End-of-Year Updates and My Book Planning Process

Happy mid-December!

I know I say this every time the end of the year rolls around, but... I can't believe it's the end of the year. 2013 flew by faster than any year of my life has so far. I feel like all I did was work and stress out. BUT, I did get a lot of writing and querying done, and I went to author talks and learned a ton, so at least in that area of my life, I feel like I've made progress. I feel happy and content, and I know that I'm becoming a stronger, better writer with every book.

In case you missed my spazzing out on Twitter, I entered ELEGY into the Pitch Wars contest at Brenda Drake's blog earlier this month. You can read the official rules here, but basically, how it works is you send a query letter and the first five pages of your completed, polished manuscript to four mentors (out of 50 or so) of your choice, based on their preferences.

The mentors are agented and/or published authors who each wade through their slush piles and choose three lucky people: an official mentee and two alternates, who will all get the benefit of their coaching and expertise in terms of spiffing up their queries, synopses, chapters and/or full manuscripts for the agent round in January 2014.

I'm so proud to say that not one, but TWO mentors chose ELEGY as their first alternate, and these were my top two choices for mentors. They are the incomparable N.K. Traver, who just sold her book DUPLICITY to Macmillan Entertainment for publication in 2015 (add her book to your Goodreads list here) and the lovely and wonderful Stephanie Garber, whose agent is Jessica Negrón of Talcott Notch Literary and who blogs at Mystic Cooking.

Let me tell you something, guys.

I have never been picked for ANY team in my entire graceless, unpopular, athletically challenged life. (Except for middle school, when we did a couple weeks of ping-pong, at which I was unnaturally gifted. Yes, I know this is totally a stereotype, but whatever.)

So to be chosen by TWO mentors for their teams, out of thousands of entries, is mind-blowing. And not only that, Nat and Stephanie really believe in me and in ELEGY, and are pretty much the sweetest people ever, and my eyes/nose are tingling as I write this because 1) I'm a sap and 2) there is no way I won't succeed with these ladies (and with my awesomely talented teammates - what's up #TeamTallahassee and #TeamPPU!!!) supporting and coaching me.

Exciting things are happening, for sure!

I have two weeks off at the end of this month, and several writing goals to meet. They are: 1) fine-tuning ELEGY: I have some small line edits and a little bit of rewriting to do, and I have to figure out how to put together a synopsis for its multiple-timelines, multiple-POVs, semi-epistolary craziness; 2) finish THREADS, the Minotaur book that I wrote for this year's NaNoWriMo; and 3) start FOTL (finally!).

Just to give you a taste of my planning process, I took a few snapshots of the contents of my writing duffel bag. (Yes, I need a duffel bag to tote around all of my sticky notes, notebooks, binders, flash drives, pens, etc.)

This is my pretty binder for all of my FOTL notes! (Courtesy of the classy French store Tar-zhay) 

Some of my notes for the FOTL story plan. Later I'll write the chapter outline from this synopsis!
 My finished manuscript for ELEGY (all 209 pages of it!) and my planning notebook.

 A peek at my story plans for ELEGY... and all of the Post-its that I sacrificed in the process.

My chapter outline for ELEGY, on which I relied heavily while drafting!

I've got a busy month ahead, so I'm not sure I'll be blogging again before the new year. If not, I hope you all have a very happy holiday season. Thanks so much for hanging out with me at Silver Lining this year, as always, and for being an important part of my writing life.

Love and good wishes to you all!


Tony Laplume said...

Congratulations and good luck!

Natalie Murphy said...

Wow, that's awesome! Good job! I hope we hear some wonderful news in January ;)

I love your pictures. I find it fascinating to see how different writers approach plotting. Thanks for sharing!

Dianne K. Salerni said...

And I love your eclectic approach to planning. It reminds me of ME!

I've got Scrivener.
And some notes in a spiral notebook.
And some other stuff I wrote down on an index card at my desk while I was supposed to be teaching.

Good luck on all your projects!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Julie, that is awesome you were picked twice, and that both of those people were your top mentor choices. Good luck!
And I'm not the most athletically gifted either, at least not when it comes to team sports. So don't feel bad.

Brandon Ax said...

So awesome you got picked. There is always a strange feeling I have when reading your blogs and it is that I never doubt I will one day be able to purchase your published work. Good luck with the goals.

Shelley Sly said...

Congratulations, Julie!! I wish you the best of luck and hope you enjoy every step of Pitch Wars!

