My kiddo often comments, “I’m so lucky!” That’s exactly how I’m feeling lately.
I’ve been thrilled to receive three great books in the mail–all for free! Two I won in giveaways, just by commenting, and one was sent by my friend. So let this be a reminder if you stumble on a contest in the blogosphere–it only takes a moment to comment, and you might end up winning!
“Malled: My Unintentional Career in Retail,” by Caitlin Kelly, arrived first, courtesy of the lovely Christi Craig. Thanks, Christi! Read Caitlin’s guest post, if you missed it. I haven’t started reading the book yet, but it seems like it’ll offer an interesting, personal perspective on the economy and how people have adapted.
My dear friend Tamara sent me a hardcover copy of “The Tiger’s Wife” by Téa Obreht–and it’s autographed to me! What a lovely surprise. I knew Tamara was going to hear the author speak in Chautauqua, NY, this summer, but I never dreamed an autographed book would be coming my way.
I’m almost finished with this luminous read. I’m in awe of how carefully Obreht has woven the stories that the protagonist’s grandfather told her together with the real-time story of Natalia’s attempts to come to terms with his death. No wonder she was named one of the “5 under 35” for fiction by the National Book Foundation last year.
Finally, over at Tom Bentley’s blog, The Write Word, I won a copy of the “2012 Guide to Literary Agents,” edited by Chuck Sambuchino. Lots of folks commented, and Tom pulled my name out of a hat. I am now one of his loyal readers due to his often-humorous approach to a variety of writing topics. I especially related to his recent post “Free Your Stories–Put Them in Cages.”
I haven’t owned an agent guide in a long time, and I am so excited to have the “2012 Guide to Literary Agents” on my desk. It’s packed full of interesting tips and articles, including Tom’s piece on writing retreats. There’s a fabulous “Agents Tell All” feature, offering Q and As from numerous agents on a variety of salient subjects, as well as an indispensable glossary of industry terms.
Although I’m not querying right now, I’m enjoying reading sections of the guide and I plan to offer a more in-depth post about it in the next few weeks.
I love giving away things here on my blog, and it has been great fun to win two books in the past two months. It’s also great fun to send just-because letters, cards and packages to friends and family. After receiving such joy in my mailbox, I began making up some care packages for a niece, a second cousin and my friends stationed in India.
Have you gotten anything exciting in the mail lately? And when was the last time you mailed something fun to somebody? In discussing the effects of Facebook, Mary, over at Big Red Chair Designs, challenged her readers to pick up a pen and write a letter. I’m echoing that challenge today. It’s great fun to receive mail, so why not send some joy out into the world? It’s the perfect time before the holiday season gears up and post office lines get prohibitively long.