Friday, October 29, 2010

The Insanity is about to begin!

Yep, Every November 1st, thousands of people have pledged to write the great american novel. How? By joining NanoWriMo - National Novel Writing Month -

For 30 days, people of like minds (or out of their minds) will attempt to write 50,000 words over the course of the month. That comes out to 1,667 words per day and does NOT allow for Thanksgiving off. Writers write every day - right? Well... we're suppose to. Life (and lately in my case, illness) gets in the way. But November is suppose to be a No Excuse month.

Okay.. we'll see. I've charted my course, sent goody packets out to 5 of the many friends who join me on my thread - TheCauldronCafe - (you'll find us on the Forums page under Writers Groups and Clubs.) I've added my word count widget to the right side of the page so you can cheer me on. If you think I need a good swift kick - feel free to post a comment for that too.

I will have my granddaughter for 1 full week of Nano but by then I should be at least half way through the 50k and will be able to write a couple hours every night after she goes to bed. I can write six to eight pages in two hours, right? Sure!

Here's to what I hope will be my first SUCCESSFUL NanoWriMo!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Caridad Scordato

Caridad PiƱeiro® is a multi-published and award-winning author whose love of the written word developed when her fifth grade teacher assigned a project – to write a book that would be placed in a class lending library. She has been hooked on writing ever since.

From the start, Caridad’s novels have received acclaim and have helped redefine the landscape of modern romance novels. In 1999, Caridad was published by Kensington as part of Encanto, the first line of bilingual Latino romance novels. In December 2006, Caridad helped Silhouette launch its successful Nocturne paranormal line. In recognition of her work, Caridad has received various awards and honors.

Caridad was born in Havana, Cuba, and settled in the New York Metropolitan area. When not writing, Caridad teaches workshops on various topics related to writing and heads a writing group. Caridad is also an attorney, wife and mother.

STRONGER THAN SIN is being released TODAY!

STRONGER THAN SIN has been getting rave reviews. You can check out all the reviews by visiting

Come visit to find out about an awesome contest that starts running on November 1 featuring a SONY Pocket E-reader as the Grand Prize along with other goodies. Also check out the Second Chance Bonus Prize of a $25 gift card and how you can earn points to win that prize. Take moment to visit a blog on the ARE YOU STRONG ENOUGH Blog Tour for a chance to win one of the giveaways at each blog.

Thank You, Caridad, for joining us today!

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Thank you, Angela, for having me with you today. When I dropped by the blog, I realized that you had been writing about getting a rejection and it gave me the inspiration for this blog!

Rejection is never easy to handle. Writers put so much of themselves in a work that it feels very personal when someone says they don't want to acquire your work.

Here's the thing: Rejection is part of being both an aspiring and published author. You won't sell every book that you create (unless your Nora Roberts), but you won't sell a book that you don't send out.

So how do you deal with getting a rejection?

First: Ask yourself if it's a good rejection. A good rejection is one where the editor/agent offers you constructive ideas on how to improve the work.

Second: Ask yourself if you agree with the suggestions. If you're not sure about the changes suggested, take a moment and try them out. Rewrite the first scene or two and see if the changes make it a stronger story.

Third: Don't take it personally. Rejection is part of the life of an author and with each rejection your writing will get stronger. It may not seem that way at first, but trust me, it does get easier to deal with rejection.

Last, but not least: My mother always told me that nothing worthwhile was ever easy. So keep at it. It may be hard work, but the reward is worth all the hard work.