Archive for September, 2010

So I know this author-girl, Tristi Pinkston, who is nothing but nice. We met online, but when I got the chance to meet her in person last year, she was exactly as advertised. I felt we were instant friends.

She asked me to post this thingy on my blog, in exchange for a similar bit of code on her blog, so here it is…your chance to get to know Tristi too.

Tristi Pinkston has been blogging since 2006.  On her main blog, ( she covers everything from writing tips and the life of a published author to kid funnies, spiritual thoughts, and embarrassing moments.  She also has a weight loss blog, one for writing challenges, another for her fictional characters … and she lost count of how many others she has.  You can find the links for them on her sidebar.

Tristi is the author of five published novels and a whole kit ‘n caboodle of unpublished novels.  Right now she’s focusing on cozy mysteries, although she has written historical fiction in the past and plans to write more in that genre.  She works as a freelance editor and a virtual book tour coordinator.  She loves taking long naps, being charmingly annoying, and watching good movies.  She’s a Mormon, a homeschooler, a Cubmaster, and most of the time, a headless chicken.

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I saw this a few months ago and giggled. Plus, if you know me well, you know I have a Scandinavian obsession. So win-win.

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For some things we still use paper, folded up in an envelope.

I signed that contract, folded it up in the envelope, and slipped it into the mail slot. There was no crack of thunder.

I’m nervous, because The Future looms out there all mysterious, and the contract had words in it that sounded like forever. Or 21 years, at least. Me and Publisher, Publisher and Me, BFF’s 4ever. But people I trust said sign. Be happy about your little book. Sign it, send it. So I did.

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Yes! Another baby step in the birth of my firstborn . . . I’ve been assigned an editor. She has emailed me and seems like a real human and everything. Her name is Samantha Van Walraven.

I sent her my most recent revision and then I suppose she’ll read it and tell me about the hundred thousand things I need to fix. I can’t wait! I’m ready to slash and burn.

Also, I have an appointment to call the publishing house’s CFO on Tuesday to go over my contract. I have a couple of questions I’d like to clarify and then I’m signing that dotted line. I’ve gotten a lot of great advice from writer friends about it and actually feel pretty comfortable with it now.

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