14 and 9)

    Unleashing the Dreamworld

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    1. Oh, yeah, pregnancy eats up brain cells, lol!

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  13. It is such a pleasure to be acknowledged for your part in making the book better, but it still catches me by surprise. Definitely the warm fuzzies. And I just had one reading Bish's book A Lizard's Tail.

    I like Greek mythology and would review the book, but my TBR pile is sooooo big, I dare not put my name into the hat.

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  14. Aww! It's so lovely to be mentioned and know that you made a difference to someone's work. :)

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  15. I can't wait until the day my name is in an acknowledgement page! How cool! You're twice blessed, and very deserving I'm sure. I love Greek mythology!! Pick me pick me!! :-)

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    1. Thanks, Sioux! I'm not sure how great my critiquing skills are, but I try. =)

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  16. I admit it made me happy to see my name mentioned - in print no less!

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  17. This is so neat! I've been in one acknowledgements section and it felt pretty great. I was like, "Look! I read this before it was published!" Congratulations on your cool mentions!

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    1. Yes! That is a totally cool aspect of critting a book that then gets published.

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  18. I hope you land a nice deal with a big publishing company one day. The bigger you dream, the more you will accomplish.

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  19. That's so awesome to be listed in the acknowledgments! And sending you lots of warms and fuzzies despite the cold (ugh, winter...) and luck on everything writing!!

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    1. Thanks, Mer! And (ugh) winter has landed me a cold- gotta love it!

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  20. Being mentioned in acknowledgments is definitely an honor. I think that's why I get so funny about writing them. I always worry I'll leave someone out.

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  21. Being mentioned in acknowledgments is definitely a warm fuzzy moment giver! It's happened to me a couple times. I love Greek Mythology but I'll pass on the draw. I already have so many books waiting to be read, the last thing I need is to add one more! lol

    Hope you have a fabulous and productive weekend, Leandra! :)

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    1. I hear you on the books waiting. I need to take a week to get caught up, but then that means no writing so... *sigh*

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  22. I am sure that one day, you will be the one writing the acknowledgments section!!! Very cool to be mentioned, too! I have yet to see my name in or on a book, but I'm hoping it happens one day.

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    1. Thanks, Julie! And from what I've seen of your work and your work ethic, I think your name will grace a cover someday. =)

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  23. Love those warm fuzzies! And I agree with Julie - someday soon you will write the acknowledgments section!
    That looks like a really fun read, although I generally just give reviews on Amazon and Goodreads and not my blog (something I may have to change).

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  24. That's so cool. Congrats. I love Greek Mythology, always have. My daughter is really getting into it too.

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    1. That's great! Kids + literature always gives me warm fuzzies. ;)

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  25. Being mentioned in acknowledgments is fun, and so is getting personally autographed books from a good friend. Don't enter me in the drawing, please. I win embarrassingly often, and I've won from you already. :)

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    1. Yes! I really like my autographed books, but like you said, it's even better if you personally know them.

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  26. What a thrill to see your name as an acknowledgement! I'm so happy for you. Don't enter me in the drawing, I'm not a mythology person either :).

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  27. I believe I've been in 3 or more acknowledgement sections. It feels pretty awesome to be part of someone's journey and know that they used my feedback in their work.

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    1. 3 or more is awesome! And yes, the journey aspect of it is definitely satisfying.

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  28. This is so sweet! And a good reminder to be keeping careful track of everyone who's supported you in your journey! I'd hate to leave someone out!

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  29. The winner of the ARC is Crystal Collier!

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  30. How lovely to be mentioned in acknowledgements! Kudos!

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  31. I've had a couple of my former writing students mention me in their acknowledgements, and I just about burst from pride/happiness. It's the best feeling!

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  32. How honored and excited you must feel! It's very deserving :)

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