My Writing Life – Weekend Wrap

I started writing a long and serious post about the ever-changing publishing landscape.

It’s enough to make your head swim and I decided I didn’t want to do that to you all on this beautiful Sunday afternoon, so I decided just to tell you what I’ve been up to this weekend on the writing front while hubby was out of town.

  • Set up a web page at Publishers Marketplace (check it out!)
  • Signed up at QueryTracker
  • Finished (well, about 95%) my book proposal.
  • Started working on a query letter.
  • Started reaching out to some kind folks with an overview of my book to see if they would agree to read my manuscript for possible endorsement.
    • Author and adoption educator Nancy Verrier  said “I like what you wrote and think the book will be very helpful to other adoptees and to the general public, which have no idea what it is like to be an adoptee in the closed system.” (I’m over the moon about this!)
  • Had a good conversation with my friend Kim Michele Richardson, author of The Unbreakable Child, yesterday. She gave me lots to think about. (Thanks Kim!)

As you can see, it’s been a productive weekend!

And I’m exhausted. I’m heading to my favorite chair with a good book to wait for Gerry to come home.

What about you? How has your weekend been?


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things.
  1. Hi Linda,
    sounds like you’ve made great progress. Wishing you all the luck with query and book proposal. I have a good feeling about it.
    I spent the weaken re-entering normal life after a three-week trip to Europe. Food shopping, house organizing, dry cleaners, etc. Also recovering from jet lag. Still not back to USA time.

    1. Hi Karen,
      I’m looking forward to hearing more about your trip!

  2. Wow! Thanks for all the information. The book I am putting together is memoir pieces with recipes. I may just self publish it because it is more personal to people that know me, but who knows. My week-ends are always too busy, but I am now organized for another busy week.

    1. Hi Christy

      How exciting! I didn’t realize you were working on a book. It sounds like something very special.


  3. I also wish you luck with the query and proposal. It sounds like a book that would be helpful to many prospective parents. This weekend was quiet, mostly, except I did get a chance to make a skydive at my favorite place and get my “knees in the breeze.” It was lovely.

    1. You inspire me, DJan. Getting your “knees in the breeze”! I love it!

  4. Dear Linda,
    It is so encouraging to hear about your progress. I am celebrating with you! Congratulations and best wishes as you move along in your journey to publication. I feel your book will reach so many who are living the adoptive experience and it will give them much-needed hope. Thanks for the great links,too. Your author bio looks great!
    I spent my weekend slogging along through my story so your post is a bright light for me; to know that all this work will come to fruition some day 🙂

  5. Keep at it Kathy. It’s hard work but so rewarding.

  6. Hi, Linda,
    We’re the Linda generation. I did a post on this strange history of our name as it relates to our family. Odd and funny
    I came to your site through Kate Spencer. I’m a writer/memoirist (tv producer in the past) who’s writing a memoir based on my parents’ relationship. Your weekend indeed sounds very productive. I was especially thrilled to see the sites you mentioned here which I will follow up on immediately. I’m also immersed in reading the thousands of pages of letters and diaries that’s the fodder for my book and digitizing all for posterity. I’m trying to get to the real writing again after a week creating a family tree with my brother. This post was an inspiration. Thanks!

  7. Congrats on all the work you did on your book. I just discovered QueryTracker a few days ago but never knew about Publishers Marketplace. Your page looks great on there. Sounds like a productive weekend for you.

  8. xo drive by hugs, sweet lady!

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