Very neat pictures. You're so organized! :)

Theresa Milstein said...

Congratulations! I'm so happy for you. I hope it leads to even better things. Good luck, Julie!

Laura Marcella said...

You sure do have many exciting things going on, Julie!! I expect 2014 will be your best one yet!

It's so funny how alike we are sometimes. I don't have a duffle bag for my writing stuff...but I do keep my writing materials in tote bags! I have a tote for each different writing project I'm working on. Society6 and CafePress are my go-to places for finding cool totes!

Have a wonderful, happy holiday and new year. Enjoy your break and have fun writing/editing!!

Happy reading and writing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

workofheart09 said...

Congratulations!! :)

Also, I love your assorted writing materials! Isn't it so much more fun to use notebooks and binders instead of only the computer?

Tiana Smith said...

It sounds like Elegy has such great things ahead of it :) Yay :)

Margo Berendsen said...

Pitch Wars is such a cool idea. As you know I totally believe in Elegy. Loved the way you described it: "multiple-timelines, multiple-POVs, semi-epistolary craziness"

Medeia Sharif said...

This sounds very promising! I'm rooting for you and Elegy.

You are organized. I like the sound of a writing duffel.

Meika Usher said...

Okay, one: Congratulations! That is so awesome, and you deserve it! Good luck, lovely lady!

Second: Wow, are you organized! You should teach a class (or just me) on how to be an organized writer. Maybe if I'd used your approach, my revisions wouldn't be so messy right now!

Connie Keller said...

Wonderful news, Julie! I'm so excited for you!!! Can't wait to hear more good news (which I'm sure will be forthcoming).

Jemi Fraser said...

Love that you blogged about being sappy too!! Yay us :)

Congrats on Elegy in the contest - that is FANTASTIC news!!!

I need to borrow your brain - I'm basically a total pantster and need some of that plotting/planning expertise!!

Jay Noel said...


Congrats on doing so well with Pitch Wars. Looking forward to getting your updates on Elegy.

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Neurotic Workaholic said...

Congratulations on the mentors; it always helps to know that there are people who believe in you and your work. And have a great holiday!

Crystal Collier said...


That Pitch Wars is a powerful machine. I had two coaches duking it out over my book last year, and it's where all the madness started. Your feet are on the path, lady. Enjoy the ride!

Unknown said...

Trying again. That Elegy manuscript sure looks purty all printed out. You must have a great paper source ;)

Nicole said...

Such great news! Congrats!

LD Masterson said...

Congratulations on getting picked, not once but twice. That says a lot.

Julie Dao said...

Tony: Thank you!

Natalie: Thanks, as do I! I'm a little bit crazy when it comes to plotting, but it works for me :)

Dianne: Thank you! And that's so funny we have the same approach to writing. I really have to try out this Scrivener program sometime.

Alex: Thanks so much. And I think what we lack in athleticism, we more than make up for in other things, like general awesomeness ;)

Brandon: I think that's one of the nicest things anyone has ever said to me. Thank you, my friend, for believing in me!

Shelley: Thank you, I am enjoying the Pitch Wars ride already!

Theresa: I hope so, too. Thanks <3

Laura: No matter what happens in 2014, I hope it'll be good! You know what? I had several tote bags before I combined them into my duffel bag! So we are VERY similar :D Hope you have a great holiday and new year <3

Shari: I used to have the neatest handwriting in my class, and now it's terrible because I only type. So writing by hand keeps me in practice :)

Tiana: I really hope so! <3

Margo: Thanks for believing in ELEGY <3 Really appreciate it.

Medeia: Thanks for rooting for me!

Meika: Thanks, lovely lady! And it's fun to be organized, if you're as obsessed with office supplies as I am. Go take a trip to Staples... maybe it'll help out with revisions :D

Connie: Thank you so much, I really appreciate it :)

Jemi: YES, we are on the same sappy wavelength! Thank you <3

Jay: Thanks, dude! Right back at you!

Workaholic: It definitely makes all the difference. Hope you enjoy your holiday, too!

Crystal: Dang, girl! That's awesome. I didn't know Pitch Wars got you started!

Nancy: I do! <3 Thanks for navigating the tricky commenting technology :D

Nicole: Thank you!!

LD: Thanks so much :)

Creepy Query Girl said...

Great job on a productive year and fingers crossed for the future! And let me be the first to say: HAPPY BLITZ DAY!!!Mwahahaha!

