Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Love letters ~ Where your fellow writers are getting published, plus Beta reader wanted

Jesse Finkelstein
Hi, Brian.
Just wanted to follow up and say thank you again for the assistance you gave me re choosing a literary rep. I ended up going with Jesse Finkelstein at TransatlanticAgency
Thank you so much for taking the time and speaking with me. Now the fun begins!
Kind regards,
Kathy Kortes-Miller

CommuterLit has accepted my latest story, “Chance Encounter.”  I wrote it at your workshop in Mississauga. It’s the story about the identical twin who takes his brother’s place.
See you soon,
You can read “Chance Enounter” here. And you can find links to all 11 stories Hannah has on CommuterLit here. For information on submitting to CommuterLit, see here.  
My next workshop in Mississuaga in “Writing and Revising” on May 28. Details here. ~Brian

How’s this for awesome, Brian … eeek!
A Keeper’s Truth was just touted one of the Top 10 Must Reads by Bookish! 
Bookish is a division of Zola Books and is a "best-in-class" recommendation engine, which is being used by more than a dozen library systems throughout North America, is run by three of the big U.S. publishers (S&S, Penguin & Hachette), and has over 19k fans on Facebook. A Keeper’s Truth was chosen as one of ten top spring romance reads, with the likes of big wig authors Janet Evanovich, Stephanie Laurens, Julia Quinn, Jasinda Wilder, Sabrina Jeffries. This is BIG! 
Have a look here.
Between this and the great KIRKUS review, A Keeper’s Truth is off to an amazing start.  Yeehaw! 

Hi, Brian.
Amazing - I couldn’t share the news until the table of contents was finalized, and then I thought I’d wait anyway until the book came out, but a short story of mine has been included in an anthology! “Fork Story” was accepted by the editors of ODD-isms, published by FTB Press. It’s on Amazon as a Kindle edition here and as a paperback here.
I just read the intro and the first story of the anthology, and I have to say, it was riveting, if not for the faint of heart (a man wishing to make friends with, well, with…a total stranger’s privates). Odd indeed….
Anyway, just wanted to share the news! 
Mary Steer
For information on submitting to RTB's next anthology, The Renegades of Prose, see here

Writer to Writer
Dear Brian,
As I told you yesterday, I am looking for a beta reader who could give me some feedback on my 82,000 word novel, The Care and Feeding of Harry. The story begins with tales of Harry’s eccentric grandfather, Grandpa Flapper, who builds his house “between a bog and a swamp.” As an afterthought he builds a second floor for the bedrooms, forgetting that he needs stairs to get there. He also needs a kitchen, a bathroom and a source of heat.
Next we meet Harry’s father, nicknamed Bull, not after the animals that frolic about in the fields chasing cows, but after the bullfrogs in the swamp, either because he looks like them or he sounds like them. 
Victoria, Harry’s mother arrives on the scene just in time to prevent Bull from drowning. We follow Bull’s adventures to his college acceptance. He eventually manages pass. Harry arrives during Bull’s convocation exercises. We proceed from there to chronicle Harry’s life through a series of anecdotes most of which involve his eccentric family or Harry’s equally eccentric pets.
I would be happy to trade with someone who might enjoy reading a humorous novel. Anyone who’s interested should email me at:

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