Friday, December 12, 2008

My arms are getting sore from all that pinching!

Tip of the day: A friendly reminder this holiday season – please, don’t drink and drive!

Wow, hasn’t it been fun to see all the cool name choices for my blogging buddies? I can’t wait to see what they choose! We’ll reveal our new names in the new year when we talk about our goals for the coming year.

Now, as far as my name, I suppose I should be at the point where I don’t have to pinch myself anymore. I’ve had one book on the shelves for almost a year, and another book comes out in less than two weeks.

Still, just a few weeks ago, I sold a mid-grade novel to Aladdin. And I was like, wait, I sold a MG novel? Me, Lisa, the one who wrote not one, not two, not three, but FOUR before one was finally good enough to be published? And then, just this week, I sold a third YA novel to my publisher, Simon Pulse. And I still can’t believe THAT happened. First of all, I sold on a partial. How do they know it will be any good? How do they know I’ll be able to finish it? Does my editor really believe in me that much??? Pinch. Ow!

So here are some ideas for me – let me know what you think!

Miss Stop Pinching and Get to Work – Okay, not the most catchy name, but it’s the truth! I have one novel to write and one novel to revise. If I use this one, every time I do a blog post and sign my name, it’ll remind me there is work to be done!

Miss Dreaming of Ditching the Day Job - Okay, I’d be lying if I said I don’t occasionally imagine what it’d be like to make enough to write full-time. But I don’t see it happening any time soon, certainly not in the next year, and if my boss happened to stumble upon this blog? Uh, not good.

Miss Pub Pub Pubbing Along – This is cute, and I like it a lot. Although, does it sound like I’m going brew pub hopping, trying to find the best tasting ale?

Miss Crafting a CareerThis one is nice, and easy to say. But when I read it, I sort-of feel stressed. With every word I write, I’m crafting a career? Yikes – the pressure!

Miss Don’t Stop Believing – Because it’s kind-of become my motto!

Love to hear which one you like best, or if you have any suggestions of your own.

~Lisa, Miss Pinch Me I’m Pubbed


Emily Marshall said...

Okay my favorites are Miss Ditching the Day Job and Crafting a Career. But I guess you would have to be worried your boss would see the first one. So my vote goes to Crafting a Career. A little pressure is good from time to time, right? And the word crafting sounds soothing to me, exactly like you. As if every small thing you do is leading to a bigger project--or in this case your career.

Angela said...

I like Miss Dreaming of Ditching the Day Job, too! How awesome would that be? And it sounds like you are well on your way to a very successful career! Honestly, I don't know how you can manage a day job plus being an author "on the side"! Good luck!

Kristina Springer said...

Ooooh-- I heart Miss Crafting a Career. You are totally doing that RIGHT now with all of your sales. You are building your name this year- your Lisa brand (don't I make you sound like brownies or something?) Yay!

Unknown said...

Congrats Lisa!

How about Miss Big-Time Author? A little show-offy and confident but what the heck, you've earned it:)

nadine said...

Congrats on all those books sale! That's really amazing.
I'm at a cross between Miss Stop Pinching and Get to Work AND Miss Dreaming of Ditching the Day Job.


Megan said...

I like Miss Crafting a Career! It sounds very productive. :)