Shah Wharton said...

Gosh, I admire your organisation. My notes are all over the place - in note books, in folders on my MAC, in Scrivener.

Best of luck with it all and huge congrats! I was never picked for anything either. X


Mark Koopmans said...

great news, Julie!

Wishing you all the very best in 2014 and beyond :-)

Happy blitz day - and Merry Christmas, too :-)

Heather Musk said...

Congratulations on being selected by the mentors, and good luck with the book.

Happy Blog Blitz Day and Merry Christmas!!!

Miranda Hardy said...

Congrats on the two teams and I know 2014 will be a great writing year for you. Happy Blitz Day!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

And guess what? Today is your Blitz Day!! Merry Christmas and enjoy.

Laura Marcella said...

HAPPY BLITZ DAY, JULIE!!! I hope you have a most wonderful Christmas and very happy new year!

Happy reading and writing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

DL Hammons said...

So I've saved the last BLITZ of the year for the best. You are one amazing lady...with a special talent...one that the literary world will soon for itself...and during this time of giving I could think of no one more deserving of a BLITZ! MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR Julie! (((HUGS)))


Yolanda Renee said...

Merry Christmas Julie!

May the New Year bring you every thing positive and good!

Kelly Hashway said...

Happy blitz day to you!

I have Scrivener and use spiral notebooks too. I need to access things everywhere when I write.

Enjoy your blitzing!

Trisha F said...

Very cool that you got chosen by two folks!!! Congratulations! :)

And happy Blitz day :)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Congrats on being picked by two mentors.

Happy Blitz Day!

Laura said...

Congratulations on being picked, and by two mentors! That's great news.

Happy Blog Blitz!

Christine Rains said...

Congratulations! That is awesome. All the best to you in the new year. Merry Christmas and happy blitz day! :)

Sue McPeak said...

Congratulations on your successes in 2013 and all the best with your writing and publishing endeavors in 2014.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Thanks for explaining the pitch wars. I've seen them but never understood how they worked. When I have something to submit, I'll have to try it.

I'm off for the holidays too and hoping to get some writing done too. Happy Blitz Day and Happy Holidays!

Carolyn Brown said...

Happy Blitz Day and best wishes with the job.

Susan Stuckey said...

Congrats on being chose as mentee by two of the people - fantastic accomplishment!! Happy Blog Blitz!

Al Diaz said...

Congratulations, good luck and happy blitz day!

Zan Marie said...

Everyone has their own pattern and way. Yours looks lovely!
Happy Blitz Day!

Michelle Wallace said...

Congratulations and good luck!
Happy Blog Blitz Day!
Have a wonderful Christamas and prosperous New Year!

Susanne Drazic said...

Cool news, Julie! I hope that 2014 is an AWESOME year for you. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Susanne Drazic said...

OOPS! I forgot to say: HAPPY BLITZ DAY!!!

Michael Di Gesu said...

Fantastic.... Keep up the good work! All the best for 2014~~~~

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Melanie Crouse said...

Congratulations! That is awesome.

Heather M. Gardner said...

This all sounds amazing. I wish you the very best of luck and my fingers are crossed for your success!

BAZINGA! You've been blitzed!

Have a great day!


Emma Adams said...

Merry Christmas and happy blitz day! Best of luck with Pitch Wars! :D

Theresa Milstein said...

I'm back to wish you a Happy Blitz Day! You deserve it.
Happy holidays too!

SA Larsenッ said...

I love your pics! I LUV Scrivener! It's great to meet you. Happy Blitz Day!

Karen Walker said...

Hello Julie
Happy Blitz Day
Merry Christmas
Happy New Year
And congrats on scoring those two mentors

Connie Keller said...

Happy Blog Blitz Day, Julie!

Duncan D. Horne - the Kuantan blogger (大哥) said...

Hi Julie,

Good luck with ELEGY and all the best for a peaceful Christmas.

Happy blitz day!

Tiana Smith said...

I hope you're ready for the onslaught of comments :) Having been blitzed before, I can tell you first hand that your email will be dinging all day long! Hope you're having a great Christmas season!

Donna Smith said...

Sounds like you've been really Dasher-ing, Dancer-ing and Prancer-ing around the writing world this season!
Merry Christmas and Happy Blizten!

Sarah Ahiers said...

WOO! Happy Blitz day!!

First off, high five for making it as a first alternate! I did too, and I saw that you got picked twice as I was like "Go Julie!"

