Mommy’s Little Wordlings Blog Tour + Agent or No Agent by Linh Nguyen-Ng

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Congratulations to author/illustrator Linh Nguyen-Ng on the release of her new children’s picture book Mommy’s Little Wordlings, published by Anaiah Press. I’m happy to participate in this blog tour to help spread the word about this very special book. 

Linh shares her thoughts on agents in the article below, but first, let’s learn a little bit more about Mommy’s Little Wordlings. 

Little words hold big meanings. The Little Wordlings are children who use their simple words to express their feelings for loved ones. No one is more adored than the first person who made them smile. No one is more cherished than the person who gave them life. There is no one like Mommy. Join the Little Wordlings as they show Mommy how much she is appreciated and loved.

Sounds like the perfect book for Mother’s Day!

For more information, check out these links:

Goodreads

Anaiah Press

Amazon

So the question is Agent or No Agent?

By Linh Nguyen-Ng

Thank you Lauri for hosting me on your blog!

So the question is Agent or No Agent?

I currently do not have an agent, and yes I would like one.

If you were given two keys, which would you choose?

A. a normal key that gets you through the door or

B. a golden key that allows you entrance through all the silver, gold or even platinum doors.

For me, I would pick the B—the golden key. I believe that having an agent gives you access to opportunities that otherwise might be hidden.

An agent is like your personal cheerleader. He/She loves and believes in your work. Having someone support you on this publishing path is extremely helpful, especially during times when you need advice or suggestions or just someone to discuss your manuscript with.

An agent will try his/her best to sell your manuscript to a publishing house, handling contract negotiations and become the buffer between you and the publisher. Without an agent, there can be friction and confusion between a writer and a publisher. A publisher’s main goal is to make money, a writer’s primary goal is to get the book into print, while maintaining the integrity of the story in the process, and also make some money.

Do authors need an agent to publish a book? The answer is no. Many authors submit directly to the publisher, like I did with my picture book, MOMMY’S LITTLE WORDLINGS. This is ok, especially in the beginning. But I have long term goals, and having an agent will help me achieve those goals a lot faster than doing it myself.

An agent will use their inside knowledge to place it with the right editor. For example, they know editor X at publisher Y doesn’t buy fantasy or horror stories. No point sending it to them – but I could have wasted six months finding that out, with only a cryptic rejection letter to show for it.

It’s like going fishing in either a lake or an ocean. For me, having an agent allows me to cast my net into the vast ocean. I just think there are more fish in the ocean for me to catch. So wish me luck on my quest to find my perfect agent!

I live with my family in Massachusetts where I get to enjoy the four seasons. I love unique and interesting things—things that make a lasting impression. I am constantly looking for inspiration that I can use in my writing. Everything has a story to tell.

Linh Nguyen-Ng–I live with my family in Massachusetts where I get to enjoy the four seasons. I love unique and interesting things—things that make a lasting impression. I am constantly looking for inspiration that I can use in my writing. Everything has a story to tell.

Follow Linh Nguyen-Ng on social media at the following links:

Website: http://www.linhnguyenng.com

Twitter: @linhnguyenng

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/lnguyenng

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/29730214-linh-nguyen-ng

The Story Catcher by Donna L. Martin (and How The Movie Frozen Taught Me To Be A Stronger Writer by Donna L. Martin) plus a giveaway

On January 20th (2015), please join me in wishing a Hoppy Book Birthday to The Story Catcher (Anaiah Press) by Donna L. Martin and illustrated by Alyson Peterson. Donna hopped by Frog on a Blog today to share three relatable traits she discovered in Elsa from the wildly popular Disney movie Frozen that taught her (and can teach you too) to be a stronger writer. But before we hear from Donna, let’s learn more about The Story Catcher.  

Summary

Addie comes from a long line of readers, or “story catchers”, as her family likes to call themselves. Every time Addie tries to catch a story on her own, though, the words play tricks on her. Addie tries everything she can think of to corral those wiggly letters, but it will take a little faith to become the next STORY CATCHER.

Trailer

Where to Purchase

Amazon Kindle

Amazon Paperback

Barnes & Noble

Smashwords

Fan Club

Story Catcher Fan Club membership includes:

Membership Certificate

Bi-monthly Newsletter full of mazes, puzzles, games, news and other goodies

Reading log for earning Story Catcher Award

Short story starring YOU!

Click Here For The Fan Club

How The Movie Frozen Taught Me To Be A Stronger Writer

By Donna L Martin

I may be one of the few people left in the world that has NOT seen the movie Frozen. It’s not because I don’t want to…it’s more a case of not having had the time to stop and watch it. A couple of weeks ago, I sat down with my best friend’s daughter and began watching it. We managed to get through about half of it before other commitments pulled me in another direction. But in the small amount of time I was able to watch this wonderful Disney movie, I discovered three traits in Elsa that could teach me how to become a stronger writer. 

FACING THE UNKNOWN 

When Elsa first discovers her magical powers, she is afraid of the unknown. Where does this power come from? How will it affect her life and the lives of those around her? How will she learn to use these new skills of hers? 

New writers, and established ones like myself, can be unsure of the unknown. There is so much publishing information to sift through at first and the learning curve is high where mistakes happen quite often. Professional writing is not for the faint of heart or thin of skin and newbie writers should not be afraid to take a leap of faith into the writing abyss. 

CELEBRATING THE UNIQUE 

Once Elsa decides to embrace the things making her stand out from the rest of the world, she feels empowered to celebrate the unique. Who wants to be mediocre when you can be the ruler of your own ice castle? 

Writers should strive to discover the uniqueness hiding within themselves. While it’s great to study the skills of the masters, it’s the new voices of tomorrow who create the new magic readers will enjoy for years to come. 

CONQUERING NEW WORLDS 

I haven’t seen the whole Frozen movie yet, but I’ve watched enough to know Anna won’t be swayed by the opinions of others when it comes to her sister. She knows Elsa is no monster and all she wants is to reunite with her sister so they can conquer their world together. 

The publishing world is like nothing I’ve ever experienced before. It’s a new world I’m trying to conquer and I know I can’t do it alone. Writers need mentors showing them ways to overcome the obstacles on their path to publication, colleagues to help strengthen their stories, and friends to commiserate with when those rejections come along. It takes a village to conquer these new worlds and like Elsa, I will embrace my writerly power and use it for the future good of readers everywhere…

Author Bio

By day, Donna L. Martin is a Fourth Degree TaeKwonDo Black Belt; by night, she is a self-proclaimed “ninja author” of picture books, middle grade chapter books, and young adult novels. Somewhere amidst all this excitement, she also created the Free Author Promotion event that takes place every May during the Children’s Festival of Reading. Donna loves laughter, snuggling with her cat, and reading good books. To get a sneak peek of what it was like growing up among the swamps of southern Louisiana, check out Tales from the Bayou on her blog at www.DonnaLMartin.com.

Giveaway

Anaiah Press will give away a $20 iTunes Gift Card to one lucky winner.

Donna L. Martin will give away a beautiful journal.

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