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Hope & Perseverance

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

WORDS ~ With a week of gray days behind me, I have decided to write a little pick me up.  A ditty of hope and perseverance if you will.

As some of you may know, I was let go by my editorial agent last week.  With a move to a new agency, I just wasn’t on the top of her list to bring along.  It happens.  It wasn’t personal.   Our relationship just hadn’t culminated into that happily-ever-after connection we were hoping for.  Deep down I knew it was coming, but that realization did not make the ultimate rejection any easier to swallow.  I’ve never been thick skinned. I wear my heart on my sleeve. I consider these to be pure and true qualities and over the years have learned to embrace them.   Still, I was not a fun person to be around the last seven days.  (However, reading blog posts like this one, certainly helped! http://www.writersrelief.com/blog/2011/07/famous-author-rejection-letters/)

But, another trait of mine that I hold a bit higher than the others is my won’t stay down for long attitude, a.k.a. perseverance.  I’ve never been a quitter.  A reinventer, yes.  A chameleon starting fresh, yes, but not a quitter.

So, with my now edited manuscript in hand, the search for representation begins anew.  And with the exciting, fresh perspective of the possibilities that are still out there for me, I embrace this opportunity and look forward to what the future holds ~

ART ~ I can always count on Diane Sullivan and Seven Days to keep me working on tongue in cheek projects that keep me entertained and loving what I do from beginning to end.

Here’s the latest Seven Days cover:

Milwaukee Shepherd Express Cover, Among other Things ~

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

So, I know it’s been a while since I posted, and I apologize.  There just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to get everything done between a full time job, a family, freelancing, writing and coaching (youth soccer.)  But enough boo-hooing!

I was thrilled to hear from Kevin over at the Shepherd’s Express who commissioned another cover.  (This seems to be the year of repeat business, which is awesome, since I’ve been slacking a little on my promotional mailers!)  In the midst of this explosive election season, I was happy to hear that this would be a political illustration, which are always fun to create.  The politician in the cross hairs is a woman named Leah Vukmir a Wisconsin State Representative running for Senate.

This piece was a journey into an all digital platform, an idea I’ve been moving toward for quite some time.  It’s been received with rave reviews and might even be used on television ~ a first for my art work!

My novel Lavender’s Blue is in the revision stage where I’ve been feverishly bringing the word count down to where it needs to be for the Middle Grade genre.  I’ve been receiving positive critiques which I’m hoping carries over to when it’s actually being perused by potential agents and publishers.  My query letter is currently in first place in a competition to win a chance to have my manuscript critiqued by some top agents and a publishing power house ~ It’ll only take a minute to vote.  So if you haven’t voted yet, please drop by and vote for Lavender’s Blue: http://www.wizehive.com/voting/yalitchat/10/2

Seven Days & John Waters

Monday, December 21st, 2009

It’s been a while since I last posted.  This year seems to have flown by!  Things have been slower than usual the last few months, but I was busy throwing my talents into another creative venture so it was okay, (more on that in a later post.)

I was happy to work with Diane at Seven Days again-always a fun project and straight forward art direction-no revisions…just like I like um!

If I don’t hear from you in the next month, Happy Holidays!  Hope to work with you next year!

New Extra! Magazine Cover

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Fear & Favor 2008

Here’s the latest cover I did for Extra! Magazine.  I just love working for them & Deborah in particular.  I never have to guess at what they are looking for.  These Extra! pieces are always a lot of fun!  Keep um coming!

Fort Worth Weekly

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

I just handed this one in, but figured since I was posting and it might be weeks until I get back to post some more I should just post it now.  I love working with Andrea at Fort Worth.  She had a clear cut idea for this one and even sent me a rough – which when working on such short notice is always appreciated!  I thought that not having to do a background would make this one a bit easier, but boy was I mistaken.  I spent just as much time cleaning up messy edges as I would have painting a background!

The Waiting’s Over

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Well I didn’t have to wait long!  After mailing out my latest mailer on Tuesday, I landed a job on Friday.  The cool thing about it was that this publication – The West Side Spirit – wasn’t even one that I mailed to!  Their sister publication, the NY Press was on my list, and they were nice enough to share.

So, after a hectic couple of days I handed in the final on Monday.  Mitch & Charlotte were a joy to work with, and I hope to get hired by them again in the future. The Pope & Malacy McCourt

Here’s the piece.  I think it went to press today and comes out tomorrow.  So if you see it out – pick one up.

They’re Out of Here!

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

Yay! My first mailer of 08 is finally out! After a crazy busy end to 2007, 2008 has been surprisingly quiet thus far. In retrospect, I did take advantage of my time to thoroughly update and research my target market database, which in and of itself could be a full time job. I hope it pays off!

Just why is it that art directors move around so frequently? Out of my now extensive database, only a handful are still with the publications I originally had them at five years ago. It’s frustrating to find that the art director you have finally made some headway with has left, unable to find.  In some respect, I imagine it is a good thing – with fresh new faces to wow.  I am grateful however for the art directors that I have worked with who are kind enough to notify me of their new ventures and welcome further submissions. I am also grateful for the new internet phenomenon of actually publishing a masthead online and for sites like mastheads.org and newpages.com for making my life a bit easier.

So now I wait – the quiet before the storm. Or so I hope!