Second, ummm, I totally love your binder. I just use a notebook, but man, the idea of getting an awesome binder and keeping everything together. Also, any excuse to buy office supplies...

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

CONGRATULATIONS on getting picked by two (Count 'em... two!) mentors. Here's hoping 2014 is the year for your publication dreams to come true.

By the way, how do ya feel? A little woozy? You should, because, you, my dear, are blitzed! Enjoy.

R. T. Freeman said...

Lovely post, Julie! Your pics are downright inspirational AND instructional. That's because the key to transition from writer to author is work ... and YOU are doing it. I can't wait to read the books that are coming out of all this.

Here's to a 2014 full of good news for you (on every front!)

jamieayres.com said...

Happy*Blitz*Day!! Sooo kewl you got picked for 2 teams! And I absolutely loved a glimpse at all your planning . . . this pantser is in awe of your mad skilz, lol! Can't wait to hear of your publishing deal, as I'm sure it's coming!!

Fida Islaih said...

Congrats on getting picked and good luck with everything! You've been blitzed/blessed! Happy new year!

Stephen Tremp said...

Happy Blog Blitz Day!!! Good luck with everything.

Suzanne Furness said...

Many congratulations on getting picked, sounds like exciting times ahead for you.

Happy Blitz Day and a Merry Christmas :)

Crystal Collier said...

And I'm back--as part of the blitz. I know you're super crazy with Pitch Wars edits, but I'm rooting for you. You are going to rock it!

Amy Jarecki said...

Congratulations! How exciting--I know you'll do well!! Happy Blitz Day!!

John Harp said...

Congratulations on getting picked by your top mentor choices.
Happy Blitz Day!

ayjay said...

Congrats! I am sure they will offer you loads of good advice. Sounds like you're going places :)
Happy Blitz Day!

Tina said...

Hi Julie! So nice to meet you! BIG congrats on being picked to be mentored! That is just absolutely AMAZING. As a band, math, and word nerd growing up, I was never picked for anything unless it was the family playing trivia...
I'm glad to hear your "weird" shifting time-lines, POV description of your book. That describes my WIP too and I thought I was crazy and shouldn't have done it that way...but here you are and people like it! I will definitely be reading WHEN you get published. You're going to do it. You've got the determination and drive from what I can tell from one post...but I'll be following from now on and wish you all the best in your exciting journey. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and of course HAPPY BLITZ DAY! What a perfect post to get blitzed.
Tina @ Life is Good

S.K. Anthony said...

Congratulations, it is truly awesome…and two mentors? Woot! Best of luck, Julie ;)

Lori said...

Congratulations! Love the photos, and I sure need to get that organized myself, lol!

Bish Denham said...

Most exciting news! Congratulations and Happy Blitz/Holi Days!

lisathewordnerd said...

Congratulations on getting picked! That is a HUGE deal. I've tried to get into those contests before, with no luck!
Happy Blitz Day!

LuAnn Braley said...

Happy Blitz Day, Julie! Great news on the book. I loved the pictures in your blog entry, showing your process!

M.J. Fifield said...

Congratulations and best of luck to you!

And I loved the peek into your writing duffel. I use a backpack for mine. =)

Hello from the Blitz!

VR Barkowski said...

Wow, Julie! Congratulations on being chosen twice in Pitch Wars. Clearly ELEGY is destined for great things. This is only the beginning.

Wishing you the best of luck in 2014 and beyond.

Happy Holiday Blitz!
VR Barkowski

Lauren said...

It's amazing how much help we get from the internet writing neighborhood. Love it!

And I don't plan, so no shoulder strain. :)

You've been blitzed!


Brandon Ax said...

Hey had to stop back by and say happy Blitz day.

J.L. Campbell said...

Well done, Julie! Hoping that big things come out of this for you.

Ink in the Book said...

Yay! for Pitchwars! And I love your planning duffel bag. Such a cool way to keep track of all those characters and plot ideas!

Happy Blitzer Day:)

Greg Pattridge said...

Each day gets closer to your goal. I share your dream and found your approach to writing very refreshing. Good luck with all of your projects and Happy blitz day.

Kate Larkindale said...

Sounds like you've made some real progress this year. May 2014 build on that and bring you closer to achieving your goal.

Happy Blitz Day!

Kimberly Gabriel said...

