Fog and toast…

It’s one of those lovely, foggy July mornings in Sonoma County…and a Saturday. Which means that, not only will the temperatures stay down today, but I can wrap myself up in socks and a sweater, have extra coffee and toast, and spend guilt-free hours in the house.

The focus of this weekend is preparing my first submissions to send out to agents. Tuesday’s the big day. My husband asked, “Why Tuesday?” First, because it takes time to make sure everything is just right, and this is one of those things you want to do absolutely right. “We’re incredibly busy people. Don’t give us an excuse to say ‘no’ with careless errors.” This is something I’ve heard from more than one agent…and I’ve listened. The second reason for Tuesday is that it’s a full moon…and I’m going for all the good energy I can get! In seriousness, I believe I’ve crafted a professional query letter, managed an intriguing yet concise synopsis, and, most importantly, written a great book! As I was finishing the final read-through and line-edits, I found myself caught up in the story and unable to stop turning pages. Since I already knew the ending, this seems promising.

Time for another John Williams’ soundtrack, more toast with homemade lemon curd, and back to those submissions.



Welcome! Cocktail?…



A new blog…and a proper writer’s website! *sound of cork popping*

Welcome to my new home. Apologies for the mess…I’m still settling in. Sorry…do you mind taking your shoes off? Thanks. Now, grab a champagne cocktail and curl up on the sofa…just scoot the kitties out of the way…and let me tell you what I’ve been up to!

If you followed my blog, Living as a writer for 365, then you already know I spent the last couple years working on my first novel, the first Penzey Brighton mystery. What you wouldn’t know if you hadn’t visited is that after multiple revisions and much agonizing the book is ready for submission! Which means, it’s time to find an agent!

Yesterday I participated in my first #mswl Twitter event…when agents and editors share their manuscript wish lists while writers frantically take notes, drink cappuccinos, and scroll through tweets. There was amazing energy and enthusiasm, and Jessica Sinsheimer of and the Sarah Jane Freyman Literary Agency was an absolute gorgeous hostess. I never thought Twitter could be so much fun, and came away with a legal sheet full of agent names and wishes I want to make come true!

And today is the first of July…the first day of a four-day weekend…the first day of the second half of the year. In other words, a good day to say good-bye to the old ship, as my old blog was affectionally known, and welcome you all into my new virtual home.

So, please, have another cocktail. *big band music plays* Appetizers should be out of the oven any minute, and games will start soon. Let’s celebrate, because tomorrow we get to work!