Saturday, July 30, 2011

I Won a Partial Request + Liebster Blog Award!

Oh my goodness, July has been CRAZY. Thanks to Deana Barnhart's fantastic "Gearing Up to Get an Agent" Blogfest, I have met tons of new blogging friends, I have tweaked my query letter, I have received fantastic feedback on my first five pages from author Lora Rivera, I have tweaked my first 200 words, and I just learned that literary agent Kathleen Rushall is interested in reading my partial manuscript based on my submission into Deana's final Blogfest contest! (Whew, longest sentence ever!)

Check out Deana's final "Gearing Up to Get an Agent" Blogfest post: Novel Contest Winners and a THANK YOU!!!.  Is anyone else feeling GUTGAA withdrawals already??

In other news, this Blogfest has also introduced me to A.N. Villasante.  Her young adult fantasy, The Farm, sounds fantastic (check out her first 200 words here: GUTGAA Week 4 First 200 Words), and she was generous enough to bestow me with the Liebster Blog Award.  (That means "friend" in German; Google just told me that. ;))

The goal of this award is to spotlight up and coming bloggers who currently have less than 200 followers. The rules of the award are:

1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.
2. Reveal your top 5 picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
4. Have faith that your followers will spread the love to other bloggers.
5. And most of all - have bloggity-blog fun!

Because I have just met soooo many amazing bloggers, this award is EASY, and I can't wait to spread the love.  Here are my five Liebster pics; check out their blogs if you'd like to meet some noteworthy up-and-comers!

1. Kate Larkindale is a writer, cinema manager, film reviewer and mother to two boys.  She also just wrote a kick-ass YA contemporary, Chasing the Taillights, that I really, really can't wait to read someday.
2. Robin Weeks just wrote such a clever opening to her YA urban fantasy, GEAS, that I'm already hooked.  Half-human pixies snagged by paparazzi while wearing gym shorts?  Who would have thought it??
3. Angela Cothran gives great advice, and her novel, The Alabaster Refugee, has such a compelling opening that I can almost smell the grass and overgrown brush.
4. Christa has written this amazing book, Manhole, that bravely tackles the horrific and tragic subject of rape through the point of view of the rape victim's boyfriend.  Gives me shivers just thinking about it, and it I think it's a book that really needed to be written.
5. Rachel Dillon's novel, The Lion Within, explores some interesting internal changes that take place when her main character Renna is bitten by a ravenous, blood-thirsty lion.  Such a unique idea, and did I mention Rachel is also an amazing artist??

There you have it!  Thanks again to everyone who made the GUTGAA Blogfest such an incredible success...  I'm SO happy I participated!


Angie Cothran said...

Thank you so much Lisa :) You are sweet. I'm so excited for you. What an honor to win both of Deana's contests. I can't wait to see your book on shelves--see how confident I am :)

Robin Weeks said...

Thanks, Lisa! I love blogger awards!

Your awesome book is totally worthy of the accolades--do share your experiences so we can all live vicariously through you!

Alleged Author said...

SO happy for you! I hope she upgrades to the full. :)

Jen Daiker said...

WOW! Congratulations!!! I'm sending you a TON of luck! How exciting is this!!! I really hope for fabulous news!

Chantele Sedgwick said...

I am so jealous of your job! I would LOVE to work with animals. Especially dolphins. *sigh* Nice to meet you! :D

JRo - Jaye Robin Brown said...

So fabulous that you soared to such heights last week. It's a very fulfilling feeling to have your writing validated like that. Congratulations!

cherie said...

Woohoo! Way to go, Lisa! Congrats!!! :)

Michelle Fayard said...

I am so happy for you, Lisa Ann! You have earned every bit of this good luck, because your writing is powerfully beautiful.

Kate Larkindale said...

Congratulations on the wins! You're on a roll!

And thanks for the award. I'm displaying it proudly...

LisaAnn said...

Thank you SOOO much for all the kind words and encouragement, everyone! This month has been so energizing that I think I'm actually going to do the unthinkable... I'm going to unplug from Blogger for awhile to actually work on my second manuscript! (Oh my goodness, this NEVER happens!) Keep your fingers crossed for me! :)

Michelle Fayard said...

You do realize that as soon as you have a pub date, I'd be delighted to spread the news with a book review and author interview on Bird's-eye View. I have a feeling your book will be under contract quite soon!

Anita Grace Howard said...

HUGE congrats first off to you, Lisa! I'm so excited that you SCORED THAT PARTIAL!! SWEET.

And congrats to you and everyone for the Liebster award. Heh. LOVE that!

Keep us posted on what comes of the partial!

RAD - Dot Painter said...

Congrats. I just knew you'd win. You are that good! I can't wait to see it in print.

Thank you so much for the award! I'll be sure to get it up on my site this week. I'm making progress on my Bactrian painting. I'll keep you posted.

Bethany C. said...


Congratulation's!! This is such encouraging news--keep up the good work. It's only a matter of time!

Lora R. Rivera said...

Lisa.... I just found this on twitter and thought of you :)


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LisaAnn said...

@Michelle: Oh my gosh, wouldn't that be something?? You are so sweet... Let's cross our fingers I get to take you up on that someday!

@Anita: Thank you! I will definitely keep you posted!

@Rachel: I CAN'T wait to see your painting!!

@Bethany C: Thank you, thank you, thank you! I sure hope so!

@Lora: Holy smokes, this is perfect. I'm reposting ASAP!

magpiewrites said...

First of all - CONGRATULATIONS! you are on SERIOUS FIRE! I can't wait to hear all the gory details about your first book, because it WILL be published, it's such an intriguing story. I've got all fingers and toes crossed for you with your partial.

And thank you for the shout out! I've been off the radar because my mom's been in town (from Uruguay, so we had lots to catch up on). I'm sorry I didn't comment sooner. All the very best luck. I will watch this space for exciting news.

LisaAnn said...

You are so awesome, magpie! You always make me smile. :)

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