You crack me up. I so love that you are a naturally gifted ping pong player. Ha! Best of luck to you in Pitch Wars!! I keep checking for your big break - perhaps this leads to it? I'm thrilled that DH picked you to honor for the last blitz of the year (and that I actually read about it in time). You are such a lovely person and talented writer. Good luck with your writing goals Julie!!

farawayeyes said...

With all that organization how could you not succeed.

Merry Christmas, Good Luck, and Happy Blitz Day!

L.G. Keltner said...

Congratulations! That's amazing news. And I was graceless in school as well, so I was chosen last for everything. Oh well.

I love your extensive notes. As a fellow writer, I can appreciate the beauty of a well-used, well-organized notebook. Though mine never tend to look as neat as yours. :)

Happy Blitz Day!

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne said...

Happy Blitz day and congratulations!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year as well!

Dannie Morin said...

LMAO @ the stereotype line. Congrats on being an alternate! Good luck in the agent round!

Kate said...

Happy Blitz day! Now I want to go out and make myself a writing binder for my books. Why, oh why, do I let myself stay disorganized when there are such pretty ways to be tidy?

Deniz Bevan said...

Congratulations! And epp!! I love your writing bag! I love stationery!
Happy blitz day :-)

Summer Ross said...

I'm here to blitz you! Happy Holidays!

kmckendry said...

Wow! Congratulations, that's so exciting! Happy Holidays and Happy Blitz Day!

Corinne OFlynn said...

It's a Christmas Blitz! Congrats on being chosen in the contest. What a validation of your work. Good luck!! I loved seeing the pictures of your process. Mine looks quite similar with the notebook outline and sticky notes all over.

Best of luck on your publishing journey!

Suzanne Sapsed said...

Congratulations! Sounds like a fab ending to the year :) Happy blitz day!
Suzanne @ Suzannes Tribe

Chrys Fey said...

Happy Blitz Day! It's nice to "meet" you Julie. Congratulations on being choosen by two mentors as an alternate. That is awesome! Best of luck to you with everything and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!! :D

Colin Smith said...

2014 is going to be the year you get an agent and a publishing contract, Julie. And about stinking time!! :)

All the best to you, my friend. Have a great Christmas. I look forward to exciting news next year!

Dee said...

Congrats! Best of luck on the upcoming year. Merry Christmas and have a happy blitz day!

Lea Page said...

I am so glad you were picked and have great mentors. I love seeing the photos of the stages of your work. I have stacks of notebooks, a whiteboard covered in sticky notes and the like. Funny thing-- I don't outline till after I have my book written, or at least the first draft.

Good Luck with Elegy!

M said...

I love notebooks . . . All that potential . . . Only problem being they don't look great on my shelves and end up stacked all over the place . . . Anyway, happy Blitz!

Nicki Elson said...

Congratulations!! How exciting to be mentored by two people you respect so much. I hope the writing goes well. Synopseseseses, Ugh.

Happy Blitz Day!!

LD Masterson said...

Hey, just had to come back to wish you a Happy Blitz Day!

Beverly Fox said...

Congratulations on ebing by two such awesome ladies and best of luck as you move forward with ELEGY!
Happy Blitz Day and Merry Christmas to you!!

Carrie-Anne said...

Good luck with Pitch Wars! And happy Blitz Day!

Medeia Sharif said...

This is my second comment to wish you a wonderful Blitz Day.

april said...

Congratulations! Happy Blitz Day!

Lara Lacombe said...

Wow--I'm envious of your beautiful notebooks! Congrats on getting picked, and Happy Blitz Day! :)

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Happy Blitz Day. Congrats on two mentors and if don't blog again until next year that's OK. With all the writing alone you deserve a rest.

Katie Dunn said...

Your process seems a lot like mine. I tend to plot the same way:)

Happy Blitz and Happy Holidays!

Hunter Emkay said...

Wow, you really keep that work close to yourself. Happy blitz day, and Merry Christmas too.

LynnMarie said...

Congratulations what could be better than being picked twice? Will getting blitzed as well.

Angeline Trevena said...

Congratulations, that's great. Sounds like 2014's going to be an awesome year for you!

Anne Mackle said...

Good luck with your oak! Happy blitz day!

Faith said...

Loved your pics... they're so much saner than my own journal shots! Happy Holidays and Happy Blitz Day! faith@pentozen.com

Nicole said...

You are not lying when you say this year flew by fast. Boy oh boy how I wish I could get like four months of it back but alas, we have to keep moving forward.

