Oh, Right! A Holiday!

It’s Thanksgiving time! As most of your know, I have written a book about Thanksgiving. As a result, I’ve been busy doing my Author Visit Dog and Pony Show. This has made me less available on this blog and elsewhere.

Sorry about that. Once I finish sleeping off the effects of the dark meat, I promise my behavior will change.

This guy's goin' down.

This guy’s goin’ down.

Upon my return, I will tell Christmas stories! I will revisit the phenomenon that is H.A.C.K.S! And I will desperately attempt to fulfill my very last New Year’s Resolution!

In the meantime, allow me to get into the spirit of the holiday by telling you all how thankful I am for having so many funny, thoughtful, and supportive blog pals. You make doing this great fun.

Enjoy your holiday!

And nothing makes a holiday more enjoyable than getting an author some residuals!

And nothing makes a holiday more enjoyable than giving a deserving  author some residuals! Just sayin’.

A Rejection Acceptance

Savor the failure.

Savor the failure.

I am intimately acquainted with rejection. As I sometimes like to report, I received 114 rejections on various picture book manuscripts before I was given a contract for Sarah Gives Thanks. In the months since Sarah was published, I’ve gotten about a 100 more. Getting an agent earlier this year has also allowed me to get rejections from publishers that do not normally look at unrepresented manuscripts.

Long story short, I understand rejection quite well, thank you.

So, last year, when I learned that Cairn Press was seeking submissions for an anthology on rejection, I thought, “I need to get an essay in that book. I need to.”

And I did!

Blood on the Floor is a collection of fiction, poetry, and essays about writers trying (and often failing) to grab the brass ring. Sometimes funny, occasionally poignant, and always inspirational, Blood on the Floor is the perfect holiday gift for the scribe in your life. Get a copy now! Pair it with booze.