Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Authoress Is Languishing...

Where is my chaise lounge? My smelling salts?

No, forget the smelling salts. I don't want anyone to wake me.

Oh, I know! How about a nice glass of Shiraz? No, wait. It's too early in the morning.

Is it morning?

Okay, I'm exaggerating. May I just say that the response to our Secret Agent Are You Hooked? has been...unexpected? A bit on the large side? Unprecedented, perhaps, for a three-month-old, still-in-diapers blog?

The connectedness of aspiring authors online continues to amaze me.

I'm going to have to offer a smaller window of time for our next round of Secret Agent. ("Wait, did she say NEXT ROUND?")

Yes, she did. Oy vey.

You folks are awesome. In all the submissions thus far (80 and rising), I have only had to request a re-submit from two or three because of one problem or another (read: submission guidelines not followed). Nobody has been snarky. Lots of you have expressed thanks (you're welcome). And only one submission has landed in my spam box (I found it, we're good to go).


Now, if someone can promise me that I'll get my life back after all this, I'll be content.

(Novel? What novel? Editing...what?)

All righty, back to the literary grindstone. If anyone wants to offer a nice back massage, feel free.


  1. Well, my hands can't reach you from here in Nebraska, but will a cyber-sage will have to do.

    You're one brave woman. No lie.

  2. Brave or brainless -- the jury's still out! ;)

  3. You've had an overwhelming response!

    As Lazlo Hollyfeld says, "Well then, I'm happy and sad for you."

    If too early for wine, what about an indulgent coffee beverage?

  4. I do thank you for organizing this. I hadn't actually heard of your blog before a writer friend clued me in, and the material on your site is wonderful!

  5. Thank you, animal watcher. If the contest leads to increased readership, then this writer will be happy indeed.

    H.L. -- Coffee, yes. Ummm, how about something organic with caramel in it? In a very large mug. :)

  6. Word does travel fast! I can't count how many contests that I heard about AFTER the deadline, so I was THRILLED to get here when I did, but will definitely be a regular!

    :) Terri

  7. I too had never heard of your blog until this contest. I'll be a regular reader from now on! Thanks so much for hosting this, Authoress. You're awesome. :-)

  8. Yes, you are awesome, Authoress :) Thanks so much for doing this. I'm soooooo excited to read all the entries!

  9. That's what you get for being such a nice and helpful person. Keep it up!

    And, thanks.

  10. is it time for that shiraz yet?

  11. Try to get some sleep tonight. I'm sure you're going to need it.

  12. Here's a virtual cyber-back massage. ~*~*~*~*~~*~*~*~

    There. Does that feel better? :0)

    Thanks for doing this! It helps keep my tookus in gear!


  13. Authoress, we love and adore you :D

    I, too, shall become a regular of your blog thanks to this competition :)

    Hang in there!

  14. I don't know how I landed here. I was searching for something else and suddenly, poof! I was Dorothy after the house landed in Oz! And like Dorothy, I was enchanted, enthralled and stayed least long enough to learn of your contest. Thanks very much for providing us with this opportunity! I look forward to participating!

  15. Authoress, you deserve the indulgent drink of your choice for the rest of the week for hosting this. ;) I'm sure it'll be a smash hit. Thanks again!


  16. Well, you all surely do know how to make a gal feel loved.

    I'll be praying for no technological glitches tomorrow!

    I just received Submission 100, and I'm calling it a night.

    100! Who knew. And all the Last Minute Annies will have submissions waiting for me in the morning, I just know it.

    ((((((group hug))))))

  17. Ha!

    Here's one of your Last Minute Annies!!!

    Like some of the above, I had never heard of this blog 'til a friend in Florida mentioned the competition.

    All I've got to do now is figure out how to find the other submissions on your page so I can offer my comments! Oh, I'm so computer illiterate.

    Thank you ever so much for organising this wonderful competition.

    Best wishes,

    Hopelessly Optimistic :-)

  18. You're wonderful Authoress!

    And some of us are very, very, talkative.

    (very innocent smile inserted here)

    I'm so excited for you!

  19. Talkative? That's an understatement!

    100? Wow, looks like I'd better get started.