Congratulations to you for being chosen by two of your preferred mentors whose guidance you won out from over all of those entries. That goes to show how productive you were this year. Be proud of your progress in making some headway with Elegy and HAPPY HOLIDAYS to you!

~Nicole @ The Madlab Post
2013 #atozchallenge Co-Host

P.S. Consider yourself BLITZED!

Anne OConnell said...

Hi Julie,
Looks like you've been blitzed! Good luck with your publishing journey!

Anne :)

Dobson said...

Happy Blitz Day! Hope you enjoy the visitors.

baygirl32 said...

Congrats! And happy blitz day ;)

Erin L. Funk said...

Congratulations on getting into Pitch Wars, Julie! I saw your name on the list and was very happy for you. I'm one of Liz Brigg's alternates so I have writing homework this holiday season too. Good luck with polishing your manuscript, and I hope you have a lovely Blitz Day! :)

Sherry Ellis said...

Congratulations! Happy Blitz Day, too! Hope you have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Eva Gallant said...

Congratulations and a Happy Blitz Day to you!

christinalfox said...

Congratulations on a great 2013. Happy Christmas Blitz Day

Cricket Fox

Vicki Rocho said...

Haven't been over in ages (my bad). So glad to see things are coming together for you! I laughed at the never-getting-picked part...I'm with you on that one!

Congrats & Happiest of Holidays to you!!! (oh, and happy Blitz Day)

K. Nowinsky said...

Happy Holidays! & Merry Blitz'day :)

Tracy Campbell said...

All the best with your writing. Happy Blitz Day and have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! :-)

Lilica Blake said...

Happy Holidays! And by the way, you've been Blitzed! Happy Blog Blitz Day as well! Lily. lilicasplace.com

Lillian Csernica said...

Happy Blitz Day, Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year! I hope 2014 brings you many joys and much success.

Lillian Csernica said...

Happy Blitz Day, Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year! I hope 2014 brings you much joy and success!

Rhonda Albom said...

Congratulations! Love your duffel, I am thinking of getting a program that does all the sticky notes. Not sure yet. Happy Blitz Day!

M. J. Joachim said...

Merry Christmas! Happy New Year and lots of continued success to you! Happy Blitz Day too!

Jeremy [Retro] said...

a special hello... hello!

Gwen Tolios said...

Merry Christmas and Happy Blitz!

It's awesome that you did so well in the contest, and I'm so glad it's now on my radar for the future.

I also totally approve of a duffel bag for writing things.

Katlyn Duncan said...

Stopping by from the blitz! The best of luck to you in your writing career as the new year approaches.


Elise Fallson said...

Congratulations, that's awesome! Happy Blitz day and have a wonderful New Year!

sjp said...

Thats some wicked organising! Good luck and congrats!

Donna Hole said...

Merry Christmas Julie. I'm sure you will suceed with Ellegy.


RE Hargrave said...

Best wishes on your future endeavors! Merry Christmas and Happy blitz!

Julie Dao said...

Creepy Query Girl: Ah, thank you so much! And yay for Blitz Day!

Shah: But I'm sure you stay organized mentally, since you don't need all of the stickies and notebooks and binders that I do! Thank you!

Mark: Thank you, and to you as well!

Heather: Thanks so much! Merry Christmas!

Miranda: I hope so! Thank you!

Alex: I couldn't believe it when I woke up! Merry Christmas!

Laura: Thanks, girl <3 Merry Christmas and happy new year to you!

Julie Dao said...

Don: Thank you for being my friend and CP, and one of my biggest cheerleaders always, not to mention an author I truly respect. I think 2014 is going to be a great year for both of us. Merry Christmas and happy new year to you and your family! Much love!

Yolanda: Thank you so much, and I wish the same for you!

Kelly: I've never tried Scivener, but I hear it's a great way to get organized!

Trisha: Thanks very much :)

L. Diane: Thank you, I feel very happy and lucky!

Laura: Thanks! I'm so glad I entered again this year!

Christine: Thank you, and merry Christmas to you!

Sue: Thank you! I hope 2014 will be another great year.

Natalie: Of course! I hope you give it a try last year. I entered PPP last time around, but didn't get any bites, so you never know - just keep trying!

Carolyn: Thank you!

Susan: Thanks so much!!

Al: Thank you very much!

Zan: Definitely! And thank you :)

Michelle: Thank you, and the same to you!

Julie Dao said...

Susanne: Thanks so very much! The same to you :)

Michael: Happy holidays! And thanks!

