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Beth Hautala is author of Waiting For Unicorns, and The Ostrich And Other Lost Things. She lives with her husband and four children in northern Minnesota where she strives to write stories that tie heart and imagination together. 




Bidding Begins Tomorrow

Tomorrow morning, bidding begins on the 41 entires at Authoress' Baker's Dozen Agent Auction. Which means: 

1) Me = seriously nervous.

2) You get to see for yourself who is bidding on what, if you like.

3) I made need consolation coffee when everything is said and done.

In the mean time, stop on over at http://misssnarksfirstvictim.blogspot.com/ and read through the incredible entries in this thing. You can comment on ANY and ALL posts if you like. Including mine. You just have to leave your name, because "anonymous" is not a name, you know.

If you are ever in need of a little inspiration, surround yourself with writers—these people have some incredible books just waiting to be published, and no lie, I am more than a little intimidated by the competition.

Right then . . . let the bidding wars begin!



Agent Auction—Unicorns is on the block!

As I mentioned yesterday, Waiting for Unicorns, has been accepted into an agent auction as hosted by blogger extraordinaire, "Authoress," via www.misssnarksfirstvictim.com

Focusing on the writer/literary-agent relationship, Authroess blogs about the craft of writing, aspiring authors, authors who've "made it," agents, and the pursuit of publication—that which ties us all together.

I submitted Unicorns—or rather a log line and the first 250 words of Unicorns—to Authoress' Agent Auction, and was selected to participate. (Part of this was luck as I had unknowingly pitted myself against hundreds of others—many of them more competent writers than I am—and a VERY brief submission window. And part of it was, well, grace, I suppose.)

Beginning today, blog followers, lurkers, and YOU can to read and comment on my entry, (Post #32), which will be up until Dec 7, at which point bidding opens and closes, 24 hours later.  13 different Literary Agents, three authors, and one prestigious editor, will get a chance to "bid" on Unicorns.

Winners will be posted December 9.

So, go read and COMMENT on my work! I may not win anything fabulous (a request for a full manuscript submission trumps all), but the more feedback I can get, the better I can make Waiting For Unicorns in the long run!


Updates . . .

I'm doing a little bit of formatting change to Writing Word by Word, including making the home page more of a blog roll! *cheers for change* For the sake of simplicity and easy navigation I'll be posting updates on writing projects, any publishing news (PLEASE LORD), as well as my usual miscellaneous musings on writing.

So, hope that doesn't confuse anyone . . .

Onward then with "news."

December, while being a stunning month of holiday festivities, celebrations with family and friends, and a month to remember the birth of our Glorious King into His Upside-down Kingdom, is also Tax Month.


As much as I hate to do this, I am going to have to put Letters To The Found (the NaNoWriMo Book) on the shelf for a few weeks while I try and pretend I'm a numbers person.

But before you despair—I AM STILL WRITING!


1) Waiting for Unicorns, has been accepted into an agent auction (kinda excited about this) and beginning tomorrow, ALL readers will get a chance to comment, and 13 different Literary Agents, three authors, and one prestigious editor, will get a chance to "bid" on Unicorns.

YOU are also welcome to read and comment on my entry, (Post #32), which will be posted here Saturday, Dec 4 through Dec 7, at which point bidding begins and closes 24 hours later.

Winners will be posted December 9. PLEASE COMMENT on my work! This is a pretty big deal for me and feedback helps!

2) I will be doing some editing and revising on Letters To the Found through the month of December, and on Jan 1, I will re-post everything in a more readable format with chapter layouts. I will be taking down the NaNoWriMo Blog and reposting everything under "Work"—>"Letters to The Found." And as promised, I will continue to post my work as I write. 

3) In the not so distant future I will be pulling as many strings as I have access to, and featuring a few "guest bloggers"—the published and the unpublished. Starting with Aaron W. Hautala, illustrious photographer of The Opposite of Cold, published by the University of Minnesota Press. Plus, there will be be GIVEAWAYS. (Signed copies of the book!) Check back on that as I sort out details . . .

Thanks again for the amazing support, my friends. I feel SO LOVED!


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