Melanie: Thank you!!

Heather: My fingers are crossed as well! Thanks so much :)

Emma: Thank you very much!

Theresa: Aw, thanks so much and happy holidays <3

S.A.: I've never used Scrivener, but a lot of people seem to be recommending it!

Karen: Thanks so very much!

Connie: Thank you! :)

Duncan: Thank you, and the same to you!

Tiana: My email was dinging all day! It was so exciting :) Hope you're having a lovely Christmas with your family.

Donna: Hahaha, I sure have! Merry Christmas!

Sarah: AH, congrats on making it as an alternate! So thrilling! Maybe I will see you at the alternates showcase next month, I hope!? Are your query and pages going up? Haha glad you like my binder... go to Target, they have the best and cheapest stuff! Yes, office supplies are a big problem for me, LOL.

Susan: Thank you so much!! I really hope so. Fingers crossed, anyway. And yes, "woozy" is truly the best way to describe this experience!

R.T.: That's so nice of you to say, thank you! I am trying my hardest, and it helps with such kind and hardworking people supporting me. Happy 2014!

Jamie: I admire pantsers like you! It's so hard for me to write without a plan :) Thank you so much!

Julie Dao said...

Fida: Thank you so very much!

Stephen: Thank you! :)

Suzanne: I hope so! Thank you and merry Christmas!

Crystal: Yay! Hi again :) Thank you so much for the encouragement <3

Amy: Thank you very much!!

John: Thanks so much!

Ayjay: They already have offered me fantastic tips! Thank you!

Tina: So nice to meet you as well and thank you for taking part in my blitz :D I was an orchestra/word nerd and was only ever picked for trivia, too, LOL! Thank you so very much for the kind words... they are truly appreciated. Merry Christmas and happy new year to you! :)

S.K.: Thanks a ton!!

Lori: It's a lot of fun to organize a book! I wish it were that much fun to organize other things in life :)

Bish: Thank you, and same to you!

Lisa: Thanks so much! I didn't get in last year, with another book, so I'm glad I gave it another shot!

LuAnn: Thanks a ton! Glad you liked them :D

M.J.: A backpack works beautifully too! Thank you!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Wishing you the best with your mentor team!

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

Sounds like you have some good things coming your way. :-)

Sia McKye Over Coffee

Julie Dao said...

V.R.: Thank you, and I really hope so! Happy new year!

Lauren: I am thankful every day for the blog and writing community. I'd never be where I am without it! Thanks!

Brandon: Thanks so much, dude!

J.L.: Thank you, I hope so <3

Ink in the Book: Pitch Wars, wooo! And thanks! It's getting a bit full though :)

Greg: I sure hope so! Nice to meet so many folks with the same dream. Good luck to you!

Kate: Thank you so much for the kind words!!

Kimberly: LOL! And thank you for believing in me <3 I'm so lucky to have such a great group of writing friends who care about me and want to see me succeed. You are one of those people <3 Much love!

farawayeyes: Thank you so much, and right back at you!

L.G.: Yes, I was never the first choice for anything! It's fine, though... I bet most of those sporty people can't write books like we can ;) Thank you!

Deanie: Thanks so much, and merry Christmas and happy new year to you!

Dannie: Hahaha! Thanks a ton! :)

Kate: Yes, you should do it! It's fun to get new office supplies, at any rate :)

Deniz: Thank you, me too!!

Summer: Happy holidays! :)

Kathy: Thanks so much! Happy holidays!

Corinne: So cool that we have the same planning process :) Thank you!

Julie Dao said...

Suzanne: Thank you, it is such a great ending to 2013!

Chrys: Nice to meet you, too! Thanks for visiting and blitzing me :) Happy holidays!!!

Colin: Thank you for always believing in me, friend! I sure hope so! I've been stinking waiting for a while ;) Merry, merry Christmas to you and your family!

Dee: Thanks so much, and merry Christmas to you!

Lea: I'm so thankful for my mentors. And that's so cool/funny that you don't outline until afterward, but it makes sense to me! It's probably helpful to get some words/general ideas down first. I love all the different ways people get books written!

M: YES, exactly, that's why I love notebooks! And mine are definitely stacked and tossed all over the place :)

Nicki: Thank you so much, and yes, my thoughts exactly on the synopses! LOL!

L.D.: Thanks, my friend <3

Beverly: Ah, thanks so much! Merry Christmas!

Carrie-Anne: Thanks so much!!

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Medeia: Thanks for coming back! <3

April: Thank you!!

Lara: Thanks so much! :)

Sheena-kay: Thank you, and I will definitely need the time off! <3

Katie: Very cool that we plot the same way! Happy holidays!

Hunter: Merry Christmas!

LynnMarie: I didn't even get picked once last year! Thank you!

Angeline: Thanks a ton! I hope so!

Anne: Thank you very much!!

Faith: Hahah, thank you and happy holidays!

Nicole: I can't even remember half the things I did this year! Four months of it back would be nice :) Thanks so much for the kind words <3 Happy holidays!

Anne: Thanks a million! :)

Dobson: Thank you, and I do!

baygirl32: Thanks so much!!

Erin: That's so sweet of you, thank you! Congrats on making it in as an alternate too! We've got our work cut out for us. Good luck polishing your book as well :)

Sherry: Thanks a million, and the same to you!

Eva: Thank you!!

Christina: Thanks so much! Merry Christmas!

Vicki: No worries at all - I've been falling behind on blogs too! Thanks a ton and the happiest of holidays to you!

K. Nowinsky: Thank you and the same to you!!

Tracy: Merry Christmas and happy new year!

Lilica: Thank you so much! What a surprise blitz!

Lillian: Thank you so very much, and the same to you :)

Julie Dao said...

Rhona: I hear Scrivener does stuff like that! I like being able to write things down by hand, though, when I'm organizing!

M.J.: Merry Christmas and happy new year to you!

Jeremy: Hello!

Gwen: Thanks so much, and yes, you should definitely give Pitch Wars a try next year. Merry Christmas!

Katlyn: Thanks a ton!! :)

Elise: Thank you, and happy new year!

sjp: Thank you so much!

Donna: Merry Christmas! Thank you <3

R.E: Thank you and Merry Christmas!

Timothy Brannan said...

Happy Blitz day!!

Pk Hrezo said...

Julie, I'm sorry I'm late to the blitz, but love your great news!! Congrats on being selected and wishing you much success! Can't wait to hear more about it!
And here's an athletically challenged highive to you. ;)
Happy holidays!!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Happy Blitz Day! Merry Christmas! Happy New Year! Whew, that's a lot of happy and joy coming your way - enjoy! :)

Maria Dunn said...

Hi Julie, That's what we all want when we come to the end of the year, progress and hopefully contentment. Since you have both, you are a rich woman indeed. God bless and merry Christmas. Maria

Jeff Hargett said...

Congratulations on ELEGY! And brace yourself; every year goes by faster than the year before. Have a wonderful Christmas!

Sarah Negovetich said...

Congrats on your pitch wars success and good luck with all your end of the year goals! Happy Blitz Day!

Julie Dao said...

Sia: Thanks a million! I hope so :) Happy holidays and happy new year to you!

Timothy: Thank you!!

PK: No worries at all! Thanks for stopping by :) LMAO. Returning your high five with an equally athletically challenged high five! Happy holidays! <3

Madeline: Whew, and right back at you! Thanks so much <3

Maria: I agree with you! Thank you and merry Christmas :)

Jeff: Thanks a ton! And that's what I hear. I'll definitely have to brace myself. Merry Christmas!

Sarah: Thank you so much! I will need that luck!

Charmaine Clancy said...

Great plans, and I love a good folder.

Happy Blitz and merry Christmas.

Chippy said...

Happy Belated Blog Blitz - my bad!



Christina Mercer said...

Happy Belated Blitz!! And Congrats :-) I followed/liked you on your other sites, too.

Melanie Schulz said...

Congratulations! I am amazed at how neat and organized your notes look!

David P. King said...

Wow! If only I could have my stuff put together so well! I tip my hat to you, Julie, and I wish you an amazing new year with LOTS more opportunities! :)

Amanda said...

Wow! Congratulations! Obviously you're a very talented writer. I'm sure we'll be hearing more about you in the future!

Gina Gao said...

Congrats on being picked by two mentors! You seem to be extremely organized.


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Julie Dao said...

Charmaine: I love a good folder as well! Hope you had a merry Christmas.

Chippy: Thank you so much! :)

Christina: Thanks a million :D

Melanie: It's the only way I can write a book... organization! Thank you!

David: Thanks, friend! The same to you! Excited for good WOVEN news this year.

Amanda: That's so kind of you to say... thank you very much! :)

Gina: My mild OCD comes in handy for writing! Thank you!

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